All of the above helps us to form our views about what’s good and what’s bad at the sites we assess. Sometimes we’ll learn enough to know straight away that a gambling website is simply not up to the high standards we require and therefore won’t be eligible for our recommendation. This can be for any number of reasons, but one thing guaranteed to get a site excluded from our lists is if we’re not 100% confident it’s safe and trustworthy.
In September 2006, Sportingbet reported that its chairman, Peter Dicks, was detained in New York City on a Louisiana warrant while traveling in the United States on business unrelated to online gaming. Louisiana is one of the few states that has a specific law prohibiting gambling online. At the end of the month, New York dismissed the Louisiana warrant.