Companies That Accept Bitcoin – Including Online Gambling

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Aaron Goldstein
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Companies That Accept Bitcoin – Including Online Gambling

This week, NASDAQ.com released a listing of companies that accept bitcoin and these mainstream (some not-so-mainstream like Virgin Galactic perhaps) are listed below.  But we also list online gambling companies that currently accept the anonymous digital currency as of February 1, 2014.

Americas Cardroom – By far, the biggest online poker network to date that has begun to accept bitcoin.  Americas Cardroom features some of the biggest guaranteed tournaments on the Net.  To avoid bitcoin price fluctuation complications, Americas Cardroom converts bitcoin to US Dollars or other national currencies while in a player’s account.

BitBM.com – This was the first full service online sportsbook to begin accepting bitcoin.  Signup takes under one minute.

SportsBettingOnline.com - Surprisingly, boutique online sports betting company SportsBettingOnline.com became the first full service sportsbook (and one that accepts other more traditional methods of payment) to offer bitcoin.  We’ve known the folks behind SBO since pre-2000 when they were running another big name sports betting venture, so your money is safe here.

CoinBet.cc – This is a brand new bitcoin online gambling site debuting last month.  They made a splash in New York’s Time Square appearing on the Reuters billboard.  Coinbet.cc does feature traditional methods of payment in addition to bitcoin and feature an online poker room.

Overstock.com  - Probably the biggest retailer that accepts Bitcoin, Overstock began accepting Bitcoin in January 2013.  TigerDirect is another major big name retailer that you may have seen advertising during this year’s Super Bowl and they, too, accept bitcoin.

Virgin Galactic and Tesla represent the future of travel so it might not surprise many that two of the world’s biggest tech savvy pioneers – Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk of Tesla) are big on bitcoin.  Ironically, in the case of Musk, he was the founder of another alternative payment solution, PayPal.  We all know how that worked out so his embracing of bitcoin could prove to be a good sign of things to come. 

Speaking of PayPal, they may also begin accepting bitcoin in the near future, according to reports and, since eBay owns PayPal, the online auctioneer could do the same.  

Bitcoin in Vegas – Two Vegas casino hotels announced they were accepting bitcoin for bookies, dining and gift purchases (just not the casino itself).  The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino become the first properties in Sin City to begin accepting bitcoin.

Sacramento Kings – The first major sports team to begin dealing in bitcoin transactions.

Wordpress - The popular blogging platform used by some of the biggest media companies in the world, including The New York Times, CNN, Reuters, Mashable, NBC Sports, GigaOm, and TechCrunch, started accepting Bitcoins in November 2012.

The Pirate Bay - One of the biggest BitTorrent directories on the Internet, with an immense library of movies, TV shows, software, and music started accepting Bitcoins in April 2013. The site currently lets users donate to The Pirate Bay using Bitcoins.

Reddit - Reddit allows users to purchase Reddit Gold using Bitcoins, a feature they added back in February 2013.

Zynga  - The popular mobile gaming company announced that it would start using the virtual currency for purchases, which helped the price of Bitcoin to skyrocket past $1000 a piece.

OkCupid - The online dating site started accepting Bitcoin for premium services in April 2013.

4Chan.org - The Reddit-like image forum added premium services and the ability to pay for them using Bitcoin in December 2012.

Namecheap - A service that offers cheap domain registration, among other related services, started letting users pay with Bitcoin in March 2013.

EZTV - The popular site that provides torrents for popular TV shows began accepting Bitcoin donations in April 2013.

mega.co.nz - The new venture started by MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom offers users 50 GB of free storage and automatically encrypted files in an effort to be provide increased security. In February 2013, MEGA started letting users pay for premium upgrades with Bitcoin.

Lumfile - A free cloud-based file server. Users have been able to purchase premium services with Bitcoin since December 2012.

Etsy Vendors - 93 Etsy vendors let customers purchase their products using Bitcoin. By seating for “bitcoin,” you can see other vendor that accept Bitcoin payment. 
Bitcoin Coffee - Get gourmet-quality coffee send to you by simply sending some Bitcoin.

Pizza For Coins - This service lets you order Domino's Pizza with Bitcoin. Just put in a name and address and you'll be sent to an online order menu. Pizza for Coins then verifies your payment and places an order within ten minutes.

- Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com

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