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Recent Activity: BetWay Upgraded from C- to C+, YouWager Upgraded from B to B+, ABCislands Upgraded from C to B-, JazzSports Upgraded from C to B-, LooseLines Upgraded from C to B-, Mobibet Sportsbook - SBR initiates rating coverage at D-, Bet365 Sportsbook upgraded from A to A+.

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NFL Bonuses: Online Sportsbook comparison

22 hours ago
Sportsbook Review has updated the Sportsbook Bonuses directory with the online sportsbook promotions released for the upcoming NFL and College Football seasons. Some sportsbooks have yet to release their special early bird promotions so bookmarking the page and checking it throughout the preseason will show real time updates as SBR researches offers daily. During the MLB season few bonuses are offered as the margins are low for bookmakers. Once football comes around, players are often bombed with offers from books they may not even recognize. It's important not to pursue an offer just because it is juicy. The online sportsbooks listed in the bonuses directory are currently rated as low as of C- which should be avoided for the risk averse. SBR advises players to consider ratings and feedback before depositing to any company, especially with new sportsbooks that are not backed by existing operations. SBR resources such as the scam sportsbook blacklist and avoid list are worth reading before investing hard earned funds. SBR invites players to share their feedback on the presentation of the bonuses directory; feedback can be submitted via email or in the SBR Posting Forum in the Sportsbooks & Industry section.

How to compare Online Sportsbook bonuses: Bonus $ / ROLLOVER = Bonus per Playthrough = True Bonus
SBR has ordered the bonuses directory by bonus action per play. In other words, SBR has analyzed the size of a given bonus and compared it against the required rollover. This is considered the "True Bonus". For example, if you accept a $100 cash bonus with a 5X rollover, you are receiving $20 of the bonus during each play-through - this is considered your pure bonus.  The bigger the percentage of your bonus per wager, the faster you can take a payout. In the bonus world players often believe bigger is always better. This is why sportsbooks inflate the bonus numbers and hope you ignore the wagering requirements.  If 100% freeplay is offered with a 10X rollover, SBR would calculate your bonus value per play at 5%. With freeplays you have roughly a 50% chance of adding the total bonus amount to your bonus. (Your $500 free play will result in either $0 with a loss or approximately $500 with a win) SBR subtracts half of the total bonus before dividing by the given rollover. So, a 100% free play is worth 50% cash bonus with a rollover of 5x is $10 per play through and $10 TRUE Bonus.  Traditional freeplays are worth about half the same amount in cash. 

Researching each Online Sportsbook
While Sportsbook Review is listing sportsbooks with a grade of C- or better in the bonuses directory, historically, the higher rated sportsbooks have performed better across the board in the areas of payout speed, wagering options, customer service, and platform stability. Players may wish to review the most recent SBR community top sportsbook poll, which surveyed all SBR forum users to cast their vote for their favorite sportsbook. The SBR Sportsbooks Rating Guide represents a broader list of over 1000 sportsbooks graded by player feedback and SBR's opinion on past performance. Users who desire more information to make their own opinions should click on the book name for historical news, player feedback and updates.

Sportsbook Bonus Note:
Some bonuses may require promotional codes; please take note of the comments underneath each sportsbook bonus to find these details. In addition, some bonuses are unavailable to certain countries. 

Online sportsbook 5Dimes officially adds Bitcoin to cashier

07.30.2014

Online sportsbook 5Dimes (SBR rating A+) has officially added bitcoin to their cashier. Sportsbook Review reported on July 8 that 5Dimes began a private bitcoin beta test with interested users. Management confirmed that the test was successful. 5Dimes players who wish to deposit in bitcoin are instructed to contact support at Live Help or via email (epay@5dimes.eu) for instructions; currently the process is not automated and may take up to two hours. The minimum deposit in BTC is equivalent to $100. The maximum deposit is the equivalent of $25,000. There are no fees for BTC deposits.  As mentioned in the initial 5Dimes bitcoin report, the average of the Bid and Ask prices from www.bitstamp.net will be used for currency conversions with USD at the time of each deposit.  At this time, wagering is not available in bitcoin. Exclusive Bitcoin depositors are allowed to cash out free of charge via bitcoin, no limit, subject to availability. SBR users with feedback on 5Dimes or bitcoin are asked to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com

BetAtHome Sportsbook complaint submitted to SBR

07.29.2014

A BetAtHome Sportsbook player has filed an SBR complaint. The player registered on July 17, 2014. He deposited €40 via Skrill for a 50% bonus. This brought his account to a total of €60. The player proceeded more than three dozen sports wagers and increased his balance to €1,623. He has claimed that BetAtHome abruptly refunded his deposit and did not pay his winnings. Sportsbook Review is currently investigating this player's complaint. BetAtHome is a C- rated online sportsbook. BetAHome holds a sports gaming license with the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) of Malta. BetAtHome players with feedback to share are encouraged to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

Betway Sportsbook Profile: 2014

07.28.2014

Betway Sportsbook launched in 2006. SBR added Betway to the sportsbook ratings guide on August 3rd, 2006 at the initial rating of C. Their sportsbook software is proprietary; their casino is powered with Microgaming software. In 2012, Betway added mobile sports and casino products. One high point for global users is that Betway customer support is available 17 languages.  The sportsbook is licensed by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta. Additional casino gaming licenses are held in Denmark, Spain, and Italy. Betway management tells SBR that a sports license in Denmark is soon to follow. Recent sponsorships include being the title sponsor of the Froch vs Groves fight in Wembley Stadium, as well as the PCD premier darts league, which later rebranded to the Betway Premier League.

In the eight years since their addition to the sportsbook ratings guide, Betway’s rating has dipped as low as the blacklist in 2008 and at its highest hit the mark of C plus - the current rating. In August of 2012, SBR reported that Betway discontinued a controversial rule referred to as the “30% rule”. This rule called for player winnings to be voided if wagers exceeded 30% of a given bonus. Many sportsbook complaints were launched with SBR prior to the rule being cancelled. Betway later agreed to revisit all cold cases received by SBR. Management has since remained active in discussing sportsbook complaints with SBR. The line of communication has drastically improved since the days that the shop was on the SBR blacklist.

Online Sportsbook player advisory ahead of football season

07.27.2014

The American football season is drawing closer and that means it's almost time to post up again for many seasonal sports bettors. Sportsbook Review urges players to do their homework and not jump at the first big bonus offer made by an online sportsbook. Each year like clockwork, slow and no-pay sportsbooks amp up their marketing efforts and attempt to lure in new blood. Players should use the SBR network to investigate sportsbooks they have never heard of; resources include the SBR Sportsbook Ratings guide and Top Sportsbooks list. Sports bettors have enough to worry about in correctly predicting the outcome of pigskin games, players should not roll the dice and sweat receiving a payout or not after a hard year of handicapping and beating the bookmakers. If you are a player reading this who may have already pulled the trigger too early and require sportsbook assistance, do not hesitate to submit a sportsbook complaint. SBR has assisted players in recovering funds from dodgy online sportsbooks since 1999.

iGaming Sportsbook News: Netbet, IAS payout complaints

07.25.2014
In today's Sportsbook Review iGaming News video broadcast, host Natalie covers recent sportsbook complaints and items that published on the SBR Sportsbook news and business wire. The sportsbook news RSS is available publicly for webmasters to embed on their websites and is updated daily. Folks interested in the unique weekly videos produced by SBR can bookmark the Sportsbook Review channel on SBRvideo.com. The topics discusses in the below broadcast include recent sportsbook complaints involving Netbet Sportsbook in a dispute centered on service to Romania. The Netbet Sportsbook player fulfilled 97% of his turnover obligation before his access was suspended. The player's ID documents were fully verified. This sportsbook complaint remains outstanding.

Rivalo Sportsbook player provides fake phone number & has winnings seized

07.24.2014

A Rivalo (unrated) Sportsbook player has submitted an account dispute. The player has claimed that he registered for Rivalo on Tuesday July 15, 2014. He says that he registered to take advantage of the 100% bonus offer up to 200 PLN (approximately $65). The player stated that the bonus requirement had a max of 200 PLN per wager. He discovered that in live betting there was no such restriction. He proceeded to win 5,500 PLN entirely via live betting. The player states that Rivalo then suspended his account. He claims to have provided proof of ID which was confirmed, but he allegedly provided a false phone number when registering for Rivalo. The player did not want to receive marketing calls from the online sportsbook. As a result of providing the false phone number, the player states that Rivalo confiscated his account winnings. The status of the balance is unclear. Sportsbook Review is following up on this player's dispute.

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Netbet Sportsbook bonus complaint

07.23.2014
A Netbet Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player has submitted a complaint. The player deposited 1,000 RON (approximately $304) in late June of 2014. He accepted a welcome bonus of 50% that was accompanied by a 12-times rollover requirement. This means that the player must place 12,000 RON in action before making a withdrawal. The bonus rollover carried a two month time-frame to be completed.

Netbet user completes 97% of bonus requirement before account suspension

The player states that he completed approximately 97% of the turnover obligation before his account access was restricted. At this time, he alleges that Netbet informed him that they have issues with their license in Romania and that it was necessary for him to request a payout within the next 30 days. However, he states that only 192 RON is withdrawable from his balance as the rollover could not be completed in time due to his access being suspended.

How does the industry standard apply?

The player states that he would be happy to accept at least his initial deposit back of 1,000 RON, but the industry standard dictates he should receive all winnings plus a prorated portion of the bonus. In this case, the player fulfilled 97% of his obligation and he should not be penalised for being unable to complete the rollover due to Netbet's business decision to no longer service Romanian customers. Sportsbook Review has followed up on the player's complaint.

Marathonbet sportsbook profile

Marathonbet Sportsbook Profile: 2014

07.23.2014
Marathonbet Sportsbook (SBR rating B) has been in business since 1997. Marathonbet was added to the SBR sportsbook ratings guide in November of 2012. The online sportsbook operates two gaming licenses; their .com website is registered in the Netherlands Antilles in Curacao, while their .co.uk license with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC). Marathonbet operates three land based betting shops in the United Kingdom located at Earle Street Crewe, Broad Street Crewe, and South Ashford.

Marathonbet players have submitted mixed feedback. High points include the number of obscure wagering markets on offer such as chess, darts, handball, hurling, and sumo; but low points are registered on extended verification or Know Your Customer (KYC) waiting times. The KYC process must be completed before a payout can be made. Online sportsbooks are required to perform this process to comply with guidelines set by gaming regulators and in-house terms and conditions. If a sportsbook chose not to perform KYC, fraud would skyrocket and processing costs would eventually be passed on to legitimate users. The average time of account validation has been approximately two weeks according to the player complaints filed with SBR. Management has addressed sportsbook complaints with SBR. Most recently, a batch of sportsbook complaints were filed by users based in Greece that claimed their deposits were refunded and a percentage of winnings confiscated. These cases are ongoing.

Marathonbet presently offers 26 funding and payment options in their online cashier. These methods include Skrill (availability subject to region, withdrawal from Canada for gaming on 1/2/2014), Neteller, bank transfer, WebMoney, as well as a host of other international methods. Marathonbet does not accept players residing in the US. As for customer service, Marathonbet has a Live Chat service, phone, and email support.

Marathonbet is presently a sponsor of three football clubs and management tells SBR they are soon to announce the sponsorship of a club in the English Premier League. Marathonbet users with sportsbook feedback to share are encouraged to write to SBR via email at mail@sportsbookreview.com.

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InstantActionSports payout complaint filed

07.22.2014

An InstantActionSports player has submitted a payout complaint. The player stated that he initiated a withdrawal of $5,000 on May 19, 2014. Sportsbook Review was informed that the player allegedly contacted the sportsbook numerous times via their live help application since requesting payment. His remaining balance beyond the $5,000 pending request is $12,447. Sportsbook Review will speak with InstantActionSports regarding the sportsbook complaint filed by this player. In the past, the sportsbook has discussed player complaints with SBR, including payout complaints. InstantActionSports players with payout feedback are encouraged to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

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Sportsbook rating changes

New Ratings Upgrades Downgrades

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-
07/07/2014 04:13 PM CST
JazzSports Upgraded from C to B-
07/07/2014 04:12 PM CST
LooseLines Upgraded from C to B-
03/24/2014 03:01 PM CST
Mobibet Sportsbook - SBR initiates rating coverage at D-
02/25/2014 12:12 PM CST
Bet365 Sportsbook upgraded from A to A+
02/21/2014 11:56 AM CST
Globet Sportsbook downgraded from D to D-

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