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BetIslands Sportsbook (SBR rating B) has been added to the reduced juice sportsbooks list. BetIslands rolled out this offering for the 2012-13 football season, though the reduced model extends across multiple sports. The sportsbook is also running a free half-point promotion, aiming to give bettors more value than a traditional shop. BetIslands completed its move into a larger wagering facility April 8th of this year.

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In today's SBR Industry News program, analysts Natalie Rydstrom and Justin7 discuss the importance of sports bettors doing their homework before choosing to do business with any company on the heels of the 2012-13 football year. Later in the segment, a sportsbook dispute involving BetAtHome is covered.


The beginning of a new football season brings plenty of opportunities to win cash. What it also brings is an assortment of betting sites that have no ability to pay players. Players are targeted with glossy pamphlets, coasters, cigars, even bottles of fine brandy; what a player must do is his or her homework. Not everyone sending a care package to your doorstep has the best intentions.


Update 9:45AM CST: BetPhoenix is back online. The BetPhoenix (SBR rating C) website is currently off-line. SBR will update this report as more information is learned on the website status. Users with BetPhoenix feedback are encouraged to write to Sportsbook Review at Players may also post in the Sportsbook & Industry forum at SBR.


SBR Forum posters are asked to cast their vote for the best bookmakers. Posters are invited to give their top three sportsbooks with their highest rated book first. Six points will be awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. After tallying up the final scores, the top five point earners will be displayed at the head of the forum. Vote here!

08.25.2012 new ownership has credited a player who was cheated in April of 2009 by the old management. As SBR reported in June, the BetOnline Group (SBR rating B+) purchased (now .ag). BetOnline is in the process of clearing all outstanding payouts which were pending from the old brand.


A SportingBet (SBR rating D+) player submits a bonus dispute. The player signed up, deposited, lost his first bet and was then credited a €50 free bet. The player won his wager using the free bet, increasing his balance to €112. SportingBet closed the player's account one day later, citing discrepancy with his account sign-up.

SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom gives an SBR iGaming news update for Friday, August 24th. In today's show, the recent issuing of more licenses by the Nevada Gaming Commission in connection with intrastate online poker is covered, as well as news regarding PokerStars acquisition of Full Tilt Poker.

The player filed his confiscation claim with SBR in March of 2011 and has confirmed with SBR that new ownership credited him with $20,000. The BetOnline Group (SBR rating B+) acquired (now .ag) in June. BetOnline tells SBR it is in the process of clearing all delinquent and pending payouts under the old brand.


BetOnline (SBR rating B+) and (SBR rating D) will be down for scheduled maintenance from 1AM to 9AM ET.  Management tells SBR that the nature of the maintenance is technical, and that end-users will notice no differences as the websites come back online. Players with feedback can write to Sportsbook Review.

Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) has upgraded its software and user interface. The core engine of the software, powered by Digital Gaming Solutions (DGS), remains the same. Bookmaker expects users to be able to more intuitively navigate between the sportsbook, casino, racebook, and cashier. Players are asked to write to Sportsbook Review with feedback of the new interface.


In today's SBR Industry News video with analysts Natalie Rydstrom and Justin7, the two discuss the need for players to do their homework before depositing with dodgy operators popping up before football season, as well as outstanding sportsbook complaints from the SBR mailbag involving YesBet, Bet770, and 12Bet.

A YesBet (SBR rating D-) player submits a payout complaint. On 6/18, the player deposited $400 using a cash method. He requested to be paid $4,000 on July 2nd, providing ID as well as a financial statement. The player became alarmed over his payout following what he claims was a week of YesBet downtime.


SBR Forum held its annual poster bash the weekend of Aug 17-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was hosted at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, with free room accommodations for SBR users. Congrats to poster "sinmiedo" for taking down the $5,000 poker freeroll and capturing the first place prize of $1,500.


BetWay Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has agreed to revisit all sportsbook cold cases. A controversial old "30%" rule which was since discontinued per SBR's recommendation enabled the sportsbook to confiscate player winnings if any of the bettor's wagers exceeded 30% of the amount of their bonus.


A BetUS (SBR rating D+) player submits a sportsbook complaint. The player deposited $1,000 to BetUS, received a matching $1,000 freeplay and proceeded to place straight bets and parlays on soccer. On 8/15, BetUS suspended his account and notified the player that his account was closed for non-recreational play.


BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) has confiscated a player's €886 balance. BetAtHome allegedly told the player that he was guilty of violating their terms and conditions, but failed to provide specific details on what the player did wrong. The player claims he is stuck in the mud trying to find answers from the sportsbook. SBR is following up on this sportsbook complaint.


Bovada Sportsbook has returned to its original rating of A. On May 23rd, SBR downgraded Bovada to B+ after its payout time-frame increased to an average of 30 days in some cases. Bovada worked through its backlog, clearing all outstanding payments and shortened the payout window to 5-10 business days. Users with feedback can write to


SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom is joined by dispute mediator Justin7 to discuss the latest outstanding sportsbook complaints and news. In today's program, a statement is given from a sportsbook executive on the news out of Schleswig-Holstein with respect to gaming licenses, as well as four other sportsbook claims.


Heritage Sports (SBR rating A-) is set to launch its poker room for members later this week. Heritage will be using the popular BetCRIS poker network. Heritage users will be able to play in various cash game tables, small and large MTT's including weekly guaranteed cash events.


A US (SBR rating D-) player submits a payout complaint. The player informed SBR that he requested a bank transfer of $10,000 on June 7th, 2012. The funds were to be delivered in six to eight weeks. After not receiving the payment as of August 2nd, the player followed up with customer service, who requested he switch methods to receive the payout sooner.

08.11.2012 (SBR rating D-) has been added to the SBR blacklist. GlobalWagering is managed by a former sales clerk that is attempting to poach customers by using stolen player lists from his time working at other industry shops. GlobalWagering has a staff of five employees and is run out of a rented office in Nicaragua.

PokerStars has now officially acquired Full Tilt Poker with their $225M payment to the US Department of Justice. PokerStars spokesman Lee Jones confirmed the completion of the payment in a brief statement yesterday. SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom expands on this topic, as well as a pending lawsuit against former Full Tilt marketing co. Pocket Kings.


One more chapter has been written in the Black Friday online poker legal proceedings. Assistant US attorney Jason H. Cowley out of the Southern District of NY published a settlement order with Absolute Poker, Ultimate Bet and related companies earlier last week. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission, who issued Blanca Games Inc. and in turn Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet's gaming licenses, addressed the settlement in a brief statement.


SBRforum has launched its free annual football handicapping contest, Beat The Prick VIII. This year's contest awards a whopping $17,000 in prizes, an iPad 3, shirts, booby prizes 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.