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10.14.2014

Update: On September 27, SBR reported on a Wagerweb Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) player who had a total of $18,000 in check withdrawals pending. The player complained that his oldest request was 130 days old, requested May 29, and was outside of the already lengthy six week time-frame to receive checks. | Wagerweb complaint

Congrats sportfan for winning Monday Night Football contest

10.14.2014

Sportsbook Review forum poster "sportfan" correctly predicted the outcome of the 49ers vs Rams Monday Night Football contest at 31-17. Sportfan has won a $15 pizza gift card at the company of his choice. The weekly giveaway is just one of the contests offered for SBR members. SBR is running a $20,000 NFL and NCAAF betting contest which enters its seventh week of competition.

MLB Bettors to be refunded for Game 3 ALCS wagers

10.13.2014

Game 3 of the ALCS in MLB has been postponed to Tuesday due to inclement weather in Kansas City. Sports bettors who wagered game 3 should check their sportsbook accounts and ensure their tickets have been voided. The industry standard, and rule held by Las Vegas, is that during the post season games which do not begin and are postponed are refunded. Wagers on games that begin but are called due to weather still have action whenever the game is resumed, regardless of the inning play is canceled in. Betting sites BetOnline, Heritage, and 5Dimes were among the first to post baseball odds for the new game 3 date.

Tonybet player account closed after random phone interrogation

10.13.2014

A Tonybet (unrated) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. They player claims she had a balance of €1502. Her account was closed after it was alleged that she had violated terms and conditions pertaining to multiple accounts. The player has claimed to have sent all required ID documents and correctly answered the questions asked during a random phone call. The player's €400 deposit was refunded. SBR is investigating.

Marathonbet player asks for help on SBR Forum

10.12.2014

A Marathonbet (SBR rating B) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. The player has stated that he deposited £125 through Paysafe approximately one month ago. His account is presently suspended and is undergoing an extensive Know Your Customer (KYC) procedure. He has claimed to have provided reasonable forms of ID, but is unable to produce the latest series of documents required by Marathonbet. SBR has followed up with a Marathonbet manager to discuss the case, which the player also posted on the Sportsbook Review forum. SBR reported on September 12 that Marathonbet is among the betting sites to have applied for a license with the UK Gambling Commission pending the implementation of the new UK Gambling law.

NFL Monday Night Football Contest: Win a Pizza Gift card

10.12.2014

Sportsbook Review encourages readers to take part in the "Predict the Score for Pizza" Monday Night Football contest. Users must predict the exact final score outcome of Monday night's San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams game; with the exactly correct total for each team. The winning user will be sent their choice of a $15 pizza eGift card from Papa Johns, Dominos, or Pizza Hut.

10.11.2014

A SportsbettingOnline (SBR rating D+) player has filed a payout complaint. The player has claimed to have three $500 requests pending through processing methods SBR has agreed not to publish on the news feed as a courtesy to other operators. The funds have been debited from the player's account, and for going on two weeks he has not received an update. | SportsbettingOnline report

EasyStreet Sports player has payout pending

10.11.2014

An Easystreet Sports (SBR rating D) player has filed a payout complaint. The player states that he asked to be paid by Person to Person two weeks ago and the funds have yet to be deducted from his account. The betting site advertises same-day payouts through this cashier method. The player states that he was told there are processing issues that are causing his payout, which is less than $1,000, to be delayed. Easystreet's name became tarnished in the infamous casino confiscation case where $46,000 was taken from a player's account who had profited from playing Jacks or Better in their online casino. Since then, Easystreet has shortened their name to "EZ Street", seemingly to bypass the elephant like memory of search engines. EasyStreet was downgraded to D after their handling of the casino case and has not spoken with SBR on player complaints since. Players with feedback are asked to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

10.10.2014

In today's sportsbook news industry video broadcast, newswoman Natalie covers the latest player complaints to surface in the SBR newswire, including a dispute against Enterbet Sportsbook - a shop that has been plagued with issues throughout its history. | Video report

10.09.2014

There are hundreds of betting sites all over the internet. Operators around the globe have a common goal — Attract new business and grow their brand. But with so many sportsbooks and casinos to choose from, how do players distinguish the legit companies from the outright scams? These five tips can make the difference between a healthy bankroll and one flushed down the drain. | Read the Tips

10.09.2014

An Enterbet Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) player has submitted a complaint. The player has claimed that the betting site has owed him $600 since June of 2014, and is now refusing payment on the grounds that there are discrepancies with his play in the casino. He has claimed that Enterbet has not provided an explanation on what the discrepancies are. | Enterbet report

Betsafe Sportsbook bonus complaint: Player limited to 1 PLN

10.09.2014

A Betsafe player (SBR rating C-) has submitted a sportsbook complaint. The player states that he deposited 750 PLN (approximately $225) to his account and received a 25% bonus from the betting site. His wager limits were quickly reduced to a maximum of 1 PLN; this revised limit make it impossible for him to clear through his play-through requirement. Additionally, his rollover obligation is time based. Betsafe has yet to waive the rollover and prorate the bonus, which is the industry standard way of resolving such a complaint if restoring the player's limits is not an option. Sportsbook Review reported this week on why betting sites lower wagering limits and how this can be avoided.

10.08.2014

A Sportsbook Review reader commented on a tweet released by Nitrogen Sports (SBR rating B) concerning their entry into the sportsbook ratings guide. The user commented: "Love your book, but it seems crazy to use bitcoin with its value dropping so fast". Bitcoin has dropped to as low as $325 per coin this week. | View report

InstantActionSports slow-pay complaint #3 received

10.08.2014

A new slow-pay complaint has been received from an InstantActionSports (SBR rating D+) player. The user requested a withdrawal of $1,000 approximately two months ago, and has yet to receive this payout. He has claimed that the betting sites customer service has acknowledged the delays without providing a meaningful update on when his payout would be processed. Sportsbook Review reported this week on an update involving two InstantActionSports payout complaints. In each case, InstantActionSports stated that the players could be paid smaller denominations through multiple Person to Person transactions as there were banking delays with both Skrill and direct transfer. Sportsbook Review has followed up with InstantActionSports concerning this latest slow-pay complaint.

NBA Futures Betting markets page updated

10.07.2014

The NBA Futures bets directory has been updated with recently released wagering markets, including regular season win totals, NBA MVP, and Rookie of Year bets. The page also includes grids which update in real-time for NBA bets such as outright 2014-15 champion, conference, and division winners.

Question from SBR mailbag: Diamondsb.com

10.07.2014

A Sportsbook Review reader has written in with a question concerning Diamondsb.com: The reader asked if this shop was in any way related to A+ related BetDSI Sportsbook. Diamondsb.com is a PPH skin that is on the same network as Bet2win.ag. The site is hosted in San Jose, Costa Rica, and uses Digital Gaming Solutions (DGS) software. The shop primarily serves non post-up related clients, and is not connected with other established online betting sites. Players looking to deposit funds are advised to stick with established brands.

10.06.2014

A Youwin (SBR rating C+) player has submitted a complaint with SBR against the betting site. He originally joined Youwin with the intention of playing on their poker network: Youwin is part of the Merge poker network, and is the only betting site to allow players from Costa Rica to access the poker network, he claims. He has $1,500 he has been unable to withdraw. | Youwin complaint

10.06.2014

UPDATE 10/20/2014: The player has reported payment.
Betway (SBR rating C+) has commented on the dispute originally reported by SBR September 28. In that dispute, a player claimed that $833 in winnings were confiscated after the sportsbook believed he signed up from a country that was not permitted to operate an account. He maintains that he made a mistake signing up but that he was in compliance with Betway terms. | Betway complaint

10.06.2014

An LSbet Sportsbook (SBR rating C) player has filed a complaint against the betting site with SBR. The player's claims are similar to those raised in the recent LSbet dispute reported by SBR, where the betting site charged the player with violation of their terms and conditions pertaining to "duplicate accounts" operating from the same household.  | LSbet complaint
 

InstantActionSports slow-pay reported

10.06.2014

Update 6:33PM ET: InstantActionSports has stated the player has been offered an alternate withdrawal method. There are reportedly processor issues with IAS using Skrill. SBR asked InstantActionSports for an update on the $5,000 slow-pay complaint reported which involved a bank transfer and was told that player also has the option of an alternate payout method.

An InstantActionSports (SBR rating D+) player has filed a complaint. The player requested an $866 payout on August 1. After not receiving his funds, he inquired on the status of his payout on September 15, and was reportedly told that there was a general payouts delay. He was told that his payout would be processed as soon as possible. To date, he has not been paid. InstantActionSports was downgraded to D+ at the start of football season for lingering slow-pay issues and failing to provide timely updates to players or SBR. InstantActionSports could face additional downgrades if the issues continue.

Sportsbook Review evaluating bitcoin betting site Anonibet

10.05.2014

Sportsbook Review is in the process of gathering information and investigating bitcoin sportsbook Anonibet, which has been in business since late 2011. SBR invites bitcoin bettors with feedback to write to mail@sportsbokreview.com. SBR expects Anonibet to be introduced into the SBR sportsbook ratings guide by the end of next week. SBR launched a bitcoin betting sites guide this year, and recently established an initial rating into bitcoin sportsbook Nitrogen Sports.

Monday Night Football Contest: Win Pizza Gift Card

10.05.2014

SBR invites readers to participate in the "Predict the Score for Pizza" Monday Night Football contest. Users must correctly predict the final score outcome of Monday night's Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins football game; with the exactly correct total for each team. The winning user will be sent a $15 pizza eGift card from Pizza Hut or Papa Johns.

10.04.2014

Sportsbook Review reported on a Matchbook (SBR rating B+) player had difficulty withdrawing his $9,200 closing balance following the betting exchanges' exit from the Canadian market on 21 July 2014. The case had a unique set of facts where the player actually left Canada prior to the exit and temporarily relocated to the US, where Matchbook does not allow accounts. | Complaint summary

No update in VIPSports.eu winnings confiscation complaint

10.04.2014

Sportsbook Review reported on August 21 that a VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) player was owed $2,000. The player aired his grievance out at the SBR posting forum, stating that his deposit was refunded but winnings were not honored. The majority of his balance was made on Justin Williams to win the Conn Smythe trophy. This wager is the NHL's equivalent of playoffs Most Valuable Player. The user claimed that he was labeled a "professional bettor" and told that his winnings would not be honored. VIPSports.eu declined comment to SBR on the case; and the dispute remains open. Players are advised to avoid VIPSports.eu and the online sportsbooks under the BTG Global NV family. SBR reported an advisory that the group was advertising 100% bonuses following the start of the 2014-15 NFL season.