UK Goverment taking on country´s illegal BTC gaming industry

As officials and regulatory bodies in several countries of Europe are starting to apply greater effort to make online casino businesses step out of the shade, operate more transparently, minimize the accessibility of their services to under-age players, and advertise themselves in accordance with legislation, Bitcoin may partially lose its ‘almightiness’ and universality as a virtual payment method supported by many casino portals and increasingly preferred by Internet gamblers. That is the way events may progress in the United Kingdom, a country actually known for its relatively lenient stance on casino gaming. The question of Bitcoin gambling legality has been largely discussed in the UK lately, and that’s for a good reason.

The country’s Gambling Commission (UKGC), the official regulatory body dealing with gambling in all of its aspects, sent out a strong signal to Internet casino gaming operators calling them to bring their activity in line with the UK’s legislation and made it clear they will be unable to run their businesses further without having obtained corresponding licenses, irrespective of the type of currency they conduct transactions in. As stated by the current UKGC head Jenny Williams, the officials are aware of certain operators illegally advertising/offering their services to customers.

In 2013, there was a chance for the cryptocurrency to retain its status of an unregulated commodity in the UK, as the ministers found it rational to free Bitcoin companies from obtaining licenses to operate and comply with existing regulations, and virtual Bitcoin casinos in the UK and betting portals were no exception. Several months ago, however, the government rethought their policy and came up with decision to introduce regulation of Bitcoin exchanges in order to possibly limit them being used unlawfully, including for money washing purposes.

Online gambling industry has been emerging steadily for over two decades already, since the very moment it was successfully capitalized with a view to make it profitable. As of now, electronic casino gaming can boast a set of strong advantages over ‘regular’ gambling, and among the first things making it so popular is greater cost-effectiveness, handiness, flexibility, ease of access, and other crucial aspects. Nevertheless, it has been capable to take up only 10 per cent of the overall market, not least since old-school casino businesses seem to have a very strong lobby among politicians. Tycoons and owners of gigantic brick-and-mortar casino empires like the somewhat notorious 81 year-old US billionaire Sheldon Adelson (a holder of a jaw-dropping $30 billion fortune and the chair of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, a parent enterprise to a group of sub-companies offering gambling services) have literally declared a war on Internet casino gaming, just to fight off the unwished yet more progressive competition.

Still, Bitcoin gambling is nowadays recognized as very viable and having great potential. Bitcoin casino games are enormously popular among virtual gamblers all over the world, not least because the cryptocurrency is capable to provide its users with the unexcelled level of payment anonymity and make their transactions eye-blinkingly fast. BTC may easily be the monetary future of many markets and industries, just as soon as it overgrows the online gambling clothes.

This week´s rumor “China Bans Bitcoin”

During this past week the bitcoin world was dominated with speculation around a new “report” that was published in many major media sources but never confirmed by the chinese goverment. “China´s central bank tells banks to close all accounts related to bitcoin by April 15th” that would mean that if you are running an exchange then you could not get a bank account. A defaco end to chinese bitcoin excchanges is and was the speculation. This started a sell off that started slowly and reached it´s “low point” on Sunday when the price went below 450$ across most exchanges.

The rumor still has not been confirmed and it might not be for some time. China is ripe with bank runs, in small cities (small for China) there have been bank runs in the past weeks. With a big rulling -against- bitcoin the goverment would be advertising bitcoin to many people looking or a way to get funds out of the country. China has a history of strictly regulating the flow of funds in and out of it´s boarders and is still trying to figure out what to do in regards to bitcoin. An all out ban might be counter productive and perhaps we are seeing a kind of hush hush way of implementing a defacto ban on bitcoin exchanges. The exchanges themselves have not been notified by the authorites, however that does not rule out that the banks have been contacted and that the exchanges will be contacted in the future. In a reaction to all this the exchange BTC-E has added Yuan “offshore yuan”.
China bank runs fuel bitcoin ban

What will happen in April? More Chinese bank runs? An outright ban on Bitcoin? Chinese exchanges moving to Hong Kong?

BTC-E adds YUAN Trading Pairs BTC/CNH LTC/CNH USD/CNH

“We are pleased to inform that new trading instruments with Chinese offshore Yuan has been added. Now btc-e clients can trade 3 new instruments. A unique trading instruments that enables you to benefit either from price fall or increase are now available in your btc-e MetaTrader4 and WebTrader platforms under following symbols: USD/CNH (available on WebTrader only), BTC/CNH, LTC/CNH”

During the current Fear Uncertiny and Doubt regarding a supposed “China ban on Bitcoin” BTC-E has taken a big step forward and added 3 Yuan based trading pairs “offshore yuan”. This would enable Chinese that wish to depost Yuan to BTC-E to be able to trade for Bitcoin and Litecoin and other altcoins at BTC-E. Maybe this will put an end to easy merket manipulation. Right now just start a rumor with the word “China” in it and ddos a few exchanges in order to instill market fear and panic. Time will tell if this will increace the volume at BTC-E or not.

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You can filter miners geographicly and according to the mininum or maximum hours that they allow per contract. Some miners have contracts starting at 1 hour others only starting at 12 or 24 hours. You want to choose a miner that is geographicly close to your mining pool.

Before you get started finding a contract you are going to need to load your wallet with some bitcoin or dogecoin. Yes you heard right, a lot of miners at leaserig accept dogecoin as payment, you will notice a doge logo in the list of mining rig offers.

Go to my account> BTC wallet or Doge wallet and then press -generate address- . Then send some bitcoin or dogecoin to the address in your wallet. You will only need to wait for 2 confirmations before you can start using your deposit. While you are waiting set up your preconfigured pools.

Go to my account > Pools , there you can add preconfiured pools. Keep in mind that they only stay in your account as long as you have your browser open, when you close your browser then the preconfiged pools go away. Ok now are deposit has been confirmed two times, lets go lease a rig.

This one looks interesting. Click “hire and you can get more info.

The blue line is the speed of the rig. Red is downtime. If you click on the miner name then you get linked to a bitcointalk thread with feedback on this rig. Below the graph you can enter in your pool info. If you have preconfiged pools this is really easy.

Then after you have entered in your pools decide how long you want to hire the miner for. Then click “hire” at the bottom and you are mining!