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Bet365 (SBR rating A+):

10.04.2006
In response to the Safe Port Act, Bet365 has decided to stop taking wagers from US players. US based clients are asked to redeem funds upon log in.

Nine (SBR rating B+)

10.03.2006
to leave Costa Rica and operate from Curacao, along with sister site VIP (SBR rating A+). Both brands are owned by Leisure & Gaming plc. Nine.com users will not experience an interruption in service.

Stiff sportsbook

10.01.2006
Bet4Aces (SBR rating F) appears to have pulled the plug on its website. Players who have been tracking this scam are aware that balances can be viewed by logging into new scam site, Sportsbook777.com (SBR rating F). Others are now learning that they have been scammed. SBR is currently investigating several other websites that may be affiliated with Bet4Aces.

Player: "I have been frantically trying to figure out what is going on and then came across your site and see that they are on your Black List.  I see that they have merged with/changed to Sportsbook777.com.  I tried out my account info and password there and it works! But when I tried calling them, someone answered playing dumb and then said that he needs to call the wagering room and then will call me back and hung up the phone without even getting my number."

Bettors upset by invalid promotional offers

09.30.2006


Sportsbooks are aggressively marketing to their client base and for most books, that means sending out mass email offers. SBR has received an unusually high volume of complaints from players that have deposited funds in order to get an offered bonus, only to learn they are ineligible.  Players who are denied a bonus after depositing in response to an email should have the option to receive a full and immediate refund with transfer costs absorbed by the sportsbook. Players who are told they must proceed to bet with these funds are encouraged to contact SBR. SBR advises sportsbooks to list all terms and conditions within the initial offer and suggests bettors confirm eligibility prior to sending funds.

BetRoyal (SBR rating C-)

09.29.2006
to offer to settle debts with vicitims of Virtual Group Sportsbooks. The sportsbooks include, but are not limited to, ScoreSportsbook, PyramidSportsbook, KingSportsbook and TNTsportsbook. These properties, which were operated by the BetRoyal parent company, closed their doors in 2003 making players the victim of theft. Customers are encouraged to contact SBR with balance and account information. Royal Sports has agreed to allow SBR to mediate claims where balances are questionable. An official statement is expected early next week.

EnvivoSports (SBR ratign D-)

09.29.2006
tells customers they are closing and no longer accepting deposits. Players should call 1-866-888-6553 to request their balance.

BetAtlas &

09.28.2006

724Sports receive player praise at start of NFL season; earn upgrade from C to C+. Both are hosted and managed by Costa Rica-based Horizon Sports (SBR rating C+) and use BLR software.

GolfingGods (SBR rating D-)

09.27.2006
clients submit eight slow-pay complaints in six days. The golf sportsbook is not taking calls or responding to emails. During previous payout droughts, ownership has contacted SBR claiming that withdrawal problems were isolated to specific transfer methods. GolfingGods blamed fake transfer restrictions imposed by Neteller after a surge in payout complaints in December. Players should avoid this book, which is known for its unique golf matchup betting options.

BetButler (not rated) players losing hope

09.27.2006
Players are reporting that after initially receiving instructions to email the book’s "support center" for withdrawals, emails are bouncing. The sportsbook has been closed since September 9th, leaving users without any information except a homepage announcement:

To all users of BetButler.
From 22-09-2006 you will no longer be able to play at BetButler.
It is vital to say, that all player accounts will stay intact and your money is secure. Please login to your account and request a withdrawel. If any problems, please read our FAQ before you request help from our support (support@betbutler.com).
Thank you for playing at BetButler.

JerseyCasino

09.25.2006
enters the SBR rating guide at D+. JerseyCasino is a new site from the GoTo Entertainment Group. SBR has not received a payout complaint from GoTo players since the sportsbook completed its installment plan to slow-paid bettors one year ago. The GoTo group has recently received an upgrade from D to D+.

Dimeplayer (SBR rating B+)

09.24.2006

to be absorbed by Legendz (SBR rating A)
As of Monday, September 25th, the Dimeplayer homepage will redirect to LegendzSports.com. Dimeplayer clients will maintain their current account number and password and will continue to receive a 10 cent baseball line for the remainder of the MLB season.

Bwin (SBR rating C-) agrees to credit players for voided wins

09.22.2006


SBR Justin speaks with Bwin Wagering Director Frank Mahon about winning wagers that were canceled after the event for being a "bad line." Winning bets placed August 31st on Tampa Bay +7 and August 30th wagers on tennis player Monfils at 1.4 will be honored. SBR to resume discussions with Bwin regarding additional complaints of canceled bets. Bwin, formerly BetAndWin, will be reevaluated after all complaints have been addressed.

BetButler(not rated) closes; slow-paying users

09.22.2006
BetButler’s website states that the exchange bookmaker will no longer be servicing bettors and advises all clients to request their balances. Two players who made Moneybookers withdrawal requests a week before the closing, say they are still waiting for their transfer. BetButler has not responded to player emails inquiring about the payout status.

Mansion (SBR rating B) at least two days behind responding to emails.

09.21.2006
The sportsbook blames the delay on an overflow of customer inquiries after underestimating the amount of new clients for the 2006 football season. Mansion is advising bettors to use LiveChat for faster service. SBR has also received complaints regarding misgraded wagers, highlighted by the delay in response time. The book tells SBR they have hired additional staff, and plan to be current with player inquiries and software issues this week.

BetSense (SBR rating D) slow-pay report prompts more negative feedback from users

09.21.2006


Player: "Hi Bill, Today I read your new file concerning two users who have problems with the bookie BETSENSE. I can totally confirm this experience. I reqested about 1300 Euro at the end of the football world championship (i.e. 10th of July) and had to wait around 6 (!) weeks for my money to arrive on my bank account. I made the experience that they ignored some of my eMails, told me that my bank details were wrong and all this stupid stuff (of course this was just a measure to gain time). At the end I could by lucky, but for me this bookie is dead. It is absolutely correct that you have this bookie on your avoid-list!"

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.20.2006
Two BetSense (SBR rating D) users file slow-pay complaints in the amounts of £950 and £377.40 and report a lack of email responses. A third client states he has incurred an erroneous credit card charge. SBR to contact the sportsbook on behalf of players.

SBR network of websites adds LiveChat Technical Support

09.19.2006
Forget your SBRforum password or have trouble loading a web page? Tell us about it. LiveChat technical assistance will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m central time beginning tomorrow and will be featured on SBR, SBROdds and SBRforum.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.18.2006
New sportsbook, BetBones and sister sites, StockCarBets, 911Wager, LionSportsbook not paying employees. Two employees have complained they have not received a paycheck in three weeks and say the staff is owed over $10,000. The small operation has been downgraded from D to D-.

Scam alert:

09.17.2006

Nt bet (SBR rating F-) is a new sportsbook from former owners of scam operation, Sunset Sports (SBR rating F-).

BetAndWin (SBR rating C-) failing to honor winning wagers

09.16.2006


BAW, now called bwin, users are consistently submitting complaints that the sportsbook is voiding winning wagers well after the match has finished. Many recent complaints are the result of live-wagering bad lines. Few players are able to gauge what the correct market price should be, and therefore are unaware if in-game betting odds are offered in error. Players are referring to bwin’s practice of voiding bets on recent soccer matches and preseason NFL lines as "the bait and switch." Bwin offered Tampa Bay +7 for two days when the average market price was +3.5. After the game was played, bwin cancelled winning wagers on Tampa Bay citing their “bad line rule". Players who took Houston -7 in week four of the preseason are asked to contact SBR.
 
Player: Bwin take shot at players. It took bet on Tampabay and cancelled them after the match... say it was a bad line mistake. wtf is that??? This bookie get to gamble and when they lose they say oops!! sorry my mistake! they probably get new players to sign up this way too!!

Note: The Austrian bookmaker’s license has been void in Germany and the book stands to lose much of its German player base immediately. Co-Chief Executive Officers of bwin International Entertainment AG were detained for questioning by French Authorities on 9/15/06. Players may find updates on the books CEOs here.

BetOnSports Plc

09.15.2006

sportsbook, Yishengbo enters the SBR rating guide at D-. BetOnSports continues to cheat players through its remaining active sportsbooks. SBR has received multiple complaints from American-based bettors who were ejected from Easybets (SBR rating D-) after solidifying MLB future wager wins. EasyBets was known for offering generous future betting odds to attract its clients.
 
Bettor: "Bill, The voided wagers were still pending.  EasyBets stiffed me on the Mets winning the NL East division - which is already a foregone conclusion, and I’ll get cheated big if either San Diego or San Francisco win the NL West." 

Payouts confirmed from slow-paying sportsbooks

09.14.2006


SBR has verified that three players have received a delayed Neteller or wire transfer from SportsInteraction (SBR rating C-) this morning. Management tells SBR that the remaining delinquent Neteller payouts will reach clients no later than tomorrow. The book continues to blame system processing errors for delays. Players who have not already received verification that payment will be processed today should contact SBR or SIA. Players should also check to verify that all deposits have reached the sportsbook and are for the correct amounts. SBR has received over 20 SIA payout complaints with the last week.

09:07 AM CST Update: Three more players report receiving Neteller withdrawals.

GoldingGods (SBR rating D-) player confirms receipt of £1,000 after six month wait and £848 after waiting three months. The player states that the payout was sent after he threatened to chargeback his credit card deposits. Bettors should continue to steer clear of this problem golf sportsbook.