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BetOnSports (SBR rating C+) marketing scam starts to unravel with new information.

10.01.2004

The recent public offering of BOS has not slowed this marketing scam machine. The most recent scam involves copying SBR’s own Sportsbook Review.Com website and replacing the top sportsbook list with all of BOS owned sportsbooks. BOS’s most recent scam. SBR lawyers in London to seek relieve and a permanent end to this scam.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.30.2004
Oklahoma Sports Betting (SBR rating D-) continues to slow-pay player $8,400. OSB now admits they did not use Fed Ex, nor do they have a tracking number for the player's payout. SBR will continue to follow this situation. Any player who would like to submit feedback on OSB should email assistance@sportbookreview.com.

Russ Hawkins, a BetRoyal (SBR rating F) advertiser, defends Royal Sport’s recent scam.

09.29.2004
According to Mr. Hawkins, the Royal Sports scam reported by SBR is common and there is no need to fault Royal Sports for trying to make some money. SBR continually reminds players to be careful at popular sports sites. As in Mr. Hawkins case, many of these sites are simply paid by Royal to look the other way. The subject above made no mention of the scam and even touted Royals latest offer to unsuspecting players.

BetPlatinum (SBR rating D-) Update:

09.28.2004
Yesterday's BetPlatinum news wire prompts new player complaints. Player claims the book has owed him $6,500 for over two months and has canceled winning wagers.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.27.2004
BetPlatinum (SBR rating D-) continues to slow-pay player and tells SBR "we have no explanation". Last week CS acknowledged the balance was past due and assured the player he would be paid. BetPlatinum downgraded from D to D-

Another BetOnSports (SBR rating C+) marketing scam?

09.27.2004

The marketing manager of BOS, a Peter Wilson, who has said to receive kickbacks from radio buyers apparently had a new idea this year. It was to copy the Sportsbook Review copyrighted site and list all of the BOS owned sportsbooks on the top sportsbook list. SBR has turned this matter over to legal council. BOS’s latest marketing scam.

The BetCharter scam another black-eye for players and so-called watchdog sites.

09.27.2004
BetRoyal (SBR rating F) who setup and managed the BetCharter scam site has bought and paid for silence on all the major watchdogs and none have even reported the scam. The ‘marks’ in this scam have settled and are being paid by Royal for a lower settlement amount. Players must be ever vigilant of scams as well as web sites that simply appear to hold the players interest when in fact they are in the scam sportsbook’s pocket.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.27.2004
Diamond Sports International (SBR rating B-) absorbs sister site GetMoreSports (SBR rating B-). All accounts and balances have been transferred to Diamond Sportsbook. 

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.26.2004
BetRoyal (SBR rating F) has agreed to shut down scam sportsbook BetCharter (SBR rating F-).  The player whose funds were stolen was offered a settlement, and has accepted.

Note to operators: SBR will not overlook scam sportsbooks hiding behind the label of “credit shop” while quietly soliciting deposits.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.25.2004

Crooks that owned stiff sportsbook Ewinner (SBR rating F-) also own the casino gaming site www.LuckyLotto.com. Players should beware of gaming sites using an accounting department called Central Deposit. CentraDeposit.com assures players that their funds are safe while taking deposits for these stiffs. Ewinner’s former software and customer service provider 4Sportpicks.com (SBR rating D-) bailed out all players with small balances. 4sports emailed those select players stating that they “made this decision to protect the integrity of our industry” yet players with large balances were turned away. Although 4sportspicks will acquire some customers from this book that they serviced and did not back, SBR has evidence that this was not a coordinated scam between the two ownerships. SBR reaffirms 4sportspicks grade of D-.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.24.2004
SportsbettingTriva (SBR rating D+) slow-paying player. A Neteller payout was requested on the morning of 9/20. Player received partial payment today and is told the remainder of overdue withdrawal will be sent by mail.

SCAM ALERT: BetCharter involved in an elaborate con for $9,500

09.23.2004

BetCharter (hosted by BetRoyal) is apparently run by con artists who contact players that have subscribed to free sports picks from freeMailPicks.com.

Once the touts (calling themselves "a betting syndicate") make contact with the player, they tout the player into making deposits to BetCharter. The bait is a profit-sharing arrangement with Charter fronting $86,000 with an agreement to split the profits 50/50 on games picked by the "betting syndicate". The catch is the player has to invest 10% as part of this joint venture.

The player is enticed with discounts until he makes the deposit. When the $86k doesn't showup in the joint account, the player calls Charter. Charter tells the player that the discounted price expired and he must deposit more in order to meet the requirements for this program.

When the player can no longer or refuses to deposit further, Charter touts announce that there are no refunds and the deposit has been forfeited to the syndicate. The player reports being taken for $9,500.

CRIS (SBR rating A+) proudly joins SBROdds.com

09.23.2004
The CRIS betting odds will start to display by this weekend. Players who enjoy looking over the early lines will enjoy CRIS due to the fact that CRIS is the creator and first to open most betting odds.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.22.2004
PlaceMyBet (SBR rating C-), of the Sportingbet PLC family, slow-paying player for over 1 month. Problems with sportsbooks under the SBT brand are becoming increasingly difficult to resolve.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.22.2004
BetPlatinum (SBR rating D) slow-paying player $3,132. Platinum also refuses to pay an additional $2,505 owed. They claim the player is a wiseguy who was told not to continue wagering before these additional funds were won. 

Frequently asked question by players:

09.22.2004

Do any sportsbooks still take credit cards? Funding a sportsbook account is becoming increasingly difficult as VISA and Mastercard look to block these transactions. Sportsbooks that have the highest success rate for credit card deposits are:
• Bet365.com  (SBR rating A+)
• Wagerstreet  (SBR rating B-)

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.21.2004
Ewinner (SBR rating F-) shuts down operation. Ownership states that they will not be paying player balances which are estimated at $50,000 to $60,000. All accounts have been deactivated.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

09.20.2004
Owner of troubled sportsbook, Internet1x2 (SBR rating F-), contacts SBR claiming he will settle all outstanding accounts. Players owed money may request SBR supervise and confirm payments by writing to assisstance@sportbookreview.com.