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Canbet Sportsbook ownership change


Canbet Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) is now owned by Interactive Gaming & Sports ( SBR reported that the company's prior ownership, Yin Khing Investments Ltd, acquired the sportsbook in May of 2009.

24SportsWeb (SBR rating C-) has addressed the payout complaint reported by SBR on December 24th. Management confirms that their Skrill payouts have been delayed. SBR reported that a player owed $5,000 since September filed a sportsbook complaint. 24SportsWeb claims this player will be paid Tuesday of next week.


SBR is running a tournament to celebrate New Year's eve. Less than thirty-five seats remain in the fixed prize-pool event, which has an overlay of 12,000 points. SBR Poker is the free, points based platform available to SBR Forum community members. Points may used for redemptions in the SBR Store.

Sportsbook news anchor Natalie Rydström gives an SBR iGaming News update for Friday, December 28th, 2012. Today's show covers the current New Jersey legal battle with the four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA, as well as one software company's position on a recent £485 million acquisition.

New Jersey residents are going to have to wait a little longer for sportsbooks in Atlantic City. District Judge Michael Shipp rejected the argument that the major sports leagues and NCAA would be unable to prove financial damages if New Jersey were to proceed with allowing sportsbooks to operate in Atlantic City.


SBR Forum has announced its new major contest for 2013. The SBR Gaming Triathlon awards $5,500 in championship prizes as well as more than 800,000 points. Points may be used for merchandise and other redemptions in the SBR Store. The Triathlon is open to the public and the competition has three phases: a hoops contest, poker tournament and a blackjack contest.


A 24SportsWeb player submits a payout complaint. The player tells SBR that he requested a $5,000 payout via Skrill in the beginning of September 2012. 24SportsWeb allegedly promised the player on multiple occasions that his payout would be sent in one week. SBR is following up on this sportsbook complaint and will update this report.


A BetAtHome Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) player claims that his account has been closed with a €1,450 balance. The player tells SBR that he has been given no update from the sportsbook and has not been refunded his deposit. SBR is following up with BetAtHome regarding this claim and will update this report.


A Bet770 (SBR rating C-) manager has addressed one of the claims reported by SBR on December 17th, 2012. A player told SBR that he requested a €230 payout via Skrill on December 5th but it had not been processed within the advertised payout window. Bet770 tells SBR that this player has now received his payout. SBR is following up with the second user to confirm payment.

Sportsbook news anchor Natalie Rydström gives an SBR iGaming News update for Friday, December 21st, 2012. In a day the Mayans are calling the last on earth, an update is given on an internet gambling bill close to becoming law in New Jersey, as well as a major acquisition by British bookmaker William Hill (SBR rating A).

12.19.2012 (SBR rating A+) has acquired all Non-US accounts. All Bookmaker non-USplayer balances as well as pending wagers have been transferred to the new site. Balances do not have any rollover requirement. A Bookmaker manager tells SBR that US players are not affected by this move.

Sportsbook news anchor Natalie Rydström and dispute handler Justin give an SBR Industry News update for the third week of December, 2012. Show topics include the recently reported Bet770 payout complaints and cases presently being worked on by Justin. To submit show feedback, write to

BetIslands to close with player funds


BetIslands Sportsbook is no longer solvent. The sportsbook has lost its financial backer. Contingency plans have proved to be nonexistent. Player balances are estimated to be in the amount of 1.5 million dollars.


888Sport  (SBR rating B) will no longer accept sports bets from Australia as of Wednesday, December 19th, 2012. 888 management tells SBR that players will still be able to play at, and are free to request payouts at their leisure. Pending bets will be settled as normal. Regulation changes in Australia was cited as the reason for the decision.


BetIslands Sportsbook (SBR rating C) reported processor delays to players on Thursday. Players were told that payouts would go out today, Monday December 17th, but no reports of completed withdrawals were received. BetIslands has not yet offered an update to players or SBR. SBR will update this report as more information is available.


Two Bet770 Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) players have submitted payment complaints. Player one requested a €230 payout via Skrill on December 5th, and player two a £439 payout on December 7th. SBR is following up with Bet770 management for an update on the two cases. Players with Bet770 feedback are asked to write to SBR.


Bwin Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) is currently updating their website. Players are greeted with a message indicating platform updates are on the way, including a revamped sports wagering interface, poker updates, and increased casino jackpot prizes. SBR will update as the site upgrade is finished.


The SBR Poker Players Championship was a wild one. The grand finale poker event paid $5,000 to winner "bet_that_all", $2,000 to runner-up "beach nut", and $1,000 to third place finisher "ArunSh". The tourney also awarded 200,000 points to the top 25. SBR Poker is a free, points based poker platform for SBR community members. SBR points may be redeemed for merchandise in the SBR Store.

The major pro sports leagues and the NCAA hope to keep sportsbooks out of Atlantic City. SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström comments on the pending case in Trenton federal court in today's SBR iGaming news update for Friday, December 14th, 2012, as well as other recent gaming industry headlines.


The Heritage Sportsbook (SBR rating A) call center will close at 8PM PST tonight and reopen at 10AM PST Thursday morning. Internet wagering and game grading will continue as normal during this time. Management tells SBR that the time off is to celebrate the successful year and upcoming holiday season with staff.


SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström gives an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, December 11th, 2012. The headliner of today's video is to discuss the Oddsmaker Sportsbook scam alert issued by Sportsbook Oddsmaker has confiscated more than $250,000 from winning players to date.


BetOnline Sportsbook (SBR rating B+) has completed their audit of the account holder mentioned in SBR's last report. The user's play was investigated as four other players each deposited the same amount of cash, transferred their funds to the poker room and lost their balances within 24 hours via heads up (1 vs 1) table play. The player is free to request his $25,000 balance as normal.


An Oddsmaker Sportsbook (SBR rating F) player submits an account dispute. The player states that in twelve years, he has never once withdrawn winnings from the sportsbook; but after managing a $400 balance he attempted his first cash out. Oddsmaker then closed his account and accused him of fraud.


Bovada Sportsbook (SBR rating A) users report website downtime from 9PM-11:45PM ET. A representative of Bovada commented on SBR Forum that users still having difficulty accessing their accounts or with general inquiries should write to Players may also reach Bovada via telephone at 1-888-263-0000.

NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak has lobbied for internet wagering in Atlantic City casinos for years, and it looks like he just may get it. The NJ State Assembly approved an updated version of the legislation Tuesday, leading to the chance of the bill passing following a full assembly and later Senate vote December 20th.