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BetIslands to close with player funds


BetIslands Sportsbook is no longer solvent. The sportsbook has lost its financial backer. Contingency plans have proved to be nonexistent. Player balances are estimated to be in the amount of 1.5 million dollars.


888Sport  (SBR rating B) will no longer accept sports bets from Australia as of Wednesday, December 19th, 2012. 888 management tells SBR that players will still be able to play at, and are free to request payouts at their leisure. Pending bets will be settled as normal. Regulation changes in Australia was cited as the reason for the decision.


BetIslands Sportsbook (SBR rating C) reported processor delays to players on Thursday. Players were told that payouts would go out today, Monday December 17th, but no reports of completed withdrawals were received. BetIslands has not yet offered an update to players or SBR. SBR will update this report as more information is available.


Two Bet770 Sportsbook (SBR rating C-) players have submitted payment complaints. Player one requested a €230 payout via Skrill on December 5th, and player two a £439 payout on December 7th. SBR is following up with Bet770 management for an update on the two cases. Players with Bet770 feedback are asked to write to SBR.


Bwin Sportsbook (SBR rating B-) is currently updating their website. Players are greeted with a message indicating platform updates are on the way, including a revamped sports wagering interface, poker updates, and increased casino jackpot prizes. SBR will update as the site upgrade is finished.


The SBR Poker Players Championship was a wild one. The grand finale poker event paid $5,000 to winner "bet_that_all", $2,000 to runner-up "beach nut", and $1,000 to third place finisher "ArunSh". The tourney also awarded 200,000 points to the top 25. SBR Poker is a free, points based poker platform for SBR community members. SBR points may be redeemed for merchandise in the SBR Store.

The major pro sports leagues and the NCAA hope to keep sportsbooks out of Atlantic City. SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström comments on the pending case in Trenton federal court in today's SBR iGaming news update for Friday, December 14th, 2012, as well as other recent gaming industry headlines.


The Heritage Sportsbook (SBR rating A) call center will close at 8PM PST tonight and reopen at 10AM PST Thursday morning. Internet wagering and game grading will continue as normal during this time. Management tells SBR that the time off is to celebrate the successful year and upcoming holiday season with staff.


SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström gives an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, December 11th, 2012. The headliner of today's video is to discuss the Oddsmaker Sportsbook scam alert issued by Sportsbook Oddsmaker has confiscated more than $250,000 from winning players to date.


BetOnline Sportsbook (SBR rating B+) has completed their audit of the account holder mentioned in SBR's last report. The user's play was investigated as four other players each deposited the same amount of cash, transferred their funds to the poker room and lost their balances within 24 hours via heads up (1 vs 1) table play. The player is free to request his $25,000 balance as normal.


An Oddsmaker Sportsbook (SBR rating F) player submits an account dispute. The player states that in twelve years, he has never once withdrawn winnings from the sportsbook; but after managing a $400 balance he attempted his first cash out. Oddsmaker then closed his account and accused him of fraud.


Bovada Sportsbook (SBR rating A) users report website downtime from 9PM-11:45PM ET. A representative of Bovada commented on SBR Forum that users still having difficulty accessing their accounts or with general inquiries should write to Players may also reach Bovada via telephone at 1-888-263-0000.

NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak has lobbied for internet wagering in Atlantic City casinos for years, and it looks like he just may get it. The NJ State Assembly approved an updated version of the legislation Tuesday, leading to the chance of the bill passing following a full assembly and later Senate vote December 20th.


Enterbet (SBR rating D-) management has addressed the sportsbook dispute reported by SBR on December 3rd. A player had his $4,000 balance confiscated and his account closed on the grounds that he was connected to a player  previously banned for defrauding the company. The dispute remains open and is being discussed.

First Cagayan, the gaming license provider based in the Philippines, has addressed the DafaBet (unrated) syndicate betting disputes reported by Sportsbook earlier this week. A First Cagayan manager indicated that all player claims involving licensees are investigated, and that one of the DafaBet players has already contacted the company for help.


Sportsbook news anchor Natalie Rydstrom and dispute analyst Justin give an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, December 4th, 2012. Today's topics include the recent accusation of syndicate betting by two sports betting sites, as well as other outstanding news items from the SBR newswire.


DafaBet (unrated) has accused a player of "illegal betting patterns" and confiscated €516 in winnings + bonus money. This is the second report from a DafaBet player in as many weeks. The two unrelated players detail similar events: Their funds were confiscated, a generic note given from customer service, and only their deposited funds left in their accounts.


An EnterBet (SBR rating D-) claims a $4,000 balance has been confiscated. The player states that after two months of waiting for a status update on a requested payout, EnterBet claimed someone linked to the player reversed a charge. EnterBet closed the player's account and provided no other details. The player denies the charge. SBR is investigating.


A BetPhoenix (SBR rating C) player reports that after more than two years, his $129,000 balance has nearly been withdrawn in full. The player tells SBR that the payment plan was at times slow-moving, with each payout request being accompanied by a $100 fee. A second BetPhoenix player reported publicly on a $100,000 balance being paid by BetPhoenix over a period of seventeen months. SBR notes that the two players were deemed non-recreational by the sportsbook. SBR encourages users who bet both big and small to submit payout feedback from BetPhoenix Sportsbook.


The WagerWeb Sportsbook (SBR rating D+) player owed $2,500 from the payout dispute reported by SBR in August of 2011 has been paid in full. WagerWeb cited concerns that the player could have received the payout already via a bank processing situation as reason for the delay. This dispute is now closed.

Betfair Sportsbook (SBR rating A-) has left the Greek market. This marks the second withdrawal of the month from a European market, as Betfair also announced its departure from German market. Betfair cited regulatory and tax concerns as contributing to their decision. SBR news anchor Natalie discusses this topic and more in today's SBR iGaming News program.


A BetOnline Sportsbook (SBR rating B+) player reports that his $25,000+ balance has been locked, pending a poker audit. Management tells SBR that suspicious circumstances flagged the player's account — four players each transferred $470 to the poker room following a credit card deposit, then lost their funds to the player within a 24 hour window. SBR will update this report.


ToBet Sportsbook (SBR rating C) is unwilling to revisit their decision to confiscate the winnings of a player they allege was part of a betting syndicate. Unlike one player working with others to circumvent limits or one player having multiple accounts, which is a clear violation of standard terms, these "syndicate" players could simply be friends with legitimate accounts who share the same opinion and are innocent of any wrongdoing. In the past we have seen SBG Global claim that innocent players following a winning local radio tout were guilty of syndicate play. They were cheated out of winnings and were not guilty of any wrongdoing.

A DafaBet (unrated) player submits a sportsbook complaint. The player registered on November 6th, depositing €160 and receiving an unspecified deposit bonus. The player states that he increased his balance to approximately €700 after one day.  DafaBet then shut the player's account and refunded his deposit

MarathonBet added to ratings guide, SBR Industry News

News anchor Natalie Rydstrom and dispute analyst Justin give an SBR Industry News update for Tuesday, November 27th, 2012. Discussed are outstanding items from the newswire, as well as the recent introduction of MarathonBet to the SBR sportsbook ratings guide.