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Guide to gambling with Ethereum in 2020

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Cryptocurrencies have become mainstream enough for gambling venues to considering offering options for players to pay via cryptocurrencies and we’ve been seeing this trend mostly in online casinos even though some of the traditional casinos are starting to catch up, offering classic casino table games where players can utilize cryptocurrencies. But with this new trend, there are new challenges, a couple of changes in the way casinos accept payment or offer the wins so it’s important to have a clear understanding of what’s different when gambling with cryptocurrencies, specifically with Ethereum.

The first steps

The step by step process is largely the same as with any regular casinos where you pay with cash, or in case of the online casino, you open up an account, make a deposit and wait for a win. When playing with Ethereum and we will largely cover the online casinos in this article the process is the same and you need to take the same steps, but there are differences in details because we are dealing with a different sort of currency. The process of opening the account will be the same in all online casinos.

One of the perks of online casinos is the easy registration process, but when you are planning to play via cryptocurrencies the anonymity of the payer is guaranteed so you will be playing Anonymous, only needing to write down your address and come up with a strong password in order to start looking for the what sort of deposit you want to make. Now, before you decide to transfer your assets, it is important to make sure that you are dealing with a license, legit online provider because the cryptocurrency industry is still new and in a lot of ways harder to control. It’s more difficult to prevent crime and in case of the wrongful transfer, your assets will be lost forever so it does require way more caution when gambling with cryptocurrencies because the stakes are higher and a lot more things should be considered besides selecting an appropriate amount to gamble on. Before you make the transaction the casino asks that you write down your unique Ethereum wallet address, and then making sure that you transfer the money to the correct casino wallet. According to the ethereum gambling guide on InsideBitcoins the transactions should take no longer than 10 minutes for the deposit to appear on the website and you should be able to start playing right away. Just remember to treat the transaction process with much more attention as to not mess up the wallet number and make sure that your transaction reaches its destination. After that, you should head over to the bonuses section to make sure you claim your rewards. The best option would be to read up about the bonuses even before you registered with the specific casino to be able to choose the one that sounds most appropriate to you.

What’s the difference

In general, when dealing with online casinos do your research read review, whether you will be playing with debit cards or cryptocurrencies. Many of the casinos have outstanding bonuses while others are quite basic and you will probably have to fight a lot to actually get them. Read about the available bonuses beforehand to make sure that you’re getting the best version out there, based on what games you actually want to play in the online casino.

While you might think that since you are paying in Ethereum the games will also go on referencing your assets through Ethereum that would make things rather difficult.

During the games, you will have your assets displayed in USD making it easier to control how much you want to spend and how much you can afford to lose.

When it comes to withdrawals the process is similar. You would usually go to your account info and look for the withdrawal button. The website will ask for your Ethereum wallet information again and just like during the deposits you need to be careful to make sure the information is corrected because if the information is invalid or if it goes to someone else’s wallet there is no getting that money back or tracing where it went. You can select how much you want to withdraw in Ethereum and get your wins in minutes.

When it comes to the game you can play for Ethereum the choices are not limitless but they do cover all the bases. You can play almost any classic card game like blackjack, a variety of poker games, roulette and other more conventional casino games on a lot of websites and make deposits in Ethereum. You also have many options when it comes to video slots which, considering they are one of the easiest casino games to get into no surprise that there are a lot of options here. You can choose from different themes, bonuses and difficulty levels but if you are a fan of video slots you will have no problem finding the right one for you to play using Ethereum. The types of games that Ethereum casinos will offer are largely the same but they might differ in variety considering the crypto casinos aren’t as popular as a regular online casino they also have fewer options but as mentioned above they provide all the basic categories of games. The bonuses in Ethereum casinos work similarly to regular ones as well. For example, the most popular way that casinos grant bonuses is that they match your deposit with a bonus. For example, if you start gambling by depositing 1 ETH, upon the first time the casino will grant you an additional 1 ETH to match the one you’ve invested in the casino. Make sure to check the percentage to which the casino will match your deposit to make sure you’re getting a good deal out of it.

Bonuses

Not much is different between playing with crypto VS playing with regular currency, But considering the importance of those small differences, it still crucial that you know what to treat differently in this particular online casino. The basics of gambling like wagering requirements and time limits to meet those wagering requirements are there. The most important thing you can do to ensure the best experience is to search the information about the provider and to make sure that you are  that has a good reputation.

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Stake.com back Premier League’s Rainbow Laces campaign

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Stake.com, Watford FC’s principal sponsor, are proud to announce the changing of their LED and other stadium advertising to rainbow colours in support of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, demonstrating the operator’s support for LGBTQ+ inclusion and a commitment to inclusivity in football.

For the visit of Premier League leaders Chelsea on Wednesday, December 1st, the operator will be joining Watford and Proud Hornets in supporting the campaign, updating their entire branding at Vicarage Road, ensuring the LED and big screen displays Rainbow Laces branding in conjunction with the Premier League.

Stake.com are in their first season as Watford FC’s principal sponsor, with the operator previously celebrating their club-record deal by adding the iconic Shiba Inu or Dogecoin logo to the first team kit’s shirtsleeves.

Dominic Rae, Sponsorships Manager for Stake.com, said: “Stake.com are committed to inclusivity. We too believe that football is for everyone and we’re proud to support the Premier League and Stonewall’s campaign by updating our sponsorship assets at Vicarage Road for the visit of Chelsea.”

Paul O’Brien, Commercial Director at Watford FC, added: “We’re very proud of working with Stake.com on our Rainbow Lace activities for this year. At Watford Football Club we pride ourselves on our equality and diversity activities, therefore it is with great delight that our principal sponsor have also taken the Stonewall campaign to their heart.”

Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, said: “Football has a remarkable power to bring people together and it is a priority for the Premier League and our clubs to ensure everybody feels welcome and supported, from players and fans, to staff and all those involved in our many community programmes.

We and our clubs play an important role in encouraging people to support the LGBTQ+ community. During the Rainbow Laces campaign, we showcase the wide variety of projects and initiatives being conducted all year round to highlight that equality and inclusion are central to everything we do.”

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Messi’s Missing Crypto Millions

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Poor old Lionel Messi. It’s not exactly going to plan on the pitch for him yet at PSG. And off it – well let’s say he’s not cracked the crypto game either.

In the summer he agreed to be paid part of his signing-on fee in his new club Paris Saint-Germain’s own fan token. With cryptocurrencies at the start of a record-breaking run, it looked like a sure-fire way for the world’s best footballer to make more millions.

But it hasn’t worked out that way, according to analysis from Cloudbet.com the world’s oldest crypto sportsbook.

Messi’s unexpected transfer from cash-strapped Barcelona was announced on 10th August. He signed up for free, in a move designed  to get his huge million-dollar weekly wage off Barca’s books. League bosses were penalising them for their abject failure to keep the club’s deficit within permitted parameters.

The vastly wealthy PSG were so delighted to land the world’s biggest football star that they paid him an interesting signing-on fee.

Part of his “welcome pack”, they said, would be paid in cash as normal, but in a first for football, part of the fee would be gifted to him in PSG fan tokens.

Messi could be forgiven for looking kindly on PSG’s offer. The club’s token had almost tripled in value from the start of August to a record on the day of the Messi announcement.

Traders at Cloudbet took a deeper dive into the deal to assess how the Argentinian maestro’s signing-on fee is looking now.

On 10th August, the PSG token was valued at $49.83.

Media speculation across the continent suggests Lionel Messi was gifted one million euros worth of tokens. On that day the Euro-USD exchange rate was 1.17. So let’s estimate that PSG’s wealthy Qatar owners gave him $1.17m worth of tokens.

Trading at $49.83, this means Messi would have received 23,480 PSG tokens.

So how much money has Lionel Messi made from this deal? Well, as of today things aren’t looking terribly good. The PSG token recently traded at…. $19.02

That defeat by Man City hasn’t helped PSG or it’s cryptocoin’s value.

If Messi had received what is speculated to be one million euros in fan tokens on 10th August, his estimated 23,480 tokens would now be worth… $453,436

Which means if he cashed it in now it would only be worth 40% of what it was worth on the day that he signed for PSG!

American football stars like Aaron Rogers might be in the news for all the wrong reasons right now, but they’ve made headlines for being early adopters of Bitcoin salaries. If Messi had embraced BTC he’d be a lot richer.

Back on 10th August 2021, BTC was trading around $45,600.

And now? It’s at $58,000, a +25% rise. That $1.17m signing-on gift would now be around $1,460,000 – more than a million dollars more than the fee is worth in PSG tokens.

 

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Crypto Trends in iGaming: SOFTSWISS Insights

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SOFTSWISS presents a report with statistics and insights on the development of cryptocurrency across its Online Casino Platform, Sports Betting Platform and Game Aggregator clients. The information in the report reflects comparative data for the third quarter of 2021 and the same period in 2020, collected on an anonymous basis.

TOTAL BETS IN CRYPTO

The main conclusion drawn from the data obtained for Q3 2021 is that the volume of bets placed in cryptocurrency is increasing. Compared to the same period last year, the increase was 2.8 times. The positive trend continues throughout 2021: the increase from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021 is 28%.

“This strong growth is not only due to SOFTSWISS’ organic development but also owes itself to increased digital consumption around the world. iGaming companies are investing more and more into marketing. This leads to an increase in the popularity of online gaming and betting among female audiences and young players over the age of 21 who actively use cryptocurrencies in their daily lives in general and for online betting in particular. This is reflected in the increasing share of crypto in iGaming”, comments Andrey Starovoitov, COO at SOFTSWISS.

CRYPTO VS FIAT

Crypto is gradually encroaching on fiat currencies. Compared to Q3 2020, the share of bets in crypto versus fiat has increased by 27.6 percentage points in the same period in 2021. The upward trend in crypto popularity is also confirmed by comparative data for Q2 and Q3 2021, when the share of crypto bets rose by 10.3 percentage points from 33% to 43.3% respectively.

Andrey Starovoitov, COO SOFTSWISS, notes: “This dynamic is most likely due to the growth and development of the number of crypto brands. While in Q3 2020, they were still newcomers to the market, they can be considered experienced players in the crypto gambling industry this year. The expansion of these brands into new markets has also played an important role in this.”

 

CRYPTO VS FIAT: SPORTSBOOK

A completely different trend is seen in betting on sports. In this category, fiat currencies retain an absolute advantage. In Q3, 98.76% of bets were made in fiat currencies, compared to only 1.24% in crypto.

Aleksander Kamenetskyi, Sportsbook Product Owner, notes: “This is most likely because the vast majority of the Sportsbook’ clients are those companies that launched their casinos without an initial focus on cryptocurrency operation. Their main focus was on fiat. However, the trend has changed, and now cryptocurrencies are always considered an important component when launching new projects. Therefore, I am sure crypto share will only grow in the future.”

See which cryptocurrencies are favoured between casino and sports betting players in the full report SOFTSWISS Crypto Insights Report.

 

About SOFTSWISS

Based on the Online Casino Platform and CoinsPaid wallet management and payment processing, the Crypto Solution makes for the single best way to launch a crypto-powered gaming project.

SOFTSWISS is an international tech brand supplying widely acclaimed, certified software solutions for managing iGaming operations. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licenses, providing one-stop-shop iGaming solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, which includes an Online Casino Platform, Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, and Sportsbook Platform. In 2013 SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimised online casino solution. The company has since been regarded as the leading technical expert when it comes to the use of cryptocurrencies in online gaming.

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