Sportsbook.com Group stands firm on decision to void winning wagers

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Sportsbook.com Group stands firm on decision to void winning wagers Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) bettors who had winning bets on the September 9th game between the Indians and the Angels will apparently be cheated out of their funds. After initially crediting players for the win the funds were deducted from accounts due to a misspelling in the abbreviated listing of one of the pitcher's first names. Players have made a legitimate case that the decision is illogical, inconsistent and subjective. Players have reported instances where losing wagers placed on games where the pitchers' names have also been misspelled were not canceled.


Player: FYI, below is a copy of a bet that I made at Sports.com on Sep 18th.  You'll notice that it was graded a Loss, rather than a No Action, despite the fact that the pitcher's name was spelled wrong (it was spelled Harahan, and was supposed to be Hanrahan).  Now obviously, it's not a major spelling error (only one letter off), and it did not confuse me, and I wouldn't expect the bet to be No Actioned .... however, it does illustrate that their bet cancellations are very subjective (the JefWeaver bet that they cancelled was only one letter different from JerWeaver, similar to this Harahan / Hanrahan bet which they allowed to stand as a Loss).
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Bill, Here are the two bets that were cancelled at Sports.com.  The account number is ***********, if by some chance it gets that far:
25) BET ID=218280677
Straight Wager 09/09/07 12:09 ET
bet 3,000.00 to win 2,000.00 (paid 3000.0)  Result: No Action
 
Indians(Cleveland) Laffey No Action
Angels(Anaheim) JefWeaver  09/09/07(20:10 ET)
Indians(Cleveland) +1.5 (-150)
 
32) BET ID=218235457
Straight Wager 09/09/07 10:29 ET
bet 1,000.00 to win 1,450.00 (paid 1000.0)  Result: No Action
 
Indians(Cleveland) Laffey No Action
Angels(Anaheim) JefWeaver  09/09/07(20:10 ET)
Indians(Cleveland) +145
 
As you can see, I’m out a total of $3,450 ($2,000 on the runline and $1,450 on the moneyline) …
 
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A few points regarding this situation ….
1. In general, the rule that states that the listed pitcher has to pitch is there to avoid confusion, not to use as an excuse to void a legit bet at a legit line when there is a minor typo (as was the case here).  In this case, a reasonable person (if they even noticed the spelling error) would not have been confused by this ticket … they would know that there is no ‘Jef’ Weaver on the Angels, and assume it’s a minor typo and that it’s supposed to be Jered Weaver (especially considering that the ‘r’ and the ‘f’ are adjacent to one another on a keyboard).
2. At first glance (and second and third glances), I never even noticed that there was an ‘f’ in the name.  If you look quickly, from a normal 18-24” distance from the computer monitor, it looks like it’s simply ‘JeWeaver’ or even ‘JerWeaver’ (for Jered)… the ‘f’ (especially the top part of the ‘f’) is obscured by the capital ‘W’, so it’s hard to pick out the spelling error unless you’re specifically looking for it.
3. If a book does make this type of error, you expect them to notice it and correct it within a reasonable amount of time.  Most bettors don’t take 30 seconds to examine every detail on a betting ticket, and have come to rely on the books to have it written correctly, especially on mainstream bets like baseball.  Sportsbook.com and their sister books generally hang tomorrow’s baseball lines (moneylines and totals) around suppertime the day before.  If you look at the time stamps on my tickets, they show 10:29 AM (mid-morning) and 12:09 PM (lunchtime).  This means that Sportsbook.com had this game listed and available for about 18 hours prior to me placing these bets.  The fact that they had the line up for a full 18 hours without noticing the error, proves just how obscure and hard-to-see that this typo actually was.
4. This game was played on Monday night.  Around 1 AM on Monday night / Tuesday morning, I did a reconciliation with all my book balances.  At that point, these bets were still graded as winners.  So even after the game was completed, Sportsbook.com had still not noticed the minor typo, and had these bets graded as winners.  I suspect what happened is that somebody who bet the other side happened to notice the typo, and was looking for a freeroll on this game … if their side would have been a winner, they would have not said anything, but since their side was a loser, they contacted Sportsbook.com to complain about the typo and ask that Sportsbook.com no-action their losing bet.
5. As per Point 4 above, the bet was not voided before the game, and obviously no e-mail was sent to notify people.  The bet was no-actioned well after the game was completed.
6. I follow lines quite closely, as you might imagine, and the lines for this game (moneyline, total, and runline) were spot on at Sportsbook.com … so the excuse that Sportsbook.com used that  “they had the wrong line because they capped the game with Jeff Weaver pitching” is complete bulls**t.  The line was not wrong.
7. Sportsbook.com rarely puts the first name of the pitcher on the betting ticket … that’s another reason why people probably never bothered to check closely.  I can go back in my betting history at Sports.com and find dozens of betting tickets with pitchers named Perez, Hernandez, Gonzalez, etc. … names of pitchers who have the same last name as other pitchers in MLB … and Sports.com does not bother to list their first names.  Here’s an example from the 9th … Felix Hernandez pitching … several other pitchers named Hernandez in MLB, but Sports.com doesn’t bother putting in the first name:
34) BET ID=218225713
Straight Wager 09/09/07 09:48 ET
bet 500.00 to win 434.78  Result: Wager Lost
 
Mariners(Seattle) Hernandez 14
Tigers(Detroit) Bonderman 7  09/09/07(13:05 ET)
Under 9.5 (-115)

FYI, below is a copy of a bet that I made at Sports.com on Sep 18th.  You'll notice that it was graded a Loss, rather than a No Action, despite the fact that the pitcher's name was spelled wrong (it was spelled Harahan, and was supposed to be Hanrahan).  Now obviously, it's not a major spelling error (only one letter off), and it did not confuse me, and I wouldn't expect the bet to be No Actioned .... however, it does illustrate that their bet cancellations are very subjective (the JefWeaver bet that they cancelled was only one letter different from JerWeaver, similar to this Harahan / Hanrahan bet which they allowed to stand as a Loss).

38) BET ID=219594920
Straight Wager 09/18/07 18:11 ET
bet 1,500.00 to win 1,200.00  Result: Wager Lost
 
Mets(NY) Maine 8
Nationals(Washington) Harahan 9  09/18/07(19:05 ET)
Under 9 (-125)

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