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BitBoss – iGaming Blockchain Case Study

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It’s no secret that iGaming is big business, but the emergence of technology in the space hasn’t kept pace with the staggering growth the sector has continued to see year over year. Issues related to fairness, trust and transparency continue to plague too many operators, damaging the trust of consumers – and with it – the reputation of the wider industry.

In an effort to address these issues, as well as usher in a new era of interconnectedness between physical casinos and the iGaming sector, Denver-based iGaming company BitBoss have developed a range of technological-based solutions – all built using the power of the Bitcoin SV blockchain.

Bitcoin Association, the global industry body that works to advance business with Bitcoin SV, spoke to BitBoss CEO Matt Dickson about how their innovative blockchain applications in their latest iGaming on Blockchain case study – exploring how a number of their products work, as well as the potential impact they stand to have on the sector.

The standout product amongst BitBoss’ offerings is Bridge – a product designed to digitize the physical casino experience, while facilitating the seamless transition between land-based casinos and online offerings. BitBoss achieves this with a small piece of proprietary technology which costs around $100 and works with almost any slot machine. This enables players to connect their phone to the slot machine, with their casino chips tokenized on the blockchain and stored in a digital wallet. Players can move from machine-to-machine using the tokens stored in their wallet, or effortlessly shift to use it to play online.

‘Our genuine hope is that someday, a casino gambler sits down, uses our technology and has no idea that blockchain was behind it,’ says Matt Dickson, CEO of BitBoss.

‘We purposely designed this product to be backend agnostic – any casino can use it. Now, all of a sudden, your customer has a crypto wallet unbeknownst to them. If they want to cash out from the slot machine, the credits are moved to their phone, which makes it very easy for the casino to offer other services using those credits.’

Should customers choose to transition between the real-world and online casinos, BitBoss has also designed products to bring transparency and provable fairness to iGaming offerings.

‘We have a mobile ecosystem – we develop lottery games, roulette games, poker games, and we have slot machines coming – with all of these integrated very tightly into the crypto wallet’ says Dickson.

‘There are a lot of online casinos out there that seek to cheat people. They may not do it 100% of the time, but they may clip an extra 1 or 2 percent for themselves, Anytime that a player loses, in their mind, they think to themselves “did I get screwed here?” and in a lot of cases, they did!’

BitBoss has a range of offerings which allow iGaming offerings to be played out on the blockchain, which adds a new layer of transparency by directly linking bets to publicly verifiable transactions on the Bitcoin SV blockchain.
‘With the blockchain, all of the transactions are visible for the entire world to see. All of the transactions, once they are on the chain, they can never be changed,’ says Dickson.

‘As a player, if you have a dispute or question about your transactions, you don’t need to call your casino anymore. You can match up the transaction ID in your crypto wallet with a transaction ID on a block explorer, so you can see if your bet made it in time or not. You can see if you bet $20 or $30. It’s a great way to start to move clients in the direction of blockchain because it helps give them more visibility into what’s actually happening.’

Learn more about out how BitBoss and Bitcoin SV are working to transform the industry, read the full iGaming on Blockchain use case at the Bitcoin Association website.

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Lithuanian Govt to Switch Land-based Gaming taxes to GGR-based Regime

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The Lithuanian government has introduced a new bill that would tax land-based slots and table games based on GGR, rather than a fixed fee per table or machine.

The bill was proposed by the country’s Ministry of Finance, and will now be put towards the Seimas, which may vote it into law.

Currently, for land-based slot machines and table games, operators must pay a fixed fee based on the number of machines or tables they operate. That fee is €260 per month for a Category A slot machine – which has unlimited winnings – €130 per month for a category B slot machine – where stakes and winnings are limited – and €2300 per month for a gaming table. Other forms of gambling are taxed based on GGR.

The government noted that under the current system, the worse an operator was performing, the higher an effective tax rate it would pay as a percentage of revenue, making the system highly regressive.

However, with the draft law, land-based slots and table games would be taxed at 18% of GGR.

“So far, we are seeing tax inequalities in the gambling sector. Currently, a gambling business pays a flat fee, not a percentage of the revenue generated,” Minister of Finance Gintarė Skaistė said.

“We want a clearer, one-size-fits-all taxation system that is fairer: in the months of higher turnover, businesses would pay more, in lower months they would pay less. At the same time, the new procedure will increase the transparency of the gambling sector and ensure fairer taxation,” Gintarė Skaistė added.

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Best Bitcoin Casino unveils sleek new look

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Online casino comparison site has also rolled out an innovative rating algorithm to ensure listed brands are accurately reviewed and rated

Best Bitcoin Casino, one of the most established and trusted Bitcoin casino comparison sites, has relaunched with a brand-new design and innovative rating algorithm that promises to deliver even more value to operators and players.

In addition to a fresh look and feel, Best Bitcoin Casino (BBC) now offers an intuitive back office and dashboard that gives operators full control over the information and review for each of their brands as well as direct access to the Best Bitcoin Casino community.

BBC has more than 650 casinos reviewed on the site but is encouraging operators that are not already listed to sign up and create an account. Each casino is then tested and rated by a member of the admin team and also receives a rating from players.

This is combined with BBC’s powerful rating algorithm that uses several parameters to rate an operator including bonuses and wagering requrements, direct and proactive player support, licenses held and more.

Above all, Best Bitcoin Casino gives top priority to player ratings, comments and feedback to ensure that each casino is accurately reviewed and rated based on the experience that it offers to players.

To coincide with the redesign, Best Bitcoin Casino has rolled out a new rating system – Rated as Best Bitcoin Casino. Those that receive the seal of approval can earn player trust and confidence, connect with BBC’s 12,000-strong community faster and enjoy better exposure across the site.

This badge is awarded to casinos that meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a 7.0 rating our above
  2. Have a dedicated casino representative
  3. Respond within 72 hours
  4. Use reputable casino game software
  5. Support various payment methods (crypto and FIAT)
  6. Update key details about the brand

In addition to the 650 online casino brands listed and reviewed on the site, BBC visitors and subscribers can also access information about dozens of crypto and blockchain platform providers, game developers, payment providers, licensing jurisdictions and more.

Barry GoldwonAsset Manager at Best Bitcoin Casino, said: “I am incredibly proud of the new look and feel we have created for Best Bitcoin Casino as we continue to establish the site as one of the most reputable and trusted in the market.

“More than that, I am proud of the incredible feedback we have received from operators and our subscribers which gives us the confidence that we are on the right track and have been since we launched in 2013.

“Our ultimate goal is to help players find reputable cryptocurrency and blockchain online operators, not only casinos, but also sportsbooks, esports, poker, dice and more. Our new rating algorithm will allow us to do this more accurately and at scale as we keep adding more brands to the site.

“We already have 650+ brands reviewed and rated but we would like to see even more operators sign up to Best Bitcoin Casino and take advantage of our community of more than 12,000 members to drive awareness of their casinos and increase new player sign ups.”

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German Election Betting: Cloudbet Odds Swing To SPD’s Scholz After First Debate

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Betting odds on the German federal election swung firmly towards Olaf Scholz and his SPD party after polls indicated that he won the first televised debate of the campaign.

Markets now give Scholz a 56% probability of becoming the country’s next chancellor, up from 36% on August 23,  prices compiled by crypto sportsbook Cloudbet show. He has now taken the lead from main rival Armin Laschet, whose likelihood of becoming chancellor slumped to 44% from 63%.

Cloudbet is the only major crypto operator offering German election markets. The odds are hosted on an enriched event page that charts real-time price movements and will live-stream future debates for players to seize betting opportunities as odds shift.

The page will also contain the Cloudbet Opinion, a visual representation of which party bettors are favoring with their wagers, and a useful alternative voting indicator to opinion polls. Cloudbet first unveiled the feature to good effect ahead of the US presidential election in November. Bets placed on Cloudbet for that election were closer to the final result than official poll results, especially in predicting state-by-state outcomes.

“Betting markets can offer unique insights into how segments of the voting public perceive the election,” a Cloudbet election expert said. “We will continue to monitor movements as the debates and campaigns continue.”

Sunday’s 100-minute debate was largely uncontroversial, with views on climate change proving to be one point of difference between the three chancellor candidates. Some 36% of viewers picked Scholz, according to a Forsa poll for broadcasters RTL/ntv. The Greens’ Annalena Baerbock placed second with 30%, while Laschet was last with 25%.

Founded in 2013, Cloudbet established itself as one of the world’s leading bitcoin betting operators, with a reputation built on unparalleled security and speedy withdrawals. Players on the German site can bet with 12 cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, USDT, Dogecoin and Dash.

In June this year, the operator launched a fully localised website to provide better services for German customers. It also hosts a Telegram community for German-speaking customers to engage with other like-minded betting fans.

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