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News on scam sports betting operations, events and business deals within the offshore sports gambling industry.


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A (unrated) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. The player received an unsolicited email invitation from with a 100% bonus offer on all deposits; the email included a website log-in and password for He then deposited $125 through a P2P service to an American surname in Costa Rica.

Sportsbook has updated its odds grid for Masters Golf Betting. Currently, the leading online sportsbook offering the most competitive prices across the board, including pricing Tiger Woods at 3.6 to 1, is 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+). SBR will continue to update the grid until the beginning of the 2013 US Open Masters Golf tournament at Augusta National.


Scam sportsbook Oddsmaker (SBR rating F) has confiscated more than a quarter million dollars from players to date. A player who had $13,000 stolen has filed a complaint with Sportsbook Review. The player’s only crime was being what Oddsmaker calls a non-recreational gambler. Oddsmaker routinely fleeces players that are considered too sharp to accept wagers from.


Gaming operator 888 Holdings was licensed by the Nevada Gaming Commission last week. 888 was granted an interactive gaming system manufacturers license, and is also licensed as a distributor and service provider. This means 888 is free to shop its service around to Las Vegas casinos licensed for online poker.

PokerStars must wait until at least the summer before it is given the green light on their planned acquisition of the Atlantic City Club Casino Hotel. The Rational Group, PokerStars' parent company, has not fully completed its Interim Casino Authorization petition which must be submitted to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), according to a report.


Sportsbook has released a comparison grid of the 2013 Golf Masters betting odds from the top online betting sites. Tiger Woods has regained his form and the linesmakers have installed him at minimum 3/1 to win the Championship. SBR will be updating this list and adding more online sportsbook odds as they become available.


A WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating F) victim has filed a complaint with SBR. The player has a balance of $3,000 with the no-pay sportsbook and has given up hope on ever being paid. Like many others, he has waited for over three years. WSEX support continues to cycle through their littany of excuses blaming processors and government agencies for their failure to honor their obligations.


GVC Holdings, a provider of B2B and B2C services, has completed their acquisition of SportingBet. Under the terms of the deal, British bookmaker William Hill (SBR rating A) has acquired SportingBet's Australian business and has been granted a call option over SportingBet's Spanish business.

Globet Sportsbook payout complaint, SBR Industry News


Sportsbook provides an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, March 19th, 2013. One of the topics mentioned in today's show is a recent Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) payout complaint involving a player that has waited more than one month for a €1,293 payout. SBR is awaiting comment from Globet management.


5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) management tell SBR that scheduled maintenance will take place at 2:30AM ET the morning of Wednesday, March 20th. The 5Dimes Sportsbook family websites will be down for approximately 4.5 hours. 5Dimes expects that all services will be fully re-established by 7AM ET.


Sportsbook has updated its betting grid for the 2012-13 NCAA Tournament Betting futures. The list now contains the best March Madness betting odds, listing a futures betting chart with prices from the industry's best online sportsbooks. SBR is also running a free NCAA Brackets contest for posting forum users.

Pinnacle Sports withdraws Alderney licence


Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) has decided to discontinue their licence from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. Pinnacle is currently licenced in Curacao and is working on securing other major licencing.


The free March Madness Brackets contest is open. The contest is 100% free to play. All users must have SBR Forum accounts to participate. This year's free NCAA Brackets contest has a whopping prize-pool of 100,000 points. Points may be used to make redemptions from the SBR Store. Brackets may now be submitted!


Update: 3:01PM CST: 5Dimes is back online. The 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) family websites are all currently inaccessible. 5Dimes management has confirmed that a power outage knocked the website offline. 5Dimes is currently working to bring its network back online. SBR will update this report as the sportsbook is back online.


SBR has spoken with Betway (SBR rating D) regarding the report published Thursday. One player claimed that he was told that £700 in bonus winnings would be confiscated in accordance with the controversial "30% rule" cited in past disputes. This was significant as Betway claimed that after the string of SBR cases the rule was discontinued.


The wait is nearly over for former US based Full Tilt Poker players to receive their funds after the infamous Black Friday online poker crackdown nearly two years ago. US Attorney Preet Bharara representing the Southern District of New York announced that a claims administrator has been appointed to manage repayment of the players.

Sportsbook has updated its grid with the best online sportsbook market prices for Baseball Betting Futures, including regular season win totals and World Series odds for the upcoming 2013 Major League Baseball regular season. America's favorite past-time kicks off Sunday March 31st with the Texas Rangers taking on the Houston Astros at 8:05PM ET.


Two BetWay (SBR rating D) players have submitted sportsbook disputes. Each dispute involves bonuses: The usual source of BetWay complaints. The first player claims that a £700 balance was confiscated after it was alleged he violated the "30% rule" — a rule management claimed was discontinued after a series of SBR reported complaints led to BetWay's blacklisting.

Online sportsbook news, weekly show 3/12/2013


Sportsbook provides an SBR Industry News video update for Tuesday, March 12th, 2013. Discussed are outstanding items reported on the SBR newswire, as well as general sportsbook disputes from the SBR mailbag. Follow Sportsbook Review on Twitter @SBRreview to never miss an iGaming industry news update.

Intrade has shut down. SBR reported in November of last year that the business left the US market. The Dublin based business has been targeted by a civil complaint filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission: A US regulator. The company's board of directors released a brief statement regarding the closure.


iGaming operator and land-based sportsbook BetFred (SBR rating B-) now has its very own television channel. BetFred has partnered with news and sports outlet Satellite Information Services (SIS) for this deal. BetFred will broadcast its television channel during business hours across its 1,365 betting shops in the UK.

SBR iGaming News video update: 3/8/2013


Sportsbook provides a weely iGaming News video update for Friday, March 8th, 2013. Today's video covers the recent news out of Atlantic City with respect to the American Gaming Association opposing PokerStars' efforts to purchase the Atlantic City Club Casino Hotel. Submit video feedback to


The free March Madness Brackets contest kicks off in two weeks. The contest is 100% free to play. All users must have SBR Forum accounts to play. This year's NCAA Brackets contest has a whopping prize-pool of 100,000 points. Points may be used to make redemptions from the SBR Store.