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Win United Ltd. CEO John Overett joins SBR for a telephone interview to discuss YouWin Sportsbook as well as the recent rebranding of Global to UWin. On September 28th, 2011, Win United Ltd acquired all (SBR rating D-) non-US based, rest of world players.


Bookmaker Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has added the open parlay betting option to their sportsbook. Open parlays have increased in popularity and allow a player to keep slots open in a parlay to be filled at a later date. SportsbookReview is preparing a video review update to highlight this and other changes to the Bookmaker platform.


Update 12AM CST: BetIslands is back online.

Update 8PM CST: BetIslands tells SBR the server related outage should be resolved within two hours. The BetIslands Sportsbook (SBR rating B) website and its mirror are currently inaccessible. Players are able to call in for CS or to place wagers by dialing 1-877-314-6605. SBR will update this report as more information becomes available on the status of the website.

SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström provides an SBR iGaming News update for Friday, November 16th, 2012. Today's topics include an update on Full Tilt, PokerStars, and French accounts; as well as an update on the controversial gaming legislation proposed by US Senators Harry Reid and Jon Kyl.


A TitanBet Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player submits a live betting dispute. The player claims that he placed a wager on Sweden-England on 11/14/2012 on the Over 4.5 goals at 2-2, prior to a free kick was awarded where the odds shifted from 2.88 to 3. The player claims that after the event was finished, TitanBet voided his wager. SBR is following up on this dispute.


UPDATE 6:46PM CST, Site back online. The 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) website is currently inaccessible while technical changes are made. Players can log in with their 5Dimes username and password to sister-site as normal. Players are also able to enter bets via telephone. SBR will update as the main site comes back online.


On November 12th, SBR reported that a Unibet Sportsbook player had €10,000 confiscated. Unibet only acknowledged the player by quoting a section of their terms and conditions which specifically authorise the act of closing a player's account and providing no explanation whatsoever.

Online Sportsbooks industry video news report

SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström and dispute analyst Justin7 give an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday November 13th, 2012. Today's main topic is the outstanding Unibet Sportsbook confiscation reported by SBR this week, as well as other recently published items from the SportsbookReview newswire.

Pinnacle Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has announced that as of November 19th, 2012, all IP addresses resolving to the United States will be blocked from accessing their website. In a statement released to their players, Pinnacle expanded on the decision. SBR is following up with Pinnacle management for additional information.

11.13.2012 Global, also known as Rest Of World, has rebranded to The brand is powered by Win United Ltd. in Malta, which also operates YouWin Sportsbook (SBR rating C-). SBR is attempting to interview one of the Win United Ltd. managers for comment on the move.

11.13.2012 has addressed the player dispute published by SBR on November 8th. In that report, a player claimed he deposited €2,000, received a 20% bonus and was eventually limited to €1 stakes. Racebets management told SBR the player did not attempt a payout request, clarifying that his bonus would be prorated and all winnings paid as normal.


A Unibet Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) player claims that his €10,000 balance was seized. The player states that no specific reason was given the sportsbook for the funds confiscation, save from an excerpt of their terms and conditions which allow the company to close an account "without any explanation whatsoever".

A VivaroBet Sportsbook (unrated) player submits an account complaint. The player claims that approximately €2,000 was confiscated by VivaroBet when the sportsbook closed his account. The player claimed that after following up, he was told the decision was made by the risk management department.


A Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) player submits a payout complaint. The player claims that he has attempted to request payment for over €300 for two weeks, and has been unsuccessful. Globet players have reported of poor customer service, though the sportsbook has addressed claims with SBR. SBR is following up and will update as this player receives payment.

SportsbookReview news anchor Natalie Rydström gives an SBR iGaming News update, reporting on Friday, November 9th, 2012. Today's topics include two German states intent to adopt the controversial German gaming treaty, as well as an update on Full Tilt Poker following PokerStars relaunch of the site.


Update: addresses dispute. SBR considers this matter resolved.

A (unrated) player files a dispute. The player deposited €2,000 to Racebets after being emailed with a 20% deposit promotion. After receiving the bonus, he began wagering and eventually cleared through all but €1,000 of the turnover requirement. Racebets then lowered his bet size to €1.


SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström and dispute analyst Justin7 give an SBR Industry News update for Wednesday November 7th, 2012. Outstanding disputes from the complaint bag are discussed, as well as the recently reported bonus complaint involving Arkadiabet Sportsbook (unrated).


Arkadiabet Sportsbook (unrated) is using a 'gotcha' rule to confiscate player winnings and bonus cash. A player wrote to SBR indicating that after requesting a withdrawal of € 400, Arkadiabet messaged him that his funds were confiscated due to violation of an unusual rule seemingly designed to cheat players.


SBR Forum thanks all 62 forum users who took part in Saturday afternoon's charity poker event for Hurricane Sandy relief. A total of $1,550 was raised; the donation will be made to the Red Cross. The top three finishers in the SBR poker charity tournament were users "4uk4life", "daneblazer" and "Augustus".

News anchor Natalie Rydstrom delivers an SBR iGaming News update for Friday, November 2nd, 2012. In today's show, topics include the Nevada Gaming Control Board recommending three new companies for online poker licensure; the Nevada Gaming Commission will decide on the licenses on November the 15th.


SportsbettingOnline (SBR rating C-) was added to the SBR ratings guide on May 26th, 2012. The sportsbook was initially downgraded after a representative of the brand attempted to poach players from other sportsbooks. SBR spoke with the SBO manager, who agreed to review the calls and dismiss the employee. Since that time, SBO has received favorable player reviews and has not been the subject of any significant issue. The SBO rating has been increased from D+ to C-.

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On October 29th, 2012, SBR reported that (SBR rating D-) disabled a player's account. The player claimed that a $30 balance was removed without word. SBR followed up with management and verified that the player's account was closed as he registered from a barred state, and that his balance contained only $4 in bonus cash. SBR considers this dispute closed.


SBR Forum has announced that there will be a charity poker tournament on Saturday, November 3rd, where all proceeds will go toward Hurricane Sandy relief. For each SBR user to enter, SBR will make a donation of $25. Entry details can be found at the SBR posting forum. The event takes place at the SBR Poker room.


SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström and dispute mediator Justin7 deliver an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, October 30th, 2012. In today's show recent topics from the SportsbookReview newswire are discussed, as well as the latest scam alert issued on WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating F).


UPDATE 1:30PM CST : 5Dimes is back online. The 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) group websites are currently off-line due to power outage. 5Dimes management tells SBR that all sites are expected to be back online in approximately 20 minutes. SBR will update as the websites come back online.