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Bet7Moons enters SBR rating guide at D-.

07.29.2006

The sportsbook began online as GogoBet (not rated) over one year ago. Bet7Moons operates on the 3rd floor of Oficentro’s Building 4 and its customer service is managed by former manager and minority owner of failed sportsbook RichCoastSports.

SBRforum:

07.28.2006
Today is the last day new contestants will be eligible for the Grand Prize, A Trip for Two to Curacao, for the VIP Sports Bases Bankroll Contest. Current standings show posters Kdmfox, Manly and Stump in the lead and less than one unit apart! All players are eligible for monthly cash prizes through the end of the MLB regular season.

SBR meets with Sportingbet Plc management; year old dipsutes resolved.

07.27.2006

The sportsbook agreed to reevaluate previous decisions which resulted in multiple balance credits. Bonus and winnings confiscations have been reversed, as well as voided winning wagers dating back to last year’s British Open bet on Tiger Woods. The sportsbook is addressing the policies, or lack thereof, responsible for these actions. It is expected to stand by new universal policies that treat all players equally regardless of the type of action given to the book. New procedures include prorating bonuses for players asked to leave any of the many websites and settling winning bets made on obvious or gross errors at the correct market price (average betting odds) instead of canceling. The Sportingbet Plc family will be reevaluated once all pending issues are concluded and these new policies are solidified. Players with a complaint against the Sportingbet Group, which include Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+), should contact SBR.

SBR Adds LiveChat Directory

07.26.2006


LiveChat can be the most uselful form of communicating with a sportsbook. It offers the benefits of email, supplying the user with a text record of the conversation, but communication is in real-time. See which sportsbooks offer LiveChat here.

SBR office Tours:

07.26.2006

View photos of BetMania (SBR rating B-) here.
The sportsbook’s new facility is located in Escazu, Costa Rica, and is still under construction. Management tells SBR they plan to be finished with the build-out before the start of the NFL regular season. BetMania recently launched with the help and resources of Skybook (SBR rating A-) but will operate as a separate book under same ownership.

BETonSPORTS plc terminates CEO

07.25.2006

Company Statement:
"BETonSPORTS plc Makes Announcement Regarding CEO
LONDON -- The Board of Directors of BETonSPORTS plc announced that on 24 July 2006 the contract under which David Carruthers acted as CEO of the Company was terminated. As a consequence, the Board has removed him as a director.
This action was taken as a consequence of Mr. Carruthers continued detention by US authorities. Clearly, while he remains in the custody of the U.S. Government he is unable to perform his duties. Further the company has been unable to speak directly with Mr. Carruthers."
Londonstockexchange.com

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.25.2006

StanJames (SBR rating B-) no longer servicing American bettors.
"I can confirm in the last 24 hours our company has decided that for the time being,at least until we get some clarity on the current situation with non US bookmaking companies,we will not be accepting wagers from US clients." - Stan James Customer Service
The sportsbook recently added Neteller as a banking option and began its first marketing campaign directed to US gamblers.

SBR reports from the San Pedro Mall:

07.24.2006

SBR interviewed clerks outside the BetOnSports (SBR rating D-) San Pedro Mall offices today, who said they were called back to work after a brief vacation. Although nothing should be concluded from this, it is encouraging news. Even more encouraging is that SBR has confirmed that new clerks, who are scheduled to start on the wagering floor this football season, are currently undergoing training. "Now Hiring" signs remain outside of the sportsbook.

PlayASAP (SBR rating C)

07.24.2006

rolled under BetCRIS (SBR rating A+). ASAP Sports was bailed out by BetCRIS in November of 2004 and has been operating independently in the CRIS building.

EasyBets (SBR rating D) users should request payouts immediately

07.24.2006


EasyBets, which was acquired by BetonSports (SBR rating D-) in May of 2005, is currently operating while BOS has frozen all accounts. With the future of its parent company uncertain, EasyBets bettors are advised to request their funds. The following URLs are domains of Easybets: 007bets.com, easybets.com, easy248.com, eb248.com, 248eb.com, 248vip.com, 248vip.net, 248cn.com.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.21.2006

ActionBets (SBR rating D-) meets with SBR to discuss current situation. Ownership tells SBR that it is liquidating assets and that the majority of delinquent bettor accounts will be settled next week. For most players, this would be the final payment during one month of delays. SBR has also received seven complaints from ActionBets players whose accounts have been frozen for nearly two months. SBR will assist Actionbets with the assessment of these accounts. Players who hold frozen balances should supply Actionbets with a picture ID and two documents, such as utility bills, that confirm the address listed in their ActionBets account.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.20.2006

NoJuice Sports (SBR rating F-) vacates office.
The sportsbook’s website has been off-line since Sunday. Players who have been owed for months have feared the worst. SBR has returned to the sportsbook’s location in Oficentro La Sabana and has confirmed that the sportsbook has literally closed its doors. Neighbors tell SBR that NoJuice packed up the few pieces of equipment it had "a few days ago." It is likely financial processors have finally stopped servicing the scam, eliminating the potential for the book to steal from others.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Scammer spammer posing as SBR

07.19.2006


An SBR imposter is sending emails titled "SBR Newsletter" from email address SportsBookReview@gmail.com, asking recipients to "Review our Choice for Book of the Month". The latest sportsbook to be promoted under the guise is BetChamps, a site from the D- rated BetOnUSA Group.
Note: SBR does not take part in email marketing and has never done so.

iGotsports tied to recently indicted BetOnSports owner Gary Kaplan.

07.18.2006


Two fraudulent watchdog sites tied to the same group. The fraudulent web sites are ReviewSportsbooks.com and SportsbookAudit.com. BetOnSports and Gary Kaplan were recently indicted for fraud for setting up other bogus watchdog sites that promoted their sportsbooks. IGotSports SBR rating is lowered from C- to D. 

BetOnSports(SBR rating D) stock exchange trading halted as BOS' board issues the following statement:

07.18.2006


 
From the BetOnSports Board of Directors: The Board have also noted that in a Press Release issued by the Department of Justice in the course of the evening of 17 July UK time, reference is made to a  temporary restraining order having been obtained by the US Department of  Justice against BETonSPORTS. The release states that a civil complaint has been filed in federal court to obtain an order requiring BETonSPORTS to stop taking sports bets from the United States, and to return money held in wagering accounts to account holders in the United States and that a  temporary restraining order was issued yesterday. A hearing in the civil case has been requested within 10 days. Reference is also made to the FBI  issuing letters to four telephone companies, instructing them to stop providing phone service to the Internet sportsbooks and casinos operated by BETonSPORTS.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.17.2006
SBR received 2nd complaint of voided winning wagers in past month from Interwetten (SBR rating B) users. The sportsbook’s software did not apply correct wagering limits to some events. In these cases, management has applied the betting limits after the match was finished, during the grading process. The result was the cancellation of the winning wagers that put the player’s total risked amount over the intended limit. SBR to discuss the flawed system with management. 

07.16.2006

The player bet that a boxer, J. Taylor "will not win the fight". The wording of the wager suggests that the bettor will win the wager if the opposing fighter wins or if there is a draw. The bettor confirmed prior to the match by email, that a draw would indeed result in a winning ticket. TradebetX has voided the winning bet that would have delivered over $2,000.