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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.24.2005
Bets4All (SBR rating F) management requests list of bettors with pending payout complaints from SBR. Players have not reported a payment since SBR last submitted a list to Bets4All in early 2004. It is unknown if this submission of over 20 delinquent account holders will again have positive results. Bets4All has become known as a deposit-only sportsbook that does not respond to emails. Players who have not yet submitted their complaint may email Assistance@SportsbookReview.com.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

07.23.2005
IWager (SBR rating C-) poker player continues to wait over 6 weeks for her funds or for any evidence that she violated the house rules. The player is accused of "chip dumping", meaning that Iwager has concluded that she conspired with a 2nd player in an effort to illegally transfer funds between accounts . Iwager management has not taken responsibility for its poker service provider and blames them for this unstructured audit process and the failure to provide evidence of fraudulent play.

A confidential SBR source close to ESB(SBR rating F-) writes the following:

07.22.2005
"The Chamber of Commerce (ESB’s landlord in Ireland) has closed down ESB. The company was several months behind on its lease payments and faced an ultimatum a few weeks ago to either pay up or leave. I believe that this factor in addition to the complaints by TheOffshoreWire and SBR led the Chambers to shut them out of the building. "

The Final Scam?

07.21.2005

EnglishSportsBetting (SBR rating F-) has the following message currently displayed on its website, www.Telebet.com:

"Dear Friends,
We are in the process of upgrading our systems. Serving you is important to us and while we are in the process of upgrading our systems, we would appreciate it if you would send your inquires by email to (webmaster@telebet.com).
We do not expect this upgrade to take more than a week to finish. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Thank You,The Staff at Telebet"

In the past ESB has not bothered to inform its users of website downtime and players who send money to ESB soon realize that the sole purpose of the site is to steal customer deposits. This, combined with the fact that "system upgrades" should take hours and not a week, suggests that this stiff book may be on the move. It is possible that ESB is in the process of moving servers to a new location or may finally be closing its doors.

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.