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SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom gives an SBR iGaming news update for Friday, August 24th. In today's show, the recent issuing of more licenses by the Nevada Gaming Commission in connection with intrastate online poker is covered, as well as news regarding PokerStars acquisition of Full Tilt Poker.

The player filed his confiscation claim with SBR in March of 2011 and has confirmed with SBR that new ownership credited him with $20,000. The BetOnline Group (SBR rating B+) acquired (now .ag) in June. BetOnline tells SBR it is in the process of clearing all delinquent and pending payouts under the old brand.


BetOnline (SBR rating B+) and (SBR rating D) will be down for scheduled maintenance from 1AM to 9AM ET.  Management tells SBR that the nature of the maintenance is technical, and that end-users will notice no differences as the websites come back online. Players with feedback can write to Sportsbook Review.

Bookmaker (SBR rating A+) has upgraded its software and user interface. The core engine of the software, powered by Digital Gaming Solutions (DGS), remains the same. Bookmaker expects users to be able to more intuitively navigate between the sportsbook, casino, racebook, and cashier. Players are asked to write to Sportsbook Review with feedback of the new interface.


In today's SBR Industry News video with analysts Natalie Rydstrom and Justin7, the two discuss the need for players to do their homework before depositing with dodgy operators popping up before football season, as well as outstanding sportsbook complaints from the SBR mailbag involving YesBet, Bet770, and 12Bet.

A YesBet (SBR rating D-) player submits a payout complaint. On 6/18, the player deposited $400 using a cash method. He requested to be paid $4,000 on July 2nd, providing ID as well as a financial statement. The player became alarmed over his payout following what he claims was a week of YesBet downtime.


SBR Forum held its annual poster bash the weekend of Aug 17-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was hosted at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, with free room accommodations for SBR users. Congrats to poster "sinmiedo" for taking down the $5,000 poker freeroll and capturing the first place prize of $1,500.


BetWay Sportsbook (SBR rating D) has agreed to revisit all sportsbook cold cases. A controversial old "30%" rule which was since discontinued per SBR's recommendation enabled the sportsbook to confiscate player winnings if any of the bettor's wagers exceeded 30% of the amount of their bonus.


A BetUS (SBR rating D+) player submits a sportsbook complaint. The player deposited $1,000 to BetUS, received a matching $1,000 freeplay and proceeded to place straight bets and parlays on soccer. On 8/15, BetUS suspended his account and notified the player that his account was closed for non-recreational play.


BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) has confiscated a player's €886 balance. BetAtHome allegedly told the player that he was guilty of violating their terms and conditions, but failed to provide specific details on what the player did wrong. The player claims he is stuck in the mud trying to find answers from the sportsbook. SBR is following up on this sportsbook complaint.


Bovada Sportsbook has returned to its original rating of A. On May 23rd, SBR downgraded Bovada to B+ after its payout time-frame increased to an average of 30 days in some cases. Bovada worked through its backlog, clearing all outstanding payments and shortened the payout window to 5-10 business days. Users with feedback can write to


SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom is joined by dispute mediator Justin7 to discuss the latest outstanding sportsbook complaints and news. In today's program, a statement is given from a sportsbook executive on the news out of Schleswig-Holstein with respect to gaming licenses, as well as four other sportsbook claims.


Heritage Sports (SBR rating A-) is set to launch its poker room for members later this week. Heritage will be using the popular BetCRIS poker network. Heritage users will be able to play in various cash game tables, small and large MTT's including weekly guaranteed cash events.


A US (SBR rating D-) player submits a payout complaint. The player informed SBR that he requested a bank transfer of $10,000 on June 7th, 2012. The funds were to be delivered in six to eight weeks. After not receiving the payment as of August 2nd, the player followed up with customer service, who requested he switch methods to receive the payout sooner.

08.11.2012 (SBR rating D-) has been added to the SBR blacklist. GlobalWagering is managed by a former sales clerk that is attempting to poach customers by using stolen player lists from his time working at other industry shops. GlobalWagering has a staff of five employees and is run out of a rented office in Nicaragua.

PokerStars has now officially acquired Full Tilt Poker with their $225M payment to the US Department of Justice. PokerStars spokesman Lee Jones confirmed the completion of the payment in a brief statement yesterday. SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom expands on this topic, as well as a pending lawsuit against former Full Tilt marketing co. Pocket Kings.


One more chapter has been written in the Black Friday online poker legal proceedings. Assistant US attorney Jason H. Cowley out of the Southern District of NY published a settlement order with Absolute Poker, Ultimate Bet and related companies earlier last week. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission, who issued Blanca Games Inc. and in turn Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet's gaming licenses, addressed the settlement in a brief statement.


SBRforum has launched its free annual football handicapping contest, Beat The Prick VIII. This year's contest awards a whopping $17,000 in prizes, an iPad 3, shirts, booby prizes and a healthy 75,000 points per week. The contest centers around "The Prick", a professional handicapper that makes NFL and NCAAF picks against the spread.


In today's SBR Industry News segment, analysts Natalie Rydstrom and Justin7 discuss sportsbook complaints against TitanBet, BetClic, and Sportingbet. The focal point of the discussion is on how betting sites handle stale betting lines. Also discussed is Heritage Sports (SBR rating A-) upgrades headed into football season, as well as the coming launch of a poker room.

It was just ten weeks ago that NJ Governor Chris Christie boldly declared his plans to proceed with establishing sportsbooks in Atlantic City. The outspoken head honcho of the Garden State barked the following: “If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us." The remark turned into a very polarizing soundbite, which might have been what Christie hoped for.

"Am I expecting there may be legal action taken against us to try to prevent it? Yes. But I have every confidence we're going to be successful," Christie stated, brimming with his trademark confidence.

Facebook shareholders may be happy to learn that the social media giant is taking steps to produce a potentially long-term profit generator — an online gambling app. Effective this morning, UK residents 18 and over are provided the chance to play online bingo for cash prizes. Facebook's bingo game is powered by GameSys, a private technology company licensed in Gibraltar.


A TitanBet (SBR rating C-) player files a betting dispute. The player claims that TitanBet cancelled bets he made which were in-line with Betfair. The player believes that TitanBet is voiding wagers for no other reason than failure to update the lines with the rest of the market. Sportsbook line managers are tasked with ensuring the book's offerings stay up to date as numbers move.

SBR analyst Natalie Rydstrom provides a video newsbite on the recent news out of Nevada: Bally Technologies Inc. and High 5 Games have agreed to a multi-year game development partnership. The two companies will combine heads to produce high quality land-based, interactive and mobile applications to operators all over the world.


A BetClic (SBR rating D+) player has filed a sportsbook complaint. The player signed up, made a €20 parlay and increased his balance to €1,322. Intending to cash out his funds, the player provided a form of ID to BetClic via email. BetClic called the player two days after receiving the ID to question him regarding his winning parlay.


A Bet770 player has submitted a payout complaint. The player indicates that he has requested a £500 payout 25 days ago, but has not yet received payment. The player claims that his account is active, in good standing, and that his ID documents were sent when requested. SBR is following up with Bet770 Sportsbook management on this player's dispute, and will update this report.