Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Adios Youbet.com

It has come time for me to switch ADW services. I crossed over to the other side and invested in a new MacBook. To my dismay, Youbet.com does not run on a Mac.

"Does Youbet.com support Macintosh?
No. We plan the release of platforms for the service according to customer demand. We do keep a record of interested
Macintosh users on file. If you are a Macintosh user and wish to be notified when Mac support becomes available, please
sign up at the OPEN AN ACCOUNT section." (Youbet.com)

Coincidentally, right around the same time, Youbet has ceased offering wagering at Pimlico. For those of you that are familiar with this little site, you know that Maryland racing is the BIG subject of conversation. So cutting me off from Pimlico (and I assume Laurel too) is just not acceptable. Here is an excerpt of the e-mail they sent:

Dear Alan,

We regret to inform you that due to contractual restrictions, Youbet.com will be unable to offer wagering from the
following racetracks effective June 1, 2007:

Lone Star Park
Pimlico
Remington Park
The Meadows
(e-mail from Youbet dated 5/31/06)

I don't know if the "contractual restrictions" relate to the circle jerk for signal or the ADW patent battle between TVG and the world, but it just plain sucks. I like using Youbet and I would have considered using my kids' computer to place my not-so-frequent bets, but this lack of Pimlico is the last straw.

Now for the hard part. Does anyone have any suggestions for what service I should use next? New York and Maryland are the most important tracks, but Kentucky, California and Florida are important too.

4 comments:

Michael said...

I don' think you're going to find that you're going to find that one account will let you bet Churchill/Magna (twinspires, expressbet) and other accounts will let you bet NYRA (TVG, Youbet)... I don't think you're going to be able to fit all three states on one service... for now.

Jon said...

I really like BrisBET but right now they are not able to carry NYRA tracks. Great betting platform however along with free PPs when I wager.

Anonymous said...

Buenos Dias TVG.com!!!

TVG allows users to bet using a Mac. Plus it is the home for the Belmont Stakes this weekend. They are currently offering a bet $50, get $50 promo for new subscribers. You can use the link above to get the promo code. I also know that Maryland is one of their states.

Nellie said...

This actually surprises me, as the majority of people I know use Macs. As the push to 'upgrade' to Vista gets harder to resist, I know quite a few people who will make the switch.

For the most part, I'm a FreeBSD user, so I can understand the 'incompatible platform' frustrations.

 

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