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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.27.2005
WilliamHill (SBR rating A-) forces player to accept altered odds after event has concluded.
"I have been directed to you by some people and I was wondering if you could please help me with my problem?  It is as follows:
On Friday evening, I placed a bet with William Hill on a spread handicap in NCAA Basketball.  I placed a bet of £25 for Rice to win with a handicap of -1.5pts.  This was at 19.26:49 (William Hill server time).  The transaction number is A564XXXXX.  The game started at 00.05 that evening (GMT).  My account number is: XXXXXX. I checked my account, and it showed that my bet was still open and valid of -1.5pts.  Rice won the game by 6pts."


William Hill applies a line of -15 and grades wager as a loss.
"In accordance with Rule F Acceptance of Bets: We cannot allow for mistakes or accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in respect of the announcing, publishing or marking of prices, runners or results despite our every effort to ensure total accuracy. We reserve the right to correct obvious errors. In relation to this rule your bet(s) will be settled at the correct odds. You should see your balance redressed accordingly."

The player’s wager was changed from -1.5 to -15 which resulted in a losing bet. Although the player bet a "bad line" he should not be forced to accept responsibility for the book’s mistake and accept altered odds. SBR to speak with WillHill management about this policy and to request that the wager be voided.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.26.2005
SCAM sportsbook BetCSI (SBR rating F-) opens new sportsbook, SelectWagering. SelectWagering is cold-calling players claiming that they are endorsed by SBR. Owner "Duane Tough" and his head manager, Randy have conned many players using CSI and stolen customer lists. Select Wagering currently advertises Paypal as a deposit method. Paypal has forbidden all gaming related transactions since 2002.

Pari-Action(SBR rating C+) has requested a response be posted on a recent incident involving a live chat session reported by SBR:

02.25.2005

"First of all, I want to apolozise for the "Pariaction Operator" as this was not even one of our clerks, not a manager of Pariaction etc. but rather a manager of another operation that is hosted here and was not fully aware of our policies.

Unfortunately, I was out of town and so was all of the other management. I take full responsibility for this as if I had been here, I do not believe this problem would have occurred.

SBR, after promising they would not post this or take any action without talking to anyone in management, chose to post this chat AND lower our rating without even giving us a chance to take care of the situation or even talk to anyone in management. I will let the readers judge for themselves if this is a professional way to handle the situation.

Also, it is not true that any games were cancelled after the game (or match) went off (we would NEVER do that) and if SBR had done their due diligence, they would have discovered that. I have tried to call Mr. John Walker without success and he has not returned my phone calls.

We have always had a good relationship with SBR and I am sorry that they chose to do things they way they did without giving us a chance to make things right.

As I got back in the office this morning and we decided to give the man back his bonus and since he had two wagers pending that they cancelled, we will be happy to honor them BOTH and he can send us the $3000 difference of the net losses.

I hope that the player gives me a call (I called him this morning and got their voicemail) so that I can explain more clearly what happened and apologize for the tone and ignorance of the "Pariaction Operator".END

While this sportsbook was guilty of extremely poor customer service the reply made by management suggests this is a one time event and not indicative of their normal customer service. In an ironic twist of f

BetWWTS(SBR rating A+) reportedly acquiring rival sportsbook

02.25.2005
for $6.15 million dollars. BetWWTS has raised $3.5 million dollars by issuing additional common shares. The acquisition will be a cash and stock deal. The acquisition is subject to BetWWTS’s Board of Directors and shareholder approval. There is speculation the takeover candidate is Intertops (SBR rating B+) which would be a nice acquisition. SBR would include Gamebookers (SBR rating C+) as a definite possibility.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.24.2005
Tradewinds Group unable to process payouts via Neteller  due to lack of funding in their merchant account. Management states that payouts should resume on Monday once a pending bank wire to Neteller is completed. Tradewinds is currently offering withdrawals via alternate methods free of charge. The Tradewinds Group consists of  Badlands (SBR rating C+), BetGuardian Guarantee (SBR rating B-), Regency (SBR rating C+) and Tradewinds (SBR rating B-).

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.24.2005
As a result of the LiveChat conversation posted below, Pariaction (SBR rating C+) voids pending wager on match that was already in progress and confiscates bonus.

A player with Pariaction (SBR rating B-) uses Live Chat to inquire if he has met the bonus requirement. Let's see how they do;

02.23.2005

After a brief greeting the Pariaction clerk pulled up the players account. The player let it be known that he was close to earning out his bonus and was looking forward to a withdrawal. He asked the Pariaction clerk to check the amount he had wagered, to see if they met the bonus requirements:

[Pariaction Operator] your roll over should be $15500 ans so far
you’re $7932
[Player] um, no-----how are you calculating that? i’ve
made $15100 in wagers since 2/12
[Pariaction Operator] sir the way that we count the roll over
push bets doesn’ count!, and we count the less amount
of your winners!
[Pariaction Operator] that’s how the roll over works
[Player] that is not a common way to calulate rollover.
where is that in your rules?
[Pariaction Operator] sir that’s the way everybody calculates the
roll over...
[Player] lol, negative. always the lay amount unless
otherwise stated. and i have laid $15100. only about 2
books in the world calulate rollover that way.
[Player] so i ask again, where in your rules does it
state that?
[Pariaction Operator] we are not everybody else. f

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02.23.2005
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Bill Dozer Q&A: Jeremy asks:

02.22.2005

I was wondering, what is the maximum amount of funds that’s safe to leave in a sportsbook without getting too concerned? I’m speaking of the top A+ books.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.20.2005
Players can add Champsportsbook (not rated) to the list of slow-paying Futurebet gaming sites to avoid. Management tells SBR that all Futurebet sportsbooks are at least 30 days behind in Neteller withdrawals. Oceansbet (SBR rating F-), another Futurebet serviced operation, is on the verge of collapse. Customer service has told players that this book has not transferred the needed funds to accounting and therefore Oceansbet withdrawals will not be processed at this time.

SBR recommends players avoid sportsbooks serviced by a third party that is not willing to stand for client funds. Players should always have the opportunity to speak with an actual sportsbook manager. If a request to speak with management is answered with “I’m sorry, we only provide customer support for …” the bettor would be best served if they moved on to a different book.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.18.2005
SBR upgrades PlatinumSportsbets from D- to D after most recent conversation with ownership. PSB states that they have rid themselves of stiff ex-bookmakers, Paul and Robbie M of the Apex scam, and have yet to be the subject of a complaint. SBR has expressed concern about PlatinumSportsbets’ business model and their ability to succeed offering discount lines priced at -105 along with deposit bonuses. PSB is new to the post-up business, yet is aggressively marketing to sharp players via betting forums and plans to join the DonBest premium line service. PSB has experience in the credit business and utilized service provider, Datawager.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.17.2005
BetRoyal (SBR rating C-) refusing to pay advertising affiliate. They acknowledge that they owe over $16,000 and that they are almost three months behind in payment. Royal has a bad habit of withholding promoters’ already earned money as leverage.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.15.2005

Robbie McPhail, formerly of Apex (SBR rating F-) recruiting players to join his latest sportsbook, 2betBFL (not rated). 2betBFL functions as a credit operation but Robbie is said to be contacting his former players soliciting post-up deposits. All players should be aware that Robbie still owes many players from the failed Apex.

Players continue to complain about the service from Sportsbook.com (SBR rated C)

02.14.2005
"I recently requested a payout on 2/7/05 at about 8am, via Neteller.  Two days later, at approximately 4pm, I finally e-mail them about this.  Within 30 minutes, I received a reply stating that my withdrawal had been sent...to my bank account!  On my receipt is says clearly that it is a Neteller withdrawal.  I contacted customer service, and they told me that it was already processed as such, and there was nothing more they could do.  I would not recommend this book to ANYONE!!"

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.12.2005

The end of the NFL season results in a new batch of no-pay complaints against Garet Bradford and his Nevada-based online sportsbook, Wagerfree (SBR rating F-). This book continues to operate illegally, targeting players with the help of Nevada’s sports radio station, KPLY and show host ‘Bob D’.

“Hello, I opened a $1500 account with Wagerfree in August of 2004. I ran my account to $7500. I was sent a check for $2500 drawn on a reputable bank Nov 1. The check does not clear and Garet Bradford will not make good. I have another friend who has lost $1500. I even turned this guy in to the Nevada Gaming Commission and they have done nothing.
Any thoughts?   -XXX”

"Dear Bill,   Garet Bradford is skilled at giving people false hope.  He strung me along for months saying he was working with new financial backers to pay me and everyone else off. Then just when I was ready to give up hope entirely, he (shockingly) sent me a $200 check 3 weeks ago.  Even more shockingly, the check was good. Garet had previously sent a $2,000 check that bounced. 
Garet still owes me $1800, I had offered to take half the money ($1,000) and call it even, but since all he did was come up with $200, I feel like I should go ahead and press charges.  
Thank you again for your help.  You can be assured I will check in with your great service before I ever invest in any cyber sports books again.  Take care, XXXX"

Sportsbook complaints sent into SBR hit 12 month high. Sample of todays complaints:

02.12.2005

BetPlatnium (SBR rating D-) "I have been waiting 6 weeks to be paid. I believe your rating of D- is too high"

BetWWTS (SBR rating A+) "I transfereed money from the sportsbook to the casino. After the transfer the money was in neither account. They did take care of it but it was a hassle."

BetOnGames (SBR rating A-) "Have you noticed the web site is down more since VIP bought them? BetOnGames is (or was) the best book out there but not if they can’t keep it up on the internet."

Pinnacle (SBR Rating A+) "They have a $500 minimum for a free payout. My account was at $480 so I deposited $20 to make $500 to get the free payout. They still charged me $15. Grrr!"

SportsInteraction (SBR rating D+) "I made a withdraw request on Jan 28th. I deposited using Neteller and requested a Neteller withdraw. They asked me for my drivers license and credit card statement (even though I used Neteller). I sent them in and so far nothing. Can mr. Dozer help me? I did not realize their rating was so low. I know why now."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

02.10.2005
SCAM operation Vipbetzone (SBR rating F-) launches new sportsbook Gowagers. Players should avoid both books at all costs.

27 websites currently displaying real-time betting lines from SBROdds

02.09.2005

Freaks Forum, Sharp Action Sports and System Plays are the latest quality sites to add live-odds, handicapping stats and scores provided free by SBROdds.

The current line-up of sportsbooks on the SBROdds feed include: WWTS(SBR rating A+), Pinnacle(SBR rating A+), VIP(SBR rating A+),  CRIS(SBR rating A+),  BetJamaica(SBR rating A+),  Hollywood107(SBR rating A),  Bowmans(SBR rating A-) and Canbet(SBR rating B).