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RichCoast Sports (SBR rating F)

12.31.2005

UPDATE: Industry leader BetCRIS(SBR rating A+) secures bailout for clients of Rich Coast Sports.
Rich Coast Sports collapsed 5 days ago claiming they were "upgrading".

SCAM Alert:

12.30.2005
SunsetSports(SBR rating F-) and BetDealers(SBR rating F-) in the hands of scammers formerly behind stiff book, ChangeABet, and currently behind BetWGN. Frank, who sometimes goes by Michael Franklin or Frank Williams, is the lead conman. He has been opening and closing books, stealing from customers for years.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

12.30.2005

BetDealers(SBR rating F) is new SCAM book from the failed SunsetSports owners. BetDealers is offering 20% cash sign-up bonuses to join while claiming they are not affiliated with any other sportsbooks.

Thanks to SBRforum poster AK for information contributed.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

12.30.2005
MySportsbook(SBR rating D+) shorts bettor $700, cites "bonus abuse" as reason. The player has been with the book for three months earning multiple reload bonuses, but has not violated any listed rules. His account activity was subjectively labeled for abusing bonuses. Below is the email to the player from management.

Mr xxxx;
Unfortunately, after the fraud department reviewed your case, it was determine that the account in question was made with the purpose of bonus abusing, therefore, it will remain inactive. According to our records the amount deposited is equal to the amount withdrawn, therefore, no monies are owed in order to offset the funds used via Neteller. Best Regards.

In more severe cases, players who have made a profit wagering saw their winnings confiscated as well. Sportingbet management has taken a hard stance against players who treat their incentives as something more than a novelty. It is evident that management may decide not to pay players after reviewing the bettor’s history over the life of the account.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

12.28.2005
ParlayCardZ, part of the Horizon Twenty Group, slow-paying client $10,000 since 12/22/05. The player initially requested $5,000 via Neteller the morning of 10/22, but was told the merchant account was not funded. ParlayCardZ then took the player’s banking information in order to process a $10,000 bank wire, but has blamed the holidays as the reason the funds have not yet been deducted from the bettor’s account. SBR has contacted management, who claims their bank, Bank of Costa Rica, has been closed since the 23rd and will remain closed until the 2nd, when the wire will be sent. SBR has contacted the bank which was open on the 22nd, 23rd, and from the 26th through today until 6:00 PM. ParlayCardZ remains unable or unwilling to send payment to the customer via Neteller. The sportsbook will be under review while this withdrawal is pending and Neteller issues are addressed. The Horizon Twenty Group, which includes LasPalmas, has been downgraded to C.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: BookTheBet(SBR rating D-)

12.27.2005
owner, Tony Block, tells SBR he is "bailing out" RichCoastSports(SBR rating D). Mr. Block states that RichCoast is currently migrating to his office in Escazu and players will be informed of new wagering requirements on their balances today via email.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Telebet(SBR rating F-)

12.26.2005

invests in software upgrades and new website to perpetuate scam. SBR offices still receive weekly calls from players who have been coaxed into depositing with EnglishSportsBetting, which is now branded as Telebet. The sportsbook has purchased customer lists and is aggressively calling players with promotional offers. Many inactive players have reported being offered to "upgrade their account" in order to receive premium bonuses. SBR will continue to post periodic ESB warnings.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: SunsetSports(SBR rating F) players left with more questions.

12.25.2005
Last week SBR confirmed with Sports-Gambling(SBR rating D+) management that the book, which is part of SBGglobal Group, would be taking over all Sunset player accounts at the start of this week. SBR has since spoken with SBGglobal’s General Manager who said the deal is not finalized and all accounts may not be migrated to Sports-Gambling. SunsetSports.com is now back online, claiming they are under a new company under different ownership. Sunset, which redirects to SunsetWager.com, tells SBR that customer accounts were divided according to "player packages" and some accounts will be moved to Sports-gambling. Sunset is telling account holders they must roll-over their balances 6 times before they can have access to their funds. Players are rightfully concerned that Sunset’s latest promises will not be fulfilled. It is more  probable that this wagering requirement is the latest stall tactic for unmovable accounts than it is that a new owner chose to take over a no-pay sportsbook, service its frustrated bettors, and build the tainted brand.

BetOnStars(SBR rating D+) claims slow paying was because they bought advertising and they were temporarily out of money.

12.24.2005
Their new advertisers have swung into action. MajorWager complained SBR was picking on the slow pay sportsbook. Even TheOffshoreWire, who is also on the BetOnStars payroll, complained that SBR was "..crucifying a young book for a glitch" (glitch = slow pay).
 
Players should use extreme caution with new sportsbooks and books that have not aquired enough business sense to know that the sportsbook must pay the players first and then pay their advertisers. 

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

12.23.2005
BetOnStars(SBR rating D+) player waiting since Tuesday morning for $2500 Neteller payout. Player states he was told Neteller was unfunded and that they "are waiting for a check to clear". He was promised his funds on each of the past two days, and is hoping to receive his withdrawal before accounting closes for the holiday.

BookTheBet (SBR rating D-)

12.22.2005

asking 2wagerSports and UWagerSports victims to throw good money after bad? BookTheBet’s owner is calling customer lists from these scam sportsbooks, offering huge "bailout" bonuses. One player reports being offered $8,900 if he is willing to deposit $2,000 and wager the total amount ten times. Players should avoid all sportsbooks offering too-good-to-be-true bonuses as well as sportsbooks who are giving out U.S. phone numbers.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Sun sets on SunsetSports(SBR rating D+), Sports-Gambling to take over accounts.

12.21.2005
Sports-Gambling(SBR rating D+) management tells SBR that players will be able to access their accounts early next week. It is unknown at this time if this will be treated as a bailout situation where players will have to fulfill wagering requirements before being able to request a withdrawal. Sunset clients report their accounts were locked for weeks before the site came off-line.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

12.21.2005
Player slow-paid by AllSportsCasino(SBR rating D). The bettor’s account was closed nearly one month ago after he was labeled a "wiseguy". He has been waiting for his balance of $1103 since.  This marks the fourth payout complaint form the Phoenix Rising Group. Management claims that "accounting is backlogged" due to the "holidays", "Neteller upgrades" and a "server outage".
Phoenix Rising is a very small sportsbook that operates with a customer service staff of two. The book was likely hurt by the public’s success this football season. These recent payout complaints are the first from this book’s players. ASC has been covered in the SBR rating guide for over two years.

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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

12.18.2005
World Gaming Plc acquires SportsBetting (SBR rating B-) and Real Entertainment Ltd Group. Sportsbetting had utilized World Gaming software and hosting but was owned and managed by Real Entertainment. Sportsbetting will be included in the reevaluation of the Sportingbet and World Gaming-owned sportsbooks.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

12.17.2005
Player waiting two weeks for a Fedex tracking number from BetRoyal (SBR rating D-). Royal management assures SBR that the player’s check will be sent on Monday, the 11th business day. To Royal’s credit, they have changed the listed wait time for a tracking number from 3-7 days to 10 days. Recent player feedback suggests that a bank check will take 21 days to be in-hand.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

12.16.2005

BetonStars(SBR rating D+) freezes player’s account for 7 days before removing $500 in earned bonus funds and sending remaining balance. BetonStars tells the player he was committing fraud by wagering on odds that have, or were about to change. The sportsbook initially threatened the player over livechat, saying they may keep winnings, as well as the awarded bonus incentive. BetonStars has since removed Rule #2 from their site which states, "All fraudulent activities and wise actions in the account will result as account closure and loss of funds." SBR to inquire with management about the confiscation of bonus funds.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

12.15.2005
Sources in Costa Rica report that former ChangeaBet(SBR rating F-) ownership is back in business operating as BetWGN(SBR rating D-). Stiffed players who would like to attempt to reach management to discuss their ChangeaBet balance can ask for Frank at 1-866-257-2472.