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PowerBet is stealing $7090 from my friend

Discussion in 'Casino Complaints - Non-Bonus Issues' started by kyleb, Oct 19, 2006.

    Oct 19, 2006
  1. kyleb

    kyleb Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Small Business Owner
    Location:
    Canada, United States, and England (wherever busin
    I am posting on behalf of my friend since he attempted to create an account and is in the moderation queue.

    My friend registered with Powerbet before the UIEGA passed, deposited for various bonuses (but cleared them all easily with plenty of play), and his account was locked for "multi-account abuse." He had played at PowerBet on the same IP mistakenly (wrong wireless network connection), so the mistake was purely an accident. They signed up from different computers and locations, and both have ID's to confirm that they are even from different states!

    So, he called tonight to confirm that this was the problem, and they said his account was locked because he was from a banned state. Well, fine - just send him the money as a refund to his NETeller account. "Sam" from their support team refused, saying it would be illegal to do so.

    That is ridiculous, considering that no other casino has had problems with him (or me, for that matter) with regards to sending the balance back.

    He has contacted Montana Overseas and wants to PAB, but since the form is down, he is using my username for this as well.

    His friend is probably in the same situation - who will be out over $13,000+ because she also comes from a banned state, but cleared her bonuses a long time ago. She will call to confirm that this is the case (I'm sure it will be) and then file a dispute with Montana and create an account here. However, for the time being, I will represent both of them and they can post comments under my username.

    Meister, is there anything we can do here? The bonuses were fully cleared and the accounts were made before the ban - they accepted our money, our wagers, then just took the money.
     
  2. Oct 19, 2006
  3. OliverCurran

    OliverCurran Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Casino Manager
    Location:
    Malta
    Payments

    Hi Kyleb

    Power Bet is not stealing any funds from players - I can assure you of that.

    As you know there has been some confusion and misunderstandings regarding the situation in the 9 states where there have recently been legislative changes.

    In situations where players in those 9 states have pending withdrawals and all relevant wagering requirements have been met, the withdrawals will be processed in full.

    Please provide me with your friend's player ID and I will be happy to resolve the issue for them.

    Best regards
    Oliver Curran
    Power Bet
    1800 824 3175
     
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  4. Oct 19, 2006
  5. kyleb

    kyleb Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Small Business Owner
    Location:
    Canada, United States, and England (wherever busin
    Oliver,

    WOW!

    Thank you for the ridiculously fast response! I will get both usernames to you ASAP (he went to bed, class in the morning), most likely tomorrow morning/afternoon.

    Do you need them to do anything else besides forward you the usernames, so I can get all the relevant information to them in one fell swoop?

    EDIT: Oh, I just remembered - neither of them have pending withdrawals, only outstanding balances, because neither of them were able to initiate a withdrawal before their accounts were locked.
     
  6. Oct 19, 2006
  7. OliverCurran

    OliverCurran Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Casino Manager
    Location:
    Malta
    Withdrawals

    Hi Kyleb

    Just have them contact our call centre via phone, chat or email preferably after 7pm US east coast time tomorrow and we will be able to sort it out for them.

    Sincerely
    Oliver Curran
    Power Bet
    1800 824 3175
     
  8. Oct 19, 2006
  9. kyleb

    kyleb Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Small Business Owner
    Location:
    Canada, United States, and England (wherever busin
    I PM'd you the necessary information - thank you again for your quick response time, and I hope it all works out.
     
  10. Oct 19, 2006
  11. OliverCurran

    OliverCurran Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Casino Manager
    Location:
    Malta
    Withdrawals

    Hi Kyleb

    Thank you for providing me with the account details of both of your friends. I have had the opportunity to look into both accounts and what is clear is that these withdrawals were declined PRIOR to the changes to the legislation.

    The reason the withdrawals were declined has NOTHING to do with the fact that we have stopped accepting players in the 9 states.

    The reason they were both declined is becauuse there is a case of multiple account fraud going on here.

    Your two friends are both playing from the same IP address according to our system. This is very strange as one of them claims to live in Oregon and the other claims to live in Washington. If that is the case, why are the both playing on the same IP address?

    As you will no doubt be aware, providing false address information is a form of fraud. Furthermore, Power Bet clearly states in its terms that registering multiple accounts from the same IP address is considered to be a violation or our rules.

    May I take this opportunity to reiterate that we WILL pay all withdrawals to players who have had their accounts locked due to recent changes in the law, so long as they are not fraudulent and have met all the necessary terms and conditions.

    However in the case of your two friends, the reason their withdrawals were declined was not because of the states they live in, but due to the other suspicious circumstances outlined above.

    We at Power Bet are fair minded and will always do whatever we can to demonstrate this to our players, and therefore we have taken it upon ourselves to refund the last deposits to both of your friends. They can now log into their NETeller accounts to see that those last deposits were refunded. We have made this gesture of goodwill to your friends despite the fact that we are not obliged to do this given the multiple account fraud that is taking place here.

    Best regards
    Oliver Curran
    Power Bet
    1800 824 3175
     
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  12. Oct 19, 2006
  13. kyleb

    kyleb Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Small Business Owner
    Location:
    Canada, United States, and England (wherever busin
    Oliver,

    As I stated above:

    "My friend registered with Powerbet before the UIEGA passed, deposited for various bonuses (but cleared them all easily with plenty of play), and his account was locked for "multi-account abuse." He had played at PowerBet on the same IP mistakenly (wrong wireless network connection), so the mistake was purely an accident. They signed up from different computers and locations, and both have ID's to confirm that they are even from different states!"

    The representative on the phone said this wasn't a problem whatsoever, but there is a very simple reason why this happened. It was because the two players (who signed up from different computers and different internet connections) had shared a wireless connection accidentally after signing up, and it locked their accounts.

    Yes, one's address is is OR and the other is in WA - but as explained by the person in OR, he goes to school in WA now.

    You also say:

    "Furthermore, Power Bet clearly states in its terms that registering multiple accounts from the same IP address is considered to be a violation or our rules."

    Their accounts were not registered from the same IP address - they only accidentally played from the same IP at one point.

    At any rate, Dave's account was validated here at CM, so he'll take over posting here when he gets back from class.

    Thanks again for looking into it!
     
  14. Oct 20, 2006
  15. rachelrae

    rachelrae Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Washington
    Hello all - I am one of the aforementioned users.

    kyleb told it pretty much spot on - the other user (dave) and I registered from different locations, deposited and played from different computers and internet connections, and are obviously not the same person! Dave came over my apartment on his laptop and played from the same wireless network I did while I was playing, and we thought nothing of this - but apparently this is good enough to get our accounts locked.

    We both go to school in WA, but his permanent residence is in OR. I have no problem sending in a copy of my ID to prove this if you wish.

    I see that one of my depoists for $2000 was refunded, but I have deposited $4777 total with winnings of well over $8000, and I want the full amount paid back. I plan on filing a dispute with Montana Overseas and hopefully CasinoMeister will also look into this as well. You are more than welcome to share the logs, as the only thing that will be strange (and it really isn't that strange at all) is that we played from the same IP at one time.

    hopefully Dave will post his side of the story as well. Thanks.
     
  16. Oct 20, 2006
  17. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

    Occupation:
    STILL At Leisure
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    This will happen more.

    This could be a real problem with public Wi-Fi Hotspots. ANY player who plays away from home via Wi-Fi could fall for this some time.
    Playing from the same COMPUTER, though, might be grounds for suspicion, but not simply the same IP. Dynamic IP is increasingly common, my own broadband has switched over to this, so if anyone is playing at the same casino as me in an area the size of New York or London, there is the chance of us both having the same IP at some time.
    Playing from the same IP at the same time would support the explanation above. It is the actual computer ID on registration that is more useful in flagging possible account abuse. An easy way to prove that these are two different players is to look for proof of address from official documents. For the amount of money at stake, it would be worth getting a sworn copy and sending it by "proper" post rather than scanned and E-mailed.
     
  18. Oct 20, 2006
  19. kyleb

    kyleb Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Small Business Owner
    Location:
    Canada, United States, and England (wherever busin
    Exactly - I agree completely. The logs will obviously show that they didn't play from the same computer, but instead shared a Wi-Fi hotspot IP at one time during play (and not even at the time of registration as Oliver said).

    There is nothing against the T&C regarding this. :thumbsup:
     
  20. Oct 20, 2006
  21. happygobrokey

    happygobrokey Dormant account

    Occupation:
    student of life
    Location:
    canada
    not to be a downer, and i'm not familiar with power bet, but if the two persons were playing poker (were they?) from the same ip at the same time, it might be deemed that they were looking at each other's screens and colluding.

    one of my poker buddies logged on to party or something at another of the groups' house, and his account got locked. the reason was because those two accounts often sat at the same table together and now the one account is logging in from the other's ip. ergo they must be friends. ergo they must have been telling each other their cards via msn or something when they played together. of course they actually were in fact doing just that, but doesn't make it fair or right for them to get locked. but don't blame the casino for suspecting cheating.

    but the regulations regarding these types of issues are quite stringent, i mean university campuses all share an ip, so only one person in the whole school can get bonuses using the school's connection, ever. it sucks, but that's the rules.

    i'm not condemning the players who are the subject of this thread, and indeed if you were not playing poker and never sat together or entered the same tourney, you should for all intents and purposes be good to go. good luck fighting this one, i recognize the name oliver curran and from what i recall he's not very player-friendly.
     
  22. Oct 20, 2006
  23. kyleb

    kyleb Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Small Business Owner
    Location:
    Canada, United States, and England (wherever busin
    No, it wasn't poker - it was an online casino.
     
  24. Oct 20, 2006
  25. bpb

    bpb Banned User - repeated violations of rule 1.14 (tr PABnorogue PABnonaccred

    Location:
    Haverhill
    A dispute with Montana is your only hope. Unfortunately, you've given Crystal Palace all the ammo needed. It doesn't matter that you can provide ID showing you are two separate people. It doesn't matter that there's probably only one instance of play from the same IP, vs a history of play from separate IPs. It doesn't matter that logic and reason dictate that honest casinos should be happy that friends are encouraging friends to gamble away their money online.

    We're talking about a group here that has an MO of locking your account when you claim a bonus and win, then they send offers to the email address you used with the locked account, encouraging you to sign up with one of their sister casinos. They let you sign up and create an account (using all the same info from the locked account). If you lose, they keep your money. If you win, they invoke the fine print, stating that you aren't allowed to open an account with a sister casino if you've been locked out of one already.

    A group that would do the above is of course going to seize all possible funds if you use the same wireless network as another account holder.

    You got freerolled. Live and learn.
     
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  26. Oct 23, 2006
  27. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Homemaker
    Location:
    Bierland
    I'm just catching up with this now.

    Your best bet is to contact Montana Disputes - they will look into this even though at times they are a bit slow. Nevertheless, it doesn't look good since these friends have the same IP address (possible collusion and/or multiple accounts). Your IP is the same as well FWIW. Just curious, why are you stating that your location is Cleveland Ohio (in your user profile) when in fact you're posting from Washington State?

    Not that there is anything wrong with this, it just looks funny.
     
  28. Oct 23, 2006
  29. kyleb

    kyleb Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Small Business Owner
    Location:
    Canada, United States, and England (wherever busin
    Meister,

    Thanks for replying.

    I just haven't updated my profile on here - I was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, and moved out here in February. I'll update it though!

    As for the IP's being the same, Dave created his account from my computer. He hasn't yet posted, though. Rachel shouldn't have the same IP, though.

    Anyway, thanks for your ideas!
     
  30. Nov 17, 2006
  31. rachelrae

    rachelrae Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Washington
    Filed with Montana

    I have filed my claim with Montana Overseas/Disputes today, and David received an update to his dispute that he filed a few weeks ago.

    Sorry for not keeping this updated, but I've been pretty busy with school and such. We have done nothing wrong and they are robbing us of our money as a stupid excuse because of a single shared IP.
     
  32. Nov 27, 2006
  33. dddestroyer

    dddestroyer Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    OR / WA
    So I got my update from Montana over 2 weeks ago and still haven't heard anything back from powerbet. How long should they take with this?

    What is my next step?

    Dave

    *EDIT* and a email to This email is not visible to you. BOUNCED!?!?!? =(
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2006
  34. Nov 27, 2006
  35. Macgyver

    Macgyver Dormant account PABnononaccred

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    North Carolina
    New disputes channel for RTG ... from an Announcement Bryan posted on November 19:

     
  36. Dec 1, 2006
  37. kyleb

    kyleb Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Small Business Owner
    Location:
    Canada, United States, and England (wherever busin
    My friends have had no resolution through the RTG disputes channel, PAB, or Powerbet at all.

    It's rather discouraging.
     
  38. Dec 4, 2006
  39. rachelrae

    rachelrae Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Washington
    Still no word from RTG disputes or the Meister...
     

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