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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.08.2005
777Rock (SBR rating C-) ends partnership with Dimebetting (SBR rating D), switches to ASI software. Two months after bailing out insolvent Dimebetting and launching on the Dimebetting platform, 777Rock ends affiliation with the sportsbook and moves to office in Santa Ana, Costa Rica. 777Rock will be reassessed after completing plans to upgrade website and to add Neteller and credit card processing in mid December. 777Rock ownership is known for its successful credit business and tells SBR that they are now using the facilities of one of the industry’s largest credit operations.

Gibraltar (SBR rating C-) UPDATE:

11.07.2005
Management agrees to pay player $1,900 and change policy. Gibraltar’s General Manager, Andrew, tells SBR that the player will receive free-play bonus winnings via Neteller by 6PM tomorrow. Andrew also states that Gibraltar will no longer confiscate free-play winnings when the relationship with the player is terminated by the sportsbook.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.07.2005
Gibraltar (SBR rating C-) contacts SBR to explain balance confiscation. Management states that they will not honor $1,900 in free-play winnings because the player is a "professional who targets bonus offers". Gibraltar agrees that the player has not violated any rules but the book reserves the right to remove players at anytime and therefore prohibit them from reaching the 30 day rule required to validate funds won from promotional offers. Players should be aware that Gibraltar may apply a subjective label to account holders and void winning wagers that could have been placed at other sportsbooks at better odds.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.07.2005

Gibraltar (SBR rating C-) confiscates player’s winnings from free-play wager that was awarded upon sign-up. The BetonSports family of books has been known to void bonuses, and winnings from those bonuses once deciding they no longer wish to service successful bettors. Unjust confiscation of funds was a large factor in Gibraltar’s downgrade from C to C- earlier this year although management partially reversed its decision.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.06.2005
BetRoyal (SBR rating D) pays winning bettors mentioned in yesterday’s report. Withdrawals were issued by Royal management after a one week delay for both players.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Two Royal Sports (SBR rating D) bettors complain of payout problems.

11.05.2005


"Hello , I’ve been trying to withdraw $2000 for the last 4 days ,i know its not panic time yet however the worrying part is the lies they tell , "ok it will be in your a/c tomorrow etc etc " , after numerous phone calls , e-mails , live chat there csd supervisor george has just informed me that after checking with accounting ,they don’t have any record of my request , what bull****, he tells me he has personally now put in the withdrawl request and i should have the money in my neteller a/c within 48 hours , if this doesn,t happen what can i do , appart from coping it up the kazoo? I have had many dealings with on-line sportsbooks and this is the first time I’ve had a problem ,I used to check with your site before opening new a/cs butI stopped, i guess i got complacent , well this is a wake up call , i won’t be opening any a/c,s in future without at least a c rating from you guys ."


"I have an account with BetRoyal which i opened about two weeks ago. I loaded it up with $400 using click2pay and went on a great run. My balance now is over $6,000. For the past few days i have been given the run around about payment. they are telling me since i used click2pay they have to figure out another way to pay me back other than what i had requested (bank check, western union). thank you"

It is unknown if these are isolated cases or the beginning of Royal’s latest accounting problem. Curently SBR is monitoring only the two complaints shown above.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.04.2005
Sportingbet (SBR rating C) stealing player balances? SBR has received reports from two players who have had funds confiscated. The book’s emailed explanation to these players states that this is occurring because these bettors have been depositing for the sole intention of receiving the bonus and therefore are in violation of the bonus rules. The book calculated how much the player will now receive by returning funds up to the amount deposited and thereby voiding winnings and legitimately earned bonus funds. The Sportingbet Group has historically allowed multiple accounts within their many affiliated sites and has promoted their bonus plans independently. SBR had previously verified that players were encouraged to take part in independent incentive plans and use multiple accounts within the family of SBT Plc sportsbooks. Thus far SBR has email history suggesting that Sportsbook.com and sister sites have unjustly confiscated over $22,000 in account balances. This gaming giant has been the source of serious complaints in recent months and will be reassessed pending management’s actions on these cases.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.03.2005
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating C) and the Sportingbet Group’s accounting errors leave players without access to funds for weeks. The operation services over 50 sportsbooks and many players unknowingly utilized more than one of the heavily marketed websites. Sportingbet has recently told some of these players that they would have to consolidate their accounts and that they would receive their balances via book-to-book transfers to one of the family’s websites. Bettors have reported waiting two weeks for five-figure sums, as the book attempts to get its records in order. Although this delay is frustrating, SBR has told players that this is likely a botched procedure that will be corrected in time. SBR to inquire with management.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.02.2005
Third BetUs (SBR rating D-) player comes forward with five figure no-pay claim. In the past 6 months BetUs has paid out over $25,000 to two players who have waited years for their winnings. This player hopes for a similar resolution to his $14,668 complaint which dates back to the fall of 2002.

SBR wins the 1st Annual Watchdog NFL Handicapping Contest!

11.01.2005
SBR dominated the contest completely eliminating our good friends at TheRx.com in round 1 and eliminating TheOffshoreWire in route to an all SBR Championship round. In the championship round SBR Sean defeated SBR The Prick. Skybook allowed players to bet on the contest making SBR a +$1200 underdog. Congratulation to those who cashed tickets and to all the participants!

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.31.2005
SportsbookUSA (SBR rating D-) loses accounting manager and slow-pay complaints fill the SBR email box. Although the book is in what seems to be a permanent slow-pay state(a payout within three weeks is considered fast), Futurebet’s former accounting manager, Michelle was organizing payout plans for each "squeaky wheel" who complained to SBR. SBR hopes to reestablish communication with the troubled company and continue to assist players with delinquent withdrawal requests.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.29.2005

Player reports elaborate con involving Detroit radio station tout and CypressSportsbook (not rated). The details of the scam draw many similarities to the BetCharter(SBR rating F-) SCAM of 2004. This report is still unfolding.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.27.2005
BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) slow-paying customer owed $4,700. The player’s first payout request was in the form of a check that had bounced. The player is also waiting for a Neteller payout for over a week. BetonUSA complaints have been on the rise since the start of football season. The book has refused to pay bettors who have won funds from promotional accounts. A player who deposited $1,000 is being stiffed $1,500 in football winnings.

"Beat The Prick" Week 8

10.26.2005

Contest Lines Posted!
"The Prick" went a respectable 2-1 with his picks in week 7 which saw only 6 posters win the $100 prize from BetCRIS.

"I ain’t no mathematician, but i waxed most of you squares harder than the Karate Kid waxed that hoopty for that guy from Happy Days.....It’s good to be da Prick, all I gotta do is shear more’n 80% of you sheep to get a fat envelope fulla c-notes from CRIS. And, ladies, don’t take it personal, since it still don’t cost ya nothing to take a shot, even though you got more chance of hitting the lottery than of getting in my pocket..."-The Prick

Review contest rules and get your picks in for Week 8 HERE.

SBR visits Olympic (SBR rating A+) and BetJamaica (SBR rating A+).

10.25.2005
The continued health and success of this Jamaica-based group was evident by the physical growth expansion of their respective operations. With the addition of ten new offices and the build out of an additional 60 workstations, BetJamaica and Olympic are poised to maintain their reputations for customer service excellence and player retention, even with a 100%-plus increase in overall volume during the past year. After meeting with Spiro and Scotty, it’s clear that Olympic and BetJamaica are healthier than ever and are still two of the safest and highest-rated sportsbooks in the industry today.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.24.2005

2003BettingSportsBook (SBR rating F) stiffing two players for over $25,000. The sportsbook is listed in the SBR rating guide as part of the EZ Sports Group. These sites attract victims with a professional looking webpage and enticing odds. Offering extremely generous payoffs on future bets and then voiding the winning wager due to a "bad line" is one of the EZ Sports book’s biggest cons. This allows the book to take a healthy amount of wagers during an entire season, while having no intention of paying out. The book is able to take in large amounts of cash, eventually upsetting only a small percentage of the bettors, most never realizing they were swindled. 

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.23.2005
BookTheBet (SBR rating D) calling UWagerSports customer list from US phone lines, offering 300% "bailout" deposit bonuses. SBR recommends players avoid this sportsbook.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.22.2005
Marty Kidd shuts down his latest scam site UWagerSports (SBR rating F-). Phone lines and betting software have been off-line for a week and the book’s clerk had admitted to at least two stiffed players that they will be reopening with a new name because of negative press.

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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.21.2005
BetUSA upgraded to C+ after distinguishing itself from the Sportingbet Plc family, to which it belongs. BetUSA’s ownership has proven that it has the ability to act independently of its sister books like PlayersOnly and Sportsbook.com (SBR rating C). The book employs its own customer service staff for advanced player inquiries and management has made decisions on wager grading that have differed from its larger sister books. Recently BetUSA paid players who bet Tiger Woods to win the British Open, while players who wagered with the flagship SBT Plc books saw their winning wagers canceled. BetUSA clients still must deal with the same flawed accounting department that is sometimes responsible for payout delays.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.20.2005
BetTrojan, a new sportsbook from TopCat Sports (SBR rating C), receives rating of C. TopCat’s focus has been booking to credit players but has offered service to depositing bettors during the past two years. The book’s history of quietly operating without player complaints has resulted in an above average initial rating for their new post-up site although SBR believes it is unlikley that the book will be able to maintain its current model consisting of reduced juice and large bonuses.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.19.2005
724Sportsbook upgraded to C after being acquired by the HorizonSports Group. 724’s players will not experience an interruption in service, as the merger is completed next week. Both HorizonSports and 724Sportsbook use BLR software.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.19.2005
Internet1x2 (SBR rating F-) processes $10,000 in withdrawals to players who have filed complaints with SBR. History suggests that these winning bettors were paid with new player deposits.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.17.2005
SwapBets (SBR rating B-) acquires Maltese license and plans to relaunch website in the next few weeks. The exchange and sportsbook had paid all players before closing its door for over one year for reorganization. The book is partly owned by InternationalAllSports (SBR rating B).