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Ladbrokes sportsbook news

Ladbrokes to exit Canadian market as of October 1st

5 hours ago

Ladbrokes (SBR rating A) will exit the Canadian market. SBR readers reported receiving an email notice this morning from the UK sportsbook informing them of the change. Canadian players will no longer be able to register, deposit, or use any of the Ladbrokes products as of 1 October 2014. Ladbrokes players must complete pending bonus rollover requirements before this time: The letter from the betting site indicates that pending winnings tied to outstanding play-throughs will be forfeited as of Wednesday the 1st. The notice also sternly advises that players will "have 30 days" to withdraw any remaining funds from their accounts. It is not stated what the process is for withdrawing funds after the 30 day time-frame, although SBR has asked the UK sportsbook for comment.

Concerning the reason for the Canadian market exit, Ladbrokes letter stated that they regularly review their ability to offer gaming facilities in countries throughout the world. The last significant Canadian exit came when Matchbook withdrew their services back in July. Prior to this, eWallet provider Skrill ceased processing gambling transactions for Canadian residents at the start of the year.

Bookmaker family websites back online after IT issue

10 hours ago

Update 10:25AM ET: SBR has spoken with a member of Bookmaker management. The downtime was caused by an IT related hiccup and all sites should be back online within the hour. The Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) family of websites are currently unavailable. SBR is attempting to speak with a representative for an ETA on when the sites should be back online.

Wagerweb quoting up to three months for withdrawals above $800

23 hours ago

Two WagerWeb Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) users have written to SBR after being told it could take as much as 60 business days to receive checks, the only viable payment method for withdrawals above $800. One player has claimed that he was told by a member of WagerWeb customer service that the wait time is "industry standard", suggesting other online sportsbooks are also experiencing delays. The second player however claimed to have waited a total of 106 days without receiving payment. No other sportsbook's users have written to complain about general delays through this method. Larger Wagerweb balance holders seem to be electing to wait instead of pursuing multiple individual payments for small amounts at higher fees. SBR has asked if Wagerweb might be willing to consider waiving the fees on more expensive smaller payouts to help expedite payouts for users with larger balances, and if players can expect to receive faster redemptions in the near future.

Heritage Sports bitcoin news

Heritage Sports now supporting bitcoin transactions

09.22.2014

Heritage Sports (SBR rating A) is the latest online sportsbook to add support for bitcoin transactions. Effective immediately, players may deposit to their Heritage Sports account using bitcoin. Interested parties should contact the Heritage staff via live chat or email to receive bitcoin sending instructions. The method is presently in beta testing mode; the betting site will monitor the demand and viability of the method over the coming days. If player demand proves to be sufficient, Heritage will automate the funding process and include bitcoin sending instructions via their cashier page.

How does it work?
Heritage will convert all deposits in BTC into USD. The conversion used will be based on the bitcoin price index (BPI) at the time the transaction is confirmed. Coindesk.com/price/ will determine what conversion should be used. Only players that have deposited through BTC will be eligible to receive BTC withdrawals. There will be no transaction fees for deposits or withdrawals through this method. The minimum deposit in BTC is equivalent to $100.

Heritage Sports will be added to the bitcoin sportsbooks guide at Sportsbook Review.com.

Monday Night Football Betting Props: Bears vs. Jets

09.22.2014

Online sportsbook Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) has received 53% of player wagers on the point spread of +1.5 for Chicago, with 47% on the New York Jets. As for the moneyline, 72% of bets are in favor of Chicago at prices ranging from +105 to +141 per SBR Odds line history for the game. The total market sees 65% of wagers tipping over the posted total of 45 points; 35% is recorded on the under. As far proposition wagers for tonight's game; over 50 team and player props have been recorded in the NFL Props betting directory at Sportsbook Review. SBR has compared the best available prop markets where a common proposition is available.

SBR community raises $23,000 for Make A Wish foundation

09.22.2014

The Sportsbook Review forum community has raised $23,000 for the Make A Wish foundation. SBR members have donated $100 or more to Make A Wish, which is a charity that has become famous for granting the last wishes of terminally ill children. The SBR community has also raised $19,000 for Doctors Without Borders.

InstantActionSports comments on $5K slow-pay complaint

09.21.2014

Online sportsbook InstantActionSports (SBR rating D+) has claimed that a bank transfer of $5,000 has been sent to the player who originally asked for payment in July of 2014. InstantActionSports had failed to provide a significant update to the player since he initiated his withdrawal request, and had previously not responded to SBR. InstantActionSports has now stated that the player has been sent the bank transfer this past Thursday and should be receiving his funds shortly. The betting site did not comment on what led to the lengthy delay or if it is in a better position now to service payout requests with the thick of the NFL and NCAAF seasons ongoing. InstantActionSports may face additional rating adjustments should their payouts continue to take longer than their advertised time-frames. SBR urges players who may have outstanding payouts pending from the sportsbook to file an SBR complaint.

Blacklisted online sportsbook Dimeline advertises 100% bonus

09.20.2014

Blackisted betting site Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) has released a new sportsbook bonus of 100%. Dimeline is targeting unsuspecting players who are unaware of their troubled history or the pending $2,000 winnings confiscation case reported by a VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) user. In that case, the manager of the BTG Gloval NV group which powers both shops, openly refused comment to Sportsbook Review regarding the decision to confiscate earned winnings. Dimeline released their email campaign last night and is distributing the mass mailer under the subject line of "NFL and NCAAF Massive Bonuses". Players are advised to urge the scam sportsbook.

Betting Sites News Show: 9/19/2014

09.19.2014

Betting Sites News Update — Sportsbook Review delivers its weekly installment of the iGaming News video program. Topics in today's update include Guts.com (SBR rating C+) and their recent addition to the sportsbook ratings guide. SBR goes through the decision to evaluate Guts.com at a higher rating standard than other online sportsbooks in the EveryMatrix group. EveryMatrix, also known by OddsMatrix, has gotten itself into hot water with players by rough treatment of winning customers, typically involving a sportsbook sign-up bonus. Guts.com however claims to action player accounts and provide risk management internally. Also covered in the sportsbook industry news broadcast are recent reports on SportsbettingOnline (SBR rating C-) and a player's pending balance of $8,200 which has been in relative limbo for a period of three months, and an update on one sportsbook's bitcoin withdrawal policy change.

Sportsbook Bonuses: Two changes made

09.19.2014

Two changes have been recorded on the sportsbook bonuses directory. The page rates and ranks bonuses offered by betting sites including free plays, cash bonuses, and match bet offers. A category called the "True Bonus" measures the amount of pure bonus value per play in relation to the rollover or play-through requirement needed to unlock the bonus as withdrawable cash.

More Sportsbook News

Sportsbook rating changes

New Ratings Upgrades Downgrades

09/16/2014 08:41 PM CST
Guts.com SBR initiates rating coverage at C+
09/14/2014 12:11 PM CST
Mybookie.ag SBR initiates rating coverage at D+
09/09/2014 06:46 PM CST
InstantActionSports downgraded from C to D+
08/06/2014 12:31 AM CST
SportsBetting Upgraded from B+ to A-
08/06/2014 12:30 AM CST
BetOnline Upgraded from A- to A
07/24/2014 02:24 PM CST
BetWay Upgraded from C- to C+
07/18/2014 02:58 PM CST
YouWager Upgraded from B to B+
07/07/2014 04:14 PM CST
ABCislands Upgraded from C to B-

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