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Sportsbook News week in review, iGaming video

08.23.2014
In this week's online sportsbooks and casinos news show, SBR newswoman Natalie covers the latest topics to hit the Sportsbook Review newswire. These topics include one recent report on blacklisted sportsbook VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) and a complaint filed by a player over a $2,000 winnings confiscation. The player told SBR that his profits were largely derived from his winning an NHL Playoffs MVP bet; he claims that VIPSports.eu shut down his account and refunded only his deposit, labeling him a "professional player" and refusing to honor his winnings. Sportsbook Review twice followed up with the online sportsbook and the manager behind its parent company — BTG Global NV — but was told that the sportsbook would not be discussing details of the complaint. The case remains open.

The online sportsbook news show also touches on more positive news, including popular online sportsbook Heritage and their announcement launching new player programs including debuting -105 style sides and totals. The change comes four years after Heritage lowered their reduced juice pricing from -110 to -108. For more information check the Heritage sportsbook review by SBR.

Three new Online Sportsbooks added to Emmys Betting List

08.22.2014

Three new online sportsbooks have been added to the Emmy Awards Categories prop betting list. The entirety of the selection on offer from 5Dimes Sportsbook, Bookmaker, and Youwager are available on the page. The best line is rated where an identical market is offered; for example, the page lists 2-way, 3-way, and multi-way markets and where applicable a label indicating the best available line. For bettors backing the favorite of a given market, such as Matthew McConaughey to win for outstanding lead actor in a Drama Series for his work in HBO's critically acclaimed "True Detective", the best available line has McConaughey as a 1 to 3 favorite or -300. This means a $300 wager returns $100 in profit. The best side to bet the underdogs in the market are listed on-page in accordance with the market type.

5Dimes only online sportsbook with lines on Saturday's first NCAAF game

08.22.2014

At the time of this posting 5Dimes and sister sportsbook Sportbet are the only online betting sites to offer odds on Sam Houston State @ Eastern Washington. The line opened back in June at 3.5 and was bet up to 7.5 by the start of July. The total is currently set at 71.5. BetOnline joins 5Dimes as the only other book to offer betting odds on the seasons second game Abilene Christian @ Georgia State. For bettors backing Abilene Christian SBR Odds shows BetOnline giving +5.5 at a price of -110. For those looking to back the favorite, 5Dimes is offering Georgia State at -4.5 -120. Most of Las Vegas and sports bettors worldwide consider the real start of the season August 28th where power teams like Texas A&M and Minnesota, which opened at a 33 point favorite, start their seasons. Nearly all online bookmakers are offering a full card for Thursday with the exception of the Minnesota super spread currently at -26. 5Dimes and BetOnline are also alone currently in offering a betting line.

VIPSports.eu confiscation complaint

VIPSports.eu player claims $2,000 in winnings were confiscated

08.21.2014
A VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) player has blogged on the Sportsbook Review forum that more than $2,000 in winnings have been confiscated. He claimed that his deposit was refunded but his winnings were not paid. The bulk of his balance was generated by a winning bet on Justin Williams to win the Conn Smythe Trophy — the NHL's equivalent of the playoffs MVP — and that the wager paid far less than the price offered by online sportsbooks such as Betsson and others. He has claimed that VIPSports.eu labeled him a "professional bettor" and denied his winnings after closing his account. Sportsbook Review followed up with VIPSports.eu and its parent company BTG Global NV; no comment was given on the sportsbook dispute. SBR agreed to post a statement on behalf of the sportsbook if one were provided. The dispute remains open. Sportsbook Review will update this report. The player's full complaint can be accessed from the article view of this industry news piece.

Bitcoin Sportsbooks discussed at SportsbookReview's forum

08.20.2014

Players can join in the discussion about online sportsbooks that accept Bitcoin and their features. 

Sportsbooks Bovada and SportsInteraction first to publish Emmy odds

08.20.2014

Online sportsbooks Bovada (SBR rating A) and SportsInteraction (SBR rating B+) are the first to release Emmy odds. Sportsbook Review has a listing of all Emmys prop bets which is being updated hourly as odds move and markets are added. Based on last year's market, it is expected that at least five more online sportsbooks will release a serving of Emmy prop odds. These wagering markets typically provide good value and are added more as entertainment than profit generators from the perspective of online bookmakers. The 66th annual primetime Emmy awards take place Monday August 25 from downtown Los Angeles.

Heritage Sports adds -105 pricing report

Heritage Sportsbook lowers vig from -108 to -105

08.19.2014

Online sportsbook HeritageSports.com announced this morning that it has lowered its reduced juice offering from -108 to -105. In 2009 Heritage officially moved to reduced juice by lowering from standard vig at -110 to -108. Heritage tells SBR that the lower pricing has increased customer retention; additionally players have consistently voted Heritage in the top five online sportsbooks poll in part due to the discounted pricing model. Players should note that Heritage also has other linesets that can be chosen in lieu of the -105 style pricing if a bonus program were preferred. There are three account programs: -105 style pricing for sides and totals, -108 style pricing with cash back and contest perks, or a 50% free play big bonus model. Players can change their selected program semi-annually; two weeks prior to and after October 1st and April 1st. Users are advised to select the program that best suits them for football wagering as soon as possible. As a result of the offering, Heritage has moved to the #2 spot in the SBR reduced juice sportsbook list and has been ordered higher on the best sportsbook bonuses page with the addition of the larger deposit bonus.

BetSonic player files Bait & Switch sportsbook bonus complaint

08.18.2014
A BetSonic (unrated) player has claimed to have been victim of bait and switch tactics. The player tells Sportsbook Review that he received a targeted email promotion advertising a €50 cash back incentive. The mailer confirmed that the perk was open to all clients from a certain region - where the player resides - and that aside from location, the only other requirement was an account balance of less than €1. As for the redemption of the cash back wager, the client was instructed to place his first bet following his deposit on any English Premier League event for €50 or more. Should the wager lose, a cash back credit equivalent to the amount lost on the wager would be credited by the sportsbook. The player followed the sportsbook bonus terms exactly as outlined, but upon his requesting the bonus be applied to his account, he was told that BetSonic has decided to not apply the player the backend bonus. The following terms and conditions were cited when the player inquired what gave the sportsbook the right to rescind the offer:

BetSonic "The company reserves the right to deny any bonus to any client without explanation."

Sportsbook Review is following up on the player's complaint.

Free NFL Contest registration open

08.17.2014

The annual and exclusive Beat The Prick handicapping contest has had 678 players join in the less than two weeks since the contest has been open. The flagship football contest is in its 10th year and gives away a jaw-dropping $20,000 in prizes, plus 100,000 points per week to all users who outscore contest mascot "The Prick". The premise of the contest is to pick 5 NFL or NCAAF picks per week from the pointspreads and totals offered by SBR Contests. The lines update in real time; the caveat is that you cannot pick exactly the same or opposite as "The Prick"; those who do better in a given week while maintaining at least positive units receive their share of the weekly prize-pool, and credit toward the season ending cash prizes. The free football contest remains open for registration and is slated to begin the first week of the 2014-15 NFL season.

HRWager Sportsbook complaint

08.15.2014
Update: Sportsbook Review has spoken with both the player and HRWager management. A statement was provided by HRWager concerning the dispute; the player has confirmed that he was told his payout was erroneously voided by the third party processor in question, and is following up with the third party to correct the situation. The dispute is considered closed.

An HRWager Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player has launched a complaint in the SBR posting forum. The player has claimed he has not received $700 allegedly sent by the sportsbook in a withdrawal requested this week. He has been advised by the payment processor in question that the funds could not be retrieved.

HRwager Sportsbook players with feedback are encouraged to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

Online Sportsbooks & Betting Sites News show

08.14.2014
Update: The Netbet Sportsbook complaint reported on in the iGaming News video has been resolved. Sportsbook Review reported that a Netbet player complained that his €800+ in winnings were unfairly confiscated after Netbet accused him of violating their terms and conditions due to his having previously created an account in 2012. The account was dormant, and SBR argued that an inactive account which went unused is irrelevant should not cause a funds confiscation to be enforced. While Netbet did not respond to the SBR complaint, the player has confirmed that the betting site reversed their decision and agreed to pay his earned winnings. Sportsbook Review considers the dispute against Netbet closed.

Other topics covered in the online sportsbooks news video include a dispute raised by a player against Matchbook (SBR rating B+). The player is attempting to withdraw a $9,200 balance following Matchbook's exit from the Canadian market as reported by SBR on 21 July 2014. The player's situation was complicated by his leaving Canada for the United States (where he is from originally) one month prior to the Matchbook exit. He intended to travel to another location to resume his play with Matchbook but was advised his closing balance would have to be paid out back to his Canadian bank account. The player has claimed that upon his exit of Canada he closed his bank account. In order to comply with Matchbook's request, he tells SBR that he returned to Canada on 4 August 2014 and opened a new bank account.  The player has reported being told he must produce six months worth of banking statements from the newly created account in order to be paid his closing balance. SBR has confirmed through the branch that a non-resident is required to open an account in person; there appears to be no dispute the player is presently in Canada. SBR is asking Matchbook if a notarized letter from the bank itself could allow the player to be paid his closing balance.

Online sportsbooks Bodog and Bovada tech issues

08.14.2014

Update 11:39AM ET: The websites are back online.

Online sportsbooks Bodog (SBR rating A) and Bovada (SBR rating A) have been down since approximately 1AM. Sportsbook Review has been told by a manager familiar with details of the outage that the downtime has been caused by technical failure of a main switch. The sportsbooks are expected to be back online today although no timeline has been offered.

NFL Prop Bets Directory at SBR

08.13.2014

Sportsbook Review has updated the NFL Football Prop Bets page with a directory of proposition bets offered by online sportsbooks. These markets include the Super Bowl winner, division and conference winner bets, the Regular Season wins market as well as obscure prop bets. In addition to the futures markets, individual game propositions will be loaded throughout each week of regular season play. The online sportsbooks listed in the directory are all in good standing; gamblers eager to post up for the upcoming NFL and NCAAF campaigns should consider standing of a potential betting site. SBR resources such as the sportsbook blacklist are updated with betting sites which should be avoided, as well as the companies that are known as outright scams.

Netbet player vs. Sportsbook: Unused 2012 account

08.12.2014

A Netbet Sportsbook player has submitted an account dispute. The player registered with the betting website earlier this month and had some initial success with his bets, winning €832 off a €20 deposit. He submitted his account ID and had his documents approved. He then tells Sportsbook Review that he requested his first payout from Netbet. The player states that Netbet then advised him that his withdrawal could not be processed as he has another account with the shop - registered in 2012 - and that he violated their multiple accounts policy. The player counters with the argument that he had never funded his first account making it inactive and irrelevant and forgot it even existed. He was advised that his deposit would be refunded and given no update on the status of his winnings. The player's confusion may stem from Netbet migrating his player details over from Bet770 Sportsbook, which rebranded under the Netbet Group in the summer of 2013. Sportsbook Review is investigating the complaint. If the complaint is as simple as stated by the player and he did not already use a free bonus offer on the old account, he would be owed his winnings. Having old dormant accounts at an online sportsbook is not a reason to confiscate winnings after the book allowed him to risk his funds. In this scenario he would not be eligible to receive his losses if the outcome was reversed; this equates to the sportsbook taking a shot at him where he can only lose money.

InstantActionSports payout complaint

InstantActionSports slow-pay complaint still outstanding

08.11.2014

The InstantActionSports (SBR rating C) payout complaint reported on July 22 remains outstanding. The betting site owes a player $5,000. The player claims to have received the run around when inquiring on when his funds would be paid. He is up over $8,000 lifetime with InstantActionSports. Sportsbook Review reported in April of last year that InstantActionSports credited a player with $5,000. The player previously operated an account with 24SportsWeb, a sportsbook which went off-line without paying all of their players, and used the InstantActionSports eWallet processing to accept deposits from some international players. 24SportsWeb went off-line on January 21st, 2013. Sportsbook Review reported in February that management initially dodged questions on 24SportsWeb, which had $35,000 in no-pay complaints submitted by users. InstantActionSports later agreed to pay all players who lost their balances with 24SportsWeb who deposited via Skrill. 24SportsWeb clients that had deposited directly without using eWallet never recovered their funds. Sportsbook Review video host Natalie expands on the slow-pay complaint in an online sportsbook news video released earlier today.

Sportsbook Bonuses page updated

08.10.2014

Two new online sportsbooks have been added to the best sportsbook bonuses directory. The bonus page contains a list of online sportsbooks rated C- or better by SBR and is ordered by what is referred to as the "True Bonus". The true bonus is an amount which measures the ratio of the strength of the bonus offering by the rollover or play-through requirement. If you're looking for a top sports betting site ahead of the upcoming Americna football season, the best sportsbooks directory is a good place to start.

Online sportsbook Triobet covered in SBR iGaming News report

08.08.2014

In today's sportsbook iGaming news video, host Natalie covers the recent sportsbook report on Triobet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) and their decision to confiscate a player's earned winnings. Triobet accused the player of violating their terms and conditions; Triobet cited two rules which did not apply to the situation and would not expand with additional details by blaming their privacy policy. SBR pointed out that the player electronically consented to having the case mediated, though the dispute remains outstanding. The full video report is accessible by continuing to the full page of this sportsbook news entry.

Youwager Sportsbook removes Skrill from cashier

08.07.2014

Youwager Sportsbook (SBR rating B+) no longer offers Skrill to their international customers. Management has told SBR that it is a business decision. International users who are located outside of Canada are able to use bank transfer to reload or take payouts from their accounts. Youwager players with feedback on the policy change are encouraged to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

Best Sportsbooks Bonuses directory explained

08.06.2014
Sportsbook bonuses can be complicated for new gamblers. There are offerings ranging from the usual cash bonus that works by being credited to the player's balance, to freeplays where only the bonus winnings are returned to the player's balance, as well as match bets that can be tied to specific events and are typically more nominally priced. Sportsbook Review has broken down sportsbooks bonuses and sorted them by the "True Bonus". The best sportsbooks bonuses page was updated today with a video guide from newswoman Natalie.

The True Bonus formula is very basic and easy to follow. Essentially, every online sportsbook bonus has a requirement of betting the deposit amount times bonus amount. This is referred to as the play-through or rollover requirement. For example, if you were to take a bonus of 10%, say $10 on a $100 deposit, one play-through amounts to $110. So with a 3X play-through, the total wagering amount required before a withdrawal of funds is $330. Now if you have been credited with a freeplay, and this is a simplification, you have a 50/50 shot of winning your bet(s) and at adding those winnings to your balance. A $100 freeplay bonus is automatically being valued at half that as $50.  If you received that freeplay following a deposit of your own $100 cash, and the play-through requirement is 3 times, you are required to bet the amount of your $100 deposit multiplied by your bonus amount three times, for a total of $600 in action required.

Players sometimes remark that they dislike freeplays or even match bets, however if you have a low rollover requirement of just 1X, versus a 10X for a typical cash bonus, the freeplay of the same amount is much more valuable. This is why Sportsbook Review has ordered the bonuses page by the amount given per play-through required; this places “bonus amounts” on a similar scale. This is the science behind the bonus per rollover or "True Bonus".

Online sportsbook Triobet comments on player dispute

08.06.2014
Online sportsbook Triobet (SBR rating D) has addressed the dispute reported by SBR yesterday. A player wrote SBR complaining that his account was closed and approximately €140 in winnings confiscated after he made an all-in wager of his first deposit (€70) and his 100% sign-up bonus. His first wager won, but Triobet opted to close his account on the grounds that he had violated their rules. Triobet claims to have refunded the player's deposit, and informed SBR that he was guilty of violating rules 1.8 and 2.1 from their terms and conditions. Triobet would not address the specifics of the dispute beyond that, despite the player electronically consenting to have his dispute mediated by SBR. The rules cited by Triobet from within their terms and condition are as follows:

Triobet rule 1.8: "We reserve the right to decline a new customer or close an account without having to give a reason for doing so."

Triobet rule 2.1.: "All deposits and withdrawals will be initiated from your account overview on the Website."

Rule 1.8, as argued by SBR, is not what's being called into question. Online sportsbooks do not have to provide a reason for closing a player's account, it is a business like any other and some customers are not welcome. However, this rule cannot be used to confiscate earned winnings from player's accounts.

Rule 2.1 does not appear to apply at all to the situation.

SBR has pointed these items out to Triobet and asked for the sportsbook to reconsider their decision to not honor the player's winnings on his one recorded bet; absent evidence of fraud, there is no basis to deny the player's winnings. Sportsbooks can profile players, limit them, boot them, place them on wagering delays, require them to phone-in wagers, but they cannot decide to confiscate earned winnings for no good reason. The old industry standard of "you book the bet, you pay the bet" applies.

College Football Prop Bets page updated

08.05.2014

Sportsbook Review has updated the College Football Prop Bets page with the regular season wins market. View a convenient side by side grid showing the best online sportsbooks market price for each college football team ahead of the 2014-15 campaign. As the season progresses, the page will list weekly prop odds and the best available sportsbook value by game. This page is one of many seasonal shopping comparison guides provided by SBR. The event comparison menu on the left-hand side of the SBR homepage lists these pages for each sport. SBR will update the news feed as other major changes are made to the college football props bet page.

Free $20,000 NFL Contest Registration Open: BTP X

08.05.2014
Sportsbook Review has announced the launch of this year's "Beat The Prick" (BTP) handicapping contest. This is the tenth year of the BTP contest, which features professional handicapper and forum mascot "The Prick" and is based on correctly predicting the outcomes of five NFL and College Football point spreads or totals each week for fifteen weeks. Contestants scores are weighed against the performance of "The Prick" and if he wins, no prizes change hands that week. The tenth edition of the contest boasts a whopping $20,000+ season ending prize-pool, 100,000 points per week, a brand new iPad, as well as entry to a major NFL Playoffs contests for all users who go 5-0-0 in any of the 15 contest weeks.  Sportsbook Review's contest video host Jackie Blue gives more information on BTP X in the below video, which also interviews contest legend "The Prick" himself.
 

First place in the contest pays $5,000 in cold hard cash. Second place pays $3,000, and third place pays $2,000. Places four through twenty five receive their share of the remaining $15,000 in contest cash. If football handicapping is not your game, not to worry, there is a $500 prize for coming in at position #500. SBR merchandise is given for contestants who finish from twenty-sixth through fiftieth place including a laptop bag, tshirt, coffee mug, and playing cards.

When does the BTP X contest open?
Tuesday, September 4, 2014, week of the NFL opener between the defending champion Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football. Users will be able to record their five weekly picks for week one after "The Prick" selects his picks; the software does not allow contestants to make identical or the exact opposite with their picks as the contest pro has chosen.

How does BTP X weekly prize distribution work?
A total of 100,000 points will be divided among all contestants who out-perform "The Prick" each week. For example, if the mark to beat is 4-1 +4.00, users who have generated +4.01 or more units that week will receive their share of the 100,000 points. The better the "The Prick" performs, the larger the average prize among those who have out-performed him. In a week where he tanks and goes 0-5, all users who at least netted 0.01 unit will receive a points payday.

What can we do with the weekly points?
The weekly points must be put into action one time in the SBR Points Sportsbook before they are converted to real betpoints. Betpoints can be used in the SBR Store to redeem real-world merchandise, apparel, electronics, gift cards, and other items. The offerings of the SBR Store are geo-targeted; users outside of the United States may redeem sponsored sportsbook cash.

How are the $20,000 in cash prizes paid?
Bank wire, Paypal, or Skrill.

For full contest registration details, visit the Sportsbook Review Forum.

TrioBet Sportsbook payout feedback wanted

08.05.2014

A TrioBet (unrated) player has submitted a sportsbook complaint. The player states that he deposited €70 and received a 100% bonus from the online sportsbook. The player then made an all-in wager using the deposit and bonus funds. He states that TrioBet then opted to close his account without providing information on his violation. His deposit has yet to be refunded. TrioBet Sportsbook has a registered address in Malta; their sportsbook license is given by the Lotteries & Gaming Authority (LGA) of Malta. Sportsbook Review is in the process of collecting information on TrioBet and asks readers who have feedback to share or are in need of assistance to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com. SBR will update as more information becomes available.

Teambet Sportsbook complaint over photo ID

08.04.2014

A Teambet Sportsbook (unrated) player has submitted an SBR complaint. The player tells SBR that he has provided a copy of his national ID card, utility bill, screenshot of his Neteller account activity, and a photo of himself holding his ID. Teambet, however, is allegedly holding the account in a suspended state due to the player not having a driver's license. The player states that he is not a driver and that his national ID card is the highest form of photo issued ID that he has. Sportsbook Review is investigating the online sportsbook complaint.

NFL Prop Bets in review for Hall of Fame game

08.02.2014
The NFL Hall of Fame game is the opening fixture on the American football calendar. While wagering limits are traditionally low for preseason football, value can be found in exotic NFL Prop Bet markets for the game itself and upcoming regular season. Sportsbook Review has created two pages with the intention of simplifying the shopping experience for sports bettors hunting for the best price and most obscure markets. These pages are the NFL Super Bowl betting futures directory which lists real-time updating futures grids, and the NFL Prop Bets directory which highlights special wagering markets on a weekly basis.  In a relatively short 17 week season where finding an edge becomes more difficult each week, proposition markets can keep your bankroll healthy while dealing with the turbulent swings of the National Football League. Sportsbook Review will update this article as more wagering markets are released for the inaugural NFL contest pitting the Buffalo Bills against the New York Giants at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. As of this publication, the following prop betting markets are trading at online sportsbooks.

Team to score first: NY Giants or Buffalo Bills
One of the most popular betting markets, the team to record the first score is offered throughout the American football season and NFLX is no exception. Currently, the market is consistently priced by online sportsbooks, with the NY Giants at -110 ($110 wager wins $100), and the Buffalo Bills priced slightly shorter at -120 ($120 wager wins $100). These odds are sure to fluctuate before game time, so bookmarking the NFL Prop bets directory is a good idea. Even if the odds were to remain the same, however, sports bettors should compare the sportsbook sign-up bonus offered and weigh the incentive against the betting line. For example, if sportsbook XYZ has the Giants to score priced at -110 and they offer a $100 cash bonus with a 5X rollover, you are essentially betting 20% pure bonus with a $20 wager and are much closer to clearing your rollover than you would by selecting a sportsbook offering the same bonus but in the form of a freeplay. A freeplay is worth approximately half the value of a cash bonus; while freeplays can still be more valuable than cash bonuses, the true bonus per play is contingent on the rollover or play-through obligation. Sports bettors are advised to consider the quality of an online sportsbook's perks when considering betting markets.

Will there be a score in the 1st 7:30 minutes?
Another common betting market for NFL games is the time in which the first score is recorded. This wagering market itself should be analyzed in conjunction with the strength of a sportsbook's live in-play betting platform. Players who fancy scoring props are often keen to increase their position while a game unfolds. While this particular scoring market has yet to blossom, the currently available best line will be recorded in the Sportsbook Review NFL Prop Bets directory.

Exotic Prop Bets
Players who enjoy making NFL prop bets on game outcomes are more likely to appreciate long-running prop bets that may offer value. This morning SBR updated its prop bets page with markets tied to the performance of two Cleveland star athletes: Lebron James and Johnny Manziel. You can wager on Lebron James' field goal percentage outperforming Manziel's completion percentage and vice-versa. These fun props not only keep the casual gambler entertained but they provide value for the serious gambler, and if you're reading this article, you are on your way to building your bankroll.

If you're a sports bettor who likes to wager moneylines, totals, halves, and you're not fond of proposition markets, bookmark the SBR Odds NFL scoreboard. This page lists real-time updating NFL odds for each week of the season leading up to Super Bowl XLII, as well as a large number of other international and US facing sport odds.

WSEX Sportsbook victim files no-pay complaint; waiting after five years

08.01.2014
A WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating F) player who lost $7,000 when the online sportsbook closed filed a complaint with SBR this morning. The player had a pending withdrawal for $1,900 since 2009. Player: "I called a million times, they kept telling me that they didn't have a processor to send the payment. Account then was inaccessible from time to time, periods lasting over a month. one of the last times I saw it I still had a pending withdrawal but the account balance was near zero. I phoned and they hung up on me and 2 weeks later the site was down. Crooks." This player is one of more than 250 users who filed sportsbook complaints with SBR against WSEX. The following is a timeline of the sportsbook's payout issues which led up to their eventual closure on April 19, 2013 and subsequent suicide of one of the company co-founders.

2009 - 2010: WSEX debt crosses $250,000 mark
The once well established business was lowered from A- to B+ in April of 2009 when the first signs of payout problems surfaced. Six months later, in October of 2009, WSEX was downgraded to C after the average payout time-frame increased from four to six weeks. At the time, seven players had complaints on file for $30,000.  Fast forwarding to March of 2010, WSEX players were owed $43,000. A good deal of controversy was created when management admitted that payout size determined priority in the payouts queue. As news continued to break on the slow service and financial problems, more players decided to request their funds and consequently the delinquent amount reported to SBR quadrupled to $184,104. Three players reported receiving $9,000 in June of 2010, although this came as a virtual drop in the bucket as the debt approached a quarter million dollars.  One month later, a $2,000 payment was confirmed as received by an SBR reader while five new complaints rolled in and the debt rose to $260,534. During this time the online sportsbooks' wagering department got froggy; a player reported that WSEX refused to honor a winning $20,000 "Who will sign Lebron?" NBA prop after his trade to the Miami Heat.  It seems to players that the sportsbook may have regained its footing when approximately half of their debt was paid with 36 players confirming receiving $124,617 in withdrawals during week four of the NFL season. Unfortunately as the football season winded down, WSEX closed the year owing close to $200,000.

2011 - 2012: WSEX debt rises
The first week of the new year in 2011 saw Matchbook's new ownership announce their official separation from World Sports Exchange. WSEX previously had an ownership stake in Matchbook since their 2005 launch. Despite WSEX's stake in the betting website, Matchbook paid their customers on time and were unaffected by WSEX's issues. Near the end of Q1 2011, WSEX players were owed $438,860. By Christmas 2011, a total of 110 players reported being owed $653,000. On January 24, 2012, WSEX outraged players by releasing a statement shifting blame of their financial predicament onto gaming laws in the US. The statement seemed to be the first sign of a white flag and WSEX continued to dishonestly advertise a payout time-frame of 7 business days on their website. By mid 2012, WSEX owed $825,744. A sportsbook scam alert was issued in October of 2010 when WSEX mailed players deposit bonus offers for the upcoming NBA season despite being blacklisted and unable to pay. This was also covered in a sportsbook news video with newswoman Natalie and then co-host "Justin7".

 

2013 - Closure: WSEX closes while owing over $1 million
By March of 2013, WSEX owed more than $1 million to players. The occasional small payout reports designed to keep valued customers activated completely stopped. On April 9, 2013, Sportsbook Review reported that WSEX was no longer updating its website with betting odds and their phone system was overloaded with an average wait time of 125 minutes. Within a week WSEX officially closed, and to add insult to injury, WSEX "sinisterly" apologized for their downfall. SBR receives inquiries from WSEX victims weekly. Players often wonder if the book's ownership, which was vocal against rogue operations during more than a 10 year period, will eventually make a statement and reveal what lead to players ultimately being stiffed.

Online sportsbook Canbet players search for answers

07.31.2014
Canbet Sportsbook players continue to search for answers eight months after the shop suspended all transactions. Sportsbook Review reported on December 31st that Canbet put a stop to deposits after payment problems snowballed out of control. The move was received as a dosage of cold water to players who held out hope that they would be paid; just a week earlier, Canbet management advised SBR that outstanding payouts were to be processed in the next week. As the total owed to players grew to over a quarter million dollars and signs of insolvency followed Canbet's directors, Sportsbook Review blacklisted the online sportsbook. SBR analysts spent hours discussing the state of Canbet with Co-Director Peter Lord, who was optimistic that a deal could be made and players would end up paid. A report went up in mid-February recapping that Canbet Sportsbook was for sale. A week after this publication hit the SBR news feed, the total owed by players who filed SBR complaints reached $800,000. Canbet was and remains unwilling to disclose the exact amount owed, but SBR has since confirmed more than $1.2 million owed by players who have filed sportsbook complaints alone. This number grew exponentially since the initial report of 10 slow-pay complaints during week 5 of the NFL Season. Canbet, being in business since 1999, is likely to owe at least a few times this sum.

Source of Canbet's financial issues
Canbet has claimed that third party technical companies were largely to blame for the financial problems. Players allegedly were allowed to receive thousands of bonuses which were undeserved, as well as to receive payouts which were not earned. Canbet specifically absolved their own in-house technical employees of fault, but would not elaborate further as to exactly how long these technical issues went on for. Many players have shifted the blame from Canbet onto the shoulders of the UK Gambling Commission. The Commission released an unpopular statement which attempted to explain its position on the mess; the statement has since been taken down. Players went as far as to create a petition against the Gambling Commission and Canbet.

Players from all backgrounds have taken to the Sportsbook Review forum to voice their outrage. SBR community member Lewbie shared the following in a post authored this afternoon:

"My son in law has told me about the money he is owed by these thieves and as I am retired I would be more than willing to help in anyway I can. His first child is due in September and £2500 is nothing to sniffed at so let me know if I can be of any use. I am based in Birmingham and know a little about the law but not enough to fight this unfortunately."

Sportsbook Review knows of at least two companies who expressed interest to acquire Canbet; however these discussions ultimately fell through. Canbet Sportsbook players who wish to log their claims or share feedback are encouraged to submit a sportsbook complaint form.

SBR reported on the downfall of Canbet Sportsbook after the sportsbook's official closure. This video has been embedded below:

SBR congratulates World Poker Cup winners

07.31.2014

Sportsbook Review congratulates Team USA, winners of the 2014 World Poker Cup. This year's competition gave away more than 1 million points during four months of intense competition. It is also the first ever victory for the Americans, who trailed Canada, World, and Europe in past installments of the contest. The winning team pockets 5,000 betpoints each which may be redeemed immediately from the SBR Store for real world merchandise, including electronics, apparel, iPads, pizza gift cards, and more. The SBR Poker platform is set to launch another high value poker tournament next week. SBR readers and lurkers should stay tuned as the annual Beat The Prick (BTP) handicapping contest will also be launched in the same time-frame. SBR community members enjoy contests all year long; creating an account is free. Visit the Sportsbook Review forum for more details.

NFL Bonuses: Online Sportsbook comparison

07.30.2014

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 Sportsbooks 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.

Full Netbet Sportsbook article

Netbet Sportsbook bonus complaint

07.23.2014

Update: Netbet Sportsbook has stated that the player in question has been paid in full. SBR is attempting to confirm this with the player.

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.

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 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+).

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