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Congrats to poster Rm18


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 (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 marketing list.

SportingBet, SportingbetUSA users complain of deleted bets

Sportingbet (SBR rating D+) and SportingbetUSA (SBR rating D+) users complain of deleted pending future wagers. Prior to Sportingbet transferring account balances to, 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.


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


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:


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.

Some sellers of political contracts on 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


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


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.

Pointbet customer service feedback


Pointbet (SBR rating D+) customer service continues to disappoint.
Players report emails going unreturned and unmanned live chat service. Phone service is not offered. A lack of English-speaking clerks has long been a problem for many SBR readers. SBR has received an increase in negative feedback from Asian players as of late.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:


Futurebet slow-pay sportsbook Topbet (SBR rating D-) back online. Players are once again submitting payout complaints.

Bet365 players complain of inadequate rule change notifications


Bet365 (SBR rating A+) players complain of inadequate rule change notification. SBR has received three complaints from users who say they were unaware of recent rule changes that were the difference between winning and losing wagers. Bet365 changed their wagering rules, making overtime in all basketball leagues count for over-under wagers. Most Bet365 users are likely finding out about rule change when their bet on a game that went into overtime is graded.
Beginning January 1st, 2007, all sportsbooks on SBR’s Top Sportsbook List will be required to offer a ’policy updates’ log or another method of alerting players of policy changes.
Player: "European basketball has never counted overtime! How am i supposed to know?? Should I refresh the rules page along with the odds?? At least Pinnacle announces the new rule at top of main page and other book will email you. If Bet 365 would highlight all rule changes for that month it would at least be reasonable to scan over a book of rules. This is crap".

SBR Bill Dozer reports:


Internet1x2 (SBR rating D-) finishes majority of payment plans on delinquent bettor accounts. Management has agreed to notify players via the site’s terms and conditions that the weekly maximum withdrawal may be limited to $2,500. Players with a 1x2 issue or feedback are asked to write to SBR.

Expekt upgraded from C- to C

Expekt raised from C- to C. Improved customer service in 2006 and a willingness to take responsibility for sportsbook errors, earn Expekt its first upgrade.

Former World Gaming licensees downgraded to D-


One-time B- rated sportsbook, has been lowered to D- along with Both sportsbooks were hosted and serviced by the Sportingbet offices in Costa Rica while holding a licensing agreement and domain name leasing contract with World Gaming Plc. BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) parent company, Empire Entertainment Ltd. has purchased the World Gambling service contracts. These sites are expected to be managed by BetOnUSA and its staff in the near future. Players are advised to redeem balances at this time.

SportsInteraction, Swiftpay update


SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-) responds to reports on Swiftpay processing issue
Management: Sports interaction would like to advise you and your readers that the issues with Swiftpay have been cleared up and all affected customers have had their payouts processed through normal ACH processing and not as wire transfers as erroneously stated in the article. As well, the Swiftpay issues affected only a handful of transactions and had no impact on the tens of thousands of other customers who use the other withdrawal methods that Sports Interaction offers to its customers.

SIA users who have not had their Swiftpay payment sent through other means should write to SBR with withdrawal and account information.

BetButler players - write to SBR


BetButler (SBR rating F) users who have not had their full balances transferred to Danbook (not rated) should write to SBR or Danbook with account information. Due to BetButler accounting errors, Danbook has not automatically credited all players. BetButler bettors who were successfully moved to Danbook have submitted positive feedback.

BetPlatinum player reports slow-pay


BetPlatinum (SBR rating D+) player reports slow-pay. The bettor tells SBR that after waiting three days for his Neteller payment, he was sent only $1500 of the $2500 requested.  Platinum has a history of falling behind on withdrawals, but recently told SBR that theses issues have been addressed by its new management. Platinum is expected to update SBR on the status of the remaining funds tomorrow.

SuperiorBook (SBR rating D+) attempts to scare players away from current sportsbook


SBR has received many complaints from readers about Superiorbook, a turnkey site from BetEmpire (SBR rating C-), regarding an unprecedented amount of spam. The latest batch of email sent to customer lists claim that VIP (SBR rating A+) has closed and players should now join the safer Superiorbook. This prompted the recently privatized VIP to send an email to it’s users stating:
"It has come to our attention that emails containing false information about our company are being circulated. is now under private ownership and the company is secure and successful as always. We will continue offering the same great products and services that you have come to expect from – now and in the future. will always communicate with you from a email address, we will never ask for your username or password by email, and you can always call us at 1-800-300-BETS if you ever have any questions about our company."
This is not the first time the group has resorted to underhanded marketing tactics. Earlier this year Empire blamed third party marketing for sending emails containing fake links for well-known sportsbooks that lead to