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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.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.27.2005
SportsInteration (SBR rating D+) punishing player for winning too much? SBR has received four SIA payout complaints in the month of June. This latest complaint comes from a player who has been unable to enjoy his gambling winnings. SIA has yet to respond to our inquiries about this issue.

"Hi, I was recently booted from sportsinteraction.com because they claimed that I had more or less won too much.  That’s fine. They cancelled my account over a week ago and said the rest of the money would be sent to my Neteller account.  After two days I emailed Owen from SIA back asking for a status and he told me "it’s been sent to processing".  A week later I still have not received the $6,007 SIA still owes me."
Update 6/28/2005 4:59 PM: Player paid in full

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.26.2005
SBR speaking with Reno, Nevada officials regarding the dismantling of WagerFree (SBR rating F-). SBR is also consulting with Nevada-based attorneys specializing in fraudulent companies in an attempt to assist players in recovering assets. Victims of WagerFree are hopeful that this group initiative will prevent others from being taken by these thieves.

"I am sure you have been tremendous help to many fellow sports bettors.  Unfortunately for me, I did not check with your site before I "invested" my money in Wagerfree.com.  I thought the site was legitimate because Garet Bradford, who is the front man for wagerfree.com, was a frequent guest on Bob D’s radio show on Reno’s sports radio station KPLY.  I have E-mailed and called Bob D. several times to try to persuade him to warn others about wagerfree.com.  He does not seem eager to let people know that wagerfree.com is a scam. I realize the chance of getting my money from wagerfree.com is slim. What irks me now, is that Wagerfree.com continues to do business.  Their website is still up and running and they continue to steel money from the public. Do you happen to know what, if any legal action I can take against wagerfree.com?"  -S.G.

SBR

06.25.2005
to publish audio results of telephone customer service tests. Beginning July 1st, our customer service phone tests will be recorded and posted on SBR in wav. format. Sportsbook clerks and management will be evaluated based on knowledge, honesty, patience and an overall ability to service the player in a productive manner.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.24.2005
PlaytheScore (SBR rating F) continues to book bets without funding. Those who have asked for payouts have had their accounts frozen as management was forced to admit that they can not pay potential winnings. Players who are unaware of the situation are apparently able to continue to place phone wagers. SBR was on hold for management when the clerk asked if we would call back saying, "We need this phone line to take bets". The clerk assured us that PTS was still booking wagers.

SBR mailbag:

06.23.2005

First Fidelity (SBR rating B+) aggressive sales tactics scares off player.
"Hello, I was wondering if you had any comments on First Fidelity sportsbook?  I went to their site, saw an advertisement for a 100% bonus, but couldn’t find any details about anything.  I called them . They refused to answer any questions until they had my first and last name, address, etc.  I told them I just wanted some general info.  But she wouldn’t budge.  I felt that was strange and hung up.  I know they are rated B+, but I’d appreciate any further comment on them or my experience. Thanx –V.L"

First Fidelity is a long established sportsbook that has been considered for The Top Sportsbook list in the past. The book’s players have consistently submitted positive feedback and argue that First Fidelity has been underrated by SBR. The rare negative feedback usually comes from the book’s potential players who receive their first impression from the sportsbook’s aggressive sales staff. SBR would like to see the book’s marketing department adopt a more player-friendly attitude that is indicative of the active player’s customer service experience.

PlayTheScore (SBR rating D-) states they are "...in jeopardy due to lack of funding."

06.22.2005
Both TheOffShoreWire and MajorWager are reporting that this operation is near failure. This book was touted by a few obscure forum sites and should serve as a warning that players should be wary of taking advice from posters and forums who may actually be in on the scam. The promise of credit, large bonuses and no juice betting lines are some of the many tell-tell signs of a possible scam.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.21.2005
Player no longer wants MySportsbook (SBR rating C-) to be his sportsbook. Bettor requests a withdrawal via Firepay from MySportsbook on 6/15/05. Six days after the payout request he is told that his withdrawal will be arriving via FedEx. MySportsbook states that they have been unable to process this payout "due to technical problems".

Player writes: I am pretty sure the money is on the way I am just annoyed that they sent it FedEx when it was supposed to go to Firepay. It is very clear that the customer service people I talk to have no idea what is going on. I would like a book that I am always 100% positive that when I win I will get paid in no more than 72 hours.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.21.2005
Sunday’s Formula One Racing debacle causing wave of wagering disputes. Seven Formula One teams failed to race in the Grand Prix due to fears that their tires were unsafe. The grading of wagers on the event varied from book to book. SBR received complaints from winning players with sportsbooks who voided these bets as well as from players with other books who found their losing wagers to be valid. SBR asks that players allow us one day from the time of complaint to review individual sportsbook rules and, if need be, to inquire about the issue with each bookmaker.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

06.21.2005

Atlas International fingered for dishonest marketing. OSGA states that BetAtlas has published promotional flyers with a false endorsement from their company. Atlas management said it would be issuing an apology and investigating the source of the marketing mistake.

Atlas has been given an initial rating of D+. The sportsbook has been operating online for over two years but has only recently began a somewhat aggressive marketing campaign. Atlas uses BLR software and is hosted by Horizon Sports.