Sportsbook.com received considerable media attention Tuesday morning, less than 12 hours after the controversial ending to the Packers-Seahawks Monday Night Football game.
In an attempted show of good faith, the longtime offshore refunded losing Packers bets, saying it’s “the right thing to do.”
Unfortunately, there was a catch. While Sportsbook did, in fact, refund wagers, it did so only to its non-US clients. Given that 99 percent of the bets placed on the game were from US-based customers, Sportsbook’s generosity was tremendously overstated and even misleading.
Sportsbook made no attempt to clarify the promotion or to set the record straight. In other words, they were thrilled to be showered with praise despite doing next-to-nothing to earn it.
Meanwhile, GTBets.eu—an obscure book that was formerly a part of VIP.com—made a legitimate effort to refund wagers and did so without the publicity or self promotion. A reader sent the screen shot above and told us that he received a partial refund.
“The message popped up over the my account screen,” the reader wrote. “The message was a one-time pop up. I didnt receive an email about this either.”
The reader made sure to note that only 50 percent of the “risk” amount on Packers wagers (side and moneyline) were refunded, NOT the entire wager. Which is fine by us. Sportsbooks aren’t required to refund money on “bad beats.”
Nonetheless, the gesture is always appreciated, particularly when it’s genuine and not deceptive.