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"Beat The Prick" Week 8

10.26.2005

Contest Lines Posted!
"The Prick" went a respectable 2-1 with his picks in week 7 which saw only 6 posters win the $100 prize from BetCRIS.

"I ain’t no mathematician, but i waxed most of you squares harder than the Karate Kid waxed that hoopty for that guy from Happy Days.....It’s good to be da Prick, all I gotta do is shear more’n 80% of you sheep to get a fat envelope fulla c-notes from CRIS. And, ladies, don’t take it personal, since it still don’t cost ya nothing to take a shot, even though you got more chance of hitting the lottery than of getting in my pocket..."-The Prick

Review contest rules and get your picks in for Week 8 HERE.

SBR visits Olympic (SBR rating A+) and BetJamaica (SBR rating A+).

10.25.2005
The continued health and success of this Jamaica-based group was evident by the physical growth expansion of their respective operations. With the addition of ten new offices and the build out of an additional 60 workstations, BetJamaica and Olympic are poised to maintain their reputations for customer service excellence and player retention, even with a 100%-plus increase in overall volume during the past year. After meeting with Spiro and Scotty, it’s clear that Olympic and BetJamaica are healthier than ever and are still two of the safest and highest-rated sportsbooks in the industry today.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.24.2005

2003BettingSportsBook (SBR rating F) stiffing two players for over $25,000. The sportsbook is listed in the SBR rating guide as part of the EZ Sports Group. These sites attract victims with a professional looking webpage and enticing odds. Offering extremely generous payoffs on future bets and then voiding the winning wager due to a "bad line" is one of the EZ Sports book’s biggest cons. This allows the book to take a healthy amount of wagers during an entire season, while having no intention of paying out. The book is able to take in large amounts of cash, eventually upsetting only a small percentage of the bettors, most never realizing they were swindled. 

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.23.2005
BookTheBet (SBR rating D) calling UWagerSports customer list from US phone lines, offering 300% "bailout" deposit bonuses. SBR recommends players avoid this sportsbook.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.22.2005
Marty Kidd shuts down his latest scam site UWagerSports (SBR rating F-). Phone lines and betting software have been off-line for a week and the book’s clerk had admitted to at least two stiffed players that they will be reopening with a new name because of negative press.

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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.21.2005
BetUSA upgraded to C+ after distinguishing itself from the Sportingbet Plc family, to which it belongs. BetUSA’s ownership has proven that it has the ability to act independently of its sister books like PlayersOnly and Sportsbook.com (SBR rating C). The book employs its own customer service staff for advanced player inquiries and management has made decisions on wager grading that have differed from its larger sister books. Recently BetUSA paid players who bet Tiger Woods to win the British Open, while players who wagered with the flagship SBT Plc books saw their winning wagers canceled. BetUSA clients still must deal with the same flawed accounting department that is sometimes responsible for payout delays.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.20.2005
BetTrojan, a new sportsbook from TopCat Sports (SBR rating C), receives rating of C. TopCat’s focus has been booking to credit players but has offered service to depositing bettors during the past two years. The book’s history of quietly operating without player complaints has resulted in an above average initial rating for their new post-up site although SBR believes it is unlikley that the book will be able to maintain its current model consisting of reduced juice and large bonuses.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.19.2005
724Sportsbook upgraded to C after being acquired by the HorizonSports Group. 724’s players will not experience an interruption in service, as the merger is completed next week. Both HorizonSports and 724Sportsbook use BLR software.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.19.2005
Internet1x2 (SBR rating F-) processes $10,000 in withdrawals to players who have filed complaints with SBR. History suggests that these winning bettors were paid with new player deposits.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.17.2005
SwapBets (SBR rating B-) acquires Maltese license and plans to relaunch website in the next few weeks. The exchange and sportsbook had paid all players before closing its door for over one year for reorganization. The book is partly owned by InternationalAllSports (SBR rating B).

Pointbet (SBR rating D+)

10.16.2005

management addresses 8/22/05 report stating that the website problems have been resolved and that they are again able to accept new player sign-ups. Management’s full statement can be viewed here. The Asian bookmaker also addressed concerns about its location with news that the company may secure a 2nd home in the near future. Pointbet’s Indonesia address has been a deterrent for would-be players.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.15.2005

Stiff sportsbook Ewinner (SBR rating F-) back online operating as a credit/agent sportsbook. Ewinner closed in September of last year, stealing over $60,000 from winning players. The book is still using the same phone line, 1-877-394-6637.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.14.2005
88Sportsbetting (SBR rating F) promising payout plans to winning bettors who keep quiet about not being paid. Players report quietly waiting months but not receiving any of their funds. This is a common tactic that scam sportsbooks will use to avoid negative press during the busiest times of the year. After a few months the book may tell the player they do not have any record of this balance but will promise to examine their archives, as they attempt to buy themselves even more time.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.11.2005

SBRforum poster AK reports that Bet33 (SBR rating F) is a new venture from known sportsbook stiff, Robbie Mcphail. SBR has confirmed this to be true. Robbie, formerly the owner of ApexSportsbook (SBR rating F-), is introducing himself as the General Manager of Bet33 and is now using the name Zach. Players should steer clear of any sportsbook that is using the services of this scam artist.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.11.2005
Players continue to write in asking if there is any hope in recovering funds from GIGaming (SBR rating F). The sportsbook’s website and phones have been off-line for two weeks.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.10.2005

New scam sportsbook UWagerSports (SBR rating F-) giving 100% bonuses to new bettors. It is unlikely that these players will see any of their funds again. UWS is not expected to stay in operation beyond the NFL playoffs. This website was built for the purpose of scamming players, just as ownership’s previous sportsbook, 2WagerSports did. Players are reminded that SBR recommends playing with sportsbooks rated B+ or higher.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.09.2005
Sportsbook (SBR rating C) complaints over canceled winning wagers mount. The book’s rules state that wagers place on erroneous lines will be settled at the correct odds. Sportsbook is not operating according to these rules.

"Dear Sir, I have been a customer of sportsbook.com for several years.On 10/1/05 I wagered a small 5.00 to win 85.00 on Tarver to win by decision over jones.I should of won 85.00 but management cancelled the bet after the fight was over stating they made an error on the line.I want to make people aware that this site did not make good on their bet.Instead of just paying the 85.00 in good faith they choosed to cancel the wager after the fight ended.I spoke to management to no avail.They said that they can cancel wagers at anytime.Very bad business."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.07.2005
Longtime stiff sportsbook GIgaming (SBR rating F) appears to have finally closed. The site has been off-line intermittingly over this past year but players are now reporting that the website and phones have been down for over one week.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.07.2005
SBR submits five payout complaints to BetonUSA (SBR rating D-) management. Each of these players have attempted to redeem winnings from a free $50 account they were awarded by mail.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.05.2005
Players again upset that Sportsbook.com (SBR rating C) cancels winning wager after match is final. The latest incident revolves around the Tarver vs. Jones fight. While this line, unlike others in their recent history, was indeed ’off’, Sportsbook again had the unfair advantage of knowing the outcome before deciding which wagers they would honor. Sportsbook’s rules state that when a winning wager is canceled due to a gross error the wager must be settled at the correct price. The book seemingly ignores this rule.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.05.2005
SportsbookUSA (SBR rating D-) enters into payment plan with three players who have filed complaints with SBR.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.03.2005

Player and BetUs (SBR rating D-) management agree to settlement arrangement on $25,000 unpaid balance. The final draft of the deal’s terms is slated to reach SBR tomorrow. This three year old case was last referenced on 8/18/05.