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09.10.2012

Update 3:20PM CST: SBR spoke with BetIslands management to confirm the technical outage reported by some users. Normal access is expected to return soon; players are able to wager via telephone as normal.  BetIslands (SBR rating B) users report difficulty logging into the website. SBR is following up with management for a technical update and advises those with questions to dial the sportsbook customer service directly at 1-800-998-8740. Alternatively, players may attempt to connect with BetIslands LiveChat.

09.10.2012

A TitanBet (SBR rating C-) player submits a betting dispute. The player wagered £200 in bets on Australia to win a cricket match against Pakistan on Friday, September 7th. The match was delayed in part before an additional over was played to decide the match. During the added time, TitanBet voided the player's wagers.

09.09.2012

UPDATE 9/27: PLAYER PAID IN FULL

UPDATE 9/11 4PM CST: GTBets claims the player's payment is en route
. A GTBets (SBR rating C+) player submits a payout complaint for $1,750. The player claims that he has been unable to request payment from GTBets and that customer service has been unable to assist him satisfactorily. The player notes that he has in the past received payments from the sportsbook.

09.07.2012

SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom provides an iGaming News update for September 7th, 2012. In today's video, two companies pending online poker licenses in Nevada are discussed, as well as news from UK operator Betfair, a recent Alderney Gambling Control license, and lastly an acquisition by BetVictor.

09.06.2012

The Legends (SBR rating A+) website will be unavailable from 1AM to 6AM ET. Legends management tells SBR that routine server maintenance must be done during this time-frame. Legends apologizes for any inconvenience the website outage causes, and will be available to field player inquiries as normal afterwards.

09.05.2012

A BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) player submits an account dispute. The player opened an account after receiving a bonus offer of 50% up to €200. The player deposited €400 and accepted the €200 bonus. The player claims that BetAtHome confiscated the balance on the suspicions of fraud, and has failed to provide additional support.

09.04.2012

SBR analysts Natalie Rydstrom and Justin7 give an SBR Industry News update for September 4th, 2012. In today's show, a sportsbook scam alert issued on WagerMadness of the BetCascade (SBR rating F) platform is discussed, as well as five outstanding Coral Sportsbook (SBR rating B+) confiscations, and lastly an update from Justin7's complaint bag.

09.03.2012

TopBet Sportsbook has received a ratings upgrade to C-. SBR reported in January of 2012 that new management acquired the TopBet domain, while the betting platform is still powered by FutureBet. TopBet management made the distinction that unlike other operators that ended up stiffing players under the FutureBet domain, it does its own processing.

09.01.2012

Coral Sportsbook (SBR rating B+) has confiscated five player balances. Coral, previously rated A- by SBR, is unwilling to discuss the claims due to their license with the UK Gambling Commission. However, Coral has not communicated any reason to the players themselves explaining the confiscations.

Online gambling licenses in danger

08.31.2012
SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom provides an SBR iGaming News update for August 31st, 2012. In today's video, a US gambling update is given from the Republican party, as well as the potentially endangered Schleswig-Holstein licenses. Also covered in today's segment is Zynga's plan to offer real-money gambling applications.

08.30.2012

WagerMadness (SBR rating F) has been added to the sportsbook blacklist. WagerMadness is run on the same platform as notorious no-pay scam sportsbook BetCascade (SBR rating F). SBR urges players to avoid the sportsbook and take note of the SBR ratings guide. BetCascade Sportsbook owes players millions of dollars.

08.29.2012

BetIslands Sportsbook (SBR rating B) has been added to the reduced juice sportsbooks list. BetIslands rolled out this offering for the 2012-13 football season, though the reduced model extends across multiple sports. The sportsbook is also running a free half-point promotion, aiming to give bettors more value than a traditional shop. BetIslands completed its move into a larger wagering facility April 8th of this year.

View the full list of Reduced juice Sportsbooks.

08.28.2012

In today's SBR Industry News program, analysts Natalie Rydstrom and Justin7 discuss the importance of sports bettors doing their homework before choosing to do business with any company on the heels of the 2012-13 football year. Later in the segment, a sportsbook dispute involving BetAtHome is covered.

08.27.2012

The beginning of a new football season brings plenty of opportunities to win cash. What it also brings is an assortment of scamming betting sites that have no ability to pay players. Players are targeted with glossy pamphlets, coasters, cigars, even bottles of fine brandy; what a player must do is his or her homework. Not everyone sending a care package to your doorstep has the best intentions.

08.27.2012

Update 9:45AM CST: BetPhoenix is back online. The BetPhoenix (SBR rating C) website is currently off-line. SBR will update this report as more information is learned on the website status. Users with BetPhoenix feedback are encouraged to write to Sportsbook Review at help@sportsbookreview.com. Players may also post in the Sportsbook & Industry forum at SBR.

08.26.2012

SBR Forum posters are asked to cast their vote for the best bookmakers. Posters are invited to give their top three sportsbooks with their highest rated book first. Six points will be awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. After tallying up the final scores, the top five point earners will be displayed at the head of the forum. Vote here!

08.25.2012
Sportsbetting.com new ownership has credited a player who was cheated in April of 2009 by the old management. As SBR reported in June, the BetOnline Group (SBR rating B+) purchased Sportsbetting.com (now .ag). BetOnline is in the process of clearing all outstanding payouts which were pending from the old brand.

08.25.2012

A SportingBet (SBR rating D+) player submits a bonus dispute. The player signed up, deposited, lost his first bet and was then credited a €50 free bet. The player won his wager using the free bet, increasing his balance to €112. SportingBet closed the player's account one day later, citing discrepancy with his account sign-up.

08.24.2012
SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom gives an SBR iGaming news update for Friday, August 24th. In today's show, the recent issuing of more licenses by the Nevada Gaming Commission in connection with intrastate online poker is covered, as well as news regarding PokerStars acquisition of Full Tilt Poker.

08.23.2012
The Sportsbetting.com player filed his confiscation claim with SBR in March of 2011 and has confirmed with SBR that new ownership credited him with $20,000. The BetOnline Group (SBR rating B+) acquired Sportsbetting.com (now .ag) in June. BetOnline tells SBR it is in the process of clearing all delinquent and pending payouts under the old brand.

08.22.2012

BetOnline (SBR rating B+) and Sportsbetting.ag (SBR rating D) will be down for scheduled maintenance from 1AM to 9AM ET.  Management tells SBR that the nature of the maintenance is technical, and that end-users will notice no differences as the websites come back online. Players with feedback can write to Sportsbook Review.

08.22.2012
Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) has upgraded its software and user interface. The core engine of the software, powered by Digital Gaming Solutions (DGS), remains the same. Bookmaker expects users to be able to more intuitively navigate between the sportsbook, casino, racebook, and cashier. Players are asked to write to Sportsbook Review with feedback of the new interface.

08.21.2012

In today's SBR Industry News video with analysts Natalie Rydstrom and Justin7, the two discuss the need for players to do their homework before depositing with dodgy operators popping up before football season, as well as outstanding sportsbook complaints from the SBR mailbag involving YesBet, Bet770, and 12Bet.

08.20.2012
A YesBet (SBR rating D-) player submits a payout complaint. On 6/18, the player deposited $400 using a cash method. He requested to be paid $4,000 on July 2nd, providing ID as well as a financial statement. The player became alarmed over his payout following what he claims was a week of YesBet downtime.

08.19.2012

SBR Forum held its annual poster bash the weekend of Aug 17-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was hosted at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, with free room accommodations for SBR users. Congrats to poster "sinmiedo" for taking down the $5,000 poker freeroll and capturing the first place prize of $1,500.