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SBR Bill Dozer reports: Two Royal Sports (SBR rating D) bettors complain of payout problems.


"Hello , I’ve been trying to withdraw $2000 for the last 4 days ,i know its not panic time yet however the worrying part is the lies they tell , "ok it will be in your a/c tomorrow etc etc " , after numerous phone calls , e-mails , live chat there csd supervisor george has just informed me that after checking with accounting ,they don’t have any record of my request , what bull****, he tells me he has personally now put in the withdrawl request and i should have the money in my neteller a/c within 48 hours , if this doesn,t happen what can i do , appart from coping it up the kazoo? I have had many dealings with on-line sportsbooks and this is the first time I’ve had a problem ,I used to check with your site before opening new a/cs butI stopped, i guess i got complacent , well this is a wake up call , i won’t be opening any a/c,s in future without at least a c rating from you guys ."

"I have an account with BetRoyal which i opened about two weeks ago. I loaded it up with $400 using click2pay and went on a great run. My balance now is over $6,000. For the past few days i have been given the run around about payment. they are telling me since i used click2pay they have to figure out another way to pay me back other than what i had requested (bank check, western union). thank you"

It is unknown if these are isolated cases or the beginning of Royal’s latest accounting problem. Curently SBR is monitoring only the two complaints shown above.

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Sportingbet (SBR rating C) stealing player balances? SBR has received reports from two players who have had funds confiscated. The book’s emailed explanation to these players states that this is occurring because these bettors have been depositing for the sole intention of receiving the bonus and therefore are in violation of the bonus rules. The book calculated how much the player will now receive by returning funds up to the amount deposited and thereby voiding winnings and legitimately earned bonus funds. The Sportingbet Group has historically allowed multiple accounts within their many affiliated sites and has promoted their bonus plans independently. SBR had previously verified that players were encouraged to take part in independent incentive plans and use multiple accounts within the family of SBT Plc sportsbooks. Thus far SBR has email history suggesting that and sister sites have unjustly confiscated over $22,000 in account balances. This gaming giant has been the source of serious complaints in recent months and will be reassessed pending management’s actions on these cases.

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11.03.2005 (SBR rating C) and the Sportingbet Group’s accounting errors leave players without access to funds for weeks. The operation services over 50 sportsbooks and many players unknowingly utilized more than one of the heavily marketed websites. Sportingbet has recently told some of these players that they would have to consolidate their accounts and that they would receive their balances via book-to-book transfers to one of the family’s websites. Bettors have reported waiting two weeks for five-figure sums, as the book attempts to get its records in order. Although this delay is frustrating, SBR has told players that this is likely a botched procedure that will be corrected in time. SBR to inquire with management.

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Third BetUs (SBR rating D-) player comes forward with five figure no-pay claim. In the past 6 months BetUs has paid out over $25,000 to two players who have waited years for their winnings. This player hopes for a similar resolution to his $14,668 complaint which dates back to the fall of 2002.

SBR wins the 1st Annual Watchdog NFL Handicapping Contest!

SBR dominated the contest completely eliminating our good friends at in round 1 and eliminating TheOffshoreWire in route to an all SBR Championship round. In the championship round SBR Sean defeated SBR The Prick. Skybook allowed players to bet on the contest making SBR a +$1200 underdog. Congratulation to those who cashed tickets and to all the participants!

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SportsbookUSA (SBR rating D-) loses accounting manager and slow-pay complaints fill the SBR email box. Although the book is in what seems to be a permanent slow-pay state(a payout within three weeks is considered fast), Futurebet’s former accounting manager, Michelle was organizing payout plans for each "squeaky wheel" who complained to SBR. SBR hopes to reestablish communication with the troubled company and continue to assist players with delinquent withdrawal requests.

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Player reports elaborate con involving Detroit radio station tout and CypressSportsbook (not rated). The details of the scam draw many similarities to the BetCharter(SBR rating F-) SCAM of 2004. This report is still unfolding.

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BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) slow-paying customer owed $4,700. The player’s first payout request was in the form of a check that had bounced. The player is also waiting for a Neteller payout for over a week. BetonUSA complaints have been on the rise since the start of football season. The book has refused to pay bettors who have won funds from promotional accounts. A player who deposited $1,000 is being stiffed $1,500 in football winnings.

"Beat The Prick" Week 8


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+).

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.

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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. 

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

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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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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 (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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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+)


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.