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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

04.08.2006

BetUS downgraded from D+ to D as bettors continue to file complaints. Management has not addressed pending issues or its policies toward winning clients as promised. Players have also voiced their displeasure with customer service and misleading bonus offers.

Heritage Sports not accepting new accounts; downgraded from B+ to C+

04.07.2006
Management states that the sportsbook will reopen to the public on July 1st, citing facility and website upgrades. SBR was aware of the changes but is concerned by the extended amount of time needed before the sportsbook can operate normally. SBR believes player funds are safe but recognizes the potential for current players to be inconvenienced by the impending upgrades.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: WagerFree's Garet Bradford extradited back to Reno Nevada

04.06.2006


Garet faces two category B felony counts (Case No. RCR 2006-026300) brought by The Nevada Gaming Control Board for unlicensed gambling activity. Victims of the deposit-only sportsbook can follow the case,  which is public record, once court room proceedings begin at http://www.washoecourts.com/. Garet is expected to be arraigned shortly at the Second Judicial Court of Washoe County. Players are hopeful that the court will order the former WagerFree(SBR rating F-) operator to pay restitution.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Pump and Dump Scam Continues

04.05.2006


Within the last week the ChangeABet scammers have taken their latest batch of sites, RoverSportsbook(SBR rating F-), SunsetSports(SBR rating F-) and BetWGN(SBR rating F-), off-line. Bettors who want to contact the sportsbook can try the customer service line for the group’s latest sportsbook Bet-Bank(SBR rating F-) as well as 1stLines(SBR rating F-) at 1-800-480-5127. Players who have had their funds transferred to one of these sites should attempt to redeem their balances immediately. SBR appreciates the efforts from its readers who have continuously  helped to identify sites within this network. Bettors who had researched SunsetSports, RoverSportsbook and BetWGN would not have had to look far for feedback and warnings from fellow gamblers.

Best Baseball Books Updated

04.04.2006

SBR’s Best Baseball Sportsbooks List now shows which sportsbooks offer:
Reverse Run Lines
5 Inning Lines
Grand Salami Totals

Eight Sportsbooks rated A- or higher offer a dimeline that will break at -150 or above. Players can find the best baseball betting odds at SBROdds.com.

March Email Response Test Results Posted

04.03.2006


The latest edition of SBR’s Email Response Test targets customer service for established account holders. BetCascade(SBR rating A-), BetTrojan(SBR rating C) and TheGreek(SBR rating A+) each gave flawless responses within 30 minutes. See how 8 other sportsbooks responded to Dennis Holcomb’s inquiries after a wagering account was created.

Free Baseball Bankroll Contest

04.02.2006
Begins Today. SBRforum posters will compete for a trip for two to the Caribbean island of Curacao, with airfare, 5 nights deluxe accommodations, and $1,000 spending money courtesy of VIP Sports(SBR rating A+). Contestants will also compete monthly for betting cash prizes in their VIP accounts. Enter contest and see full details and rules here.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

04.01.2006
Latest version of SunsetSports (SBR rating F-), which redirected to SunsetWager.com, off-line and phones disconnected. Three players report being owed over $9,000.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.31.2006
UK-based Omnibet(not rated) no longer accepting wagers. The sportsbook’s parent company, Global Draw, is to be purchased by Scientific Games Corporation for approximately $183 million. Scientific Games will refocus Global Draw on the European video lottery market. Omnibet players will need to contact the book to make payout arrangements.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: BetUK Acquires BetEuro (SBR rating A-).

03.31.2006
All BetEuro accounts have been transferred to BetUK. BetUK is part of Online Management Services which is also the parent company for Gambling.net(SBR rating B-) and BetUSA(SBR rating B). BetUK targets the European market but accepts US players.  The company’s owner, Bill Nevin, tells SBR they will specialize in soccer and in-game wagering. The sportsbook uses Finsoft software under the Sportingbet license.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Doug Booth of Blue Grass joins BetRoyal as head bookmaker.

03.30.2006

Doug tells SBR "I want players to get paid fast. I’m going to speed that up". Doug acknowledges that cases like this are unacceptable and states that he plans to help eliminate some of the company’s current procedural problems. Doug went on to say that, despite contradicting reports, he will remain the owner and Operations Manager of BlueGrass(SBR rating D).

BetUs new COO Kevin King to discuss payout complaints with Bill Dozer.

03.30.2006

Management has assured SBR that remaining complaints will be addressed before the end of the week. Pending issues include a free-play winnings confiscation and a failure to honor NFL losses rebate. Mr. King is also expected to resume discussions regarding an archived $8,000 balance confiscation complaint.

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+).