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05.23.2012

Legends Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) tells SBR that recent downtime has been attributable to system upgrades aimed at improving their backend. Legends does not expect there to be noticeable maintenance again until July 10th, 2012. Players are always free to place wagers via telephone during system upgrades.

05.23.2012

Online gaming businesses Bwin, Bet365, Tipico, and BetAtHome are the latest companies to be licenced in Schleswig-Holstein. The sports betting licence is valid for six years. On May 5th, SBR reported on the first three companies to be licenced in Schlewswig-Holstein; Jaxx (myBet), Betfair, and Nordwest Lotto.

05.22.2012

SBR newswoman Natalie provides a sportsbook industry news update. SBR analyst Justin joins the program to discuss his current dispute caseload. In today's video, topics include Pinnacle Sports license from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC), the 10Bet sportsbook dispute closure, as well as items from TheGreek and Ladbrokes.

05.22.2012

Betway (SBR rating D-) is not honouring a Champions League promotion. Betway ran a special that promised "money back" on select prop bets on the football championship held May 19, 2012. If Chelsea striker Didier Drogba recorded a goal: losing wagers on first/last goal-scorer markets, as well as correct score bets were to be refunded.

05.22.2012

A Sportsbook.com US (SBR rating D-) player submits a payment complaint. The player states that an $1,100 payment was requested on April 18th, 2012. The time-frame for the payment was 15 to 20 business days. After waiting for 7 business beyond the payment table, the player followed up with Sportsbook.com (ag) who was unable to provide a concrete update. SBR will update this report.

05.22.2012

On May 20th, SBR reported on two TheGreek (SBR rating A+) Champions League wagering disputes. Two players stated that their wagers were on Bayern Munich PK for regulation time, but that the wagers were graded as a loss. SBR followed up with TheGreek, who stated that the wagering header for the bets included overtime. After reviewing the player's wagering tickets, TheGreek corrected the wagers.

05.21.2012
Pinnacle Sports (SBR rating A+) has been awarded a full Alderney e-Gambling licence. The Alderney Gambling Control Commission's category 1 licence was finalised on Monday, May 21st, 2012. Pinnacle Sports is also licenced by the Curacao government. Management tells SBR that a full press release highlighting the licence is being prepared and expected later in the week.

05.21.2012
Bovada Sportsbook (SBR rating A) processing time has been extended to an average of 30 business days in some cases. Management tells SBR it expects processing time to be shortened and back to the regular time-frame soon. SBR will update this report once the average payout time-frame has returned to normal.

05.21.2012

On May 18th, SBR reported that a player claimed his 10Bet account was suspended with a €7,000 balance. The player states that he provided all documents requested of him, including bank statements and an ID card, and that 10Bet.com (SBR rating C) was not immediately responsive. SBR followed up with 10Bet management, who completed their KYC screening of the player and reopened his account.

05.20.2012

Two TheGreek (SBR rating A+) players have submitted wagering complaints involving the Champions League final played on Saturday May 19th, 2012 between Chelsea and Bayern Munich. The unrelated players have the same complaint - their wagers on Bayern Munich PK for regulation time were graded as a loss.

05.19.2012

DoxxBet has been upgraded to C+. SBR has received mostly positive feedback from users on the Malta based organisation. The sportsbook tells SBR that it recently launched a mobile platform, and has aimed to increase their live betting markets each month. DoxxBet.com was added to the SBR ratings guide on January 13th, 2012. Players with feedback are asked to write to help@sportsbookreview.com.

05.19.2012

Betway (SBR rating D-) complaint #8 has been filed. A player had £464.50 in winnings confiscated after making a withdrawal request. The player's only violation was to wager in excess of 30% of his bonus amount. Betway is using the bizarre rule to justify confiscating winnings from players. The player was refunded his deposits.

05.18.2012
SBR newswoman Natalie covers the latest stories surrounding the US online gambling landscape. Illinois has joined the race of states looking to offer legalised online gambling to their residents. New Jersey is one step closer to offering internet betting, and an update on a $1.45B casino and race-track acquisition.

05.18.2012

A 10Bet (SBR rating C) player submits a sportsbook complaint. The player tells SBR that his account has been suspended and he has no access to his €7,000 balance. He claims to have satisfied every request 10Bet has been made for proof of ID, and communicated with the sportsbook both via email and telephone.

05.18.2012

Betway (SBR rating D-) is using a "gotcha rule" to confiscate winnings from players. A seventh Betway player filed a complaint with SBR this morning. Betway is enforcing a bizarre rule that allows for confiscation of all player winnings if a player bets in excess of 30% of their starting bonus. Betway is unwilling to cooperate with SBR. SBR urges players to avoid the scam sportsbook.

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.