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The ‘A’ group of sportsbooks not immune from complaints. Weekend comments from players.

10.25.2004

WWTS (SBR rating A+) – "At first they would not honor the special listed right on their fxxxing website."

Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) – “My account was frozen (could not login).. I missed all of Saturday’s college football..3 emails, 3 no replys”

FiveDimes (SBR A-) – “SBR should reconsider this rating. The site is either slow or completely down. Look at your own site meter if you doubt me.”

Grande (SBR raing A-) “What a joke! I tried to sign up there but their sign-up page didn’t work. I tried Skybook instead. Went back a month later and the signup page STILL doesn’t work!"

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.24.2004
USA Sports Casino (SBR rating F) player reporting slow-pay. USA Sports Casino is a new site from Futurebet. For about $35,000 in start up fees and 30% profit share, Futurebet will set up and operate a gaming site for just about anyone. Players should avoid this family of sportsbooks which also includes SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F-) and RedRoyal (SBR rating F).

What is going on at BetOnSports (SBR rated C)?

10.24.2004
Sources tell SBR that the marketing director is under internal investigation for illegal kick backs. There has been a spike in complaints into SBR including some serious slow pay complaints. CEO’s of several of the largest sportsbooks have told SBR they are worried and expect a management shake-up any day. SBR’s opinion is not as bleak as some insiders and for now will maintain a respectable C rating for BetOnSports. SBR agrees BOS is having a poor year but the excessive pessimism so far is backed up only by a few slow pay reports and internal management problems related to fraud.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.22.2004
Money Plays Casino (SBR rating F+), part of GoTo Entertainment, stalling player owed $3,000 for over 3 months. Management states the client is on a payment plan yet does not have a planned date for payment or set amount.
Sports Betting Lines (SBR rating F+) slow-paying customer since 10/7/04. Player has received sporadic emails over the last two weeks falsely claiming payment has been sent. Phone lines and live-chat are currently down.
BetOnSports (SBR rating C): Two players report being slow-paid. One player is waiting 10 days for FirePay payment while another is waiting for a credit card withdrawal from 9/17/04.
Bets4All (SBR rating D-): Complaints continue to mount. Downgraded to D- 

Sportsbook complaints to SBR reach 5 year high.

10.21.2004
Complicated and poorly planned bonuses with rules equally poorly written are a major reason. A higher than expected upsurge in scams is also being experienced. Email campaigns by obscure and unknown books have effectively lured many players with false and misleading specials or into outright scams.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.21.2004
World Casino Sports Bets (SBR rating F+) slow-paying player three weeks. Ownership refuses to respond to player's Neteller payout requests. Customer service claims their hands are tied as they only perform support. SBR reminds players to avoid operations with anonymous ownership and turn-key serviced sportsbooks where there is no financial responsibility.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.20.2004
Oklahoma Sports Betting downgraded to F+ and will remain under review as players continue to wait for payment. OSB has recently fired a member of its staff for speaking to SBR about payout issuess.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.19.2004
Player files 1 month slow-pay complaint against SportsbookUSA (SBR rating F-). SBR is also recieving an influx of new slow-pay complaints against Bets4All (SBR rating D).

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.18.2004
ASAP Sports (SBR rating D-) player reports $8,000 withdrawal, that has been pending since 10/14/04, has been paid in full. ASAP tells SBR that all pending payouts have been processed. ASAP blames rumors and banking challenges as the reason for the delay. SBR would like to remind players of our recommendation to play only with those sportsbooks that carry a rating of B- or higher.

SBR mailbag:

10.18.2004
Players with Expekt (SBR rating C-), Internet1x2(SBR rating F-), BetOnUSA (SBR rating D-) and World Casino Sports Bets (not rated) submit new complaints. Positive Feedback submitted by players at BetCascade (SBR rating B-) and Dimeplayer who is upgraded to C-.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.16.2004
Three new slow-pay complaints filed by Internet1x2 (SBR rating F-) customers. Ownership has begun to pay the long list of players owed, but claims banking challenges are to blame for recent payout problems. 1x2 tells SBR that they are close to acquiring the services of a bank in Curacao.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.14.2004
SBGglobal (SBR rating D+) slow-paying player in order to "audit casino play". Payment was to be executed yesterday but management tells SBR they do not know when the withdrawal will be processed. SBG claims all casino play must be audited in order to "make sure there was not a glitch". This player’s pervious payout was also delayed.
UPDATE 10/15/04 Player receives payment.

SBR Scam Alert: Gold Palace (SBR rating F-) -

10.14.2004
who has scammed many large players has reopened under WinBig.Biz (SBR rating F-). The owner goes by the name of Rex Freeman who has many online ventures. It is likely this scam operation will resume soliciting large bettors by phone. WinBig has obtained the services of Capilleira, who is the parent company of 4Sportspicks.com (SBR rating D-).

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.13.2004
2WagerSports (SBR rating F+) player files slow-pay complaint. The new sportsbook blames a software glitch and a bank change for the delay. 2WS promises payment will go out via Western Union today.

Player finally receives Fed Ex tracking number from BetonUSA (SBR rating D-) after 2 week slow-pay.

10.13.2004
"Hello Mr. Dozer. I forgot to add something in my previous e-mail that may be of importance.. I have three seperate checks that I am waiting to receive from them... One for $700.00, another for $1500.00 and the last for $1000.00. (a total of $3200.00). I faxed them the credit card agreement form 12 times today (figured I'd better be on the safe side so they can't tell me they lost it) and they again assured me that they received it but that's what they've been telling me for weeks. They are supposed to be sending me all three checks together by Fed-X within the next 2 days.  I'd appreciate anything you can do for me."

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.12.2004
Bets4All (SBR rating D) pays player in full after 3 month delay. Update 10/13/04: Wire prompts new players to report slow-pay complaints.

SBR Bill Dozer reports:

10.12.2004
Gamblers Palace (SBR rating F-) now citing software upgrades as reason for not processing withdrawals. During the last two months they claimed to be unable to process payouts due to frozen bank accounts. SBR continues to receive complaints.
UPDATE: New complaint filed. Player being stiffed for $5,500.