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09.04.2015

A new TonyBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) complaint has been reported. A player requested to be paid £759 on August 10 after completing wagering requirements associated with a 50% bonus on top of a £200 deposit. The online sportsbook has provided no updates on when the player can epxect to receive payment.

09.04.2015

Sportsbook Review's Natalie Rydstrom delivers an SBR Industry News video update for Friday, September 4. Topics include three recent changes to the sportsbook bonus directory, an online sportsbook moving wagering platforms, and a slow-pay sportsbook that has 21 outstanding player complaints on file.

09.04.2015

Online sportsbook HRWager (SBR rating C) recently completed a move to the BetPhoenix platform. HRWager is using the BetPhoenix software and hosting. The sportsbook now allows players to deposit through bitcoin. HRWager is the 33rd betting site to be added to the sportsbook rating guide list as accepting bitcoin.

09.03.2015

Sportsbook Review is evaluating bitcoin sportsbook and casino mBit for inclusion into the sportsbook rating guide and bitcoin review page. mBit has operated since early 2014 as a bitcoin accepting casino and more recently launched a sports betting product. mBit offers a 110% bonus up to 1 BTC.

09.03.2015

Three updates have been made to the sportsbook bonuses directory. The most notable change is BetOnline Sportsbook upping the size of their free play bonus to 100% with a promo expiration date of September 6. A promo code is needed to redeem the offer, and is only available for first-time deposits. Players can unlock promo codes clicking the Info button.

09.03.2015

A Unibet Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) player has submitted a bonus dispute. The player believes that he should have been credited for a no risk free bet after complying with the bonus terms and conditions that called for a €5 free bet to be applied after making three qualifying wagers. Sprotsbook Review has followed up on the complaint with Unibet.

09.03.2015

1XBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) has accused a winning sports bettor of fraud and confiscated €1,200. The player registered his account last month with 1XBet and deposited €600, he received a 15% deposit bonus. After he was more than half way through completing his turnover obligation, 1XBet accused the player of fraud.

09.03.2015

A TonyBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player has filed a casino winnings complaint. The player deposited €500 to accept a 100% signup bonus offer. He claims he then went on the run of a life-time winning over €25,000 playing slots, with an average bet of about €150 per transaction. At this time, he requested a €3,000 payout.

09.02.2015

A total of 48 sportsbook bonus offers are listed in the sportsbook bonuses page. Players can search sportsbook bonuses from A+ bookmakers on down to betting sites rated a minimum of C. Online sportsbooks who are rated lower than C are not shown in the bonuses list, but are listed in the sportsbook rating guide.

09.02.2015

A Dobet Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) player has filed a payout complaint. He has yet to be paid €100 from the online sportsbook and has become alarmed that he may not be paid after realizing the online sportsbook is listed on the scam sportsbook blacklist. Sportsbook Review asks Dobet players in need of assistance to submit a sportsbook complaint.

09.02.2015

A Fun88.co.uk (unrated) player has filed a complaint with SBR. The player requested a payout of £304, he has never previously been paid from the online sportsbook. Following his payout request, the player was asked to submit a range of documents, including a photograph of himself holding his passport next to his face. He has not been paid.

09.02.2015

ZenitBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) slow-pay complaint #21 has been reported.  Much like the other complaints against the scam Russian sportsbook, the player has been waiting for over 30 business days to be paid. There has been no communication from the online sportsbook concerning the delay. ZenitBet is listed on the worst sportsbook blacklist.

09.01.2015

801 players are now enrolled in this year's free $30,000+ NFL and NCAAF betting contest known as the "Beat The Prick" contest. The first week of play officially begins next week - Tuesday September 8 - with the first week of the NFL season. This is the 11th year the contest has run on the SBR network. SBR's Natalie Rydstrom won't be playing, but the contest is open to the general public.

09.01.2015

Online sportsbooks have adjusted several candidates odds on winning the next US Presidency. 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) adjusted Donald Trump down to +650 from +1000 two weeks prior for a 35% adjustment. Other notable swings include the odds on Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Jeb Bush. SBR has a political betting odds page comparing sportsbook payouts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.