New Jersey taking Online Gambling very Serious


Legalized sportsbetting in New Jersey just might be a reality after all. Governor Christie is taking this goal he has proposed in a very serious way. The Governor will not hesitate to defend his point of view and he very well showed that to the public in the controversial news conference that took place yesterday. Without hesitation he was outspoken on his plans and did not even worry about the fact that he was sitting next to potential legal opposition.

In this conference, Governor Christie said, “If someone wants to stop us, and then let them try to stop us. We want to work with the casinos and horse racing industry to get it implemented. 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 went ahead discussing his plan even if the current federal law will only allow sportsbetting in four states. Without considering Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana; the Amateur Sports Protection prohibits this sort of entertainment in the United States. Land based casinos can be found in New Jersey but at this moment is does not offer sportbetting online.

Along with looking to have sports betting as an option in its casinos, New Jersey also wants to turn into the first state that will offer online sports wagering, online casino action and poker gambling online. At this moment it looks like Nevada might come first in line to do this. In recent polls conducted in New Jersey, it was determined that 74% of the population will support this legalization.

Back in 2011 governor Christie did have some concerns on internet gambling and even claimed that there were a lot of regulatory concerns. He even got as far as putting a veto on an internet gambling bill in March of 2011. However, realizing that the state of New Jersey could have gotten $210 million in revenue, his position is now a more intelligent one towards the matter. His declarations on yesterday’s conference showed how much he believes in this cause and made it seem that he will truly make it a reality.

The Mighty Pinnacle Sports


Pinnacle Sports was founded in 1998. Ever since their beginner days they have worked on transforming the company into one with an outstanding reputation. Their efforts have placed them in an important spot and have made them one of most important and reliable online betting sites in the industry. Pinnacles´ client database is consisted of players from more than 100 countries and ensures each and every one of them with a safe environment for online betting to take place. Pinnacle offers the best odds and the highest online limits. This gives players a higher opportunity for winning. 

Last May21st the news that Pinnacle Sports was given a full Category 1 B2C e-Gaming license from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission came out. Pinnacle is rated as an A+ sportsbook in the SportsBookReview rating guide. The reasons why it has kept that position for some time now are also the reasons why it was granted this license. The company had been working on a strategy to expand its operations in Europe. This hard work resulted in making the attainment of this license a reality. 

In a press release, Aly Lalani, Marketing Director for Pinnacle says the following: "Since our establishment in 1998, we have enjoyed an unrivaled player reputation for honesty and transparency. Gaining a licensing from an authority at the forefront of e-gaming regulation further endorses our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of our players. It also provides a perfect spring board from which to continue to grow our European player base ahead of a crucial summer of European focused sports featuring the Euro 2012 Championships and the Summer Olympics. We anticipate accelerated acquisition of players attracted by the best odds and highest limits online - and reassured by the additional credibility our Alderney e-gambling licence provides."

The Director of eCommerce Development for the Government of Alderney commented on the growth that they have experienced in the past months and the fact that Pinnacle is the latest company awarded with the Alderney eGambling Licence. He applauded the quality of their operations and said that the grant was well deserved. He also stated that the license is a reflection of the growth and the maturity they have acquired throughout all these years of experience.

Schleswig-Holstein licenses BetAtHome, Bet365, Tipico and Bwin


There is some good news reporting that Schleswig-Holstein has licensed Bwin, Bet365, Tipico and BetAtHome. The license given to these sportsbooks will be good for six years. It was in the beginning of May when SportsBookReview had mentioned that three companies, Jaxx, Betfair and Nordwest Lotto were the first three to be granted with this license.

There are over a dozen licenses pending at the Ministry of Interior. Players and fans of sportsbetting are showing full support of the iGaming licenses in Schlewswig-Holstein as they believe in personal liberties. However there is always fear that the Christian Democrats state election loss could enforce the ones who oppose to online betting.

This gaming license works by taxing companies 20% of gross gaming profit. The company that holds the lowest rating and that is to be licensed in Schlewswig-Holstein is BetAtHome with a SportsBookReview rating of C-. There have been several complains all through last year against this company. BetAtHome has not been willing to open up the communication channel in regards to many of these disputes claiming that by doing so they are protecting their data. For this reason Sportsbook Review has advised players with outstanding complaint or with complaints to come to take it all the way to the Lotteries Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA).

Doxxbet upgraded at SportsBookReview


It looks like business is going good for Doxxbet lately. The company´s headquarters are located in Malta where the company operates under a LGA gaming license. It was back in September 2007 that the company took an online bet for the first time ever. Their servers are located in Malta where they are based and in Slovakia. The marketing campaigns for the company are also run in both places. Doxxbet had opened up to SportsBookReview and has been clear on their position in wanting to allow mediation and be transparent with how player disputes are handled. 

For the reasons mentioned above and for wanting to make things right with the customers DoxxBet has been moved to a better position in the SportsBookReview rating guide. SBR has upgraded DoxxBet to a C+. Another reason why the company is getting a better position is because the feedback that SportsBookReview has received form players that bet with them. Most of the feedback has been positive. Customers are also happy about the recently launched wireless betting platform the DoxxBet offers. The company has been working on getting more options of live odds in different markets.

Betway´s Haunted Business


One of the worst sportsbooks in the industry, according to SportsBookReview, has cheated one of its players on a new promotion. The player complaining is frustrated with his betting home, Betway, for not honoring a promotion they had going on Champions League. During the final, Betway advertized that they would promise“money back” prop bet promotion. The promotion stated that if Drogba marked a goal then all losing wagers on 1st and last goal scorers and also accurate score wagers would be refunded.

The player reported to SportsBookReview that he placed a proposition bet on eligible markets. Such prop bet was for €100 and he said it should have been refunded if the terms on the promotion were followed. The company refused to honor the promo and ended up offering the customer a credit back and a bonus of 100% that was tied to a 15 rollover. 

That is when the player got upset and decided to take the matter up to SportsBookReview who in turn told him that he should report the dispute at the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA). It is precisely this entity that issues Betway with its sporstbook license and SportsBookReview has noted that there are several scams happening in betting companies that just as Betway run with the same license. 

Another claim against Betway reported that the company decided to confiscate winnings from aplayer that added up to £464.50. The player broke a major rule with the company, which was betting in excess of 30% of his bonus amount. The company uses the rule cited below to get away with keeping winnings from customer: 

"Before any withdrawals are processed, your play will be reviewed for any irregular playing patterns. In the interests of fair gaming, equal, zero or low margin bets or hedge betting, shall all be considered irregular gaming for bonus play-through requirement purposes. Other examples of irregular game play include but are not limited to, placing single bets equal to or in excess of 30% or more of the value of the bonus credited to their account until such time as the wagering requirements for that bonus have been met. Should the Casino deem that irregular game play has occurred, the Casino reserves the right to withhold any withdrawals and/or confiscate all winnings."

Legal Online Gambling in the State of New Jersey? Maybe…


New Jersey betting fans have a new reason to smile. It is possible that there is a light at the end of the tunnel as the state has now become one of the states that are looking to legalize online gambling. It seems that New Jersey might be very close to offering online betting to residents plus a new update on casino and horse racing. 

It is President of the Illinois Senate, John Cullerton, who has introduced an act that would favor online gambling. It basically promotes a Division of Internet Gambling to be created and it would be controlled by the Department of the Illinois State Lottery. If the bill where to be passed, this division would turn into the sole entity to have authorization to carry on internet gambling in Illinois. 

According to a poll that recently took place and was conducted by National Research Incorporated, 74% of New Jersey´s residents want to gamble or at the very least support the idea of making online gaming legal. In an interview with Sportsbook Review, Senator Raymond Lesniak stated that New Jersey would “become the silicon valley of online gaming.” In last week´s State Assembly Gambling Committee meeting, Lesniak talked about the veto that Governor Christie had passed on a gambling act that would have made New Jersey the first state to offer online gaming. He stated that as a result, the state of New Jersey lost almost $210 million. 

Players that live in New Jersey can only sit tight and hope that this bill will be approved as it would make their entertainment on online gambling so much easier to enjoy.

WSEX from D- to F


Week after week keeps getting payment complaints of players belonging to WSEX sportsbook. This blacklisted company has been downgraded to F in the rating guide at SBR. As of January 11th, 2011 the company had a D- rating however, after realizing that all the victims of the disputes would never see their share of the money that is adding up to $825,744 in total, they got the F.

As players sign up with the company they are not given the details of how hard it is to request payments. Another horror story that players don´t know is that in 2010 some were able to get paid as the company used other players´ deposits. Stuck in a major banking crisis, WSEX cannot find the way to get back on its feet. WSEX has stopped any type of communication with as they know how bad the situation is and much rather not refer to it. It seems that the company is basically collecting deposits from customers but have no intention to pay them if they profit. 

They have managed to confuse their clients by telling them that there are delays due to the banking restrictions in the US or maybe even saying that they are having processor trouble. The excuses seem to get more creative day by day and they refuse to explain what really is happening. 

WSEX Sportsbook released this statement January 2012: "We acknowledge that in a previous conversation, either verbally or written, you were promised every effort to have your entire or part of your withdrawal shipped to you by ending of the year. While the lack of processing companies and US corresponding banks continue to be the dominant factors for our delayed processing, we will continue throughout the next few months to accomplish all the clients who were not addressed during the past couple of months. Every month commencing January 2012, a maximum value of checks as specified by our financial personnel, will be processed. Once a payment is completed for you, an email notification will be sent, allowing you sufficient time to make arrangements for the courier delivery. At this time, I wish to thank you for your continued correspondence and the patience you have extended throughout these challenging times. Our customer support will always be available to address any further queries. Again, I cannot apoloize enough for the continued delays and the grave inconvenience caused to you."

Betway’s “gotcha” rule does it Again!

| is urging players to avoid taking action at Betway due to scam like bizarre new rule that they have implemented. The company has taken the liberty to confiscate customers´ profits if they bet over 30% of their starting bonus. Seven complains have surfaced over the same issue. 

SportsBookReview has tried to communicate with Betway to get their point of view and to attempt to bend or change that rule however the company refuses to cooperate.

Here is an example of what´s been happening at Betway: On May 4th of this year a customer sign up with the company. He used his credit card to deposit $40 and got a $30 bonus in return for his initial deposit. From May 5th to May 10th the player performed ten bets and after complying with the rollover requirements of the bonus he had been given he decided to cash out with $285. At this moment Betway decided to cancel all the customer´s bets and cried out the “gotcha rule”. 

Stating that the player had gone over 30% of his bonus amount in bet totals they decided to annul his winnings. The player then got in contact with SportsBookReview and even provided screenshots showing his wagers and all the history since the moment he opened the account and made the deposit. 

The Betway “gotcha” rule states the following: "Before any withdrawals are processed, your play will be reviewed for any irregular playing patterns. In the interests of fair gaming, equal, zero or low margin bets or hedge betting, shall all be considered irregular gaming for bonus play-through requirement purposes. Other examples of irregular game play include but are not limited to, placing single bets equal to or in excess of 30% or more of the value of the bonus credited to their account until such time as the wagering requirements for that bonus have been met. Should the Casino deem that irregular game play has occurred, the Casino reserves the right to withhold any withdrawals and/or confiscate all winnings."

A total of £6,050 in winnings has been seized by the company using the arguments of the rule mentioned above. Right now Betway, rated D-, is considered blacklisted by for these complaints and for the lack of willingness they have to solve the situations. If they were to refund deposits and not confiscate winnings related to bonuses their rating would be adjusted to F.


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