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Sportsbook.com player owed $9,800

04.07.2012


A Sportsbook.com US (SBR rating D-) player submits a payment complaint. The player requested a $9,800 payment via bank transfer on February 17th, 2012, and has yet to receive his funds. The player claims that customer service has been unable to assist him, allegedly blaming a third-party processor without giving a more concrete update. SBR has contacted Sportsbook.com (ag) manager to discuss the issue.

Three AllYouBet complaints on file

04.05.2012


Three AllYouBet (unrated) players have submitted sportsbook payout complaints. The players are owed approximately $8,000 via Moneybookers, with the oldest complaint dating back to the first week of March. AllYouBet players with payment feedback of any kind are asked to submit a sportsbook complaint form.

 

BetOnline switches to .ag domain

04.04.2012


BetOnline (SBR rating B+) made the switch to the "ag." domain earlier today. Management tells SBR that it is business as usual and offered the following statement regarding the switch:

BetOnline statement: BetOnline is excited to announce that on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 they will transfer all of their accounts to the website www.BetOnline.ag. BetOnline.ag promises to offer the service expected from a highly-rated sportsbook; including the earliest basketball odds, the most generous MLB dime lines, highly-rated customer service and the biggest bonuses around.


BetOnline is the latest of numerous sportsbooks to have made the change to a non ".com" domain.

 

 

04.04.2012

The International Business Times reports that an online sportsbook bonus abuser has been jailed for three years. Andre Ospiau, a native Belarusian, had an elaborate scheme that involved bank accounts setup in false names, online eWallet accounts and reportedly more than 5,000 scans of passports and other forms of ID. The scam artist was prosecuted in the UK.

Sportsbook.com player submits withdrawal complaint

04.03.2012


A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) player reports a payment complaint. The player claims that he requested a $9,800 payment on February 17th, 2012. His funds have not been received. The player states that all necessary documents were accepted by Sportsbook.com. He was allegedy to receive the payment within 14 days. After the time-frame passed, the player states he was told that processor problems contributed ot the delay. SBR is following up on this sportsbook complaint.

04.02.2012

The SBR Poker Championship 2012 series began today. The six-month long competition awards a whopping one million+ poker points, as well as $15,000 in cash to the final table of the championship event September 15th. The tournament series is broken down by SBR Forum video analyst Peter Loshack:

 

Cashpoint player submits account dispute

04.01.2012


A Cashpoint (SBR rating C-) submits a sportsbook dispute. The player opened an account in January of 2012, depositing $1,000. The player states that his first withdrawal went through smoothly, but after requesting a second payment he noticed he could no longer log-in. The player states that he receives a message saying his account does not exist. The player claims to have approximately $560 left in his account. SBR is following up with the sportsbook.

BetPhoenix payout dispute

03.31.2012


A BetPhoenix (SBR rating C) player states he has been attempting to be paid £3,000 for approximately three months. The player claims he first requested payment prior to New Year's. He was initially to be paid through Moneybookers in two batches, in line with an alleged £2,500 cap per week. The player placed the first payout request and was told he could place the remaining payment request after a week.  The player followed the sportsbook's instructions and his full balance was to be paid via Moneybookers in approximately 10 to 14 business days. Mid-January, the player followed up as no funds were received to Moneybookers. He was told that there were processor issues, but that he could expect the funds soon. In February, a botched bank transfer was allegedly made, which the player did not recieve. As of March 31st, 2012, he has still not been paid.

A second BetPhoenix player reports having a $38,000 balance and being on a payment plan. The player had received $5,000 a month previously, but received only $3,000 toward his balance in March. The player claims that he was told that being the slow season he could only receive $3,000 with a $100 fee.

 

AmericasBookie payment complaint update

03.29.2012


AmericasBookie (SBR rating D+) management addresses the payout dispute reported by SBR on March 27th, 2012. SBR was told that the book recently upgraded to a new software build, and that the player has been sent a cheque for the requested $5,000. The player's original request was made on March 6th. 

03.28.2012


SBR analyst Natalie Rydström covers the latest in the online gambling news mailbox. Natalie discusses the recent Legends (SBR rating A+) domain change, the Sportsbook.com card-counting dispute, and other recent online sportsbook news items.

AmericasBookie payment complaint hits SBR mailbag

03.27.2012


An AmericasBookie (SBR rating D+) player submits a payment complaint. The player states that he requested a withdrawal on March 6th for $5,000. He tells SBR that after three days the funds were not removed from his account. The player followed up with AmericasBookie management, and was told that the funds would be docked from the account on March 12th, then sent out via a processing method within four days. The player states that AmericasBookie did not remove the funds until March 13th, and when the funds were removed no tracking information was provided (as promised). The player was told he would have the number by the end of the week. When the end of the week arrived, no tracking information nor payment had been received. The player called again on March 23rd and was provided no information on the status of his payment. 
 

Legends to change domain to .Eu

03.25.2012


Legends (SBR rating A+) will make the switch to BetLegends.eu tomorrow morning. Legends is the latest sportsbook to change domain names on the heels of legal controversy and in some cases outright seizures of the ".com" domains. Many iGaming sportsbooks now sport a .Eu, .Ag, or .Cz domain. Legends management tells SBR that nothing will change in player accounts and that the switch is merely a business decision.

International iGaming Industry News Report

03.24.2012


SBR analyst Natalie delivers an iGaming Industry News report. Natalie discusses both international and stateside online gambling headlines.

 

 

Spain's Deputy General Director of Gambling, Juan Carlos Alfonso Rubio, resigned last week. The abrupt resignation may delay the Spanish market opening. Recently, Bodog Sportsbook (SBR rating A) in the UK announced that it would no longer service customers from Spain, expecting the regulatory framework to soon be in place. Operators Poker Stars and Party Poker are among the two biggest gaming firms in line to enter the Spanish market.

03.23.2012

UPDATE: Sportsbook.com has reversed its decision and agreed to pay the player in full.

Sportsbook.com US (SBR rating D-) has confiscated $35,000 from a winning casino player. The funds seizure took place on March 14th, 2012. Four days later, Sportsbook.com updated its rules page to add a provision on card counting.

Proposed consumption tax in UK budget plan

03.22.2012
Chancellor Osborne announced during a UK budget speech Wednesday plans to introduce a "point of consumption" tax for remote online gambling operators. The Chancellor touched on overseas operators avoiding the flat 15% tax rate on UK-based operations. This legislation is expected to restore the balance between offshore and onshore operators, whilst providing additional revenue for the Treasury. 

Chancellor Osborne to the House of Commons: Ninety percent of online gambling consumed by our citizens is now supplied from outside the UK and the remaining UK operations are under pressure to leave. This is clearly not fair and not a sensible way to support jobs in Britain. So, we intend to introduce a tax regime based on the place of consumption, where the customer is based, not the company.

It remains to be seen exactly how the point of consumption tax will be enforced, and if it will become law during the autumn financial statement or during the 2013 UK budget.

03.21.2012


SBR analyst Natalie breaks down the latest in the online sportsbook world. Natalie discusses news items from the SBR newswire feed, as well as other industry nuggets in her "Weekly Roundup" show.

Online gambling in the US update

03.21.2012


On March 8th, 2012, SBR interviewed New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak regarding a bill ("S1565") introducing legalised online gambling. SBR followed up with Senator Lesniak for a comment one week later:

NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak: We're back on track to get on line gaming started in New Jersey having received Governor Christie's administrations amendments regarding licensing procedures. It will be approved by both houses by mid-May and signed by Governor Christie shortly thereafter.


In addition to New Jersey, California is one of the states in the hunt for legalising online gambling (sports betting, casino, poker); as well as the possibility of regulating intra-state betting. On March 20th, 2012, an SBR sportsbook news video report featured an interview with State Senator Roderick Wright, who discussed California's plans.

Nearly six years after the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act ("UIGEA")—legislation concerning financial institutions processing online gambling transactions—the prospect of legalised online gambling at the state level is becoming more of a reality.

SBR will update this report as more news develops.

 

EnterBet player from SBR report paid after nearly three years

03.19.2012


An EnterBet (SBR rating D-) player who filed an SBR complaint on December 7th, 2011 has been paid. The player detailed in his claim against EnterBet that he had been owed $2,000 for approximately two years. The player had written off his chances at ever being paid from the notorious slow-pay outfit, which caters mostly to casino players these days. SBR contacted EnterBet on the player's behalf in December, but the case fell cold. On Monday, March 19th, 2012, an EnterBet manager contacted SBR stating that the claim had been settled. The player allegedly received an agreed upon amount, as records of his old balance were allegedly lost. SBR has contacted the player to confirm the amount paid and his acceptance of the reported deal.

Scam alert: 21KBet sportsbook does not pay players

03.18.2012


21KBet (SBR rating F) is not paying players. The scam sportsbook continues to attract players by advertising deposit bonuses up to 100%. A player has filed a complaint with SBR stating that after depositing €300 and completing the required rollover, 21KBet ceased all communication. The player has been attempting to withdraw a balance of €1,000 for two months. 21KBet no longer comments to SBR. SBR published a report on the scam sportsbook's history last month.