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News on scam sports betting operations, events and business deals within the offshore sports gambling industry.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.09.2006

Defunct Austrian sportsbook, BetAttack (SBR rating F) back under new name, BetSimple.at. The company, which stiffed the few players it had, is using its old client list to solicit deposits for the new website. BetSimple.at receives an initial rating of F

06.08.2006

On Sunday, 6/04/06, the bettor made a $3,000 deposit, received a $1,200 (40%) reload bonus, then made a winning wager that risked his $4,200 balance on the Anaheim Angels, bringing the account balance to $10,920. Today, Millennium closed the account and sent him $6,414; confiscating the sportsbook bonus as well as 28% of proceeds from the winning wager. Just as is the case with an unjust confiscation of free-play bonus winnings, the player could have risked his funds for the desired return at a different sportsbook. This player has lost over $23,000 to Millennium Sports and has received 9 reload bonuses during one month as a losing client.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.07.2006

The latest sportsbook to launch a fake sportsbook review site is USSportsbook (SBR rating D+). OfficialBettingReview.com claims to offer impartial ratings, complete with a sportsbook blacklist:
"Official Betting Review understands today’s online gamblers’ needs and concerns. That is why we considered the most popular questions and criteria to establish our ratings system. While Sportsbook/Casino/Poker sites may purchase sponsorship, they may NOT purchase a rating; grades will only be awarded after our internal researchers and insiders have vetted the company."

The site is owned by software maker and parent company of USsportsbook, DATISI Group. USsportsbook wears the site’s medals and awards on its homepage.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.06.2006
NoJuice Sports (SBR rating D) blaming payout delays on three lost bank wires, totaling $40,000. Management states that bank checks and bank wires are offered; however normal processing may require an additional week. Customer service tells SBR that other instant-transfer methods such as Moneybookers and InstaDebit are only available for deposits citing a "new processing system". NoJuice has been downgraded from D+ to D.

Note: 
SBR expects a rise in payout complaints this week after Neteller informed Costa Rica bookmakers that they would no longer accept emergency/instant account-to-account tranfers through Costa Rican banks.  All merchant deposits must be sent to Neteller’s bank account in the United Kingdom via standard wire. This change may affect the liquidity of small sportsbooks, and require multiple merchant accounts be adequately funded.

777Rock (SBR rating B)

06.06.2006
move to Cascade (SBR rating A-) office complete. Cascade ownership tells SBR that 777 will change from -107 to -105 pricing. BetCascade Management has hired Richard Jones, formerly Customer Service Manger of Royal Sports (BetRoyal), to assist with managing new brands. A deal to add Dimeplayer (SBR rating B-) has also been completed although software compatibility issues have delayed the server change.

06.05.2006

SBG Global (SBR rating D) and Sports-Gambling (SBR rating D) Management confirms it has confiscated account balances due to "sharp play."
A Sports-Gambling player wagered consistantly over a two month period after his $7,000 balance was transferred from Sunset Sports(SBR rating F-). Management tells SBR they "zeroed his account because he is not someone we wish to deal with" after beating the book to betting odds changes in hockey.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.04.2006

SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F) with most no-pays thus far in 2006. No other website prompts more withdrawal complaints to SBR each week than Futurebet’s flagship site, SportsbookUSA. SBR will continue to warn players regularly about this book, which still manages to attract new clients with creative marketing and its attractive website.

Jimmy 6/03/06: "Have you ever heard a 24 to 48 hour withdraw taking close to two months.  I’m with sportsbookusa.com and I have had a withdraw pending since april 12th of this year.  I have emailed everyone that I could and yet no response...  This is probably the worst sportsbook there is out there and I would apprieciate it if you would let everyone else no how horrible they are."

SBR Hiring Writers and Reporters in Costa Rica

06.03.2006
SBR Network Ltd. 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.

Bet4Aces (SBR rating D)

06.02.2006

unable to process payouts of more than $2,000. Management tells SBR that they must wait until funds are wired to alternate Costa Rican bank accounts on Wednesday. SBR recently spoke with ownership, who anticipates a permanent solution to be in place before the end of the month. Bet4Aces downgraded from D+ to D.

BetOnStars(SBR rating F-) - The proposed deal to rescue this failed sportsbook

06.01.2006
has fallen through according to their previous promoter; TheOnlineWire. While BetOnStars was operating, management as well as their promoter publicly criticized SBR for their poor SBR rating and SBR’s skepticism that they were not simply another scam. The BetOnStars failure is yet another reminder that weak sportsbooks and scams abound in this unregulated industry. Players are advised to carefully research a sportsbook before sending money.

SBR Bill Dozer to meet with Sportingbet Directors in July

06.01.2006
SBR approaches the conference with the expectation of resolving all pending complaints against the family of betting sites. Management has indicated that the company is open to policy changes and will amend rules in an effort to eliminate the potential for future complaints. The book attributes the recent issues to its growth, and states that it aims be more ’player-friendly’ and allow stated rules to decide player disputes.

Bet4Aces (SBR rating D+)

05.31.2006

schedules player’s $1,800 Neteller payout for fourth business day. Backlogged withdrawal requests will likely be a problem until the book adds sufficient banking resources. Players should be cautious while this new sportsbook struggles through the start-up process.
Update 5/31/2006 6:30:23 PM: Bet4Aces processes withdrawal today, a day before forecasted.

New Entries Still Eligible for Baseball Bankroll Contest Grand Prize.

05.31.2006

SBRforum posters are competing for a trip for two to the Caribbean island of Curacao; with airfare, 5 nights deluxe accommodations, and $1,000 spending money courtesy of VIP Sports (SBR rating A+). Contestants are also competing for monthly cash prizes in their VIP accounts. Congratulations to last month’s winner, Stump, who took 1st prize with a record of 16-4. Enter contest and see full details here.

05.30.2006

Sports-Gambling (SBR rating D) takes over player’s $7,000 SunsetSports account then deletes balance. When SunsetSports folded, some account balances were transferred to Sports-Gambling. Sports-Gambling informed players it had "bailed out" Sunset clients but players would be required to wager their funds five times before requesting a withdrawal. Sports-Gambling informed this player that he has lost his funds for the second time, stating that they will no longer honor his balance.

Western Union Sportsbook SCAM claims new victim

05.30.2006

Poland-based con artists, previously behind CypressSportsbook (SBR rating F-) and CreditSportsbook (SBR rating F-), strike again as LasVegasSportsbookDK. The con follows the same course. A tout establishes a relationship with a gambler before referring the player to a sportsbook where he is promised a line of credit after an initial investment. The player is then asked to Western Union funds to Poland. History suggest LasVegasSportsbookDK.com will be off-line shortly and the handicapper phone numbers will soon be disconnected.

DimePlayer (SBR rating B+)

05.29.2006

now managed and hosted by BetCascade (SBR rating A-). Dimeplayer accounts and balances have been transferred from the Legendz Sports Group (SBR rating A-) and are expected to be active on Cascade’s wagering platform tomorrow, when the server transfer is complete. Dimeplayer acknowledges the potential for technical difficulties due to the moving of account data from IQL to ASI wagering software. Players who experience technical problems should email cs@dimeplayer.com.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

05.28.2006
BetCascade (SBR rating A-) to manage new brands. More than one small sportsbook is exploring the possibility of turning control over to Cascade’s management team; with one system migration expected to take place as soon as tomorrow. Players will have the option of benefiting from Cascade’s -105 pricing and baseball dimeline immediately.

BetOnSports (SBR rating C+)

05.27.2006

 

wager cancellation policy drawing complaints.
BetonSports tells TheRX.com poster that it reserves the right to cancel wagers on sports odds that are about to change. Sportsbooks often subjectively label these types of wagers as "betting steam". The industry standard dictates that the only time it is acceptable for a sportsbook to cancel a wager is when the line posted is a gross error and is addressed before the event begins. This is commonly referred to as a ’Bad line’ or ’erroneous betting odds’. Sportsbooks are entitled to deny service to players but confirmed wagers should not be susceptible to cancellation at the book’s discretion.
5/27/2006 1:21:33 PM Update: BetOnSports tells SBR that as of today, this policy will no longer exist and all confirmed wagers will be honored.

 

05.26.2006

Poster fingers SCAM sportsbook. SureBookie (SBR rating F-) is using sportsbook email lists to spam bettors with 100% bonus offers. Surebookie’s customer service number (1-617-529-9091)  and email is from Massachusetts while the site is hosted in California. SBR readers have also reported receiving investment solicitations like the one posted here:
 

05.25.2006

WagerTonight  (SBR rating D+) botches player’s withdrawal. SBR has received an influx of complaints from players with Sportingbet Plc & World Gaming licensees who have received bank checks days or weeks after Neteller withdrawals were requested. Players are frustrated by banking fees and the inability to deposit their funds at a different sportsbook immediately via Neteller.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

05.25.2006

WagerWeb (SBR rating B) apologizes to player; agrees to honor original bonus terms. Ownership states that the new bonus terms should not have affected those who deposited prior to the change.

05.24.2006

Spreads(SBR rating C), managed by WagerWeb(SBR rating B), changes bonus terms after player wins. The bettor states that he agreed to accept a 20% bonus with a 50X rollover (wagering fifty times the bonus and deposit) because the terms of the offer allowed him to withdraw his winnings at anytime, thereby limiting his exposure and assuring his account balance would not exceed the deposit and bonus.

Hollywood Sportsbook (SBR rating C)

05.23.2006

players continue to complain about problems redeeming funds and accessing account history.
Player: "I asked for a payout thurs. and checked in on Sat. I was told it will be there Sat. then sunday,monday,tuesday,,,,Not sure if I am getting it and I am always asked give it another 24 to 48 hours."

SBR has verified that multiple 5 figure withdrawals have been received by Hollywood players. Clients can feel confident that their funds will reach them, although Neteller payouts have taken as long as two weeks. Hollywood customer service tells SBR that they continue to work with new hosting services management on administrative issues responsible for excessive delays.