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“Operators demand access to new markets and new player bases”: Exclusive crypto gambling interview with Glen Bullen from DAOGroup.

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Exclusive crypto gambling interview with Glen Bullen from DAOGroup.
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While this year may have been a turbulent time for some, we caught up with Glen Bullen, CCO of DAOGroup to talk through the launch of DAOWallet, its cryptocurrency-fiat payments partner, as well as the opportunity to use crypto payments as a key way to engage new players.

What is it that DAOWallet can offer partners and end users that other payment service providers cannot?

DAOWallet may be new to market, but our team has incorporated many crypto payment learnings into the product to make it a slick, client-driven solution for operators looking to engage new demographics and markets.

In essence, DAOWallet offers a simple, clean solution for partners wanting to integrate crypto payments into their casino brands. We do all the heavy lifting and compliance work at our end, so operators can work hands-off on the payments side and focus on driving acquisition to a new audience of crypto users.

Perhaps DAOWallet’s biggest innovation is its ability to track fund provenance, both to mitigate AML risks, but also to improve VIP management. Any player who deposits crypto via DAOWallet will have their pseudo-anonymous source of funds tracked, ensuring both VIP and AML managers alike will know if this is a player prime for big stakes play, or alternatively whether they’ve been associated with red flag transactions in the past.

How can those with little crypto knowledge use DAOWallet to join the crypto gambling revolution?

The key purpose of DAOWallet is to allow deposits and withdrawals to and from a players crypto account to be as simple and seamless as possible. With that, we feel we offer a solution that requires only a minimum of crypto knowledge.

However, the wallet’s role is not necessarily to entice new players to crypto – though it can – but instead to deliver a functionable, painless means to support the millions out there who already hold and use crypto; and, most importantly, want to gamble with it at the best casinos around.

Do you see DAOWallet appealing to a certain demographic or region?

Without pigeon-holing an ever-expanding crypto base, industry research shows the main European demographic as being between 25 and 45 years of age and with above-average disposable income. This audience sees digital assets as more than a speculative asset, and want to find functional day-to-day uses for them, with gaming arguably the most tangible use case for them at this moment.

Saying that, DAOWallet easily supports varied requirements across any global market, such as Latin America, where concerns regarding banking infrastructure warrant the use of alternatives to fiat; or Africa, where barriers to credit card uptake mean many are keen to explore alternative online payment methods.

No matter the geography or demographic, our igaming clients can be confident DAOWallet will be covering all KYC and AML procedures in the backend on sign-up, ensuring a clean transition to the casino, which receives only whitelisted players. This is a major benefit of our solution over others on the market.

How do you see the current state of the payments sector in the gambling industry?

We hear so often that gambling as an industry is an early adopter for new technology. All the while however, there’s untold examples of cautious decision-making and sluggish, suspicious adoption of tech that could have major benefits to the whole ecosystem.

There is no doubt that the payments sector is impacted by this paradox, and the utilisation of crypto is a key example. Operators demand access to new markets and new player bases, and there is a crypto market hiding in plain sight, waiting to be serviced. They must take advantage of this opportunity, or they will fall back against their more forward-thinking competitors.

Do you see wider crypto adoption as attainable right now, or do other industry movements need to happen to facilitate wider crypto payments?

Yes, it is attainable, but various ways of thinking need to be reset for crypto adoption to reach its potential. It’s likely not a gambling industry-specific mentality, but too many look back at setbacks in the space and cling onto them as proof that crypto doesn’t have its place in today’s world.

This is naïve when you consider the various success stories that crypto has in engaging those who cannot access credit cards, those who may not trust the status quo and those who just want to be a little more progressive. I would like those doubters to take a deep breath and revisit what crypto adoption can do for the gambling industry.

As a deposit method, using the likes of bitcoin and Ether is a no-brainer for supporting bigger audiences in more markets. Those operators who don’t embrace it soon will likely find they have lost this lucrative audience and will struggle to win them back.

We have seen DAOWallet recently sign a major partnership with MoneyMatrix. Do you have any other partnerships on the horizon that you could hint at?

MoneyMatrix was a major deal for us and shows the strength of partner that we are looking at. In terms of what is coming next, we’re optimistic about various, progressed conversations with further platforms and a number of tier one operators in a variety of regions. Without naming names, there is a desire amongst potential partners to complement their existing payment partners to attract a new kind of customer, and that’s what we’re here for.

We’re well set to make some big announcements in Q4 in terms of new clients and operators, so keep an eye out for that.

What product improvements can we expect from DAOWallet in the coming months?

Our most recent launch was stablecoin integration, and this will go live with partners to great effect very soon. Not only are we opening more crypto avenues (Tether/TrueUSD) for those looking outside of the bitcoin and Ether hegemony, but it also makes our platform more adaptable to local banking regulation.

Significantly, this was driven by client feedback and demand, and we delivered it back to those same partners quickly and successfully, further proving our credentials as a customer-first partner. We know the size of the crypto gambling space and we want to help fiat-based operators leverage it for their own growth, and it’s through these collaborative projects that we can best do this.

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Cloudbet Unveils Betting With Gold in Gaming World First

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  • Crypto gaming pioneer adds Pax Gold coin to its platform
  • PAXG is Cloudbet’s third stablecoin integration this year

Cloudbet, the pioneering crypto casino and sportsbook, has added Pax Gold to its platform, making history by allowing players to bet online with gold for the first time ever.

The integration of gold betting on a crypto-gaming platform marks a unique milestone in the evolution of tokenisation, whereby a physical asset is made divisible, tradable and easier to exchange through smart contracts and blockchain technology. Each unit of PAXG is a digital asset backed by one fine troy ounce of a gold bar held in custody by the Paxos Trust Company.

“Tokenisation allows individuals to express their spending habits through the assets they choose to hold, rather than having to use currencies to which they hold no philosophical or economic attachments,” a Cloudbet spokesperson said. “In this case, we’re empowering players that want to own gold with the means to place bets with a gold casino or a gold sportsbook.”

New players who deposit PAXG with the operator are eligible for a welcome bonus worth up to 5 units of the gold coin (almost $10,000 at current prices), as well as 100 free spins over two weeks on a gold-themed slot in the Cloudbet casino.

PAXG is Cloudbet’s third major stablecoin betting integration after launching USD Tether and USD Coin, the biggest coins in the stablecoin universe, earlier this year. For crypto gaming, stablecoins have been put forward as a solution for players seeking to protect the value of their cryptocurrency winnings from the extreme price fluctuations experienced by holders of non-stablecoins.

PAXG’s value is tied to the price of gold, while USDT and USDC are fixed on a 1-to-1 basis with the US dollar, meaning the fiat values of winnings in these currencies don’t swing with cryptocurrency market prices. For this reason, stablecoins have been championed as the key to convincing traditional fiat currency audiences to experience the benefits of betting with crypto: Fast transactions, low fees and industry-leading bonuses.

The new coin amplifies what’s on offer at Cloudbet for players seeking the best odds and highest limits for crypto betting from the comfort of their homes or on the go. Founded in 2013, Cloudbet is one of the world’s longest established bitcoin betting operators, with a history of innovation in the crypto-gaming space.

The operator relaunched its site in April to attract a more diverse audience and has introduced a swathe of bold new features including esports, politics betting, easy credit-card coin purchases and the three stablecoins. The site also accepts ethereum and bitcoin cash.

The operator grabbed the attention of industry observers in June with an ambitious English Premier League campaign, under which its sportsbook charged no margin on pre-match bets for all games left in the season. That allowed customers to access the fairest prices — and therefore the highest returns — in the market.

The campaign was an extension of Cloudbet’s long-standing “best odds” campaigns on sports including soccer, basketball and tennis.

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Cloudbet Launches Second Major Stablecoin With USDC

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Cloudbet, the pioneering crypto sportsbook and casino, has added USD Coin to the portfolio of coins available to customers, marking the operator’s second major stablecoin integration after launching USD Tether in May.

New players who deposit USDC with Cloudbet are eligible for a welcome bonus worth up to 1000 USDC. Customers can buy the coin on the site with their credit cards or Apple Pay.

With the integration of USDC and USDT, Cloudbet now supports the biggest coins in the stablecoin universe, with a combined market value of US$18 billion. For crypto gaming, stablecoins have been put forward as a solution for players seeking to protect the value of their cryptocurrency winnings from the extreme fluctuations in price experienced by holders of non-stablecoins.

As with USDT, because USDC’s value is fixed on a 1-to-1 basis with the US dollar, the fiat value of winnings of the coin does not fluctuate along with cryptocurrency market prices. For this reason, stablecoins have been offered up as the key to convincing a more fiat-friendly audience to experience the benefits of cryptocurrency gaming.

“Since launch, a fundamental part of our philosophy has been about empowering players with technologies that solve their problems,” a Cloudbet spokesperson said. “Stablecoins are an extension of that.”

Cloudbet supports USDC on the Ethereum blockchain. The coin was introduced by the Centre Consortium, an organization co-founded by Coinbase and Circle, in part to provide a governance framework and network for the mainstream adoption of fiat-backed stablecoins.

The new coin amplifies what’s on offer at Cloudbet for players seeking the best odds and highest limits for crypto betting from the comfort of their homes or on the go. Since it relaunched its website in April, the operator has unveiled a swathe of bold new features to attract a more diverse audience, including esports, politics betting, and easy credit-card coin purchases.

Founded in 2013, Cloudbet is one of the world’s longest established bitcoin betting operators. The site also accepts ethereum and bitcoin cash, with more coins slated for release this year, the spokesperson said.

The operator grabbed the attention of industry observers in June with an ambitious English Premier League campaign, under which its sportsbook charged no margin on pre-match bets for all games left in the season. That allowed customers to access the fairest prices — and therefore the highest returns — in the market.

The campaign was an extension of Cloudbet’s long-standing “best odds” campaigns on sports including soccer, basketball and tennis.

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Trump vs Biden I: Cloudbet Markets Give it to Not-So-Sleepy Joe

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Trump vs Biden I: Cloudbet Markets Give it to Not-So-Sleepy Joe
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Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. presidency, won support from the betting public as he withstood a hail of bluster and interjection from President Donald Trump during a combative and fiery first presidential debate.

Odds on a Biden win shortened to 1.65, meaning betting markets give him a 61% chance of being elected, according to prices compiled by crypto sportsbook Cloudbet. That compares to 1.73 (58%) just before the debate. Trump’s odds drifted to 2.28 from 2.16, amid indications that bettors had taken significant positions on the president ahead of the debate.

Biden had managed to mostly fend off Trump’s constant interruptions and aggression, as part of his campaign’s ongoing attack on the Democrat’s mental acuity and cognitive abilities, commentators on both sides of the political spectrum said after the debate. Others said the chaos of the encounter blurred any attempt at messaging on key issues, and did little to sway undecided voters who are crucial for victory in key swing states.

Cloudbet is tracking the two candidates’ price movements closely as part of its comprehensive politics offering that allows customers to bet on the election winner as well as on state-by-state outcomes. The operator’s politics page features a superbly designed electoral college map integration that gives users an instant opinion on which party is likely to win the election, based on real-time odds presented for each state.

Cloudbet saw a significant pick-up in betting activity ahead of the debate: About 10% of the value of all bets on the U.S. election were placed in the 24 hours leading up to the event, a spokesperson for the crypto operator said. Bets on Trump accounted for 90% of the new positions.

“Some people thought that Biden’s weaknesses were going to get clearly exposed in the debate,” the spokesperson said.

The election map significantly amplifies what’s on offer at Cloudbet for players seeking the best odds for bitcoin politics betting from the comfort of their homes or on the go. Since it relaunched its website in April, the operator has unveiled a swathe of bold new features to attract a more diverse audience, including esports, USDT betting, and easy credit-card coin purchases.

Founded in 2013, Cloudbet is one of the world’s longest established bitcoin operators. The site also accepts ethereum and bitcoin cash.

The operator grabbed the attention of industry observers in June with an ambitious English Premier League campaign, under which its sportsbook charged no margin on pre-match bets for all games left in the season. That allowed customers to access the fairest prices — and therefore the highest returns — in the market.

The campaign was an extension of Cloudbet’s long-standing “best odds” campaigns on sports including soccer, basketball and tennis.

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