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Crypto Facilitates Illegal Gambling in Asia, Report Claims

A recent report compiled after a study of the Asian marker revealed that there has been an upsurge on illegal and unregulated crypto-based gambling. This has been attributed to the meteoric rise of digital currencies and the advancement of blockchain technology over the past few years. The report further showed details and highlights of how big the crypto-gambling industry has grown with the gamblers now being able to place bets that are substantially higher than what they could before.

Illegal gambling activities are still a huge problem across the globe. In Asia alone, the market was estimated to be worth a whopping $400 billion back in 2018 – it has definitely grown bigger now.

Why Crypto?

Digital currencies have lived up to their potential in so many ways. The core promise was to deliver fast, reliable and cheap payments to consumers and operators. They have managed to achieve this and more. Moreover, considering the legal standing of gambling activities across the globe, it is easy to see why the gaming operators would opt for digital currencies – in Asia, crypto offers the best alternative to the available restrictive banking options.

“Card issuers have made it so difficult for people to gamble (deposit and withdraw) even when the transactions are legal. As such, it is not surprising that people are looking for alternative currencies and payment methods. Cryptocurrency is an excellent facilitator for online gambling, which is a huge industry even without it,” a crypto lottery company executive explains.

Is Crypto Solely Responsible for Illegal Gambling?

Well, even though the crypto and blockchain technology has grown immensely over the past couple of years or so, fiat currency still rules. On that note, a lot of illegal gambling activities are still carried out using traditional currencies from Asian currencies.

It would seem like the reason why crypto is being cited as a major contributor is the fact that it remains unregulated and out of the control of traditional financial institutions. It is therefore much easier to point fingers at crypto than to highlight the shortcomings of the other players in the financial sector.

In fact, crypto is slowly beginning to shed off some of the baggage that was associated with it. It will definitely take some time before we can safely assume that everything has been cleared up but the progress that is being made is certainly very significant. Perhaps soon it will be much easier to identify, prevent and reports illegal gambling activities that are utilizing digital currencies. It may also be important for Asian countries to review their gambling laws in order to give their citizens good options when it comes to gambling platforms. This will keep them from turning to illegal and unregulated platforms.

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Bitcoin Three Months from Having Its Supply Halved

In a little less than 100 days, Bitcoin’s long-awaited halving will finally happen, making the digital twice as scarce as it is now. The halving which is considered to be one of the most anticipated events in the world of crypto is expected to happen on May 12. In addition to being a lot scarcer, the digital currency is set to be even more valuable. Mining it will be much more expensive once that happens simply because the rewards have now been cut in half.

What This Means for The Future

The topic of the upcoming halving has been subject to a lot of debate over the past several months. One of the most debated issues is whether the expected price increase will occur before or after the halving. None of the speculations made in this regard are verifiable and this majorly because despite the complexity of the data presented, they are dependent on simplistic comparisons from previous events in the bitcoin space.

Even so, we do not intend to invalidate the significance of the occurrences related to past halvings and how they may give us some insight into the possibilities. It will be an interesting year for bitcoin enthusiasts. That is for sure.

Another thing that is also assured is some serious volatility. The halving is quite important but we have to agree that what comes after is probably what needs more focus. We will just have to wait and see if the digital currency can pick up a fresh round of momentum in the course of the year.

Ambitious Long-Term Projections

According to renowned Wealth Manager Andy Edstrom, the Bitcoin economy is going to reach $8 Trillion in market value within the next decade. Speaking during a recent interview on the Citizen Bitcoin podcast, the wealth manager references a multi-faceted approach that took a number of factors into accounts. These factors included the devaluation of traditional or fiat currencies, speculations, and geopolitics, all of which have affected the global financial systems in one way or the other.

“…I think the total valuation on 10 years that I use is about $8 trillion and that comes from various buckets, whether it’s taking share from gold, or taking share from fiat, or taking share from offshore assets, or slightly demonetizing other stores of value like real estate or new uses that we haven’t thought of or are still under construction,” he said.

As it stands, Bitcoin’s market value sits at about $170 billion – this is rather small especially when compared to other stores of value such as gold and real estate. However, the uptrend of the cryptocurrency has given a number of pro-crypto analysts some optimism about the future of the sector. Bitcoin’s value is expected to skyrocket after the halving and this is perhaps the first step towards its $8 trillion valuation.

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Crypto Gambling in 2020: What Should We Expect?

Happy new year everyone! 2020 is finally here and all you crypto, gambling and technology enthusiasts are definitely on the lookout for some huge developments. Twelve months is, of course, a very long time and a lot could happen in that period especially considering how dynamic everything about those sectors can be. Still, it will be a very interesting journey.

The Rise of Crypto Gambling

Digital currency-based gambling did not kick off in 2019 but the year did see to a number of neat developments in that space. This was fueled by the increasing numbers of mobile and internet users. Moreover, the world seems to be finally warming up to digital currencies. Awareness about the technology is the highest it has ever been. That is the recipe for the growing number of crypto-based gambling platform providers.

While the gambling industry is known for toying with new and innovative technologies from time to time, they may have just hit the jackpot with crypto. Lots of people have begun to understand that crypto payments are secure and extremely fast which makes them great options for gamers. There are hundreds of digital currencies currently available and each of them offers something unique and different. That is just the start though.

Is It Mature Enough?

Gamblers already have access to a number of new crypto-based casinos and they are quite popular among players from all over the world. Now, this has been an eye-opener of sorts to other online gambling operators and they have begun to integrate digital currencies. In 2020, this trend should be even more prominent. Soon your favorite online casino will have a digital currency option for deposits and withdrawals.  A few have already gotten on board with this trend.

Payments and banking aside, crypto-based technologies including the blockchain and smart contracts have also evolved tremendously. Most of the efforts in this regard were rather experimental or still in the nascent stages of their implementation. That said, a number of industry experts have confirmed that the technologies are mature enough to be rolled out on wider scales. In the past, the laxity was a little justified since gaming companies were not willing to overhaul their systems and replace it with experimental technology. Not anymore. The ones that hold out too long may even lose out in the long run.

The growth rate of crypto-based gambling solutions is very impressive, to say the least. Improvements will, of course, be necessary but that is a universal law of service delivery. We have already come far enough and there is still a long way to go.

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Major Premier League Club Partners with Bitcoin Lottery

Last month, Crypto Millions Lotto which is arguably the biggest bitcoin lottery on the planet announced that they had inked a lucrative partnership with English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. The soccer club which is also referred to as the “Wolves” now has the lottery as its “Official Online Lottery Partner”. Obviously, this is another great milestone for the crypto community as it continues to champion mainstream adoption.

While partnerships between Premier League Clubs and sports betting companies are quite common, this one is quite special since it involves an online lottery business. Furthermore, it is also one of the few partnerships with crypto-related businesses. The Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club is no stranger to the world of crypto. It has previously partnered with CoinDeal – this was the very first time that a cryptocurrency exchange sponsored a professional soccer team.

What It Entails

As implied above, the partnership is groundbreaking particularly because of the expected outcomes. Already, the football club is considered by many members of the crypto community to be the “go-to” club. Pairing it up with Bitcoin which is also widely considered to be a default option for many crypto enthusiasts is perhaps the best way to drive the agenda forward.

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the partnership is the fact that it represents a huge step forward for the mainstream adoption of digital currencies. Both the online lottery and the football club are doing their best to encourage people to use bitcoin.

Crypto Millions Lotto has taken this a step further by offering a unique referrer program which allows their customers to receive referral fees in bitcoin. In addition to that, the lottery also gives them the chance to compete for a humongous $2.5 million prize and they do not even need to buy a ticket in order to participate. Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.’s very larger fanbase will be very beneficial to this course.

“We are delighted to have found a partner that has the same disruptive ethos as ourselves. Wolves’ success last year has put the club’s name on the world stage in a sport that is by far the most-watched on the planet. As a company, we are big football fans, and Wolves is the most crypto-friendly club in England. They were an obvious choice,” Sulim Malook, the Crypto Millions Lotto CEO, said.

The online crypto-based lottery is currently licensed in over 100 countries where it has built up a great reputation for offering transparent, fair and trustworthy lottery services. Like many other crypto-based businesses, the company has been eyeing expansion plans as the crypto sector continues to mature. Clearly choosing to go with a football club which already has a huge customer base is a great way to go about it.

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Crypto to Have More Impact on the Future of Online Gambling

Over the past decade, cryptocurrencies have, without a doubt, been one of the most influential technologies on the planet. Even though most people may only be aware of a couple of cryptocurrencies and a few rather mainstream applications, there is much more that underlies the industry. These are mostly in niche sectors but they have been significantly impacted nonetheless.

One of the growing numbers of areas where digital currencies and the blockchain are making a wave is in the gambling sector. This is especially true for the online gambling sector. For this piece, we are interested in breaking down some recent developments involving two digital currencies.

BlockchainTRON (TRX) Revolutionary Technology

On online gambling websites, bitcoin still reigns supreme but it has been receiving massive competition from BlockchainTRON (TRX) which is viewed by many to be a viable alternative. That said, as hard it may seem, there is a chance that the digital currency could potentially match up to or even dethrone bitcoin in the online gambling space.

Right off the bat, the TRX project is mainly aimed at ensuring the provision of a decentralized global digital gambling and entertainment system. In its quest to achieve that, it has managed to outshine bitcoin and some other digital currencies in a number of ways including its ability to provide simple and cost-effective sharing of digital content.

Perhaps the biggest advantage that TRX has is the fact that the platform already boasts of having a number of decentralized apps (dApps) on its network. Most of these ones are online casinos with a plethora of casino games that players can dive into.

As such, the future of online gambling will certainly be tied to crypto and blockchain technologies in one way or the other. TRX will definitely be a part of that thanks to its decentralized TRON blockchain platform.

The Rise of Tether

A year ago, Tether was not a very recognizable name, especially among mainstream users. However, things have changed dramatically with some digital currency payment processors revealing that they were recording up to 30 times the number Tether transactions they were processing last year.

Despite the controversies surrounding its use – there are speculations that it is being used to manipulate the prices of other digital assets – Tether actually has so much to offer. Its main selling point is its stability, that is, it was built on the principle of stability with its price being kept at a 1 to 1 ratio with the US Dollar. This is achieved through the use of reserves. It is this feature that has made it so popular among hundreds of merchants including a number of popular online gambling platforms.

In fact, it is being used in place of many other cryptocurrencies which is definitely proof that it might just be here to stay.

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Crypto Industry Preparing for Google’s “Quantum Supremacy”

Recent reports have suggested that Google appears to have reached an impressive milestone that is known as “quantum supremacy.” This basically means that the company has managed to use a quantum computer to perform calculations that are practically impossible for classical computers to solve. Referred to as Sycamore, Google’s quantum computer was able to perform the fete with only 54 qubits – one of which reportedly failed to work. This is quite impressive especially considering the fact that for quantum computers to really come into their own, they will need up to thousands more qubits.

While this is certainly great news for tech enthusiasts who are interested in quantum computing, it has sent the crypto and blockchain communities into a frenzy. For a very long time, members of the crypto community and cryptography experts have debated endlessly about the potential impact of quantum computing on digital currencies.

In fact, since the first digital currency came to be, researchers, technologists, and governments have developed deep interests in building software that is aimed at mitigating the threat of quantum computing. While still largely theoretical, quantum computers such as Google’s Sycamore, are considered to be able to vastly speed up the process of solving complex computations. This poses a huge threat to existing cryptographic technologies such as cryptocurrencies and the blockchain.

David Chaum Calls for Quantum Resistant Technology

After news of Google’s massive breakthrough hit the airwaves, David Chaum who is considered to be the “godfather of crypto”, weighed in on the issue by calling on the blockchain industry to focus on quantum-resistant technology. According to the cryptographer, the threat may already be quite real since there is no sure way of telling how long various nations have been working on the development of quantum computers. In retrospective, a number of governments have in the past been in possession of advanced cryptographic capabilities for extended periods of time without anyone knowing.

“The news that Google has achieved quantum supremacy strengthens my belief that quantum computing is coming and as a consequence, I believe we should all use approaches that are quantum-resistant,” he said.

Chaum further took the opportunity to share some details about his own digital currency which itself is supported by Praxxis, a quantum-resistant blockchain.  The Praxxis protocol utilizes quantum-resistant signatures based on large random numbers while simultaneously overcoming the challenges faced by legacy blockchains. These include such things as scalability, privacy as well as security. Praxxis was developed by a team of cryptographers and developers under Chaum’s leadership and it features a new approach to consensus.

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China’s Digital Currency to Launch Soon

The central bank of China is reportedly ready to launch its state-backed digital currency and once launched, it will be initially issued to seven institutions over the next months. According Paul Schulte, an independent researcher and formers employee of one of the institutions, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the Bank of China, the Agricultural Bank of China; two of China’s largest financial technology companies, Alibaba and Tencent; and Union Pay, an association of Chinese banks, will receive the cryptocurrency. There are also reports that there is an eighth institution that will receive the central bank’s currency when it finally launches.

While the institutions have not officially released any information pertaining to the plans for the digital currency, the country’s government has previously confirmed that the technology that will be powering the currency has been ready since 2018 and it could launch as soon as November 11.

Once it is launched, the institutions that will be issued with the digital currency will be responsible for dispersing it to China’s 1.3 billion citizens as well as to people doing business using China’s fiat currency. Furthermore, the Chinese central bank has hopes that the currency will eventually be availed to users in other parts of the world through relationships with corresponding banks in those jurisdictions – the United State is one of the prime candidates for these plans.

Why Is China Launching Its Own Digital Currency?

China has one of the biggest informal or black economies on the planet and this makes the collection of taxes very difficult.

“The major business for most underground banks is now contra payments, leading to huge capital outflows and great damage to society. It’s the major target of our crackdown,” reveals a recent notice issued by China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) believes that the introduction of a state-backed digital currency will help it take back control of certain aspects of the economy and crack-down on the black economy. The currency is intended to offer “controllable privacy” which will allow users to transact without having to give away personal information. To achieve this, the currency will be “loosely coupled’ with an account. However, for the sake of mitigating against tax evasion and other illegal activities, the People’s Bank of China will be able to view the transactions.

“…there will be variable transaction fees, as well as daily and annual transaction limits to give the central bank more tools to control the velocity of money and its supply when interest rates cease to be a viable channel for intervention,” the Vice Governor of the bank said.

Lowering the cost of transactions is another aspect that the bank hopes to achieve in its bid to make financial services more widely available. Needless to say, this will be a huge development for the country since a significant portion of the population is unbanked.

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Casino Web Scripts Releases Three New Crypto-Themed Games

Following the success of Bitcoin Billion, the crypto-themed slot game that it released in 2018, Casino Web Scripts has taken yet another leap by adding three more games to its portfolio. The three new games that the game developer currently has under its belt include a dice game and two tile-guessing games – the latter are very similar to the insanely popular Minesweeper game.

The Dice Game

Casino Web Scripts new dice game is referred to as Crypto Diceometer and it is a provably fair casino game that boasts of a number of mind-blowing features. The game has some pretty simple rules and includes some very smooth and exciting animations which make the gaming experience truly exceptional.

When it comes to gameplay, all that players need to do is guess the correct sum on the dices that pop up on their screens. This sum has to fall within an interval which the player must select before the dice ate thrown. Very simple, isn’t it? For this reason, the game is a great pastime option for just about any kind of player since no gambling skills are required.

The Tile-Guessing Games

The first of the two new tile-guessing games is Rock Paper Scissors Tile-Adventures. In this game, the player is required to select Rock, Paper or Scissors after which they will reveal a tile that they can beat with the selections. Here, the goal is essential to reveal as many winning tiles as possible.

Next, we have the Crypto Persian Prince tile-guessing game. As its name suggests, this unique game comes with an Arabian nights theme that will certainly appeal to any player who looks good-looking titles. The amazing tile-guessing game is all about testing one’s luck – the players are tasked with revealing as many magic lamps as possible without coming across as a thief. If you are lucky enough you might even get to land the game’s huge jackpot.

More to Come

Casino Web Scripts reportedly has plans for even more crypto-themed games especially now that the cryptocurrency market has regained its high value. That said, we can look forward to many new card games as well as a new version of slot tournaments.

This is, of course, going to be made easier due to the fact that Casino Web Scripts has already established itself as a reputable market leader when it comes to the creation of high quality and popular games and software. Its products and services are used by several popular online and mobile gaming companies.

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Facebook’s Libra and the Future of Digital Currencies

A few weeks ago, Facebook Inc. announced it plans to launch Libra, a blockchain-based payment system that the company has described as a new “global currency”. This term may seem very familiar and this is because it has been thrown around especially when describing other digital currencies. However, unlike most, if not all other cryptocurrencies, Libra is actually backed by real assets and is pegged to stable government securities.

As a matter of fact, the project has already partnered with several corporate partners who include global financial companies such as PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and Coinbase among others – each of these companies has contributed at least $10 million for the initiative and Facebook plans to partner with as many as 100 companies and accumulate $1 billion in assets by the time Libra goes live in the first half of 2020.

The Goal

Needless to say, Facebook’s announcement was not like any other digital currency unveiling. This was not just another blockchain and there is a very good reason why. So, unlike other digital currency offerings, Facebook’s new venture aims to bank the unbanked population (1.7 billion people) and this is what makes it such a big deal.

Obviously, providing financial services to such as a scale using relatively new financial technology is definitely no easy task but this is where Facebook’s resources and the members of the Libra Association come in. Putting those into consideration, it is pretty clear that the project was well thought out which is expected of any company that hopes to break the ground on new and innovative ideas.

How It Works

Libra is expected to allow people to purchase goods and services as well as send me to others with almost no fees. Users will also be able to use pseudonyms to buy or cash out their Libra on a number of online platforms or at exchange points such as grocery stores. They will also be able to spend the currency using third-party wallets or Facebook’s Calibra wallet that will be offered using a standalone app and will also be built into WhatsApp and Messenger.

Fortunately, the digital currency and platform offer some form of decentralization since Facebook will not have full control of Libra – just like the other members of the Libra Association such as Uber and Visa, the behemoth tech company will only get a single vote in the governance of the new currency. The Libra association as a whole will be tasked with promoting the open-source Libra Blockchain as well as the currency’s developer platform with its own Move programming language.

Moreover, Calibra, a subsidiary company, is also being launched by Facebook and it will be tasked with handling crypto dealings and protecting the users especially from targeted advertising. To achieve this, the company will ensure that the users’ real identities are not tied to their publicly visible  Libra transactions.

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Vivo Gaming, BitcoinCasini.io Partner for Live Gaming

BitcoinCasino.io has recently implemented some huge improvements to its gaming platform by adding Vivo Gaming’s extensive library of live casino games. The platform’s customers will now have access to a plethora of amazing slots, as well as various variants of roulette, craps, baccarat, bingo, and poker.

Vivo Gaming is a renowned developer of liver dealer gaming solutions that specializes in the aforementioned live dealer games in addition to sports betting software, RNG games, and other digital gambling solutions. With over 15 years’ worth of experience in the gaming industry, the digital solutions provider has built a reputation for being the supplier of some of the best live dealer gaming products for online gambling operators.

As it stands, Vivo Gaming holds a total of two licenses from First Cagayan and Curacao Gaming – the First Cagayan is the “first gaming jurisdiction that allows gambling establishments to operate in Philippine’s Cagayan Special Economic Zone”. Furthermore, the company is also certified by the renowned Gaming Labs which is responsible for making sure that the software suppliers comply with international gaming standards and regulations

What It Offers

Vivo Gaming is a great partner for a number of gaming platforms, particularly because it offers non-stop gaming services to the operators. This is made possible by the fact that the company streams their games from a number of different places including Costa Rica, Curacao, Asia, and many other places. Its outstanding services has seen it partner with many of the top gaming providers including BetSoft Gaming and Rival Gaming.

Moreover, the digital gaming solutions provider has worked hard to develop all of the fan-favorite traditional casino table games and many other Asian games like Sic Bo – these are available in the live dealer format. Unfortunately, its game portfolio is only available on Android-powered devices at the moment. However, there is a possibility that the company may be working on a dedicated app for iOS-powered devices.

Good News for BitcoinCasino.io Players

One of the most notable features that BitcoinCasino.io players will now be able to enjoy is the ability to play Vivo Gaming’s live dealer suite and simultaneously bet on multiple tables through the Multi-Game Play window. In addition to that, the platform will also be able to incorporate multi-use, multi-lingual and multi-currency interfaces as well as mini side-game betting during various games.

Even more exciting is the fact that the live dealer games will allow the players to talk to the dealer as well as other players. This will be possible across a wide range of devices including desktops, tablets, and even mobile devices.