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Bitcoin market watch report

09.01.2015

Bitcoin is floating around $230 at the end of the business day. Despite the shifts in value, the digital currency has remained popular among online sports bettors eager to place deposits and request withdrawals free of charge, and with relative anonymity for those in fear of prying government eyes.

SBR adds Rating Guide Features

09.01.2015

Sportsbook Review released an update to the mobile-friendly Sportsbook Rating Guide earlier today. Players searching for a sportsbook and sorting by any of the categories - countries accepted, signup bonus, bank options, and more - can now more easily clear their selection using tablets and smartphones. Player feedback on the rating guide is welcomed.

Heritage Sportsbook upgraded to A+ report

09.01.2015

Heritage Sportsbook now holds an A+ rating with SBR. Heritage has shown a willingness to cater to different types of bettors and had a highest customer service satisfaction rating in 2014. This article summarizes all of the improvements made by Heritage since their previous rating upgrade and profile review by SBR.

Betsafe Sportsbook complaint

08.31.2015

The Betsafe (SBR rating C-) dispute centered around a confiscated 2,300 EUR balance is still outstanding. A player filed a complaint with SBR one month ago seeking assistance recovering his winnings. The balance was confiscated despite the player insisting that he did not violate any rules. He has been given no information from Betsafe explaining the confiscation.

List of Sportsbooks that allow NFL Pleaser Bets

08.31.2015

SBR created a rating guide filter for sportsbooks that offer pleasers in NFL football. A pleaser bet refers to the opposite of a teaser - where instead of getting points in your favor for lower odds, players give up points in exchange for large payouts. A standard two-team six point pleaser pays an average of +550 to +600. 16 sportsbooks in good standing offer pleasers.

1XBet Sportsbook

08.31.2015

A 1XBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) player has written SBR asking the following question: Is it normal for 1XBet staff to ask for a copy of a credit card and bank statement, even if the deposits all came through Skrill? The player has yet to comply due to being alarmed by the nature of the request, and due to reading the recent batch of 1XBet complaints.

Oddsmaker complaint

08.31.2015

An Oddsmaker Sportsbook (SBR rating F) player has filed a complaint with SBR. The player requested a withdrawal of $1,200 from the blacklisted betting site on August 5, and has not been paid. The player has claimed that Oddsmaker keeps requesting more documents from him to approve the withdrawal, and that he has complied with their requests.

SportsbettingOnline report

08.30.2015

Players with feedback on SportsbettingOnline are encouraged to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com. The online sportsbook has had a few payout related complaints in recent months, including an $8,200 complaint from a player that deposited through bitcoin, but has not had any recent issues submitted by players since a May report.

Free Poker Contest

08.30.2015

Following the conclusion of the SBR World Poker Cup 2015, Sportsbook Review has announced a free poker contest which runs throughout the American football season. The SBR Poker Championship awards $5,000 to first place and 120,000 betpoints to the top 10 overall. The contest is open to the general public.

BetMania upgraded

08.30.2015

BetMania Sportsbook has been upgraded from the mark of C to C+. BetMania, along with sister website BetPhoenix, offer automatic bitcoin deposits and offer bitcoin withdrawals. Management has agreed to discuss sportsbook complaints with SBR and consider the industry standard when actioning player accounts. Player feedback is welcomed.

1XBet Sportsbook complaint

08.30.2015

A 1XBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) player has filed a complaint with SBR. For the previous month the player's account has been locked and he has been unable to place a wager or make a withdrawal from the online sportsbook. He has been given only generic updates so far with no ETA given on when he will be in the clear to request payment.

ZenitBet Complaints

08.30.2015

A ZenitBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) player has submitted a payout complaint. The player had his account blocked and was asked to provide documents establishing his identity. He complied with the request and had his account reopened. After requesting a payout of approximately 14,000 Rubles ($213), support stopped communicating with him.

Free Football Betting Contest

08.29.2015

Over 700 SBR readers are currently registered in this year's 11th annual free $30,000 NFL and College Football Betting contest known as the "Beat The Prick" handicapping contest. The contest pays out the top 75 contestants, with first place getting $7,500 in cold, hard cash. Best of all, no strings are attached, and anyone can join.

Best football teaser odds report

08.28.2015

The best football teaser odds page lists payouts from nine online sportsbooks. The betting sites who have their football teaser odds displayed on the page are all in good standing with players and have qualified for inclusion in the best sportsbooks list. Teaser wagering is a popular way of betting football that can give players substantial edges when used correctly.

GTBets Sportsbook news

08.28.2015

Online sportsbook GTBets has responded to user demand and updated their withdrawal policy. When GTBets first announced the addition of bitcoin to their cashier, players were required to have deposited through bitcoin to get a payout the same way. SBR reader "Buffalo Nickle" posted that he wished GTBets would update this policy, so he could avoid payout fees.

Congrats Free Poker Contest winners

08.28.2015

SBR congratulates Team USA for winning the SBR World Poker Cup 2015. The free poker tournament took place through the SBR Poker platform for the previous four months. Each of the winning members won 8,000 betpoints each, which can be used to make redemptions for real-world merchandise and electronics from the SBR loyalty points store.

Coral Sportsbook complaint

08.27.2015

Sportsbook Review reported on a €400 winnings complaint filed by a Coral player earlier this week. A player won €400 after winning two bets, and was subsequently asked to send over his ID documents to complete the Know Your Customer (KYC) process at Coral. After he complied, Coral closed his account and confiscated his winnings.

Sportsbook Bonus market change

08.27.2015

One of the betting sites from the top sportsbooks list is now dealing a 75% bonus (up from the default 50%) with a special promo code. The code is available on the sportsbook bonus page. Players can find promo codes and relevant information on bonuses through the information buttons displayed on the bonus list, which includes sportsbooks rated C or higher.

UK bettor has account closed

08.27.2015

An unhappy sports bettor wrote to SBR earlier this morning complaining that a UK bookie closed his account after five wagers. He won three of the bets, and has claimed that they were not arbs or steam chasing, and has claimed that the bets were perfectly ordinary. The player was cashed out normally and received his balance.

1XBet Sportsbook report

08.26.2015

A 1XBet Sportsbook player has submitted a winnings complaint. The player has accused 1XBet of unjustly confiscating €3,000 in winnings. His €797 deposit was reimbursed and all profits erased by the sports betting site, which claimed that the player had others place sports wagers on his behalf - a charge he denies adamantly.

GTBets Sportsbook news

08.26.2015

Online sportsbook GTBets (SBR rating B) now allows players to make deposits and withdrawals using bitcoin. The minimum deposit is the equivalent of $35 and the maximum $3,000 per transaction. There is a $300 minimum withdrawal and $2,000 maximum per transaction through bitcoin. Player balances are converted to USD upon depositing.

ZenitBet complaints

08.26.2015

Russian bookmaker ZenitBet has slipped further down the sportsbook blacklist. ZenitBet debuted in the sportsbook rating guide this Saturday at D, and has fallen to D- after fifteen total payout complaints have surfaced from players that have been owed for longer than 30 business days. The players are owed relatively small amounts each, and in total €20,000.

08.25.2015

One online sportsbook doubled their free play signup bonus for new accounts to 100%. Many changes are expected over the next week as online sportsbooks compete with one another by modifying their bonus programs for short-term, targeted incentives for the beginning of the NFL and College Football seasons.

BetTrojan complaint

08.25.2015

A BetTrojan Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player has filed a complaint over the fees incurred withdrawing his $6,000 balance. The player claimed that customer service advised him of "economical ways" of withdrawing his winnings when he  originally deposited. The player was forced to pay $300 in fees to withdraw $700 a week through person-to-person.

WagerWeb news

WagerWeb upgraded to B+

08.25.2015

Online sportsbook WagerWeb has been upgraded from B to B+. The sports betting site recently changed platforms and upgraded their wagering cart variety and call center. The online sportsbook is one of 31 betting sites that accept bitcoin for player deposits and withdrawals. WagerWeb players with feedback can write to help@sportsbookreview.com.

Bitcoin sports betting report

08.24.2015

Bitcoin has now fallen below $200 for the first time (editor's note: back up to $224 today 8/25) in several months. Sports bettors have discussed the frequent movement of the crypto-currency at length at the SBR Posting Forum as there has been seesaw like movement of BTC. What if any impact does this have on using bitcoin to fund sportsbook accounts?

Sportsbook Deposit report

08.24.2015

An SBR reader took to the posting forum earlier today shaking the trees over what he felt was an unjust fee added on top of his deposit. As it turned out in his case, the added fee was charged in error and was reimbursed by his sportsbook. The player touched on an interesting subject though which highlights the importance of checking statements.

Coral Sportsbook news

08.24.2015

A Coral Sportsbook (SBR rating B+) punter has filed a complaint with SBR. The player opened an account ten days ago and placed a total of two winning bets, profiting €400 after these wagers. After winning the bets, he was asked to send over a copy of his ID and utility bill to satisfy the sportsbook KYC requirement.

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Sportsbook Rating Change: Centrebet to C-

08.23.2015

Online sportsbook Centrebet has had their rating adjusted from D+ to C-.  Centrebet was downgraded four years ago for their controversial handling of an in-play wagering dispute, but has since accumulated some positive user feedback, and its rating risk level has been reassessed. While players may not be at risk of outright scammed, management may take positions opposite to the industry standard.

Politics betting market watch

08.23.2015

Online sportsbooks have made major adjustments in the market for the next President of the United States. The odds of one candidate improved by 30% as a consensus movement across these sports betting websites. A sportsbook comparison of the previous week's worth of odds is attached inside this article.

How to compare sportsbooks

08.23.2015

The redesigned sportsbook rating guide allows players to more easily compare sportsbooks across all devices. 215 sportsbooks rated from A+ to F are listed in the rating guide. Players are cautioned to consider the standing of each company, and not simply consider the percentage value of each signup bonus, as bigger is not always better.

Betsafe Sportsbook complaint

08.22.2015

A Betsafe Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player has taken to the SBR posting forum to ask for help. The player deposited £1,400 to Betsafe two months ago and after winning a few bets had his account blocked. The player stated that his ID documents provided to satisfy the KYC process were allegedly unsatisfactory, and he has no idea why.

08.22.2015

Seven online sportsbooks have released NBA Rookie of Year prop bets. Five of the seven companies are displayed on the best sportsbooks list. Players can shop for the best prices using the SBR network: The NBA Futures and Prop bets directory displays the payoff for each player, along with several other futures betting markets for the regular season. Players looking for event breakdowns can find them at SBR Picks, where a digest of opening night plays and strength of schedule analysis is available.

Congrats to Free Poker Contest qualifiers

08.22.2015

Sportsbook Review congratulates the 48 players who have qualified in the free poker contest called the 2015 World Poker Cup. The players, who represent USA, Canada, and the Rest of World will take part in championship events from Monday-Thursday of next week playing for up to 8,000 betpoints each. In July, SBR Poker sent a second member to Las Vegas and paid his way into the $10,000 WSOP Main Event - the player lasted two days.

Zenitbet Sportsbook complaints

08.21.2015

Eight slow-pay complaints have been reported by ZenitBet (SBR rating D) players. Each of the players have waited in excess of 30 business days for their funds, and are owed approximately $1,500 respectively. The players have been given little to no information from the sportsbook on their payout statuses.

Noxwin Sportsbook

08.21.2015

Noxwin Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) players have submitted positive feedback. The online sportsbook was first added to the sportsbook rating guide in January of 2013.  Noxwin is a white label of the EveryMatrix (OddsMatrix) platform. Noxwin is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and has discussed some complaints with SBR.

Update: Nitrogen Sports website back online

08.21.2015

Update 4:30PM ET: Nitrogen Sports is back online. The Nitrogen Sports (SBR rating B) website is presently off-line. SBR has asked management for comment on when the site will come back online.

Bitcoin sports betting news

08.20.2015

The ongoing feud among bitcoin developers as reported by CNBC over the future of the currency has sent the market into frenzy. This past weekend, two developers "forked" the software, allowing interested users to split away from the core program. This article recaps sports bettors' concerns over the viability of using bitcoin.

08.20.2015

A ZenitBet Sportsbook (unrated) player has filed a complaint. The player has claimed that he has been waiting for more than 30 days, and has not been paid from the online sportsbook. The complaint is very similar to one reported by SBR last month, where ZenitBet decided to close the player's account permanently after slow-paying him.

TonyBet Sportsbook complaint

08.20.2015

A TonyBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player has filed a complaint with SBR. The player deposited €50 recently and received a matching welcome bonus. He wagered one time for his deposit plus bonus on a soccer game, his selection was the draw with the odds of 3.5 (+250). Following the wager, he was limited to €1 per bet.

VIPSports news update

08.20.2015

VIPSports.eu Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) has agreed to settle the $1,000 wagering complaint involving an NHL prop wager. A player wagered $350 on Justin Williams winning the Conn Smythe award (the NHL Playoffs' MVP award) two years ago. Originally, his ticket paid $2,000. The sportsbook first altered the payout based on a risk amount of $30.

1XBet Sportsbook complaint

08.19.2015

1XBet Sportsbook has been added to the sportsbook rating guide at the mark of D-. The sportsbook has confiscated another €1,400 from a player that was accused of not being the true owner of his account. The player has complied with every step of the 1XBet KYC process, but to no avail. This is one of many outstanding complaints.

BetAdonis Sportsbook complaint

08.19.2015

A BetAdonis Sportsbook player has filed a complaint. The player stated that BetAdonis confiscated €255 from his account for a reason he cannot figure out. The player sent all documents requested including his ID, utility bill, and a screen capture of his Neteller account showing all transactions. The complaint is outstanding.

Oddsmaker Sportsbook report

08.18.2015

Scam sportsbook Oddsmaker (SBR rating F) is running several promotions ahead of football season designed to entice unsuspecting players to make a deposit. The online sportsbook has fleeced more than $250,000 in winnings from legitimate players to date, but continues to operate and market their website as if they are the best in the business.

Nitrogen Sports complaint report

08.18.2015

A Nitrogen Sports (SBR rating B) player has submitted negative feedback concerning what he describes as "habitually wrong post times". The player has claimed that the errors have cost him time and money, with the latest example being a soccer match. He has provided an example of another Nitrogen Sports player with a similar issue betting tennis.

5Dimes Sportsbook report

08.18.2015

5Dimes Sportsbook can no longer accept wagers or registrations from UK based IPs. This is a business decision due to international compliance that has also caused other online sportsbooks to exit this market. If you have any questions on how to proceed with your 5Dimes Group account, please e-mail 5Dimes at info@5dimes.eu.

Bitcoin sportsbook report

08.17.2015

Sportsbook Review readers have asked why bitcoin sportsbooks offer practically no worthwhile signup cash or free play bonuses like traditional online sportsbooks. There is a simple reason, which is listed inside of this article, as well as a recent sportsbook bonus offer that is specifically tied to bitcoin deposits.

Player advisory report

08.17.2015

Sportsbook Review occasionally receives complaints from players who have time disputes on both tennis betting and racebook betting. Both sports have some things in common: Starting times can be erratic, and wagering timestamps are scrutinized very carefully. This article tells you how to avoid issues betting either sport.

Heisman Trophy betting report

08.17.2015

With just two and a half weeks before the start of the new college football season, SBR has compiled more than two dozen ways to bet college prop bets and futures at the best online sportsbooks. This article lists the current best lines listed in the NCAAF directory for some of the most popular college betting markets.

Sportsbook Bonus Tutorial

08.17.2015

A Sportsbook Review reader has asked if he should take a 50% free play bonus with an 8X rollover, or a 20% cash bonus with a 10X rollover. This is a commonly submitted question from players who are curious how to measure the different value offered with a cash or free play bonus. Read this article to find out the answer.

GTBets Sportsbook news

08.17.2015

Online sportsbook GTBets (SBR rating B) is now offering wagering markets on Australian Rules Football, Rugby, and Cricket. Changes were made to the sportsbook platform Friday of last week. Management has advised SBR that a major software update is in the works and should be published before the end of the year.

Sportsbook Resources report

08.16.2015

The sportsbook rating guide allows players to search for all sportsbooks with a 50% or higher bonus. Players can choose the bonus amount they would like to see per bonus type (cash or free play) and include other data to help with selecting an online sportsbook that matches their needs.

Bitcoin sports betting report

08.16.2015

In a month that has seen two new online sportsbooks add bitcoin to their cashier, the value of BTC has dropped to $257 despite closing in on $300 just three weeks ago. This type of seesaw movement has kept risk-averse players on the fence from fully embracing bitcoin as a replacement to more expensive cashier opions.

Political Betting Odds list

08.16.2015

Sportsbook Review takes a look at the US Presidential betting market odds swings in the last seven days. SBR recently released a market watch report the weekend following the first GOP debate. Several candidates odds have shifted since that time, with online sportsbooks taking significant wagering volume on the candidates.

BetClic Sportsbook upgraded

08.16.2015

Online sportsbook BetClic has been upgraded from D+ to C-. The online sportsbook is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and for their UK business is licensed under the BetClic Everest (Gibraltar) Limited with a remote gambling license under the controversial new UK Gambling Law.

Scam website still off-line

08.16.2015

Players who were stiffed by online sportsbook EzStreetSports.com (SBR rating F) continue to ask for updates. Sportsbook Review reported on the 10th of July that the sportsbook went off-line for good. The sportsbook is one of many on the scam sports betting website list; players should stick with safe and trusted sportsbooks this football season.

Best Sportsbooks for NFL Betting report

08.15.2015

Seven online sportsbooks are presently listed in the best sportsbooks directory. These sportsbooks have their odds displayed in the NFL prop betting and futures list which shows all of the most competitive industry odds ahead of week one of the NFL and College Football seasons. This article explains why the sportsbooks are considered best.

Free Football Betting Contest

08.15.2015

Over 500 SBR members are currently enrolled in this year's free $30,000 NFL and NCAAF Betting contest handicapping contest known as the "Beat The Prick" betting contest. The contest has run for 11 years on the SBR network. An extra $5,000 in prizes are up for grabs this year. The contest pays out 50 more places and is open to the public.

Sportsbook bonus list updated

08.15.2015

Three sportsbook bonus offers were revised in the sportsbook bonuses directory. SBR lists over 50 sports betting websites who are rated C or higher in the sportsbook bonuses directory, though players are advised to stick with sportsbooks rated B+ or above for the absolute best experience with an online bookmaker.

YouWager news

08.14.2015

Sportsbook Review reported on August 1st that YouWager (SBR rating B+) added bitcoin as a deposit option. YouWager now allows players to receive payouts through bitcoin. A total of three bitcoin payouts can be requested every 7 days for up to $1,000 per transaction. Bitcoin payouts requested Mon-Fri before 12PM ET will be paid the same day.

NFL Prop Bets market watch

08.14.2015

A total of 29 NFL prop betting markets and Super Bowl futures odds have been compiled by Sportsbook Review. This article lists some of the most popular recent NFL futures betting markets released by online sportsbooks in good standing with SBR. Players who have no interest in wagering NFL but are shopping for a good book can visit the best sportsbooks list.

Legends case update

08.13.2015

Spiros Athanas, founder of The Greek Sportsbook, is one step away from settling charges related to the Legends case. Mr. Athanas was originally charged on March 20, 2013 in a multiple count indictment for the following violations: Count 1—Racketeering Conspiracy, Count 2—Illegal Gambling Business, and Count 3—Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering.

Turkish Only sportsbook added

08.13.2015

Hepsibahis101.com (SBR rating C+) has been added to the sportsbook rating guide. Hepsibahis101 is part of the Win United Limited family of sportsbooks, known for their flagship site YouWin Sportsbook. The online sportsbook is only open to residents of Turkey and Azerbaijan. The website has the same software and lines as YouWin.

YouWin Payout Complaint

08.13.2015

A YouWin Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) player has filed a payout complaint. The player deposited recently to YouWin and won a small amount of $112.08 playing with his local debit card. The player noted that YouWin does not offer the option to have his winnings paid out this way, so after some back and forth asked to be paid via bank transfer.

Rivalo Sportsbook news

08.13.2015

A Rivalo Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) player has filed a complaint. The player deposited €50 to Rivalo one year ago and proceeded to increase his balance to €601.31. He tried to request payment last week after uploading all of his ID documents to satisfy the Know Your Customer (KYC) process. Shortly thereafter, Rivalo closed his account.

1Vice Sportsbook report

08.12.2015

Online sportsbook 1Vice (SBR rating C) has added bitcoin as a deposit option to their cashier. Management provided SBR with a statement announcing the feature and has said that bitcoin withdrawals will be coming soon. This article lists the particulars for depositing with 1Vice Sportsbook via bitcoin.

BetAtHome Sportsbook complaint

08.12.2015

Sportsbook Review has advised the BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) player accused of poker chip dumping to launch a complaint with the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) to advance his issue. BetAtHome has cited their privacy policy and is unwilling to discuss their stance with SBR, and is no longer responding to the player via email.

BetPhoenix Sportsbook report

08.12.2015

The BetPhoenix Sportsbook (SBR rating C) player who asked SBR for assistance recovering a $2,160 balance owed to him since last summer has been paid in full. SBR spoke with BetPhoenix management concerning the dispute and learned that part of the delay was caused by the player waiting for eWallet payouts to become available.

BetMayor Sportsbook update

08.11.2015

BetMayor Sportsbook (SBR rating F) responded to a recent SBR email by saying that the supposed acquisition of their business fell through; no additional plans to pay players were disclosed. The big casino winner who won $51,000 playing Blackjack continues to remain hopeful that he will eventually be paid.

BetMotion Sportsbook complaint

08.11.2015

A BetMotion Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) player has filed a complaint over an unpaid €2,564 balance. The player opened his account with BetMotion on July 13 and deposited €100 through Skrill. After completing the wagering requirements associated with his bonus, the player asked for a payout.

5Dimes Sportsbook report

08.11.2015

5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has told SBR that they will automate bitcoin deposits by next week. Most bitcoin exclusive websites offer instant deposits and payouts, though there are key differences between these sportsbooks as reported by SBR in a recent industry newswire. 5Dimes player feedback is welcomed.

Dashbet Sportsbook complaint

08.11.2015

Another Dashbet Sportsbook victim has filed a payout complaint. The player has just realized Dashbet went off-line without honoring their payout obligations to players, and has added his name to the list of those owed. Dashbet owes the player €900. The online sportsbook owes more than €60,000 to players.

BetOnline Sportsbook news

08.10.2015

BetOnline Sportsbook (SBR rating A) has been added to each of the event driven futures and outright betting markets directories at SBR. This article lists all of the places players can find BetOnline's real-time futures odds on a variety of betting markets compared side by side with other sportsbook betting odds.

Best Sportsbook Bonus List updated

08.10.2015

Sportsbook Review has released an update to the best sportsbook bonuses list that displays additional bonus information through an Info button. Players can now find the bonus promo codes if one exists, and additional platform details such as if players can opt for reduced juice (better odds) instead of traditional cash or free play bonuses.

BetUS Sportsbook complaint update

08.10.2015

BetUS Sportsbook (SBR rating C) management has addressed the Blackjack casino complaint reported by SBR this weekend. A player claimed that he believed the Blackjack insurance to be malfunctioning due to a software bug on his mobile device. BetUS has clarified what the player was seeing and the steps they took to resolve the complaint.