Casinos and cryptocurrency exhibit several similarities. Both are financial heavy industries, and both are viewed with a certain amount of skepticism. Casinos are seen as overwhelmingly benefiting the operator versus the gambler, while cryptocurrency is still often seen as a shady dark-web facilitator. Ironically, the combination of the two may give greater credibility to both. Gambling is a multi-billion dollar global industry, despite their public perception. Cryptocurrency is a powerful integrity driving technology. Together, they create a mainstream gaming ecosystem where gamblers always perceive themselves as fairly treated.
CasinoCoin and Their History
At the forefront of this movement for industry cooperation is CasinoCoin. Originally founded in 2013, the currency is now under new management. They intend to create a universal gambling currency, one that transfers easily between games, casinos and even locales. To this end, they seek to work closely with regulators to create a cryptocurrency that solves many of the problems plaguing the gaming industry.
As the cryptocurrency industry escapes the most recent bear market, CasinoCoin benefited greatly from the rise in overall market cap. Once a niche market usable only on a single poker site, CasinoCoin’s rebrand brought them tremendous attention – particularly their establishment on the Isle of Man and push for greater use.
How Blockchain Fits with Gambling
The immutable nature of a distributed ledger ensures transaction transparency. This process accounts for all money flowing in and out of casinos in a previously impossible way. Most cryptocurrency investors are familiar with Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) standards. Incorporating these into CasinoCoin’s platform comes as no surprise, yet this process is almost unknown in the casino industry. This transparency eliminates the less savory aspects of the casino market while providing a myriad of benefits for the individual gambler. This identification standard forces many of the malicious actors out of the equation.
Further, storing funds on a blockchain adds a serious layer of security for end users. Rather than trust a third party and the deal with the associated counter-party risk that comes along with that trust, funds transfer directly from the blockchain based on the immediate needs of the gambler. There is no physical store of money, no shady intermediaries and no need for the casino to hold cash in escrow. As a result, gamblers game to their heart’s content – confident that their money is safe.
Proven Blockchain Technology in a New Field
Alongside their rebranding, CasinoCoin also shifted blockchains. The powerful Ripple payment protocol is their new basis, borrowing sections of the open source code base to power their own coin. Well known in the traditional financial world, Ripple made massive inroads into a variety of banking institutions. Their product suite is in use by multiple corporations, an unusual feat for the nascent cryptocurrency world.
As such, CasinoCoin’s use of the Ripple system for their coin only makes sense. Operationally, casinos are very similar to banks – and the back end financial technology is nearly identical. For online, regulated casinos that operate globally, Ripple’s payment protocol template will help CasinoCoin act as a gambling bridge currency. The greater the reach, the more potential profit streams for any online casino.
Cleaning Up the Casino Gaming Industry
Public opposition to gambling is at historic lows. Where Las Vegas and Atlantic City once stood as the only gambling meccas in the United States, multiple states and many cities now embrace casinos as a source of tax revenue. This means that the supporting financial infrastructure must expand to accommodate these new markets. Cryptocurrency’s rise offers a way to do just that, while also ensuring protection for gamblers in these new markets. Organizations that once held sway over the entire casino gaming industry will find it more difficult to keep a tight grasp – and competition always benefits the customer.
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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors
When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat. These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor. But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.
Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace. The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information. Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed. Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?
While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.
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As the crypto markets move closer to mass adoption, one of the keys for future success will revolve around attracting as many market participants as possible. While many crypto users are extremely tech oriented, a lot of those on the sidelines are not. The cause of waiting on the sidelines could be due to a variety of reasons such as fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge, age, or a combination of all of the above. In order to entice new users to join the crypto revolution, crypto ATMs are rising up across the country. Of those, the largest and most influential crypto ATM company by a significant margin is CoinFlip.
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