Sportsbook News

Fears Mount as Players Not Getting Paid

Officials at beleaguered online gambling firm sought to calm customer fears Monday that they will not be getting paid.   The company shut down abruptly last night after its Director was arrested on money laundering charges.

Since that time, customers have had little success accessing their funds.

The company issued this statement Monday:

Submitted by C Costigan on, Apr/13/2015

Sports Tout Adam Meyer Sees Bail Revoked: Accused of Multi-Million Dollar Fraud

A Fort Lauderdale, Florida man charged with running an elaborate sports handicapping fraud scheme has had his bail revoked by a judge.

Adam Meyer, 43, was arrested last October for trying to extort $25 million from a Wisconsin businessman. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Apr/09/2015 Director Arrested as Part of Fraud Probe: Site Goes Offline

Paul Bell, a director of 666Bet, has been arrested as part of a joint money-laundering investigation by HM Revenue & Customs and the National Crime Agency. 

The initial arrest occurred last week at London’s Heathrow Airport.  Bell was re-arrested on the Isle of Man upon landing in his private jet.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/30/2015

Another Suspect Pleads Guilty in Bookmaking Case

Salvatore Ferraioli, 33, of Staten Island, NY, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Hartford federal court to a federal tax charge stemming from his involvement in a sports betting ring with ties to Costa Rica.  

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/26/2015

BetOnline Becomes The Latest Big Online Sportsbook to Introduce Bitcoin

With the start of the NCAA Tournament last week, online betting giant saw more March Madness players in on the action than ever before.

Submitted by Press Release on, Mar/26/2015

Easy Bet Owner Will Likely Pull Through Following Brazen Assassination Attempt

The California-born owner of a Pay Per Head business in Costa Rica identified only as Jason F. is expected to pull through according to sources close to 

The individual was shot four times as he left an Escazu bakery near the La Paco shopping center Wednesday morning and attempted to get into his red Range Rover (pictured).  Two men pulled up on motorcycles and fired the shots.  Authorities are still investigating.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/20/2015

Pay Per Head Owner Identified as Man Shot by Motorcycle Gunmen in Costa Rica

An individual identified only as “Noah” has been shot and is in critical condition. can report “Noah” operated a Pay Per Head business out of San Jose, Costa Rica.  The individual’s real name is believed to be "Jason" based on sources close to G911 and he also had some involvement in real estate.  His real last name is being withheld for security reasons.  

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Mar/19/2015

WBX Betting Exchange Shuttered: Regulatory Climate Spelled Doom

Online betting exchange WBX has unceremoniously closed its doors for good though the company insists players are able to withdrawal their funds in full and that any future wagers will be decided “in the normal way”.


Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Mar/18/2015

Skybet Gets Reamed for ‘Odds Error’ Tied to PSG Shock Extra Time Win

One of the United Kingdom’s largest online bookmakers, Skybet, found itself caught up in a major controversy over the weekend following an odds error on its mobile phone app.

The app, which has been downloaded some 700,000 times to date, presented odds of 25-1 for a PSG win in extra time over Chelsea only to have the payout as 9-2 by Skybet. The bookmaker has since claimed the odds were a mistake.

Submitted by Alistair Prescott on, Mar/15/2015

Three Florida Men Convicted in Connection With Legends Sports Case

Three individuals from Florida have been convicted in Oklahoma City for their role in running what federal prosecutors called a billion dollar illegal sports betting enterprise run out of Panama City, Panama. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Mar/03/2015

New CNBC Primetime Program ‘American Vice’ Looks at Bookies, Poker World

A new CNBC Primetime show is set to premiere Wednesday March 4 at 10 pm ET.

Get an inside look at the world of illegal gambling. Follow those who walk the line between big risk and big reward every day. 

And some of the names cry out “Not Reality Television”.

There’s Cousin Nicky, Joey Terror and Frankie Flatscreen.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/27/2015

Details of Pinnacle Sports Acquisition Limited

Curacao-based Pinnacle Sports, one of the oldest established online bookmakers operating from the Caribbean, has been sold to an undisclosed buyer. 

Little details are known regarding the purchase other than that Las Vegas-based Alternative Trading Partners (ATP) is overseeing the deal .

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/23/2015

Bruce Jenner Betting Crosses Line: Bookie Apologizes for Taking Bets on New Name

Australian bookmaker has apologized for offering what some say was offensive betting options on one-time Olympian Bruce Jenner’s new name after it was confirmed he is undergoing a sex change.  

While the wagering firm may be sorry, they are not about to suspend betting on Jenner’s gender transformation.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Feb/18/2015

FanDuel Looking for a $1 Billion Valuation: Wants to Go Public Next Year, one of the two largest daily fantasy sports sites, is looking to raise another $100 million over the next few months in order to reach a $1 billion valuation. 

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/17/2015

First Online Gambling Site Intertops Returns to U.S. After Nearly 4 Year Absence

Antigua-based Intertops has re-entered the U.S. market after exiting in 2011.  The site features a popular sportsbook, online casino and poker room.

Intertops, an Austrian-owned company, has the distinction of being the first ever online gambling site.  It has held a license on the island of Antigua for 20 years now. The company has a reputation for fast payouts and few complaints.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/17/2015 a New Type of Fantasy Sports League Where Salary Cap is Eliminated

NEW YORK -- Your state lottery never pays you to try out one of its new scratch-off tickets.

And your local casino never hands you free cash to sit down at the poker table with.

And most certainly your local neighborhood bookie never calls you up and tells you he's going to start paying you to make bets with him on sporting events.

But when it comes to the crowded and cut-throat world of fantasy sports, anything you can do to rise above the din and garner attention is a plus.

Even if it means doling out free cash!

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Feb/16/2015

William Hill and 888 End Takeover Talks, Nio Acquires

William Hill, Great Britain’s biggest bookmaker, has confirmed they ended talks to buy

Shares in 888 Holdings plunged in early morning trading Monday as a result of the news.

“Due to a significant difference of opinion on value with a key stakeholder, it has not been possible to reach agreement on the terms of a possible offer and the board of the company has agreed with William Hill to terminate discussions,” 888 said.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/16/2015

Bookmaker Looks for Boost With Morgan Spurlock ‘Inside Man’ Bitcoin Survival Piece

CNN’s Morgan Spurlock “Inside Man” plans to take us inside the world of anonymous digital currency Bitcoin on Thursday February 19, 2015 at 9 pm EST and online gambling site is hoping to capitalize on what will likely be a mini-surge of sorts on folks trying out the mysterious currency.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/13/2015

Former Offshore Bookmaker Now a Politician

ESB’s Dennis Atiyeh Failed in Run for U.S. Congress

A former offshore bookmaker who once fought the Federal government recently tried to become part of the Federal government.

Dennis J. Atiyeh, who owned and operated offshore sportsbook English Sports Betting (ESB) in Jamaica in the late 1990s and early 2000s, was charged by the Feds in 2000 with illegally running a sports betting operation from the U.S.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Feb/12/2015

Daily Fantasy Sports Sites in Hot Water Over Ad Claims Long Allowed by UK Agency

Yet another of the big daily fantasy sports sites,, has been named in a class action suit claiming false advertising as it pertains to bonus offers.  The case was filed in a South Florida court.

Submitted by Alejandro Botticelli on, Feb/10/2015

Pay Per Head for March Madness, College Basketball Tournament

It’s just around the corner so if you are in need of a Pay Per Head for March Madness and the College Basketball tournament, be sure to check out

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/09/2015

PGA Fantasy Freeroll From and Will Tiger Woods Make The Cut Odds has decided to get into the Golf fray with its PGA Fantasy freeroll on the Farmer’s Insurance Open while betting on Golf has begun to prove lucrative for the online sportsbooks.

Submitted by Ean Lamb on, Feb/04/2015

Unregulated Bitcoin Could Soon Become Regulated in New York, California

New York’s Department of Financial Services came out with a revised set of rules to regulate companies that buy, sell, hold, and transfer bitcoin and other virtual currencies.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Feb/04/2015

Fantasy Sports New Kid has an App for You

CHICAGO -- Are you a fantasy sports player?

There's an app for that.

As more and more people play in fantasy sports leagues that they access via their mobile devices rather than their computers, the leagues are making it easier for them to do so.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Feb/02/2015

Bitcoin Sportsbook For Super Bowl 49: The Importance of the Bookmaker News

Many fans of Bitcoin, the anonymous digital currency, may not have fully grasped the importance of announcing its new Bitcoin sportsbook platform this past week. To say this is the biggest news related to the marriage of Bitcoin and online gambling would be an understatement.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Feb/01/2015

Bookmaker Offers Bitcoin Just in Time for Super Bowl XLIX

San Jose, Costa Rica –The hype for Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks is reaching a fever pitch, and is making its own worldwide headlines by now accepting Bitcoin for both deposits and withdrawals.

Submitted by Press Release on, Jan/30/2015

Washington State Lawmakers Want to Legalize Fantasy Sports

OLYMPIA, Wash. — (Associated Press) - Lawmakers in Washington state - home to the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks - may legalize gambling on fantasy football by classifying fantasy sports as games of skill.

Submitted by Associated Press on, Jan/30/2015

Parlay Bet Pays $100K From

A dramatic parlay finish led to a $100,000 winner at Diamond Sportsbook (BetDSI) on Sunday, as the Wizards' 107-105 win in overtime at Denver put the finishing touches on a winning ticket in near-miraculous style.

Submitted by Guest on, Jan/30/2015

FanDuel Sued: Daily Fantasy Sports and the Start of Class Action Season

While billions of dollars of sports betting continues in the shadowy world of illegal off-shore sports books, the fantasy sports business has been on fire.  And as fantasy sports becomes the new hot “thing” online, it has continued to evolve: Dozens of companies are entering the market to offer everything thing from the increasingly common single day fantasy contests to the stock market-like contest offered by recent arrival.  Throughout the explosion of interest, two companies – FanDuel and Draft Kings have remained the behemoths of the industry.

Submitted by Guest on, Jan/29/2015

Another Fantasy Sports Website Available for Super Bowl Sunday

Fantasy sports site does end run around law to provide Super Bowl action

Turns out there's more than one way to skin a cat, or in this case, a super cat.

Fantasy sports site has found a way to offer fantasy action on the Super Bowl, despite a law stating that fantasy play must be based on the results of multiple games.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Jan/29/2015

Breaking News

Man Arrested for Stealing Food From Casino, Punching Employee in the Face

Man Arrested for Stealing Snacks From Casino, Punching Employee in the Face

A 25-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly trying to steal snacks meant for casino customers then attacking an employee who tried to stop the theft.

White Man in Black Face Robs Strip Casino

White Man in Black Face Robs Strip Casino

Authorities in Las Vegas have been on the lookout for an African American man who is accused of stealing $23,367 from a casino cage at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino on Jan. 10.  But that African American man turned out to be a Caucasian in black face.

Odds Posted on the Next White House Exit

Odds Posted on the Next White House Exit

U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is most likely the next official to leave the Trump administration, following a string of firings and resignations, according to an online betting website said which put the odds against him staying at 3/2.