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WSEX (SBR rating A)

07.25.2005
expects website to be operating normally by the end of the night. WSEX has been experiencing technical difficulties off and on since yesterday.

E-StadiumClub (SBR rating F)

07.25.2005
appears to be reincarnation of failed Sportsbook, BestLineWager. SBR readers have reported similarities in the two sportsbooks, including cloned rules and FAQ pages. Bill Dozer called E-Stadium’s number and asked to "speak with Jack Nardi", who was the owner of BestLineWager. The clerk answered, "Jack is not in." He was not sure of the best time to reach him. The clerk was then asked if E-Stadium would be taking over accounts from the defunct BestLineWager. He responded by saying "Jack is not  affiliated with this company" and that we "would have to call Jack directly about that." Players are advised to avoid this new sportsbook.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.24.2005
Bets4All (SBR rating F) management requests list of bettors with pending payout complaints from SBR. Players have not reported a payment since SBR last submitted a list to Bets4All in early 2004. It is unknown if this submission of over 20 delinquent account holders will again have positive results. Bets4All has become known as a deposit-only sportsbook that does not respond to emails. Players who have not yet submitted their complaint may email Assistance@SportsbookReview.com.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.23.2005
IWager (SBR rating C-) poker player continues to wait over 6 weeks for her funds or for any evidence that she violated the house rules. The player is accused of "chip dumping", meaning that Iwager has concluded that she conspired with a 2nd player in an effort to illegally transfer funds between accounts . Iwager management has not taken responsibility for its poker service provider and blames them for this unstructured audit process and the failure to provide evidence of fraudulent play.

A confidential SBR source close to ESB(SBR rating F-) writes the following:

07.22.2005
"The Chamber of Commerce (ESB’s landlord in Ireland) has closed down ESB. The company was several months behind on its lease payments and faced an ultimatum a few weeks ago to either pay up or leave. I believe that this factor in addition to the complaints by TheOffshoreWire and SBR led the Chambers to shut them out of the building. "

The Final Scam?

07.21.2005

EnglishSportsBetting (SBR rating F-) has the following message currently displayed on its website, www.Telebet.com:

"Dear Friends,
We are in the process of upgrading our systems. Serving you is important to us and while we are in the process of upgrading our systems, we would appreciate it if you would send your inquires by email to (webmaster@telebet.com).
We do not expect this upgrade to take more than a week to finish. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Thank You,The Staff at Telebet"

In the past ESB has not bothered to inform its users of website downtime and players who send money to ESB soon realize that the sole purpose of the site is to steal customer deposits. This, combined with the fact that "system upgrades" should take hours and not a week, suggests that this stiff book may be on the move. It is possible that ESB is in the process of moving servers to a new location or may finally be closing its doors.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.19.2005
SportsWageringOdds (SBR rating F) refusing to pay bettor $5,000. The player turned a $500 deposit into $5,000 only to be rewarded with clerks who hang up on him and fail to respond to emails. SWO is part of the EZ Sports Group and will not hesitate to steal from those who have won substantial sums. Sister sportsbook NationalSportsGambling (SBR rating F) stiffed a player $2500 in June.

SBR reviews

07.18.2005

"Sportsbookreview.com – I have to really hand it to Bill Dozer for maintaining and creating a very informative sportsbook watchdog site. Of all the watchdog sites on the Internet, www.sportsbookreview.com is one of the best. And you don’t know how difficult this is for me to post because he is one of my competitors. Like with any sport, I have to respect the best. And Bill has become the top watchdog man. "

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.18.2005
BestLineWager (SBR rating D-) closes with player funds. SBR initiated coverage of BLW in March of 2005 and began receiving payout complaints the following month. The sportsbook’s website displays the message:
"We regret to inform our clients that Bestlinewager.com has ceased all operations as of July 15, 2005"  
The site also instructs players to call in their claims to "Jack" at 714-280-2963. However the phone number currently only offers a voice mailbox.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.17.2005
SBR receives new slow-pay complaint from GolfingGods (SBR rating D) customer. These complaints are magnified by GolfingGods not responding to emails or offering a reason for declining Neteller withdrawal requests. SBR to investigate this issue further.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.15.2005
Players left stranded by defunct sportsbook Changeabet (SBR rating F-) wait for a bailout decision from Millennium (SBR rating D+). A few players have recently learned that BetMill has adopted Changeabet’s web addresses, staff members and smaller players and are hopeful that they may also salvage something from the book’s failure. These remaining players await a decision next week.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.14.2005

Mansion (SBR rating B) experiencing technical difficulties. Mansion’s technical department tells SBR that players will have the most success accessing the website when using the full web address.  The problem, which appears to be isolated to US clients, is being addressed and should be resolved tomorrow.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.13.2005
TheCasinoFiles (SBR rating F) reportedly having trouble paying Futurebet, their turnkey service provider, and may not make it to football season. The sportsbook is in slow-pay mode, having owed players for months. If the book were to fall, balances may be absorbed by SportsbookUSA, with players being forced to accept a 3x roll-over requirement. Both books are hosted by Futurebet, who finds itself in these situations by offering a fully operational online sportsbook to anyone willing to pay an initial $35,000 start-up fee.

SBR Bill Dozer reports

07.12.2005
Player complains IWager (SBR rating C-) locks account one month to investigate "suspicious poker activity". The player has not been offered evidence of wrong doing or a deadline for when she will learn the fate of her funds. SBR suggests players inquire about their poker room’s audit/dispute procedures prior to anteing up. Poker disputes are on the rise and many players are finding their accounts frozen indefinitely.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.11.2005

Easybets (SBR rating C-) and sister site 007Bets (SBR rating C-) apologizing for website issues caused by "DDoS Attack!".  
"Disruption of Service: We would like to apologize sincerely for the problems you our valued clients have and still are experiencing over the last couple of days. Unfortunately, our provider is currently suffering a Distributed Denial of Service(DDoS) attack on their core routers. This is causing severe ping spikes, disconnects, and packetloss. Our technical teams are working on the issue, and we hope to resolve it shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
For more information, please email info@easybets.com"


EasyBets and 007Bets can be reached at 888-333-9908.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.11.2005

Sportingbet Plc family of sportsbooks refusing to pay players this week. Players file multiple complaints against such books as Sportsbook.com, SportingbetUSA.com and Aces.com, citing that the below notice was first posted today.

"Note: There will be no withdrawals processed the week of Monday July 11th to Friday, July 15th. Withdrawals will resume normal processing July 16th. We apologize for any inconvenience caused."
 
Sportingbet users complain that they were not given any notice that their funds would be inaccessible. Many players will actually be forced to wait until the 18th, due to some banking methods being available for processing only on weekdays. Sportingbet management claims that this freeze on player funds is due to a website upgrade, which suggests players could have been informed well in advance. A likelier reason for this hold on account balances is that Sportingbet recognizes a very slow week in sports and would like to prevent a wave of withdrawal requests that occur when there is little to wager on.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.09.2005
Poker disputes on the rise. SBR received four complaints this week from bettors who feel they are being wronged by their sportsbook’s poker room. In each case funds have been frozen due to accusations of a form of collusion. Players who are looking for a sportsbook and poker service should be sure to only use reputable and proven establishments. Due to the subjective nature of poker activity players face an even higher risk of being cheated. 

We are currently

07.08.2005
experiencing email technical issues. Players who believe they have not received a response in a timely manner may call 1-830-255-4677. SBR email servers are expected to be functioning normally by the end of the week.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.07.2005

Beware of fraud watchdog sites like the LVSN Watchdog. LVSN.com recommends players use Scam-Book EnglishSportsBetting (SBR rating F-), while giving tips on how to avoid disreputable sportsbooks. Once the player becomes stranded in ESB, LVSN charges victims a fee for help in recovering their funds which they will never see. LVSN is simply an extension of ESB’s con game. Both sites share the same IP address.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.06.2005
SirTwo (SBR rating C+) no longer taking deposits. The sportsbook, formerly called Sirbet, officially exited the post-up business two weeks ago at the conclusion of the NBA playoffs. SirTwo has been phasing out its post-up division over the past year while focusing on its established credit business. SirTwo has not ruled out again offering deposit-wagering in the future. 

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.05.2005
Player paid in full after three week slow-pay by BetRoyal (SBR rating D-). SBR will continue to update the status of this batch of withdrawal complaints. Two players are currently waiting for their payouts to be processed.

Weekend Slow-pay Complaints:

07.03.2005
TheCasinoFiles (SBR rating F+): owes player $2675 since last March. PlayerSupport assures SBR that a reasonable payment plan will be in place by Tuesday.
BetRoyal (SBR rating D-): owes player Neteller payout for $2500 since last Wednesday. SBR now has complaints from three players with outstanding withdrawal requests.
GolfingGods (SBR rating D): Player reports being asked to wait one week for his Neteller withdrawal. SBR has also received recent customer service complaints against GolfingGods.