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SpyCasino.biz slow-pay complaints

12.20.2006
SBR receives four no-pay complaints from SpyCasino.biz (SBR rating D-). Turnkey service provider, Futurebet, states that the site owner has abandoned his business, leaving them to deal with player complaints. Futurebet has paid the first player and states that remaining balance holders will also be paid.

BetUS players complain of payout times

12.17.2006

BetUs (SBR rating D) players complain of one week wait for withdrawal. The sportsbook tells SBR that they are "experiencing delays" on eCheck payouts and are now offering to refund betting accounts at the player’s request. BetUs also states that they expect overdue EFT withdrawals to reach bank accounts by Tuesday. Players may wish to request payment by Neteller.
Player: They told me it was processed on monday and as of friday morning nothing is pending to my checking account. I was frightenened to see their rating on your site. I’m new to online gaming and need your assistance. I repeated the information to the Betus customer service rep so I know theirs no problem with my banking information.

BetMania cancels bet citing "steam play"

12.16.2006
BetMania (SBR rating C+) cancels player’s pending wager on the Suns/Kings Under 219, stating that the bet was on a "steam play." Below is the message left in the user’s account.

"Please read this important message: Your Suns Total bet was deleted...obvious steam play. If you continue to bet Steam here your account will be closed"

SBROdds.com shows the average betting line is currently set between 217 and 218. Line history quotes the market average at 219 only 15 minutes ago. BetMania is expected to honor this bet and not use subjective terms to get out of honoring betting odds that hold value for the bettor. Players should expect a confirmed bet to stand unless it is due to an "obvious", or "gross," error.

BTP Week 15 Lines posted

12.15.2006

"Beat The Prick" Week 15 Handicapping Contest Lines Posted!
"The Prick" went a mediocre 2-1-1 with his picks in week 14 which resulted in 50 SBRforum posters winning prize money from BetCRIS.
The Prick: "Buzzards....circling....must....have.... whiskey...i’m in a tight spot, boys. i guess CRIS got tired of paying me to give away their loot, and are removing the middle-man (yers truly). this week it’s really "Beat the Mick."
Review contest rules and get your picks in for week 15 HERE. Selections must be submitted by 11:00 EST Saturday.

More Pointbet users file claims with SBR

12.14.2006

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Yesterday’s Pointbet (SBR rating D) report prompts new similar complaints. The sportsbook has been downgraded from D+  to D. SBR will continue to monitor this situation, and note further slow-pay complaints and any reports of players receiving a substantial payment. Latest player complaint:

Hi Guys, I have requested a withdrawal of GBP15000  from Pointbet on 1st December, my 1st withdrawal request in 4 years. I have just received the following email:
Dear ******, Thank you for your email
Last month, there were so many withdrawal requests made by members,
therefore we are processing it all with 1st in 1st out, we are sorry for the
delayed which it might have caused, hopefully your turn will come near these
days Best Regards, Vincent Wong [Pointbet CS]

I am concerned for my remaining balance of around GBP12000 and for other
players. It is a site you have mentioned before but I took no notice, on the
basis I have been with them for a long time without trouble. I would appreciate any advice you have. Thank you in Advance

Pointbet payout problems

12.13.2006

Pointbet (SBR rating D+) payout problems continue. The sportsbook is offering large sportsbook bonuses to new players via email while telling current users that they are unable to pay.

Player: I have been waiting 9 days now for a bank withdrawal. I have made 3 moneybookers withdrawals recently, and for each one I was initially told 24-48 hours. Each moneybookers took 7 days to come (and numerous complaints from me) - the excuse being that the moneybookers account was underfunded. Hence I decided on a bank withdrawal for GBP 8000, as there could be no such excuses for delays - and after 9 days I have now been told that members withdrawal requests are backed up "from last month" and i just basically have to wait indefinitely. This is despite the fact that last week when I queried the slow payment I was told "it will be done tomorrow" and "it will be done later today, please check back later". This is now in the area of serious slowplaying, and I have a very large balance at this book, so you can understand my concern and also my concern that other players and potential players at pointbet might be on the way to being scammed.

BetBBB to be phased out

12.11.2006

BetBBB (SBR rating C+) to be phased out. Some players have already received a message in their account stating:
BetBBB is closing business. Call Customer Service at 1 877 888 BETS (2387) to collect any monies owed you.
The sportsbook is hosted and managed by Heritage Sports (SBR rating B+). Heritage assures that players will be paid promptly as they have been in the past.

No-Pay

12.11.2006

sportsbook DragonWager (SBR rating F) taken off-line this morning. Although the homepage remains visible, players can no longer join Dragon Wager or log in to their account. Read more on problems with DragonWager.

Mansion slow-pay complaints

12.11.2006

Three Mansion (SBR rating B-) players file slow-pay complaints. Mansion has blamed technical issues and a bank change for the delay.

Player (12/11/2006): I’m waiting on a $5800+ payout on my account from Mansion.com.  The request was made last Tuesday.  On Friday I called to check on the status, they told me I needed to forward my Swift number for the transaction to be processed.  Then on Friday they told me it was going to be processed today (monday).  Today, I contact them and they tell me the delay is due to them changing banks - and that I should receive the money by the end of the week.  The site says it normally takes 2 business days.  I am very nervous.

Mansion switched from Natwest Bank, an RBS Group company that owns other banks based in the United States, to German-based Wirecard Bank AG. Players’ best option may be Neteller as Mansion begins working with its new financial service.

Hope fading for Bet7Moons balance holders

12.09.2006

Hope fades for Bet7Moons (SBR rating F) balance holders. 7Moons players, who received a letter from Mgr. Ron alerting them that the book would be closing and issuing payment within a week, have gone unpaid. Some players requested funds before the November 21st letter and have waited for over a month. Bet7Moons website is now off-line.

Off-line book PlayBanks pays two players

12.08.2006

Closed sportsbook, PlayBanks (SBR rating F) pays at least two users this week. SBR will remove PlayBlanks’ rating once all users are paid in full. The sportsbook received an initial rating of F when it announced it was closing on November 29th without subsequent communication with players. The PlayBanks website remains on-line, advertising bonuses.

SIA cancels wager after event begins

12.07.2006

Player Complaint: SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-) cancels wager after event begins; does not alert player. Bettor tells SBR that he watched an entire NBA game rooting for his team, the Phoenix Suns at +4. After the event was over he found that the winning bet was void due to a "bookmaker error." The bettor is upset that: 1) He did not receive a time-stamped email showing when SIA canceled the bet, and; 2) The book had the luxury of viewing the match in play. Players who compare sportsbook odds were aware of the market price and that the line was erroneously reversed. Sports Interaction claims the bet was canceled 7 minutes after post time and tells SBR they plan to email players when wagers are canceled in the future.

Pointbet users complain of withdrawal delays

12.05.2006

Pointbet (SBR rating D+) users complain of latest withdrawal delays. Players are waiting between 5 to 10 days for payouts as was the case in July. The sportsbook admits that their Moneybookers merchant account is insufficiently funded and those who request larger sums are forced to wait. Pointbet has not offered clients alternative payment options.

DragonWager expected to go off-line this weekend

12.04.2006

No-pay sportbook DragonWager (SBR rating F) is expected to go off-line this weekend. The book’s hosting company, which directly manages Ultimate-Odds (SBR rating C-) and WagerDaily (SBR rating C-), tells SBR that the site will be turned off unless owed players are paid in full and that the book is currently looking for a new host.

SCAM Alert: ExecutiveSportsbookdr (SBR rating F-)

12.04.2006


The scam was first documented operating through CypressSportsbook.com. The con artists have opened many sportsbook sites since to perpetuate the scam. Players are brought in through tout sites and are made to feel like they are getting a special deal for large VIP players. The sportsbook then sucks the player for all it can before he or she begins asking for the funds back. The group is known to request the bettor to send Western Union transfers to Poland. Below is an email sent to the player by Executive: 

"Mr. ******* thank you very much for becoming a member of the internets premier sports wagering websites executivesportsbookdr.com . In setting up your account your referrer Tony made an error with the minimal deposit requirements for a Platinum Plus Member. All Platinum Plus accounts need to be at the minimal deposit level of $2,500USD. We will need to receive an additional $1,500 from you and your account will be activated immediately. After we receive your additional deposit today your ATM Card and Sports pager will be shipped to you immediately and you will receive everything no later than tomorrow November 29th, 2006 via Federal Express. Thank you for your business and we apologize for the error that was made on the start-up of your account. Thank you Sir. -Chad Halloran Accounts Mgr."

SBRforum posters assist in resolving wagering dispute

12.02.2006

SBRforum Posters assist SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-) in resolving wagering dispute. Players who had a wager on Sparta Prague in the UEFA CUP on 11/30 canceled should see a credit in their account today. SBR acknowledges SIA’s communication with players and efforts to make the right decision.

BombaBet cancels winning football wager

12.02.2006

BombaBet (SBR rating D-) cancels winning football wager after event has finished claiming that the Home and Away teams were reversed. The player believes he is owed as his funds were at risk as he intended. Players who had a losing wager on the Texas versus Michigan State game refunded by BombaBet are asked to inform SBR.

WorldSportCenter (SBR rating D)

12.02.2006
balance holders unable to access accounts or the book’s customer service. BetWSC and Imptek management is invited to contact SBR in an effort to inform players of account status. 830-255-4677

Kahnawake Gaming Commission no longer permitting licensees to take phone wagers.

12.01.2006

The KGC’s amendments primarily effect BetUS (SBR rating D) which opened its Canadian office to serve as an inbound call center that would take wagers. The sportsbook may close this office after letting over 100 staff members go. SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-) says that the Commission will soon amend the Regulation Agreement again, to simply prohibit wagering by phone. Sports Interaction plans to offer positions to former BetUS clerks.

Kahnawake’s new Internet-only "Interactive Gaming Regulations"
(a) no licence holder or authorized client provider, including their respective members, shareholders, directors, officers, employees (contractual or otherwise) and agents are permitted to conduct the following activities by way of voice communication with a player, through any device or means:
i. receiving or accepting a bet or wager;
ii. receiving or accepting instructions of any kind in relation to funds held in, or to be deposited to, the player’s account;
iii. providing odds, lines or any other information related to a sporting or

WorldSportCenter closure prompted by criminal charges

12.01.2006

WordSportCenter (SBR rating D) closure prompted by criminal charges
The following press release was posted by CNW Group on behalf of the Kahnaawake Gaming Commission.

Kahnawake Gaming Commission suspends CPA held by WSC Management, Inc. Kahnawake, QC, Nov. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - At a meeting today, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (the "Commission") directed that the Client Provider Authorization ("CPA") held by WSC Management Inc. ("WSC") be suspended, effective immediately. The suspension results from concerns related to criminal charges that have recently been laid against the principal of WSC alleging that he conspired with persons linked with organized crime in Montreal. The Commission decided that these allegations are sufficiently serious and extraordinary that an immediate suspension was necessary to ensure the public interest was not affected in an adverse and material way. The suspension will remain in force unless and until the Commission is provided further information about the allegations in question, at which time WSC’s permit will either be reinstated or revoked.

Some players reported receiving their balances paid in full via Neteller on Tuesday while others were directed to an unknown Costa Rican-based betting website, betting.

Nine.com upgraded

11.30.2006

Nine, now on-site and fully integrated with VIP Management Services, receives upgrade from B+ to A.