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

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

04.29.2006
BetUSA(SBR rating B) cancels client’s pending wagers after closing his account due to ’non-recreational’ play. BetUSA had sent the player an email on 4/27 at 6AM, stating that any wagers placed after that point would be cancelled. The player continued to have full access to his account and made wagers minutes before the start of the mid-day baseball games, claiming he did not check his email. The wagers were cancelled after the games were already in progress. SBR expects BetUSA to honor wagers confirmed by its system.

SBR Sportsbook Tours:

04.28.2006

View photos of InstantActionSports (SBR rating C) here. The sportsbook is located in San Jose, Costa Rica in front of the Mercedes building but will be relocating when its newly purchased office in San Jose is renovated. SBR has met with ownership, who talked of plans to leave IQL software, in favor of Digital Gaming Solutions in May. IAS is targeting American players looking to bet into small markets such as motor racing, cycling and some soccer leagues.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

04.27.2006
EvertonBet (SBR rating D) taken off-line; client reports missing funds. SBR to contact Evertonbet’s service provider, BetRoyal (SBR rating D).

Player: "Hi Bill, I emailed you last month about a problem ive had with evertonbet.  I placed a bet at the start of january.  The bet won.  Which was £180. 2 days later evertonbet had their whole system taken over by betroyal.  The winnings from the bet went missing from my account and they claim their was no such bet placed. I put in a withdrawal request before the system changed and after alot of emails from them telling me the problem had been sorted nothing has happened.  Now evertonbet have folded i dont know what to do.  What would you suggest?"
4/28/2006 (11:37:57 AM) UPDATE: Royal Sports agrees to credit player £180

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

04.26.2006

SBR has learned that SandalsWager(SBR rating F-) is functioning as a post-up sportsbook serviced by turnkey service provider, International Data Solutions (IDS). Vince, the owner of the sportsbook who previously worked for scam sites, BetWGN and SunsetSports is using the Neteller merchant code sand4171 to accept deposits. Neteller and IDS have been notified of the no-pay complaint.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

04.25.2006
Player waiting one month for $3,150 withdrawal from Sportsbook.com(SBR rating D+). SBR to inquire about bankwire which was validated by managment on March 15th.

Player: "Dear Sirs, I have been experiencing some severe problems with the online sportsbook SPORTSBOOK.COM. As you may see from my attached correspondence, I bet on the 2006 Oscars and won $3,000.00 on Best Picture. I contacted them and asked for withdrawal, filling out their online form for bank transfer.
However, since then, I have not received the money. My account with them shows no money on it, and they keep not responding to my various e-mails. I am desperate! Is there anything I can do? Is there anyhow you could help me with? Please be kind enough to advise! I would be most grateful if you could do anything to help me!!!  Thank you so much in advance."

SCAM ALERT:

04.24.2006
"Vince Taylor", a former employee for no-pay sportsbooks, HiltonSports(SBR rating D-), SunsetSports(SBR rating F-), RoverSportsbook(SBR rating F-) and BetWGN(SBR rating F-), soliciting deposits. Vince used SandalsWager.com, a per-head credit sportsbook website to book his players’ wagers and serve as an agent. A player complains that Vince posed as his account manager and broke off communication when he was ready to take his first payout on a $15,000 balance. SandalsWager’s only response to the matter was "all inquiries should be addressed to the agent".

BookTheBet (SBR rating D-)

04.23.2006
player writes to SBR about attempts to cashout his funds after fulfilling his wagering requirements on a 100% bonus. Players should be leery of excessive bonuses and personalized offers that seem too good to be true.

"So, about 3 weeks ago , I called bookthebet and tried to get a cash-out.They told me that they would look at my account and get back with me. They never did, so I called them back---again and again!!!   By now Ihave probably called a total of 10-12 times, always without results. The excuses are numerous. Maybe the person in charge of cash-outs is not available, but I was promised they would call me. They never did, never, even though I was promised at least 5 times. Another time , the computers were not working, they said.Excuse after excuse!!!  Finally today, I was told that I had not completed my rollover, that it was 10 x. This is a lie. They are doing everything not to give me my money. I have about 2200 dollars in the account. I wish I had known your website before this happened. I was stupid to believe a deal like they offered me, but I didn’t know any better. Your website is very informative and taught me a lot. I will stick to highly rated books in the future."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

04.22.2006
SBR receives two new slow-pay complaints from EuroPlay(SBR rating D+) bettors. The latest player to file a complaint reports a missing balance and a lack of email response. Calls to Europlay are answered by the sportsbook’s voice mail.

Player: "I am having problems with europlay.at which I hope you might be able to help with. I asked for a payout of 1550 euros in late January this year and was asked to send identification documents (passport and credit card used to deposit funds).  I did this on Jan 29th and received a reply on Feb 2nd acknowledging receipt of these and asking for bank details (bank name,IBAN and swfit code, account number and name of account holder).  I sent these off and had an email on February 12th acknowledging this information and promising transfer of the funds within 60 days. The funds had not been transferred on April 13th so I emailed asking for an update.  This email was ignored.  However my account balance is now 0 euros and has been since at least Monday.  I checked my bank balance online today and no money has been transferred."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

04.21.2006
Sportingbet Plc returns $24,000 confiscated from client in October 2005. Over the course of a year the player had used multiple Sportingbet Plc sites including PlayersOnly(SBR rating D+), LinesMaker(SBR rating D+), SportFanatik(SBR rating D+), SportingBetUSA(SBR rating D+), Aces(SBR rating D+) and Sportsbook.com(SBR rating D+). The amount confiscated was the sum of what the player had earned in bonuses and won overall from the family of sportsbooks. SBT management originally stated that the player was violating the spirit of the bonus although the company’s client support has maintained that utilizing multiple sportsbooks and incentive offers was acceptable. Other Sportingbet players hope to experience the same success in resolving their issue and recovering their funds. SBR is currently speaking with Sportingbet’s corporate office about these matters.

Internet1x2(SBR rating F-)

04.20.2006
players who are waiting for withdrawals should contact SBR at Assistance@SportsbookReview.com. The sportsbook has cleared a substantial portion of its debt to players that have filed complaints with SBR in 2006, paying one account holder who has been waiting over a year. Accounting will be presented with a list of new delinquent accounts tomorrow. Management tells SBR "We do not want to be perceived as a scam book and will pay everyone who is owed". SBR will review Internet1x2’s rating once all players are paid and it becomes apparent that it was not at the expense of new depositors.

SBR adds sportsbook overview feature for over 600 sportsbooks.

04.19.2006


Players can use the search function or click on the sportsbook name in the SBR Rating Guide to see the book’s contact, software and company information, as well as a screen shot to verify the user is researching the correct website. Banking options, direct LiveChat links and enlarged screen shots to be added soon. View an example of this search function here.

DragonWager enters SBR rating guide at D.

04.18.2006
The sportsbook is serviced by Capilleira Hosting Services in Pavas, Costa Rica, and uses Central Valley Technologies software. Capilleira does not financially back DragonWager.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

04.17.2006

Sports.com (SBR rating D+) confiscates $1600 of bettor’s winnings because the player utilized bonus offers from multiple sites within the same family of sportsbooks. Sportingbet Plc and its sister company, World Gaming Plc, license and host many gambling websites which target the same players. These sites do not feature any rules disallowing clients from using more than one World Gaming product. SBR has confirmed that the sales department encourages players to join regardless if accounts with the company’s sportsbooks already exist. The group has a history of confiscating winnings from clients who have taken advantage of multiple offers.

SBR sportsbook tours:

04.16.2006

SBR tours BetUs(SBR rating D) Costa Rica offices. The sportsbook is located on the third floor of building 2 of Oficentro La Sabana in San Jose, Costa Rica. View photos here. BetUs’ wagering department operates out of Montreal Canada.

SBR meets with Management of Heritage Sports(SBR rating C+)

04.14.2006


Heritage has revised its decision to close its doors to new registrants until July 1st, instead allowing players to join on Monday, May 1st. SBR will reinstate Heritage’s B+ rating once the signup page is enabled. The sportsbook has retained the services of Gary Thomson who will serve as a consultant and assist Heritage with major changes and upgrades prior to the NFL season. Amongst the changes slated for the summer of 2006 is an upgraded website and a move to a new facility which was purchased by the sportsbook earlier this year. View pictures of the new Heritage building here.

SBR Bill Dozer meets with BetUS(SBR rating D) COO Kevin King

04.13.2006
Mr. King has agreed to resolve two player complaints, paying one player $1500 owed from an NFL loss rebate as well as a 2nd player who saw his roll-over requirement double from 5 to 10 times. Mr King states that the book will no longer change wagering requirements and will honor the listed policies and procedures.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

04.11.2006
Globet(SBR rating C-) ignores its listed rule (9.2) stating that soccer matches suspended before the 90th minute will be "deemed void", graded as no action. The sportsbook has graded a player’s wager on a soccer match suspended in the 76th minute a loss, stating that the Argentinean Federation considers the match official. Players should be able to have confidence that the sportsbook’s printed rules will stand.

SBR office tours:

04.10.2006

View photos of YouWager(SBR rating B) here. The sportsbook, which previously used the brand name First Fidelity, is located in building 7 of Oficentro La Sabana in San Jose, Costa Rica. YouWager’s offices are on the 2nd floor, three floors below Bodog(SBR rating A). View other sportsbook pictures in SBR’s new Sportsbook Tours section.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

04.09.2006
SBR has confirmed Internet1x2 (SBR rating F-) withdrawals have been received by three players this week. The book claims it will began payment plans on all delinquent accounts. SBR will be assisting 1x2 with payment information for users who have submitted a complaint. Bettors are welcome to send account information to SBR. Players should be aware of the book’s history of sporadic payouts before eventually falling into no-pay mode once again.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

04.08.2006

BetUS downgraded from D+ to D as bettors continue to file complaints. Management has not addressed pending issues or its policies toward winning clients as promised. Players have also voiced their displeasure with customer service and misleading bonus offers.

Heritage Sports not accepting new accounts; downgraded from B+ to C+

04.07.2006
Management states that the sportsbook will reopen to the public on July 1st, citing facility and website upgrades. SBR was aware of the changes but is concerned by the extended amount of time needed before the sportsbook can operate normally. SBR believes player funds are safe but recognizes the potential for current players to be inconvenienced by the impending upgrades.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: WagerFree's Garet Bradford extradited back to Reno Nevada

04.06.2006


Garet faces two category B felony counts (Case No. RCR 2006-026300) brought by The Nevada Gaming Control Board for unlicensed gambling activity. Victims of the deposit-only sportsbook can follow the case,  which is public record, once court room proceedings begin at http://www.washoecourts.com/. Garet is expected to be arraigned shortly at the Second Judicial Court of Washoe County. Players are hopeful that the court will order the former WagerFree(SBR rating F-) operator to pay restitution.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Pump and Dump Scam Continues

04.05.2006


Within the last week the ChangeABet scammers have taken their latest batch of sites, RoverSportsbook(SBR rating F-), SunsetSports(SBR rating F-) and BetWGN(SBR rating F-), off-line. Bettors who want to contact the sportsbook can try the customer service line for the group’s latest sportsbook Bet-Bank(SBR rating F-) as well as 1stLines(SBR rating F-) at 1-800-480-5127. Players who have had their funds transferred to one of these sites should attempt to redeem their balances immediately. SBR appreciates the efforts from its readers who have continuously  helped to identify sites within this network. Bettors who had researched SunsetSports, RoverSportsbook and BetWGN would not have had to look far for feedback and warnings from fellow gamblers.