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A (SBR rating D-) player tells SBR that his account has been disabled. The player claims that his balance of $30 was removed by, with no word on what he has done wrong. SBR is following up on this player's sportsbook complaint, and will update this report as more information becomes available. Players with feedback are asked to write to SBR.


UPDATE 1:05PM CST: BetIslands is back online. The BetIslands Sportsbook (SBR rating B) homepage is currently down. Management tells SBR the site is expected to be back online momentarily. In the meantime, players can place bets as normal by calling in to 1-800-998-8632. SBR will update as the sportsbook comes back online.


WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating F) players have reported being owed $916,053. The sportsbook is continuing to market to unsuspecting player, sending bonus offers and providing no information on their financial situation, hoping to bring in new business. WSEX players are being provided no updates on their funds, and WSEX is refusing comment to

SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström gives an SBR iGaming News update for Friday, October 26th, 2012. In today's show, Natalie is joined by dispute mediator and SBR legal mind Justin7 to discuss the recent amendment to US Senators Harry Red and Jon Kyl's gaming legislation bill.

Pinnacle Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has released a statement to the public on the recent arrest of Cantor Gaming sportsbook director Michael Colbert and 24 other individuals charged in an indictment out of New York with 250 counts of enterprise corruption, money laundering, and promoting gambling.

Founder of dies in Plane Crash


Russell Hawkins, known as The Major on has passed away. Russell's small plane crashed into the trees of Puslinch Lake in Canada Thursday afternoon. Russell branched off from TheRX forum to create his own sports betting website in 2000. The SBR community sends its deepest condolences to Mr. Hawkin's family.

Today on SBR Industry Interviews, news anchor Natalie Rydström interviews John Brennan, sports business reporter for The Record newspaper in Bergen County, New Jersey and author of the Meadowlands Matters Blog — which follows NJ gaming interests including Atlantic City casinos and horse racing establishments.

10.24.2012 news anchor Natalie Rydström gives an SBR video newsbite update regarding US Senators Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Jon Kyl's (R-Arizona) gaming legislation, dubbed the Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012. Submit show feedback to

Bet365 website access


Update 6:00PM CST: Bet365 is back online. Bet365 Sportsbook (SBR rating A-) is currently off-line. SBR spoke with a representative of Bet365, who confirmed the downtime. Bet365 players can currently call in to place bets over the phone at 1-866-823-8365. SBR will update this report as the website comes back online.


SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström and dispute analyst Justin7 discuss the latest outstanding news items from the newswire. The headline of today's show is a bonus dispute involving SportingBet (SBR rating D+). In this dispute, a player was denied a free bet due to the sportsbook suspecting him of "engaging in arbitrage".


A Tipico Sportsbook (SBR rating C) player submits a betting dispute. In late September 2012, the player wagered a seven team parlay, consisting of MLB games. The first six legs won and the seventh was postponed a day. The player claims that the leg was not voided as he expected it to be, but instead rolled into the next day.


A SportingBet (SBR rating D+) player submits a bonus dispute. The player joined SportingBet to take advantage of a free bet promotion run on World Cup qualifying matches, which took place from October 12th-17th. The promotion required the player to place individual bets of £10 minimum. He deposited £100 and proceeded to fulfill the wagering terms.

SBR Natalie Rydström provides an SBR iGaming News update for Friday, October 19th, 2012. In today's show, an update is given on the possibility of licensed sportsbooks operating in Atlantic City, New Jersey by January 9th, 2013. Natalie also touches on other news nuggets making the gaming industry headlines this week.


Many sports bettors are starting to believe that the Seattle Seahawks have more than just lady luck on their side. Divine intervention, referee influence, and even opposing head coach decisions are some of what's believed to have helped the NFL club jump out to a 5-2 record against the betting spread in 2012.

Professor I. Nelson Rose of joins SBR to discuss the possibility of Atlantic City casinos accepting sports betting wagers by New Jersey's proposed date of January 9th, 2013. During his interview with SBR's Natalie Rydström, Professor Rose also expands on potential political motives for outspoken NJ Gov. Chris Christie.


In today's SBR Industry News show, BetClic Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) confiscations of alleged fraudster winnings and deposits is discussed, as well as other sportsbook industry news items covered in the newswire for the second week of October 2012. To submit show feedback, please write to


NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak (D) joins SBR news correspondent Natalie Rydström for an exclusive interview discussing the recent breaking news out of New Jersey regarding sports betting licenses. Earlier today, SBR reported that New Jersey plans to issue the first batch of sportsbook licenses to Atlantic City casino and racetrack operators by January 9th, 2013.

Say what you will about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the man keeps his word. Dominating the wire today are reports that New Jersey plans to offer sports betting licenses as early as January 9th, 2013. As expected this is already ruffling the feathers of sports league executives, the first of which is NCAA Executive VP Mark Lewis, who announced Monday that the NCAA would no longer use New Jersey as the venue for five events scheduled for 2013.

"Maintaining the integrity of sports and protecting student-athlete well-being are at the bedrock of the NCAA's mission, and are reflected in our policies prohibiting the hosting of our championships in states that provide for single game sports wagering," -NCAA Executive VP Mark Lewis.


SBR added Gtbets Sportsbook to the ratings guide on August 16th, 2011. GTBets' initial rating was C. SBR reported that Gtbets was targeting displaced players of former operation VIP Sports (SBR rating B+), as well as similarly defunct sister sites (SBR rating B+) and BetGameday (SBR rating B+).


A BetClic (SBR rating D+) player submits a sportsbook dispute. The player states that he attempted to withdraw his balance of €1,826 in mid-September after having his wager limits reduced substantially. He provided the required ID requested by BetClic. BetClic allegedly confiscated the player's balance after ruling that he was guilty of fraud.

A YouWin Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player submits a soccer betting dispute. The player states a €300 bet was placed on October 6th for the Kettering vs Bashley match in Southern League, English Football. The odds the player received were 1.93. The player claims YouWin has not graded the match and has not given him a direct answer.


SBR Forum's Free Football Handicapping Contest is still open for registration. This year's contest gives away a whopping $17,000 in cash prizes. The annual contest pits a professional handicapper named "The Prick" against the field, where the object is to outscore him. For more details on how to play, visit the SBR Forum contest section.


A ToBet (SBR rating C+) player submits a bonus dispute. The player deposited €200 on October 8th, 2012, receiving a €35 bonus with a 10X rollover requirement. The player's first punt was successful, increasing his balance to €693.25. The player tells SBR that he was immediately limited to €0.20 per bet. The player points out that it would take 700+ bets to finish his rollover. SBR is following up.


WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating F) players are owed $916,053. The WSEX users all report a similar story: they are told that processing is made difficult by banking regulations, and that payouts are delayed as a result. WSEX representatives are unwilling to speak with SportsbookReview. WSEX is listed in the SBR scam sportsbook blacklist.


In today's SBR Industry News video report, analysts Natalie Rydstrom and Justin7 discuss outstanding sportsbook complaints from the SBR mailbag. The segment today covers payout complaints, bonus issues, as well as two outstanding cold case disputes from WagerWeb Sportsbook (SBR rating D+).