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Reminder: The next 30 days is the most dangerous time to have funds in offshore sportsbooks.

01.13.2006
It’s a ritual that is repeated every year after the Superbowl. Many new sportsbooks and a few beat too badly to continue will be taking bets with their bags packed. When the dust settles and the Superbowl champs head to Disney many players discover their sportsbook was little more than a Disney fictional character pretending to be a sportsbook.
This is a dangerous time of year for sportsbook players:
FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS ONLY KEEP FUNDS AT SPORTSBOOKS RATED B+ OR HIGHER.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.12.2006
Two players claim balances were erased from their sportsbook accounts. A player from Sports.com(SBR rating D+) and another from SportingbetUSA(SBR rating D+), both of the Sportingbet Plc Family, report losing a total of $5084 on wagers they did not place. Customer service told both players that the funds were gambled away on virtual horse racing, a casino game neither bettor has played previously. The first player to experience this problem tells of the book’s apparent unwillingness to address the issue.

"They originally told me it would take 24 hours, then 48 hours, then a week, it has now been 15 days and they still have not given me the IP address of the origin of the disputed wager.  Who benefited from the wager?  sportingbetusa. Who refuses to provide needed information in the investigation of this matter? sportingbetusa. Why won’t they cooperate?  My ISP tells me they should have been able to provide that information within 24 hours.  They did give me the date, time, and time zone, but that is worthless without the IP address. The time zone they gave as the origin of the disputed wager was the Pacific time zone.  I am in Ohio (Eastern).  They know it was not my wager.  I really think they did it themselves."

SBR Bill Dozer reports: AllSportsCasino(SBR rating D)

01.11.2006
unable to process payouts stating that the system is down "due to currently upgrading our financial processing systems". The website’s message says that the site would be functioning as of yesterday, 1/10.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.10.2006
BetEd(SBR rating C) blames payout complaint on unresolved Moneybookers issue and says they will discontinue using this banking option. Management is offering the player payment through an alternate method free of charge. SBR to follow withdrawal with player and discuss email service complaints with BetEd management.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.08.2006
Bettor files payout complaint against BetEd (SBR rating C). The player was told on 12/22 that the book was "experiencing some temporarily difficulties with our MoneyBookers account" and that Moneybookers would be available before the new year. The player complains that emails have since not been returned. SBR to contact BetEd on player’s behalf.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.07.2006

QuakerCitySportsbook (SBR rating F) is the newest fly-by-night gaming site from Interactive Gaming Systems and should be avoided. IGS is known for selling their turnkey start-up sites to small investors who hope to get rich overnight. When the sportsbook fails to make money and attract players, the disgruntled owner refuses to further fund his investment. IGS then tells the player they only operate the site for an owner who refuses to pay. The company is better known to players by its customer service name, PlayerCenter.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.06.2006

Player receives $10,000 bank wire from ParlayCardZ (SBR rating C). The withdrawal was requested on 12/22/05.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: BetAtlas(SBR rating C+) receives second upgrade in three months.

01.03.2006
The sportsbook has recently received a makeover which included a new website, new banking options and the elimination of unprofitable bonuses and incentives. New veteran management is responsible for much of these changes and tells SBR that Atlas is fully backed by the Horizon Sports Group and will be the primary brand the company will use as it refocuses on the post-up market. SBR appreciates the recent feedback from Atlas players and encourages users to write to Assistance@SportsbookReview.com.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: AllSportsCasino(SBR rating D) customer slow-paid.

01.02.2006
The player has waited six days for a Neteller transaction while the funds have already been deducted from his account balance. The AllSportsCasino family of sportsbooks has received its lowest grade to date this December due to multiple payout complaints. One player has recently reported receiving a timely four-figure payout.

Attempted cover-up of a failed sportsbook is an important lesson for players.

01.02.2006
Recently a promoter of new, high risk sportsbooks attempted to cover up the failure of a certain sportsbook who also happened to be their main sponsor.  SBR learned the sportsbook, Rich Coast Sports, was in trouble and issued a newswire alerting players. The promoter, the Offshorewire, made a desperate attempt to explain how their main sponsor failed including mentioning the SBR report that originally warned players. Luckily for the players, BetCRIS(SBR rating A+) stepped in and bailed out Rich Coast after the sportsbook had fallen into a failed "no-pay" situation.
 
This time of year failures will pick up. Be on the look out for con men and avoid new sportsbooks at all costs. 

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.