News on scam sports betting operations, events and business deals within the offshore sports gambling industry.
Update: Bet365 is back online as normal. Bet365 Sportsbook (SBR rating A) is currently unavailable due to website maintenance. Bet365 is currently displaying a note on their homepage to inform bettors of the maintenance, and is expected to be back online shortly. SBR will update as Bet365 is back online.
Sportsbook Review.com provides a weekly Betting News and Online Sportsbook Industry update for Tuesday, March 5th, 2013. Show feedback may be submitted via email. Players can also stay up to date with the iGaming industry's latest news by following SBR on Twitter @SBRreview, or reading the Sportsbook & Industry section at SBR Forum.
Every sports gambler believes he has an edge. From thinking their ability to assess stats in the local newspaper is superior to the next man, or that their spreadsheets with game scores and spread history will be a key to predicting future matches: There are a million systems and even more dreams dashed from gamblers who almost struck it big. Well, a guy named Bob Voulgaris did. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com provides a video guide of betting MLB baseball futures. Many online sportsbooks are already accepting wagers on season win totals, World Series winner, pennant winners, and many more props. Also discussed in the video is the important role line-shopping plays when wagering on MLB baseball. | Read more
PointCasino.com (SBR rating D+) has confiscated €1000 from a player. The player was accused of violating PointCasino's bonus terms and conditions by placing a single multiple bet. Like other players, he states that at the time of his registration no such restriction was listed on multiple bets. PointCasino is using his single wager as reason to confiscate his entire balance less deposit. | Read more
The SBR Forum 2013 NCAA Brackets Contest is accepting registrations. The contest is open
to the public and is 100% free to play. All users must have SBR Forum accounts to take part.. SBR users will compete for a
prize-pool of 100,000 points. Points may be used to make redemptions
from the SBR Store. | NCAA Brackets Contest
New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak joins SportsbookReview.com for an interview regarding the recent decision by US District Court Judge Michael Shipp in the sports betting case. Shipp's ruling late last night upheld federal law PASPA—The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992—much to the dismay of Sen. Lesniak and all New Jerseyans. | Read more
Sportsbook Review thanks all SBR Forum members that turned up to cast their vote in the Top Online Sportsbook poll for February 2013. After a month of voting, 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) emerged as the poll winner with 294 points. Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+), Bookmaker / Bet DSI (SBR rating A+), Heritage (SBR rating A), and Bet365 (SBR rating A) rounded out the top five.
Spring training is a time that many baseball bettors look forward to. While the games themselves can vary in terms of competitiveness, the opportunity to evaluate team depth and form headed into the regular season helps shape decisions for online sportsbook futures betting. This article compares market offerings from the best online sportsbooks. | Read more
WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating F) continues to operate despite being unable to pay its players. A player owed $1,500 wrote in to SBR seemingly unaware that the sportsbook has been running on fumes since 2010. WSEX is no longer making an effort to pay players but has not ceased marketing to new clients or designing bonus programs to solicit more deposits. | Read more
Breaking News: New Jerseyans may celebrate at last! Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law this afternoon legalizing internet gambling. Christie conditionally vetoed the bill earlier this month, proposing a number of changes he wanted to see implemented before signing. He famously vetoed similar legislation two years ago. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR Industry News video update for Tuesday, February 26th, 2013. Covered in today's video is the recent downgrading of Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) for their handling of players with payout requests. A third Dimeline complaint has since been filed after the latest SBR report. | Read more
NJ lawmakers have passed internet gambling bill A2578. The legislation has now moved to Governor Chris Christie's desk. Christie could decide to sign the bill today.
Christie originally conditionally vetoed the bill and asked for a number of changes, which were unanimously agreed upon, including raising the tax on casino winnings from 10 to 15%, a 10-year trial period for the legislation and more. | Read more
A BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) player has submitted an account dispute. The player claims that he deposited 700 PLN and received a bonus of 350 PLN. He increased his balance to 4,500 PLN before he says BetAtHome closed his account without word and refunded his deposit. BetAtHome has allegedly provided no details to the player. SBR is following up on this claim. | Read more
SBR Forum has announced its free 2013 NCAA Brackets Contest. The contest is open to the public and no entry fee is required. All users must have valid SBR Forum accounts to participate. SBR users will compete for a whopping prize-pool of 100,000 points. Points may be used to make redemptions from the SBR Store. | NCAA Brackets Contest
There is one week remaining in the SBR Forum posters poll for top online sportsbook. SBR Forum invites users to cast their votes for their favorite online bookmakers. SBR Forum is awarding six points for users' first choice, four points for second, and three points for third. Votes are being accepted through February 2013. You may cast your vote here!
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill into law yesterday legalizing online gambling. The Nevada Assembly and Senate were swift in passing the measure through to the Governor's desk. Nevada leapfrogged past NJ in the race for iGaming: NJ Gov. Chris Christie is expected to sign an internet gambling bill into law as early as Tuesday of next week. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com gives an iGaming News video update for Friday, February 22nd, 2013. Topics covered today include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie being expected to sign a bill permitting internet wagering next week, a former Full Tilt Poker board member's financial settlement with the United States Department of Justice, and more. | Read more
The iGaming sportsbook industry has matured into an unstoppable machine that rakes in billions of dollars per year worldwide. The most successful executives fly private jets, hobnob with shareholders and live high on the hog. No matter how you slice it, the growth over the last decade has been remarkable. | Read more
Note: GVC Holdings acquisition has been approved.Sportingbet's shareholders have signed off on the joint deal between William Hill (SBR rating A) and GVC Holdings to take control of multiple Sportingbet businesses. William Hill will take over Sportingbet's Australian business as well as their Spanish facing brand Miapuesta. GVC will take over other South American markets. | Read more
PointCasino.com (SBR rating D) has defended their confiscation of five players accused of violating their 100% bonus terms and conditions. In two of the cases, players offered screenshots showing that at the time they accepted the bonus there were no provisions regarding bets on Asian handicaps or total goals scored. PointCasino amended their promo terms to disallow these wagers. | Read more
Update 2:25PM ET: Dimeline claims the manager who offered a player $500 to "settle the account" incorrectly stated their desire to offer a partial payout. The second player was alleged to have approached the sportsbook asking for a lump sum payment, which led to a settlement offer. Dimeline Sportsbook has offered two players settlements for less than what they are owed. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR Industry News video update for Tuesday, February 19th, 2013. Topics covered in today's show include a Unibet Sportsbook dispute reported by SBR this past week, as well as an update on the PointCasino.com (SBR rating D) bonus winnings confiscations which have been covered at length by SBR. | Read more
Update: SBR has spoken with SportsbettingOnline.ag management and confirmed that BetOwi Sportsbook is a sister brand. BetOwi has been adding to the sportsbook ratings guide at C-.BetOwi.com Sportsbook is currently under review. Initial findings are that BetOwi.com is hosted on the same web server as SportsbettingOnline.ag (SBR rating C-) and shares a similar website layout. Sportsbook Review has followed up with SportsbettingOnline management to confirm the extent of their relationship with BetOwi. SBR will update this report as more information becomes available.
PointCasino.com has been added to the SBR ratings guide with a mark of D. Last week, SBR reported that two PointCasino players had their winnings confiscated after it was alleged they were in violation of promotion terms. PointCasino has refused to provide comment regarding the claims. Two new PointCasino complaint have since been filed. Read the full article for more details. | Read more
The Northern German State of Schleswig-Holstein has handed out four new
poker and casino licenses. Operators Unibet and Merukur-Win
received one of each of the Schleswig-Holstein iGaming licenses. There
was some doubt as to whether more licenses would be issued amid the
confusion of a German high court ruling that the territory's position on gaming is in violation of the State Gaming Treaty.
There are two weeks remaining in the SBR
Forum posters poll for top online sportsbook. SBR Forum
invites users to cast their votes for their favorite online bookmakers.
SBR Forum is awarding six points for users' first choice, four points
for second, and three points for third. Votes are being accepted through
February 2013. You may cast your vote here!
A Unibet Sportsbook (SBR rating C) player claims his winnings have been confiscated. The player deposited €200 for a Christmas bonus promotion which offered a 25% bonus. The player increased his balance to €512 with a successful NFL wager on the Ravens vs Broncos. Unibet asked for and received ID documents. Unibet is then alleged to have closed the player's account. | Read more
There is no better way to spend Valentine's Day than inside Trenton federal court. Just ask the major sports leagues, US Justice Department and New Jersey attorneys. The three sides met and gave oral arguments in front of District Court Judge Michael Shipp related to the constitutionality of a federal statute preventing the state from accepting sports wagers in Atlantic City. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com gives an SBR iGaming News update for Friday, February 15th, 2013. The headliner of today's show is an update on the legal case involving New Jersey, the major sports leagues, and the US Justice Department over NJ plans to begin accepting sports wagers in Atlantic City. Also covered in the segment is online poker news and general iGaming news.
Update 12:30PM ET: Full online access has been restored to the Pinnacle Sportsbook website. Players are free to log-in and place wagers as normal. Pinnacle Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) is currently performing maintenance. Players are unable to log-in during this period. SBR will update this report as the maintenance is complete.
An Alliance Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player reports that a $15,176 payout requested on 25 January 2013 has yet to be received. The user claimed in a dispute filed with Sportsbook Review.com that after making multiple inquiries to Alliance he still has no idea when he will receive his payout. SBR will update this report after discussing with management.
PointCasino.com is offering players a 100% first deposit bonus up to €200. What players don’t realize is that their winnings are at risk of being confiscated for breaching any one of the vaguely worded promotion terms: A tactic PointCasino has used to fleece two players of their winnings so far. SBR has released a video report with more details. | Read more
The Borgata Hotel and Casino plans to be the first US casino to allow guests to gamble using hotel room televisions. The feature is scheduled to go live as of Monday February 18th. This announcement comes four days after NJ Gov. Christie's conditional veto of an internet gambling bill, which would allow the casinos to use similar technology to permit mobile betting throughout their facility. | Read more
Full Tilt Poker hasn't wasted much time dusting itself off after being floored by the US Department of Justice; before PokerStars' stepped in to salvage the company. Since PokerStars' acquisition, FTP has managed to become the second most highly trafficked poker site—behind only parent company PokerStars— in ring game liquidity, and is now operating a dot.eu site. | Read more
The SBR Forum posters poll for top online sportsbook is underway. SBR Forum invites users to cast their votes for their favorite online bookmakers. SBR Forum is awarding six points for users' first choice, four points for second, and three points for third. Votes are being accepted through February 2013. You may cast your vote here!
Sportsbook Review.com gives a video update discussing New Jersey Chris Christie's recent conditional veto of legislation permitting internet gambling at Atlantic City casinos. This is the second time Gov. Christie has passed on signing such a bill into law. Also covered in today's video is the completion of a major Skril acquisition and news from the AGCC. | Read more
Miss Cleo couldn't figure New Jersey Governor Chris Christie out. For the second time in two years, Christie passed on signing a bill into law that would legalize internet gambling in Atlantic City casinos. Many New Jerseyans believed the second time was the charm and that the ink would be dry on the legislation by now. Then again, can anyone predict a guy who eats donuts on Letterman? | Read more
The BetMaker (SBR rating B+) betting exchange has been merged with Bookmaker Sportsbook (SBR rating A+). Players were notified yesterday morning that they would be able to log-in to Bookmaker by adding an "L" to the end of their account IDs. All players balances are expected to be transferred within 24 hours to the new system. SBR will update this report as the transfers are confirmed as completed.
Secondhand smoke is estimated to kill 600,000 people a year by the World
Health Organization. Nearly 11,000 people died in drunk driving
accidents in the United States last year: Some of these collisions
caused innocent bystanders to lose their lives. The number of people killed by an average Joe sitting in his apartment gambling: Zero. | Read more
An InstantActionSports (SBR rating D+) payout complaint has been received. A player asked for a £2,500 payout on January 10th via Skrill. IAS addressed the delay with the user by claiming that it was waiting for a payment to post to the eWallet account before withdrawals could be processed. Three weeks later, the player has still not been paid and no new updates were given. | Read more
The PlatinumSB.com (SBR rating D+) website has been shut down following the approval of a court order issued by the Attorney General's office of Ontario, Canada. The website PlatinumSB.com was reportedly controlled by several individuals operating from the Thornhill area. A search warrant was executed at a gambling event held at Le Perc Banquet Hall, where several arrests were made. | Read more
Please visit here for Masters Golf Prop Betting.Sportsbook Review.com is populating this article with a prop betting list from the industry's top online sportsbooks. Check this page all weekend for a master guide to the best and most unique Super Bowl XLVII betting props. Covered are general betting props, player betting props, national anthem props, MVP props, and more. | Read more
A player with an account at both Instant Action Sports (SBR rating D+) and 24SportsWeb has provided SBR with a payment receipt from Skrill which appears to contradict IAS' claim of never providing processing to 24SportsWeb players. The pay-from account in both IAS and 24SportsWeb payouts was exactly the same. IAS management has yet to address this.
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 February 2013. Cast your vote here!
Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, recapping the last week of sportsbook dispute news. The headline story of today's show is that Costa Rica based sportsbook 24SportsWeb is still off-line. 24SportsWeb owes players and its former host Instant Action Sports more than $75,000. | Read more
SBOBet (SBR rating A-) has been added to the SBR Betting Odds grid. Player feedback has been consistently good from a betting, ease of
payouts, and customer service perspective. SBOBet is also one of the
premier live betting providers, offering betting odds on just about everything a bettor could dream of. | Read more
Super Bowl XLVII is sure to be one of the most wagered on events of the year. The "Harbaugh Bowl", as it's being dubbed, has brothers John and Jim Harbaugh on opposite sides of the field. John Harbaugh is the coach of the Baltimore Ravens, younger brother Jim coaches the San Francisco 49ers. Bettors of all kinds enjoy one aspect of Super Bowl wagering more than any other: Prop betting. | Read more
Update 2/21, 10AM ET: The player was shown to have defrauded the sportsbook. The dispute was satisfactorily resolved by BetClic.On January 12th, SBR reported that a BetClic Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) player filed an account dispute. The player claimed that his account was suspended six months ago with a €151 balance. He also claimed his documents were verified. SBR followed up with BetClic Sportsbook management for comment on this case. | Read more
24SportsWeb Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) remains off-line. On January 21st, SBR reported that the Costa Rica based sportsbook went off-line without word. Since that time SBR has confirmed that 24SportsWeb has unpaid hosting fees and is no longer stationed in the Instant Action Sports facility. Players have reported being owed more than $35,000. | Read more
On January 23rd, SBR reported that a MarathonBet player filed a €10,000 dispute. The player claimed his account access was disabled and that his questions have not been answered. SBR reached out to MarathonBet, though the sportsbook cited data protection rules. MarathonBet later followed up to say the player's account has been sorted. SBR considers this dispute closed.
SBR provides an iGaming News video update for Friday, January 25th, 2013. The headliner of today's show is the legal battle between New Jersey and the major sports leagues, the NCAA, and now the US Department of Justice. NJ is attempting to bring sportsbooks to Atlantic City, but must convince US District Court Judge Michael Shipp that existing federal legislation is unconstitutional. | Read more
Ladbrokes (SBR rating A) has acquired BetDaq Sportsbook in a deal worth €30 million, which includes €15m in Ladbrokes shares. Ladbrokes will also acquire a 10% stake in TBH Guernsey Ltd, BetDaq's technology provider. The news is underscored by Ladrokes' CEO Richard Glynn making his first acquisition since taking the helm three years ago. | Read more
A MarathonBet Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) player submits an account dispute. The user claims that MarathonBet suspended his account more than a week ago, which holds a €10,000 balance. He has been told that he is under review and no time-table has been given on his account being unlocked. SBR is investigating this claim. | Read more
SBR has spoken with InstantActionSports management, former host of 24SportsWeb (SBR rating D+). 24SportsWeb went off-line early yesterday without giving notice to players. IAS management told SBR that 24SportsWeb is behind on hosting fees and is no longer actively communicating regarding their debt. | Read more
The US Department of
Justice isn't sitting on the sidelines for the professional sports leagues and
the NCAA's pending legal battle with New Jersey over sportsbooks. Did anyone really expect the
DOJ to ride the bench in a case that promises to change the landscape of
gambling in the US for years to come? | Read more
24SportsWeb Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) is currently off-line. The Costa Rica based sportsbook's phone numbers are also down. 24SportsWeb, which operates under Instant Action Sports, had recently been downgraded by SBR for failure to pay players in their advertised withdrawal times. SBR is investigating and will update this report. | Read more
BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) has reportedly confiscated €698 from a player. The user told SBR that he deposited €712 after signing in through his friend's computer, who has a referrer's account with BetAtHome. BetAtHome reportedly told the player he was in violation of their terms and conditions and refunded his deposit. BetAtHome has deferred to the LGA's judgment in this case. | Read more
A Unibet Sportsbook (SBR rating C) player submits an account dispute. The player tells SBR that he deposited €200 on December 17th, and placed one bet for €140. A day later the player claims Unibet closed his account, refunded the deposit, and seized €119 in bet winnings. SBR is investigating this Unibet claim. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR iGaming News update for Friday, January 19th, 2013. Topics in today's show include the recently reported news of PokerStars intentions to purchase the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as well as three new gaming operator licenses from the Northern German State of Schleswig-Holstein, and more. | Read more
WagerUp Sportsbook (SBR rating C) management has addressed the dispute reported by SBR on January 15th. A player claimed that after clearing 40% of his 30X rollover, his limits were slashed to $50 maximum and that he was denied the option of having his bonus winnings prorated. He then said his account was closed. WagerUp disagrees with the facts of the player's claim. | Read more
WagerWeb Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) has issued a settlement offer to the player in the much publicized correlated parlay dispute which was first reported in December of 2009. The player made a series of highly correlated same-game parlay wagers that offered a substantial edge; bets that are not customarily accepted. WagerWeb cited their house rules in voiding the play. | Read more
Schleswig-Holstein has issued online sports betting licenses to Sportingbet, Jaxx, and Primebet International. There are currently 18 licensed operators in the Northern German state. The Sportingbet license falls under their subsidiary Spread Your Wings Germany Ltd. The Jaxx license will be operated under MyBet. | Read more
Bet33 (SBR rating D+) has addressed the payout complaint reported by SBR on January 15th. Bet33 admitted that the player had not been paid in four weeks, depsite being on a payment plan after having his account closed with a $8,614 balance three months ago. No reason was given for the delay. The player is allegedly being paid in full in two transactions this week. | Read more
PokerStars is dominating gaming industry headlines once again. Fresh off their settlement with the US DOJ, PokerStars is looking to acquire an Atlantic City casino—the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel. PokerStars parent company, Rational Group US Holdings, is seeking approval for a deal that would make PokerStars the first internet gambling company to purchase an Atlantic City casino. | Read more
Heritage Sportsbook (SBR rating A) has discontinued its poker room. Management tells Sportsbook Review that other options will be considered in the future if there is a player demand. Heritage enabled poker access in August of last year as reported by SBR. Heritage account holders were notified of the decision by email.
5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) is now offering Realtime Gaming (RTG) casino games. RTG is renowned for developing casino software and is one of the premier companies of its kind. RTG was founded in 1998 and later acquired in 2007 by Curacao based group Hastings International. 5Dimes users are able to access the newly added games by accessing the Grand Casino tab. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, January 15th, 2012. In today's show, a WagerUp Sportsbook (SBR rating C) sportsbook bonus dispute is discussed, as well as other outstanding items that are being investigated by SBR news analysts. To submit show feedback, you may comment via email to VideoNews@sportsbookreview.com. | Read more
A Bet33 Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) player submits a payout dispute with SBR. The user claims that his account was closed three months ago with a balance of $8,614. He says he was then placed on a weekly payout plan. The last payment was made on December 19th. The player states he is still owed $1,736 and that Bet33 has not given any details on when he will be paid again. | Read more
Noxwin Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) has joined the OddsMatrix platform. OddsMatrix is licensed by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority ("LGA") of Malta and holds license number LGA/CL2/497/2008 issued on 3 February 2009. OddsMatrix is most known for powering TowerGaming Sportsbook (SBR rating D+). | Read more
London Capital Group has struck a deal to sign BetVictor as a white label partner. LCG, one of the world's most recognised spread betting and CFD providers, has its platform live at Betvictorfinancials.com. Users are able to trade equities, bonds, and commodities with the same software of LCG's spread betting platforms. | Read more
Update 2/21, 10AM ET: The player was shown to have defrauded the sportsbook. The dispute was satisfactorily resolved by BetClic.A BetClic Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) player has filed an account dispute. The player claims that BetClic blocked his account, which held a €151 balance, six months ago. He alleges that all of his documents were approved by the sportsbooks and that the account was created in 2010. SBR is investigating. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com gives an SBR iGaming News update for Friday, January 11th 2013. The headliner of today's show is the long-standing WTO battle between Antigua and the US over iGaming: a claim originally opened by Antigua in 2003. Antigua is set to present its plan to collect on the $21M judgement awarded by the WTO later this month. | Read more
SportingBet (SBR rating D+) has commented on the recent bonus complaint reported by SBR. A player had a €100 free bet denied by SportingBet, despite having fulfilled the terms of the promotion. SportingBet claimed that the player "engaged in arbitrage" in 2009, making him ineligible to receive future bonus promotions.
A Sportingbet (SBR rating D+) bonus complaint has been filed. A player alleges that Sportingbet is refusing to credit an earned €100 free bet. The player claims to have followed all bonus terms, which are referenced within this article. Sportingbet has a long history of not honoring back-end bonuses: bonuses that require the punter to make wagers upfront. | Read more
A 24SportsWeb Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) player reports that a $3,000 withdrawal requested October 10th via Skrill has not been paid. 24SportsWeb live support has been unable to provide a concrete update: the player says he has been told on more than one occasion that his funds should be received the following week. SBR is investigating this latest claim. | Read more
Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, January 8th, 2013. Today's video details a sportsbook scam alert issued on blacklisted sportsbook Oddsmaker (SBR rating F). Oddsmaker has confiscated more than $250,000 from players determined to be professionals. | Read more
Congratulations to 2013 NCAA Bowl Contest winners. SBR Forum user "TheMoneyShot" splits $5,000 with team "The Pit Crew", led by "5mike5", "rickie65", and "Avssakic". As the users were tied for first place with 21 contest units each, they also split the 50,000 SBR Points awarded to second place. SBR points can be used to redeem merchandise from the SBR Store.
A YouWin Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player submits a bonus complaint. The player tells SBR that he deposited €1,000 after creating his account, and was limited after three bets to €1-€5 maximum stakes. The player claims that YouWin is refusing to prorate the bonus to allow the player to cashout. SBR is following up on the claim.
The SBR Gaming Triathlon events start Monday, January 7th. The competition awards $5,500 in championship prizes as well as 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 hoops contest, poker tournament and a blackjack contest. | Contest information
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