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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.11.2005

SBRforum poster AK reports that Bet33 (SBR rating F) is a new venture from known sportsbook stiff, Robbie Mcphail. SBR has confirmed this to be true. Robbie, formerly the owner of ApexSportsbook (SBR rating F-), is introducing himself as the General Manager of Bet33 and is now using the name Zach. Players should steer clear of any sportsbook that is using the services of this scam artist.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.11.2005
Players continue to write in asking if there is any hope in recovering funds from GIGaming (SBR rating F). The sportsbook’s website and phones have been off-line for two weeks.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.10.2005

New scam sportsbook UWagerSports (SBR rating F-) giving 100% bonuses to new bettors. It is unlikely that these players will see any of their funds again. UWS is not expected to stay in operation beyond the NFL playoffs. This website was built for the purpose of scamming players, just as ownership’s previous sportsbook, 2WagerSports did. Players are reminded that SBR recommends playing with sportsbooks rated B+ or higher.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.09.2005
Sportsbook (SBR rating C) complaints over canceled winning wagers mount. The book’s rules state that wagers place on erroneous lines will be settled at the correct odds. Sportsbook is not operating according to these rules.

"Dear Sir, I have been a customer of sportsbook.com for several years.On 10/1/05 I wagered a small 5.00 to win 85.00 on Tarver to win by decision over jones.I should of won 85.00 but management cancelled the bet after the fight was over stating they made an error on the line.I want to make people aware that this site did not make good on their bet.Instead of just paying the 85.00 in good faith they choosed to cancel the wager after the fight ended.I spoke to management to no avail.They said that they can cancel wagers at anytime.Very bad business."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.07.2005
Longtime stiff sportsbook GIgaming (SBR rating F) appears to have finally closed. The site has been off-line intermittingly over this past year but players are now reporting that the website and phones have been down for over one week.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.07.2005
SBR submits five payout complaints to BetonUSA (SBR rating D-) management. Each of these players have attempted to redeem winnings from a free $50 account they were awarded by mail.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.05.2005
Players again upset that Sportsbook.com (SBR rating C) cancels winning wager after match is final. The latest incident revolves around the Tarver vs. Jones fight. While this line, unlike others in their recent history, was indeed ’off’, Sportsbook again had the unfair advantage of knowing the outcome before deciding which wagers they would honor. Sportsbook’s rules state that when a winning wager is canceled due to a gross error the wager must be settled at the correct price. The book seemingly ignores this rule.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.05.2005
SportsbookUSA (SBR rating D-) enters into payment plan with three players who have filed complaints with SBR.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.03.2005

Player and BetUs (SBR rating D-) management agree to settlement arrangement on $25,000 unpaid balance. The final draft of the deal’s terms is slated to reach SBR tomorrow. This three year old case was last referenced on 8/18/05.

SBROdds.com the #1 FREE Real-time line service announces the additions of two sportsbooks:

10.02.2005

BoDog (SBR rating A) - Start date October 4th, 2005
Mansion (SBR rating B) - Start date October 31st, 2005
SBROdds.com is currently being displayed for FREE on 97 websites offering web site owners a way to offer their visitors real-time odds under their own logo and tracking links. Site owners may also decide which sportsbooks to display. The SBROdds.com webmaster customization tool is set for its first major upgrade on October 6th.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.01.2005
BetCasinoSports (SBR rating F-) has closed. The sportsbook is no longer putting up new odds and banking web pages are off-line.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Players complain about prerecorded sportsbook cold-calls.

09.30.2005

"Just got a recorded call from Oasis Sportsbook ... some radio DJ-type voice screaming at me about the Pitt-Rutgers game tonight ... screaming out the line and total ... yelling at me that if I join now that I can move the line 3 points either way ... all I have to do is "Press 1 NOW!" ... geez ... are these guys hurting that bad?  I’ve never in my life had an account with these XXXXX, so how did they get my phone number?"

B+ rated First Fidelity is also guilty of targeting potential players with these taped sales pitches. Fidelity’s aggressive marketing tactics is the primary reason the book has not achieved a rating beyond B+.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.28.2005

SBR has confirmed that PlayWePay (not rated) has paid out $5,000 to a former BetCasinoSports (SBR rating F-) client, with more players close to meeting the seven time roll-over that was part of the"bailout" terms. During BCS’ short existence, players had not been able to withdraw more than a few hundred dollars at a time. BCS victims can find more information about PlayWePay’s offer here.

BestLineSports

09.27.2005
upgraded from C+ to B-. BLS earns this upgrade after months of positive customer feedback, launching a new website and software update, and reassuring SBR that they will continue to give players the benefit of the doubt should a dispute arise. BestLine has held a conservative rating as SBR observed how the book adjusted to the move from Costa Rica to Panama over one year ago.

09.26.2005

SBR receives weekly complaints like this one, from players wondering if they will ever be paid.

"Hey SBR, I requested a neteller withdrawal from SportsbookUSA on 9/19 and I still haven’t received any payout as of 9/26 even though on their website it says neteller withdrwals take 24-48 hours. I’ve copy and pasted a conversation I had with a customer service rep on live support, my screen name is XXXX and his is Dimitri."


SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.25.2005
SportsFanatik (SBR rating D+) sends withdrawal to player via regular mail, adding a two week processing delay to what should have been an instant Neteller transfer. Accounting is unwilling or unable to rectify the error. This SportsFanatik complaint is one of many from Sportingbet Plc players that now reach SBR almost daily. IWager (SBR rating C-), a sister book, is very close to obtaining the same D+ rating. IWager has little control over its poker service, which has frozen yet another player account without valid reason. The player has waited for his funds or an explanation for almost two months.

BoDog Sportsbook recent upgrade

09.24.2005

The recent upgrade expands SBR’s listed book reviews to 13. SBR currently offers full sportsbook reviews on each bookmaker rated A and higher.
Have a wagering experience you would like to share? SBR appreciates all feedback which can be directed to Assistance@SportsbookReview.com.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.22.2005
Aebet (SBR rating D+) player submits latest canceled-winning wager complaint. The sportsbook claims that the event’s odds were set incorrectly, therefore the winnings will not be honored. However, the player has cited similar odds from other sportsbooks on the same event. The canceling of winning wagers due to a "bad line" after the match has unfortunately become an increasingly common complaint. Doing this gives the sportsbook the ability to cheat players. They may offer a questionable line while waiting to see the outcome of the game before deciding if the wager will be valid.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.21.2005
BetonSports (SBR rating D+) customer files slow-pay complaint. The player reports that his account has been debited $2,000 for a Neteller payout that he has not received.

"I currently have a balance with them of 5,280. I called up Monday asking for a payout and some lady told me that they would call me back because they are still looking over my account because of some scores of games. Of course they never called me back. Ok next day which was Tuesday i get a guy from the payout department named Devin. He was a really nice guy he took my info. and he told me i would send me a neteller payout by midnight last night. Of course it never came. I called today and they were like it should have gotten there already meaning the Neteller payout. My account balance reads 3,280.  I have no idea what is going on right now and i can’t even sleep."
UpDate 9/22/05: Player receives $2,000 payout via Neteller

Can you out pick professional handicapper The Prick?

09.20.2005

You pick 3 games and The Prick picks 3 games, if you out pick him you win $100 from CRIS (SBR rating A+). Pick from NCAA or NFL Beat The Prick Contest - It’s free and its fun so get ahead and take a shot at The Prick. Good Luck!

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.19.2005
Oasis receives further downgrade from C+ to C- due to unjust bonus confiscation. SBR has received valid complaints from players who have had their reload bonuses revoked when nearing completion of the roll-over requirement.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.19.2005

BetCasinoSports (SBR rating F-) players begin testing what appears to be a bailout offer from PlayWePay (not rated).SBR will continue to monitor the progress of these arrangements.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.17.2005

PlayersTime (SBR rating D-) Group again processing withdrawals. The book’s 800 number phone lines are still down with local numbers not allowing US calls. PlayersTime’s email is listed as service@playerstime.com.