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SBG Global cancels player's withdrawal

11.26.2006

SBG Global (SBR rating D-) cancels five-figure withdrawal, asking player to get in contact with management. Management has been unavailable and has not attempted to contact the player. SBG users with substantial balances are advised to withdraw their funds immediately. This past year the sportsbook has reverted to its old ways of hassling and stealing from large balance holders after a relatively quiet two year period.

Players request info on Play24Hours (unrated)

11.23.2006
Play24, which is one-month-old and actively marketing by email, shows multiple signs of being a fly-by-night operation. The sportsbook advertises Paypal as a transfer option, but does not have a PayPal merchant account. PayPal prohibits gaming transactions with the exception of a few UK-based operations servicing non-US players. Play24hours is currently offering positions to "clerks without experience" for $3.00 per hour. Players should avoid this and all new sportsbooks.

Bet7Moons tells players they are closing

11.22.2006

Bet7Moons (SBR rating D-) tells players they are closing and will settle accounts in 7-10 days. One player reports already being slow-paid one week. Players have reason to be concerned. The only identifiable members of management and 7Moons staff were also part of failed sportsbook RichCoastSports. RCS was bailed out by BetCRIS (SBR rating A+) in December of 2005.

Canbet and IASbet policy update

11.21.2006

Canbet (SBR rating A-) and IASbet, also known as InternationalAllSports (SBR rating B) will stop servicing players residing in the USA at the end of this month, citing the Safe Port Act. International All Sports Ltd, an Australian publicly traded company and the parent company of Canbet, follows other public gaming companies who either sold to private ownership groups or refocused on non-US clients. Both websites invite players to withdraw their balances prior to the close of the month.

11.20.2006

SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-): Player reports submitting banking details three times in the month of October. He received an email October 31st stating: Thank you for contacting Sports Interaction. After reviewing your account I see that your bank details have just been updated today! You withdrawal should be reaching you soon. We are truly sorry for your frustration and thank you for your patience.
The player has yet to be paid.

11.15.2006

The SBGglobal (SBR rating D-) bettor was credited with a $7,500 "bailout" after PlayersTime (SBR rating F) closed. A three time roll-over (wagering a total of $22,500) was required. The player wagered his funds for two months surpassing the rollover requirement and winning his balance, which then should have been his free and clear, up to $25,000. SBG confiscated this money, again citing "sharp action" as a reason for deleting player balances. SBG also tells SBR that the player was able to wager $2,000 per parlay and should have been limited to $1,000 despite what the software allowed him to risk. This same operation also stiffed players whose accounts were purchased from SunsetSports (SBR rating F), claiming the players violated rules by being sharp and having "inside info". The total amount reported stolen by SBG Global in the past year exceeds $80,000.

11.14.2006

SexyWagers (SBR rating D) closing website citing a lack of popularity in the pornography theme. SexyWagers states that all players will receive their balances within two days.

PlayersTime group closes; stiffs at least one player

11.14.2006

The PlayersTime Group (SBR rating F) sold its customer balances to SBG Global. The sportsbook deleted at least one balance of $13,500 prior to moving the accounts to SBG. PlayersTime told the player "Sorry, you get nothing. We don’t take professional players." This group stiffed users in the past claiming they violated the "wiseguy rule."

BetWho confiscates winnings

11.13.2006
BetWho (SBR rating C-) unjustly confiscates $1,700 of player’s winnings. Management tells SBR that their bonus is meant for recreational players only and that half of this ’sharp’ player’s winnings was taken because it derived from the $100 bonus (on $100 deposit). SBR to ask ownership to correct this error by paying the player $1,700 and a prorated portion of the $100 bonus.

Congrats to poster Rm18

11.12.2006

SBRforum congratulates poster, rm18 who went 4-0 taking home the top $500 prize for Week 10 of the Beat the Prick Football Contest . 41 others won $200 in their BetCris account for outscoring The Prick. The Prick went 3-1 yet managed to log only a single point, losing his highest rated play.

Scam alert notice

11.11.2006

Sportsbook.la (SBR rating F) new scam sportsbook site from operators of past scams 2WagerSports (SBR rating F) and UwagerSports (SBR rating F). The book is not yet live, however SBR has issued a warning to past victims of this operation who are likely to be on the Sportsbook.la marketing list.

SportingBet, SportingbetUSA users complain of deleted bets

11.11.2006
Sportingbet (SBR rating D+) and SportingbetUSA (SBR rating D+) users complain of deleted pending future wagers. Prior to Sportingbet transferring account balances to Superbook.com, some bettors reported disappearing pending bets. While management has agreed to reinstate wagers for many of these account holders at sister sportsbooks, reports of canceled bets continue. Players who have had a pending wager canceled at a former Sportingbet property are invited to contact SBR.

11.08.2006

The account was opened with $800 by a woman who won $50,000 in the casino then withdrew $15,000. The woman’s husband verified with SBG Global that he was eligible to place wagers on the account before losing bets on sporting events bringing the balance down to $15,000. The following weekend he won wagers on college football and week 4 of the NFL, bringing the balance from $15,000 to $56,660. SBG zeroed out the account the following Monday morning, claiming the husband was not allowed to wager under the account.  After the account holder filed the complaint with SBR, SBG altered the wording of the rules regarding third party account access.
 

Scam alert on BetOnSportsOnline

11.07.2006

BetOnSportsOnline (SBR rating F) Warning
This scam operation continues to steal from players. The book’s owner has contacted SBR refuting the scam label but fails to fulfill new promises to pay.

Player: Every time I call customer support at BetonSportsOnline. I am still getting the run around.  The person they say I need to speak with, Alonzo, is never there when I call and never calls back when I leave a message.  They do not respond to emails, neither do they assist you in anyway when you use the Live Chat function.  I don’t know where they are at as far as processing withdrawals.  I would definitely withdraw out all my funds if I could get to them.
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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.06.2006

SportsbookPayers (SBR rating F-) scam claims new victim. Player deposits $30,000, won over $150,000 and is then asked to Western Union funds to "cover transfer and currency conversion costs". This deposit-only sportsbook has never paid a player and serves only as a tool to con sports bettors.

TradeSports (SBR rating C+) sellers complain of retroactive fee increases.

11.05.2006
Some sellers of political contracts on TradeSports.com will see their profits erased. The exchange-style sportsbook has applied its new fee structure on future markets that are already in play. Traders contend that this is the equivalent of a sportsbook altering the payout of a wager after it was accepted. TradeSports has received two straight downgrades from B- to C+ due to costly errors in setting predicition markets and complaints regarding the new fee structure. SBR expects additional complaints once political contracts are settled.

BetOnUsa confiscates funds won from bonuses

11.04.2006

BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) confiscates funds won from bonuses applied "in error." BetOnUSA is known for mailing a free $50 offer early in the football season, verifying eligibility, and later denying winnings. 
"I started with $60.00 dollars ( I am not a big gambler) I made a few small plays - won some - lost some. Then I received a coupon in the mail for this $50.00. It instructed me to go to there web page and enter the code number to get the free $50.00. I did this and they put the money in my account along with my other cash. They claim these funds cannot be combined. I didn’t combine them they did."
SBR has also received multiple reports of payout delays and players receiving bad checks.

BetBet & WWTS slow-pays

11.02.2006

BetBet & WWTS (SBR C-) slow-paying international players.
The operation is serving only non-US users while the books parent company prepares to finalize the sale to Bodog (SBR rating A+) later this month. Three players were told that "technical issues" are responsible for the inability to process payouts requested October 30th.