Sports Betting: The Slow Death of Sportsbook Review

SBR (SportsbookReview.com) went deep into damage control yesterday as it was revealed BetIslands.ag was closing, stealing all customer funds in the process. BetIslands was a sportsbook essentially developed through the SBR brand. SBR helped promote contests, giveaways, and extremely favorable coverage on its forums and news wire to help build BetIslands. It has been estimated over 350 customers lost a total of $1.5 million in this scandal, a vast majority of those customers coming from SBR.

SBR’s response has been discouraging to most of these users. SBR’s Bill Dozer says the clients bear the bulk of the blame: “A book sponsoring the forum is not a guarantee. Everything on the site, including the posters poll and discussions, is information for users to make their own decisions.”

SBR has repeatedly refused to point out who it is that provided the financial backing for BetIslands, despite the fact that strong ownership was the reason for BI’s miraculous rise in SBR’s ratings. BI went from an ungraded sportsbook to a B rating (upper 10% of all sportsbooks according to SBR’s grading scale) in just over a year. “The owners of books aren’t always public and it’s not up to us to make it so,” said Dozer.

 
Reaction from its posters has been sharp:

 

“I thought SBR was providing transparency, reliable reviews, and disputing claims as well. Turns out their business model is providing a captive audience for the books, marketing/touting to said audience, and profiting from their relationship w/ the books.”

“SBR abused their power to lead everyone to the slaughter, and now turns their head away from people who lost 1.5 millions combined.”

“I spent the last few years criticizing Covers, which is obviously a very crooked site. Now it turns out SBR is on the same level. I was completely fooled.”

 
SBR is in no danger of going out of business like its failed business partner. They have, however, been exposed. Once seen as a light shining on the cockroaches in the online gambling industry, they are now shown to have been a cockroach all along. That sort of reputation is hard to erase.

Sports Betting: Handicapping the NFC East

 

The NFC playoff chase is a muddled mess, and nowhere is this more evident than the NFC East. Simply put, no NFC East team can clinch a playoff spot in Week 16. All three teams (Redskins, Cowboys, and Giants) currently tied for first can win the division, but only Washington and Dallas control their own destiny. The Giants will need help.

 
New York does, however, lock down a playoff spot by winning its final two games. If the Giants lose next week, then the week 17 game between Dallas and Washington will be for first place in the division, regardless of what each team does this weekend.
Here is a breakdown of each team’s odds and what they have to do to win the East:

 
Washington -110 to win the NFC East:
Redskins win the NFC East if:
-Redskins win their last two games OR
-Redskins beat Cowboys in Week 17 and Giants lose in Week 16 or 17.

Dallas +155

Cowboys win the NFC East if:
-Cowboys win their last two games OR
-Cowboys beat Redskins in Week 17 and Giants lose in Week 16 or 17.

New York +400

The Giants win the NFC East if:
-Giants win their last two games AND
-The team that wins the Week 17 Redskins-Cowboys game loses in Week 16

While New York is a long shot to win the division, does it really matter if they do? We’ve seen what they can do, winning the Super Bowl twice in the past five years despite playing at home only once in eight total games. Last year, the Giants were 23-1 to win it all before their opening round game against Atlanta. You won’t be able to get that kind of price this year.