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08.07.2012
It was just ten weeks ago that NJ Governor Chris Christie boldly declared his plans to proceed with establishing sportsbooks in Atlantic City. The outspoken head honcho of the Garden State barked the following: “If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us." The remark turned into a very polarizing soundbite, which might have been what Christie hoped for.

"Am I expecting there may be legal action taken against us to try to prevent it? Yes. But I have every confidence we're going to be successful," Christie stated, brimming with his trademark confidence.

08.07.2012
Facebook shareholders may be happy to learn that the social media giant is taking steps to produce a potentially long-term profit generator — an online gambling app. Effective this morning, UK residents 18 and over are provided the chance to play online bingo for cash prizes. Facebook's bingo game is powered by GameSys, a private technology company licensed in Gibraltar.

08.07.2012

A TitanBet (SBR rating C-) player files a betting dispute. The player claims that TitanBet cancelled bets he made which were in-line with Betfair. The player believes that TitanBet is voiding wagers for no other reason than failure to update the lines with the rest of the market. Sportsbook line managers are tasked with ensuring the book's offerings stay up to date as numbers move.

08.06.2012
SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom provides a video newsbite on the recent news out of Nevada: Bally Technologies Inc. and High 5 Games have agreed to a multi-year game development partnership. The two companies will combine heads to produce high quality land-based, interactive and mobile applications to operators all over the world.

08.05.2012

A BetClic (SBR rating D+) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. The player signed up, made a €20 parlay and increased his balance to €1,322. Intending to cash out his funds, the player provided a form of ID to BetClic via email. BetClic called the player two days after receiving the ID to question him regarding his winning parlay.

08.04.2012

A Bet770 player has submitted a payout complaint. The player indicates that he has requested a £500 payout 25 days ago, but has not yet received payment. The player claims that his account is active, in good standing, and that his ID documents were sent when requested. SBR is following up with Bet770 Sportsbook management on this player's dispute, and will update this report.

08.03.2012
SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom provides an iGaming News update for Friday, August 3rd. Topics for today include Maryland's plans to catch-up to other states and get online gambling on their agenda, an update from the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the latest with California's plans to offer sportsbetting in licensed establishments.

08.02.2012
Full Tilt Poker players waited over one year for a day like Tuesday. Some began to wonder if the day would ever come at all. Players were out millions of dollars following the Black Friday online poker crackdown on April 15th, 2011. The move may have been spearheaded by the US Department of Justice, but many international players were caught in the crossfire as FTP imploded, later being branded a Ponzi scheme by federal investigators.

08.02.2012
BettingFC Sportsbook is not paying players. The sportsbook sent an e-mail letter to players informing them that as of August 1st, 2012, the company was bankrupt. Three players have written Sportsbook Review indicating that they have not been paid their balances.

08.01.2012
Another former Full Tilt Poker executive is out on bail. Nelson Burtnick had to fork over $500,000 while he awaits trial in connection to the Black Friday online poker crackdown in the US. Burtnick is a co-defendant with former CEO Raymond Bitar. SBR reported on July 31st that online poker giant PokerStars acquired Full Tilt Poker as part of their settlement with the US DOJ.

08.01.2012

A Bet33 (SBR rating C-) player wrote to SBR with a betting dispute. The player wagered on a soccer match involving Paris St. Germain at -1.5 +120. The average marketprice for this wager was -180. The player admitted realizing the huge discrepancy for this event at Bet33, so he immediately placed a $400 wager. The player's wager lost, and he is now demanding a refund.

07.31.2012

Sportsbook Review analyst Natalie Rydstrom provides an SBR Industry News Update for July 31st, 2012. In today's sportsbook news video, the latest online sportsbook disputes from the SBR newswire are featured in video format. BetClic, BetAtHome, and BetLegends are subjects of today's video.

07.31.2012

Online poker giant PokerStars reached a settlement today with the US Department of Justice. As part of the settlement agreement, PokerStars will fully acquire former poker rival Full Tilt Poker for a reported $731 million. PokerStars will pay $547 million to the US Government over a three-year period.

07.31.2012

A BetClic (SBR rating D+) player states that his €1,600 balance has been confiscated. The player registered to BetClic Sportsbook four weeks ago, depositing €500. He was first limited to €120 per wager after a few successful bets, and later had his limits slashed again before the sportsbook ultimately closed his account and zeroed the funds.

07.30.2012

Multiple players have reported that their BetOnline accounts have been breached. The addition of BetOnline's poker room has been a catalyst for security issues. Twelve users have reported to SBR that their accounts were broken into. In all investigated cases BetOnline has credited players with the funds that were stolen and then laundered out through the poker platform. Three recently filed disputes are still under investigation. BetOnline has also received fake claims of hacking and has been able to prove these instances to fraudsters and Sportsbook Review. These players have been added to BetOnline's blacklist which is shared among online sportsbooks. SBR advises all players to reset their password to a random combination of numbers and letters that are not used at other websites. BetOnline states they are upgrading security features while they work to identify the source of these claims.

07.29.2012

A Betway (SBR rating D-) player claims a £7,000 balance has been confiscated. The player indicates there has been no trickery on his part, and that his balance was increased over time after accepting a starter bonus. Betway has made SBR news as of late for seizing winning player balances in accordance with a bizarre rule.

07.28.2012

Legends (SBR rating A+) has rolled out a new loyalty program aimed at rewarding all customers. Players who may be infrequent or seasonal depositors are still afforded a chance to profit as are year-long clients. SBR spoke at length with management to discuss the new program and has embedded an explanatory chart in full article view.

07.27.2012
SBR newswoman Natalie Rydström provides a weekly iGaming news update. Schleswig-Holstein operators are in danger of losing their license as the Northern German state is set to return to the controversial gaming treaty. An update is given on a Black Friday conviction, as well as Nevada interactive gaming.

07.25.2012

A Digibet (unrated) player claims that his betting ticket was changed. SBR dispute analyst Justin breaks down the player's claim that his parlay on an international basketball game had one leg changed substantially. Digibet has not been willing to address the merits of the player's claim, nor the screenshot he has submitted.

07.25.2012
In part two of SBR Industry Interviews with Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) President Joe Brennan Jr., the overall gambling climate in the United States is discussed as Mr. Brennan weighs in on infrastructure, regulatory requirements as well as a look at a few key states in the mix for interactive gaming.

07.23.2012
SBR provides an in-depth video review of online sportsbook and casino giant Bet365 (SBR rating A-). Based in the United Kingdom, Bet365 is one of the most recognised gaming companies in the world today. Bet365 has refined the way the rest of the industry goes about live, in-play wagering.

07.23.2012

Legends (SBR rating A+) will perform server maintenance from 2:00AM to 3:30AM ET. Management tells SBR that during this period the website will be unavailable. Legends apologizes for the temporary inconvenience and asks players with questions to contact them via Live Help, telephone, or email with any questions.

07.20.2012

SBR newswoman Natalie Rydström interviews iMEGA President Joe Brennan Jr. The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association seeks to advance the interests of the gaming industry in the US, working closely with government at all levels and challenging the political and legislative gaming roadblocks.