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SBROdds II Now Live

09.09.2005

The latest edition of the web’s fastest FREE live odds service is now dynamic which means there is no need to refresh your web browser to see line changes. SBR Odds comes complete with a direct log in feature, color-coded line changes and sound alerts.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.07.2005

BetPlatinum (SBR rating D+) agrees to resolve year long dispute by honoring $2,600 winning parlay. The book initially disputed the validity of the wager based on a phone conversation where the clerk purportedly told the player that his account was closed. The parlay bet was placed online the following day. SBR no longer has any pending claims against Platinum Sports.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.07.2005
IWager (SBR rating C-) again freezing player’s account balance for over one month after the player is suspected of "chip dumping" in the poker room. Iwager has not offered a valid reason for freezing the players account and emails have gone unreturned during the past week. The previous player to experience a similar issue was paid after a 2 month wait.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.05.2005

Scam sportsbook 2WagerSports
(SBR rating  F-) reemerges as UWagerSports.
Marty Kidd, of MK Sports Handicapping Service, is once again at the helm of this doomed sportsbook. Since our last 2wager report on 6/16/05 new players have reported being stiffed thousands by Marty and 2WagerSports. Players should avoid UWagerSports and its 40% bonuses at all costs.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.04.2005
Pari-action (SBR rating C+) ends comeback after one year. The sportsbook’s second stint online under new management came to a halt in late August. Players with Pari-action and sister sportsbook 121bets (SBR rating C+) can contact WorldBookie (SBR rating C+) who will be honoring all account balances. WorldBookie is owned by the company that backed and provided service to Pari-action and 121Bets. Players may call WorldBookie at 1-800-310-2799.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.03.2005
PlayersTime (SBR rating D-) now stating that payouts will not be processed until Monday, meaning the book will go one week without paying a customer. Below is an excerpt from a chat between a disgruntled player and customer service. PlayersTime has been downgraded from D+ to D-.

You are now chatting with ’Customer Service’
Customer Service: This is customer service, how may I help you?
Visitor: Is Playterstime able to make payouts to Neteller yet?
Customer Service: no not yet
Visitor: why?
Customer Service: hopefully on Monday
Customer Service: we are still not setup with the neteller interface
Customer Service: we apologize for the delay
Visitor: Can I deposit to play football over the weekend? I’m trying to ask if I can make a damn deposit by Neteller?
Customer Service: yes deposits yes, you can deposit thru neteller and western union
Visitor: Then why can’t you make a payout?
Customer Service: because we cannot subtract amounts from your account yet but neteller deposits hit you account automatically
Visitor: Thats Bull****, How can you add it but not subtract?
Customer Service: it is not manually inserted like withdrawals are

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.02.2005
SportsWager (SBR rating D+) leaves the PlayersTime Group and joins the Sportingbet Family. SportsWager players are considering themselves lucky as PlayersTime websites have been down for 4 days. SBR has received multiple slow-pay complaints from worried players who have been denied payouts during this 4 day period. PlayersTime sportsbooks are listed below.

PlayersTime
BetTheBook
FantasyIsland
GoldStar
OffshoreIsland
QuantumSportsbook
RoyalPalm
SunCoastSportsbook
SuperiorSportsbook
ThePerfectSportsbook
Vegas24Sportsbook
WinMoney
WinnersTime

EnglishSportsBetting (SBR rating F-)

09.02.2005

again making news. The undisputed king of scam sportsbooks has some players wondering if there may be a chance of receiving payment. Management tells TheOffShoreWire that the book, now back in Ireland, will officially be called Telebet and claims that we will see payouts dispersed in October of 2005.  TOW recaps the events leading up to ESB’s new promises.

Latest

09.01.2005

SBR Email Response Test Results Released: See what happened when SportsbookReview’s “Tom Stevens” put 10 new sportsbooks to the test. SBR email response test.

Players

09.01.2005

confused by magazine scam that pretends to review the “Top Sportsbooks” and “guarantee player funds”. Both the publication and the listed sportsbooks are from the BetUs (SBR rating D-) family of sites.
"I recently received a magazine in the mail called INSIDERS BETTING DIGEST.COM. It has a list of sportsbooks and poker sites they claim that are the best. I hope they check your site before they try their sites because you have rated all their sportsbooks D- and F+. I called one of there top picks because they claim to have the best bonuses, and the person I talked to was trying very hard to have me sign up right then, thats when I knew something wasn’t right. So I looked up all the sites they have listed and there all D- and F+. Maybe you can warn people about this magazine. Thank you"
Read more about these phony review publications.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.31.2005
ScoreOnSports (SBR rating D-) taken offline due to SBR’s 8/19 report. Management tells SBR that they were only providing a turnkey service for ScoreonSports and do not want to be associated with a brand that was previously marketed as part of the failed ChangeaBet (SBR rating F-) family. "We should have done better research."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.30.2005

BetGateway (SBR rating F+) part of the stiff VipBetZone Group? Special thanks to SBR reader Bill who points out that BetGateway is using the same email box as defunct sportsbook VipBetZone (SBR rating F-).

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.30.2005
Player confirms receiving a $700 payment from Internet1x2 (SBR rating F-) after waiting 10 months. This marks the first report of payment since December 2004.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.29.2005
4SportsPicks (SBR rating F) deletes client’s account and confiscates funds. The player tells SBR that he disputed $600 in debits listed as casino losses and soon after was locked out of his account. 4SportsPicks management tells SBR that the player tried to cheat them out of the $600 and this behavior will cost him the winnings in his account (a previous withdrawal exceeded the amount deposited by player). The player estimated his balance to be $1385 before he was locked out.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.28.2005
Both BetRoyal (SBR rating D) players who filed slow-pay complaints (reported 8/23/05) have received their pending withdrawals. SBR to monitor payout process for remaining funds.

Warning:

08.27.2005
Problem sportsbook, BetGateway (SBR rating F+) to gamble with player funds once again. Gateway entered the 2004 NFL playoffs admittedly broke and unable to pay their clients for months. Management told players that an employee had stolen their money and told SBR that the fate of player funds depended on the book’s success during the last few NFL games. Fortunately, the end of the NFL season was profitable for the house and Gateway players reported receiving payments. New SBR readers have since inquired about this sportsbook and their generous offers after receiving promotional email. Players can expect this sportsbook’s luck to eventually run out. Gateway’s high risk model consists of offering -105 pricing and large bonuses.
Note: Gateway has been upgraded from F- to F+ to reflect payment on delinquent accounts.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.26.2005
SportsbookUSA (SBR rating D-) and sister sportsbook, InterChamps (SBR rating D-), send payment to three players who have recently filed Slow-pay complaints. Although all players who have reported their issue to SBR have been paid in full, this is likely attributed to Futurebet’s policy to pay what they refer to as the "squeakiest wheels" get paid first. Players who are requesting payments of $1,000 or more without assistance are waiting at least one month and even then must receive installments.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.25.2005
SportingbetUSA (SBR rating C) deducts $500 in winnings from customer account. The sportsbook claims the player bet a "bad line" (wrong odds that are the result of a line manager’s mistake) on Tiger Woods to win the British Open, which took place a month earlier. SportingbetUSA has not made an effort to show the player how the line on Tiger Woods was an "obvious error" and has not followed their own rule which is stated below. SBR will continue to speak on the player’s behalf and expects management to rectify or justify these actions.

"Every effort will be made to ensure that all information available on the Internet site is accurate. However, if an error is made in the prices or conditions published on-line, we reserve the right to correct any mistakes and to settle any bets already laid at the correct price."

Cascade becomes

08.24.2005

latest sportsbook to benefit from summer evaluations - upgraded from B to B+. Cascade has also entered SBR’s short list of best Reduced Juice Sportsbooks after recently announcing a move into the low vig market. BetCascade will offer -105 pricing on sides and totals for mainstream sporting events.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.23.2005
Royal Sports (SBR rating D) player waiting 18 days for bank wire payment. BetRoyal tells SBR that the payout was processed today but will not appear in the player’s account for another week. 

A 2nd player also voices his frustration while waiting two weeks for a $10,000 bank check. 
"I am a long time high dollar handicapper and I am having a nightmare experience with betroyal.com better known as Royal sports. I am up about 40k and I have been trying to get paid for weeks now. Every neteller withdraw I have asked for is delayed and takes several phone calls to get it through. I also requested a 10,000 check payment but I am at 2 weeks and doubtful it will be any time soon."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.22.2005
Heritage Sports (SBR rating B+) removes clause allowing for 5% Neteller withdrawal charges. Management tells SBR that the clause was a preemptive measure meant to deter bonus abusers and that there has not been an instance were a player incurred this fee. Players can now feel confident that Neteller withdrawals are processed 7 days a week at no charge. This adjustment along with an influx of positive feedback has earned Heritage an upgrade to B+.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.22.2005
Pointbet (SBR rating D+) frozen-account complaint (reported 8/14/2005) resolved. Pointbet attributes the problem to difficulties with AOL email and has provided a record of emails sent to the player. Bettors continue to complain about the changes the book is employing, saying that communicating with customer service has become very difficult. Pointbet’s live chat is not functioning and Pointbet’s homepage is now a login page that only offers an email address. American sports bettors no longer appear to be a priority for Pointbet. Players with questions are being told to call back at 11 pm for customer service. A clerk told SBR that Pointbet is updating its system and that players looking to sign up should return in one month. It is unclear if Asian players are also experiencing a lower level of service.