How To Gamble Online With Bitcoin

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July 1, 2016 7:57 AM UTC

Gambling online is risky business is numerous countries, in particularly in the US, where it’s outlawed. This means many people looking to gamble with bitcoin might prefer the privacy offered by the digital currency over traditional currencies.

Towards that end, there are certain tools and techniques a player could use in order evade the eye of law enforcement. Of course, it is not easy to hide bitcoins. It takes a certain level of skill. Not even the Silk Road’s administrator, who went by Dread Pirate Roberts, could master the nuances of the dark web.

Although you generally won’t need to do so, you might choose to download software to gamble online with bitcoins; for instance, you might decide to use a Bitcoin wallet client which requites download and installation. On the other hand, some bitcoin casinos require users download client software and install it on a computer.

There are many Android, iPhone based gambling sites or applications on smartphones. These apps are available on Google Play Store and Apple Store.

Before one starts gambling with Bitcoin online, one needs to buy Bitcoin or the other digital currencies (ever heard of CLAMs?) that are used.

Many bitcoin casinos double as faucets upon registering on their website, referring a new player  to play a new game and others.

There are numerous ways to do acquire bitcoins. You can sign up for an account at Local Bitcoins, Coinbase, offer goods or services for bitcoin or perhaps buy bitcoins from a friend.

Once you own bitcoins, there are many options to keep a pulse on the market. There are, also, many different ways to gamble online with bitcoin. There are all sorts of options, including even prediction markets for the weather. SatoshiDice is one of the biggest websites, and represented the first large Bitcoin business buyout when then owner Erik Vorhees sold the website for $11.5 million.

For some people, there could be problems.

The US government has outlawed online gambling, The Justice Department has demonstrated one cannot open an offshore casino online. Bitcoin is considered money, in the eyes of many law enforcement agencies.

“We don’t have a bank account at Seals with Clubs,” says Bryan Micon, the spokesperson for, a Bitcoin-based poker site, told NPR. “There’s no bank account. There’s no bank of any sort that we do. We only do this one weird brand-new Internet protocol transaction that some of the nerds out there are calling money.” For that NPR story, the Justice Department declined to comment on the legal status of gambling with Bitcoin, but Bryan Micon was later raided for offering such services without licenses.

Depending on where you reside, you will need to keep abreast of Bitcoin laws as well as laws for online gambling. Bitcoin casinos do need licenses under regulatory bodies from the country where it operates. Many have them. There are many bitcoin casinos, nevertheless, that don’t possess licenses. This is a risk to your personal data, if the website has any of it. 

It might be a good idea not to convert winnings from bitcoin gambling into your local currency if it’s illegal to gamble online where you reside.

Many Bitcoin gambling sites offer a certain innovation over traditional online gambling. “Provably fair” is an important concept in online gambling with bitcoins. Bitcoin’s cryptographic hash function allows provably fair gambling.

A secret seed is created at random and encrypted into the hashcode by the server. The hashed code. A player receives a random client seed, and both seeds are mixed up with an encrypted function for the result. The player receives the server seed to verify client.

This does not allow a casino to cheat a paper. There could be other tricks by a casino. Reading reviews is very important, and feedback of past players and the casino reviewing websites like this one for more details.

Reviews and feedback can inform a player if a certain website is probably fair, and you can read different reviews and feedback about casinos on multiple websites.

How long one receives funds should not take too long, but does differ from website to website. It does take up to half a day at some websites and these transactions are marked pending in your website account in the meantime. 

The depositing into and cashing out  of bitcoin do not take much time. For smaller amounts, it is very fast, and possibly instant at this point, if you have your wallet account ready to use. But, for larger amounts, it may take two to ten hours to deposit or cash no time at all. You won’t need a credit card.

Many websites do not have a minimum deposit. Many websites have no minimum deposit.  The commonly used unit, Milli0bitcoin (mBTC), means that if you deposit one bitcoin, it is converted to 1000 mBTC. These units are used when playing games.

BTC is bitcoin’s abbreviation. An mBTC is a thousandth part of a BTC, and the millionth part of a Bitcoin is called a uBTC. mBTC is very popular in Bitcoin gambling.

Why Bitcoin? 

Using bitcoins have many advantages over traditional currencies in online gambling. Bitcoin gaming sites, very simple, are faster. You can sign up with just an email address and there are seldom transaction processing fees.

Bitcoin gambling is legal where any form online gambling is legal. There is no separate Bitcoin gambling legislation. Despite the illegality of online Bitcoin gambling in the US, many websites allow US players.

In summation, there are plenty of reasons to use Bitcoin when it comes to Bitcoin gambling, such as speed. Whereas in online gambling, many players wait days for payouts, with bitcoin it can be instant.  Other people like the privacy features.

Bitcoin’s cryptographic hash basis and blockchain technology allow for Bitcoin games to be “provably fair”; that is, fairer than others.

This added transparency, and no added credit card fees form the basis for the online gambling complex.

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