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$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.

BetAtHome Sportsbook player locked out of account with €1398 balance

08.29.2014

A BetAtHome Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) user has submitted an SBR complaint. The player opened his account with BetAtHome on August 24. He deposited €200 via Skrill and received a 50% signup bonus which added to his balance by €100. He experienced success following the deposit, increassing his balance to €1398. On August 28, he requested a withdrawal of €300. As part of meeting the Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements, he was asked to send a copy of his passport. He obliged the request within a day. BetAtHome meanwhile has suspended his account and allegedly declined to provide additional information to the client concerning his account status or ability to be paid his balance, which he claims to have earned fairly and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the sportsbook. Sportsbook Review is following up on the complaint.

Best Sportsbook Bonuses grid updated

08.28.2014
Sportsbook bonuses can be intimidating for new players. Navigating between bonus types is challenging enough — what between free play, cash, free bet — where's the sign up button? Throw rollover or play-through requirement in the mix and you might be ready to say to heck with the bonus and fire in a deposit with no frills. Sportsbook Review recognizes this uncertainty had by new players, and have attempted to simplify the shopping experience by reinventing the sportsbook bonuses directory.

The "True Bonus" formula is very simple. First, let's understand that online sportsbook require a certain amount of action before promo dollars can be withdrawn as cold, hard cash. This volume is generally referred to as the rollover or play-through amount. If you take a cash bonus of 10% - $30 on a $300 deposit - a single rollover is $330. Multiply this amount by whatever the required rollover is for your given bonus. A two-time rollover on a 10% cash bonus makes for a true bonus of 5%. With freeplays, you have roughly a 50/50 shot of winning your bet(s) and adding funds to your balance. A $500 freeplay bonus would automatically be valued at $250 — so a 100% free play with a 5X rollover would have its true bonus value computed by diving the bonus percentage in half. This is not to say all bonuses are created equal: It is very possible that more total value can be afforded with a free play bonus. As a result, Sportsbook Review has sorted the best sportsbook bonuses directory in order of the true bonus value per play.

Other columns include the maximum bonus redeemable in a given bonus, restricted countries, and rollover required. Sportsbook Review researchers update the bonus listings daily to ensure that players have a real-time information grid that makes their decision on where to deposit for football season that much simpler. Players should note that SBR has listed all sportsbooks rated C- or higher in the best sportsbook bonus directory; sportsbooks are not ordered in accordance to SBR standing.

08.27.2014

Bitcoins have soared in value and popularity since being put on the map by a research paper in 2008 under the name Satoshi Nakamoto. The cryptocurrency is traded in peer-to-peer fashion absent a central repository or overseer; the US Treasury has described bitcoin as a decentralized virtual currency. While users appreciate bitcoin for the low fees and relative anonymity behind online purchases, regulatory bodies are quick to point to the potential of money laundering and other evils associated with virtual currency. A crop of bitcoin ATMs have surfaced worldwide as bitcoin becomes increasingly mainstream: Bitcoin is recognized as a payment option among major online retailers such as Overstock.com and others; the negative press from black market sites like The Silk Road fading as the value of bitcoin climbs. As of this publication a single bitcoin (BTC) is worth $514.43.

Online sportsbooks & Bitcoin

There is plenty of technical mumbo-jumbo to get lost in when researching bitcoin, but one area of relevance to Sportsbook Review readers is the ease which bitcoin can be traded and used to deposit to betting sites. In an online sportsbook industry where processing costs are more exorbitant by the day, a low-cost option that allows clients to deposit without a trip to the local convenience store is welcomed with open arms. Still, there remain technical hurdles to properly implement bitcoin into online cashiers, as well as the fact that your average Joe may not even understand what a bitcoin is yet, and these areas still must be overcome for bitcoin to truly become commonplace in the online sportsbook industry. 5Dimes Sportsbook is the first major company to officially support bitcoin following the conclusion of a closed beta test between staff and players. 

Creation of Bitcoin Sportsbooks review guide

Sportsbook Review has established a bitcoin sportsbooks guide which lists all known betting sites to offer bitcoin. The list is being updated daily as new websites surface, and only sportsbooks which have proven to be legitimate will carry an SBR Rating. SBR welcomes feedback from players on the categories which are important to them when choosing a bitcoin sportsbook. The first version of the bitcoin sportsbooks guide includes categories such as date established, server location, minimum and maximum payouts, as well as screenshots of each platform. The bitcoin sportsbook guide also features a real-time updating widget which shows the current BTC price in USD. Sportsbook Review news host Natalie Rydstrom introduces the bitcoin guide in a video released this morning, which can be found in this report's inner page.

BetUS player has account closed; winnings yet to be paid

08.26.2014

A BetUS Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) player has filed a complaint. The player has stated he made two $1,000 deposits last week through bank card. His balance was increased to $7,975.44. He tells SBR that he requested his first payout from BetUS Sportsbook today, the morning of August 26, and was told that his account was being closed on the grounds that he is not a recreational sports bettor. The player has no problem with his account being closed but rightfully demands his winnings. Sportsbook Review has followed up with the betting site to inquire on when the player will be paid his winnings.

5Dimes sportsbook adds 32 Emmy prop bets

08.25.2014

Online sportsbook 5Dimes (SBR rating A+) has added another 30 wagering markets on the 2014 Emmy Awards. The wagering options consist of a complete selection of 2-way markets for each bet vs. the field. Sportsbook Review has updated the Emmys Prop Betting directory with these wagering markets from top betting sites.

NFL Betting Contest: $20,000 + 1.5 million points

08.24.2014

The exclusive NFL Beat The Prick betting contest is up to 850 members since opening three weeks ago. The tenth edition of the contest gives away $20,000 in prizes to the top 25, as well as a pot of 100,000 points per week to all participants who outperform pro handicapper "The Prick". The contest is based on making five weekly NFL or NCAAF picks from the available pointspread and total wagers through the first 15 weeks of the NFL season. In a week where "The Prick" goes 5-0-0, nobody wins. Join the 10th annual Free NFL Football contest and pad your bankroll for the upcoming football season.

Sportsbook News week in review, iGaming video

08.23.2014
In this week's online sportsbooks and casinos news show, SBR newswoman Natalie covers the latest topics to hit the Sportsbook Review newswire. These topics include one recent report on blacklisted sportsbook VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) and a complaint filed by a player over a $2,000 winnings confiscation. The player told SBR that his profits were largely derived from his winning an NHL Playoffs MVP bet; he claims that VIPSports.eu shut down his account and refunded only his deposit, labeling him a "professional player" and refusing to honor his winnings. Sportsbook Review twice followed up with the online sportsbook and the manager behind its parent company — BTG Global NV — but was told that the sportsbook would not be discussing details of the complaint. The case remains open.

The online sportsbook news show also touches on more positive news, including popular online sportsbook Heritage and their announcement launching new player programs including debuting -105 style sides and totals. The change comes four years after Heritage lowered their reduced juice pricing from -110 to -108. For more information check the Heritage sportsbook review by SBR.

Three new Online Sportsbooks added to Emmys Betting List

08.22.2014

Three new online sportsbooks have been added to the Emmy Awards Categories prop betting list. The entirety of the selection on offer from 5Dimes Sportsbook, Bookmaker, and Youwager are available on the page. The best line is rated where an identical market is offered; for example, the page lists 2-way, 3-way, and multi-way markets and where applicable a label indicating the best available line. For bettors backing the favorite of a given market, such as Matthew McConaughey to win for outstanding lead actor in a Drama Series for his work in HBO's critically acclaimed "True Detective", the best available line has McConaughey as a 1 to 3 favorite or -300. This means a $300 wager returns $100 in profit. The best side to bet the underdogs in the market are listed on-page in accordance with the market type.

5Dimes only online sportsbook with lines on Saturday's first NCAAF game

08.22.2014

At the time of this posting 5Dimes and sister sportsbook Sportbet are the only online betting sites to offer odds on Sam Houston State @ Eastern Washington. The line opened back in June at 3.5 and was bet up to 7.5 by the start of July. The total is currently set at 71.5. BetOnline joins 5Dimes as the only other book to offer betting odds on the seasons second game Abilene Christian @ Georgia State. For bettors backing Abilene Christian SBR Odds shows BetOnline giving +5.5 at a price of -110. For those looking to back the favorite, 5Dimes is offering Georgia State at -4.5 -120. Most of Las Vegas and sports bettors worldwide consider the real start of the season August 28th where power teams like Texas A&M and Minnesota, which opened at a 33 point favorite, start their seasons. Nearly all online bookmakers are offering a full card for Thursday with the exception of the Minnesota super spread currently at -26. 5Dimes and BetOnline are also alone currently in offering a betting line.

08.21.2014
A VIPSports.eu (SBR rating D-) player has blogged on the Sportsbook Review forum that more than $2,000 in winnings have been confiscated. He claimed that his deposit was refunded but his winnings were not paid. The bulk of his balance was generated by a winning bet on Justin Williams to win the Conn Smythe Trophy — the NHL's equivalent of the playoffs MVP — and that the wager paid far less than the price offered by online sportsbooks such as Betsson and others. He has claimed that VIPSports.eu labeled him a "professional bettor" and denied his winnings after closing his account. Sportsbook Review followed up with VIPSports.eu and its parent company BTG Global NV; no comment was given on the sportsbook dispute. SBR agreed to post a statement on behalf of the sportsbook if one were provided. The dispute remains open. Sportsbook Review will update this report. The player's full complaint can be accessed from the article view of this industry news piece.

Sportsbooks Bovada and SportsInteraction first to publish Emmy odds

08.20.2014

Online sportsbooks Bovada (SBR rating A) and SportsInteraction (SBR rating B+) are the first to release Emmy odds. Sportsbook Review has a listing of all Emmys prop bets which is being updated hourly as odds move and markets are added. Based on last year's market, it is expected that at least five more online sportsbooks will release a serving of Emmy prop odds. These wagering markets typically provide good value and are added more as entertainment than profit generators from the perspective of online bookmakers. The 66th annual primetime Emmy awards take place Monday August 25 from downtown Los Angeles.

08.19.2014

Online sportsbook HeritageSports.com announced this morning that it has lowered its reduced juice offering from -108 to -105. In 2009 Heritage officially moved to reduced juice by lowering from standard vig at -110 to -108. Heritage tells SBR that the lower pricing has increased customer retention; additionally players have consistently voted Heritage in the top five online sportsbooks poll in part due to the discounted pricing model. Players should note that Heritage also has other linesets that can be chosen in lieu of the -105 style pricing if a bonus program were preferred. There are three account programs: -105 style pricing for sides and totals, -108 style pricing with cash back and contest perks, or a 50% free play big bonus model. Players can change their selected program semi-annually; two weeks prior to and after October 1st and April 1st. Users are advised to select the program that best suits them for football wagering as soon as possible. As a result of the offering, Heritage has moved to the #2 spot in the SBR reduced juice sportsbook list and has been ordered higher on the best sportsbook bonuses page with the addition of the larger deposit bonus.

BetSonic player files Bait & Switch sportsbook bonus complaint

08.18.2014
A BetSonic (unrated) player has claimed to have been victim of bait and switch tactics. The player tells Sportsbook Review that he received a targeted email promotion advertising a €50 cash back incentive. The mailer confirmed that the perk was open to all clients from a certain region - where the player resides - and that aside from location, the only other requirement was an account balance of less than €1. As for the redemption of the cash back wager, the client was instructed to place his first bet following his deposit on any English Premier League event for €50 or more. Should the wager lose, a cash back credit equivalent to the amount lost on the wager would be credited by the sportsbook. The player followed the sportsbook bonus terms exactly as outlined, but upon his requesting the bonus be applied to his account, he was told that BetSonic has decided to not apply the player the backend bonus. The following terms and conditions were cited when the player inquired what gave the sportsbook the right to rescind the offer:

BetSonic "The company reserves the right to deny any bonus to any client without explanation."

Sportsbook Review is following up on the player's complaint.

Free NFL Contest registration open

08.17.2014

The annual and exclusive Beat The Prick handicapping contest has had 678 players join in the less than two weeks since the contest has been open. The flagship football contest is in its 10th year and gives away a jaw-dropping $20,000 in prizes, plus 100,000 points per week to all users who outscore contest mascot "The Prick". The premise of the contest is to pick 5 NFL or NCAAF picks per week from the pointspreads and totals offered by SBR Contests. The lines update in real time; the caveat is that you cannot pick exactly the same or opposite as "The Prick"; those who do better in a given week while maintaining at least positive units receive their share of the weekly prize-pool, and credit toward the season ending cash prizes. The free football contest remains open for registration and is slated to begin the first week of the 2014-15 NFL season.

HRWager Sportsbook complaint

08.15.2014
Update: Sportsbook Review has spoken with both the player and HRWager management. A statement was provided by HRWager concerning the dispute; the player has confirmed that he was told his payout was erroneously voided by the third party processor in question, and is following up with the third party to correct the situation. The dispute is considered closed.

An HRWager Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player has launched a complaint in the SBR posting forum. The player has claimed he has not received $700 allegedly sent by the sportsbook in a withdrawal requested this week. He has been advised by the payment processor in question that the funds could not be retrieved.

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

08.14.2014

Update: The Netbet Sportsbook complaint reported on in the iGaming News video has been resolved. Sportsbook Review reported that a Netbet player complained that his €800+ in winnings were unfairly confiscated after Netbet accused him of violating their terms and conditions due to his having previously created an account in 2012. The account was dormant, and SBR argued that an inactive account which went unused is irrelevant should not cause a funds confiscation to be enforced. While Netbet did not respond to the SBR complaint, the player has confirmed that the betting site reversed their decision and agreed to pay his earned winnings. Sportsbook Review considers the dispute against Netbet closed.
 

Other topics covered in the online betting sites news video include a dispute raised by a player against Matchbook (SBR rating B+). The player is attempting to withdraw a $9,200 balance following Matchbook's exit from the Canadian market as reported by SBR on 21 July 2014. The player's situation was complicated by his leaving Canada for the United States (where he is from originally) one month prior to the Matchbook exit. He intended to travel to another location to resume his play with Matchbook but was advised his closing balance would have to be paid out back to his Canadian bank account. The player has claimed that upon his exit of Canada he closed his bank account. In order to comply with Matchbook's request, he tells SBR that he returned to Canada on 4 August 2014 and opened a new bank account.  The player has reported being told he must produce six months worth of banking statements from the newly created account in order to be paid his closing balance. SBR has confirmed through the branch that a non-resident is required to open an account in person; there appears to be no dispute the player is presently in Canada. SBR is asking Matchbook if a notarized letter from the bank itself could allow the player to be paid his closing balance.

Online sportsbooks Bodog and Bovada tech issues

08.14.2014

Update 11:39AM ET: The websites are back online.

Online sportsbooks Bodog (SBR rating A) and Bovada (SBR rating A) have been down since approximately 1AM. Sportsbook Review has been told by a manager familiar with details of the outage that the downtime has been caused by technical failure of a main switch. The sportsbooks are expected to be back online today although no timeline has been offered.

NFL Prop Bets Directory at SBR

08.13.2014

Sportsbook Review has updated the NFL Football Prop Bets page with a directory of proposition bets offered by online sportsbooks. These markets include the Super Bowl winner, division and conference winner bets, the Regular Season wins market as well as obscure prop bets. In addition to the futures markets, individual game propositions will be loaded throughout each week of regular season play. The online sportsbooks listed in the directory are all in good standing; gamblers eager to post up for the upcoming NFL and NCAAF campaigns should consider standing of a potential betting site. SBR resources such as the sportsbook blacklist are updated with betting sites which should be avoided, as well as the companies that are known as outright scams.