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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.21.2006

ActionBets (SBR rating D-) meets with SBR to discuss current situation. Ownership tells SBR that it is liquidating assets and that the majority of delinquent bettor accounts will be settled next week. For most players, this would be the final payment during one month of delays. SBR has also received seven complaints from ActionBets players whose accounts have been frozen for nearly two months. SBR will assist Actionbets with the assessment of these accounts. Players who hold frozen balances should supply Actionbets with a picture ID and two documents, such as utility bills, that confirm the address listed in their ActionBets account.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.20.2006

NoJuice Sports (SBR rating F-) vacates office.
The sportsbook’s website has been off-line since Sunday. Players who have been owed for months have feared the worst. SBR has returned to the sportsbook’s location in Oficentro La Sabana and has confirmed that the sportsbook has literally closed its doors. Neighbors tell SBR that NoJuice packed up the few pieces of equipment it had "a few days ago." It is likely financial processors have finally stopped servicing the scam, eliminating the potential for the book to steal from others.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Scammer spammer posing as SBR

07.19.2006


An SBR imposter is sending emails titled "SBR Newsletter" from email address SportsBookReview@gmail.com, asking recipients to "Review our Choice for Book of the Month". The latest sportsbook to be promoted under the guise is BetChamps, a site from the D- rated BetOnUSA Group.
Note: SBR does not take part in email marketing and has never done so.

iGotsports tied to recently indicted BetOnSports owner Gary Kaplan.

07.18.2006


Two fraudulent watchdog sites tied to the same group. The fraudulent web sites are ReviewSportsbooks.com and SportsbookAudit.com. BetOnSports and Gary Kaplan were recently indicted for fraud for setting up other bogus watchdog sites that promoted their sportsbooks. IGotSports SBR rating is lowered from C- to D. 

BetOnSports(SBR rating D) stock exchange trading halted as BOS' board issues the following statement:

07.18.2006


 
From the BetOnSports Board of Directors: The Board have also noted that in a Press Release issued by the Department of Justice in the course of the evening of 17 July UK time, reference is made to a  temporary restraining order having been obtained by the US Department of  Justice against BETonSPORTS. The release states that a civil complaint has been filed in federal court to obtain an order requiring BETonSPORTS to stop taking sports bets from the United States, and to return money held in wagering accounts to account holders in the United States and that a  temporary restraining order was issued yesterday. A hearing in the civil case has been requested within 10 days. Reference is also made to the FBI  issuing letters to four telephone companies, instructing them to stop providing phone service to the Internet sportsbooks and casinos operated by BETonSPORTS.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.17.2006
SBR received 2nd complaint of voided winning wagers in past month from Interwetten (SBR rating B) users. The sportsbook’s software did not apply correct wagering limits to some events. In these cases, management has applied the betting limits after the match was finished, during the grading process. The result was the cancellation of the winning wagers that put the player’s total risked amount over the intended limit. SBR to discuss the flawed system with management. 

07.16.2006

The player bet that a boxer, J. Taylor "will not win the fight". The wording of the wager suggests that the bettor will win the wager if the opposing fighter wins or if there is a draw. The bettor confirmed prior to the match by email, that a draw would indeed result in a winning ticket. TradebetX has voided the winning bet that would have delivered over $2,000.

SportsInteraction (SBR rating C+)

07.13.2006

customer service will go off-line tomorrow at 5:00am CST for scheduled maintenance. Phone lines and LiveChat will be out of service and emails will not be returned until Saturday. SIA tells SBR they will be operating normally Saturday morning.

BetCorp Ltd, parent company of

07.12.2006

WWTS (SBR rating A+), acquires Oasis (SBR rating D+) for $9.8 million. WWTS management has already stated that it will pay over $4,000 to former Oasis players who filed confiscation complaints with SBR. The treatment to unwanted players in 2005 was largely responsible for the book’s rating to fall from B- to D+. Oasis was successfully migrated from Curacao to Betcorp’s servers in Antigua and will be reevaluated.

Dimeplayer (SBR rating B+)

07.12.2006

purchased by Legendz (SBR rating A-)
The sportsbook, which was hosted by Legendz Sports, is now officially part of the company. Dimeplayer.com’s previous owner had planned to move the website under BetCascade (SBR rating A-) management but the transfer was put on hold due to software compatibility issues. Legendz CEO, Luke King, tells SBR that "Dimeplayer will be part of legendz for the long haul". Dimeplayer has already been moved to Legendz’s new software, BLR Technologies.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.11.2006

Former WagerFree (SBR rating F-) owner, Garet Bradford, to be arraigned in Washoe County, Nevada Court on Friday, July 14th. Mr. Bradford is facing one felony count of operating a gaming establishment without a license. WagerFree victims can follow court proceedings here.

ActionBets (SBR rating D-) Update:

07.10.2006

Actionbets tells SBR they expect the next bank wire, which is in the amount of $50,000, to reach Neteller on Wednesday. The sum will not clear all debt to players, but the sportsbook states that each customer with a pending withdrawal will receive, at minimum, a partial payment.

7/13/2006 5:35:24 PM Update: Actionbets sends installments of up to $2,000 to players owed.

SBR has

07.09.2006

confirmed that six Pointbet (SBR rating D+) users have received four figure Moneybookers transfers over the weekend. Management tells SBR that both merchant accounts (Moneybookers and bank transfer) are now sufficiently funded.

SBR network maintenance notice

07.08.2006

The SBR network of websites, including SportsbookReview.com, SBRforum.com and live odds program, SBRodds.com will be off-line from Midnight CST Sunday July 9th until approximately 10:00 am CST Monday July 10th, for scheduled server maintenance. Players can view betting odds on SBROdds V1.0 during this downtime. The following sportsbooks have confirmed they will use the relatively inactive time surrounding the MLB all-star break to upgrade or perform maintenance. Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+). Maintenance to network from 7:00 pm CST Sunday July 9th until approximately 2:00 pm CST Monday July 10th. Wagering and customer service will not be available during this time. Canbet (SBR rating A-): Website will not be available on July 10 & 11 due to server relocation. Legendz Sports (SBR rating A-): Website scheduled to go off-line evening of July 10th in order to change software from IQL to BLR.

BetOnSports Plc follows industry trend; consolidates brands

07.08.2006

BOS’ newly acquired sportsbooks, and former VO-Group properties, BeverlyHillsBookie.com, VirtualSportsbookInternational.com and VirtualBookmaker.com are scheduled to move clients to MVPSportsbook (SBR rating D) tomorrow. PopularPoker-Sportsbook will consolidate its bettors under PlayersSuperbook (SBR rating D). Players may find they are locked out of their account for an extended period, as is the case with sister books, RockIslandSports (SBR rating D) and BettorsTrust (SBR rating D). These websites have been off-line since July 2nd for "routine maintenance."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.07.2006

DragonWager (SBR rating D) slow-paying player eight days on $1500 withdrawal that was initially requested on June 29th. On June 30th the player received an email stating "Your withdrawal is scheduled to be processed tomorrow evening. We apologize for the delay due to recent issues (high volume chargebacks) but are working to get your transaction processed immediately."
The book’s hosting company, Capilleira Software Solutions, is inquiring with their client about the withdrawal and their ability to process future requests. This turnkey sportsbook should be avoided.

Players owed

07.06.2006

by Internet1x2 (SBR rating F) should contact SBR with account details and delinquent balances. The Belize-based operation has cleared much of its year-old debt to players. SBR is hopeful this is more than just a window of opportunity for players to retrieve funds from the troubled sportsbook.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.05.2006

Pointbet (SBR rating D+) payout delays expand to both of the book’s available payout options. After waiting a week for Moneybookers withdrawals, due to an underfunded merchant account, some players have requested their funds by bank wire. These bank wire transfers have been pending for one week and have not yet been paid.

Sportingbet (SBR rating D+)

07.05.2006

Company continues Bait n’ Switch bonus scam.
Sportingbet Plc steals winnings from player, citing a mystery "bonus abuse" rule. SBR has received numerous complaints from players who were attracted to incentives from the many Sportingbet Plc brands, which include Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) and SportingbetUSA (SBR rating D+). If the player has accepted bonus offers from the different books and goes on to win, he is susceptible to the confiscation of all funds above the total amount deposited. SBR has contacted Sportingbet Plc on multiple occasions to verify that utilizing more than one site is not a violation of any rules.
SBR poster ’dvorak51’ shares his experience with the Sportingbet Group’s Aces.com (SBR rating D+).

7/5/2006 8:32:38 PM Update: Sportingbet management refunds player’s winnings and adds free-play bonus for inconvenience.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.04.2006

SBR has confirmed that multiple ActionBets (SBR rating D-) account holders have received portions of their withdrawal requests. The book tells SBR that one of the bank wires has reached the merchant account that was responsible Monday’s Neteller payouts. ActionBets is entering its third straight week in delinquent status.

7/5/2006 1:56:32 PM Update: ActionBets’ response to player requests: "I’m sorry to inform you that we cannot process anymore payments until our Neteller balance is renewed again in less than a week. Excuse the delay and trust our efforts in paying you as soon as we can."