For the current 10 most breaking online sportsbook news items, visit the Sportsbook Review homepage.
 

SPORTS BETTING INDUSTRY NEWS RSS

News on scam sports betting operations, events and business deals within the offshore sports gambling industry.

Tipico Sportsbook update

10.26.2011


Tipico Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) has restored the account of the player that SBR reported on October 17th. Tipico Sportsbook originally confiscated the player's €2,000 balance on the grounds of 'organised betting', or collaboration with other accounts to circumvent wagering limits. Though Tipico felt its evidence of player wrongdoing was strong, after discussion with SBR Tipico conceded that there was slight gray area surrounding the player's account and that because of that the player would be given the benefit of the doubt. Tipico discussed at length new procedures it is taking to combat limit circumvention and bolster its risk and fraud management, as well as their hiring of personnel to assist in this capacity. With the resolution of this complaint, Tipico Sportsook has no outstanding claims. Tipico Sportsbok's rating has been adjusted from D- to D+.

10.25.2011


A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) player submits a payout complaint. The player tells SBR that he has three pending withdrawals for $2,500 each. The player says that his initial payout requests were canceled in June with the funds credited back into his gaming account. On October 22nd, SBR reported that a player who made a withdrawal of $6,800 on July 22nd, 2011 also had his payout canceled with the funds placed back into the account. | Sportsbook.com player complaints

10.24.2011

BetAtHome (SBR rating C-) has confiscated a €460 balance (€300 deposit+winnings) from an admitted bonus-abuser. A BetAtHome player confessed to operating multiple accounts to scam the sportsbook out of giving him several first deposit bonuses. The player tells SBR that he created an additional "5 or 6 accounts" to take advantage of a 100% signup bonus that paid up to €33 on each deposit. All extra accounts were eventually emptied - no withdrawals were made on these accounts. While the player is unsure of specific numbers, he claims to be definite that he has been a losing BetAtHome customer overall. Sportsbooks that offer signup bonuses must protect themselves against customer fraud. Bonus abuse and multi-accounting are prevalent in the industry, forcing sportsbooks to spend a great deal of resources on fraud management, in some cases even choosing to not offer bonuses to certain regions or specific deposit methods. In this dispute, though the player was in clear violation of BetAtHome's rules, he did not profit from his attempts to scam the sportsbook - thus, the sportsbook would have no right to confiscate his deposit. The argument could be made that the punishment fit the crime if this player had withdrawn more than he deposited as a result of his multi-accounting scam, but such was not the case in this sportsbook dispute.

10.22.2011


A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) player submits a payment complaint. The player writes that he originally asked for a $6,800 withdrawal on July 22nd, 2011 - that payment was never made by Sportsbook.com, and the funds were credited back to his gaming account. The player resubmitted his withdrawal on August 20th, 2011. The player states that his payout request was again canceled due to alleged processor problems. The player's third withdrawal request was later made on October 6th, 2011 - Sportsbook.com quoted a time-frame of six to eight weeks for his funds to be received. Though the request is within the given time-frame, the player has grown uneasy that this latest, third consecutive request might be voided. SBR is following up with management. | Sportsbook.com recent news

10.21.2011


WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) is currently behind on $537,947 in payments to more than 75 players. The once well regarded sportsbook turned slow-pay organization has recently avoided comment to SBR. WSEX Sportsbook players report outstanding requests as far back as October of 2009. The last major surge of WSEX payments came in the beginning of the 2010 football season, when WSEX paid $124,617 to players. Unfortunately, the WSEX debt has more than doubled since last year - the sportsbook has sullied its once good name and is not believed to have recorded much growth since beginning its downward spiral. Players with balances at WSEX are advised to cease wagering until the sportsbook shows that it can resume processing its delinquent payouts.

Best Sportsbook Poll underway

10.20.2011


SBRforum posters are asked to cast their vote for the best bookmakers. The online sportsbook poll opened on October 1st, and runs through October 31st, 2011. Posters are invited to place votes for their top three sportsbooks with their highest rated book first. Six points will be awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. After tallying up the final scores, the top five point earners will be displayed at the head of the forum under the Top Poster's Sportsbooks for October 2011. Vote here!

10.19.2011


5Dimes Sportsbook (SBR rating A+) has updated their baseball betting rules.

Effective October 15th, 2011, professional baseball post season games are not official until a winner is declared. This year, the New York Yankees vs Detroit Tigers playoff game was suspended in the second inning due to weather, before play resumed the following day with new pitchers. As there can be no rain shortened playoff games, 5Dimes has added to their rulebook to add more clarity to how the sportsbook will handle the uncommon scenario in the future. | View the 5Dimes baseball betting rules changes

10.19.2011

Mike just hit a $75,000 football parlay and already had plans on how he would spend the dough. A 50'' flat-screen was first up - then he was finally paying off the auto-loan he put off for so long. Next was a gift to his parents for putting a roof over his head eight years too long, well past most kids' home expiration date. One problem Mike didn't account for in all of his planning - he would never see a red cent of it.

10.17.2011


A Tipico (SBR rating D-) player reports that a €2,000 balance has been confiscated. The Tipico player tells SBR that he opened his account on October 5th, 2010 and began wagering as normal. After three months of successful play, the player reports that his maximum wager size was lowered to €99. He continued to play, withdrawing through Moneybookers every so often even with the imposed wagering limit.

The player reports that exactly one year after opening his account, he received a letter that his account was being closed on the grounds of "organised betting", or syndicate play - a charge the player denies. | Tipico Sportsbook letter to player

10.15.2011


A Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C) player reports requesting a $2,604.62 withdrawal on September 19th. The player states that his funds have not been received. The player states that the Sportsbetting.com (ag) live help department has been unable to provide a meaningful payout update.

On October 10th, SBR reported that a Sportsbetting.com player made a withdrawal request of $1,400 on August 6th, and to date had not been paid.

SBR will update this report.

10.14.2011
SBRtv's Peter Loshak concludes his three-part interview series with renowned online gambling legal expert, Professor Nelson Rose. Parts one and two of the video series can be found in the SBR news archives. In part three, Professor Rose addresses tax scenarios, the politics of online gambling in Washington, and the conventional legal wisdom pertaining to sportsbook freeplay bonuses.

10.13.2011


A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) player confirms receiving payment. The player filed a sportsbook complaint through SBR on October 8th indicating that he had been unable to withdraw a balance of $2,500 for four months. The player explained that he had tried through a number of Sportsbook.com (ag) methods, only to stall on each attempt. After SBR contacted management, it was stated that the players funds had in fact been re-sent.

On September 28th, SBR reported that Sportsbook.com moved non-US players to Global.Sportsbook.com - an operation headquartered in Malta and acting as a sublicense to WinUnited Ltd, which powers online bookmaker Youwin Sportsbook (SBR rating D-). Sportsbook.com caused controversy at the time of announcement as its lengthy email to players stated that futures bets would not be honored, a decision which was later adjusted after SBR connected with a Non-US Sportsbook manager. You can read more about the canceled wagers situation in this Sportsbook Review report.

10.12.2011


A BetUS (SBR rating D+) player submits a detailed wagering complaint. The player has shared evidence with Sportsbook Review which suggests deceptive practices on the part of BetUS, with respect to a halftime football wager. The player wanted to make a second half wager on the Kansas City Chiefs vs San Diego Chargers match on Sunday, September 25th.
 

10.11.2011

A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) player who was moved over to the operation's new Malta-based website, Global.Sportsbook.com had his futures wager reinstated. The player followed Sportsbook.com (ag) instructions to request his pending wagers be honored. Sportsbook.com initially surprised thousands of non-US based players by sending an email informing them that non-US operations would be moved to the new website Global.Sportsbook.com, which is headquartere in Malta. The players were required to register new accounts to have their balances transferred over. The email stated that all pending wagers, including futures had been voided.
 

10.10.2011


A Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C) player reports a payout complaint. The player states that on August 6th, he requested a withdrawal of $1,400, which was never received. The amount ended up being placed back in the bettor's account "several times", at which point the player continued to wager and eventually increased his balance to $9,500. The player states that on September 13th, he made a new payout request for that amount and was told that payment could not be made, and that an update would be given. SBR has contacted Sportsbetting.com (ag) management to confirm the player's timeline.

On October 4th, SBR reported a conclusion on the previously documented Sportsbetting.com wagering dispute, where a player's second half wager on the NY Giants vs Arizonal Cardinals football game was canceled during the third quarter. The player allegedly had bet on a second half line that was mispriced by five cents, though management later clarified that the pointspread was out of line by a half-point. After discussing the complaint with SBR, management agreed to credit the player's winnings and correctly settle effected tickets.

Best Sportsbooks Poll underway

10.09.2011


SBRforum posters are asked to cast their vote for the best bookmakers, the online sportsbook poll took place on October 1st. Posters are invited to give their top three sportsbooks with their highest rated book first. Six points will be awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. After tallying up the final scores, the top five point earners will be displayed at the head of the forum under the Top Poster's Sportsbooks for October 2011. Vote here!

10.07.2011


A Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) player who had four pending wagers canceled when the non-US operations moved to Malta writes in. The player tells SBR that he had four pending parlays worth a total of $400 which were voided. On 9/30, SBR reported that players who had wagers were asked to write into Sportsbook Review so that assistance could be provided. The YouWin Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) manager tasked with overseeing the Global.Sportsbook.com operations in Malta informed SBR that players could request to have their futures bets reinstated.

10.06.2011


WSEX Sportsbook (SBR rating D-) players continue to report not being paid. The once well regarded sportsbook turned slow-pay outfit is racking up more complaints from players that are beginning to give up hope on seeing their funds. WSEX Sportsbook is currently slow-paying $501,247 to 75 players. Each of the players have submitted sportsbook complaint forms through SBR seeking assistance. The last surge of WSEX payout came in the beginning of the 2010 football season, when WSEX paid $124,617 to players. The outstanding WSEX payout requests date all the way back to 2009.

SBR hopes to update this report soon. | WSEX player statements

10.05.2011


A Unibet (SBR rating B-) player tells SBR that his account has been disabled. The player requested a withdrawal of $150 on September 8th, 2011. He allegedly provided Unibet with a copy of his passport and other documents to verify his identity. Since providing the requested documentation, the player's account has been blocked and no further word has been given from Unibet.

A second Unibet player wrote to SBR  stating that he registered with Unibet sportsbook on August 31st, 2011. The player claims to have submitted all required documents in order to clear his account for payments, when suddenly and without word Unibet blocked his account and prevented him from accessing his funds. SBR is following up with this player to determine his deposit amount and balance history.

SBR will update this report.

Sportsbetting.com wagering dispute update

10.04.2011


A Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C) manager has addressed the wagering dispute reported by SBR on October 3rd. In that dispute, a player stated that a second half wager on the NY Giants vs Arizona Cardinals game was canceled during the third quarter. The player forwarded an email from Sportsbetting.com (ag) which indicated that the wager was voided due to the correct line being a mere five cents different. The manager who spoke with SBR indicated that the wagering supervisor who made this ruling acted in error, and that effected players would have their winning tickets reinstated. SBR asks Sportsbetting.com players to write to help@sportsbookreview.com with feedback.

10.03.2011


A Sportsbetting.com (SBR rating C) player submits a sportsbook wagering complaint. The player tells SBR that he placed a $550 wager on the NY Giants vs Arizona Cardinals halftime total, which was listed at 21 points -105/-115. The player's wager was on "over", priced at -105. The player claims that after 14 points had been scored in the second half, he received an email message indicating that his wager had been canceled. Sportsbetting.com (ag) cited a line error, claiming that the correct line was 21.5 -110/-110.

SBR Forum Posters' poll Open: SBR posters invited to vote for Top Sportsbooks

10.01.2011


SBRforum posters are asked to cast their vote for the best bookmakers. Posters are invited to give their top three sportsbooks with their highest rated book first. Six points will be awarded for the first choice, four points for second place and three points for third. After tallying up the final scores, the top five point earners will be displayed at the head of the forum under the Top Poster's Sportsbooks for October 2011. Vote here!

09.30.2011
Sportsbook.com (SBR rating D-) non-US players update.


SBR has spoken with one of the Sportsbook.com non-US managers, who also manages the YouWin (SBR rating D-) brand, concerning the news that players who were transferred over to Global.Sportsbook.com once the non-US brand moved to Malta would lose their futures wagers. The manager told Sportsbook Review that the decision was made to extend players a conditional offer to have their futures bets restored. Players with canceled futures are asked to contact SBR immediately, either through sportsbook complaint form or by writing directly to help@sportsbookreview.com.

On September 28th, SBR reported that Sportsbook.com redirected its entire non-US player base to register at new website, Global.Sportsbook.com. Sportsbook.com will continue to manage its US players from Costa Rica, while the non-US arm will be operated out of Malta. Sportsbook.com Global is licensed under Win United Ltd., the gaming company which powers YouWin Sportsbook. WinUnited Ltd is licensed to operate as a gaming company by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) of Malta.