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An Oddsmaker Sportsbook (SBR rating F) player has filed a complaint alleging that he has been threatened with legal action over an account dispute. The player claims that after researching Oddsmaker's history he decided he wanted his account to be closed. Oddsmaker ignored the request, leading to the skirmish. | Read more
On April 27th, SBR reported a Gtbets Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) player filed a bonus
complaint. The player claimed he was limited to $20 bets with $1,882
in rollover remaining. He deposited $500 for a $250
bonus on April 18th. Sportsbook Review followed up
with Gtbets Sportsbook to discuss the claim. | Read more
The Wembley stage is set to host the first all German final between FC
Bayern Munchen and Borussia Dortmund in the 2012-13 UEFA Champions
League Final. Sportsbook Review.com has assembled a list of the most competitive betting odds from the industry's top online sportsbooks in this article. | Read more
In today's Sportsbook Review.com iGaming News show an update is given on PokerStars' plans in Atlantic City, a slots deal involving gaming operator 188Bet, and more. Be sure to follow SBR on Twitter @SBRreview. Players in need of sportsbook assistance may lodge a complaint with SBR by writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
British sportsbook William Hill (SBR rating A) has announced that its US subsidiary WilliamHill US Holdco Inc. has struck a deal with NJ racetrack Monmouth Park to be their exclusive sports betting provider as well as sponsor the $1 million Haskell invitational horse race set to run later this summer on July 28th. | Read more
2013 French Open Betting is underway with online sportsbooks offering odds on each player's chances of winning the prestigious Grand Slam event. The tournament begins on Sunday May 26th and runs for a fortnight. Sportsbook Review has assembled a list of the best available tennis sportsbook betting odds in the ATP and WTA markets. | Read more
Social gaming development company Quickspin AB has struck a deal to provide gaming operator 188Bet Sportsbook with its line-up of renowned slot games. The Stockholm company made a very similar deal this February with Gala Interactive and continues to look to expand its Asian gaming market presence. | Read more
The 2013 NHL Playoffs are underway. NHL
bettors must shop around for the most competitive series odds, against the spread
prices, or NHL Stanley Cup futures. Sportsbook Review.com has a grid featuring these betting odds from the industry's best online sportsbooks. View the NHL Series Betting Prices by Sportsbook.
Sportsbook Review.com presents an SBR Industry News show for Tuesday May 8th, 2013. Discussed in today's show are outstanding sportsbook disputes reported on the SBR newswire, including a report on Sportsbook.com's increasingly delinquent payout statuses. Keep up to date with the latest online sportsbook and iGaming news by following SBR on Twitter @SBRreview.
The 2013 NBA Playoffs are now in the Conference Semifinals round. Online sportsbooks
are offering betting odds on the winner of each series through the 2013
NBA Finals. Sportsbook Review.com has updated its grid of NBA Series Betting Prices
by sportsbook and has written a betting preview with useful facts for capping every game. The page will be updated through the finals.
Fifteen Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) players report waiting for more than $30,000. The bettors have waited in excess of the lengthy six to eight weeks time-frame advertised by Sportsbook.com. Sportsbook.com management has claimed that processor delays caused recent payment batches to be delayed. | Read more
Floyd "Money" Mayweather is set to face Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero tomorrow night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The unbeaten Mayweather is coming off a year-long layoff and a two month prison stint. Guerrero has not lost a bout in eight years and looks to add to his impressive resume with a win. SBR has a list of the best boxing odds on this match.
PokerStars' planned purchase of the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel has for the moment fallen apart, though it wishes to save the deal. The Hotel's Chief Operating Officer Michael Frawley addressed the press Wednesday but did not offer specifics on what led to the deal being scrapped, just weeks after PokerStars applied to the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR Industry News video update for Tuesday, April 30th, 2013. Covered in this show are the latest iGaming disputes submitted by punters plus items reported by SBR in the previous news cycle. The headliner of today's show is a funds confiscation by Unibet Sportsbook (SBR rating C).
The first round of the 2013 NHL Playoffs are in the books. NHL bettors can still wager the series odds, against the spread prices, or NHL Stanley Cup futures. This article compares the prices offered by each of the industry's best online sportsbooks, as well as previews the second round of the 2013 NHL Playoffs. | Read more
Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) has owed a player $2,400 since February 1st. The user reported that after filing his complaint with SBR his account was closed. Dimeline management has ceased communicating with SBR regarding player issues and last stated that it would not quickly pay any player that complains publicly about their service. | Read more
A Unibet Sportsbook (SBR rating C) player has filed a complaint alleging that his winnings were confiscated. The player has told SBR that his account was blocked with his balance at €1186. Unibet asked for ID documents which he then provided, however, after receipt of his documents Unibet refunded his initial deposit of €621. The player has not received an answer. | Read more
A Gtbets Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) player has submitted a bonus complaint. The player claims he has been limited to $20 bets with $1,882 in rollover remaining. He claims to have deposited $500 for a $250 bonus on April 18th. He is willing to accept a prorated payout or fulfill the bonus requirement with higher limits. SBR has followed up with Gtbets Sportsbook to discuss the claim. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com gives an SBR iGaming News video update for Friday, April 26th, 2013. Topics discussed in today's show include social media and gaming firm Zynga's first quarter financial statement, an update on a Belgium-facing online casino, and a recent deal between technology provider Globant and Bally Technologies for the production of gaming software.
The 2013 NBA Playoffs are underway. Online sportsbooks are offering betting odds on the winner of each series through the 2013 NBA Championship. Sportsbook Review.com has updated its list of NBA Series Betting Prices by sportsbook and has given a betting preview with useful facts for handicapping every game. The page will be updated through the finals.
Ten Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) players report waiting for $20,000. Each of the players have waited in excess of the six to eight weeks advertised by Sportsbook.com. SBR spoke with management this week and learned that alleged processor delays have caused recent batches to be delayed beyond the already lengthy time-frame. | Read more
Update 4/24: BetVictor was able to show that the player's wager was in fact accepted after the player's trade was officially reported and not rumored, as originally claimed. This dispute is considered resolved.Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR Industry News video update for Tuesday, April 23d, 2013. Discussed today is a BetVictor (SBR rating B) betting dispute involving a punter who had a 4/1 winning prop bet voided as he placed it after a player's trade team was initially reported by news outlets. The player suggests he is being penalised for the BetVictor staff falling asleep at the wheel. | Read more
Update: Wagerweb lowers rollover from 10x to 5x | Forum thread
Wagerweb Sportsbook has reversed their position on a cold case from 2009. A player profited nearly $20,000 betting correlated parlays. Wagerweb's position was that the bettor benefited from a software glitch that enabled him to lock in significantly +EV (expected value) plays. Wagerweb management has recently agreed to resolve this issue by paying out the player and put an end to this case. This case was the only on file against the sportsbook.Wagerweb Sportsbook has been upgraded to C+.
BetOnline Sportsbook (SBR rating B+) is already offering Week 1 NFL Odds for the 2013-14 season. BetOnline is the first online sportsbook to spread the Week 1 NFL betting market. Players may use the free SBR Odds line comparison tool to view BetOnline's opening week NFL pointspreads, totals, and moneylines. | Read more
Good news for Belgium gamblers. WMS Industries, a provider of gaming technology which is known for their extensive work with lotteries, has announced to the world that their Williams Interactive LLC subsidiary has debuted a new online casino game for Belgium residents. The game is fully legal per Belgium laws. | Read more
The credit to accounts will apparently come with a 10 time play-through requirement, requiring substantially more wagering activity than the initial 2x reported yesterday. This will likely negatively affect basketball bettors, who normally wouldn't hold a balance beyond the NBA season. It is thought that Legends was intent on taking the best opportunity for players that emerged in the same week they were forced to close their doors. It is unknown why the initial arrangement was canceled. SBR will continue to follow the situation. SBR will also provide daily updates and feedback from players now obligated to Wagerweb (SBR rating C-) once those former Legends players are using Wagerweb.com. | Read more
The 2013 NBA Finals are fast approaching. The Conference Finals offers bettors their choice of betting NBA series odds, against the spread prices, and NBA championship futures. SBR has assembled a comparison guide of the online sportsbook industry's most competitive NBA series odds. | Read more
WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating F) has finally turned out the lights. The scam sportsbook owes more than $1 million to players. More than 250 players have filed complaints against WSEX with SBR. The once well-regarded company released a brief statement that read more tongue-in-cheek than a sincere acknowledgement of their failures as a business and theft of players. | Read more
Rational Group Holdings US, the parent company of online poker giant PokerStars, has completed its application to acquire the Atlantic City Club Casino Hotel. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has 90 days to review the application and make a decision on PokerStars immediate Atlantic City casino fate. | Read more
Legends Sports (SBR rating A+) gaming license has been revoked in Panama. As a result, Legends has ceased accepting wagers and is in the process of implementing their contingency plan having player funds assumed by an A rated sportsbook. Players will be contacted within 48 hours with new account information. A minimal 2X play-through will be required prior to any cashout. This balance takeover is for players that held deposited funds with Legends; not users that had private arrangements. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com covers the Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) slow-pays in today's SBR Industry News video. Players have reported waiting in excess of the six to eight week window advertised by Sportsbook.com. Management has shown good faith in responding to player submitted issues through SBR, but has been unable to speak to the cause of the delays. | Read more
A Unibet Sportsbook (SBR rating C) player has filed a complaint with Sportsbook Review. The player claims that he created an account with Unibet on February 26th, deposited €50 via Skrill and increased his balance to €300. Unibet allegedly locked the player's account in March and asked for ID documents. | Read more
SBR Forum has launched its new four month long poker series, "The World Poker Cup 2013". The poker series gives away more than 1.2 million points plus an iPad for team MVP. Points may be used to make real-world redemptions from the SBR Store, including electronics, apparel, gift cards, free vouchers, and even a Segway. | Contest details
Five Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) players have filed payout complaints with SBR. The users have each waited in excess of the eight week time-table listed by Sportsbook.com. The players are owed a combined $2,493. Each user has claimed that Sportsbook.com support have failed to provide helpful updates on when they can expect to be paid. | Read more
Great discussion between professional NBA bettor and poker player Haralabos (Bob) Voulgaris, Cantor Gaming Director of race & sports data Matthew Holt, and gambling writer Chad Millman. The discussion is moderated by Jeff Ma. Early highlights include Voulgaris razzing Cantor Director Matthew Holt while discussing market inefficiencies. | Read more
Floyd “Money” Mayweather is a big favorite in his May 4th showdown with Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero. Mayweather has been installed as an 8/1 favorite at most online sportsbooks as well as in Las Vegas. This article lists everything you need to know from a handicapping perspective and lists the best available boxing betting odds by sportsbook. | Read more
Earlier this week SBR reported that InstantActionSports (SBR rating C-), former host of stiff sportsbook 24SportsWeb (SBR rating F), credited $8,800 to a former player of the defunct site. IAS has credited a second player with $5,000. After discussion with SBR, IAS agreed to pay all players who funded their 24SportsWeb account with Skrill. | Read more
SBR Forum congratulations the winners of the 2013 Triathlon Contest. The free contest consisted of three gaming disciplines: Basketball handicapping, poker playing, and blackjack skill. SBR Forum member "chili_powder" walked away $4,000 richer, while "goldengreek" took down $1,500 as runner-up. SBR announced its five-month long World Poker Cup series earlier today.
The US Justice Department announced Wednesday that 34 individuals and 23 businesses associated with Legends Sports have been indicted. Charges include racketeering, conspiring to commit money laundering, money laundering, and operating an illegal gambling business. The 95-page indictment seeks a default judgment of at least $1 billion. | Read more
TitanBet (SBR rating C+) has agreed to discuss player complaints with SBR. In the last two years SBR has reported multiple wagering disputes submitted by TitanBet users. These players had legitimate wagers cancelled after the market moved against the sportsbook. The industry standard of "book the bet, pay the bet" applied as it could not be shown that these bets were erroneous lines. | Read more
WSEX (SBR rating F) is not offering betting lines on any market and its live help application is off-line. The WSEX phones are operational however an automated message indicates the hold time is 125 minutes. An SBR analyst is presently attempting to connect with WSEX support. SBR will update this report as more information becomes available. | Read more
Tiger Woods is the betting favorite for the 2013 Masters at Augusta National. Tiger's tee time is scheduled for 10:45AM ET on Thursday. He has tasted victory fourteen times in major championships and heads into Augusta National brimming with confidence. This article lists the most competitive betting odds from the industry's top online sportsbooks. | Read more
BetRevolution Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) released a public statement an hour ago justifying their decision to confiscate $26,908 from two players accused of syndicate betting. The players, friends who
maintained balances of $22,908 and $4,000, wagered $500 or less on all
plays. | Read more
A HitItBet Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) player filed a bonus complaint last week. The user claimed that a free €100 match bet was denied as he failed to sign-up properly. HitItBet required that users create their betting accounts through a targeted landing page. Users that registered directly were apparently denied this bonus. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com has updated its 2013 Masters Betting Odds grid. The comparison chart lists by the price of each golfer to win this year's Masters Event at Augusta National. Tiger Woods is the consensus favourite, priced 3 to 1 or better at the industry's top online sportsbooks. SBR will update these golf masters betting odds until tee time Thursday.
On April 2nd, SBR reported that Betfair (SBR rating A-) acquired Blue Square Bet online (SBR rating B+) for £5 million. Blue Square players were redirected to their new accounts at Betfair. More than 120,000 new customers were acquired in the deal, as well as brand assets. Betfair has since made one of their first brand related decisions. | Read more
InstantActionSports (SBR rating C) has agreed to credit all players with unpaid balances who funded their 24SportsWeb (SBR rating F) accounts via eWallet. IAS formerly provided hosting and software to 24SportsWeb, before the sportsbook went off-line in January 2013. In addition to stiffing their few players, 24SportsWeb also had $40,000 in upaid hosting fees at the time of their collapse. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com provides an iGaming News video update for Friday, April 5th, 2013. Covered in today's iGaming news program is social media giant Zynga launching their first ever gaming websites. ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino allows UK residents over 18 to play slots, all the traditional casino favorites, and online poker.
Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating B) players have submitted positive feedback. The formerly D-rated sportsbook was acquired by the BetOnline Group (SBR rating B+) in June of 2012. BetOnline saw value in the historically troubled brand and went to work on salvaging its customer base, repairing the fragmented relationship it had with many of its players. | Read more
BetRevolution Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) has confiscated $26,908 from two players citing syndicate betting. A third player was also alleged as being part of the betting group, though this player was previously paid in full. BetRevolution and the players have authorized Sportsbook Review to share the facts of the case. | Read more
Social gaming company Zynga will debut their first ever online gaming, poker, and casino sites Wednesday, April 3rd. This is good news if you're over 18 years old and a UK resident, and if you're a fan of social gaming who is excited about what the future holds. The gaming sites have been branded as ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino. | Read more
Betfair Sportsbook (SBR rating A-) has acquired Blue Square Bet (SBR rating B+) online for £5 million. Blue Square customers will be automatically redirected upon log-in to their new accounts at BetFair. Betfair gains approximately 120,000 new customers as well as brand assets; the deal does not include employees or technology. | Read more
Gaming operator 888 Holdings has signed a deal with Caesars Interactive Entertainment Inc. to show live streams of the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) and WSOP Asia-Pacifia tournaments on its website. 888Poker.Tv is slated to broadcast the games in real-time. Caesars will also provide live coverage at WSOP.com. | Read more
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) players complain of prolonged wait times to be paid. Sportsbook.com currently advertises a payout time of six to eight weeks. One player wrote SBR that he requested a payout for just $300 on February 4th and has yet to be paid. Monday April 1st marks exactly eight weeks. | Read more
Online sports betting and casino gambling has never been easier. A few mouse clicks or swipes from your smartphone will have you logged in and ready to roll in no time. It's easy for the technology challenged, too. Assuming you can operate a telephone, many companies accept wagers the old-fashioned way: Give me $500 on the Yankees. What's the line? | Read more
Sportsbook Review receives thousands of sportsbook complaints each year. Some of these complaints are from players who claim their accounts have been hacked. This article listes the most common mistakes players make that lead to their accounts being compromised by a third party, as well as tips to improve account security to avoid becoming a victim. | Read more
A GoToHCC.com (unrated) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. The player received an unsolicited email invitation from VIPelitesportscr@gmail.com with a 100% bonus offer on all deposits; the email included a website log-in and password for GoToHCC.com. He then deposited $125 through a P2P service to an American surname in Costa Rica. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com has updated its odds grid for Masters Golf Betting. Currently, the leading online sportsbook offering the most competitive prices across the board, including pricing Tiger Woods at 3.6 to 1, is 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+). SBR will continue to update the grid until the beginning of the 2013 US Open Masters Golf tournament at Augusta National.
Scam sportsbook Oddsmaker (SBR rating F) has confiscated more than a quarter million dollars from players to date. A player who had $13,000 stolen has filed a complaint with Sportsbook Review. The player’s only crime was being what Oddsmaker calls a
non-recreational gambler. Oddsmaker routinely fleeces players that are
considered too sharp to accept wagers from. | Read more
Gaming operator 888 Holdings was licensed by the Nevada Gaming Commission last week. 888 was granted an interactive gaming system manufacturers license, and is also licensed as a distributor and service provider. This means 888 is free to shop its service around to Las Vegas casinos licensed for online poker. | Read more
PokerStars must wait until at least the summer before it is given the green light on their planned acquisition of the Atlantic City Club Casino Hotel. The Rational Group, PokerStars' parent company, has not fully completed its Interim Casino Authorization petition which must be submitted to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), according to a NorthJersey.com report. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com has released a comparison grid of the 2013 Golf Masters betting odds from the top online sportsbooks. Tiger Woods has regained his form and the linesmakers have installed him at minimum 3/1 to win the Championship. SBR will be updating this list and adding more online sportsbook odds as they become available. | Read more
A WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating F) victim has filed a complaint with SBR. The player has a balance of $3,000 with the no-pay sportsbook and has given up hope on ever being paid. Like many others, he has waited for over three years. WSEX support continues to cycle through their littany of excuses blaming processors and government agencies for their failure to honor their obligations. | Read more
GVC Holdings, a provider of B2B and B2C services, has completed their acquisition of SportingBet. Under the terms of the deal, British bookmaker William Hill (SBR rating A) has acquired SportingBet's Australian business and has been granted a call option over SportingBet's Spanish business. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, March 19th, 2013. One of the topics mentioned in today's show is a recent Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) payout complaint involving a player that has waited more than one month for a €1,293 payout. SBR is awaiting comment from Globet management.
5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) management tell SBR that scheduled maintenance will take place at 2:30AM ET the morning of Wednesday, March 20th. The 5Dimes Sportsbook family websites will be down for approximately 4.5 hours. 5Dimes expects that all services will be fully re-established by 7AM ET.
Sportsbook Review.com has updated its betting grid for the 2012-13 NCAA Tournament Betting futures. The list now contains the best March Madness betting odds, listing a futures betting chart with prices from the industry's best online sportsbooks. SBR is also running a free NCAA Brackets contest for posting forum users.
The free March Madness
Brackets contest is open. The contest is 100% free to
play. All users must have SBR Forum accounts to participate. This year's free NCAA
Brackets contest has a whopping prize-pool of 100,000 points. Points may
be used to make redemptions from the SBR Store. Brackets may now be submitted! | NCAA Brackets Contest
Update: 3:01PM CST: 5Dimes is back online. The 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) family websites are all currently inaccessible. 5Dimes management has confirmed that a power outage knocked the website offline. 5Dimes is currently working to bring its network back online. SBR will update this report as the sportsbook is back online.
SBR has spoken with Betway (SBR rating D) regarding the report published Thursday. One player claimed that he was told that £700 in bonus winnings would be confiscated in accordance with the controversial "30% rule" cited in past disputes. This was significant as Betway claimed that after the string of SBR cases the rule was discontinued. | Read more
The wait is nearly over for former US based Full Tilt Poker players to receive their funds after the infamous Black Friday online poker crackdown nearly two years ago. US Attorney Preet Bharara representing the Southern District of New York announced that a claims administrator has been appointed to manage repayment of the players. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com has updated its grid with the best online sportsbook market prices for Baseball Betting Futures, including regular season win totals and World Series odds for the upcoming 2013 Major League Baseball regular season. America's favorite past-time kicks off Sunday March 31st with the Texas Rangers taking on the Houston Astros at 8:05PM ET.
Two BetWay (SBR rating D) players have submitted sportsbook disputes. Each dispute involves bonuses: The usual source of BetWay complaints. The first player claims that a £700 balance was confiscated after it was alleged he violated the "30% rule" — a rule management claimed was discontinued after a series of SBR reported complaints led to BetWay's blacklisting. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR Industry News video update for Tuesday, March 12th, 2013. Discussed are outstanding items reported on the SBR newswire, as well as general sportsbook disputes from the SBR mailbag. Follow Sportsbook Review on Twitter @SBRreview to never miss an iGaming industry news update.
Bovada Sportsbook (SBR rating A) betting odds have been added to the NCAA Tournament Betting Futures grid released by Sportsbook Review.com Monday morning. Following Selection Sunday, betting odds will also be posted by online sportsbooks for the 2013 NCAA Men's Championship. Make sure to get the best available odds for your prospective tournament wager!
Sportsbook Review.com provides a grid of the 2013 NCAA Tournament Betting Futures broken down by sportsbook. Players should consider which sportsbook offers the best overall price to improve their position on a prospective wager. The 2012 NCAA Men's basketball championship will take place Monday, April 8th, 2013. | Read more
Intrade has shut down. SBR reported in November of last year that the business left the US market. The Dublin based business has been targeted by a civil complaint filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission: A US regulator. The company's board of directors released a brief statement regarding the closure. | Read more
iGaming operator and land-based sportsbook BetFred (SBR rating B-) now has its very own television channel. BetFred has partnered with news and sports outlet Satellite Information Services (SIS) for this deal. BetFred will broadcast its television channel during business hours across its 1,365 betting shops in the UK. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com provides a weely iGaming News video update for Friday, March 8th, 2013. Today's video covers the recent news out of Atlantic City with respect to the American Gaming Association opposing PokerStars' efforts to purchase the Atlantic City Club Casino Hotel. Submit video feedback to VideoNews@sportsbookreview.com.
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