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SBR has spoken to the owner of Hollywood Sportsbook (SBR Rating A+)

08.26.2004
about the delay to process payouts via Neteller. Hollywood Sportsbook has attested to the fact that their NT account has been empty for over two days. Hollywood says they were forced to restructure their banking procedures when Provident Bank & Trust Of Belize Limited decided to drop all accounts related with the gaming industry, resulting in this Neteller funding delay . All payments via Neteller will be resumed immediately. SBR believes all players should expect a fully funded Neteller account from top rated sportsbooks.
  

SBR Scam Alert:

08.25.2004
Gold Palace (SBR rating F-) continues to stiff players. Players should be aware of this scam sportsbook targeting large bettors via telemarketing.  The latest victim reports being owed $26,000 for over three months. Gold Palace clerks have admitted to SBR that “there is no money”.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.25.2004
Ewinner (SBR rating D-) slow-paying player $13,500.  The player reports his account was debited for multiple payouts, but he is only granted a fraction of these Neteller requests. Ewinner customer service tells the player that ownership will be contacting him regarding these payout problems.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.23.2004
NationalSportsGambling (SBR rating F) stiffing player $10,000 that was won on a future wager, picking the Detroit Pistons to win the NBA title. Months after the NBA season has concluded, the book now claims "the odds to win were too high and we reserve the right to cancel any wager as a bad line". A player from sister site BetOnSportsOnline (SBR rating F) reports being put on payment plans due to insufficient funds.

SBR Scam Alert: VipBetZone (SBR rating F-)

08.23.2004
This scam sportsbook is back - Players beware! Originally downgraded by SBR to an F rating on July 28, 2004 after just 4 weeks in operation. The operation disappeared on August 2nd stiffing all clients.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.23.2004
Internet1x2 (SBR rating F-) now blaming no-pay situations on local gaming restrictions. They claim they can not process payouts until they acquire a new banking service outside of Belize.

Dimeplayer (SBR rating D-) makes a midnight move to Panama

08.22.2004
Thanks to the investigative work by Jacky of Majorwager.com, it is now known that troubled sportsbook Dimeplayer abruptly closed down in Costa Rica and took flight for Panama. Phones and website are still down. If the unconfirmed reports prove correct, Legendz (SBR rating B-) will be providing management services. This could be a positive move for future Dimeplayer clients. SBR would expect Legendz to publicly accept responsibility for Dimeplayer players escrow.

Dimeplayer (SBR rating D-) web site and phone numbers down.

08.21.2004
Management informs SBR website and phones will be down while a server change is made this weekend. Dimeplayer has recently purchased expensive online advertising. In addition, Dimeplayer continues to with hold any proof that the $50,000 they recently confiscated from several players was justified.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.20.2004
New Costa Rican sportsbook, BetCSL (CyberSportsLine) initial rating: D-. Players should be cautious of these under-developed turn-key sportsbooks that frequently pop up before football season. These are often fly-by-night operations with unknown ownership and are not backed by their service providers.

BetRoyal (SBR rating D+) - former CEO claims Royal Sports has

08.19.2004
"serious issues". SBR has documented many of the problems facing Royal and will meet for the second time this month with management on August 28th in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.
UPDATE: Royal's management suggests the former CEO is pressing and leveraging his own business opportunities none of which has any material effect on the Royal Sports operation.

New Costa Rican sportsbook Change-a-Bet opens.

08.19.2004
SBR initiates coverage with a D- rating. Changeabet’s marketing ploy is supposedly to allow players to change a losing bet to the opposite side before the end of the 3rd quarter. However their rules state they have the right to refuse any change. SBR is concerned that there is no method to this marketing gimmick and it is unlikely they will allow bet changes when the value is clearly in the player's favor. Players who think they can actually “change-a-bet” are going to find out too late they bought a pig-in-a-poke

Sportbet (SBR rating C-) player requests payout but instead receives the following:

08.19.2004
"Upon looking into your situation I see that you will be requesting the full amount of winnings in your account. I also see that you have in fact meet all rollover requirements that we ask for when playing with our bonus. Yet what I have also noted is that your request will be leaving the bare minimum balance that you can in your account to meet the policies that we have put down."

Players should not have to beg or endure a question and answer session when they request their money. Players should stay with top rated sportsbooks.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.18.2004
4SportsPicks (SBR rating D-) offers excessive bonuses on deposits up to $10,000. The 20% bonus and 1x rollover eliminates the book's commision and profit. They also offer reduced juice on select events. SBR recognizes an inability to turn a long term profit using this model and initiates the rating for this new sportsbook at D-.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.16.2004
Internet1x2 (SBR rating F-) reaches scam sportsbook status and F- rating. Internet1x2 accumulating more no-pay complaints than any other sportsbook. Players should be aware of Internet1x2 and sister book, Yahoops' inability to pay players.

Dimeplayer (SBR rating D) Was it fraud or an unjustified confiscation of $50,000?

08.11.2004
Dimeplayer (SBR rating D) initially agrees then backs out of an agreement to have an SBR sportsbook software expert in Costa Rica verify what the book claims was fraudulent activity by several players. The results led to Dimeplayer confiscating $50,000 in player’s money. The burden of proof in all confiscation cases remains firmly on the sportsbook to show proof of fraud. Dimeplayer has stated that they will seek an alternate person to verify their claims. This would lead to the truth and would be applauded as long as the person chosen to perform the verification is a respected industry expert.    

SBR Scam Alert:

08.11.2004
GamblersPalace (SBR Rating F-) -currently unable to pay customers- is offering a 50% bonus for new members. SBR believes this promotion might be used by this seemingly scam operation to raise funds from unaware customers. GamblersPalace, as well as their sister books Skytower.com (SBR rating F-) and Simplenetbet.com (SBR rating F-), have a long record of slow- and no-pay complaints. SBR advices players to tread lightly.

The SBR Scam Alert:

08.11.2004

Online Sportsbook scams are a multimillion-dollar business. Over the last 5 years, we've seen players lose millions of dollars; not because their bets lost, but because they sent money to scam sportsbooks. SBR has created the SCAM Alerts section to protect you and your money. Before you even think about sending money offshore, check the SBR SCAM Alert and the Rating Guide

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

08.10.2004
Gamblers Palace (SBR rating F-) telling players they cannot process payouts until September. They claim their funds are frozen at Banco ELCA, which is being audited by the Costa Rican government. Gamblers Palace is a sister book of Skytower.com (SBR rating F-) and Simplenetbet.com (SBR rating F-). SBR has received many slow- and no-pay complaints from this group in the past.

BetRoyal (SBR rated D-) has positive discussion with SBR

08.09.2004
Royal Sports was rated a B- until slow pays starting in January of this year began a series of downgrades. On April 26, 2004, SBR asked Royal Sports to allow a trusted 3rd party to verify player balances. This is an unusual situation in that Royal claimed to have the players money but was still in slow pay mode. In today's discussion with Royal Sports CEO Kevin King, Mr. King stated that first; there will be no more slow pays and second; Royal would work to satisfy the SBR request that player balances be verified. SBR looks forward to positive results on both points.

Dimeplayer (SBR rating D) Disagrees with SBR handling of player account confiscations

08.09.2004
The dispute, whereby Dimeplayer Sportsbook confiscated the winnings of players from Denmark, could have well involved a coordinated scam although Dimeplayer has yet to present any collaborating evidence to SBR. Bonus scams are common and players should be careful not to abuse bonus policies. As in the case of Dimeplayer, most sportsbooks have a heavy handed policy that could lead to the forfeiture of winnings. Dimeplayer has since changed its policy on bonuses limiting them to $500 and has blocked all accounts from Denmark.

Good News for BetPanAm (SBR rating F-) players in the works

08.09.2004
A potential breakthrough in the BetPanAm stalemate could result in all players who have not been paid to be paid in full. Sources inside Panama report that in the past 24 hours "...significant progress has been made and we hope to announce news soon but as of now it's not a signed deal". SBR has been asked not to report names or terms of the arrangement.