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SportOdds rolled under sister site

11.25.2005
SportOdds (SBR rating B) rolled under sister site, Centrebet (SBR rating B+). Centrebet was purchased by the SportOdds Group in 2003.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.23.2005
SportsInteraction reaches its highest all-time SBR rating: C. SIA management has worked closely with SBR in recent months in an effort to tighten procedure and avoid disputes by implementing additional rules. Players report having direct access to management and experiencing an improvement in customer service. While it is clear that SIA has made positive adjustments, players should remember that SIA is known for its poor customer service and admits that they still have much to improve upon. SBR encourages players to send feedback to BillDozer@SportsbookReview.com.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.22.2005
BetRoyal (SBR rating D-) stalling, hoping to avoid $18,000 payout? The player was initially told his $9,000 bank wire request was processed four weeks ago, yet his account balance was never debited. One week after the initial request the bettor asked for an additional payout of $9,000 to a different checking account. Three weeks after Royal confirmed that both withdrawals were cleared to be processed, customer service tells the client that they do not have any record of his withdrawal requests. The account balanace exceeds $22,000.

Players who are being slow-paid should not continue to wager with their sportsbook. Continuing to play encourages the book to deny payment, hoping that the stress and inability to bet elsewhere will cause the bettor to lose his funds.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.22.2005

EnglishSportsBetting (SBR rating F-) steals $30,000 from player; $2,500 of which was deposited via Western Union. SBR receives many ESB complaints each month, but this is the first player to report opening a new account and depositing after the book’s latest claim of being under new ownership. In September ESB began branding under the name of their site’s url, Telebet. The bettor made his deposit two weeks ago.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.21.2005
BetGateway (SBR rating F-) remains down through day 4. One player reports desperately trying to retrieve a balance of $120,000 for over two months.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.20.2005

BetUSA (SBR rating C+) becomes first book to reverse managing/hosting company, Sportingbet’s decision to unjustly confiscate player funds. SBR has received many complaints from Sportingbet Plc serviced sites since the 11/4/2005 report. Each Sportingbet site who has an independent general manager has the opportunity to address the situation before receiving Blacklist status.

SCAM ALERT:

11.19.2005
Bet4Aces is the new website for scambook, BetGateway (SBR rating F-). BetGateway has been off-line for two days and active players are now being asked to log in at Bet4Aces and use Bet4Aces’ Neteller merchant account. This is the latest scam site from former VIPBetZone (SBR rating F-) owership.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.18.2005
New sportsbook WestCoastWagers soliciting players with Sony Playstations as signup bonuses. The only games bettors are likely to see are those this book plays when asked for a withdrawal. WestCoastWagers is part of the Futurebet Group which is months behind in Neteller payouts. WestCoastWagers inherits Futurebet rating of D-.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.16.2005
PlayersTime Group downgraded to F after FirstClassSportsbook remains offline for 4th day without player contact. Players can request payouts from PlayersTime through Neteller’s website using the merchant code PLAY2870 but PlayersTime has made it clear that they will not honor payout requests "at this time". All PlayersTime books utilize the same merchant account. The company will remain on SBR’s Blacklist until all FCS users are paid.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.16.2005
FirstClassSportsbook (SBR rating D-) disappears. Customers of FirstClass report the website has been off-line since Sunday. Phone lines are also down and player email has not been returned.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.12.2005
Dimebetting (SBR rating F) closed. The site is no longer offering lines or processing payouts. Dimebetting former owner, John Vega tells SBR that he does not have the funds on hand to pay players, and is attempting to obtain a loan. The situation is similar to the one Dimebetting was in only a few months earlier; before being bailed out by, and subsequently controlled by 777Rock. The two sites have split as of last week and are no longer affiliated. However, Scott, owner of 777 tells SBR that he will take on player account balances once again, this time at 777Rock.com. John has promised to reimburse 777Rock when funds are released by his "investors".

Beat The Prick Week 10 contest lines posted

11.11.2005

"The Prick" went a respectable 2-1 with his picks in week 9 which saw only 5 posters win the $100 prize from BetCRIS.

"Well, boys, I thought we were all getting along just fine. A littlte chest-beating, whining, and gloating is to be expected, and I gotta beat a group of ya to get a little cheese from CRIS....and that’s ok. But one of you fairies crossed the line, and now it’s personal."

Review contest rules and get your picks in for week 10 HERE.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.08.2005
Oasis (SBR rating C-) steals portion of player balance. The sportsbook has decided to terminate relationship with winning player, but instead of paying him in full, the book is deducting funds in the amount of $1,000 of already-earned bonuses and retroactively charging him fees for Neteller deposits for the life of his account. These fees amount to $780. Wilson, Oasis’ Client Services Manager, agrees that this player did not violate any rules and that the possibility of sticking players with fees should be noted on the website. Currently Oasis lists free Neteller deposits as an incentive and there is no mention of the potential for these fees to be passed on to the player at a later date.

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.