The poker industry starts embracing Bitcoin

2015 could be a major “play poker with Bitcoin” year, as more major actors of the online poker industry confirm their interest for the peer-to-peer crypto-currency.

Earlier this week, iGaming Business, a leading publishing, research and events company for the iGaming sector, started accepting Bitcoin and other digital currencies. “Crypto currency offers the ecommerce and particularly the iGaming market huge opportunities whether this be minimizing fraud or lowering fees, so we are extremely happy to embrace and support this technology,” commented Alex Pratt, Head of the company, which organized last november in London Bitcoin4iGaming, the “first dedicated iGaming Bitcoin Conference”.

Americas Cardroom has also just announced that Bitcoin deposits are now available on its website. “We’re always looking for new ways to make the lives of poker players easier. That’s why we’ve added Bitcoin to our lineup of payment methods,” stated Michael Harris, spokesperson of the online poker room. Players can make Bitcoin deposits with maximum daily transactions as high as $1,000 and minimum deposits as low as $5. Bitcoin withdrawals will be available in the coming days, said the poker room. Targeting US players, Americas Cardroom is part of the Winning Poker Network (WPN), a network ranked 22nd worldwide, according to global online poker traffic ranking site PokerScout.

The room is not the first one to propose Bitcoin as a payment method. WinPoker, part of the iPoker network, the 3rd biggest online poker network, started accepting Bitcoin in 2013. And Coingaming.io, a platform provider which specializes in the provisioning of Bitcoin solutions for the iGaming sector, announced in november 2014 that it will offer to operators a “Coin Poker Network” solution.

Among other indicators of this growing trend are Bitcoin-only online poker sites. After Seals with Clubs, a poker site with “no banking, only Bitcoin,” ranked 46th on PokerScout’s worldwide trafic list, several other online poker rooms entirely based on Bitcoin are expected soon. Among them is GetLuckyPoker, a brand new Bitcoin-only poker room backed by american professional poker poker Michael Mizrachi and promoted by other poker pros, including Mike Matusow. The poker room will be officially launched in a few days.

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