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Dimeplayer (SBR rating B+)

07.12.2006

purchased by Legendz (SBR rating A-)
The sportsbook, which was hosted by Legendz Sports, is now officially part of the company. Dimeplayer.com’s previous owner had planned to move the website under BetCascade (SBR rating A-) management but the transfer was put on hold due to software compatibility issues. Legendz CEO, Luke King, tells SBR that "Dimeplayer will be part of legendz for the long haul". Dimeplayer has already been moved to Legendz’s new software, BLR Technologies.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.11.2006

Former WagerFree (SBR rating F-) owner, Garet Bradford, to be arraigned in Washoe County, Nevada Court on Friday, July 14th. Mr. Bradford is facing one felony count of operating a gaming establishment without a license. WagerFree victims can follow court proceedings here.

ActionBets (SBR rating D-) Update:

07.10.2006

Actionbets tells SBR they expect the next bank wire, which is in the amount of $50,000, to reach Neteller on Wednesday. The sum will not clear all debt to players, but the sportsbook states that each customer with a pending withdrawal will receive, at minimum, a partial payment.

7/13/2006 5:35:24 PM Update: Actionbets sends installments of up to $2,000 to players owed.

SBR has

07.09.2006

confirmed that six Pointbet (SBR rating D+) users have received four figure Moneybookers transfers over the weekend. Management tells SBR that both merchant accounts (Moneybookers and bank transfer) are now sufficiently funded.

SBR network maintenance notice

07.08.2006

The SBR network of websites, including SportsbookReview.com, SBRforum.com and live odds program, SBRodds.com will be off-line from Midnight CST Sunday July 9th until approximately 10:00 am CST Monday July 10th, for scheduled server maintenance. Players can view betting odds on SBROdds V1.0 during this downtime. The following sportsbooks have confirmed they will use the relatively inactive time surrounding the MLB all-star break to upgrade or perform maintenance. Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+). Maintenance to network from 7:00 pm CST Sunday July 9th until approximately 2:00 pm CST Monday July 10th. Wagering and customer service will not be available during this time. Canbet (SBR rating A-): Website will not be available on July 10 & 11 due to server relocation. Legendz Sports (SBR rating A-): Website scheduled to go off-line evening of July 10th in order to change software from IQL to BLR.

BetOnSports Plc follows industry trend; consolidates brands

07.08.2006

BOS’ newly acquired sportsbooks, and former VO-Group properties, BeverlyHillsBookie.com, VirtualSportsbookInternational.com and VirtualBookmaker.com are scheduled to move clients to MVPSportsbook (SBR rating D) tomorrow. PopularPoker-Sportsbook will consolidate its bettors under PlayersSuperbook (SBR rating D). Players may find they are locked out of their account for an extended period, as is the case with sister books, RockIslandSports (SBR rating D) and BettorsTrust (SBR rating D). These websites have been off-line since July 2nd for "routine maintenance."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.07.2006

DragonWager (SBR rating D) slow-paying player eight days on $1500 withdrawal that was initially requested on June 29th. On June 30th the player received an email stating "Your withdrawal is scheduled to be processed tomorrow evening. We apologize for the delay due to recent issues (high volume chargebacks) but are working to get your transaction processed immediately."
The book’s hosting company, Capilleira Software Solutions, is inquiring with their client about the withdrawal and their ability to process future requests. This turnkey sportsbook should be avoided.

Players owed

07.06.2006

by Internet1x2 (SBR rating F) should contact SBR with account details and delinquent balances. The Belize-based operation has cleared much of its year-old debt to players. SBR is hopeful this is more than just a window of opportunity for players to retrieve funds from the troubled sportsbook.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.05.2006

Pointbet (SBR rating D+) payout delays expand to both of the book’s available payout options. After waiting a week for Moneybookers withdrawals, due to an underfunded merchant account, some players have requested their funds by bank wire. These bank wire transfers have been pending for one week and have not yet been paid.

Sportingbet (SBR rating D+)

07.05.2006

Company continues Bait n’ Switch bonus scam.
Sportingbet Plc steals winnings from player, citing a mystery "bonus abuse" rule. SBR has received numerous complaints from players who were attracted to incentives from the many Sportingbet Plc brands, which include Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) and SportingbetUSA (SBR rating D+). If the player has accepted bonus offers from the different books and goes on to win, he is susceptible to the confiscation of all funds above the total amount deposited. SBR has contacted Sportingbet Plc on multiple occasions to verify that utilizing more than one site is not a violation of any rules.
SBR poster ’dvorak51’ shares his experience with the Sportingbet Group’s Aces.com (SBR rating D+).

7/5/2006 8:32:38 PM Update: Sportingbet management refunds player’s winnings and adds free-play bonus for inconvenience.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.04.2006

SBR has confirmed that multiple ActionBets (SBR rating D-) account holders have received portions of their withdrawal requests. The book tells SBR that one of the bank wires has reached the merchant account that was responsible Monday’s Neteller payouts. ActionBets is entering its third straight week in delinquent status.

7/5/2006 1:56:32 PM Update: ActionBets’ response to player requests: "I’m sorry to inform you that we cannot process anymore payments until our Neteller balance is renewed again in less than a week. Excuse the delay and trust our efforts in paying you as soon as we can."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.03.2006

Newly rated sportsbook, BombaBet (SBR rating D-) receives multiple complaints ranging from deleted promotional accounts, clients waiting weeks for withdrawals, and a lack of customer service. Calls to Bombabet are answered by voice mail and emails have not been returned.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.02.2006

Three BetRoyal (SBR rating C-) players, each with five-figure balances, slow-paid for over one month. Two of these bettors tell SBR that previous payouts have been weeks apart and for less than the requested amount. SBR to speak with management on the players’ behalf.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.01.2006
Bet4Aces (SBR rating F) management confirms insolvency. Manager Charlie tells SBR that the sportsbook does not have player balances, and the problems are beyond the transferring of funds to merchant accounts. Charlie, who was brought in last month to assist with finances, says he has not been given access to funds as promised, and will leave Bet4Aces early this month. Bet4Aces continues to take deposits and should be considered a SCAM.

Leisure & Gaming Plc consolidating properties

06.30.2006

under new VIP.com (SBR rating A+) brand. Bet19, BetOnGames, BetOnRaces, FairDeal, FiveCardCharlie, and WSSB players will be redirected to VIP.com on Wednesday evening. Balances and account history will be available in the player’s new VIP account. Management expects a seamless transition, as all sites use IGW software.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.29.2006

PointBet (SBR rating D+) slow-paying player waiting for Moneybookers withdrawal. On the fourth day the player was informed that his withdrawal was not processed due to a lack of funds in PointBet’s Moneybookers merchant account. Players should expect their sportsbook to immediately offer the payout through other means when the preferred method is not available.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.28.2006

ActionBets (SBR rating D+) one week behind on withdrawals. The book has been able to send some partial payments thanks to new deposits. Today, a player reported receiving a $2,000 Neteller payout in response to a $5,000 request. Actionbets’ delinquent amount exceeds $100,000. Large balance holders are waiting for ownership to fund merchant accounts.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.28.2006

Newest Leisure & Gaming Plc sportsbooks, Nine, BetCom and MyBookie receive upgrades from B to B+ after inheriting A+ rated VIP Sports’ wagering rules and policies. VIP’s terms of service were implemented today.

BookTheBet (SBR rating F) claims new victim

06.28.2006

Player writes: "In the last 3 months I have been trying to make a withdraw at US 4000. I am afraid Bookthebet dont can or won’t send me the withdraw. The excuses for not making the withdraw are numerous, and it had not been able for me to get in contact with the manager since I made my first deposit. By now I have probably called/mailed the book a total of 40-50 times, always without results. Anthony the person in charge of the book and cash-outs is never available, but I was promised they/he would call or mail me. He never did. It seems Bookthebet are doing everything not to give me my money."

BetMania enters SBR Rating Guide at B-

06.27.2006


BetMania is a new sportsbook from Skybook (SBR rating A-) ownership that aims to fill the reduced juice gap left after InternationalIslandSportsbook was absorbed by SkyBook last week. BetMania operates independently in a separate office in Escazu, Costa Rica; and is managed by Head Linesman, Eric and Operations Director, Mike Mitchell, both formerly of Millennium Sports. The book uses ASI software. SBR will visit BetMania in July. 

SBR office Tours:

06.27.2006

View photos of IGotSports (SBR rating C-) here. The sportsbook is located in a three-floor office building in San Francisco de Calle Blancos, San Jose, Costa Rica. The Operations Manager, Kyle previously held the same position at BetOnSports. IGotSports tells SBR that the primary owner is Brad Mitchell who previously managed Jaguar Sports, although the consensus from IGotGaming employees and industry insiders in Costa Rica is the operation is financed by Gary Kaplan, founder and former owner of BetOnSports.

Skybook (SBR rating A-) Group consolidates properties

06.26.2006
Five days after absorbing sister sportsbook, IIS (SBR rating A-), the group has taken Rio (SBR rating A-) and ClickAndBet (SBR rating B) off-line. All accounts will be moved to Skybook.com. Ownership has planned to focus the company on its flagship, and now only brand, for over a year. Skybook will have an affiliation with new sportsbook, BetMania (not rated), which will be managed and operated externally.