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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.

07.20.2012

Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) has rolled out a mobile betting platform. Players are now able to wager in style on their smart phones, as the sleek new proprietary mobile skin allows players to enter straight wagers on a simple to navigate interface. Pinnacle plans to add onto the platform, allowing players full cashier access.

07.19.2012

A GoalBet (unrated) player submits a sportsbook dispute. The player tells SBR that his account was closed while there was a pending payout for €1,000, as well as an €1,154 account balance. The player reportedly has not been given an update on how long the payment process is expected to take.

07.18.2012

WillHill (SBR rating A) management tells SBR that as of Friday, July 20th, players residing in Germany will no longer be able to play in the sportsbook. German players will be allowed to continue to bet in the WillHill casino, poker, and bingo room; those who exclusively bet in the sportsbook are free to request payouts as normal.

07.18.2012
Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) will undergo system maintenance beginning at 12AM ET. SBR has been advised by Pinnacle management that the sportsbook is expected to be back online by 8AM ET. Users will be unable to log-in during this time. SBR will update this report as Pinnacle Sportsbook comes back online.

07.17.2012

SBR newswoman Natalie Rydström provides an SBR Industry news update with sportsbook dispute analyst Justin7. In today's program, a BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) balance confiscation is discussed as well as outstanding issues with Sports-1 (SBR rating C) as well as an update from Justin on his current cases.

07.17.2012
The Nordic Stock Exchange has approved 5050 Poker Holding’s application for delisting from Nasdaq OMX First North. 5050 will cease trading on July 20th. Talks of selling the struggling company have so far fallen through. Earlier this month, it was reported that 5050Poker paid €150,000 in fines to the Microgaming network using players funds.

07.16.2012

A Sports-1 (SBR rating C) player states that a $1,500 Neteller payout requested on April 24th has not yet been processed. The player is being offered half the funds through an alternate payout method. A Sports-1 live chat representative informed the player that the replacement method would carry a $70 fee.