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SBR Bill Dozer reports: BetRoyal (SBR rating D) clients file payout complaints.

03.29.2006
A player is seeking a $2,000 withdrawal that was initially requested on March 1st. Management has assured SBR that this bettor will receive his funds today. A 2nd account holder reports waiting two months for $7500 stating that BetRoyal has ignored his monthly requests for $9,000, only sending $1500.

Player: "The current $2000 withdrawal has been pending since 3/1. I contacted them on 3/15 and they apologized profusely and instructed me to add another $1000 to the withdrawal and they would process the $3000 immediately (thanks!). I did as they said and didn’t receive the funds. Two days ago, I contacted them again and they investigated the situation and I received a phone call and an email saying that the withdrawal would be processed that very day. Needless to say, it has not been processed yet."

BetRoyal states they will provide an update on these issues as well as the replacement of former CEO, Kevin King.

Warning: New Scams Target Old Victims

03.29.2006
One of the first things a reinvented scam sportsbook does after launching a new website is contact its old player database. SBR consistently receives no-pay complaints from players who eventually find they were stung twice by the same conmen. The most recent example of this is FreeBetWorld.com which is using ChangeABet’s player list to give away free cash for players to wager with. If the player is unlucky enough to win, he must transfer his funds to one of the promoted books which are all operated by ChangeABet’s former ownership. A deposit is then required. Featured books have included BetWGN(SBR rating F), RoverSportsbook(SBR rating F) and 1stLines(SBR rating F).

SBR Bill Dozer reports: BetUs(SBR rating D+) Bonus Scams Worsen

03.28.2006
A bettor won $1575 from his free-play but was informed he will not have the ability to redeem his winnings per the listed terms. The player was told he must forfeit his winnings or agree to double his roll-over from 5x to 10x with a wagering limit of only $50. The player would be forced to give the book an additional $18,125 in action and make over 456 fifty dollar additional wagers.

VIP Sports

03.28.2006
announces a full year gross profit of $80,900,000, cites early 2006 growth exceeding 26%.

Sportsbooks Project Pricing for Baseball 2006:

03.27.2006

View SBR’s list of the Best Baseball Books. Eight Sportsbooks rated A- or higher are scheduled to offer a dimeline that will break at -150 or higher. Players can check back as the season nears for added baseball information including which bookmakers will offer alternate run lines and the Grand Salami wager.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Player complaint exposes YouWager(SBR rating B+) security risk.

03.27.2006
The player claims $7,500 was transferred to another account holder who pretended to be him. YouWager allows account-to-account transfers and only requires the party transferring funds to call with his/her account ID and password before executing the transaction. Most sportsbooks offering this type of debit have a security feature requiring the account holder to confirm the linking of the receiver’s account with his, or will ask security questions. Although this is the first complaint of its kind from a First Fidelity user, SBR recommends that players request the account-to-account option be turned off when not in use. SBR has suggested that YouWager require this service to be activated through the email listed on the account.

Parents need to talk to their children about the dangers of online gambling.

03.26.2006

A disturbing study by the Harvard Medical School shows that teen gamblers are three times more likely to become addicted than adults. Experts explain that children migrate from video games to online casinos as they grow older. Currently there are almost zero warnings or educational curriculum of online gambling in schools and few public service announcements because it is deemed "illegal" in some parts of the US. Therefore parents must take the lead and warn their children of the dangers of online gambling.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.25.2006
BetUs (SBR rating D+) refuses to honor bonus after six time roll-over was completed. The player has withdrawn his account balance less $1,550, which was the result of his free-play winning wagers.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: BetUs Bait N Switch Bonus Scam

03.24.2006


The player completed his six time roll-over on a 50% free-play bonus and asked for a payout. BetUs tells the player that he is classified as a professional bettor and must wager his deposit + bonus amount an additional six times. The player states that he is in need of his funds and must give up the earned funds if the book will not honor its listed terms. The new stipulations would require the account holder to wager as much as $25,000 (BetUs uses the smaller of the risk/win amount to calculate bonuses) prior to being allowed to withdraw. The player was awarded the bonus funds for reloading his account.
This complaint was submitted three days after SBR received a similar complaint from BetUs sister book, Omni Sports(SBR rating D+).

SBR Sportsbook Tours:

03.23.2006

View photos of BetMaker (SBR rating B) here. The sportsbook is located in San Jose, Costa Rica on the 2nd floor of Building La Colmena, which is known in Costa Rica as the CRIS building. 

SBR Mailbag: Player gives update on

03.23.2006
"Hi Bill and team. There are some comments on the front page of your site which I made regarding betclick (under my nom-de-plume Bisonravi) in your forums. I want to say that since these were made I spoke to Betclick direct and they processed the payment to a different bank account. Their story - which I find relatively convincing - was that the initial payment was bounced back to them by their payment processor. I have since heard that users depositing and withdrawing with Moneybookers have had fewer if any problems.. This is a difficult one, as most books don’t have the sort of problems betclick demonstrated. However by talking direct to their accounts manager (Bianca Robinson) I received acceptable attention and response. I think players need to be aware that there are some questions about this book, but I would inclined to cut them a little slack."

SCAM

03.22.2006

ALERT: Rip-off sportsbook site owned by Robbie McPhail. LasPalmasSportsbook.com is designed to con players into believing they are actually playing with five year old sportsbook, LasPalmas(SBR rating C) (betlaspalmas.com). The new cyber-squatting website comes complete with LasPalmas graphics and logos but operates on the Bet33(SBR rating F) wagering platform. The site was previously used to redirect traffic to the real LasPalmas for referral earnings.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.22.2006
Omni Sportsbook(SBR rating D+) reverses decision to add wagering requirements to bettor’s winnings before processing additional payouts. This was a common complaint from BetUs and Omni clients in years past. Forcing the player to risk his/her funds is a form of theft.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.21.2006

Omni Sportsbook(SBR rating D+) player reports being told he must continue to wager before given access to his funds. The player states he has met his bonus roll-over requirement and has already received one withdrawal since his last deposit. See full complaint.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.21.2006

CypressSportsbook scammers back in business as CreditSportsbook(SBR rating F-). The scam is initiated when a sports tout recommends the player invest in a credit line at a specific online sportsbook. The bettor is promised a large line of betting credit if he will make an initial investment. Once the player has sent money the scammers bill the player for additional "fees" and new "administrative costs" until the player has finally had enough and refuses to send additional funds. As was the case with Cypress Sportsbook, the players have sent funds via Western Union to a Yosef Levine. Recipient names also included Eva Rowinska; both were collected in Poland. Randy Levine was the recipient of a bank wire.
Players should use caution when utilizing Western Union due to its anonymous nature. Read about similar Western Union scams here.

SCAM ALERT:

03.20.2006

TotalBets operated by Robbie McPhail of the ApexSportsbook scam. This is a sister sportsbook of Bet33(SBR rating F). Totalbets is not to be confused with UK sportsbook, TotalBet.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.19.2006
Player files complaint against BetClass (not rated) over 540 Euros won on Super Bowl wager. The sportsbook has cancelled the bet four weeks after the game, stating that their system should not have allowed more than 1 wager on the same team. The player took the Pittsburg Steelers twice without exceeding betting limits. SBR awaits response from management.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.18.2006

New UK Sportsbook BetClick (not rated) slow-paying players; blames payment processor. Bettors on Betting Advice forum discuss problems redeeming winnings.

BA poster Bisonravi says: "Unfortunately Betclic do not pay out. In common with a number of users I have had pending payouts for two weeks now, and any request that these be actioned is met by excuse after excuse (there is a stock response asking for bank details after which the cashout will be processed within 48 hours, which I’ve now received and replied to 3 times!). This is not a reliable bookmaker, I’m afraid. I think they were hammered by the initial sign up and have serious problems with cashflow."

SBR Bill Dozer reports: E-StadiumClub (SBR rating F)

03.18.2006

off-line; phones unmanned. The sportsbook’s most recent (February 2006) excuse was that they were brought "down by hackers" and planned to be back online in March. E-Stadium was built on failed sportsbook, BestLineWager which disppeared in July of 2005.

03.17.2006

The sportsbook relocated to its new office on 2/08/06 and management assured SBR that this would be the company’s turning point. BetonStars has since experienced persistent technical difficulties and players continue to report having to wait for their withdrawals. Customer service manager, John, recently left the company to join Bet4Aces(SBR rating D-).

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Bet33(SBR rating F)

03.16.2006
player waiting over 2 weeks for $500 withdrawal. This is the first payout complaint from Bet33 users. The sportsbook is owned by Robbie McPhail who owned stiff sportsbook, ApexSports (SBR rating F-). Robbie is now using the alias "Zach".
3/20/2006 (11:37:57 AM) Update: Player paid in full via Western Union.