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SBR Bill Dozer reports: Another sportsbook folds?

11.14.2004
Players have not been able to access their accounts at UnitedWager (SBR rating F) since late October and phone lines are no longer in service. Multiple players claim that this operation has disappeared with their funds.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.13.2004
Player reports MVPbets (SBR rating D+) withholds payout of winnings and applies a roll-over requirement to entire account balance, which did not include a bonus. The player won these funds playing NBA half time and quarter lines. Upon requesting a withdrawal he was told he must wager twice the amount of his balance, betting only on full games. The bettor resentfully completed these unforeseen requirements and has been paid in full. Players can avoid books that make up rules as they go by sticking with top rated sportsbooks.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.12.2004
No-pay sportsbook, Prosbet (SBR rating F-) appears to have closed with player funds. PlayerCenter support claims the site will be “down for months due to maintenance” and player balances can not be accessed during this time. PlayerCenter services many fly-by-night gaming sites for licenser, Interactive Gaming Systems. Players should avoid IGS/PlayerCenter sportsbooks at all costs.

CRIS (SBR rating A+)

11.11.2004
has officially announced the acquisition of ASAP Sports (SBR rating C). All ASAP player balances are now guaranteed by CRIS. SBR upgrades ASAP Sports from D- to C.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.11.2004
Owner of ScandicBookmakers (SBR rating C-) tells SBR that they will no longer be accepting clients outside of Scandinavia, stating they have sustained a loss due to an increase in professional players and have not been able to attract the type of customer they would like.

Player

11.11.2004
shares experience with problem sportsbook, GoTo Sportsbook (SBR rating F+)
"I just thought I would share my problems regarding a withdrawal.  It took numerous phone calls and three weeks to finally receive my $800.00 from "Goto".  Unfortunately I didn't stumble on to your website until I did some searching and after having numerous problems collecting from them.  You may want to consider a downgrade from F+ to F.  I guess the plus is because I did get some money even if it took 3 weeks and a dozen e-mails and calls to Costa Rica. I still have the distinct feeling that if they had owed me more money...I probably would have never have seen it."

NetGames Update:

11.10.2004
NetGames Inc, the parent company of Internet1x2 (SBR rating F-) and Yahoops (SBR rating F-), reports completing a move to their new office in Belize. The new number, 1-866-511-1026, is not yet listed on the website. Management has promised payment to some players tomorrow, and has requested a list of players from SBR who have reported being owed. They have recently sent payment to a few clients, which has prompted many other players to write to SBR, wondering if there is a chance they may be paid next. NetGames blames lack of banking options in Belize for recent slow-pays and claims to still be pursuing banking services in Antigua. SBR will continue to follow any NetGames developments. Players who wish to have their accounts monitored by SBR may write to assistance@sportbookreview.com.

Complaint filed against Betmaker (SBR raing C+)

11.09.2004
SBR receives complaint stating that Betmaker is cold calling with unsolicitated bonus offers. The individual did not appreciate the call as he is not a gambler and is worried about how his contact information was obtained.

SBR confirms VIP Sports (SBR rating A+) buys GlobalWager and BetWorldWide.

11.09.2004
Alistair Assheton, Managing Director of VIP, confirms the earlier SBR report that VIP Sports has, as of today, purchased both Costa Rican sportsbooks which were owned separately. Eric Gomez, the GM of GlobalWager, tells SBR that after four years the opportunity to sell to VIP Sports was one they could not pass up. Mr. Gomez goes on to say that his customers will be wagering through the VIP system tonight and full customer service will be transferred by Thursday.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.08.2004
BlueGrass (SBR rating D+) refusing to pay player winnings of $8500. BG justifies this decision by stating the player knowingly bet more than the event maximum, which the software mistakenly did not enforce. This reasoning may justify canceling pending wagers but can not be used to void wagers already resulting in player winnings. BlueGrass admits to acknowledging this wager at the start of the event but did not cancel the bet until the wager was decided against them. SBR downgrades BlueGrass from C- to D+.

SBR Bill Dozer reports: 2WagerSports downgraded from F+ to F

11.08.2004
This new sportsbook is unlikely to survive the football season. Employees verify that management has been fired and players are being slow-paid. Ownership claims players with large balances have won by submitting wagers past-post (after the event has begun).  SBR has received a slow-pay complaint from a player with 2wager who is also an employee of the sportsbook. Employees should never be allowed to wager with the book they work for.

SBR mailbag:

11.06.2004
The following is one of two slow-pay complaints SBR recently received from BetOnSports (SBR rating C) players.
"Just thought I'd tell you about my payout request. I requested an Oct. 31 Neteller payout.  I started bugging them about it maybe 2-3 days later. I was promised that it would be in my account by the end of the day November 5.  Nothing.  I called early November 6 and was promised again by the end of the day.  As the end of the day neared on the east coast I began calling. They told me I needed Jonathon, the manager.  First call: at lunch, an hour later: at lunch, a half hour later: not at his desk, a half hour later: payouts are closed.  What a joke, these guys are really pissing me off."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.06.2004
In recent months Pointbet (SBR rating D+) has added multiple banking services in various countries. This is in addition to their primary bank in Indonesia. Indonesian players are not able to play with Pointbet. SBR upgrades Pointbet from D to D+. Pointbet, and their banking situation, will remain under review.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.05.2004
Despite published reports on internet gambling websites, CRIS (SBR rating A+) has not yet taken over ASAP Sports (SBR rating D-). CRIS ownership has stated that they are only exploring the potential of a relationship with ASAP and no deal has been made at this time.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.04.2004
BlueGrass Sports (SBR rating C-) voids $8,500 of player's winning wagers. BG claims the player circumvented limits by submitting multiple wagers on an event that had an individual bet maximum of $500. They blame a software glitch for the player's ability to make multiple wagers. BlueGrass does not list any rules regarding betting limits or multiple wagers. They did not delete the wagers until the game was over, yet they state they were aware of the wagers at the start of the event. This is unacceptable, as the player risked funds without the possibility of winning. SBR to discuss this decision with BG ownership.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.03.2004
Player reports logging on to his account at Sportswager (SBR rating D+) to find his balance of over $1000 missing. He is told that his funds were lost in the casino but the sportsbook will not supply the IP or casino log. Sportswager tells SBR that they do not have this account history. This dispute illustrates one of the many ways an unproven sportsbook may try to avoid paying a player his winnings.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.02.2004
Player waiting for $2900 payment from Enterbet (SBR rating F) for over eight months. SBR has contacted Enterbet and they agreed to start a $300/week payment plan today. Players should avoid this sportsbook who stated "We just got killed this week and don't have his money". As the football season matures and new marketing campaigns fade, lesser sportsbooks will be more likely to show the effects of mismanaged finances.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.01.2004
Pyramid SportsWager (SBR rating D-) loses player's account and any record of his balance. The player reports being told that the company holds individual employees responsible for his missing funds and will not pay.
“Craig, who is the man in charge, just puts me off and off and his people pretend he is on vacation all the time... for months at a time.  And yes we are unfortunately talking about Pyramid Sportswager. Their claim is simply this:  Their poker room ran off with their money and all the accounting data so they can't verify my claim. I can't understand how that is MY fault.”

What separates good sportsbooks from the bad? Here is an example of “Bad”:

11.01.2004

Sportbook.com (SBR rating D-) offers a bonus of 15% for new accounts and states “..must wager at least 2x the amount of the deposit plus bonus”. Seems clear, right??? Wrong! A player wagered twice the amount and called for a payout and was told 2x was not enough. The book fired back to the winning player the rules state “at least 2x”. The book goes on to say “….it(bonus rollover) is anything we say it is.” The book refuses to pay and refuses to tell the player how much he will have to bet to get a payout.

Rules written in a way that gives the sportsbook a way to cheat a player is like having a back-up scam at the ‘ready’ just in case the player wins. 

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

11.01.2004
Internet1x2 (SBR rating F-) player complaints flood SBR’s email box once again. After recently paying a handful of players, Internet1x2 seems to have disappeared. Phone lines and live chat have not been functional for weeks. Ido, the owner, claims the troubled sportsbook will complete a move from Belize to Antigua on Wednesday. Players are hopeful, but not optimistic that the few verified payouts are a precursor of what is to come.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.30.2004
Player reports that he is waiting three weeks for a FedEx withdrawal from BetRoyal (SBR rating D-). He also states that his previous payout took two weeks. SBR to inquire on player's behalf.
Update: Royal has provided the player with a tracking number for FedEx payment. Management claims that FedEx had lost this player's package and is responsible for the delay.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.28.2004
A group of players who have filed complaints against Cybersportsbook (SBR rating D) have admitted using multiple accounts to circumvent limits. SBR currently has no other pending issues from Cybersportsbook players. Since leaving World Gaming's service, Cybersportsbook has shown steady improvement which resulted in fewer player complaints, none of which were in recent months. SBR has upgraded Cybersportsbook to a D rating. Players willing to submit feedback on any Sininter site should write to assistance@sportbookreview.com.