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05.17.2012
SBR newswoman Natalie interviews Michael Caselli, an iGaming industry expert who founded Lyceum Publishing and is editor-in-chief at information portal iGaming Business. Natalie discusses the US legalisation of online gambling in part two of the interview segment with Mr. Caselli.

05.17.2012

WSEX Sportsbook has been downgraded to F. WSEX has been in the sportsbook blacklist with a rating of D- since January 11th, 2011. Despite a few token payments made this year, it has become clear that there is little hope for victims to recover a documented $825,744 in funds. SBR receives new reports of WSEX players who are not being paid each week.

05.17.2012

With the baseball season in full swing, SBR analyst Peter Loshack provides an in-depth review of the best MLB betting sportsbooks. The video breaks down the advantages of each sportsbook listed in the best MLB betting lines chart, as well as information on the optimal way of wagering baseball. Players with questions can feel free to email SBR at help@sportsbookreview.com.

05.17.2012

Two Sportsbetting.ag (SBR rating D) players confirm receiving payment. Player one received an $1,800 check payout requested on March 11th. Player two received a $2,500 withdrawal requested the beginning of April; he still as a $9,500 bank withdrawal outstanding. Twenty-two Sportsbetting.ag slow-pay complaints are presently on file. Players are owed a combined $129,904.

05.16.2012

SBR newswoman Natalie and dispute analyst Justin discuss the latest iGaming industry news. The video includes the resolution of the SBG Global payment complaints; as well as the Bet33 past-posted wagers dispute. Players with sportsbook feedback are asked to write to SBR at help@sportsbookreview.com.

05.16.2012

The Bet770 (SBR rating C-) player from the March 15th report has been paid. SBR reported that a player indicated a withdrawal of £838 requested on April 7th was not received. The player claimed his account was properly verified. SBR followed up with Bet770 management on the sportsbook dispute.

05.16.2012

On February 22nd, 2012, SBR reported that Oddsmaker (SBR rating F) confiscated $45,000 from a winning bettor. The player wagered with Oddsmaker for approximately three years, having been a net loser (-$5,000) prior to the start of 2012. After going on the run of his life, Oddsmaker confiscated his winnings alleging that he was a professional gambler.

05.16.2012

AllYouBet (SBR rating C-) has responded to three outstanding player complaints. The sportsbook provided SBR with a statement which generally addressed the disputes, though did not specifically delve into each particular claim. SBR has followed up with each player to determine if their cases can be closed.

05.15.2012

Cashpoint (SBR rating C-) has addressed the account dispute reported by SBR on May 13th. A player wrote SBR stating that his €877 balance was zeroed. He claimed to have played with Cashpoint off and on for a few years with no issues. He told SBR that after reading about a payment complaint reported a week prior, he decided to ask for his funds and noticed he had no money in his account.

05.15.2012

A Bet770 (SBR rating C-) player tells SBR that he requested a withdrawal of £838 on April 7th, 2012. The player states that the verificiation process was extensive, but that since completion of the KYC drill he has not been given an update on his payout status.  Bet770 is based in London, and recently had a ratings upgrade from D+ to C- after working with SBR mediators on player issues. SBR will update this report.

05.14.2012
SBR newswoman Natalie interviews Michael Caselli, an iGaming industry expert who founded Lyceum Publishing and is editor-in-chief at information portal iGaming Business. Natalie discusses the European legalisation of online gambling in part one of the interview segment with Mr. Caselli.

05.14.2012

SBG Global (SBR rating D-) has addressed two payment complaints reported by SBR earlier this month. In the first dispute, a player reported requesting a $5,000 withdrawal on March 23rd. In the second dispute, a player told SBR he asked for $5,000 on April 3rd. SBG Global has stated that both players have since received payment. SBR is asking the players to confirm, and will consider these two disputes closed.

05.14.2012

GTBets management tells SBR that they are working a new mobile platform set to launch late summer, as well as an upgraded version of their website. GTBets currently uses the proprietary software once featured at the VIP Sports family. GTBets.com was introduced to the SBR sportsbook ratings on August 23rd, 2011. The sportsbook is located in Curacao.

05.13.2012

Update: BetIslands is online and can be accessed at www.betislands.mx. The sportsbook tells SBR that they have hired additional technical personnel and are changing internet providers as a result of the downtime.BetIslands (SBR rating B) has battled distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks off and on since May 8th. SBR reported that BetIslands management was bringing in a team of specialists to audit the network and make technical upgrades to protect against the attacks. The sportsbook is currently off-line again, but is continuing to accept player wagers via telephone at 1-800-998-8632. SBR will update as BetIslands comes back online.

05.13.2012

A Tipico (SBR rating C-) player submits an account dispute. The player states that he has been refused his winnings on the grounds of being unable to provide a banking statement in English. The player, a native Russian, claims that his institution is unable to satisfy this request. SBR is examining the facts of this dispute and will update this sportsbook report. On May 8th, SBR reported the resolution of a €195 winnings dispute involving Tipico.

05.13.2012

On May 8th, 2012, SBR reported that a Cashpoint (SBR rating C-) player submitted a payment complaint. The player claimed a €291 Moneybookers payout requested five days earlier had not been paid, and that the time-frame for payment was one business day. Cashpoint responded to SBR's inquiry stating the player has been paid. A new Cashpoint dispute has been filed by a player who claims his balance has been zeroed.

05.12.2012

A Bet33 (SBR rating C-) player claims that $1,899 has been debited from his balance. The player states he logged into his account and found a note that all past-posted winning plays would be deleted. The player claims that Bet33 deleted all winning plays, but not "losing plays". Although the player has not expressly admitted past-posting intentionally, he acknowledged that he placed wagers via telephone and that each time a clerk accepted his bet over the phone.

05.12.2012

A BetUS (SBR rating D+) submits a bonus complaint. The player tells SBR that he signed up, deposited $2,000 and took a starter bonus. He claims that after a period of successful play, BetUS closed his account and informed him that he was considered a non-recreational bettor. The player claims that the amount the sportsbook agreed to pay him was approximately $1,500 less than what he expected. The player does not know exactly how much left in bonus rollover he has as he is shut off from his account. SBR is following up on this complaint.

05.11.2012

Sportingbet (SBR rating D+) advises SBR that they will look further into the dispute reported on May 10th. A player contacted SBR stating that a 50% free bet was denied by the company. The player claimed to have been in full compliance with the promo terms. Earlier this week, SBR reported on a bonus dispute where a player was denied an earned bonus; in this dispute, the player followed up the complaint with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, who rubberstamped Sportingbet's decision. SBR will update this report.

05.11.2012
SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom discusses recent international iGaming news. In today's video, Natalie begins with an update on the Spanish gaming market and the upcoming licensing process. Later in the segment, Nevada's plans to outsource labor for casino game testing is mentioned, as well as Nevada's planned intrastate online poker venture. Lastly, an update is given on New Jersey's quest to offer online gambling.

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05.11.2012
A 24WinBet (unrated) player submits a complaint. The player tells SBR that he opened his account on April 26th, 2012, depositing €300. The player states he won his first few bets, and increased his balance to €1,710. 24WinBet allegedly blocked the player's account without word, and is not communicating with the player on what he must do to unlock his account. SBR is following up on this sportsbook complaint.

05.10.2012

UPDATE 5/11 9:30 CST: BetIslands is back up. The sportsbook tells SBR that they have battle distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks and will be bringing in a team of specialists to help the book improve  its DDOS defense.

UPDATE 5/11 6:30 CST: BetIslands is currently off-line again.

UPDATE: BetIslands is back online.
BetIslands Sportsbook is currently down. SBR is following up with management to confirm the details of the technical outage. On May 8th, SBR reported that BetIslands website was offline for an extended period of time.

05.10.2012


A new Sportingbet (SBR rating D+) bonus complaint has been received. On May 8th, SBR reported that Sportingbet refused to honour a player's bonus; a decision that was ultimately rubberstamped by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. SBR has received a new complaint from a player who was denied a 50% free bet during the Europa League final. The player claims to have fully followed the Sportingbet T&C. SBR is following up on this complaint.

05.09.2012

WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) players have reported being owed $825,744. SBR currently has 157 payment complaints on file. WSEX Sportsbook has ceased discussing player cases with SBR. WSEX provides generic updates to players, mostly pinning the blame on failed processors and the US banking climate. The once well-regarded outfit is currently rated D- and sits on the SBR sportsbook blacklist. Players are advised to avoid depositing with the sportsbook.

05.09.2012

Betsson (SBR rating C+) has addressed the sportsbook complaint reported by SBR in yesterday's iGaming news video. In this dispute, a player who deposited €150 on April 27th had €1,780 confiscated after the sportsbook alleges the player was not the person controlling the account. The player described to SBR having been randomly interviewed by Betsson via telephone, asked a series of questions and later told that all answers were correct.