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CasinoCoin (CSC) Adopts Ripple Codebase to Further Online Gambling

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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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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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