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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.

Jessica Davis steps down as COO of WWTS (SBR rating A+)

06.23.2006


Jessica cites personal reasons for leaving the company and states that BetCorp remains in the hands of top-level management. Ms. Davis worked her way through the ranks at WWTS over the past eleven years, helping to build WWTS into the powerhouse it is today.

ActionBets

06.23.2006

(SBR rating D+) withdrawals unavailable regardless of requested payout method. The book was able to send partial balances owed through Western Union yesterday but has stopped processing payouts completely today. ActionBets says it must wait for deposits or a bank wire expected early next week, before resuming transfers.

ActionBets (SBR rating C-)

06.22.2006
sending Western Union payments in place of Neteller requests. ActionBets tells SBR it will conclude a fraud investigation, which involves a group of players brought to the sportsbook by a staff member, before the end of the week. The sportsbook’s rating will be reevaluated Monday.

Carib Sports (SBR rating B)

06.22.2006
responds to Email Response Test score:
"My name is Liz and I am writing on behalf of Caribsports.com.  We just wanted to let you know that we appreciate your reviews of our website and services as this helps us to make improvements where needed to better be able to serve our members.
 
Some weeks ago you had rated our e-mail services as poor due to a very long delay in responding (for which we apologize); we wanted to let you know that we have since made the necessary changes to ensure that delays no longer occur when using e-mails to communicate with us. 
 
However, please note that we always try our very best to reply to all queries in a timely fashion.  To make this process even more efficient, some time ago we created our own “in house” messaging system which at this time is used by 90% of our members for communications as they are guaranteed a response with 3-5 minutes."
Results from this month’s Email Response Test will be released Saturday.

ActionBets downgraded from C to C-

06.21.2006


SBR has received reports of the following: increased bonus roll-over requirements after bonus terms have been met, Actionbets asking for 4 days to process Neteller withdrawals, solicitations from an Actionbets employee to play at a different unrelated sportsbook, and withdrawals denied during 2 week fraud investigations taking place while account holders are allowed to wager. SBR to speak with management in the morning.

Tradewinds Group (SBR rating B-)

06.20.2006

to be rebranded as "JustBet." Regency Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) will be the first sportsbook in the family to move its players under JustBet.com August 1st, 2006. Tradewinds General Manager tells SBR that the company plans to push the new brand, which won’t use the inconvenient extension ".co.cr." Tradewinds hopes to experience the same recognition and growth that Grand Central Sports achieved when it transformed to Nine.com, prior to being acquired by Leisure & Gaming plc. Tradewinds has been upgraded to B- after seven months without a player complaint. SBR is scheduled to meet with ownership and management in July.

Scam alert

06.19.2006

Insolvent NoJuice Sports (SBR rating F) still accepting deposits and booking wagers.
The sportsbook says it will need one of its "investors" to provide additional funding in order to send players’ their balances yet they continues to take in new deposits. Some NoJuice users have been waiting over three weeks for withdrawals.

Scam alert

06.18.2006

Industry scammer continues to trick players into joining sportsbooks. Robbie McPhail is operating LegendSportsbook.com which has attracted bettors looking for the real Legendz (SBR rating A-). SBR warned players in March of Mr. McPhail’s LasPalmasSportsbook.com after readers reported depositing in what they believed to be LasPalmas (SBR rating C). Bettors should also beware of OceanSportsbook (SBR rating F) and AmericasBookie (SBR rating F). Both are part of this network of scam sites and are spamming email lists offering large bonuses.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.16.2006

Second player reports a balance of $5,888 stolen from his Sports-Gambling (SBR rating D-) account after his balance was transferred from SunsetSports (SBR rating F-). The player says the book told him it "was not profitable" to service him. 

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Sports-Gambling cheating winning players.

06.16.2006


Sports-Gambling (SBR rating D-) management confirms that it confiscated a player’s balance due to internal business problems that were unknown to the player. Last December the sportsbook agreed to book-to-book transfers with SunsetSports (SBR rating F-), which was near collapse. Sports-Gambling General Manager, Randal, tells SBR that the deletion of the $7,000 was "ownership’s decision" and that "it was never real money", because Sunset didn’t fulfill its financial obligations to Sports-Gambling. Sports-Gambling admits that it honored balances of transferred accounts they deemed to be profitable. The sportsbook has been downgraded twice in the last two months due to complaints of unjustly debiting account balances.

No-Pay sportsbook,

06.15.2006

BookTheBet (SBR rating F) also operating adult betting site, PornSportbook (SBR rating F). SBR has received complaints from two BTB players who have been waiting for their withdrawals for months.

SBR office Tours:

06.14.2006

View the office photos for GPS Global SA sportsbooks, SexyWagers, BetGES and CasinoVIP, here. The company is located in Heredia, Costa Rica. Its focus has been servicing credit agents with sites such as Elite Sportsbook (BetESI), under the name of Evolution Sports Data Processing, or CallECC. This new post-up operation, which is still developing its policies and procedures, has received an initial SBR rating of D.

Beware of MVP Sportsbook (SBR rating D) agents soliciting deposits

06.14.2006


An MVP Sportsbook ’agent’ is calling post-up customer lists offering deposit bonuses. One player complains his MVP account was deleted after winning $2338.  The player declined the initial deposit bonus offer, but was given a $3,000 line of credit. He went on to win $2338.00. The ’agent’ tells SBR that he will not pay because the MVP phone clerk was not supposed to let him wager the amount he did, and claims the bettor targeted "a weak clerk." The agent also claims the player’s winning bets do not count because the player agreed to "settle" once he had lost $1000. However, the line of credit gave the player ability to lose up to $3,000. Players should avoid dealing with phone solicitors or verify offers are directly from the sportsbook. Those seeming to represent MVP may only be part of BetOnSports’ ’per-head’ service.

SBR Hiring Writers and Reporters in Costa Rica

06.14.2006
SBR Forum has career opportunities at the SBR office located in Escazu, Costa Rica.  Seeking experienced writers: Fluent English, and knowledge of the online gaming industry required. Photography experience a plus. This is a professional position offering excellent pay and advancement opportunities. Applicants must have own transportation. Send your resume & work samples in confidence to Bill@SportsbookReview.com.

HouseOfGambling

06.13.2006
enters SBR rating guide at D-. The sportsbook is managed by BetOnUSA’s (SBR rating D-) parent company IEE Ltd, and should be avoided.

Bet4Aces (SBR rating D)

06.12.2006
tells SBR they will not be able to process payouts until Friday, possibly Monday. The sportsbook blames new bank wire problems for the latest failed attempt to move money to their Neteller merchant and local bank account.