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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.

InstantActionSports comments on $5K slow-pay complaint

09.21.2014

Online sportsbook InstantActionSports (SBR rating D+) has claimed that a bank transfer of $5,000 has been sent to the player who originally asked for payment in July of 2014. InstantActionSports had failed to provide a significant update to the player since he initiated his withdrawal request, and had previously not responded to SBR. InstantActionSports has now stated that the player has been sent the bank transfer this past Thursday and should be receiving his funds shortly. The betting site did not comment on what led to the lengthy delay or if it is in a better position now to service payout requests with the thick of the NFL and NCAAF seasons ongoing. InstantActionSports may face additional rating adjustments should their payouts continue to take longer than their advertised time-frames. SBR urges players who may have outstanding payouts pending from the sportsbook to file an SBR complaint.

Blacklisted online sportsbook Dimeline advertises 100% bonus

09.20.2014

Blackisted betting site Dimeline Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) has released a new sportsbook bonus of 100%. Dimeline is targeting unsuspecting players who are unaware of their troubled history or the pending $2,000 winnings confiscation case reported by a VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) user. In that case, the manager of the BTG Gloval NV group which powers both shops, openly refused comment to Sportsbook Review regarding the decision to confiscate earned winnings. Dimeline released their email campaign last night and is distributing the mass mailer under the subject line of "NFL and NCAAF Massive Bonuses". Players are advised to urge the scam sportsbook.

Betting Sites News Show: 9/19/2014

09.19.2014

Betting Sites News Update — Sportsbook Review delivers its weekly installment of the iGaming News video program. Topics in today's update include Guts.com (SBR rating C+) and their recent addition to the sportsbook ratings guide. SBR goes through the decision to evaluate Guts.com at a higher rating standard than other online sportsbooks in the EveryMatrix group. EveryMatrix, also known by OddsMatrix, has gotten itself into hot water with players by rough treatment of winning customers, typically involving a sportsbook sign-up bonus. Guts.com however claims to action player accounts and provide risk management internally. Also covered in the sportsbook industry news broadcast are recent reports on SportsbettingOnline (SBR rating C-) and a player's pending balance of $8,200 which has been in relative limbo for a period of three months, and an update on one sportsbook's bitcoin withdrawal policy change.

Sportsbook Bonuses: Two changes made

09.19.2014

Two changes have been recorded on the sportsbook bonuses directory. The page rates and ranks bonuses offered by betting sites including free plays, cash bonuses, and match bet offers. A category called the "True Bonus" measures the amount of pure bonus value per play in relation to the rollover or play-through requirement needed to unlock the bonus as withdrawable cash.

Two CornerBet Sportsbook complaints on file

09.18.2014

Two CornerBet Sportsbook (SBR rating D) players have filed payout complaints. The first payout complaint involves a request for €1,094  ordered one month ago. The second payout complaint involves a payout of €1460 ordered from the betting site. In this second case, a player has reported that he sent numerous emails without receiving an update on the status of his withdrawal. He has claimed to have deposited eight times total for approximately €1700; he did not accept a signup bonus from Cornerbet. While the first complaint was absent as much detail, the player similarly logged not receiving any update from CornerBet Sportsbook. Cornerbet has been assessed with a preliminary rating of D; Sportsbook Review will update if CornerBet comments on the sportsbook complaints.

5Dimes Sportsbook updates policy on bitcoin withdrawals

09.17.2014

5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has updated their policy on bitcoin withdrawals. Effective immediately, SBR has learned that players who have not deposited through bitcoin are able to collect one free payout in BTC every 7 days for up to $1,000. This is subject to availability. Prior to this policy, only players who had deposited in bitcoin were able to take advantage of the free payouts. Management tells SBR that player interest is high on the added cashier option. Users with feedback are encouraged to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

SportsbettingOnline player has $8,200 in limbo

09.17.2014

A SportsbettingOnline (SBR rating C-) player has had $8,200 in limbo for going on three months. The player opened their account with a $500 deposit in the summer of 2014 and increased the total balance to approximately $8,700. A successful $500 payout was made via bitcoins, which was the maximum at the time per house rules. The following payout request was allegedly instantly declined by SportsbettingOnline. The player claims to have been given no information on what to do to receive the account balance, and has been locked out from making additional wagers. SBR has attempted to speak with SportsbettingOnline three times concerning the player's dispute. The latest correspondence - dated August 24 - was initiated via live help where a manager claimed to be investigating the player's complaint. No update was provided, and the player remains in the dark on why the remaining balance is in limbo.

09.16.2014

Update to report: Guts switched to their own sportsbook software platform in September of 2015 called iGaming Cloud.

Guts.com Sportsbook was launched on 25 March 2014 following two years of operation as an online casino. Guts.com sportsbook and casino software is provided by EveryMatrix (OddsMatrix). Presently, EveryMatrix holds players deposits and performs processing. Guts.com claims to be in the process of changing this and intends to transact with players in-house in October. During SBR's review of Guts.com, SBR questioned Guts.com on their association with EveryMatrix. SBR has reported in the past that betting sites under the EveryMatrix label such as Mobibet Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) have taken aggressive stances on sportsbook complaints where it was SBR's opinion that players were dealt with unfairly. In these cases risk management and player decisions were made by EveryMatrix. Guts.com has stated that risk management and actioning of player accounts are done internally and is open to receiving sportsbook complaints through SBR.

Parent company
Guts.com (Guts Gaming Limited) is majority owned and backed by Gaming Innovation Group Ltd (GIG Ltd). GIG Ltd is incorporated in Malta with registration number C44319.

Location
Guts.com headquarters are located in Malta.

Employee Setup
Guts.com CEO is Robin Erik Reed. The sportsbook have their own own odds compiling team, risk managers, supervisors, and customer service staff. Guts.com has told SBR their workforce is comprised of approximately 40 employeees.

Guts.com has provided Sportsbook Review with a test account which was used to take the following wagering screenshots of the betting sites platform (proceed to full article view):

Heritage Sports scheduled maintenance from 11PM-1AM PST

09.16.2014

Heritage Sports (SBR rating A) has scheduled routine maintenance from approximately 11PM-1AM PST. Players will not be able to access the Heritage Sports website during this time. A notice will be posted on the Heritage homepage while the maintenance is ongoing. Users with feedback should write to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

Betting site InstantActionSports yet to comment on payout dispute

09.16.2014

InstantActionSports (SBR rating D+) is slow-paying a player who requested a $5,000 withdrawal on July 14. The player had initially requested an interbook transfer as reported by SBR last week, however, InstantActionSports does not actually conduct transfers with the sportsbook in question. The player has been given no updates from IAS; the betting site has also declined to speak with Sportsbook Review concerning the withdrawal. InstantActionSports had their rating lowered to D+ and may face entry into the blacklist pending the resolution of the complaint.

09.16.2014

SBR user "las8" is off to a hot start in the free $20,000 NFL and NCAAF betting contest. las8 is 10-0-0 after the first two weeks of play, pocketing nearly 3,000 points and is five picks away from winning a brand new iPad. The contest — dubbed the BTP betting contest — is the biggest contest SBR runs each year, and is the tenth year the contest has run. The name of the game is simple: Make five picks on NFL or College Football point spreads or totals each week and attempt to outscore professional handicapper and face of the contest "The Prick". Standings are tracked year round and $20,000 is paid to the top 25 users in total units won. Users who have not yet enrolled may still sign up this week and qualify for the season-ending prizes, but act fast! After the completion of week three, only users already registered have a chance at the free cash prizes, though the weekly 100,000 points pot is still on the table.

Dashbet Sportsbook promo dispute; player's limits are slashed

09.15.2014

A Dashbet Sportsbook (unrated) player has filed a bonus complaint. The player states that he opened his account with the betting site one week ag. He deposited £500 and received a 50% sportsbook bonus. He tells SBR that he immediately sent his ID and was verified within one hour of depositing funds. The approach the user took to immediately clear KYC is advisable, and was a suggestion made in this article released by SBR on how to best comply with sportsbooks KYC processes. The bonus was not a back-end bonus; it was credited immediately to him. Following the entry of a handful of bets, the player has stated that Dashbet slashed his limits and lowered him to £10 maximum. In total, he would be asked to rollover his total funds to achieve £7,500 in play-through. The player contests being limited; though betting sites are free to adjust player's limits as determined necessary, however the industry standard in such cases is for the betting site to simply prorate the player's bonus and pay all winnings. Sportsbook Review is following up on the complaint, and asks Dashbet players with feedback to write to mail@sportsbookreview.com.

Sportsbook Bonuses Directory updated

09.15.2014

Two position changes have been made on the online sportsbooks bonuses directory on Sportsbook Review. The bonuses are broken down by what's referred to as the "True Bonus", where a given offer is rated based on the pure bonus value per play by dividing the total bonus percentage by the rollover or play-through action required. Betting sites that hold a rating of C- or better are listed on the page.

Matchbook to continue servicing United Kingdom; obtain license

09.14.2014

Sources familiar with sports betting exchange Matchbook (SBR rating B+) tell SBR that the company has no plans to discontinue servicing sports bettors in the United Kingdom ahead of October 1st when the new UK Gambling Law will be in effect. The same sources also said that Matchbook will obtain official licensing ahead of the deadline. Sportsbook Review will continue monitoring the whos-in-and-whos-out as the deadline nears. SBR also expects bookmakers who hold licenses to decide early next year if operating with the hefty new overhead is viable. 

Mybookie.ag Sportsbook initiated with D+ initial rating

09.14.2014

Mybookie.ag Sportsbook has been assessed with an initial sportsbook rating of D+. SBR reported on 1 September 2014 that the forum community requested the relatively new sportsbook to be evaluated. SBR began a process of collecting information on the sportsbook and surveying feedback from readers that took the time to write in via email or share their thoughts in the SBR Sportsbook & Industry section.


As was indicated in the preliminary review, Mybookie.ag accepted its first sports wager on 1 August 2014, making it a brand new company headed into the fall. SBR confirmed some operational details such as the hosting, location, and setup details of Mybookie.ag, which are accessible in the first report. Mybookie.ag has been given the entry mark of D+ in large part due to uncertainty surrounding their financial backers: The sportsbook is run by some ex-marketing and technical workers as defunct shop BetOnSports, as well as some employees from other industry sportsbooks, but beyond that, Mybookie has been unwilling to go on or off the record concerning why players should feel comfortable scoring a big parlay at their new shop than an established industry sportsbook.

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.