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Cryptocurrencies have asserted their influence on all economic activities in the commercial sector, cryptocurrencies have come to stay and it seems everyone is going along with the new wave.

Transacting with cryptocurrencies is considered safer as compared to fiats because the coins are encrypted and thus cannot be traced. For this reason, lots of people prefer to carry out their financial transactions using cryptocurrency. Many online casinos have also made cryptocurrencies one of their payment options.


What are Cryptocurrencies
Cryptocurrencies are virtual currencies encrypted by cryptography patterned after a decentralized structure and based on blockchain technology. Some of the popular cryptocurrencies are Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum.

Cryptocurrencies are very stable because they weren't issued by any central government or authority hence are immune to governmental interference.

It gets easier for gambling sites to integrate crypto transactions into their systems because cryptocurrencies are not directly regulated by traditional financial institutions or government bodies.


Use of Cryptocurrency in Gambling
As cryptocurrency continues to be the fad of the financial terrain, online casino sites have also adopted the use of cryptocurrencies for financial transactions. It has now become a common practice for users to place their bets, perform withdrawals and quick deposits using cryptocurrencies

The blockchain technology behind cryptocurrencies could redirect the trajectory of new online casinos, thus propelling the gambling industry to greater heights.

There are two major types of blockchain gambling; on-chain gambling and off-chain gambling.


On-chain gambling
On-chain gambling is a form of blockchain gambling that runs on decentralized apps also known as Dapps. Most Dapps unlike centralized servers come with automated contracts that synchronize with the network.


Off-chain gambling
On the other hand, Off-chain gambling allows operators to convert virtual currency to fiat through third-party processors. Online and physical casino sites that engage in off-chain gambling accept cryptocurrencies as a deposit method. Although some sites are pretty selective, they could insist on a particular cryptocurrency like bitcoin.


The Future of Online Gambling with Cryptocurrencies
Online gamblers that bet with cryptocurrencies readily enjoy several benefits that regular fiat bettors don’t. For Example, crypto bettors enjoy anonymity and more privacy than bettors that make deposits via wire transfers and credit cards.

Other alternatives that provide users anonymity include Zcash and Monero but their operations have been quite controversial; this resulted in an outright boycott by casino operators.

Although strict regulations have hindered the operations of crypto-based transactions in online casinos, the benefits of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology advance beyond the current situation of the gambling industry.

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are set to reform the online gambling industry in more ways than we could think. For example, regulatory authorities restrict online casinos' activities to prevent players and operators from cheating and engaging in fraudulent practices. They ensure that there is fairness during gameplay as well as financial transactions. In fact, the best online casinos in the UK have already implemented this feature in their casinos.

However these services don’t come cheap, there are huge cost implications for the casino operators and their customers.

The use of cryptocurrencies can nip this challenge in the bud because transactions are secure, unalterable, and transparent. Soon enough the intervention of regulatory authorities will be unnecessary in this regard, consequently reducing cost.