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09.13.2014

There are over 45 prop wagers for tonight's boxing tilt between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana. SBR has separated the prop wagers by general, distance, and round props. This article lists some of the more obscure prop markets and lists different approaches handicappers might take to secure a profit wagering the welterweight bout.

Marathonbet among the sportsbooks to apply for UK license

09.12.2014

Marathonbet Sportsbook (SBR rating B) is among the sportsbooks to apply for a UK license ahead of the implementation of the unpopular new UK gambling law which SBR reported on this week. The law — The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act requires sportsbooks that servce the UK market to hold a license with the UK Gambling Commission. Prior to this point, these betting sites were not required to hold the license provided they were subject to the laws of another EEA state or part of a "white list" jurisdiction, such as Isle of Man or Alderney. Marathonbet tells SBR that their application to the Gambling Commission was submitted on August 15, 2014, and the application was fully completed two weeks later. The application was submitted under "Marathonbet Alderney Limited" and is currently pending. Marathonbet.com is presently licensed with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC).  Sportsbook Review published a Marathonbet profile on July 23.

Marathonbet license pending: Snapshot of UK Gambling Commission website


 

Bad Beat for UFC Fight Night 50; BetDSI pays both sides

09.12.2014

During the Rodrigo Damm vs Al Iaquinta fight, the betting line on "total minutes of bout" was set by bookmakers at 2½ minutes in 2nd round. In other words, players were offered the chance to bet that the bout would end prior to the 2½ minute mark of the second round, or that the second round would go beyond that point.

Approximately midway through round two, Iaquinta floored Damm and the action was stopped. The outcome was then read by ring announcer Bruce Buffer, who declared that the contest ended 2 minutes and 41 seconds into the second round. However, the time clock at the bottom of the television production indicated that the actual stoppage came prior to the 2:30 mark and UFC.com offered various times on their own website. As is the case in all similar events, the officially recognized results are provided by the league or sanctioning body (unless the sportsbook's rules say otherwise) which in this case was the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Athletic Commission. BetDSI Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has chosen to grade all bets on the total minutes of round two, whether over or under, as winners.

09.10.2014
  • New UK gambling law set to take effect 1 Oct 2014
  • Remote gambling operators must hold a license with UK Gambling Commission
  • Point of Consumption tax imposed as of 1 Dec 2014
  • What does this mean for players?

Major legislative changes are set to take effect in the UK — starting October 1 all online sportsbooks that cater to clients residing in the UK must be licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. This requirement is part of the UK Government's sweeping gambling reform which introduces the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act of 2014 (the "GLA") and amends existing law The Gambling Act, established in 2005. What does the new law mean for online sportsbooks and what do sports bettors need to know?

Cashpoint Sportsbook corrects FIBA misgrade

09.10.2014

Earlier this week SBR reported that a Cashpoint Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player submitted a wagering dispute. The player stated that a FIBA wager made involving South Korea and Australia was graded incorrectly, and that Cashpoint Sportsbook failed to correct the ticket and did not immediately resolve the issue after four attempts with customer service. Cashpoint Sportsbook has since followed up and corrected the grading of the ticket.

09.10.2014

Sportsbook Review has conducted a random email response test on top betting sites. The objective of the test is to measure how efficiently each online sportsbook services a potential new player and answers questions pertaining to what the sportsbook platform offers. The email response test is run annually and is a way for players to gauge how reliable each company is at providing timely support.

InstantActionSports player waits for $5000 transfer since July

09.09.2014

An InstantActionSports (SBR rating D+) player has filed a sportsbook payout complaint. The player has claimed he requested a $5000 transfer from the betting site to another sportsbook on July 14. He has claimed that the sportsbook no longer responds to his email inquiries or his live chat requests concerning the transfer. He was last told on August 25 that his transfer would be completed in 24 hours. InstantActionSports has been spotty processing timely payouts as reported by SBR throughout the last year. InstantActionSports has been lowered to a rating of D+. Sportsbook Review is investigating the player's complaint and encourages users who are having issues to file a sportsbook complaint.

09.08.2014

Update: State Senator Raymond Lesniak joined Sportsbook Review for an exclusive interview this morning to discuss New Jersey sports betting.

Breaking news out of New Jersey on the topic of legal sports betting. State Senator Raymond Lesniak (D - NJ) issued the following statement on his personal Facebook account minutes ago.

"Attorney General, John Hoffman, has issued a directive to law enforcement that prohibitions on Sports Wagering in casinos and at racetracks would no longer be enforced. He also has filed a motion with the US District Court (Judge Shipp) seeking "clarification or modification" of the injunction prohibiting enforcement of the NJ Sports Wagering Law."

Cashpoint Sportsbook misgrades FIBA wager one week ago, yet to correct

09.08.2014

A Cashpoint Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player has submitted a wagering dispute. The player has claimed that he made a wager last Sunday, September 1, and entered three multiple wagers or parlays. The grading of the South Korea vs. Australia FIBA match was allegedly incorrect. The player has stated that he has contacted Cashpoint wagering support four times and has heard nothing back for seven days. The player has reported that at half time the score of the game was 29:44 not 39:44 as listed in his wagering ticket. One of the player's parlays had Australia winning the first half with the point spread handicap at -8.5 (meaning Australia would have had to win the first half by nine points or more). The bet was graded as a loser. The player has claimed to have dealt with prior misgrades in the past with this outfit. Sportsbook Review has followed up with Cashpoint Sportsbook for comment.

Sportsbook Lines on the move for NFL Opening Weekend

09.07.2014
Week one of the NFL season kicks off in 45 minutes. The markets are far from settled as late action from sharp bettors and the public are contributing to substantial line movements.

Vikings vs. Rams: Kicks off at 1PM ET
In the Minnesota Vikings vs. St. Louis Rams match, the line opened at 5 points but has been cut in half with many top betting sites now offering a point spread of the Rams laying 2.5 points - this means that St. Louis must win by at least a field goal for bettors backing the favorite to cash their tickets.

Raiders vs. Jets: Kicks off at 1PM ET
The opening line for the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets was released at 4.5. Late action has pushed the point spread up to 6.5 in favor of the Jets. The total points listed is available at an average of 41 per the SBR Odds NFL totals data.

Patriots vs. Dolphins: Kicks off at 1PM ET
Online sportsbook Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) has shared that in the New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins match, 60% of point spread bets have come in favor of the Pats. The total of 46.5 points has seen 62% of sports bettors taking the over, and 38% on the under.

49ers vs. Cowboys: Kicks off at 4:25PM ET
Pinnacle also noted a considerable amount of action has come in on Dallas today, as the sportsbook moved the juice on the Cowboys from +3.5 +102 to -119. The present offering of San Francisco against the spread of -3.5 at +108 is the highest payoff since the line opened.

Players complain of sportsbook grading after Alabama vs FAU called off in 53rd minute

09.06.2014
College Football sports bettors are either happy or furious after lightning put a premature end to the Alabama vs. Florida Atlantic game in the 53rd minute. Online sportsbooks as well as Las Vegas bookmakers require college football games to go at least 55 minutes for bets to have action. In this case, the game was called off in the 53rd minute, which means all wagers on point spread, money line, total, or exotic tickets containing either side have been voided. Adding to the drama was the fact that favorite Alabama was leading 41-0 at the time of stoppage; SBR Odds college football page shows at least two betting sites with their closing line at 42. In fact, one SBR poster claimed to have a ticket on Alabama -40 and Florida Atlantic +42.5 - meaning that had the final whistle not been used for another two minutes, he stood to win both bets. Alabama was in long field goal range when the game was called.

SBObet withdraws from UK gambling market

09.06.2014
SBObet Sportsbook (SBR rating A-) will no longer service UK based gamblers as of September 15, 2014. In an email released to players concerning the decision, SBObet stated that the move comes on the heels of legislative changes in the clients' country of residence pertaining to online gambling. The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act is set to take effect on October 1. Sportsbook Review has reached out to SBObet for comment on the business decision. It is likely that additional operators who may not wish to shoulder a higher tax burden associated with servicing the UK online gambling market may similarly opt to shut-down shop in the UK.

UK based SBObet players are asked to withdraw their funds as soon as possible. Players who do not take action by September 30, 2014, will have their balances sent out to their last selected payment option. Outstanding bets will all be honored.

The full SBObet statement received by players can be seen below:

It is with regret that we wish to advise you that we are no longer able to continue to offer you the betting services with SBOBET.
This unfortunate circumstance has been brought about by the changes to the legislation in your country of residence with regard to online gambling. Unfortunately, it will now be necessary to close your SBOBET Account with effect from 15 September 2014.

However, all outstanding bets you have already placed for events scheduled after 15 September 2014 will not be affected and will be settled once they have been determined. In this event, your Account will remain available for login after 15 September 2014, solely for the purposes of withdrawal of funds but no further betting can be carried out. If you have any funds remaining in your SBOBET Account, the Account will remain accessible to you for the purposes of withdrawing funds. Kindly sign in, check your balance and make your withdrawal request immediately.
For Accounts with no outstanding bets, if we do not receive a withdrawal request by 30 September 2014, it will be necessary for us to close your SBOBET Account and arrange for the remaining funds to be returned to you via your current nominated payment option.
We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your fantastic support in the past and would be more than pleased to be of service to you again in the event that there is a change in the regulatory landscape of your country of residence.

 SBObet players with feedback are encouraged to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

ComeOn Sportsbook dispute covered in Industry News video

09.05.2014

Sportsbook Review reported on a ComeOn Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player who claimed his account was closed without much explanation earlier this week. The player states that rule 5.1 was used to deny his earned winnings of €1800. The rule essentially ComeOn Sportsbook to enforce confiscations at its discretion if it believes its terms and conditions have been violated. Online betting sites are expected to offer evidence of player fraud or wrongdoing when deciding to not honor earned balances, as the industry standard of "you book the bet, you pay the bet" applies. More details on the ComeOn sportsbook complaint are given in an industry news video report released earlier today by SBR video host Natalie. ComeOn users with feedback or complaints to submit should write to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

GR88 Sportsbook payout issue: Player waiting for two weeks without word

09.05.2014

A GR88 Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player has submitted a payout complaint. The player has indicated that a £574 payout request made approximately two weeks ago via Skrill has yet to be paid. The player has also claimed that GR88 Sportsbook has not returned any of his email inquiries concerning the withdrawal. GR88 - part of the Olympian Group - which also powers online betting sites GR88 and Geobet, is no stronger to controversy. GR88 had their sportsbook rating lowered from D+ to D in July of 2013 after rough-house tactics involving players that profited off bonuses. The family of sportsbooks no longer addresses sportsbook complaints with Sportsbook Review.

09.04.2014

There are 74 current proposition markets being spread by top betting sites for tonight's Seahawks vs Packers opener. These markets include scoring props, player performance, and situational game props. Sportsbook Review has released an NFL Prop Bets page listing these markets in order of the most universal offering. By comparing identical markets, bettors in some cases receive more value by placing certain bets at specific sportsbooks. Sportsbook Review displays the current highest value per side in each of these common props.

Geobet Sportsbook player has difficulty verifying account

09.03.2014

A Geobet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. The player claims to have attempted the withdrawal of €569 for approximately one month. He allegedly provided Geobet with a copy of his passport, bank account statement, a student VISA, and Neteller account screen captures. He has claimed that Geobet has stated that the documents received thus far have been unacceptable. He forwarded correspondence with Geobet to SBR. SBR is suggesting that the player have his documentation notarized to see if that would help complete the KYC process with Geobet. SBR reported this week on sportsbooks KYC processes and why they matter. Sportsbook Review will provide an update as this matter is resolved.

$20,000 NFL Contest: Week one is OPEN for picks

09.02.2014
The Free $20,000 NFL and NCAAF contest is now open for picks. Week one of the 2014 Beat The Prick contest is officially underway. NFL and College Football games which take place from today through Monday night September 8 are fair game — unless professional handicapping mascot "The Prick" has selected them, of course. Selections made by the The Prick are taken off the board, so you cannot make the exact same or opposite play for each of the five weekly point spread or total plays. The 2014 Beat The Prick contest enters its 10th year. While there is a massive $20,000 in year-ending cash, the annual SBR contest also gives away 1.5 million points each week for all users that defeat The Prick. These points must be bet one time in the virtual SBR points sportsbook before their full value is unlocked and ready for redemption at the SBR Store.

How to play the contest

  • Step One: You must have an SBR username to take part in the contest. If you have never registered an SBR username in the past, please create a Sportsbook Review account.
  • Step Two: After logging in to the SBR network, enter your SBR account ID or sponsor account in the Join BTP contest page.
  • Step Three: Make your picks for week one! You must select five of the available NFL or NCAAF point spreads or totals from today through Monday night, September 8.

One of the five picks must be designated as a "Best Bet", which double the unit value of the pick. If you make four picks for week one without making one a Best Bet, the contest software will automatically convert your fifth and final pick for that week into a Best Bet.

That's it! Root your picks in and stay tuned to the Sportsbook Review forum for contest leaderboard updates and video appearances from The Prick himself. If you're interested in poker, download the SBR Poker application and make sure to take part in the weekly Saturday bounty tournaments where you can win points and a free tshirt for knocking The Prick out of the tournament.

09.01.2014

Since 1999, Sportsbook Review has received complaints from bettors. Sportsbook and casino players, racebook bettors, even poker users write in occasionally; an increasing number of complaints are now submitted on issues involving what's called the Know Your Customer (KYC) procedure. The KYC process is required to confirm the validity of an account. It is much akin to making a purchase with a credit card at the local convenience store and being required to show the worker a form of government issued ID. A public library card just won't cut (or pay for) the mustard.

Why KYC is important
Aside from complying with gaming regulators and commission bodies, as well as their own internal terms and conditions, online betting sites confirm the identity of players for the players' own protection. If your credit card was hit with thousands of dollars in charges overnight, would you hope that the business in question required ID before completing a transaction?

What documents do I need to show?
If you're depositing by credit card, eWallet, or any other current cashier option, you can safely assume that you will have to show photo ID. This can be a driver's license or passport, or another form of state or government issued ID. If you just turned of age and do not yet have such an ID, do not even bother depositing until you do or you will be in for a headache come withdrawal time. In fact, if you do not have a photo ID at all, stop reading this article and come back when you do.

In addition to producing an acceptable form of photo ID, you may be asked to show a utility bill in your name to satisfy address verification. Some online sportsbooks will even send a unique code via mail that will serve to confirm the authenticity of the physical address provided.

A bank account statement may need to be provided.

The front and back of a credit or debit card may need to be shown.

How to quickly pass the KYC process
Keep a local copy of your scanned photo ID on your computer or a USB flash drive. Do the same for a credit or debit card you may use to deposit. Utility bills often must be dated within three months or earlier to be accepted, so unless you intend to open a number of accounts simultaneously, you may not need a local copy of a bill for immediate access.

Once your documents are ready to be transmitted to the sportsbook, it is a good practice to immediately provide your documents after depositing for the first time. This will save unnecessary delays and avoid waiting games when you work up a balance and realize you have to send this and that in order to get paid.

Make sure your documents are legible and of high quality. Saving as a PNG immediately after a scan should ensure the quality of the file is preserved.

BetCas Sportsbook vs Player: 3G network leads to IP violations?

09.01.2014
A BetCas Sportsbook (unrated) player has submitted a sportsbook complaint. The player claimed to have joined BetCas on 30 June 2014, depositing £500 to open his account and in turn receiving a £420 sportsbook bonus. He tells SBR that he proceeded to wager his play-through requirement largely on the outcome of football fixtures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Following the completion of his rollover obligation, he put in his first payout request from BetCas on 29 July 2014 asking to withdraw a portion of his then £4,000 balance - this is where things took a turn for the worse. He alleges that BetCas accused him of peculiar browsing patterns and of IP address irregularities. The content of the message he received from BetCas are as follows:
Account Suspended: Dear User,Your account exhibits strange browsing patterns, multiple IP addresses and so on, we can't verify your identity based on your documents and traffic patterns. Our risk department is currently investigating this matter. We will contact you via email as soon as the check has been completed. In the mean time, we appreciate your patience while the matter is being resolved. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The player meanwhile has claimed that he often places bets on the go using his phones 3G data network. He has stated he volunteered this information to BetCas Sportsbook, but no subsequent updates have been given and his account has remained suspended since July 29. The complaint is open and Sportsbook Review is investigating.

09.01.2014
Online sportsbook Mybookie.ag has not yet been rated by SBR but a representative for the sportsbook has confirmed basic company information in response to an SBR inquiry.

Mybookie is a new online sportsbook which accepted its first sport bet on August 1, 2014. The company claims to have a base of managers with prior industry experience; an assertion also made in a marketing mailer received by at least one SBR reader. There are reportedly thirty employees in customer service. A player was told that the sportsbook was run by some of the former managers of defunct sportsbook BetOnSports.

Company Info & Hosting

The sportsbook's website servers are hosted in Canada, while the company itself is located in San Jose, Costa Rica. The business and marketing are managed out of the Costa Rica office. SBR is in the process of confirming if Mybookie shares office space with another shop or has a standalone facility.

Software & Wagering

Mybookie uses Digital Gaming Solutions (DGS) software for its sportsbook, casino, and racebook. DGS is used by many gaming operators throughout Costa Rica and beyond, although features and versions differ. As of this publication, Mybookie offers a limited wagering cart with a handful of soccer and tennis markets and primarily North American facing sports leagues. Live, in-play betting is offered on some markets. The website layout appears optimized for mobile; a table of images are featured below which can be maximized by clicking the image or corresponding link underneath:

Homepage Bet markets Casino

Cashier Options

As of this time, Mybookie only offer a small handful of cashier options including bank transfer, credit card and person-to-person methods. The lack of an eWallet option and a global facing wagering cart may discourage international business. A company representative advised SBR that the maximum weekly payout is $800 through P2P and $5000 via bank transfer.

Support

The sportsbook offers live chat, support  via telephone,  email, and an online web form.

College Football Underdogs: Big prices on the move

08.30.2014
South Dakota are the biggest opening weekend underdogs against #3 ranked Oregon at 52 points. The line opened at 52.5 according to SBR Odds and has since dropped a half-point. The game kicks off at 10:30PM ET. There is yet to be a total posted on the match-up; it is common for games with such large pointspreads not to have a total offered as the degree of correlation becomes too high. As the pointspread moves, the SBR Odds screen will flash red to signify an immediate change at any one of the 30 sportsbooks featured on the service.

The second biggest underdog of the week is Stephen F. Austin, who are 42  point underdogs against Kansas State. This game takes place at 7:10pm. The line opened at 41 and has risen one point on average, although some online sportsbooks are resting on the number of 41.5. This game also does not have a posted total.

The SBR Odds web application allows users to save preferences such as ordering by start time or rotation, displaying game scores on-top, sound upon line moves, and other features that may complement line-shopping. Sportsbook Review welcomes feedback from readers on SBR Odds.

BetUS Sportsbook yet to comment on complaint, SBR iGaming News

08.29.2014
Update: The player has now been paid in full by BetUS Sportsbook.

In today's Sportsbook Review iGaming News update host Natalie covers recent topics to have been published on the SBR newswire. One of the items discussed in the video broadcast includes a complaint raised against BetUS Sportsbook (SBR rating D+). A player claimed that his account was closed following the accumulation of $7,975 in winnings. BetUS allegedly informed the player that he was not considered a recreational sports bettor. His winnings have yet to be released. He does not contest that his account was closed; he simply wishes to be paid his balance and move on. An online sportsbook is within their right to refuse service to any account - think of it like walking into an uppity restaurant shirtless, you will likely be shown the door. While an extreme example, online sportsbooks are in the business of making money, so players determined to be too sophisticated to service may be denied the right to an account. However, legitimately earned winnings must be honored absent evidence of fraud. The old industry standard of "you book the bet, you pay the bet" applies. BetUS Sportsbook have yet to comment on the situation.