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SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.22.2005
Player files payout complaint against IGS/PlayerCenter operation, CompuSportsbook (SBR rating F). SBR reminds bettors that PlayerCenter serviced books have suddenly closed with players funds in the past. ProsBet (SBRrating F-) was the most recent site to disappear with account holder balances.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.22.2005
New payout complaints coming from Dimebetting (SBR rating D-) players. Phone clerks state that there is no one available to discuss these issues and that ownership is out of the country attempting to solve their financial problems. One player reports that he has been owed nearly $7,000 for over one month but has received nothing but reassurances that the funds are on the way.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.21.2005
Internet1x2 (SBR rating F) slow-pay complaints again flooding SBR’s mailbox. Most players report being owed $1000 or more. Some smaller balance holders have been paid inside a month.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.19.2005
GetaBet (SBR rating F+) chooses to no longer service player but is not able to pay him his funds. The book is failing to keep up with payment plans and is slow paying multiple account holders.

"They kicked me out last spring after I ran up a 5 figure balance and they vowed to pay my balance in installments and have made several payments ranging from $250 to $500 each, but my account balance stands at $7,158. The payments have dried up since mid-November as I have received only one $400 payment since then."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.18.2005
Players continue to complain of slow-pays from SportsInteraction (SBR rating D+).

"It has been 10 days since I requested a cashout and I still have not received it yet.  It’s just way beyond their own withdrawal policy which is 4 days plus 1 business day for neteller withdrawals. First they told me their account department may experience high volume. When they come back to the office on Monday, I should receive my cashout on Tuesday at the latest. But that’s not the case. My two emails yesterday went unanswered.  From some other forums, it looks like they have a track record of making excuse to not pay on time. Hopefully I can receive my cashout soon. Thanks a lot. My account number
there is xxxxxxxxxxx.    Have a great weekend. Best, XXXX"

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.17.2005
Problem sportsbook StKittsCasino (SBR rating F+) and sister book Offshoreaction spamming players with bonus offers. Players should continue to avoid these sites.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

03.17.2005
Dimebetting (SBR rating D-) slow-paying player owed nearly $4,000 since Monday. Management claims that they are having problems with their Panama bank and are unable to fund their Neteller merchant account or use Western Union. The book is telling its players they are moving money from Panama to US banking facilities and they will be paid once that transfer is completed. Players should avoid this sportsbook at this time.

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.