SportingBet bonus dispute, SBR Industry News

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SBR news anchor Natalie Rydström and dispute analyst Justin7 discuss the latest outstanding news items from the newswire. The headline of today's show is a bonus dispute involving SportingBet (SBR rating D+). In this dispute, a player was denied a free bet due to the sportsbook suspecting him of "engaging in arbitrage". has denied an earned bonus. The D+ rated sportsbook is again under fire for enforcing “Rule 12”, which allows SportingBet to not credit bonuses to players it suspects of engaging in arbitrage. A player told SBR he deposited £100 and proceed to place bets of £10 on World Cup qualifying matches in accordance with the free bet promo terms. After the player made the required number of punts, SportingBet opted not to credit the earned bonus. The player denies playing elsewhere, and also questions how SportingBet is able to enforce such a bizarre rule. SBR has received similar complaints from SportingBet players in the past. Most recently, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission rubberstamped a decision by SportingBet to apply a player’s bonus.

A Tipico MLB betting dispute has hit the SBR newswire. A Tipico (SBR rating C) player tells SBR that a seven leg parlay was made late last month. The first six bets in the parlay were winners, whilst the seventh game was postponed a day. Tipico did not void the wager in accordance with its own terms and condition, which state:

“If a sporting event that was cancelled, interrupted or withdrawn is restarted or continued by the end of the next day at the same location and start time of the betting event, the stake will apply to the newly restarted/continued betting event."

The MLB game played the next day, though at a different starting time. The player’s leg was also changed to include different pitchers and revised odds. He argues that his final leg, which lost, should be changed to no action and that his parlay should be paid as a winning six-teamer. SBR’s Justin7 is presently discussing this case with Tipico management.


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