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The Heritage Sportsbook (SBR rating A) call center will close at 8PM PST tonight and reopen at 10AM PST Thursday morning. Internet wagering and game grading will continue as normal during this time. Management tells SBR that the time off is to celebrate the successful year and upcoming holiday season with staff.


SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström gives an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, December 11th, 2012. The headliner of today's video is to discuss the Oddsmaker Sportsbook scam alert issued by Sportsbook Oddsmaker has confiscated more than $250,000 from winning players to date.


BetOnline Sportsbook (SBR rating B+) has completed their audit of the account holder mentioned in SBR's last report. The user's play was investigated as four other players each deposited the same amount of cash, transferred their funds to the poker room and lost their balances within 24 hours via heads up (1 vs 1) table play. The player is free to request his $25,000 balance as normal.


An Oddsmaker Sportsbook (SBR rating F) player submits an account dispute. The player states that in twelve years, he has never once withdrawn winnings from the sportsbook; but after managing a $400 balance he attempted his first cash out. Oddsmaker then closed his account and accused him of fraud.


Bovada Sportsbook (SBR rating A) users report website downtime from 9PM-11:45PM ET. A representative of Bovada commented on SBR Forum that users still having difficulty accessing their accounts or with general inquiries should write to Players may also reach Bovada via telephone at 1-888-263-0000.

NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak has lobbied for internet wagering in Atlantic City casinos for years, and it looks like he just may get it. The NJ State Assembly approved an updated version of the legislation Tuesday, leading to the chance of the bill passing following a full assembly and later Senate vote December 20th.


Enterbet (SBR rating D-) management has addressed the sportsbook dispute reported by SBR on December 3rd. A player had his $4,000 balance confiscated and his account closed on the grounds that he was connected to a player  previously banned for defrauding the company. The dispute remains open and is being discussed.

First Cagayan, the gaming license provider based in the Philippines, has addressed the DafaBet (unrated) syndicate betting disputes reported by Sportsbook earlier this week. A First Cagayan manager indicated that all player claims involving licensees are investigated, and that one of the DafaBet players has already contacted the company for help.


Sportsbook news anchor Natalie Rydstrom and dispute analyst Justin give an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, December 4th, 2012. Today's topics include the recent accusation of syndicate betting by two sports betting sites, as well as other outstanding news items from the SBR newswire.


DafaBet (unrated) has accused a player of "illegal betting patterns" and confiscated €516 in winnings + bonus money. This is the second report from a DafaBet player in as many weeks. The two unrelated players detail similar events: Their funds were confiscated, a generic note given from customer service, and only their deposited funds left in their accounts.


An EnterBet (SBR rating D-) claims a $4,000 balance has been confiscated. The player states that after two months of waiting for a status update on a requested payout, EnterBet claimed someone linked to the player reversed a charge. EnterBet closed the player's account and provided no other details. The player denies the charge. SBR is investigating.


A BetPhoenix (SBR rating C) player reports that after more than two years, his $129,000 balance has nearly been withdrawn in full. The player tells SBR that the payment plan was at times slow-moving, with each payout request being accompanied by a $100 fee. A second BetPhoenix player reported publicly on a $100,000 balance being paid by BetPhoenix over a period of seventeen months. SBR notes that the two players were deemed non-recreational by the sportsbook. SBR encourages users who bet both big and small to submit payout feedback from BetPhoenix Sportsbook.


The WagerWeb Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) player owed $2,500 from the payout dispute reported by SBR in August of 2011 has been paid in full. WagerWeb cited concerns that the player could have received the payout already via a bank processing situation as reason for the delay. This dispute is now closed.

Betfair Sportsbook (SBR rating A-) has left the Greek market. This marks the second withdrawal of the month from a European market, as Betfair also announced its departure from German market. Betfair cited regulatory and tax concerns as contributing to their decision. SBR news anchor Natalie discusses this topic and more in today's SBR iGaming News program.


A BetOnline Sportsbook (SBR rating B+) player reports that his $25,000+ balance has been locked, pending a poker audit. Management tells SBR that suspicious circumstances flagged the player's account — four players each transferred $470 to the poker room following a credit card deposit, then lost their funds to the player within a 24 hour window. SBR will update this report.


ToBet Sportsbook (SBR rating C) is unwilling to revisit their decision to confiscate the winnings of a player they allege was part of a betting syndicate. Unlike one player working with others to circumvent limits or one player having multiple accounts, which is a clear violation of standard terms, these "syndicate" players could simply be friends with legitimate accounts who share the same opinion and are innocent of any wrongdoing. In the past we have seen SBG Global claim that innocent players following a winning local radio tout were guilty of syndicate play. They were cheated out of winnings and were not guilty of any wrongdoing.

A DafaBet (unrated) player submits a sportsbook complaint. The player registered on November 6th, depositing €160 and receiving an unspecified deposit bonus. The player states that he increased his balance to approximately €700 after one day.  DafaBet then shut the player's account and refunded his deposit

MarathonBet added to ratings guide, SBR Industry News

News anchor Natalie Rydstrom and dispute analyst Justin give an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, November 27th, 2012. Discussed are outstanding items from the newswire, as well as the recent introduction of MarathonBet to the SBR sportsbook ratings guide.

Intrade, the popular online trading exchange, will no longer serve the US market. In a letter explaining the decision to account holders, Intrade cited mounting legal and regulatory pressure. US customers have been instructed to close all open predictions and withdraw their balances prior to December 31st.


Earlier today, SBR reported on a BetRevolution (SBR rating D+) NFL betting dispute. A punter had his wager voided rather than settled, with a generic e-mail note indicating that such cancellations are normally attributable to pricing mistakes. SBR verified that the bet was in-line with the market prior to closing, and approximately 20¢ behind at kick-off.


A BetRevolution (SBR rating D+) player submits an NFL betting dispute. The player made a first half wager on the New York Giants, priced at -130, for $650. The bet was placed at 7:55PM, approximately 35 minutes before kick-off. The player claims that after the first half wager had been decided, his wager was cancelled with a generic note from BetRevolution.

11.23.2012 news anchor gives an SBR iGaming News video update, reporting for Friday, November 23rd, 2012. Topics include acquisitions and deals made by select companies, as well as an update on the US Department of Justice appointing a claims administrator to handle repayment of US-based Full Tilt Poker player balances.


Congrats to the winners of tonight's free SBR Poker tournament held in honor of Thanksgiving. SBRforum poster "RudyRuetigger" took down the top spot, winning a brand new iPad. SBR Poker is a free, points based platform available to SBR Forum community members. Visit SBR Forum Poker for program details.


A BetWay Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) players files a bonus dispute. The player claimed he deposited €200 to BetWay two months ago, receiving a 25% bonus. The player claims that he has since been limited to less than €40 per wager, making his bonus rollover more difficult. SBR is following up with the sportsbook on the player's behalf.


Sportsbook news anchor Natalie Rydstrom and dispute mediator Justin7 combine to deliver an SBR industry news update for Tuesday, November 20th, 2012. A BetUS Sportsbook dispute is discussed as well as other items from the SBR news bag.