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Temporary URL change for SBRforum

08.07.2006


SBR will be making updates to SBRforum.com tomorrow morning.  The SBRforum.com address is expected to be off-line from 4:00 am to 6:00 am central time. Posters will still be able to access SBRforum by clicking the "Forum" button on SBR or by using the address, www.sportsbookreview.com/forum.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.06.2006

DragonWager (SBR rating D-) circles Thursday as date to clear all debts to players. Hosting and software provider, Capilleira S.A is expected to deactivate the  site’s sign-up function if the book does not uphold its promise to players.

ParlayCardz (SBR rating C) expects to be back online tomorrow

08.05.2006


The book’s website has been off-line since July 28th when the domain registration expired. The registration has been renewed and ParlayCardz says they are waiting for the wbsite to propagate. Players can manage their accounts over the phone by calling 1-877-288-6238 or  1-888-852-3409.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.04.2006

TradeSports (SBR rating C+) botched contract decision results in downgrade from B- to C+. The exchange-style sportsbook attracts many players with its prediction markets, known as ’prop bets’ at other sportsbooks. It has not graded wagers according to contract stipulations and has failed to use applicable TradeSports prediction market rules. The latest trader complaint was received after an incorrect decision on a North Korea missile contract. Details of the dispute and SBR Josh West’s assessment can be found at ChrisMasse.com.

InstantActionSports

08.04.2006

(SBR rating C-) players requesting Neteller forced to wait or take Western Union and absorb fees. The sportsbook’s Neteller merchant account has been underfunded for over a month. SBR has advised IAS to refund clients for fees above the cost of the requested Neteller transfer.
Note: InstantActionSports has processed at least one Neteller payout today for $8,000.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.03.2006

DragonWager (SBR rating D-) unable to pay clients. Dragon blames their financial woes on "massive player chargebacks." The sportsbook’s software provider tells SBR it will consider turning the software platform off if withdrawals are not processed soon. Dragon has been downgraded from D to D-. Players should aggressively pursue all balances.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.03.2006

SBR receives three slow-pay complaints from Royal Sports (SBR rating C-) bettors in two weeks. The latest complaint comes from a player who requested $3620 via bankwire on July 10th. Management assures the client that his funds will be processed today, meaning the player is looking at a one month turnaround. BetRoyal CFO tells SBR that strict new accounting policies will keep payments from being delayed and will be in place later this month.

PartyGaming Plc acquires Gamebookers (SBR rating C+)

08.03.2006

PartyGaming.com: PartyGaming, the world’s leading online gaming company, announces today that it has acquired the business and assets of Gamebookers, an online sports betting business, from Trident Gaming PLC (“Trident”) for an estimated net cash consideration of €102 million (after estimated working capital adjustments of €3.0 million).

SBR Bill Dozer reports: DimeLine Sportsbook

08.02.2006

is the latest FutureBet sportsbook to be inserted in the SBR rating guide. DLS has received an initial rating of D. The new book has chosen to use its own payment processor in an effort to avoid being financially dependant on slow-paying Futurebet. Players will likely be confused by the sportsbook’s name, as DimeLine Sportsbook does not have a dime line.

SCAM ALERT:

08.01.2006

Bet4Aces (SBR rating F) advertising new sportsbook, Sportsbook777. Viet777.com advertisements are currently running in a Vietnamese newspaper. Viet777.com redirects to Sportsbook777, which is a homepage for the same Bet4Aces system.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: PlayWePay (SBR rating D+)

07.31.2006

not honoring ’BetCasinoSports bailout’ terms. The bettor received a free account balance as part of a bail-out package for BetCasinoSports (SBR rating F) users and went on to win an additional $15,310. PlayWePay has increased the rollover requirement and is limiting the amount the player will receive to $6,885. SBR has received multiple complaints from players with other sportsbooks who were offered "relief" after being a victim of a fallen book, only to see the ’rescuing’ sportsbook fail to pay. Sports-Gambling (SBR rating D) received positive press for coming to the rescue of SunsetSports (SBR rating F-) victims but later deleted winning accounts.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.30.2006

PointBet (SBR rating D+) management informs SBR that the sportsbook has obtained a UK bookmaking license and an office in London. SBR will pursue UK banking information before reevaluating Pointbet, which many players feel is an underrated sportsbook. Pointbet was downgraded from C- to D+ last year when SBR learned that the sportsbook was operating from Batam Island, Indonesia.

BookTheBet (SBR rating F) player owed $28,000

07.29.2006


The bettor originally requested his funds July 3rd and claims BookTheBet owner, Tony has only provided him with excuses. He states he was told that Tony was currently traveling, attempting to redeem funds owed to him by another player. The bettor tells SBR he was attracted to the site because it offered American Express as a deposit method. The no-pay sportsbook accepted the AMEX transfer under the name Business Plus Inc Hinsdale IL.

Bet7Moons enters SBR rating guide at D-.

07.29.2006

The sportsbook began online as GogoBet (not rated) over one year ago. Bet7Moons operates on the 3rd floor of Oficentro’s Building 4 and its customer service is managed by former manager and minority owner of failed sportsbook RichCoastSports.

SBRforum:

07.28.2006
Today is the last day new contestants will be eligible for the Grand Prize, A Trip for Two to Curacao, for the VIP Sports Bases Bankroll Contest. Current standings show posters Kdmfox, Manly and Stump in the lead and less than one unit apart! All players are eligible for monthly cash prizes through the end of the MLB regular season.

SBR meets with Sportingbet Plc management; year old dipsutes resolved.

07.27.2006

The sportsbook agreed to reevaluate previous decisions which resulted in multiple balance credits. Bonus and winnings confiscations have been reversed, as well as voided winning wagers dating back to last year’s British Open bet on Tiger Woods. The sportsbook is addressing the policies, or lack thereof, responsible for these actions. It is expected to stand by new universal policies that treat all players equally regardless of the type of action given to the book. New procedures include prorating bonuses for players asked to leave any of the many websites and settling winning bets made on obvious or gross errors at the correct market price (average betting odds) instead of canceling. The Sportingbet Plc family will be reevaluated once all pending issues are concluded and these new policies are solidified. Players with a complaint against the Sportingbet Group, which include Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+), should contact SBR.

SBR Adds LiveChat Directory

07.26.2006


LiveChat can be the most uselful form of communicating with a sportsbook. It offers the benefits of email, supplying the user with a text record of the conversation, but communication is in real-time. See which sportsbooks offer LiveChat here.

SBR office Tours:

07.26.2006

View photos of BetMania (SBR rating B-) here.
The sportsbook’s new facility is located in Escazu, Costa Rica, and is still under construction. Management tells SBR they plan to be finished with the build-out before the start of the NFL regular season. BetMania recently launched with the help and resources of Skybook (SBR rating A-) but will operate as a separate book under same ownership.

BETonSPORTS plc terminates CEO

07.25.2006

Company Statement:
"BETonSPORTS plc Makes Announcement Regarding CEO
LONDON -- The Board of Directors of BETonSPORTS plc announced that on 24 July 2006 the contract under which David Carruthers acted as CEO of the Company was terminated. As a consequence, the Board has removed him as a director.
This action was taken as a consequence of Mr. Carruthers continued detention by US authorities. Clearly, while he remains in the custody of the U.S. Government he is unable to perform his duties. Further the company has been unable to speak directly with Mr. Carruthers."
Londonstockexchange.com