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SBR Bill Dozer reports: BetBookie and Phoenix Rising Group downgraded to F

01.27.2006
as no-pay complaints continue to fill SBR’s mailbox. Customer service remains off-line and the sportsbook shows no signs of life. BetBookie victims had hoped that World Gaming was to take over the site as they did with AllSportsCasino. However, the different sites are being treated as separate entities, likely divided by ownership of player packages. World Gaming states that they currently do not have any plans to take over other Phoenix Rising sites.

"Hi.  I have a quick question about betbookie.com.  They actually owe me $8000 since late October of 2005.  They gave me all these BS reasons for not giving me my funds.  When I tried to call them today, it seems like they disconnected their phone service.  Then I came to your site and noticed that they either sold or trying to sell their website.  Is there any way to receive my money or is this money down the drain?  Any suggestions or answers are welcomed.  Thank you very much and I truly appreciate your website."

Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) requires ALL players to change their passwords.

01.27.2006
SBR receives multiple complaints that the new password system is too difficult. In a letter to SBR, Pinnacle explains that this is part of their ongoing security upgrades and strategy and was planned well in advance. It is both an attempt to secure their system as well as verify email addresses. The date was chosen as the best time, due to the fact so many of Pinnacle clients wager on the Superbowl. Players need to be able to confirm the email account that they used to set up their account.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.26.2006
Peter Lenz, a.k.a. Jason, formerly behind defunct sportsbook, Dunes Sports, back in business as operations manager of BoxSeatBetting(SBR rating F) and BettorsOnlyNow(SBR rating F). Players should avoid BoxSeatBetting, clone site BetBSBnow.com, as well as sister book BettorsOnlyNow.com.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.26.2006
Sportingbet Plc management agrees to refund mystery casino losses not placed by account holders; blames issue on a "glitch". Four of five account balances have been rectified with the final account under review. Total adjustments exceed $30,000.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.25.2006
BetMaker(SBR rating B) addresses complaints attributed to misinformed customer service rep. Players who were told they could not withdraw their promotional winnings can email assistance@sportsbookreview.com or contact Silvia at Betmaker for the conditions of the offer.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.25.2006

BetMaker(SBR rating B) botched promotion prompts players to complain of dishonest marketing. The sportsbook offered free wagers to inactive accounts. Account holders who made winning wagers were later told that these funds are not withdrawable and is fake money. BetMaker’s customer service manager, Silvia, is investigating the matter.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.24.2006

Slow-paying sportsbook BetBookie(SBR rating D-) domain name listed for sale on EBizName.com.
Description: Fantastic web address for online gambling and wagering. Also can be used for betting, college and pro picks, casinos, etc.

Players looking for information regarding a potential takeover of accounts should call World Gaming Services at 1-800-372-0333.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.23.2006

Slow-pay complaints evolving into no-pays at D- rated sportsbooks Custombets, BetBookie, BestBetBookie and BookaSport.net. Bettors are waiting over one month for payment and are hoping to hear news that the betting sites will be taken over by World Gaming Services. LiveChat is currently off-line and phones are unmanned. Players who manage to reach client support should request a payout immediately.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.22.2006
SBR receives first report of theft from BetWGN (SBR rating F-), which is run by former ownership of ChangeABet (SBR rating F-) and the owners of SunsetSports (SBR rating F-). The lead man now goes by Michael Franklyn and was previously using the name Peter Cole.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.21.2006
BetAtlas(SBR rating C) parts with key member of management. Gary Thomson, formerly with BetCRIS(SBR rating A+), was responsible for the website’s facelift and procedural changes. Both Mr. Thompson and ownership tell SBR they agreed to part ways due to differences in the direction of the company.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.20.2006
Another player from a Sportingbet Plc sportsbook, MySportsbook(SBR rating D+) reports account balance wiped out. This is the 4th complaint from a large account holder who was told that his balance, which was $11,225, was lost on a virtual horse racing casino game. SBR to inquire with management.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.19.2006
BetIsGlobal(SBR rating F-) new sportsbook from the VIPBetZone(SBR rating F-) Group. Past scam books include VipBetZone, BetNowOnline, GoWagers, BetGateway and most recently, Bet4Aces(SBR rating F-).

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

01.19.2006

AllSportsCasino (SBR rating D) back online after nine days, some payouts processed. The sportsbook is switching from its stand-alone IQL software system to World Gaming’s turnkey service which manages lines, client support, and accounting. The book blames a complicated migration for payout delays. Currently AllSportsCasino sister sites (Phoenix Rising LTD) are going through the same process. The company tells SBR they did not release information regarding the switch in order to maintain its needed staff. This is AllSportsCasino’s second stint with World Gaming hosting services. 

BetOnStars(SBR rating D-) Promising payments to some players and paying smaller players.

01.18.2006
Public pressure helping to accelerate payment plans from troubled BetOnStars.

One player reports to SBR:
"I spoke with the owner of BetonStars - Johnny.  He told me that he had not been properly informed of the coversations I had had with Jay, and that he would personally put an end to this problem.  I am taking his promise at face value.
He assured me that I would be paid out entirely by this coming Monday - $X,XXX this Friday and the remainder on Monday...."
 
BetOnStars manager known as "Jay" has said to be "out". SBR sources say he has left the country.

BetOnStars(SBR rating D-) players nervously trying to get payouts.

01.17.2006
This sportsbook was heavily promoted by a slippery outfit and their associates that specialize in promoting new and dangerous sportsbooks. Sources in Costa Rica claim they are looking for a buyer. TOW, BetOnStars main promoter, had earlier reported that BetOnStars management had left, that their Neteller bank account was empty and that poor business decissions had hurt them. Less than two hours after making the statement TOW said their report was completely false and that the book was actually very healthy. Most industry observers have speculated that this book is now just limping along looking for a bailout partner. 

Player writes SBR:
"Jay, (BetOnStars General Manager)
I have written and called you almost a dozen times and have not heard back from you.  We had agreed almost 2 weeks ago that you would process payouts for my money as soon as I met the 20x rollover requirement.
I continued to bet as per your assurance and met that rollover 8 days ago.  I have not received a dime.
You have sent me explicit emails stating that the accounting department would process a withrawal "ASAP" last Wednesday, but no such thing was ever done."

Players can avoid unscrupulous promoters and high risk sportsbooks by joining only those sportsbooks with an SBR rating of B+ or better.

Current SUPER TOP 10 Sportsbooks. Consensus of 3 top experts.

01.14.2006


The following is the combined SUPER TOP 10 according to;
The Sportsbook Review (SBR) Top 10 Sportsbook List
The EOG Top 10 Sportsbooks in the World 
TheRX.com poster voted top Sportsbooks


1. Pinnacle  (36)
2. CRIS (30)
3. Olympic ( 29)
4. Hollywood (20)
5. VIP Sports (18)
6. WSEX (17)
7. 5 Dimes (10)
8. BetJamaica ( 9)
9. Bet365 (9)
10. BetCascade ( 9)
Others receiving votes: BetWWTS(7), Skybook(7), Bodog(3), Mansion(2), Legendz(2)

Sources:

SBR
EOG
The RX

BetOnStars(SBR rating D-) It has been reported that there has been a management change and slow pays.

01.14.2006
The sportsbook’s main advertiser, who specializes in promoting high risk sportsbooks, reported that BetOnStars was slow paying, had an empty Neteller bank account, that their manager had left and that they had made some "seriously bad business decisions". Later the promoter retracted the statement claiming it was a "misunderstanding" and that the sports book was fine. We can not tell what is true and what is spin at this point.
 
Players are strongly advised to not have ANY money on deposit at new sportsbooks.

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.