NBA Picks: Lock Spurs & 'Under' To Take Care Of Business vs. Mavericks
LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard head up to Dallas and American Airlines Arena on Friday night to face Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks.Let’s review the NBA odds now!Read More
PaddyPower & Betfair Merger Looms and a Changing UK Industry
A combination of high overheads and tighter industry regulation has led to a series of high-street shop closures and M&A activity across the gambling industry. Last month online sportsbook Paddy Power announced that it wants to merge with sportsbook Betfair.Read More
Sportingbet account closure dispute
A Sportingbet (SBR rating C-) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. The player has claimed that he deposited $600 and accumulated approximately $630 in winnings, bringing his balance to $1,230. His account was temporarily suspended pending the outcome of the Know Your Customer (KYC) process where he would be required to provide ID and utility bill documents. The player claimed that he was asked to have his passport notarized, which he did, and later to photograph himself holding the passport. He tells SBR he followed these requirements but was still told his account would be closed with just the $600 deposit refunded. It is unclear if Sportingbet believed the documents were fraudulent or what other circumstances are at play. SBR is following up with the sportsbook.
Sportingbet refunds player's deposit and permanently closes account
A Sportingbet (SBR rating C-) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. The player claimed to have deposited €100 with Sportingbet via Neteller, accepted a 100% bonus and began wagering as normal. After working the balance up, Sportingbet allegedly closed the player’s account and refunded the €100 deposit to the player’s Neteller account. Sportingbet informed the player that their account would be permanently closed and provided no additional information. Sportsbook Review is investigating the player’s claim.
Sportingbet decides not to pay earned bonus … again
Online sportsbook Sportingbet (SBR rating D+) has refused to apply another earned bonus. A player wrote in to SBR detailing that he decided to take Sportingbet up on their offer of a 50% free bet bonus up to €250. He deposited €500 and made an all-in wager. The wager ended up losing and the player still had not been credited with his bonus, so he raised an inquiry with Sportingbet support. Sportingbet told him that it can take up to 48 hours. After that time-frame expired, the player was told that was was excluded from the bonus. The sportsbook has long enforced a rule that allowed for earned bonuses not to be credited if it is believed the player has violated the following rule:
Sportingbet reserves the right to refuse a free bet to a customer where Sportingbet reasonably believes that such customer has historically or is abusing or defrauding the free bet system, for example engaging in arbitrage.“
SBR reported in May of 2012 of this very same practice. At the time, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) rubberstamped this decision. Additional reports were made in January of 2013 as well as during the first half of 2014 concerning this practice. While it is not uncommon for online sportsbooks to craft rules protecting themselves from the extreme case of bonus abusers, SBR questions the continued application of the rule by Sportingbet.
Sportingbet player submits winnings dispute
A Sportingbet (C-) player has taken to the Sportsbook Review posting forum to air a grievance. The player twice deposited to Sportingbet, primarily wagering soccer. He made a payout request and was paid as normal. He continued to wager with the funds remaining in his account and at this point was asked to produce ID documents, which is where his nightmare began. | Sportingbet complaintRead More
Playtech to leave Belgium market
Sportsbook Review has learned that following new regulations, Playtech will restrict both new and existing customers from Belgium effective 29 April 2014. Belgium based users will no longer be able to register with any Playtech online sportsbook or casino product. While popular british Bookmaker William Hill no longer allowed new Belgium players as of last year, existing Belgium users must withdraw their funds.Read More
WilliamHill acquisition – SBR iGaming Video update
Sportsbook Review.com provides an SBR iGaming news video update for Friday, September 6. Topics in today’s show include the recent news of British bookmaker William Hill (SBR rating A) exercising a call option with Spanish business Miapuesta, as well as recent sportsbook industry dispute updates. Follow SBR on Twitter @SBRreview.Read More
WilliamHill chooses to exercise Miapuesta call option
WillHill acquires online sportsbook TomWaterhouse.com