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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.

Sportsbook Review news video covering Marathonbet:
 

 

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.

Matchbook exiting Canadian market

Matchbook set to exit Canadian market

07.21.2014
Sports betting exchange Matchbook (SBR rating B+) is exiting the Canadian market. Matchbook management tells SBR that the move is a "business decision" and could not offer more details. Although Canada does not enforce any laws against online gambling and gaming operators have hosted all or parts of their operation there since the beginning of online betting, there have been other recent exits from processing companies known in large part for servicing gaming transactions. Popular eWallet Skrill (formerly known as Moneybookers) ceased accepting gambling transactions from Canadian clients as of 2 January 2014. It has been speculated the reason for the Skrill exit is that they hope to service the United States market as online gambling legalization gains traction; New Jersey and Nevada already have legal online casino gambling. Canadian SBR readers reported receiving an email from Matchbook this morning announcing the exit. Canadian players should begin the process of withdrawing their balances. Outstanding bets will be settled as normal. 

Matchbook was established in 2004 under different ownership. UK investors acquired Matchbook February 27, 2011. Within one week of the ownership change, Matchbook withdrew from the US market in March of 2011 as reported by Sportsbook Review.  Within one year of the ownership change, Matchbook made significant international focused improvements by supporting currencies EUR, GBP, CDN, HKD, in addition to USD.  In addition to spreading markets popular in North America, Matchbook has many international markets including world football and tennis.

MyBet Sportsbook player submits country dispute

07.20.2014

A MyBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player has filed a complaint with SBR. The player tells SBR that he deposited €200 and wagered for approximately 15 days. The player attempted to make a withdrawal from online sportsbook MyBet after this time and has reported that he was told that Chinese documents are not accepted. He has claimed that his available balance was confiscated at this time. Additionally, MyBet's website accepted his player registration. Sportsbook Review is investigating the online sportsbook complaint.

YouWager Sportsbook Profile report

YouWager Sportsbook Profile 2014

07.19.2014
YouWager Sportsbook (SBR rating B+) accepted its first sports wager in 1999. Parent company First Fidelity was created in 1994. YouWager changed its primary domain from .com to .eu in September of 2013.  Headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica, with a workforce of 200 plus, YouWager's operation is among the largest in the land. The biggest complaint players have made over the years has been aggressive promotional solicitations or cold calls; which YouWager has curbed due to player feedback and the evolution of marketing into more electronic mediums. YouWager's sign up and reload bonuses are a source of positive user feedback, as is their loyalty program. Payouts have been a strong point for the sportsbook consistently. Sportsbook Review has received no payout complaints against the shop in 2014. It stands to reason that this payout track record plus a consistent bonus model helped YouWager be voted number six spot in the recent SBR users top sportsbook poll - its best placement in the poll's history.

YouWager's betting markets now have more of an international flavor. Once regarded as a North American facing website, YouWager has significantly added to their international soccer line-up, offering markets on every significant soccer competition inside and outside of the Americas. YouWager also spreads markets on tennis tournaments year round, including a steady supply of proposition wagers such as correct set score betting, set winner, total set games, and more. For the younger North American and Canadian facing crowd, there are many mixed martial events and UFC betting markets trading at any given time. At the time of this publication, YouWager is spreading eighteen wagering markets for the UFC during a slow spot in the combat sports calendar. One consequence to offering an expanded betting cart is the occasional wagering dispute: It is in this end that YouWager has excelled. Management keeps an open line of communication with SBR and always acts in line with the industry standard.

YouWager is one of the online sportsbooks that have supplied their XML feed to be featured on the real-time odds monitoring service SBR Odds. YouWager has remained on the SBR Odds website since their addition in July of 2010.

YouWager management have confirmed to SBR that they are planning to release a revamped mobile betting platform in the coming days. Sportsbook Review will add to this profile upon the release of the mobile product with screenshots and everything you need to know when placing a bet with your smartphone or mobile device. YouWager players with feedback are encouraged to write to Sportsbook Review.

Online sportsbook news update: Oddsmaker Sportsbook

07.18.2014

Sportsbook Review provides an SBR iGaming News video update for Friday, July 19. Topics discussed in today's online sportsbook news broadcast include the recent report on Oddsmaker Sportsbook (SBR rating F). Oddsmaker is a sportsbook that has confiscated more than $250,000 from winning players in their troubled history. Despite having a highly marketable URL and a coveted player base, the scam sportsbook has fleeced players whose only offense was beating the sportsbook linesmakers. Since publishing the report on Oddsmaker, decided feedback has come in from players who were victimized by the sportsbook, including one player who claims that $45,000 in winnings were erased.

Oddsmaker Sportsbook payout feedback wanted

07.17.2014

Oddsmaker Sportsbook (SBR rating F) has a documented history of confiscating winnings from players labeled as "non-recreational". Oddsmaker also has engaged in deceptive bonus promotions throughout their history which led to multiple downgrades by SBR and eventual placement on the blacklist. Oddsmaker has a highly marketable URL and a coveted user base, so despite being put on blast at many sportsbook news sites for their dodgy tactics, the book remains in business. Sportsbook Review received a letter from a player this week expressing concern over being paid his $5,000+ balance. The exact amount of the balance will not be published so that Oddsmaker cannot identify the user. Sportsbook Review advised the player to request his payout as normal and to report his feedback. Oddsmaker has shown in the past that large winners draw their ire, as was the case in the infamous $45,000 winnings confiscation which was eventually made a partial settlement. Players with Oddsmaker feedback or sportsbook complaints are invited to write to SBR at mail@sportsbookreview.com.

Canbet Sportsbook report on unpaid funds

Canbet Sportsbook players owed at least $1.2 million

07.17.2014

Canbet Sportsbook players have reported being owed more than $1.2 million. Sportsbook Review continues to receive complaints from these players on a daily basis. Sportsbook Reported on the downfall of Canbet on February 21. While there is plenty of blame to go around on the collapse of the once well regarded sportsbook, there has been no consolation to the players who lost their funds.

Sportingbet refunds player's deposit and permanently closes account

07.16.2014

A Sportingbet (SBR rating C-) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. The player claimed to have deposited €100 with Sportingbet via Neteller, accepted a 100% bonus and began wagering as normal. After working the balance up, Sportingbet allegedly closed the player's account and refunded the €100 deposit to the player's Neteller account. Sportingbet informed the player that their account would be permanently closed and provided no additional information. Sportsbook Review is investigating the player's claim.

BetCas Sportsbook vs. Player

07.15.2014

A BetCas.com (unrated) player has submitted a complaint. The player tells SBR he registered for the online sportsbook during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and took a 100% match bonus offer up to $500. The player deposited $250 and proceeded to wager throughout the football tournament. After increasing his balance to £3,500, the player ran into difficulty. He says that he fully completed his turnover requirement by the halfway stage of the World Cup and confirmed with BetCas support that he was eligible for withdrawal. First, he tells SBR that he was required to verify his ID with BetCas. The player claims that the only issue he ran into was that his utility bill was not issued in his name; he says that he has no such bill due to his living arrangement. Shortly after supplying his ID, BetCas allegedly suspended his account citing irregularities with his IP address log-in patterns. The player makes no secret of logging in from either his home or mobile device while traveling, but claims that he has broken no rules. BetCas has yet to release his balance. SBR will investigate the player's claim against BetCas.

Online sportsbooks Home Run Derby prop bets comparison

07.14.2014

Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby is available for wagering at a number of online sportsbooks. The Sportsbook Review MLB Prop Betting Directory lists out the available prop betting markets. As of right now, Yasiel Puig is approximately +550 to win the HR Derby at 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+). A $100 wager returns $550 for Puig to win the 2014 Home Run Derby. This is presently the best available payoff on Puig to win the HR Derby.

Another popular home run derby market are the head to head match ups of players that are based on round one performance. You can bet on Yasiel Pug sending more out of the park than his MLB counterparts. The pricing of these markets differ slightly from each of the online sportsbooks, so locking in the best available market price by using the MLB Prop Betting Directory is a good idea.

SBR congratulates World Cup Brackets contest winners

07.13.2014

SBR user Monitor-Tan raked in 15,000 betpoints for his first place finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brackets contest at SBR. These points can be redeemed in the SBR Store where the equivalent in value allows for the redemption of a brand new Apple iPad. Second place user flocko76 profited 10,000 betpoints for his efforts, which can bring in a lot of Papa Johns pizzas. TCarv ended up in third place with a considerable 8,000 betpoints for his effort. The top 50 places in the World Cup Brackets contest went home with something. Stay tuned for more major contest announcements ahead of the 2014-15 NFL football season!

World Cup Betting Props: Germany vs Argentina final

07.12.2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has had many twists and turns. The darling of the tournament in the Costa Rica "Los Ticos" were eliminated in the quarter finals after cashing as huge underdogs time and time again for online sports bettors. One of the most celebrated players in the World Cup in Neymar was eliminated with a gruesome injury late in the game, and now there remains two in Argentina and Germany. Germany is coming off an impressive 7-1 rout against host nation Brazil and heads into the final with the slight nod in the 3-way market odds, at an average of +130 by online sportsbooks. The draw line is priced at around +230, whilst Argentina is trading approximately 10 cents higher at +240, meaning a $100 wager returns $240 in profit. Sports bettors looking to cash in on the final betting markets should check out the World Cup Prop betting directory at Sportsbook Review, which breaks down the best available market offerings for the championship game, which expects to bring in more ratings than even the Super Bowl worldwide.

Online sportsbook 5Dimes bitcoin plans discussed in SBR iGaming News video

07.11.2014
Online sportsbook 5Dimes pleasantly surprised many industry followers and players alike with their announcement that they will be adding bitcoin (BTC) to their online cashier. 5Dimes plans to first roll out BTC deposits after the completion of a testing phase where player volunteers are invited to help perform beta tests while the process is worked out. 5Dimes management has told SBR that as of this moment they are still accepting new positions for the beta group, so interested users and those eager to be among the first to get a taste of the BTC action at 5Dimes Sportsbook should not waste any time. Covering the news of bitcoin being officially supported by 5Dimes is Sportsbook Review video host and newswoman Natalie Rydstrom, who provides an in-depth update on all the relevant particulars in the weekly SBR iGaming News video braodcast released earlier this morning. The full video is embedded below:

Common Questions & Answers on 5Dimes Bitcoin Plan
Q:
Sportsbook Review poster NunyaBidness : How about withdrawals?
A: Bitcoin withdrawals will be made available at a later date. 5Dimes management has confirmed to SBR that the regular selection of payout methods can be used as normal for players who deposit via Bitcoin in the meantime. It is not expected to be a long wait for Bitcoin withdrawals and they could be available in days of the BTC deposits.

Q: Sportsbook Review poster evo34: I wonder if they will still have rollover requirements?
A: All deposits made to 5Dimes Sportsbook require one-time turnover prior to any withdrawal being made.

Q: Sportsbook Review poster JJGold: How will currency conversion be handled?
A: Bitcoin deposits will be converted to USD. The average of the current Bid and Ask prices from bitstamp.net will be the official source for all conversions into USD.

Sportsbook Review invites users to share their feedback on the news. Players may write in to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

SBR Network Now Under One Roof; SBRforum.com merges with Sportsbook Review

07.11.2014
Sportsbook Review began in 1999 as a log of sportsbook activity, player feedback and a dispute resolution service. Based on the information from a growing player audience SBR launched the first Sportsbook Rating Guide in 2002. In 2004 SBR took online sportsbook comparison a step further with SBRodds.com which put bookmaker odds and price margins side by side. In 2005 the SBR network added a posting forum for players to share their opinion of the best sportsbooks, complaints, and handicapping info . The following year SBR, through SBRforum.com, began hosting information for handicapper matchups, game stats, shared free picks, and game breakdowns from sports analysts. Newer websites include SBRpoker.com and SBRvideo.com. Each site served players differently. Due to the growing number of customizable features for which players use a single account ID to log in to the SBR network, all sites have been consolidated under SportsbookReview.com. However, all features remain and are accessible through the same branded website pages. Below is a short list of some of the features in the SBR network. 

SBRforum.com: The website hosts handicapper tools such as betting calculators, matchups and league pages. The most popular league pages in July were UFC picks, MLB picks and Soccer picks. All analysis, including info for the 2014 NFL season, can now be found on SportsbookReview.com/Picks.

SBRvideo.com: In 2006 SBR launched a video production studio. Powered by a talented video team that works largely behind the scenes and hosts Peter Loshak and Natalie Rydström in front of the camera SBR has published 1000s of video features. SBR will continue its growing video coverage of both handicapping of sporting events and industry news at SportsbookReview.com/Video.

Betpoints and the SBRstore: Players within the SBR community can use their free BetPoints to play against each in the SBRpoker Room (In mid 2010 SBR began working on its own poker software for members), bet at the SBRsportsbook.com or win enter contest at SBRcontests.com. SBR Trivia, played within the posting forum, is another great free way to collect. Betpoints can be redeemed for real prizes in the SBRstore.
Note: SBRcontests.com will soon be launching its 10th Annual Beat The Pick Football Handicapper contest

Forum.SBRforum.com: The aforementioned posting community can now be found at SportsbookReview.com/Forum.

SBRodds.com: The free live odds service can still be accessed directly or at Sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds. Over 200 additional leagues that will include every soccer and tennis match will be introduced before Super Bowl 50.

TotoBet Sportsbook complaint hits SBR mailbox

07.10.2014

A TotoBet Sportsbook (unrated) player has filed an SBR complaint. The player tells SBR that he asked TotoBet if all of his wagering requirements were completed so that he could request a payout, he was given confirmation that he could ask to receive his funds, but come payout request time TotoBet allegedly confiscated €390 from his account and accused him of violating their terms and conditions. Sportsbook Review is following up on this player's complaint.

Online sportsbooks take lopsided action on Germany vs Brazil

07.09.2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup saw Germany annihilate Brazil in their semi-final match up Tuesday. The final scoreline read 7-1. Online sportsbook Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) was among the bookmakers to take a large number of bets on Germany. Sports bettors may have felt the loss of star player Neymar de Silva Santos Junior was reason enough to put their dollars behind the Germans. The gamble paid off and then some, although a percentage of gamblers had Germany to win by clean sheet or even 1-0 exact score. | Pinnacle Sports statement on result

5Dimes Sportsbook to add Bitcoin as payment option

07.08.2014

5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) plans to add bitcoin as a payment option. Bitcoin deposits will be converted to USD and credited to player accounts. The average of the current Bid and Ask prices from www.bitstamp.net will be the official source used for all currency conversions from BTC to USD. As of this publication one BTC is worth $623. There will be no fees for bitcoin deposits. Based on user demand, 5Dimes may add a feature down the line allowing bitcoin depositors to wager in bitcoin. Management tells SBR that they have completed internal testing and are looking to establish a group of player volunteers. There are a limited number of slots available in the group testing stage; interested users should write to Epay@5dimes.eu expressing their desire to take part.

5Dimes Sportsbook overnight website maintenance

07.07.2014

5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has scheduled maintenance on their website beginning at approximately 1AM ET and lasting up until 4AM ET. The maintenance involves technical upgrades. The 5Dimes Sportsbook website as well as related websites will be unavailable during this window.

Online sportsbook Canbet players hope to be paid

07.06.2014

Canbet Sportsbook players remain owed over $1 million. Sportsbook Review last reported via video update that sportsbook complaints continued to flow in from users that have not been paid. Unfortunately for these players, there have been no positive updates resulting from any bailout discussions. Players next hope comes from the form of a liquidation of the sportsbook's assets, although this would account only for a fraction of the total funds owed by Canbet. SBR remains hopeful that a deal can be made and will update upon readers upon learning of any new developments.

Jazz Sportsbook group upgraded

07.05.2014

Sportsbook Review reported in January that the Jazz Sportsbook Group paid over $300,000 in outstanding funds to a handful of large winners that had been on payment plans. These players were regarded as professional users. During the period of time when Jazz Sportsbook and related sister sites including ABC Islands and Looselines were downgraded, no slow-pay complaints were filed from average users. Management claimed this was as 99% of their player base had been unaffected aside from the professional action it had accepted. Since clearing up these larger obligations, no other claims have been submitted. In light of getting their payouts back on the track, the sportsbook family has been upgraded to the mark of B-. Player feedback is welcomed.

Online Sportsbook Weekly News Recap: SBR iGaming Video

07.04.2014

Sportsbook Review host Natalie provides an SBR iGaming News video update for Friday, July 4. Topics discussed in today's broadcast include the recent HitItBet Sportsbook dispute filed by a player, news on former Intrade co-founder Ron Bernstein's latest business venture TradeSports.com, and more online sportsbook news and information.

UFC 175 Prop Bets & Sportsbook markets

07.04.2014

Online sportsbooks have released a full serving of UFC 175 betting odds for tomorrow night's Pay-Per-View event. UFC 175 takes place that the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The headliner of the evening is Chris Weidman vs. Machida. Weidman is about a 2 to 1 betting favorite. The co-feature has undefeated women's champion Ronda Rousey as a 10 to 1 favorite against Alexis Davis.

HitItBet Sportsbook player writes in

07.02.2014

A HitItBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) player has filed a complaint with SBR indicating that his account has been blocked. The player provided HitItBet with his driver's license as proof of ID but HititBet rejected the ID, asking for a photo ID or passport. While SBR has disagreed with HitItBet's enforcement of account confiscations in the past, players must be able to produce picture ID to verify their accounts and be in full compliance with a sportsbook's KYC (Know Your Customer) regulations. SBR advises players to keep a flash drive ready with commonly requested documents such as ID or utility bills to make their experience smoother when verifying their identities with an online sportsbook. HitItBet Sportsbook players with feedback are encouraged to write to SBR.

Best Sportsbooks for World Cup Knockout Stage betting

07.01.2014

If you're looking for the best online sportsbooks around and your intention is to bet the 2014 FIFA World Cup, you've come to the right place. SBR has a top sportsbooks list which categorizes by regions and links out to full reviews highlighting each shop's offerings. This article also lists more specific market information concerning the updated World Cup betting markets.

Former Intrade co-founder's new fantasy sports venture Tradesports

06.30.2014

It has been exactly two months since the beta fantasy sports trading website Tradesports.com went live. Tradesports is owned by Ron Bernstein, former co-founder of fallen trading exchange Intrade. The fantasy sports website, which allows users to engage in contests in competition for real money prizes, is powered by the same technological platform as previously licensed for Intrade.

Online sportsbook MyBet player accused of multi accounting

06.30.2014

A MyBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player has filed an SBR complaint. The player has told SBR that after depositing €200 and winning his first bet in May of 2014 an ordeal began that led to him having his account closed and initial deposit refunded. The player has told SBR that he was accused of operating multiple accounts - a charge he denies. He had winnings of €160 at the time that his account was closed. The player shared an excerpt of an exchange with MyBet which shows that the decision was final. Sportsbook Review is seeking more information from MyBet Sportsbook regarding this.

NFL Futures Betting market update

06.29.2014

The NFL Super Bowl is nearly right around the corner. Online sportsbooks are accepting bets on the winner of the 2014-15 NFL Super Bowl, and Sportsbook Review has assembled a convenient Super Bowl futures props betting page that aims to make your shopping experience more informed.

Atlantic City sports betting update, SBR iGaming News

06.27.2014

In today's Sportsbook Review SBR iGaming News update, host Natalie covers the latest topics to hit the SBR online sportsbook industry newswire, as well as gives an update on the unfortunate setback in New Jersey with respect to sports betting.

SBR Bash confirmed for Dominican Republic

06.26.2014

Sportsbook Review will be hosting a bash at the world class Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Super Bowl weekend 2015. Registration is scheduled to open August 1st. SBR users can expect the finest in dining, drinks, entertainment, as well as a high dollar poker freeroll. Stay tuned to the Sportsbook Review forum for the itinerary and other details.

NBA Draft Prop Bets: Online Sportsbook comparison

06.25.2014

NBA draft prop bets are not only popular but they offer some interesting value to the user. While many have long held suspicions that the NBA Draft is something of a circus on wheels, the online sportsbook market for NBA draft prop betting while somewhat limited is very real and should be analyzed by serious NBA betting pros and casual sports bettors alike. This article breaks down a few of the popular NBA draft betting markets.

Sports betting in New Jersey report

Sports betting in New Jersey dealt blow by US Supreme Court

06.24.2014

The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear New Jersey's appeal on bringing sports betting to their state. Existing federal law — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 ("PASPA") — as well as two lower court rulings have kept New Jerseyans from being able to legally place a sports bet in their hometown. SBR interviewed outspoken NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak on the sports betting fight last week.

Scam online sportsbook Oddsmaker complaint

06.23.2014

An Oddsmaker (SBR rating F) Sportsbook player has filed a complaint with SBR claiming that his balance has been confiscated.  The player tells SBR that Oddsmaker cited their rule outlawing non-recreational players. SBR has reported extensively on the past on such confiscations which amounted to well over a quarter million dollars and eventually led to Oddsmaker's placement on the SBR scam sportsbooks blacklist. SBR is gathering facts on the dispute in question and urges users to avoid the F rated bookmaker. Oddsmaker players in need of assistance are asked to write to SBR.

Wimbledon Betting Futures: Futures Market analysis

06.22.2014

Update: Wimbledon is less than 24 hours away. Check the latest futures market betting odds. With the French Open in the rear-view, the attention of tennis sports bettors and fans alike now turn to Wimbledon - the next major Grand Slam event in the tennis world. Online sportsbooks have wasted no time setting the tennis betting markets. Sportsbook Review has assembled a tennis betting futures page which lists the most popular betting markets.

SBR World Cup Brackets contest update

06.21.2014

The SBR World Cup Brackets contest is ongoing. This year's contest gives a whopping 100,000 points in prizes. Currently SBR user Jericholic is out in front with 19 points and a projected tally of 64 thus far through the Group Stage games. SBR users looking to cash in on World Cup action aside from the contest should swing by the World Cup Prop Bets directory - a comprehensive page which lists all of the available sportsbook betting markets at each of the online sportsbooks held in good standing by SBR.

SBR iGaming News video report

Sports Betting in New Jersey in 2015? SBR iGaming News video

06.20.2014

In today’s Sportsbook Review iGaming news video update, host Natalie covers the latest items from the sportsbook newswire including a statement from Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) on new Australia facing website Pinnaclebet.com.au. Also covered is the recent sports betting interview with New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak.

Sports betting interview with NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak

06.19.2014

Sportsbook Review delivers an exclusive interview with New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak. SBR's Natalie gets the latest scoop on Lesniak's plans to bring sports betting to his state, as well as an update on how online gambling is going in the Garden State.

Pinnacle Sports statement on new sportsbook Pinnaclebet.com.au

06.19.2014

Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) has released a statement concerning the emergence of new online sportsbook Pinnaclebet.com.au. The new venture is an exclusively Australian facing sportsbook that has a partnership with Pinnacle Sports and shares part of its name, software, and core values. The operations of Pinnaclebet are otherwise entirely separate from Pinnacle Sports. | Read Pinnacle Sports statement

Sportingbet decides not to pay earned bonus ... again

06.18.2014

Online sportsbook Sportingbet (SBR rating D+) has refused to apply another earned bonus. A player wrote in to SBR detailing that he decided to take Sportingbet up on their offer of a 50% free bet bonus up to €250. He deposited €500 and made an all-in wager. The wager ended up losing and the player still had not been credited with his bonus, so he raised an inquiry with Sportingbet support. Sportingbet told him that it can take up to 48 hours. After that time-frame expired, the player was told that was was excluded from the bonus. The sportsbook has long enforced a rule that allowed for earned bonuses not to be credited if it is believed the player has violated the following rule:

Sportingbet reserves the right to  refuse a free bet to a customer where Sportingbet reasonably believes that such  customer has historically or is abusing or defrauding the free bet system, for  example engaging in arbitrage."

SBR reported in May of 2012 of this very same practice. At the time, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) rubberstamped this decision. Additional reports were made in January of 2013 as well as during the first half of 2014 concerning this practice. While it is not uncommon for online sportsbooks to craft rules protecting themselves from the extreme case of bonus abusers, SBR questions the continued application of the rule by Sportingbet.

Online Sportsbook World Cup live betting dispute

06.17.2014

A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) player has filed a live betting dispute with SBR. The player has claimed that while wagering the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a number of wagers were voided by the online sportsbook while a handful of losing wagers ended up being honored. He has claimed that he knows the difference between a legitimate line and one priced erroneously and has no idea why the tickets in question were voided by Sportsbook.com. Sportsbook.com has yet to address the dispute.

SBR to interview NJ State Senator Lesniak

06.16.2014

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak (D) has agreed to come on for another interview with SBR to discuss his state's pursuit of fully legalized sports betting. SBR will update the newswire with the interview. SBR last interviewed Senator Lesniak in March of 2013.

Online sportsbook Globet still hasn't paid its players

06.15.2014

Globet Sportsbook remains off-line following their abrupt closure earlier this year. Over two dozen Globet players have filed complaints with SBR over not receiving payment, the amount owed to these players exceeds $30,000. SBR will update as any new information becomes available on the Globet case. These players are in the same boat as those who lost their funds upon the closing of Canbet Sportsbook, although that case was on a much larger scale as Canbet Sportsbook users were stiffed over $1 million.

World Cup Prop Betting list by Sportsbook

06.14.2014

Sports bettors looking to build their bankrolls during the 2014 FIFA World Cup are invited to use the SBR World Cup Prop Betting Directory. This page lists each of the World Cup group stage matches by date along with an index of the available sportsbook wagers for each match.

1Vice Sportsbook report, SBR iGaming News

06.13.2014

In today's Sportsbook Review iGaming News video update, host Natalie covers the latest topics mentioned in the SBR industry news feed, including a report of AmericasBookie allegedly attempting to poach customers from 1Vice Sportsbook (SBR rating D+).

World Cup Betting: Brazil vs Croatia Props

06.12.2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals are upon us. The group stage commences later this afternoon as host nation Brazil's national team is set to take the field with Croatia. This means there are plenty of wagering opportunities and exotic prop markets to choose from. Sportsbook Review has assembled a directory of World Cup Prop Bets to optimise your sportsbook shopping experience. These bets are categorised by market type and listed in an easy to use format.

Online Sportsbooks World Cup winner odds & bonuses

06.10.2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup finals are a day away and online sportsbooks have a full serving of betting propositions available for your consumption. Sportsbook Review has categorised these World Cup Prop Bets as well as World Cup Betting Futures for your shopping convenience. This article touches on the value-packed World Cup markets as well as sportsbook bonuses available to sweeten the pot.

Pinnacle Sports maintenance 9PM ET

06.09.2014

Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) has planned maintenance at 9PM ET. Pinnacle Sportsbook's website will be unavailable pending the completion of the technical maintenance. The maintenance period is expected to be a couple of hours.

Online Sportsbook AmericasBookie accused of poaching players

06.09.2014

1Vice Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) forwarded marketing email to Sportsbook Review showing that their former host was not only marketing to its player base but also mentioning the players current sportsbook by name. During a recent 1Vice Sportsbook review by SBR, it was confirmed that 1Vice left the RDG Corp group at the start of this year on January 2, 2014. It was noted that 1Vice was said to have outdrawn the resources provided by RDG Corp but that the split was otherwise amicable in nature.  The 1Vice manager forwarded email to SBR showing that an employee of AmericasBookie (SBR rating D+) of the RDG Corp family contacted a player making the direct pitch, using the 1Vice name in an attempt to solicit a deposit from the player. A redacted version of this email is visible in the full report of this article.

It is not uncommon for sportsbooks to market to other businesses customers, but is considered a breach of etiquette to name the other sportsbook inside of these emails or suggest by proxy that the player information has been passed on. SBR urges players to do their homework before accepting a marketing email at face value; often, the veracity of unsolicited mailers can questionable.

Sportingbet player submits winnings dispute

06.07.2014

A Sportingbet (C-) player has taken to the Sportsbook Review posting forum to air a grievance. The player twice deposited to Sportingbet, primarily wagering soccer. He made a payout request and was paid as normal. He continued to wager with the funds remaining in his account and at this point was asked to produce ID documents, which is where his nightmare began. | Sportingbet complaint

HitItBet Sportsbook dispute, SBR iGaming News

06.06.2014

In today's Sportsbook Review iGaming News show, host Natalie covers the most recent topics from the sportsbook industry news and business wire. This includes a recent HitItBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) dispute, as well as congratulations to the SBR network user who recently pocketed $100 by participating in a sportsbook research contest which ended this past week.

World Cup Betting Futures and Props

06.05.2014

With less than a week remaining before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, make sure to stop by the World Cup Betting Futures directory at SBR. The page lists dynamic, real-time updating Outright Winner Odds, as well as odds on each of the eight groups. In addition to these bet markets, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Prop Bet Directory further lists proposition wagering markets for football enthusiasts and sports bettors in search of value alike..

Globet Sportsbook case grows cold

06.04.2014

Globet Sportsbook remains off-line. Players reported being owed over $25,000 by the fallen sportsbook, which operated with a license from the UK Gambling Commission. SBR reported that the lights turned out at Globet Sportsbook on February 19. Since that time, players have continued to launch complaints over non-payment to SBR. Globet's former managers are unreachable and at this time there is no update on the status of these users funds. SBR will update in the event that further news develops.

SBR user dirtdog52658 wins $100 in research contest

06.03.2014

SBR user dirtdog52658 bested the competition and pocketed $100 for his efforts as a sportsbook research. dirtdog56528 identified key recent payment processing changes within the international sportsbook, as well as other platform updates. SBR thanks dirtdog56528 and all those who participated in the recent sportsbook researcher contest.

HitItBet Sportsbook account dispute

06.02.2014

A HitItBet Sportsbook player has filed an account dispute with SBR. The player claims that he has bee unable to withdraw his €500 balance for more than two months as his account is closed. HitItBet Sportsbook has allegedly provided no information to the user on his wrongdoing. Sportsbook Review is following up on this matter and will update as more information becomes available.

SBR Forum congratulates Hedge Fund winners

06.01.2014

SBR Forum congratulates the 73 users who participated in the three month long SBR Sharps Fund. SBR user trytrytry hauled in nearly 28,000 betpoints for his investments in the community contest.

Online sportsbook payout complaint, SBR iGaming News video

05.30.2014

Sportsbook Review provides an SBR iGaming News video broadcast touching on the latest relevant online sportsbook and casino industry topics covered in the SBR newswire. Today's show also outlines the NFL Futures Betting directory at SBR. Read this report for the full scoop on the iGaming News video topics covered by host Natalie.

Sportsbook dataminers wanted

05.29.2014

Sportsbook Review is seeking qualified persons to assist with datamining, gathering, and research. Interested parties should write to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

Best online sportsbooks for Super Bowl XLIX futures betting

05.28.2014

The NFL Super Bowl may seem light years away but it is really just around the corner. Online sportsbooks are accepting bets on the winner of the 2014-15 NFL Super Bowl, and Sportsbook Review has assembled a convenient Super Bowl futures props betting page that aims to make your shopping experience more intuitive.

Pinnacle Sports hosting Live Q&A via Twitter tomorrow

05.27.2014

Pinnacle (SBR rating A+) is hosting a Live Q&A session via Twitter with tennis expert Dan Weston tomorrow May 28 at 10AM PST. The session will run for 30 minutes.  To participate, your tweet must include the #Pinnacle and #SBRreview hash-tags along with your question. Dan Weston will be primed to answer all Roland Garros related questions, as well as informed betting questions. SBR users who offer up questions so good that they become favorited will receive a Pinnacle goodie bag of gear. More details at the SportsbookReview forum. Pinnacle's Twitter Page can be found at @PinnacleSports.

World Cup Betting: Odds swings & changes

05.26.2014

The FIFA World Cup 2014 may be a couple of weeks away, but there is plenty of movement in the way of odds changes worth noting. Sportsbook Review last reported on the World Cup Betting Directory and the many football betting markets available. Bettors looking to capitalize and beat their bookmaker should read this article.

French Open Futures Betting: Sportsbook comparison

05.25.2014

Sportsbook Review reported on the Top 5 Sportsbooks to bet the French Open earlier this month, and the French Open betting futures directory which shows the side by side sportsbook comparison for current market odds. With just over 24 hours to go until the French Open kicks off, this article touches on the available French Open betting odds.

UFC 173 Odds Swings by sportsbook

05.24.2014

Update 5/24:  UFC 173 betting odds have swung like a pendulum in the last week. SBR reported in the Top 5 Sportsbooks to Bet UFC 173 that Daniel Cormier was installed as a 12 to 1 favorite against Dan Henderson in the co-main event of the evening. At the time of this publication, those odds have swung down significantly: Cormier is now on offer at -850 at 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+).

WSEX Sportsbook players owed over $1 million, SBR iGaming News

05.23.2014

In today's Sportsbook Review iGaming News video update, host Natalie covers the recent WSEX Sportsbook complaint filed by a user that reported his closing $2,800+ balance was never paid. More than 250 players filed complaints with SBR over the period of time that WSEX was slow-paying up to their eventual closure in April 2013.

1Vice Sportsbook review initiated; rules of concern

05.23.2014

SBR has recently spoken with a 1Vice Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) manager and began a process of reviewing the sportsbook. 1Vice Sportsbook was first introduced to the SBR ratings guide while under the RDG Corp family. 1Vice has since split from RDG Corp and is operating on its own.

UFC 173 Sportsbook Bonuses

05.23.2014

UFC 173 takes place Saturday night, May 24. Sportsbook Review reported on UFC 173 Odds swings earlier in the week. UFC 173 outright winner and proposition odds are featured in the UFC Betting Directory at SBR. This article goes through the best sportsbook signup bonus opportunities for UFC 173 wagering.

Betfair inks deal with Odobo for HTML5 games

05.22.2014

Betfair (SBR rating A-) has signed on games developer Odobo for the development and implementation of premium HTML5 games. Over twenty games are said to be included in the deal with an additional sixty by year's end. Betfair will be launching the first wave of games on their website in the next few weeks according to industry reports. Betfair users with feedback are encouraged to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

Match fixing a real danger, says former Interpol chief

05.21.2014

Former Interpol president Khoo Boon Hui believes that unsavory individuals may attempt to fix World Cup 2014 matches, according to a report published earlier today by iGaming Business. Khoo Boon Hui occupied the role of Interpol president from 2008 through 2012, and currently has a post as senior deputy secretary of homeland affairs in Singapore.

Sportsbooks first to release UFC 175 odds

05.20.2014

UFC 175 is the next major upcoming Pay-Per-View event in the world of mixed martial arts. In a packed card that features Chris Weidman as a nearly 2.5 to 1 favorite against Lyoto Machida, as well as another appearance from undefeated womens star Ronda Rousey. The UFC betting directory shows that a few sportsbooks have already established betting odds, while the rest of the market has yet to do so.

Bookmaker.eu Sportsbook tech issues

05.20.2014

Update: Normal service resumed approximately one hour after this report was published. Bookmaker.eu (SBR rating A+), as well as BetDSI (SBR rating A+) and related websites are currently experiencing technical issues leading for the website to either not load or slowly boot up for players. A Bookmaker manager has confirmed that their technical department are working to restore normal service ASAP.

WSEX Sportsbook victim files SBR complaint

05.19.2014

A WSEX  Sportsbook (SBR rating F) player has filed a complaint with SBR. The player was never paid his closing $2,867 balance. WSEX was downgraded multiple times by Sportsbook Review during their slow-payment of users, leading up to their outright collapse and closure on 19 April 2013.

World Cup Prop Betting directory now live

05.19.2014

The FIFA World Cup 2014 Finals in Brazil are less than a month away, but the amount of betting markets are steadily increasing as online sportsbooks attempt to keep up with their competitors by coming out with creative new betting proposition wagers designed to add value to their users and provide more betting opportunities. Sportsbook Review has launched a World Cup Betting directory.

Globet Sportsbook players remain owed

05.18.2014

Since Globet Sportsbook has surrendered their UK Gambling Commission licence, players have continued to report not receiving their funds as the sportsbook remains down for the count. Globet was slow-paying a handful of players at the time of their address change with the UK government as SBR reported in February.

NHL Stanley Cup Futures sportsbook markets on the move

05.17.2014

The 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals are drawing closer, but the markets continue to move. The NY Rangers upset the Montreal Canadians in game 1 and have seen their outright odds shift from +350 to +242 at 5Dimes Sportsbook. Sportsbook Review provides a real-time chart for the current futures price on the NHL Stanley Cup futures page.

5Dimes Sportsbook wins poll report

5Dimes Sportsbook wins Posters Poll, SBR iGaming News

05.16.2014

In today's SBR iGaming News video update, host Natalie covers 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) recent victory in the 2014 SBR Posters Poll which took place from mid April to May. 5Dimes Sportsbook received nearly 55% of the total votes, comfortably winning the seasonal poll for a record fifth time - more than any online sportsbook in the history of the poll.
 

MLB Prop Betting Directory at SBR

05.15.2014

The MLB Prop Betting Directory has a new home. Bookmark every MLB Prop for the upcoming season and ensure you lock in the best availale market price. The daily prop page is typically fully up to date by 2PM ET as the markets become released.

BetRevolution Sportsbook: A look at the infamous syndicate betting confiscation

05.14.2014

BetRevolution Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) remains on the Sportsbook Review blacklist. BetRevolution outraged the entire online betting industry when they confiscated $27,000 from a trio of winning players. These players were accused of being a wagering syndicate in a case that led to the blacklisting of BetRevolution.

5Dimes Sportsbook leads Posters Poll with 2 hours remaining

05.14.2014

5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has a giant lead in this quarter's SBR Forum Top Posters Poll. It looks as if victory is in the bag as they sit atop the Posters Poll comfortably with 126 points. Pinnacle (SBR rating A+), Heritage (SBR rating A), Bookmaker (SBR rating A+), and Bet365 (SBR rating A) round out the top five. SBR will update as soon as the poll results become official, and thanks users for once again turning up and letting their voices be heard.

Top 5 Sportsbooks to Bet UFC 173

05.13.2014

UFC 173 is the next Pay-Per-View event in the sport of mixed martial arts. Daniel Cormier is a big favourite against Dan Henderson in the co-main event. At the time of this publication, 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has installed Cormier at -1200 (a $1200 wager returns $100 in profit). Sportsbook Review has launched a UFC 173 Betting Odds & Props directory.

Ladbrokes Sportsbook adds new cashier technology

05.12.2014

Ladbrokes Sportsbook (SBR rating A) has launched what has been described as a suite new payment technologies. The technologies, offered through payment provider SafeCharge feature single click deposits, enhanced data security and PCI compliance. SBR last reported on Ladbrokes on 30 March 2014 following their redirecting of their Spanish facing business to Sportium.es.

Voting for top online sportsbook ends soon

05.11.2014

The top online sportsbook poll concludes end of day Wednesday, May 14. 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) currently has over a 50 point lead on Pinnacle Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) and Heritage Sports (SBR rating A) for the top spot.