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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.

Free SBRforum Bracket Tourney:

03.16.2006

Players can still join SBRforum’s first Final Four Bracket Challenge until the start of the first game at 12:20 EST time today. For contest prizes, rules and registration click here.

SBR BillDozer reports:

03.15.2006

SBR meets with Bet4Aces(SBR rating D-); discusses affiliation with BetGateway. Edward, part of Bet4Aces ownership, tells SBR that they will take responsibility for its association with SCAM sportsbook BetGateway and settle all delinquent accounts. Edward assures SBR that Bet4Aces will "right this wrong" and contends that he is operating a legitimate sportsbook. Ownership acknowledges that the company was built on BetGateway’s platform, that they utilized the same servers and equipment, and employed a Gateway manager, but is adamant that the company was purchased and is controlled by new ownership. Edward went on to say that Gateway manager, Henry, is no longer with Bet4Aces and noted that Bet4Aces is in the Torre del Este building and not in the Law Offices of Mauricio Gomez like past reincarnations of VipBetZone scam sportsbooks. View Bet4Aces office photos here.

SCAM ALERT:

03.15.2006
SurvivorSportsbook(SBR rating F) refusing to pay Steelers Super Bowl future bets. Survivor is part of the EZ Sports Group which is known for attracting bettors with generous odds on future wagers that they have no intention of honoring. The scam allows the books to take continous action on multiple teams through out the season, eventually stiffing backers of the championship team.

Player: "i won 6600 on the steelers to win the superbowl and this company refuses to pay out.  What have you heard about them they complain that i dont bet enough and all this bull****.  I have only collecte a grand so far.  They are survivorsportsbook.com and they suck"

SBR Mailbag:

03.14.2006
Nine no-pay complaints from Internet1x2(SBR rating F-) users received in March. Players should continue to steer clear of this scam sportsbook which recently launched a new marketing campaign promoting its soccer offerings.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.11.2006
The VO Group including MVPsportsbook(SBR rating C) and V-Wager(SBR rating C) experiencing technical difficulties as it moves into the BetOnSports(SBR rating C) building. BetOnSports purchased the VO Group at the close of 2005.  Players report missing pending wagers from their account history as well as slight delays with withdrawals. The sportsbook tells SBR that players may call for a complete record of their active plays and states that the migration should be complete by the end of next week.

SBR Sportsbook Tours: View

03.10.2006

photos of CRIS (SBR rating A+) here. The operation is located in what is known in San Jose, Costa Rica as The CRIS Building and is officially called Building La Colmena. BetCRIS occupies the 6th and 7th floor.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: BetUs(SBR rating D+) Bait and Switch Bonus? Bettor denied NFL loss rebate.

03.08.2006
The player was promised the 10% rebate throughout the football season as he lost $15,000, earning a $1500 free-play. After the NFL season, BetUS confirmed that the player had earned the bonus and assured him that future account activity would not affect his NFL rebate which would be credited before the end of February. The bettor reloaded his account and went on to to win back most of the amount lost during the NFL season. As a result, BetUs closed the betting account, denied the free-play earnings and deleted 25,000 in bonus points which could be redeemed for a free-play.

Player: "I SPECIFICALLY ASKED IF I LOSE MORE THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE MONTH IF WOULD I GET MORE CASH BACK AND HE SAID NO -- IT DOESNT MATTER WHETHER YOU WIN OR LOSE NOW, ALL THAT MATTERS IS WHAT YOUR ACCOUNT BALANCE WAS RIGHT AFTER SUPERBOWL. Just to confirm that, I called two different clerks the next day and  asked if I were to go on a win streak in the days and weeks after the superbowl, if that would affect my gamblers assurance and they assured me that it would not."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.07.2006
BetOnUSA(SBR rating D-) offering to Fedex new checks to players whose initial check has bounced. Players must fax the first check to BetonUSA at 1-416-850-9602 and then confirm it was received by calling customer service at 1-866-238-6687. Over 100 players from BetonUSA, as well as clients with other sportsbooks have been affected by this check processor issue. BetonUSA is now using Citadel Commerce to process payouts by check.

SBR office tours:

03.06.2006

 Equus building in San Jose, Costa Rica.View photos of Sportbet(SBR rating B-) here. Sportbet is located on the 6th floor of the

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.05.2006
NationalSportsGambling(SBR rating F) taken off-line with player funds. Victims of this scam site report being owed over $50,000.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.03.2006
RoverSportsbook(SBR rating F-) is a new book from the owners of scam operations such as SunsetSports, BetWGN, BetCNN, BetChanger and Changeabet. RoverSportsbook banners go through former Changeabet owner Michael Franklyn’s advertising network, SGNCOM.net, and share the same IP address, 64.202.189.170, with SunsetSports.

SCAM ALERT:

03.02.2006

BetIsGlobal(SBR rating F-) becomes LasVegas777.com. Changing names to avoid being identified as a scam operation is a common practice for the VipBetZone Group.

BetOnUSA(SBR rating D-) bounces check; slow-pays player.

03.02.2006


Player:
"Hello, I have been searching for help in a matter that I think you can help me with. I have been a customer on betonusa for a few years. I have always been paid when I cashed out up until recently. They currently owe me $7,253.00 and bounced a check for $4,000.00 to me. They have been leading me on for over a week about telling me that I will receive an overnite check the next day. I have no idea what to do. Can you provide me with any help? Your time is much appreciated."

This is the third complaint in five months from players who have received bad checks from BetOnUSA, which blames its third party payment processor. The previous two account holders received their 2nd check after a two week delay.
3/3/2006 (4:37:57 PM) Update: SBR receives new complaint of $4,000 bounced check.

SBR Sportsbook Tours:

03.01.2006

View photos of WagerWeb(SBR rating B-) here. WagerWeb moved into this new facility in April of 2005. The building houses a staff of 180 employees.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.28.2006

BetGateway(SBR rating F-) victims frustrated as they learn this scam sportsbook exists under new name, Bet4Aces.

Player writes: "First i was able to log in to bet4aces using the login info from betgateway and i saw my balance of 585$. i open the chat with edward and ask for cashout..first he said ok and after few days i chat with him again but this time he said " its not me who you talked with" and i was unable to log in to the account again."
 
Bet4Aces claims it purchased Gateway’s system without knowledge of the debt owed to players. The claim is made despite the fact that Bet4Aces is located in the same building as Gateway, uses same members of management as Gateway, and has full access to BetGateway’s player database. SBR has offered to assist Bet4Aces in settling delinquent accounts and Bet4Aces recently paid one player $60,000 of the $120,000 balance accrued while using BetGateway.com.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.27.2006

UK-based Betfair(SBR rating A+) confirms plans to offer PayPal as new banking option. PayPal removed information referring to gambling activity from sections 2.7 and 7.2 of the User Agreement for Austria, Germany, and U.K in November of 2005. PayPal.co.uk’s AUA previously included the following language: Using the PayPal service to receive payments for wagers, gambling debts or gambling winnings, regardless of the location or type of gambling activity.