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BetUSA(SBR rating B-)

12.05.2005
earns 2nd upgrade in two months. The sportsbook’s management continues to make decisions independant of their service provider, Sportingbet Plc, and assures SBR that they will maintain their player-friendly policies. B- is currently the highest rating that a Sportingbet/World Gaming sportsbook holds.

Sportsbooks get mauled again as speculation of failures picks up steam.

12.04.2005
Players need to be aware that this football season has been one of the worst seasons on record for sportsbooks and may end up being the worst of the modern era. Player funds are at risk in lower rated books that do not have the staying power of the large well funded sportsbooks. SBR recommends players exercise caution and only hold funds in sportsbooks rated B+ or higher.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

12.03.2005
Problems continue for bettors with books under the Sportingbet umbrella. Although management has resolved some individual complaints, the company continues to unjustly debit client accounts. Current complaints include voided winning wagers, the closure of accounts and confiscation of profits from those accounts, and the seizing of earned bonuses. The majority of gamblers likely will not experience these issues although bettors who successfully utilize the company’s promotions may be severely penalized without warning.

Player reports AllProSportsbook(SBR rating D+) confiscating funds and ignoring emails.
Hi, this is my first time sending you (sportsbookreview.com) E-mail. I have an account in Allprosportsbook.com. I have been using this account since August 2005. But recently, this company gave me some hard time. They paid slow, E-mail no reply and deducted all of my bonus in my account eventhought I have covered the rollerover requirement. But that wasn’t  a big deal. I don’t really care about the bonus, I also told them I do not want any further bonus in my account. After then, I only deposited twice and received $77.50 automatically right after. Then I kept wagering a lot and requested a payout. at that payout, They also deducted the $77.50 bonus. that’s fine!  after then I still wagered for a while without any deposit. then I requested another payout. But they still deducted the same amount of $77.50. That’s my money,  not the bonus. Then I talked the live chat person, and he said they will check for me. I also send that company an E-mail about thit case. so far they still haven’t replied me. I have no idea if they return me $77.50 or not. They might have system error or they don’t even care of their clients money. If I make another withdrawl next time.  I might still have money deducted.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

12.03.2005
GolfingGods(SBR rating D-) owner comments on recent difficulties, assures SBR accounting issues have been addressed.
"I can thankfully report that our Neteller situation is now corrected and we are free to move unlimited funds to client accounts through Neteller. As you know we were restricted previously but I am glad to say that our bank (Royal Bank of Scotland) and Neteller have now lifted restrictions."
"We are both aware of the initial difficulties faced by Golfinggods but as I have pointed out in this email these issues have now been resolved. I look forward to working with you to achieve a better rating for my company on the Sports Book Review."

GolfingGods had previously blamed payout delays on limitations put in place by Neteller although alternate withdrawal options were not made available. All players who have complained of payout delays to SBR have been paid in full as of September. 

SBR Bill Dozer reports: Reno, Nevada-based WagerFree(SBR rating F-) scam to cease operating?

12.02.2005
Garet Bradford, the subject of an investigation by the Nevada Gaming Commission, tells players he will be closing his operation on December 7th if he does not receive funds from "investors". Garet claims his "business" will file bankruptcy, which will protect him from his debt to victims. However, WagerFree, L.L.C.’s business license was revoked on 12/1/2004. Players and SBR have contributed to the investigation against Mr. Bradford, which is likely responsible for WagerFree’s forecasted closure. One local player who has visited state authorities, reports receiving a partial refund of his balance.

Note: SBR does not condone personal threats when settling fraudulent business complaints. Players with a complaint should contact their local authorities as well as the Nevada Gaming Control Board at (775) 823-7250.

TOW management meets BetRoyal (SBR rating D-)

12.02.2005
management to explain recent issues, disclose their short and medium term plans and re open a line of communication. Management tells TOW that they are still unable to process payout via checks within industry standard timeframes. Some significant delays may therefore be expected from time when requesting payouts via cashiers checks. However they disclosed their available Neteller balance which appears to be within industry average levels. Management discarded circulating rumors about a possible demise, indicating that said rumors may have been fueled by a couple of recently dismissed middle managers....

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

12.01.2005

SportsbookUSA(SBR rating D-) unable to process withdrawals, tells SBR payouts are delayed indefinitely.  Players with SportsbookUSA and sister books under the Futurebet umbrella are experiencing longer than usual payout delays and the company is no longer able to put players on installment plans per SBR’s request. A sub-par football season for the bookmaker, as well as a change in management are likely responsible for the worsened situation. Futurebet accounting issues have been known to become progressively worse. Current customers should request their funds immediately. Below is an email to a player from Futurebet’s Player Support.

Hello *****, We thank you for your continued patience regarding the pending withdrawal situation with SportsbookUSA.com .  We have been informed that SportsbookUSA has been experiencing major delays in settling player withdrawals. We will notify the casino operator that you have contacted us today regarding your pending withdrawal with SportsbookUSA.com. Thank you for choosing SportsbookUSA and we at Player Support wish you the best of luck in the future.
Sincerely,
Charlynn Player Support
 

Sportbook.com

11.30.2005
joins BetCorp Group, upgraded from D+ to B-. Sportbook’s players will not experience an interruption in service and players will immediately benefit from a higher level of customer support and software. Sportbook was previously powered by SBG Global (SBR rating D+) and Mercedes software.

SBR mailbag: Actionbets player submits negative feedback.

11.30.2005
Player reports ActionBets(SBR rating C) refusing to honor free monthly Neteller withdrawal as stated on website. Player also complains that his payout request was initially denied resulting in a one day delay.

"I requested a $4532 Neteller withdrawal via their website on the evening of Sunday Nov. 27. The funds, minus fees, were sent promptly after I re-submitted the withdrawal request. They do not process payouts on Monday that are submitted over a weekend. I have received the funds minus $60. $30 for each Neteller transaction required to send the payout." "I don’t feel this is consistent with what is stated on actionbets’ website"

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.28.2005
Three sportsbooks disappear in last two weeks. FirstClassSportsbook(SBR rating F-), BetGateway(SBR rating F) and SSP International(SBR rating F) each decided that their scams have run their course. Players should be aware of reincarnations or sister sites of these phony bookmakers. BetGateway now operates as Bet4Aces(SBR rating F-) and is cold calling potential players. FirstClassSportsbook’s sister site, PlayersTime(SBR rating F) steals player’s $19,000 balance. Substantial balances are at high risk. Both books focus their maketing efforts on off-line advertising and on bettors who are less likely to be aware of their unscrupulous actions.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.27.2005

Players fear SSP International (SBR rating F) has finally ceased operating. SSP’s excuses for withholding payment in 2005 included technical difficulties and claims that the company’s assets were frozen due to an impending sale. The website has been off-line for nine days and emails have not been returned.

WagerWeb(SBR rating C) tells player what bets he can and can't make

11.27.2005


Sir
This email is to inform you of our new prop policy. All players who wager on props must also wager on other regular lines or the account will be closed. As of today you must wager at least 5 times your prop volume each day on other regular listed games as well.
Your account has been locked until you confirm your understanding of this with a return email.....>

Source: TheRx Posting Forum thread: Wagerweb prop rule

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.26.2005

PlayersTime (SBR rating F) informs player that he won too much which violates the "wiseguy rule" and he will not receive his balance of $19,144. View the chat transcript where book tells player they are stealing his balance here.

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-.