Everything you need to know about Bitcoin gambling

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Everything you need to know about Bitcoin gambling

The bitcoin is currently the most popular cryptocurrency used around the world. People are able to earn bitcoins in competitions where users offer their computing power to verify and record bitcoin transactions into the blockchain. This is also known as miners. Successful miners are rewarded with transaction fees and newly created bitcoins. Like most currencies, bitcoins can be exchanged for other currencies. Over 100,000 merchants and vendors now accept bitcoin as payment, including betting sites. It is predicted that gambling represents between 50-60% of all Bitcoin transactions.

Bitcoin gambling comes in various forms, ranging from casino games with live dealers to sports betting sites. These are the most popular forms of bitcoin gambling that are currently available. Much like regular betting, users are able to place bets but use the bitcoin currency instead of pounds or dollars. These bitcoin gambling sites also offer promotions like regular bookmakers such as deposit bonuses for new and existing members.

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Certain bitcoin sites provide proof that they are operating a legitimate bitcoin gambling site by providing evidence for provably fair games. By providing evidence that they are provably fair, it shows that the odds are not overwhelmingly stacked against the players. These sites are highly recommended for bitcoin gamblers. Sites that don’t provide this evidence tend to be avoided as there is the risk that your winnings might be taken by the operator rather than paid out. Bitcoins are unable to be refunded so if your operator steals it, you won’t see it again.

Like the majority of gambling sites, users of bitcoin gambling sites are offered the same or similar ‘services’. Casino games are currently bet on the most by bitcoin gamblers, with multiple sites being solely dedicated to casino games. Bitcoin gamblers can also bet on poker and blackjack games, dice games, and sport games. There are even some sites that allow users to Forex trade using bitcoin. Bitcoin Binary Options gambling has recently become very popular amongst Bitcoin gamblers. Its simplicity and fast, easy nature of buying and contracts and trading makes it a popular choice for gamblers.

As bitcoin is a ‘virtual currency’, bitcoin gambling is not limited to the typical games that you would find in a casino. You can expect to find alternative methods of gambling such as predictions, races, wheel of fortune, challenge, flip coins, and chain games on specific bitcoin gambling websites. Although bitcoin gambling may be similar to ‘regular’ gambling in some aspects, there are also other aspects which make it different. As mentioned earlier, bitcoin gamblers tend to have a wider range of games to play. Alternative games such as wheel of fortune and chain games are usually not available on other gambling sites, whereas they are available on bitcoin gambling sites. Players are also able to receive their winnings in seconds and avoid any transaction fees.

Overall, it seems that bitcoin gambling on a whole is a positive section of the gambling community. The wide range of games to play and bets to place make it an attractive option for any gambling enthusiast, especially those that like to receive their winnings almost instantly and avoid transaction fees. Although anonymous operators can be intimidating for newcomers to bitcoin gambling and a potential risk, there are plenty of legitimate sites out there. Despite this risk, the pros far outweigh the cons and it looks like bitcoin gambling will be a legitimate ‘section’ of the gambling community for the foreseeable future.

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Sydney Australia’s Star City Casino

Spent an afternoon at Sydney Australia’s Star City Casino this week. 

This is a huge casino with lots of blackjack tables.  However, they are not worth playing as they all use automatic shufflers.  Minimum bets that I saw started at $20 Australian which is about $15 US.  I did not check the high-pit areas which may or may not have regularly dealt blackjack. 

They also have a large poker room which I played a few hours in.  Unfortunately, their rake is awful.  I played in a small  2/3 No Limit Holdem game where there is a time rake AND and regular pot rake.  Charge is $5 / hour plus 10% up to $10 rake.  What was interesting is the dealer uses a single deck plastic box to deal the cards from.  I was told the dealer can deal faster and have both hands free at all times.  I left with a win for the session.

I also played for 30 minutes at the craps table and had another small session win.  Interesting to note that the don’t pass/come bars deuces.  In the USA, the don’t pass/come  bars 12.  No difference in the odds.

My Wife and I spent 6 days in Sydney and we also took a 10 day Celebrity Solstice cruise around New Zealand.    Ironically, the blackjack games on the cruise ship were better then the games in Sydney.  Of course, the cruise ship has their token single deck game with 6:5 rules, but their shoe games were decent: $10/$25 min tables, 8DK, double any, H17, with 1.5 – 2 decks cut off.  Occasionally, a dealer would cut off only 1 deck.

Michael Dalton

PS – Here is a photo of the single-deck shoe that poker dealers use in the Sydney, Australia poker room:

Single Deck Shoe