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11.13.2012 Global, also known as Rest Of World, has rebranded to The brand is powered by Win United Ltd. in Malta, which also operates YouWin Sportsbook (SBR rating C-). SBR is attempting to interview one of the Win United Ltd. managers for comment on the move.

11.13.2012 has addressed the player dispute published by SBR on November 8th. In that report, a player claimed he deposited €2,000, received a 20% bonus and was eventually limited to €1 stakes. Racebets management told SBR the player did not attempt a payout request, clarifying that his bonus would be prorated and all winnings paid as normal.


A Unibet Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) player claims that his €10,000 balance was seized. The player states that no specific reason was given the sportsbook for the funds confiscation, save from an excerpt of their terms and conditions which allow the company to close an account "without any explanation whatsoever".

A VivaroBet Sportsbook (unrated) player submits an account complaint. The player claims that approximately €2,000 was confiscated by VivaroBet when the sportsbook closed his account. The player claimed that after following up, he was told the decision was made by the risk management department.


A Globet Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) player submits a payout complaint. The player claims that he has attempted to request payment for over €300 for two weeks, and has been unsuccessful. Globet players have reported of poor customer service, though the sportsbook has addressed claims with SBR. SBR is following up and will update as this player receives payment.

SportsbookReview news anchor Natalie Rydström gives an SBR iGaming News update, reporting on Friday, November 9th, 2012. Today's topics include two German states intent to adopt the controversial German gaming treaty, as well as an update on Full Tilt Poker following PokerStars relaunch of the site.


Update: addresses dispute. SBR considers this matter resolved.

A (unrated) player files a dispute. The player deposited €2,000 to Racebets after being emailed with a 20% deposit promotion. After receiving the bonus, he began wagering and eventually cleared through all but €1,000 of the turnover requirement. Racebets then lowered his bet size to €1.


SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström and dispute analyst Justin7 give an SBR Industry News update for Wednesday November 7th, 2012. Outstanding disputes from the complaint bag are discussed, as well as the recently reported bonus complaint involving Arkadiabet Sportsbook (unrated).


Arkadiabet Sportsbook (unrated) is using a 'gotcha' rule to confiscate player winnings and bonus cash. A player wrote to SBR indicating that after requesting a withdrawal of € 400, Arkadiabet messaged him that his funds were confiscated due to violation of an unusual rule seemingly designed to cheat players.


SBR Forum thanks all 62 forum users who took part in Saturday afternoon's charity poker event for Hurricane Sandy relief. A total of $1,550 was raised; the donation will be made to the Red Cross. The top three finishers in the SBR poker charity tournament were users "4uk4life", "daneblazer" and "Augustus".

News anchor Natalie Rydstrom delivers an SBR iGaming News update for Friday, November 2nd, 2012. In today's show, topics include the Nevada Gaming Control Board recommending three new companies for online poker licensure; the Nevada Gaming Commission will decide on the licenses on November the 15th.


SportsbettingOnline (SBR rating C-) was added to the SBR ratings guide on May 26th, 2012. The sportsbook was initially downgraded after a representative of the brand attempted to poach players from other sportsbooks. SBR spoke with the SBO manager, who agreed to review the calls and dismiss the employee. Since that time, SBO has received favorable player reviews and has not been the subject of any significant issue. The SBO rating has been increased from D+ to C-.

SportsbettingOnline players with feedback are asked to write to


On October 29th, 2012, SBR reported that (SBR rating D-) disabled a player's account. The player claimed that a $30 balance was removed without word. SBR followed up with management and verified that the player's account was closed as he registered from a barred state, and that his balance contained only $4 in bonus cash. SBR considers this dispute closed.


SBR Forum has announced that there will be a charity poker tournament on Saturday, November 3rd, where all proceeds will go toward Hurricane Sandy relief. For each SBR user to enter, SBR will make a donation of $25. Entry details can be found at the SBR posting forum. The event takes place at the SBR Poker room.


SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström and dispute mediator Justin7 deliver an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, October 30th, 2012. In today's show recent topics from the SportsbookReview newswire are discussed, as well as the latest scam alert issued on WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating F).


UPDATE 1:30PM CST : 5Dimes is back online. The 5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) group websites are currently off-line due to power outage. 5Dimes management tells SBR that all sites are expected to be back online in approximately 20 minutes. SBR will update as the websites come back online.


A (SBR rating D-) player tells SBR that his account has been disabled. The player claims that his balance of $30 was removed by, with no word on what he has done wrong. SBR is following up on this player's sportsbook complaint, and will update this report as more information becomes available. Players with feedback are asked to write to SBR.


UPDATE 1:05PM CST: BetIslands is back online. The BetIslands Sportsbook (SBR rating B) homepage is currently down. Management tells SBR the site is expected to be back online momentarily. In the meantime, players can place bets as normal by calling in to 1-800-998-8632. SBR will update as the sportsbook comes back online.


WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating F) players have reported being owed $916,053. The sportsbook is continuing to market to unsuspecting player, sending bonus offers and providing no information on their financial situation, hoping to bring in new business. WSEX players are being provided no updates on their funds, and WSEX is refusing comment to

SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström gives an SBR iGaming News update for Friday, October 26th, 2012. In today's show, Natalie is joined by dispute mediator and SBR legal mind Justin7 to discuss the recent amendment to US Senators Harry Red and Jon Kyl's gaming legislation bill.

Pinnacle Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has released a statement to the public on the recent arrest of Cantor Gaming sportsbook director Michael Colbert and 24 other individuals charged in an indictment out of New York with 250 counts of enterprise corruption, money laundering, and promoting gambling.

Founder of dies in Plane Crash


Russell Hawkins, known as The Major on has passed away. Russell's small plane crashed into the trees of Puslinch Lake in Canada Thursday afternoon. Russell branched off from TheRX forum to create his own sports betting website in 2000. The SBR community sends its deepest condolences to Mr. Hawkin's family.

Today on SBR Industry Interviews, news anchor Natalie Rydström interviews John Brennan, sports business reporter for The Record newspaper in Bergen County, New Jersey and author of the Meadowlands Matters Blog — which follows NJ gaming interests including Atlantic City casinos and horse racing establishments.

10.24.2012 news anchor Natalie Rydström gives an SBR video newsbite update regarding US Senators Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Jon Kyl's (R-Arizona) gaming legislation, dubbed the Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012. Submit show feedback to

Bet365 website access


Update 6:00PM CST: Bet365 is back online. Bet365 Sportsbook (SBR rating A-) is currently off-line. SBR spoke with a representative of Bet365, who confirmed the downtime. Bet365 players can currently call in to place bets over the phone at 1-866-823-8365. SBR will update this report as the website comes back online.