Downgrading of Unibet Sportsbook, BetRevolution news and more. Hi, this is Natalie Rydstrom with this week’s SBR iGaming News update, reporting for Sportsbook. SBR reported in November 2013 that Unibet Sportsbook confiscated a player’s balance which held over 200 euros. Unibet cited part of their terms and conditions which allow the sportsbook to essentially do whatever it wants – at the expense of player balances of course. Unibet has not reversed their position or shared details of the player’s violation. SBR has downgraded Unibet Sportsbook to the rating of C- for their failure to address the balance confiscation.
The following is an excerpt from Account Rules section 2.3: “Unibet reserves the right, at its own discretion, at all times, to: Decline to open a Unibet Account and/or to close an existing Unibet Account, without any explanation whatsoever; Forfeit and/or confiscate funds available on a Unibet Account and/or refuse to honour a claim, in the event that, directly or indirectly, the Unibet Rules have been violated and/or other unauthorised activities have occurred in connection with a betting event and/or the operation of a Unibet Account”
Unibet Sportsbook players in need of assistance are asked to write to SBR. SBR reported earlier in the year that BetRevolution Sportsbook seized nearly 27,000 dollars from three winning customers. BetRevolution has been unwilling to revisit the dispute ever since and maintains their position that the players were guilty of syndicate wagering. BetRevolution is also unwilling to discuss player disputes in general and remains on the SBR blacklist. SBR made the case public on in April 2013.
When SBR contacted BetRevolution to discuss the situation, BetRevolution provided links of the users Facebook profiles. This was to highlight nothing more than showing they were tagged as friends — a preposterous fishing expedition if nothing else. BetRevolution accepted wagers from them for months. They argued that the players had several identical wagers and that this was a conspiracy rather than buddies sharing picks.
A sportsbook accepting wagers it has no intention of paying is referred to as a freeroll. This is a tactic used by many scam sportsbooks. The players were able to lose their nearly 27 thousand but being paid was not a possibility. And finally, If you’re looking to bet on the upcoming 2014 World Cup, Sportsbook Review has a page listing the best available betting futures for the outright tournament result as well as odds on the winner of each group.
The page updates in real-time and shows the prices side by side at the best available bookies. The World Cup is sure to be ripe with betting opportunities so do make sure to check out the World Cup Betting Futures page.
That’s all for today. Be sure to tune in for next week’s show. I’ve been your host, Natalie Rydstrom, reporting for Sportsbook.