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Sportsbet.io sponsors World League, the exclusive Bitcointalk betting competition

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13th March 2018Sportsbet.io, the leading bitcoin-led sportsbook operated by the Coingaming Group, has sponsored a betting league for members of the forum Bitcointalk, which will see players rise in the rankings with successful bets, and the winners rewarded with up to one bitcoin.

Throughout the competition registered players can win daily points depending on their bet success, in denominations of three, one and zero, ultimately accumulating over varying periods of time.

As a longstanding member of Bitcointalk, Sportsbet.io’s contribution to the community follows their mantra of ‘fun, fast and fair’ betting. Players experience a gamified betting angle, regular chances at generous prizes and referral bonuses for new players, while all being tracked on a live leader-board.

Competitors are in with numerous chances of winning impressive prizes. Two giveaway periods in the middle of the pool and another at the end offer the chance for 30 top performers to win big.

Justin Le Brocque, Sportsbet.io’s Marketing Manager at the Coingaming Group, said: “As well as giving something back to the Bitcointalk community, we’re always looking for fresh, new ways to and rapidly growing customer base and our sponsorship of the World League is a prime example of this.

Players will be treated to our usual ‘fun, fast and fair’ experience as they battle it out with others all around the world to win bragging rights, as well as significant sums of bitcoin.

To take part in the World League, players just need to sign up on the website, http://worldleague.io, validate their ID on the Bitcointalk ‘World League’ thread and start betting with Sportsbet.io.

The World League kicked off on February 20th and will run until the UEFA Champions League final on May 26th, with three separate groups starting at different times between the dates ensuring late entrants will still be in with a chance of big wins.

 

About Sportsbet.io

Founded in 2016 as part of the Coingaming Group, Sportsbet.io is a leading bitcoin-led sportsbook operator.

Sportsbet.io has an expansive, quality betting product across all major sports and eSports, offering more than 350,000 pre-match events per year, as well as comprehensive in-play content. It also provides innovative markets such as player prop bets for soccer, American football and basketball, and is the only bitcoin-led sportsbook to provide live streaming across all major sports.

Sportsbet.io prides itself on its secure and trustworthy betting service, with withdrawal times of around 1.5 minutes amongst the fastest in the industry.

For more information about Sportsbet.io, please visit https://sportsbet.io.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Online Casino Guide Adds New Bitcoin Casinos to its Roster

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Players looking for Bitcoin casinos to bet with will find a few new casinos added to the onlinecasino.info Bitcoin casino list. This new online casino guide has recently posted reviews of Betcoin Casino and mBit to their roster of approved BTC casinos. Onlinecasino.info also provides reviews of Bitstarz, CafeCasino, Cherry Jackpot and Drake Casino. They frequently add new casinos to their list so its worth bookmarking their guide to revisit it anytime you’re looking for a fair online casino to play at.

Bitcoin gambling sites have started to take off with players in the online gambling community. There is no shortage of gambling websites that accept Bitcoin deposits so players have a wide range of options on where they choose to bet. Online Casino Info makes it their mission to help gamblers find safe and licensed casinos for wagering Bitcoins. All of the BTC casino sites listed offer fair gaming software and professional customer support teams.

Casino players located in the United States are guided towards the top online casinos that accept USA players in the onlinecasino.info US casino guide. It provides a select group of the best casino sites that allow Americans to gamble with real money. Not all online casino websites will accept wagers from U.S. players and those that do should be approached with caution. Be sure that any USA-friendly casino is operating legally with a certified gaming license and regulated casino software.

The top online casino software providers are NetEnt, Microgaming, Rival, Bet Soft, Playtech, Realtime Gaming, Saucify, IGT, Amatic, bGaming, Belatra Games, Playson, Evolution Gaming, and iSoftBet to list a few of the most trusted casino software companies. Each one of these software providers offer virtual casino games that you can play for free or real money. By playing at online casinos powered by one of these trusted software platforms you’re in a good position to have a fair chance at winning because they have audited gaming software with truly random outcomes.

Onlinecasino.info updates their online casino reviews monthly and continues to add new casinos to their approved list on a regular basis.

 

Source: OnlineCasino.info

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Exclusive Interview with Matthew Stafford, CEO at BlockChain Innovations Corp

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It is my great pleasure to bring to you my latest interview. This week we once again focus on the role of blockchain in the gambling industry as it still is a trending topic. And what better way to get a glimpse into the vertical, then asking the experts of the industry. Matthew Stafford has been appointed as CEO of BlockChain Innovations Corp. this April and he has since than given speech at many industry events. It is high time we got the chance to pick his brain in our unique style. See below our interview with Matthew.

Let’s start with a few words about yourself. Our readers love to hear top-class professionals describing themselves.

Matthew: Thank you for a very kind introduction. I’ve spent 10 years in regulated gaming and public markets as an attorney, most recently with Scientific Games and NYX Gaming Group where I helped take that company public in Toronto in 2014 through its acquisition of Openbet Technologies Limited; the world’s largest sportsbook platform provider in 2016. I’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of gaming clients both brick-and-mortar and in the digital space, as well as payment providers, data and compliance vendors and the multitude of gaming software platforms around the world.

You took over as CEO of Blockchain Innovations Corp (BCI) about four months back. What are your early reflections on the job?

Matthew: It’s a very exciting and busy time. We are bringing a disruptive technology to two markets – both the commercial gaming industry for operators and the public market in Toronto for investors.

There is a lot of interest in both sectors around the technology and what it can do. In the capital markets, it’s about building blockchain companies as a value-added segment that gives depth to cryptocurrencies beyond price speculation and mining. For the gaming industry, it’s about building a modern gaming and payment platform that is compatible with conventional technologies so that our operator clients can offer blockchain wagering now and be poised for the future.

You studied law and started your career as a legal intern. How does your legal background help in your functioning as the CEO of BCI, especially as cryptocurrencies and other blockchain financial solutions are still viewed with suspicion by the regulators in several countries. 

Matthew: I was fortunate enough to work in gaming – at leading slot manufacturer Aruze Gaming America, Inc. – before graduating law school. As the Assistant General Counsel there, I obtained over 150 gaming licenses for the company worldwide and won approval for hundreds of devices. I also oversaw regulatory compliance at NYX and that foundation provided me with the ability to navigate complex regulatory issues, just like the treatment of crypto and blockchain with regulators. A working partnership and understanding of the regulatory schemes behind those agencies is crucial in terms of finding a viable solution for the industry in any circumstance.

What is important to note regarding uncertainties around crypto and blockchain is that, although perhaps skeptical, regulators are addressing the issue. There is positive movement towards adoption; the regulation/licensing frameworks that are being considered are being conducted by many jurisdictions and the outcome is to find that balance of providing the industry with competitive technology while meeting the regulatory objectives within a particular jurisdiction.

Can you tell us more about BCI’s soon to launch cryptocurrency wallet, Pebwallet, and its PebbleShare tipbot?

Matthew: Pebwallet.com is our fully-functional cryptocurrency wallet for users to manage and exchange multiple cryptocurrencies for smart-contract coins. They can also buy, sell, and exchange wagers via our PebbleShare tipbot. The wallet communicates to any existing operator’s PAM via an API and, in addition to standard transaction accounting and reporting, operators may permit wagering between players using pay-as you-go cryptocurrency where no money is on deposit as well as players with fiat currency on deposit, in their existing operator account.

Once activated, users with popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum may then exchange those coins for PebbleCoin and begin placing smart-contract wagers. PebbleCoin, the gaming-by-design crypto-currency BCI’s technology utilizes, is one of the first cryptocurrencies to use smart contracts and trade them as freely as coins.

BCI claims that its blockchain social betting solution has something unique and innovative that the competitors, especially Bitcoin and Ethereum, do not have: basically, BCI’s solution does not have a lag in provable transaction confirmation. Could you explain about its practical real-time implications?

Matthew: BCI has provably instant confirmation of transactions, or bets integrated within its technology and our cryptocurrency PebbleCoin. The confirmation time for Bitcoin is 1 hour and Ethereum is 180 seconds. The implication of that 180 seconds to 1 hour is that live wagering environments are not possible with Bitcoin or Ethereum since there is an ability for one side to “roll-back” the transaction on the blockchain. If this were the case, users could cancel bets when the line prices move against their position – that’s not feasible in a betting market.

These are good times to be a betting solution provider in the USA, as the US supreme court has repealed PSPA, which would inevitably lead to the legalization of sports betting in many US states. How do you see the prospects for BCI?

Matthew: We see a lot of opportunity for operators to be “born on the blockchain”, that is to have a blockchain wagering offering for their players as their sole platform or a complementary offering to their player base. With the 6-3 United States Supreme Court decision striking down a 1992 law prohibiting such sports betting outside of Nevada, and the American Gaming Association estimating there is over $250 billion wagered annually in the US, it is a promising time for the sector.

Those figures mean that the demand for suppliers in the US will exceed the capabilities of conventional platform providers. We anticipate operators that want to be live when authorized by their state will look to blockchain as a modern technology that is able to offer a full solution for their sports wagering operations. Along those lines, because of the near-zero cost to operate our system, Tribes and state sports lotteries stand to gain the most from a blockchain solution since those savings go directly back to the taxpayer or tribal entities managing gaming operations for the tribe.

About BlockChain Innovations Corp.

Blockchain Innovations is headquartered in Las Vegas. The company designs and develops market ready blockchain technology for public and private real-money wagering and peer-to-peer gaming companies across the globe.

The company’s blockchain technology consists of a fully functional crypto-currency wallet, a tipbot – PebbleGo for easily sending and receiving smart contracts, and its smart contracts platform – the ideal wagering eco-system for instant confirmation, where contracts are tradeable, divisible, transferable and new wagering not available in traditional retail or online markets.

The company’s technology is built around PebbleCoin, a gambling-by-design cryptocurrency that has been mined since 2015. Pebblecoin’s unique features make it the only crypto-currency that can facilitate real-time wagering.

For more details visit www.blockchaininnovations.info

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CoinGeek Sponsored Satoshi Vision Miners Choice Meeting in Bangkok, Aug 30th

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LONDON, August 22, 2018 — 128MB is not the end for Bitcoin BCH – CoinGeek supports “miners’ choice” for block size growth

Last week, leading blockchain research and development outfit nChain introduced Bitcoin SV, a full node implementation for Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

The node, created per a special request by CoinGeek and other Bitcoin BCH miners, is designed to fulfill the original vision of Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin SV seeks to restore the original Bitcoin protocol and then avoid unnecessary changes that do not enhance the network.

The announcement, as one can expect, led to a debate on how to address the maximum block size pre-coded in a BCH full node implementation, which is essentially the maximum block size that a Bitcoin BCH miner will accept from another miner.

BCH miners can already configure block size

Bitcoin SV’s initial plan was to raise the default maximum block size to 128MB-the block size increase that CoinGeek supports for the November 2018 BCH protocol upgrade. But the 128MB is just a step forward; it’s not the end destination for Bitcoin BCH. CoinGeek is firm on its stance that all artificially imposed limits in the BCH protocol should be removed, and that parameters such as block size should be determined by miners in a competitive spirit.

In fact, in the Bitcoin ABC implementation, miners already can (if they choose to) increase the maximum accepted block size-but the obscure debug setting is poorly documented and difficult to find for miners. CoinGeek supports Bitcoin SV’s plan to move that setting to a more prominent location and document its operation and implications thoroughly whilst also adding other tools to enable miners’ choice for block size growth; CoinGeek thus encourages miners to use Bitcoin SV.

CoinGeek founder Calvin Ayre is firm on restoring the Bitcoin protocol to its original design and then lock it so businesses and developers can reliably build on top of the “battle-tested” protocol. In a statement, Ayre said:

“We need to stop relying upon developer-determined default block caps. The block size is miner-configurable, allowing individual miners to set what maximum block size they wish to accept from another miner. This approach is similar to Bitcoin Unlimited’s ’emergent consensus’ mechanism for block size, and therefore has precedent. This ‘miner’s choice’ approach has two benefits: (1) it takes the block size question out of the hands of BCH developer groups, and avoids unnecessary future disagreements between developers over maximum block size; and (2) it puts the block size question in the hands of miners-key users of the BCH network-so they can direct the scaling roadmap, as driven by network usage growth and their own economic incentives.

From our communications with others, there are more miners who support this approach. We invite all BCH miners to join us in choosing block size for themselves, and let miners drive the BCH road map together. We also invite all Bitcoin miners to come to the W Hotel in Bangkok Aug 30th to hear CoinGeek present our arguments for this in person. Anyone who does not agree with Satoshi Vision is welcome to fork off to their own new path. Any forks from the Satoshi Vision path will not be Bitcoin and will have to come up with some other name for their fork. Any Satoshi Vision Miners not already invited to this event should contact us here at CoinGeek for details.”

As always, we at CoinGeek are open to discourse. In November, the CoinGeek Week conference, taking place in London on Nov. 28-30, will gather BCH Miners, App Developers, Merchants and other industry movers together to discuss the most pressing issues, opportunities, and risks facing the Bitcoin Cash ecosystem. If you are interested in taking part in that discourse, you are absolutely welcome to join the community.

Looking to help the growth of merchant adoption of Bitcoin Cash? Join the bComm Association, an industry group that intends to be the focal point for miners, merchants, exchanges, developers and members of the BCH community.

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