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SPORTS BETTING BLOG 2007

12/30/2007
Posters from multiple forums reporting 10Bet has been unfairly canceling wagers due to line error.

12/21/2007
The WTO today ruled that Antigua could retaliate with $21 million in cross border trade sanctions against the United States, using suspension of copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights. The WTO came to an amount it deemed would have been "reasonable" had the U.S. hypothetically allowed Antigua access to remote gambling on horse racing. Antigua could go back to the WTO if and when the U.S. started offering remote gambling on games or sports other than horse racing.

12/4/2007
SBR reports, "Sportsbetting.com leaves Jazette Ltd. (Sportsbook.com Family) The move is expected to be followed by other Sportsbook.com partner books that want to avoid providing poor customer service and the unethical actions taken by Jazette management".

11/23/2007
SBR forum moderator bigboydan writes, "Sportsbook.com steals $10,000 from player claiming he abused bonuses...despite the fact that rules against accepting offers from the multiple Sportsbook.com service books (Jazette Enterprises) do not exist and that the player followed the listed terms of service when joining. This has been a reoccurring complaint from Sportsbook.com users over the past few months".

10/26/2007
Betting Advice forum poster curious writes, "SBG Global and Bet Royal have confiscated all account balances of over 30 players...who follow a paid handicapping service".

10/26/2007
SBR forum adminstrator SBR John writes, "We are working on a lot of complaints right now (from BetUS)".

as well as...

"There is not a bookmaker I ever met in 8 years in this racket that has anything good to say about the BetUS ownership".

10/24/2007
Mansion sportsbook announces: "Due to popular demand, MANSION.com introduced a new and greatly improved Sportsbook at 13:30 GMT on Monday 22 October 2007...Simultaneously, in a further effort to streamline operations, MANSION.com Exchange has now ceased taking bets".

9/13/2007
Betting Advice forum poster Confirmationcode writes, "Premierbet sister site Heathorns continues to function while in no-pay mode. Editors Note: IGC Holdings announced in August, 2007 that Premierbet and Heathorns sites had ceased taking bets as a result of the firm's failure to secure funding for its short-term working capital requirements".

9/6/2007
Excerpt from BetChance email received by Betting Advice forum poster Gerard Lopez: "BetChance Limited would like to apologize for the delayed payments during the last few weeks...We are in negotiations with the new investors and all the agreements will hopefully be finalized by the end of next week...we will inform you accordingly of the exact date that clients will be receiving their funds".

8/28/2007
Bodog sportsbook reports, "Bodog is encountering DNS issues related to several of its websites and is directing customers to an alternate site NewBodog. These problems are the result of a legal dispute over the ownership of the bodog.eu domain name".

8/12/2007
SBR reports, "Sportsbook.com family of sportsbooks begins scheduling payouts via Neteller. Non-US players who have been waiting as long as five months are relieved to hear that the group finally has a plan to send their funds".

7/23/2007
Neteller announces: "Neteller will start the process for the distribution of US member funds by 30 July 2007".

6/29/2007
Royal Sports (betroyal.com) management announced the sale of the business to SBG Euro on Friday.

6/25/2007
Canada, Australia and Macau added to the list of countries seeking compensation from the United States for violating the WTO's ruling on internet gambling.

6/20/2007
Antigua, India, Costa Rica and the European Union file compensation claims against the United States for violating the WTO ruling on internet gambling. Japan has sent a letter of interest but has not asked for compensation.

6/20/2007
Posters from multiple forums reporting BetUS and BetMania sportsbooks in slow pay mode.

6/20/2007
Posters from multiple forums report extended withdrawal processing time at Bodog Sportsbook when payouts are requested by check. Editors Note: The Bodog website states that couriered checks should arrive in approximately 20 business days and mailed checks should arrive within approximately 30 business days.

6/13/2007
Posters from multiple forums report difficulty making large withdrawals from Sportsbook.com. Editors Note: It is recommended to break-up withdrawal amounts in increments of less than $2500.

4/1/2007
Posters from multiple forums report receiving delinquent payments from Sportsbook.com

3/30/2007
The WTO rules against the United States on it's internet gambling dispute with Antigua.

3/29/2007
Posters from multiple forums reporting Cascade sportsbook in no-pay mode.

3/26/2007
Neteller announces: "Group (Neteller) will cease processing online gambling related transactions for Canada-resident customers with effect from 12.01 AM MST Monday 9 April 2007".

as well as...

"Neteller has decided to implement a voluntary phased withdrawal of the payment services related to online gambling that it offers customers to the Turkish market".

3/24/2007
SportingbetPLC announces: "Sportingbet is pleased to report that it has reached an amicable resolution with the St Landry District Attorney in the State of Louisiana. All related warrants issued by the Louisiana State Police have been cancelled with immediate effect. Both Sportingbet and the St Landry District Attorney now consider the matter closed".

3/24/2007
Posters from multiple forums reporting Sportsbook.com in no-pay mode for the last six weeks. Editors Note: In our opinion Sportsbook.com is holding players money until the completion of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

3/16/2007
Posters from multiple forums reporting Pointbet.com has disappeared. Their URL and redirection URL no longer work.

3/13/2007
Major Wager forum poster StarnetGypsy writes, "Just like everyone else (sportsbook.com) is struggling to find (payout) methods...They ain't going anywhere to the best of my information".

3/8/2007
WagerWeb and Carib sportsbooks reverse policy and are accepting US players.

2/28/2007
Betting Advice forum posters reporting WorldBet.com is accepting deposits, taking wagers and then closing accounts for alleged fraud.

2/26/2007
VIP affiliate manager Mario Marques reports, "Effective immediately, all VIP Profits merchants (VIP.com, Gameday.com and Nine.com) will no longer accept new customers from the United States. Long standing premium customers have contributed to our success over the years, and we intend to increase our service commitment to them - exclusive focus on preferred customers".

as well as...

"VIP Profits merchants will no longer accept deposits from Canadian players effective immediately. Canadian customers will maintain access to their account until April 1, 2007. Any current balance in the account may continue to be used until that date, at which point any remaining funds will be refunded to the player and their account will be closed".

2/24/2007
The Prescription general manager Rick A reports, "Sometime in the near future BetCris will be launching a new US facing brand (Bookmaker.com). They are NOT leaving the US market in anyway - this is something that they have been working on for a couple of months".

2/18/2007
SBR forum poster stump writes, "for what its worth these are the books I have received payouts from in the past 3 weeks and how long it has taken".

Matchbook 2 days
CRIS 3 days
Bet Jamaica 3 days
Just Bet 12 days
Bodog 14 days
VIP going on a week now
WSEX been (waiting) 5 days

"All withdrawals were by FedEx...Skybook by Moneygram 3 days".

2/13/2006
Manison closes sportsbook side of their business. The sports exchange will remain open to non-US citizens.

2/4/2007
Major Wager forum poster Cincy writes, "I obviously do not know if others have experienced payout problems with the below books but thought I was worthwhile to mention the books that have paid me quickly".

5Dimes received FedEx 2 days
TheGreek received FedEx 2 days
BetOnline received FedEx 2 days
WorldWideWagering received FedEx 2 days
Sportbet received FedEx 3 days

1/31/2007
Announcement from sportsbookreviewsonline.com: After taking into account the recent instability of the offshore gambling industry we cannot safely recommend depositing money into any gambling site at this time. We also believe it is irresponsible for internet gambling portals, watchdogs or forums to vouch for the financial stability of any online sportsbook until after the Super Bowl.

1/29/2007
Players trying access slow-pay sportsbook Pointbet, should try www1.pointbet.com

1/19/2007
Wager Web to focus on European market and will not accept new customer that are US citizens.

1/19/2007
From the Neteller Homepage: "Due to recent US legislative changes and events, effective immediately, US members are no longer able to transfer funds to or from any online gambling sites. All US members will continue to be able to use their NETELLER e-wallet account to safely transfer funds to and from non-gambling merchants and are not required to close their account or withdraw their funds".

1/11/2007
From the Pinnacle Sportsbook Homepage: "After careful consideration, Pinnacle Sports has chosen to voluntarily exit the American market. Accordingly, wagers will no longer be accepted from clients located within the United States as of Thursday 11th January 2007.

We would like to assure all our clients that your balances are available but those clients who are affected will be required to withdraw their balances using the Cashier function on their account. Please note that any pending wagers will be honored by Pinnacle Sports. As your wagers are graded, you may use the Cashier function to request any balance due.

As ever, Pinnacle Sports will continue to provide our International clients with the same great value they have come to expect from the World's leading online sports book and casino".

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