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In today's SBR iGaming News video update, host Natalie gives an update on yesterday's report of bitcoin sportsbook BitBook.biz being recipient of a continued distribute denial of service (DDoS) attack. BitBook.biz has since come back online after the all-day and night outage. Tune in to watch the rest of the stories and make sure to follow SBR on Twitter.
Bitcoin Sportsbook BitBook.biz has been off-line for most of the day due to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. BitBook.biz acknowledged the attack on popular bitcoin discussion forum Bitcointalk.org. SBR users are also discussing the outage in the Players Talk section of the SBR posting Forum.
Bet365 Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) is continuing to invest in their state of the art in-play betting system, offering players incredibly convenient wagering options. Think of Bet365 like a traditional sportsbook on steroids: navigating Bet365 for a gambler is much akin to having a sweet tooth in a candy shop. Bet365 is now rated A+ by SBR.
BetWay Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) has resolved an old bonus dispute. As SBR reported last week, a player sought SBR assistance to recoup €100 in winnings which were confiscated during the period of time that BetWay enforced a controversial "30%" rule that drew many complaints from their customers. BetWay has credited the winnings.
Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) has surrendered their UK Gambling Commission licence. SBR reported on 21 February that Globet updated its address on file with the UK Government. The address move now seems inconsequential as Globet Sportsbook remains off-line, without a licence, and has not given players updates on the status of their funds.
Undefeated womens UFC champion "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey is set to take on Sara McMann. UFC 170 will be broadcast live on Pay-Per-View from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Online sportsbook 5Dimes (SBR rating A+) is offering the most competitive betting odds for the 135lb tilt. View the SBR UFC 170 Bet Listings.
Sportsbooks licensed by the UK Gambling Commission have long been shielded from much of the public distrust toward online bookmakers. These organizations billed themselves as operating in rock-solid jurisdictions, or as Canbet Sportsbook put it on their website, the "strictest and most regulated wagering environment".
Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) has been off-line since 18 February 2014. SBR investigators discovered that Globet Sportsbook changed their office address on file with the UK Government which posted officially as of 18 February 2014. The office address change could signal the company downsizing; Globet has been slow-paying customers for quite some time.
StakeBTC.com is at the center of the latest Bitcoin related sports betting dispute. The Bitcoin sportsbook, which has currently went off-line amidst speculation of theft, has been accused of placing a player's entire balance 46 BTC ($25,890) on three longshot college basketball underdogs. The three games have yet to begin, but StakeBTC.com is refusing to void the wagers.
A BetWay Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. The player has claimed that approximately €100 in winnings were confiscated from him during the enforcement of the controversial and since discontinued "30% rule". Betway management is presently following up on this sportsbook complaint. SBR will update this report.
The Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) website is currently down. A player reported to SBR this morning that he has been attempting to access his account and has been unable to. SBR confirmed the web outage and is currently in the process of attempting to contact Globet for comment on the downtime. Globet has been covered extensively by SBR after repeated slow-pay complaints.
Sportsbook Review has spoken with the Director of Canbet (SBR rating D-) via telephone conference regarding unpaid player funds. Players have reported being owed over $740,000 through sportsbook complaints to SBR. The Canbet Director acknowledged this sum is a small fraction of their delinquent payout obligations and of user balances.
Sportsbook Review has updated the 2014 World Cup Betting Futures list with the remaining group winner odds. The charts update in real time. 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) and Bet365 (SBR rating A) are currently offering the most attractive tournament outright odds. Brazil is currently the shortest price team to win the 2014 World Cup tournament.
The SBR Gaming Triathlon events gives away $5,500 and more than 800,000 points. Points can be used for merchandise and other items in the SBR Store. The Triathlon contest is open to the public and has three disciplines: a basketball handicapping contest, online poker tournament and an online casino blackjack contest. | Contest information
Sportsbook Review.com provides a weekly update of the latest online sportsbook and casino news. In today's show, host Natalie covers the recent downgrading of Unibet Sportsbook (SBR rating C-), as well as gives an update on the current World Cup Betting Futures directory at SBR. Also covered is an update on BetRevolution Sportsbook.
SBR reported on 11 November 2013 that Unibet Sportsbook (SBR rating C) confiscated a player's balance which held over €200. Unibet cited part of their terms and conditions which allow the sportsbook to essentially do whatever it wants - at the expense of player balances. Unibet has not reversed their position or shared details of the player's violation.
A Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player who submitted a payout complaint with SBR has been paid in full. The player had grown impatient waiting for Globet Sportsbook to process his payout. Globet Sportsbook has struggled with delivering payouts to users on time, despite their 2-3 working day time-frame advertised on their website,
Whether you're a casual NBA bettor or a seasoned NBA Pro like Bob Voulgaris, weighing the prices offered on each team to win the NBA Championship is a good idea. Each up and down, winning streak or losing skid can greatly influence the market price offered by online sportsbooks. SBR has assembled a dynamically updating grid of the most competitive NBA Betting Futures.
SBR reported earlier this year that BetRevolution Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) confiscated nearly $27,000 from three winning players. BetRevolution has refused to revisit the controversial dispute by sticking to their original position that the players were guilty of syndicate wagering. BetRevolution is unwilling to discuss player disputes in general and remains on the SBR blacklist.
Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR iGaming News video update for 7 February 2014. Topics discussed in today's show include a surge of BetWay Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) Super Bowl betting complaints which have been addressed by management, as well as other recent items from the sportsbook and casino gaming news feed on SBR.
TitanBet Sportsbook (SBR rating B) has prorated a player's bonus and paid all winnings as risk management deemed the action undesirable. The standard handling of the account marks a positive improvement for TitanBet, who in the past had a number of open wagering and bonus disputes, before ultimately agreeing to discuss complaints with SBR if players sought a second opinion.
A BetWay Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player submits a bonus dispute. The player claims that he deposited for a Super Bowl bonus promo that promised a £50 free bet which was to be used for the second half of the football game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. However, the bonus was credited to the player after the game began and he was unable to use it.
Update: Game day is here. Check out the Super Bowl XLVIII prop bets offered by online sportsbooks. 5Dimes (SBR rating A+) was the first to open up with Super Bowl props, even beating gambling capital Las Vegas to the punch. Sports bettors looking to make the big dance more exciting should visit SBR's Super Bowl Props Betting directory.
5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has been voted best sportsbook by the SBR Forum community for the third year in a row. Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) finished second overall. Heritage Sports (SBR rating A) finished in third place. Bet365 (SBR rating A) finished in fourth place. Bookmaker / BetDSI (SBR rating A+) finished fifth.
Sportsbook Review.com has updated its NFL Super Bowl Props Betting directory with popular entertainment betting propositions including the color of the liquid drink dumped on a winning coach's head, Bruno Mars song and hat choice, Red Hot Chili Peppers props, and more. Be sure to get the most bang for your buck by choosing the online sportsbook offering the best prices!
Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR iGaming News video update for 31 January 2014. Topics discussed in today's show include the recent report of a BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) complaint, news that JustBet Sportsbook (SBR rating A) has assumed players previously under the UcaBet and BetGuardian brands, and an update on the SBR Super Bowl Props Betting page.
A GoalWin Sportsbook (unrated) player has filed an SBR complaint. The player has claimed to be owed more than €100 for three months without receiving word on the status of his outstanding payout request. Sportsbook Review is following up on the complaint. GoalWin users have reported of tardy payout requests in the past, although this is the first claim to have surfaced since Oct 2013.
5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) was the first sportsbook to release a Super Bowl XLVIII national anthem betting proposition. Set with a total of 145 seconds, 5Dimes is currently offering +150 on over 145 seconds and -190 on under 145 seconds. Opera star Renée Fleming will be performning this year's Super Bowl national anthem.
Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) is hosting a live Twitter Q&A with their Head of Sportsbook beginning 10AM PST today. To participate, users can make tweets directed at Pinnacle by including #Pinnacle inside of their question. In addition, Pinnacle Sports will be giving up to 3 branded hooded sweatshirts away to SBR Forum users that might have their questions answered.
JustBet Sportsbook (SBR rating A) has informed SBR that as of this afternoon all players under the Ucabet and BetGuardian brands are being moved over to the JustBet platform. SBR reported in July 2013 that JustBet Sportsbook announced a move to the Bookmaker Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) family. Management cited being able to focus resources and service improvement as part of the change.
A BetAtHome Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. The player claims that his account has been suspended with a balance of €2,200. He says that BetAtHome support has failed to provide a reason for the action, and that he has not been in violation of any BetAtHome Sportsbook's terms and conditions. SBR is following up on this player complaint.
In today's Sportsbook Review iGaming News update, host Natalie Rydstrom reports on the recent resolution of two sportsbook disputes involving 10Bet Sportsbook (SBR rating B-). Other show topics include an update on Canbet Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) and their recent blacklisting by SBR. Canbet currently owes over $250,000 to their players.
A Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player has received a partial payout of €200. The player wrote SBR for assistance 30 December 2013, reporting difficulty receiving funds. SBR followed up with Globet Sportsbook management who finally addressed the claim 22 January 2014, indicating that the player received the partial payout. SBR has confirmed this with the player.
More than four dozen Canbet Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) players have reported being owed in excess of $250,000. Canbet Sportsbook has released statements pinning the blame on technical issues within their system and ceased accepting deposits or wagers since 31 December 2013. The UK Gambling Commission acknowledged the situation but few updates have been given to players.
SBR has spoken with 10Bet Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) regarding two player disputes. The first involved a player whose account had to fully pass their KYC process. The player had grown impatient while this process ran its course and believed his winnings were in limbo. SBR has confirmed that the player has been paid in full. The second involved a user who breached terms of service.
Sportsbook Review.com has created a best Super Bowl prop betting page. Featuring the best NFL sportsbook companies, everything from game props, fun props, player props, and more will be listed on the comprehensive page. SBR will be maintaining and adding to the page through Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.
Sportsbook Review has released its weekly iGaming News video report. Topics touched on in today's show include an update on the recent report of BTCSportsBet (SBR rating F) stealing $6,700 from a winning sports gambler, as well as the closure of Alliance Sportsbook and the amount of funds currently owed to players as a result of the unexpected shutdown.
A Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player owed €1,000 has filed a complaint through SBR. The player requested his payout more than one month ago and has yet to be paid. Globet Sportsbook users have continued to report on slow service. Management has stopped responding to SBR on these payout complaints. Globet is currently facing a blacklisting at SBR.
SBR readers looking to cast their votes for the best online sportsbook company should stop by SBR Forum. The annual poll has exactly two weeks left before the top five online sportsbooks are crowned by the message board community of online sports gamblers. 5Dimes Sportsbook and Pinnacle Sports are currently leading the pack of sportsbooks.
Alliance Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) has closed. One of the two partners behind Alliance wrote SBR claiming that while the company was acquired just a year and a half ago, there are current negotiations to sell the business to a larger gaming shop. At the time of closure, $80,000 in player balances is on the books to about 125 players.
A BetWay Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) has reported receiving €1,390. These funds were initially confiscated all the way back in 2012 when the sportsbook was enforcing a controversial bonus rule that led to multiple SBR warnings and video advisory reports. BetWay Sportsbook agreed to revamp their bonus rules to SBR and revisit old sportsbook complaints.
SBR reported in Novemer that a JazzSports (SBR rating C) player was paid in full after receiving the last of a payment plan that saw him receive more than $100,000. SBR noted at the time that two other large winners had similarly reported being on schedules to receive their funds. SBR has confirmed that Jazz has paid over $300K to these winning players and cleared up all payout complaints.
SBR Forum congratulates the players who cashed in Saturday's $5,000 SBR Poker Championship. The event also gave away 100,000 points. Points can be used to make real-world redemptions as well as sportsbook cash (non-USA) from SBR Store. The SBR Poker championship event carried a 5,000 point entry fee and seated the top 75 qualifiers from the previous tournament series.
Bitcoin is a digital currency that has skyrocketed in popularity and value since its inception in 2008 by developer Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin itself has been a hot topic online and through the media; the relatively anonymous manner which the digital currency can be traded has attracted everyone from the value-hunting investor to the common web criminal.
MarathonBet (SBR rating B) management have shared evidence collected concerning the €10,000 account dispute filed by a player 8 January 2014. While MarathonBet has requested that the exact information not be disclosed so as to not compromise security, SBR has confirmed that the player in question provided documents unsuitable to pass the sportsbook's KYC process.
SBR has published a dynamic list of the NFL Playoffs Divisional Round sportsbook betting odds. Players are able to compare the current pointspread odds for each match up. A cell will flash red immediately following a betting odds change at any of the sportsbooks, allowing bettors to get the inside track on a moving number.
A MarathonBet (SBR rating B) player has reported that his €10,000 balance was confiscated and his account closed. The player has only shared that he registered on November 3, deposited €2100, and proceeded to win €10,000 betting a Spain Primera League soccer match on his first bet transaction with the sportsbook.
Scam sportsbook Dimeline Sports (SBR rating D-) is offering users a 100% bonus up to $500 on tonight's college football BCS National Championship game. The sportsbook bonus is purportedly open to all users. Dimeline Sportsbook has stopped paying players and has discontinued all communication with SBR. Dimeline is attempting to dangle a carrot to lure in unsuspecting players.
Searching for the best propositions betting odds on tonight's BCS National Championship game between the Auburn Tigers (12-1) and Florida State Seminoles (13-0)? You have come to the right place. Sportsbook Review has listed the most prominent college football prop betting odds in this bowl prop betting directory.
SBR Forum congratulates the 75 users that have qualified for entry in Saturday's upcoming $5,000 SBR Poker Championship. The event also gives away 100,000 points. Points can be used to make real-world redemptions as well as sportsbook cash (non-USA) from SBR Store. The championship event has a 5,000 point buy-in fee.
SBR reported on Wednesday December 11 that Alliance Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) management addressed a long-standing slow-pay complaint reported by a player whose account was closed late last year. At the time of the account closure, the player was owed $15,476. To date, he has only received partial payouts from Alliance Sportsbook and is presently owed over $6,000.
Since reporting that a Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) user owed €750 reported payment, a new complaint has been raised by a player who has been owed €400 for over one month. SBR has followed up with Globet Sportsbook management for an update on the outstanding withdrawal and will update this report.
Since reporting on BetWay Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) last week, two players have filed complaints with SBR alleging that they were victims of the discontinued 30% rule that drew heavy criticism from players and had kept the sportsbook poorly rated by SBR. BetWay Sportsbook is currently in the process of revisiting the complaints and confirming the user's accounts.
Canbet Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) has ceased accepting bets and deposits as of 31 December 2013. Canbet updated its website homepage this morning with the news. This comes nearly three weeks after Canbet management claimed to SBR that all players with outstanding payouts would receive their funds in a week.
In 36 hours the 2013 chapter closes in the online sportsbook and casino industry. While most well run establishments have had some of their best quarters making book the old fashioned way, scam sportsbooks have continued to clean up by simply not paying bettors that bring their lines managers onto all fours. Enter BetRevolution Sportsbook and their unforgettable fiasco.
SBR readers looking to cast their vote for the best online sportsbook company should stop by SBR Forum. The annual poll has been running for two weeks and has exactly four weeks left before the top five online sportsbooks are crowned by the message board contingent. 5Dimes Sportsbook and Pinnacle Sports are currently the top two.
The BTG Global NV family of sportsbooks remain on the SBR blacklist for their accumulation of slow-pay complaints. SBR reported previously that a Dimeline Sportsbook player has been waited to receive $2,400 since February 1. Dimeline closed the user's account after becoming angered by negative feedback on the company posted on the SBR message board.
Before handicapping Friday's slate of NBA games, make sure to check out SBR's NBA Prop Betting Directory. The page indexes the top online bookmakers proposition odds being offered and is generally filled by 4PM ET or as sportsbook odds are released. The page is not dynamic at this time and is intended as a sportsbook shopper's betting guide.
Soccer punters looking for an early edge betting on their favourite team to win the 2014 World Cup have come to the right place. Sportsbook Review has put together a page of the best World Cup betting odds broken down by top industry online sportsbooks. The grid updates in real time and does not need to be refreshed. SBR will add group odds and other popular ways of WC betting in the days to come.
SBR reported earlier this fall that BetWay Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) cleared up their outstanding bonus complaints. The sportsbook has expressed interest in discussing sportsbook disputes with SBR and agreed to consider industry standard when handling player accounts. BetWay also conceded that a former bonus rule missed the mark and discontinued the controversial policy.
SBR Forum posters are asked to cast their vote for their favorite online sportsbooks. Posters are invited to give their top three sportsbooks with their highest rated book first. Six points will be awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. Votes will be accepted through January 2014. Cast your vote here!
Sportsbook Review has launched an NFL Prop Bet index. The beta page lists an assortment of NFL football proposition bets from various online sportsbooks. The page is populated each Sunday as online sportsbooks release their National Football league markets, including game props, scoring props, and other miscellaneous bet types.
SBR reported on December 13 that Canbet Sportsbook management issued a statement to all players that payouts would be processed starting in one week. Canbet Sportsbook pointed the finger at an internal IT error triggered through bonus bets and free deposit bet offers. Get the full scoop in today's SBR iGaming news video.
Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) has paid a player €750 owed since November 14. The player, like many others that have submitted complaints against Globet, reported that he was not paid within the advertised time-frame of 2-3 working days and eventually he came across SBR where he read similar reports from other players.
A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D+) player with a balance near six figures has voiced his anger with a recent policy regarding payouts. Sportsbook.com (ag) is limiting their players to a maximum of one pending withdrawal request at any given time. SBR first reported on the controversial new policy last month.
TheGreek Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) is the first online sportsbook to release NBA Betting Props for Tuesday, December 17. Sportsbook Review has released these betting propositions in the NBA Prop Bet Directory. Online Sportsbooks 5Dimes (SBR rating A+) and BetOnline (SBR rating A) are expected to release their props within the hour.
Sportsbook Review is recording all NBA Prop Betting offers from around the web. For now, the content is raw and not updated dynamically. Most markets will be updated in the afternoon shortly after being released. As popularity of the page increases more sportsbooks will be added. The NBA Prop Betting Directory is a central place to find all NBA Prop betting offers.
Soccer bettors eager to wager on their favourite team to win the 2014 World Cup have come to the right place. SBR has assembled a chart of the best World Cup betting odds broken down by the top industry online sportsbooks. The chart updates in real time and does not need to be refreshed. SBR will add group odds and other popular ways of WC betting in the coming days.
SBR Forum posters are asked to cast their vote for the best bookmakers. Posters are invited to give their top three sportsbooks with their highest rated book first. Six points will be awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. Votes will be accepted through January 2014. Cast your vote here!
Canbet Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) management has reached out again to SBR to state that all outstanding player payouts will be processed and paid in the coming week. To this end, Canbet Sportsbook provided a prepared email statement describing the reason for the over $100,000 in player payout complaints, some of which have been delinquent for over two months.
Internet gambling is a reality in Atlantic City but the electronic cards aren't shuffling in PokerStars' favor. The world's biggest online poker room was dealt a considerable setback today when their internet gambling application was suspended by New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement. Barring the miraculous, PokerStars will be unable to conduct internet games in NJ for two years.
An Alliance Sportsbook manager has addressed the payout complaint reported by SBR earlier in the week. SBR reported that a player who has been owed a total of $15,476 and received only partial payouts over the course of the last year had grown frustrated with the lack of communication from the sportsbook, prompting SBR's intervention.
SBR has published a dynamic list of the Week 15 NFL sportsbook betting odds. Players can view the current NFL pointspread for each of the Week 15 NFL match ups by sportsbook. This grid updates in real time. A cell will flash red immediately following a betting odds change, allowing bettors to get the inside track on a moving number at their online sportsbook of choice.
5Dimes Sportsbook and Casino (SBR rating A+) in review: SBR takes a look at the widely popular Costa Rica based sportsbook's advancements in the last calendar year — including new additions, features, betting enhancements and other user perks. 5Dimes Sportsbook was established in 1999 and offers players a wide array of sports markets per day.
An Alliance Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) player has a long-standing payout complaint which originally was submitted regarding a $15,176 balance. The player has repeatedly inquired to Alliance Sportsbook management for updates on the status of his payout for much of the last year. To date, he is still owed over $6,000.
HitItBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) is no longer discussing cases with SBR regarding players who are believed to have violated house rules. SBR downgraded HitItBet sportsbook after multiple reports of players having their entire balances confiscated with the funds allegedly being sent to charity after house rules were broken.
As SBR reported earlier this year, BetRevolution Sportsbook confiscated nearly $27,000 from three winning sports bettors. BetRevolution has been unwilling to revisit the highly controversial dispute by maintaining their position that the players were guilty of syndicate betting. BetRevolution also is unwilling to discuss player disputes in general, and is on the SBR blacklist.
In today's iGaming News video update, host Natalie Rydstrom reports on the latest items from the Sportsbook Review.com news feed. Show topics include the recent SBR player advisory to carefully choose their bookmaker and not simply to be blinded by the size of the starter bonus, as well as a couple of updates on chronic slow-pay industry sportsbooks.
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