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British bookmaker William Hill (SBR rating A) is pulling out of China. As of August 19, all residents of China will have their accounts suspended. After this date, the players will be unable to use their accounts to access the sportsbook or any of the gaming rooms. Players will be able to request payment as normal through the "My Account" cashier.

A Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) player has reported being owed $1,100 since June 8th. Dimeline has provided no firm updates on his payment status. Interestingly, the player has reported that despite making his transaction using plastic, he was not asked to submit documentation. SBR is following up on the sportsbook complaint.

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Sportsbook has released an SBR Industry News video update for August 13, 2013. Today's show focuses on a recent SBR report naming the top five sportsbooks to avoid headed into the upcoming NFL and College Football seasons. Players in need of sportsbook assistance should submit an SBR complaint. | Read more

Irish gaming operator and sportsbook Paddy Power (SBR rating B+) is in the hunt for a gambling licence in New Jersey. PaddyPower is already the beneficiary of an online gaming licence in Nevada although it has yet to setup shop in Sin City. PaddyPower is one of many companies seeking to position itself to take advantage of recent NJ legislation legalising internet gambling.


August is a month of excitement for football gamblers whose itch for betting on pigskins is just about to be satisfied. NFL preseason gives bettors and fans alike the first chance to check out how newly added players will perform, even if the games are relatively meaningless. It is also a time when online sportsbooks set their bonus promotions for the year - even the ones to avoid.

Sportsbook has updated its NFL Futures Betting comparison page. If you're a gambler seeking to ensure you get the best available price for the team of your choice, check the SBR page to see the current price at the best and most recognized online football sportsbooks for the 2014 NFL Super Bowl as well as Conference Betting odds.

British bookmaking giant William Hill (SBR rating A) has acquired the online betting business of for a reported $34 million. Tom Waterhouse will stay on as managing director and could line his pockets with up to $70 million more under the terms of the earn-out agreement.


A WagerUp Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) player has reported being slow-paid. He requested $800 of his $4,161 balance on July 1st. According to email correspondence provided by the player, WagerUp pinned the blame on third party processors and has made a number of inaccurate statements suggesting the player would be paid by a given date.

BetRevolution Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) is currently not providing players nor SBR with updates on payouts. Players have reported poor customer service and a lack of information from the small staffed sportsbook. The company remains on the SBR blacklist for confiscating over $25,000 from a group of winnings players they claimed violated their terms and conditions.

Today's online sportsbook industry news video show covers the recent report of a Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating C) partial payment. A player has been attempting to withdraw a total sum of just over £800 since June 21 via Skrill (Moneybookers) but has not yet been paid in full. Other outstanding sportsbook disputes are also covered in the program.


A Geobet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player has reported being ripped off by bonus rules. The player registered with Geobet to take advantage of their 100% welcome bonus. The player has told SBR that at the time he accepted their offer, he scanned all terms and conditions related to the bonus. He then began to place wagers to complete his rollover.


Bet770 Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) has joined the NetBet Sport group. Players account details and balances have already been transferred over to the new system and pending wagers will be honored by NetBet. NetBet Sport's gaming license is also issued by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) of Malta.


SBRforum has launched its free annual football handicapping contest, Beat The Prick IX. This year's contest awards a whopping $15,500 in prizes, an iPad, SBR shirts, and a healthy 75,000 points per week. The contest centers around "The Prick", a professional handicapper that makes NFL and NCAAF picks against the spread each week.


SBR first reported of a Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) player's payout issue on July 1. He requested a £808.65 payout on June 21 via Skrill but had not been paid within the 2-3 day window advertised by the sportsbook. He later received a partial £500 payout on July 8. The player has since reported receiving another partial payout of £200.

Sportsbook gives an SBR iGaming News video update for Thursday, August 1st. Topics in today's show include the recent news involve a Skrill (Moneybookers) sponsorship of Football Conference League play, a PointCasino Sportsbook confiscations update, as well as news of internet gambling in New Jersey.

37 firms have applied for internet gambling licenses in New Jersey. The Division of Gaming Enforcement in NJ has confirmed that the applications were received by Monday's deadline. Names will not be made public until the applications are approved. SBR reported on February 26 that NJ Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill legalizing internet gambling.

Update: SBR has been in contact with BetMotion Sportsbook and learned that the source of the player's issue was that he had not in fact completed his bonus rollover, thus his payout request was not processed. BetMotion states the customer service representative referenced in the below article was mistaken in their initial correspondence with the player. This dispute is considered closed.

Skrill (Moneybookers) is the new Title Sponsor for the next three seasons of Football Conference league play. The new leagues will be named the Skrill Premier, The Skrill North, and the Skrill South, according to an official press release released by the Football Conference and posted on the Skrill website.


SBR reported last week that PointCasino Sportsbook (SBR rating D) was still in the process of reviewing outstanding disputes filed by players as early as February 2013. PointCasino has yet to reach a decision on how it intends to handle the cold cases, but did express the desire to clear their name following negative press responding to their confiscation of player winnings.


Update 7:54PM ET:  5Dimes Sportsbook is back online. SBR reported earlier that 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) and related websites were offline due to a  power outage. Players were not able to place wagers via the telephone during this time. Management has told SBR that a backup generator failed, causing the temporary inconvenience.

Social gaming company Zynga is out of the hunt for a US gaming license. Zynga will attempt to focus on what it has done well up to now, design engaging games with the social element tied in, catching fire on smart phone devices and across social networking sites. New CEO Don Mattrick is tasked with turning the company around in the wake of dismal second quarter earnings.


Global e-commerce provider Ukash has finalised a deal that will allow customers to withdraw cash from more than 3,000 ATM machines throughout the United Kingdom. The solution will be fully integrated inside the actual ATM machine, which will allow for cardless withdrawals, a potentially huge benefit for online gamblers.


SBR reported on July 23 that GoalWin Sportsbook (unrated) was delaying all payouts. A player reported that GoalWin failed to process his withdrawal dated June 15. SBR followed up on the complaint and was told that payouts were delayed due to technical issues within the GoalWin cashier. The player has since been paid.


HitItBet Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) has reversed their position in the sportsbook dispute reported by SBR two days ago. A controversial rule that penalised bettors for failing to confirm their identities within 60 days led one player to ask SBR for assistance. SBR reviewed the rule and agreed with the bettor.


PointCasino Sportsbook (SBR rating D) is still in the process of reviewing outstanding disputes reported on by players dating back to February 2013. PointCasino expressed the desire to clear their name following negative feedback shared by players who had bonus funds stolen and to update public reports that chronicled the disputes.