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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.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.02.2005
Troubled sportsbook Pro5sports (SBR rating F+) and sister site PlayHorizon (SBR rating F+) contact SBR offering to resolve disputes from the company’s past. Players who would like to test the legitimacy of this offer, said to be from new management, are again encouraged to write to Assistance@SportsbookReview.com.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.01.2005
BetRoyal (SBR rating D-) agrees to pay slow-paid player, concluding high-profile dispute. SBR has recently received three additional payout complaints, two of which are currently pending. SBR to report on the status of these withdrawals.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.30.2005
BetUs (SBR rating F+) resolves four year old payout dispute. BetUs mangement and player amicably agree upon five figure settlement. SBR appreciates the efforts of newly acquired manager Mike Foreman. Mike states that the company is willing to address any unresolved complaints from the book’s past. Players with a BetUs complaint or feedback are encouraged to write to Assistance@SportsbookReview.com

SBR Policy Notice as of July 1st: Employees of SBR are not permitted to gamble online.

06.30.2005
All employees providing services under the SBR Network including numerous websites including SportsBookReview.com, SBROdds.com, JoeWager.com, PokerSiteReview.com and others are prohibited by mutual agreement from holding wagering accounts of any kind or wagering at any online gambling establishment. SBR employees are also prohibited from accepting tips, bonuses, recovery fees and all other forms of compensation from work in the industry.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.28.2005
PlayTheScore (SBR rating F) now offline. Hopes for bettors owed by this seemingly scam book are dwindling. PTS General Manager, Omar has told his customers that the book is still operating as a credit shop yet it has been unwilling to pay over $80k to a group of post-up players. If PTS decides to leave with player funds they would become a prime candidate to once again target players under a new name. It is not uncommon for a sportsbook to run from its debt and attempt to start over with a new brand.

SBR

06.28.2005
monitoring player’s dispute with BetRoyal (SBR rating D-). Royal management believes the issue will be resolved to the player’s satisfaction by tomorrow evening.