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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.17.2005
No-pay sportsbook BetGateway (SBR rating F-) now blatantly stealing from bettors. Players tell SBR that their accounts have been zeroed out. One player reports his $11,500 has been deleted from his Gateway account. This book has been in slow-pay mode since the beginning of football season.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.16.2005
Olympic Sports (SBR rating A+) in negotiatons to acquire Wagerstreet (SBR rating B) and BetAllSports (SBR rating B-). Spiros, owner of  Olympic, confirms that the deal is in the works, but nothing has been solidified. If the acquisition is finalized both sites will continue to operate as individual brands.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.15.2005
Owner of 4Sportspicks (SBR rating F+) reportedly cleans out office in the middle of the night. The book is currently in debt to its service provider and may be looking for new hosting.

Sportsbook.com (SBR rating C) comes clean on their infamous audits that cause unnecessary long payout delays

03.14.2005

and announces they will eliminate withdraw audits. Many insiders, including SBR, long suspected the highly unpopular ’audits’ are mainly used as a way of punishing winning players and discouraging withdraws. This procedure has continued to be a drag on the entire Sportingbet group rating, of which Sportsbook.com is the largest member. The group last sported a top 20 sportsbook in 2002 with their second largest member SportingbetUSA, which reached a peak rating of B+.  

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.13.2005
Player submits new complaint against William Hill (SBR rating A-) claiming that the sportsbook reduced the payout of a winning wager after the event had concluded. This is the second complaint of this nature in the past month. SBR to contact WillHill on the players behalf.

Editor's update: This matter was resolved.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.11.2005
EnglishSportsBetting (SBR rating F-) soliciting players by phone. This deposit-only sportsbook may also be introducing themselves as Telebet or ESB.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.11.2005
Gamebookers (SBR rating C+) experiencing technical difficutlies. Players have reported being able to access the site through WAP devices. Gamebookers expects to be back online sometime this evening.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.10.2005
BetCorp, parent company of BetWWTS (SBR rating A+), officially announces purchase of Sinsational Intertainment Inc. Cybersportsbook (SBR rating D+) was the flagship brand under Sinsational which was acquired for nearly $9 million and BetCorp company shares.
BetWWTS expects to immediately benefit from the acquisition of Sinsational’s proprietary software, which is extremely popular among Cybersportsbook users. BetCorp will also inherit over 9,000 new active players.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.09.2005
Multiple players reported receiving Neteller payouts from Intertops today after experiencing a 4-7 day slow-pay. However, due to management's admission that they will not be current until Friday, SBR has further downgraded Intertops from C+ to C-.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.09.2005
Players report being stiffed a total of $42,536 from VipBetZone (SBR rating F-) this week. This amount includes payment plans that have not been honored.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.08.2005
SBG Global (SBR rating D+) acquires Sports-Gambling (SBR rating D) which was already under SBG Global management. Sports-Gambling is now fully owned by SBG.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.08.2005
Intertops (SBR rating C+) management is now telling SBR that they may not become current with Neteller payouts until Friday. Contrary to what SBR was told earlier, players who deposited with Neteller will not have the option to receive their funds via a different withdrawal method. Some players have reported receiving a payout today. SBR has downgraded Intertops from B+ to C+.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.08.2005
Bets4All (SBR rating D-) again in slow-pay mode. As of last week the book had paid all players who have submitted complaits to SBR. The payment process took over six months for most. SBR is now receiving new payout complaints.

William Hill Complaint (2/27/05) Update:

03.07.2005
Management agrees to reverse their decision and void the player's wager. William Hill (SBR rating A-) has apologized for any inconvenience and has applied a bonus to the player's account.

SBR mailbag:

03.06.2005

Players with Sportsbook.com (SBR rating C-), Intertops (SBR rating B+), BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-), submit new complaints. Positive Feedback submitted by players at Bodog (SBR rating A-), Diamond International (SBR rating B+), Mybookie (SBR rating C), and PayoffsPlus, which has been upgraded from C to C+ this week.

SBR opens new Costa Rican office today

03.05.2005
SBR is accepting applications for the position of Programmer/Webmaster with significant experience with SQL, XML, ASP, HTML. If you are a top professional we invite you to send your resume to SBR. Applications will be accepted until April 5th. The position offers the highest compensation package in the industry.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.04.2005
Players file new complaints against BetonUSA (SBR rating D-) and their new live-wagering department. The complaints range from balance confiscation to voided winnings wagers.

"Hi, I put 250 dollars into "live wagering" at betonusa.com.They stole my money and gave no explaination.  My screen name is "xxxxxxx". Ive made several attempts to contact them and got the run around.  If you can help in any way I would appreciate it. Thank you, XXXX

BetJamaica (SBR rating A+) adds overnight odds for NCAA basketball.

03.03.2005

The SBROdds live-betting odds service announces the following books are posting overnight odds on NCAA basketball: Pinnacle(SBR rating A+), BetJamaica(SBR rating A+), CRIS(SBR rating A+), 5Dimes(SBR rating A) and Canbet(SBR rating B+). Complete handicapping stats are available on all overnight games.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.03.2005
SBR receives multiple complaints from players waiting for Neteller payouts from Intertops (SBR rating B+). Intertops states that their Neteller account is unfunded due to a poorly scheduled promotion. Management expects their merchant account to be fully funded by Wednesday, leaving some players waiting 10 days. It is SBR’s opinion that 10 days is an excessive amount of time to fund a merchant account. However, Intertops is offering alternate payment options with fees not to exceed the cost of Neteller. Players with further concerns should write to assistance@sportbookreview.com.