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09.28.2014

Update 9/29 5:45AM ET: A Betway manager is looking into the complaint and will update SBR.

A Betway Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) player has submitted a dispute involving $833 in confiscated winnings. The player had his winnings removed due to a discrepancy with his account registration. The player alleges that he registered with the betting site on July 7th, 2014, and mistakenly selected Russia — he resides in Vietnam, but also has citizenship in Russia, and was present in Vietnam at the time. However his sign up was not blocked.

09.28.2014

Update 9/29 5:45AM ET: A Betway manager is looking into the complaint and will update SBR.

A Betway Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) player has submitted a dispute involving $833 in confiscated winnings. The player had his winnings removed due to a discrepancy with his account registration. The player alleges that he registered with the betting site on July 7th, 2014, and mistakenly selected Russia — he resides in Vietnam, but also has citizenship in Russia, and was present in Vietnam at the time. However his sign up was not blocked.

09.28.2014

Update 9/29 5:45AM ET: A Betway manager is looking into the complaint and will update SBR.

A Betway Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) player has submitted a dispute involving $833 in confiscated winnings. The player had his winnings removed due to a discrepancy with his account registration. The player alleges that he registered with the betting site on July 7th, 2014, and mistakenly selected Russia — he resides in Vietnam, but also has citizenship in Russia, and was present in Vietnam at the time. However his sign up was not blocked.

09.28.2014

Update 9/29 5:45AM ET: A Betway manager is looking into the complaint and will update SBR.

A Betway Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) player has submitted a dispute involving $833 in confiscated winnings. The player had his winnings removed due to a discrepancy with his account registration. The player alleges that he registered with the betting site on July 7th, 2014, and mistakenly selected Russia — he resides in Vietnam, but also has citizenship in Russia, and was present in Vietnam at the time. However his sign up was not blocked.

Wagerweb player claims to have six $3,000 checks pending

09.27.2014

A Wagerweb Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) player has claimed that he has six pending $3,000 check requests dating back to May 29. The first request is 130 days old. Wagerweb's online cashier lists up to 6 weeks for checks, while players have been told by customer service that check withdrawals can take up to a total time-frame of 60 business days.  Sportsbook Review reported that three users have complained on Wagerweb's lengthy waiting time for check payouts. The alternative these users have comes with significantly higher fees. In one case, reported by SBR last week, a user that waited over 100 days had his check withdrawal cancelled in favor of multiple Person to Person transactions. SBR is following up with Wagerweb management on this latest payment complaint, and encourages users with feedback to share to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com or submit a sportsbook complaint. SBR initially reported on September 22nd that Wagerweb was quoting up to three calendar months for player withdrawals.

Betting Sites News Show: Ladbrokes to exit Canada

09.26.2014

Sportsbook Review news host Natalie provides an update on recent topics to have hit the SBR newswire feed. These topics include the recent withdrawal of both Ladbrokes (SBR rating A) and BetDaq from the Canadian market as of 1 October 2014. An update is also given on a recent slow-pay complaint, and a DDoS attack involving bitcoin betting site Nitrogen Sports.

5Dimes Sportsbook adds dynamic lines

09.25.2014

5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has added dynamic lines. Players can see lines update in real-time through the dynamic lines section of the wagering menu, eliminating the need for page refreshes to see odds change. The page is mobile friendly. The dynamic lines menu was coded in-house and added onto the existing ASI software. Straight wagers on full games, halves, quarters, and proposition wagers are available. Players that leave the page open longer than 20 minutes must confirm their account password.

Nitrogen Sports receiving DDoS attack

09.25.2014

Nitrogen Sports tells SBR that they are presently fighting off an ongoing distributed denial of service attack. Users may have difficulty accessing the exclusive bitcoin betting site presently. Nitrogen has experienced the attack off and on for the last week and recently performed hours of server maintenance in an attempt to stabilize the website and fend off the DDoS, which works by sending a massive amount of requests from remote computers in an attempt to overload a web server with traffic. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

09.24.2014

Wagerweb Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) has claimed that the player who filed a complaint stating he had waited 106+ days for a $3,000 check payout will instead receive multiple Person To Person withdrawals. No reason was provided on what contributed to the delay. SBR reported earlier this week that two players have made complaints against the betting site for the prolonged wait times for check payouts.

09.24.2014

Wagerweb Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) has claimed that the player who filed a complaint stating he had waited 106+ days for a $3,000 check payout will instead receive multiple Person To Person withdrawals. No reason was provided on what contributed to the delay. SBR reported earlier this week that two players have made complaints against the betting site for the prolonged wait times for check payouts.

09.24.2014

Wagerweb Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) has claimed that the player who filed a complaint stating he had waited 106+ days for a $3,000 check payout will instead receive multiple Person To Person withdrawals. No reason was provided on what contributed to the delay. SBR reported earlier this week that two players have made complaints against the betting site for the prolonged wait times for check payouts.

09.24.2014

Wagerweb Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) has claimed that the player who filed a complaint stating he had waited 106+ days for a $3,000 check payout will instead receive multiple Person To Person withdrawals. No reason was provided on what contributed to the delay. SBR reported earlier this week that two players have made complaints against the betting site for the prolonged wait times for check payouts.

BetDaq Sportsbook exits Canadian market following parent company's lead

09.24.2014

Betting site BetDaq (SBR rating B) has also announced to their players that they are exiting the Canadian market as of 1 October 2014. SBR reported in January of last year that online sportsbook Ladbrokes acquired BetDaq in a deal worth over €30 million. BetDaq players are asked to begin the process of withdrawing their remaining balances. SBR will monitor news involving Canada and keep readers posted as online betting sites enter or exit the market.

09.24.2014

Bitcoins are becoming more and more popular with retail vendors and that includes bookmakers. The biggest deterrent for users is the relatively volatile fluctuations of the digital currency. As of September 1, one BTC was worth $479.63, but at three weeks later that number has fallen to $422.92. Benefits of perceived anonymity and lower transaction fees may not be enough for those who don’t want to gamble on their currency as well as their team. But, bookmakers are recognizing that bitcoins are becoming mainstream and want to tap into the growing interest.  Over 15 online betting sites that take bitcoin are now covered by Sportsbook Review. That number is expected to double by the end of the year. One of the highest profile bitcoin sportsbooks is Nitrogen Sports, who SBR has completed an initial review on.

09.24.2014

Bitcoins are becoming more and more popular with retail vendors and that includes bookmakers. The biggest deterrent for users is the relatively volatile fluctuations of the digital currency. As of September 1, one BTC was worth $479.63, but at three weeks later that number has fallen to $422.92. Benefits of perceived anonymity and lower transaction fees may not be enough for those who don’t want to gamble on their currency as well as their team. But, bookmakers are recognizing that bitcoins are becoming mainstream and want to tap into the growing interest.  Over 15 online betting sites that take bitcoin are now covered by Sportsbook Review. That number is expected to double by the end of the year. One of the highest profile bitcoin sportsbooks is Nitrogen Sports, who SBR has completed an initial review on.

09.24.2014

Bitcoins are becoming more and more popular with retail vendors and that includes bookmakers. The biggest deterrent for users is the relatively volatile fluctuations of the digital currency. As of September 1, one BTC was worth $479.63, but at three weeks later that number has fallen to $422.92. Benefits of perceived anonymity and lower transaction fees may not be enough for those who don’t want to gamble on their currency as well as their team. But, bookmakers are recognizing that bitcoins are becoming mainstream and want to tap into the growing interest.  Over 15 online betting sites that take bitcoin are now covered by Sportsbook Review. That number is expected to double by the end of the year. One of the highest profile bitcoin sportsbooks is Nitrogen Sports, who SBR has completed an initial review on.

09.24.2014

Bitcoins are becoming more and more popular with retail vendors and that includes bookmakers. The biggest deterrent for users is the relatively volatile fluctuations of the digital currency. As of September 1, one BTC was worth $479.63, but at three weeks later that number has fallen to $422.92. Benefits of perceived anonymity and lower transaction fees may not be enough for those who don’t want to gamble on their currency as well as their team. But, bookmakers are recognizing that bitcoins are becoming mainstream and want to tap into the growing interest.  Over 15 online betting sites that take bitcoin are now covered by Sportsbook Review. That number is expected to double by the end of the year. One of the highest profile bitcoin sportsbooks is Nitrogen Sports, who SBR has completed an initial review on.

09.23.2014

Ladbrokes (SBR rating A) will exit the Canadian market. SBR readers reported receiving an email notice this morning from the UK sportsbook informing them of the change. Canadian players will no longer be able to register, deposit, or use any of the Ladbrokes products as of 1 October 2014. Ladbrokes players must complete pending bonus rollover requirements before this time: The letter from the betting site indicates that pending winnings tied to outstanding play-throughs will be forfeited as of Wednesday the 1st. The notice also sternly advises that players will "have 30 days" to withdraw any remaining funds from their accounts. It is not stated what the process is for withdrawing funds after the 30 day time-frame, although SBR has asked the UK sportsbook for comment.

Concerning the reason for the Canadian market exit, Ladbrokes letter stated that they regularly review their ability to offer gaming facilities in countries throughout the world. The last significant Canadian exit came when Matchbook withdrew their services back in July. Prior to this, eWallet provider Skrill ceased processing gambling transactions for Canadian residents at the start of the year.

09.23.2014

Ladbrokes (SBR rating A) will exit the Canadian market. SBR readers reported receiving an email notice this morning from the UK sportsbook informing them of the change. Canadian players will no longer be able to register, deposit, or use any of the Ladbrokes products as of 1 October 2014. Ladbrokes players must complete pending bonus rollover requirements before this time: The letter from the betting site indicates that pending winnings tied to outstanding play-throughs will be forfeited as of Wednesday the 1st. The notice also sternly advises that players will "have 30 days" to withdraw any remaining funds from their accounts. It is not stated what the process is for withdrawing funds after the 30 day time-frame, although SBR has asked the UK sportsbook for comment.

Concerning the reason for the Canadian market exit, Ladbrokes letter stated that they regularly review their ability to offer gaming facilities in countries throughout the world. The last significant Canadian exit came when Matchbook withdrew their services back in July. Prior to this, eWallet provider Skrill ceased processing gambling transactions for Canadian residents at the start of the year.

09.23.2014

Ladbrokes (SBR rating A) will exit the Canadian market. SBR readers reported receiving an email notice this morning from the UK sportsbook informing them of the change. Canadian players will no longer be able to register, deposit, or use any of the Ladbrokes products as of 1 October 2014. Ladbrokes players must complete pending bonus rollover requirements before this time: The letter from the betting site indicates that pending winnings tied to outstanding play-throughs will be forfeited as of Wednesday the 1st. The notice also sternly advises that players will "have 30 days" to withdraw any remaining funds from their accounts. It is not stated what the process is for withdrawing funds after the 30 day time-frame, although SBR has asked the UK sportsbook for comment.

Concerning the reason for the Canadian market exit, Ladbrokes letter stated that they regularly review their ability to offer gaming facilities in countries throughout the world. The last significant Canadian exit came when Matchbook withdrew their services back in July. Prior to this, eWallet provider Skrill ceased processing gambling transactions for Canadian residents at the start of the year.

09.23.2014

Ladbrokes (SBR rating A) will exit the Canadian market. SBR readers reported receiving an email notice this morning from the UK sportsbook informing them of the change. Canadian players will no longer be able to register, deposit, or use any of the Ladbrokes products as of 1 October 2014. Ladbrokes players must complete pending bonus rollover requirements before this time: The letter from the betting site indicates that pending winnings tied to outstanding play-throughs will be forfeited as of Wednesday the 1st. The notice also sternly advises that players will "have 30 days" to withdraw any remaining funds from their accounts. It is not stated what the process is for withdrawing funds after the 30 day time-frame, although SBR has asked the UK sportsbook for comment.

Concerning the reason for the Canadian market exit, Ladbrokes letter stated that they regularly review their ability to offer gaming facilities in countries throughout the world. The last significant Canadian exit came when Matchbook withdrew their services back in July. Prior to this, eWallet provider Skrill ceased processing gambling transactions for Canadian residents at the start of the year.

Bookmaker family websites back online after IT issue

09.23.2014

Update 10:25AM ET: SBR has spoken with a member of Bookmaker management. The downtime was caused by an IT related hiccup and all sites should be back online within the hour. The Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) family of websites are currently unavailable. SBR is attempting to speak with a representative for an ETA on when the sites should be back online.

Wagerweb quoting up to three months for withdrawals above $800

09.22.2014

Two WagerWeb Sportsbook (SBR rating C+) users have written to SBR after being told it could take as much as 60 business days to receive checks, the only viable payment method for withdrawals above $800. One player has claimed that he was told by a member of WagerWeb customer service that the wait time is "industry standard", suggesting other online sportsbooks are also experiencing delays. The second player however claimed to have waited a total of 106 days without receiving payment. No other sportsbook's users have written to complain about general delays through this method. Larger Wagerweb balance holders seem to be electing to wait instead of pursuing multiple individual payments for small amounts at higher fees. SBR has asked if Wagerweb might be willing to consider waiving the fees on more expensive smaller payouts to help expedite payouts for users with larger balances, and if players can expect to receive faster redemptions in the near future.

09.22.2014

Heritage Sports (SBR rating A) is the latest online sportsbook to add support for bitcoin transactions. Effective immediately, players may deposit to their Heritage Sports account using bitcoin. Interested parties should contact the Heritage staff via live chat or email to receive bitcoin sending instructions. The method is presently in beta testing mode; the betting site will monitor the demand and viability of the method over the coming days. If player demand proves to be sufficient, Heritage will automate the funding process and include bitcoin sending instructions via their cashier page.

How does it work?
Heritage will convert all deposits in BTC into USD. The conversion used will be based on the bitcoin price index (BPI) at the time the transaction is confirmed. Coindesk.com/price/ will determine what conversion should be used. Only players that have deposited through BTC will be eligible to receive BTC withdrawals. There will be no transaction fees for deposits or withdrawals through this method. The minimum deposit in BTC is equivalent to $100.

Heritage Sports will be added to the bitcoin sportsbooks guide at Sportsbook Review.com.

Monday Night Football Betting Props: Bears vs. Jets

09.22.2014

Online sportsbook Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) has received 53% of player wagers on the point spread of +1.5 for Chicago, with 47% on the New York Jets. As for the moneyline, 72% of bets are in favor of Chicago at prices ranging from +105 to +141 per SBR Odds line history for the game. The total market sees 65% of wagers tipping over the posted total of 45 points; 35% is recorded on the under. As far proposition wagers for tonight's game; over 50 team and player props have been recorded in the NFL Props betting directory at Sportsbook Review. SBR has compared the best available prop markets where a common proposition is available.