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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.11.2006
The VO Group including MVPsportsbook(SBR rating C) and V-Wager(SBR rating C) experiencing technical difficulties as it moves into the BetOnSports(SBR rating C) building. BetOnSports purchased the VO Group at the close of 2005.  Players report missing pending wagers from their account history as well as slight delays with withdrawals. The sportsbook tells SBR that players may call for a complete record of their active plays and states that the migration should be complete by the end of next week.

SBR Sportsbook Tours: View

03.10.2006

photos of CRIS (SBR rating A+) here. The operation is located in what is known in San Jose, Costa Rica as The CRIS Building and is officially called Building La Colmena. BetCRIS occupies the 6th and 7th floor.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: BetUs(SBR rating D+) Bait and Switch Bonus? Bettor denied NFL loss rebate.

03.08.2006
The player was promised the 10% rebate throughout the football season as he lost $15,000, earning a $1500 free-play. After the NFL season, BetUS confirmed that the player had earned the bonus and assured him that future account activity would not affect his NFL rebate which would be credited before the end of February. The bettor reloaded his account and went on to to win back most of the amount lost during the NFL season. As a result, BetUs closed the betting account, denied the free-play earnings and deleted 25,000 in bonus points which could be redeemed for a free-play.

Player: "I SPECIFICALLY ASKED IF I LOSE MORE THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE MONTH IF WOULD I GET MORE CASH BACK AND HE SAID NO -- IT DOESNT MATTER WHETHER YOU WIN OR LOSE NOW, ALL THAT MATTERS IS WHAT YOUR ACCOUNT BALANCE WAS RIGHT AFTER SUPERBOWL. Just to confirm that, I called two different clerks the next day and  asked if I were to go on a win streak in the days and weeks after the superbowl, if that would affect my gamblers assurance and they assured me that it would not."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.07.2006
BetOnUSA(SBR rating D-) offering to Fedex new checks to players whose initial check has bounced. Players must fax the first check to BetonUSA at 1-416-850-9602 and then confirm it was received by calling customer service at 1-866-238-6687. Over 100 players from BetonUSA, as well as clients with other sportsbooks have been affected by this check processor issue. BetonUSA is now using Citadel Commerce to process payouts by check.

SBR office tours:

03.06.2006

 Equus building in San Jose, Costa Rica.View photos of Sportbet(SBR rating B-) here. Sportbet is located on the 6th floor of the

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.05.2006
NationalSportsGambling(SBR rating F) taken off-line with player funds. Victims of this scam site report being owed over $50,000.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.03.2006
RoverSportsbook(SBR rating F-) is a new book from the owners of scam operations such as SunsetSports, BetWGN, BetCNN, BetChanger and Changeabet. RoverSportsbook banners go through former Changeabet owner Michael Franklyn’s advertising network, SGNCOM.net, and share the same IP address, 64.202.189.170, with SunsetSports.

SCAM ALERT:

03.02.2006

BetIsGlobal(SBR rating F-) becomes LasVegas777.com. Changing names to avoid being identified as a scam operation is a common practice for the VipBetZone Group.

BetOnUSA(SBR rating D-) bounces check; slow-pays player.

03.02.2006


Player:
"Hello, I have been searching for help in a matter that I think you can help me with. I have been a customer on betonusa for a few years. I have always been paid when I cashed out up until recently. They currently owe me $7,253.00 and bounced a check for $4,000.00 to me. They have been leading me on for over a week about telling me that I will receive an overnite check the next day. I have no idea what to do. Can you provide me with any help? Your time is much appreciated."

This is the third complaint in five months from players who have received bad checks from BetOnUSA, which blames its third party payment processor. The previous two account holders received their 2nd check after a two week delay.
3/3/2006 (4:37:57 PM) Update: SBR receives new complaint of $4,000 bounced check.

SBR Sportsbook Tours:

03.01.2006

View photos of WagerWeb(SBR rating B-) here. WagerWeb moved into this new facility in April of 2005. The building houses a staff of 180 employees.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.28.2006

BetGateway(SBR rating F-) victims frustrated as they learn this scam sportsbook exists under new name, Bet4Aces.

Player writes: "First i was able to log in to bet4aces using the login info from betgateway and i saw my balance of 585$. i open the chat with edward and ask for cashout..first he said ok and after few days i chat with him again but this time he said " its not me who you talked with" and i was unable to log in to the account again."
 
Bet4Aces claims it purchased Gateway’s system without knowledge of the debt owed to players. The claim is made despite the fact that Bet4Aces is located in the same building as Gateway, uses same members of management as Gateway, and has full access to BetGateway’s player database. SBR has offered to assist Bet4Aces in settling delinquent accounts and Bet4Aces recently paid one player $60,000 of the $120,000 balance accrued while using BetGateway.com.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.27.2006

UK-based Betfair(SBR rating A+) confirms plans to offer PayPal as new banking option. PayPal removed information referring to gambling activity from sections 2.7 and 7.2 of the User Agreement for Austria, Germany, and U.K in November of 2005. PayPal.co.uk’s AUA previously included the following language: Using the PayPal service to receive payments for wagers, gambling debts or gambling winnings, regardless of the location or type of gambling activity.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.27.2006
BetOnStars(SBR rating D) off-line since Friday; SBR visits office. SBR has verified that BetonStars is staffed and is taking wagers. Management tells SBR that their IQ-L software service was discontinued on Friday and they are in the process of implementing ASI’s software package. The sportsbook is unable to process payouts during this down time. Players can reach customer service by calling 1-800-799-6353.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.27.2006
New no-pay complaints coming from SunsetSports(SBR rating F-) players. Bettors are reminded to avoid this book which recently collapsed and was later taken over by industry scam artists.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.25.2006
BetPlatinum payout complaints continue. The sportsbook was recently downgraded from C- to D+ after slow-paying clients while increasing bonus offers. Players should avoid Platinum and its 30 to 50% bonus promotions at this time.

"I saw the report posted on your website regarding the payout delays with BetPlatinum. Actually, I am having the same problem. I originally requested $2500 payout, but so far I have only received $2000. I know $500 might not be a lot. But I have been so frustrated about the way how they handle this matter. They kept telling me the money is going to be in my Neteller account next day. It has been almost one week (I started to request the payout since last Friday 2/17) and I still have not received the remaining $500."

SBR office tours:

02.24.2006

View photos of 5Dimes(SBR rating A) here. 5Dimes is located in the Equus building in San Jose, Costa Rica.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.23.2006
BetOnSports(SBR rating C) agrees to credit player for winning soccer wager at intended odds.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.23.2006
BetOnSports(SBR rating C) cancels bettor’s winning soccer wager after match. The sportsbook claims the price of the wager was listed incorrectly due to human error, while the player states the odds offered were comparable with other sportsbooks. SBR is speaking to BetOnSports about paying winnings at what they believe to be the correct price. BetOnSports management is expected to reassess this decision, understanding that voiding winnings after funds are risked is unacceptable.

Player to wagering department: "Receiving no notice by email, phone or messageboard though  hours and even a day passed before the events I betted on took place leads to only one conclusion: The odds offered by you where perfectly alright when I placed my bets. There was no no flipping of lines at that time. Id was only after the results where clear, that the process of denying my bets started. Instead of balancing their  book properly your colleagues accepted and by their odds even teased and aquired bets on the "underdog" result of the two events. This is the explanation why nothing at all happened until the games where finished. Even then no contact with me as the customer, just quietly deleting the bet from the account. I am more than sure, that if the results would have beeen like your colleagues expected and I had lost my bets, nothing at all would have happened and the bets would be on the account as lost."