EZ Street Sports

If we were to analyze EzStreetSports, and not consider associated companies or outside opinions, then it’s possible that we might not have had reason to write this article for you now.

But we did, and we are, which means you’ll be quickly finding out why you should be avoiding this skid mark that’s been stinking up the underoos of the (online) sportsbetting industry for the last few years. So read on. You might want to have your Purell handy.

Close Ties to Other Scambooks

There’s not a lot known about who exactly is behind EzStreet. What I do know is that it’s been all but proven that they’re connected with BetIslands, a company that went out of business in 2012, all the while owing players more than $1.5 million in funds. No one has been paid back since.

Rumor has it that EzStreet, BetIslands and 7RedSports shared the same building, as well as servers, phone numbers, staff and software. And Jon Kreta, the main guy at BetIslands, is known as Nick at EzStreet. [1]

And although SBR has always rated EZ Sports poorly, you have to give them some credit, too. Because of their involvement in the BetIslands scam, many players left BetIslands to take advantage of deals at EZ Street in attempt to offset their losses. Losses no one should have had to deal with in the first place. But you’ll have to read our BetIsland scam article to learn more about that.

TheRX forum played a role, too. They served as mediator in one of the scams I’ll talk about below, where they seemingly sided with the sportsbook and went as far as to ban the player and prevent him for speaking up for himself.

Numerous Incidents of Rogue Behavior

There are a couple of scams they were a part of.

The first scam was BetIslands. They had nothing to do with the scam itself, other than lying and saying that they were not associated with the company, even though later that proved to be untrue. Once BetIslands failed, select existing customers were offered a ‘bailout’ package. They would receive calls from EZ Street Sports with an offer to have their balances from BetIslands transferred to their account, so long as they made a deposit that matched 50% of it. The entire balance had a 15x rollover. [2]

Pretty scummy stuff. Players shouldn’t have had to deposit additional funds to receive funds that were rightfully theirs to begin with. But that’s not the worst they’ve done.

The worst scam we’ve seen from EZ Street to date is when they decided to stiff a player $46,000. [2]

The story is that a player, Cory1111, played nearly 22,000+ hands of video poker at EZ Street. During that time he managed to hit 3 royal flushes. He won about $58,000, then proceeded to lose $12,000 back to the site before his account was frozen. EZ Street checked with the software provider, DGS, to see if there was anything wrong with the software or if it had been manipulated in anyway. DGS reported back that there hadn’t, but the book decided to confiscate Cory1111’s winnings anyway.

They had several reasons for why they confiscated the balance. Looking at their report they concluded that:

  • There was no way a player could play more than 1,000 hands per hour, let alone while using perfect strategy.
  • That a player would take breaks following hitting a royal flush. Apparently Cory1111 did not.
  • Cory1111 manipulated the software.

ESS also had an “expert” state that it was mathematically improbable to hit 3 royal flushes within 9,000 hands. When you combine this with Cory1111’s past, which was full of complaints and banishments from other casinos due to software manipulation and chargebacks, ESS felt that their decision was justified.

However, it was later found out that EzStreet didn’t actually go through the hand histories. Most of their ‘facts’ were speculation. The Wizard of Odds also talked to Bob Dancer, a video poker expert, who said that it was possible to play as many hands as Cory1111 did using correct strategy. [4]

Regardless, despite having no facts or credible experts, ESS was only willing to pay Cory1111 if he flew out (expenses paid) to Costa Rica to take a polygraph test and prove that he could sit down for that long and use perfect strategy. They then appointed TheRX forum as mediators.

They did this without Cory1111’s consent. Worse yet, the management of RX, Marty Jensen, sent a message saying that he found out about Cory1111 hitting 2 royal flushes the week before, but failing to disclose it. He then requested that Cory1111 be banned from the forum. He was, and was now unable to defend himself in a public setting where arbitration (and defamation) was taking place.

When the logs did finally come out, it was clear that ESS made stuff up – that they didn’t actually read the stats. Cory1111 did actually take breaks and there was no indication that he used bots to play.

So did ESS pay him back?

Not that I’ve heard. Cory1111 apparently made things worse for himself when he did an interview with SBR, hemming and hawing about his previous chargeback and scam allegations. He also failed to answer whether or not he’d be willing to pay those books back if ESS were to pay him. He condemned himself. [5]

While I understand that it can be hard feeling bad for Cory1111 given his past, I think EzStreet’s past is just as shady, if not more so, and without proper proof they should pay him what they owe. Others aren’t so sure. Many posters at SBR state that they’re positive that Cory1111 used a bot, especially since he was unwilling to fly out to Costa Rica to take the test and show that he could play for as long as he did using perfect strategy.

I’ll let you be the judge.

How Did they Get Away with it?

EzStreet was able to get away with such a scam because they lied. They made up the fact that they looked at the hand histories. Their expert has no name, and they used their partnership with TheRX to shut Cory1111 out from the forum, preventing him from defending himself and his name.

So what should you take away from this?

I’ll tell you what – the more and more of these articles I write, the more I realize how little trust you should put into these supposed review sites, sportsbook mediators and watchdogs. Their desire to help players solve problems with sportsbooks is just a front for a business that’s purely driven by advertising spend. So trust these portals at your own risk. I would ask my friends, peers, etc. instead.

Still Taking Bets Today

In spite of their rogue behavior, EZS are still around and they’re still taking bets. SBR has them rated a D. Keep in mind that nothing has been reported on them since February, 2012, so it’s possible that they’re worse now.

They don’t operate under any other names that I’m aware of, although they were more/less a backup for BetIslands a year or so ago. A site to collect players wanting to receive their balances back. They’re also a sister site to 7RedSports another book high on the USABookmakers.com rogue list.

Sources

[1]A thread at SBR that discusses how BetIslands, EzStreet and 7RedSports are all connected.

[2]EzStreetSports bailout offer made for BetIslands – Off Shore Gaming Association

[3]$46,000 stolen from Cory1111 – Report by player advocate site SportsBettingSites.org

[4]The Wizard of Odds’ rebuttal to the Cory1111 situation

[5]A link to a SBR thread that shows Cory1111’s interview, and all of the poster’s thoughts.