Aztec Magic Deluxe slot from BGAMING is one of BitStarz’s top played games, with its popularity stemming from the potential to scoop $45,000 for as little as $45. This 5×3 slot offers 15 adjustable pay lines while the game itself is easy to navigate and play.
Let’s Get Betting
To wager, simply adjust the size of your bet per line at the bottom right of the playing screen. You can choose between $0.01 and $3. The next step is to select how many lines you want to wager on, and you can do this with the Line Count button at the bottom left. Remember, your bet per line will be multiplied to the number of lines you select, the result of which is going to be your total bet for that spin. Here is an example:
Deluxe Game, Simple Rules
Here is a breakdown of the rules and conditions that will help you on your way to victory
To win, you must land at least three same symbols on a payline
Specific positions of the symbols are found in the game menu
The line must be active or must have a wager to produce a win
The combination must be from left to right, starting from the leftmost reel
Pulling a Victory out of the Hat
Aztec Magic offers a top win of $45,000. The paytable is expressed in multiplier values, which will be multiplied against your bet per line. If you wagered $3 per line for example and you landed three aces on a pay line you would win $3 x 8 = $24.
Taking home the jackpot involves landing five wild symbols on a $3 bet per line. Since a Wild pays three times the winning amount, you will win $3 x 5,000 x 3 = $45,000. The Scatter also pays out a large amount and does not pay by payline. As long as you land the required number of symbols in one spin, the amount will be multiplied to your total stake, not your bet per line. For example:
$3 per line at 15 active paylines = total stake of $45
You land five scatter symbols
You win $45 x 100 = $4,500
The Magician’s Secret
The best way to win at Aztec Magic Deluxe is to always wager on all 15 paylines, and bet the smallest coin value of $0.01 so you can extend your bankroll. At this rate you are only spending $0.15 per spin, with a chance to win $2,250 from the Wilds and $15 from the Scatters.
So if you fancy getting your hands on that $45,000 bounty, get yourself over to BitStarz and play Aztec Magic Deluxe today!
Crypto fans around the world woke to headlines Monday proclaiming that Russia was planning on buying up $10 billion worth of Bitcoin in order to circumvent US sanctions. Some will have spilled their cereal in excitement at the headline, some will have read the article with skepticism while others will have immediately dismissed it. Time will tell who will eventually be right, but it seems that the cereal spillers might have been getting ahead of themselves.
Ginko Sets out Russia’s Bitcoin Position (With No Authority)
According to the Daily Telegraph, Vladislav Ginko, an economist with the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and with “close ties to the Kremlin”, said that Russia is looking at ways to reduce the impact of US sanctions, of which Bitcoin was one. Investment in the cryptocurrency could, Ginko said, reach $10 billion. This suggestion is supported by Max Keiser who last week claimed that many nations will start to “de-dollarize” their economies, with Bitcoin being the preferred option. This sentiment seems to be supported by Vladimir Putin’s recent about turn in his opinion of cryptocurrencies, which includes trying to get a regulatory bill through parliament to allow Russian companies to work with Bitcoin and blockchain. Despite this, Ginko’s claims, and the evidence (or lack of it), suggest otherwise.
Announce, then Act?
In some ways, now is the perfect time for Russia to be buying up Bitcoin given that the coin is still in still in the grip of a bear market, but the article ignores the question of why Russia would announce such a plan in advance and risk the price jumping at the news. Surely any agency with an ounce of sense would buy it up cheap and then tell the world what they’ve done. In addition to this, the fact that the news “got out” at all is suspect – usually when a state wants to do something they don’t tell the world about it first, whatever it might be, but particularly when it involves circumventing international sanctions. Something so huge, were it true, certainly would not have been leaked in this way, especially in a country so paranoid about its intelligence as Russia.
Was Ginko just trying to make a name for himself? Was he ordered to put the message out as some kind of diversionary tactic? The real reasons may come clear within the next few days and weeks, but for now it seems that the story is as watertight as a set of Russian dolls.
BitConnect, the crypto scheme that promised holders regular returns on their investment, closed its doors one year ago today, bringing an end to one of the more unpleasant chapters in cryptocurrency’s short history. While many in the crypto community are celebrating the anniversary of its demise, the shockwaves are still being felt by those who plowed savings and borrowed money into BitConnect, only to see it vanish into dust overnight. Some of the high-profile promoters are still awaiting trial in response to class action lawsuits filed against them by former investors, meaning that the name BitConnect will not be completely consigned to the history books just yet.
BitConnect launched in February of 2017 and marketed itself as a fund where investments were guaranteed to bring monthly profits. The price of the token rose from under a dollar to $50 by June as more and more people signed up for the platform, aided by promoters such as Craig Grant, Trevon James, Ryan Hildreth, and CryptoNick, who pushed the platform for all it was worth on social media, making millions from referrals in the process.
Bitconnect Star Craig Grant $252,527.73 Bitcoin Wallet - YouTube
The Pyramid Collapses
By Autumn 2017 the platform was really taking off, but at the same time questions were being raised about the mechanism by which the interest was being earned, and accusations of it being a pyramid scheme began to take hold. With pressure mounting, two cease and desist orders proved too much for the company, and news broke overnight on January 16, 2018, that BitConnect had been shattered. Those hoping to cash out their tokens found that withdrawals were frozen and were only able to watch on in horror as the value dropped by 87% within hours. Amazingly, the company still tried to go ahead with thier BitConnectX ICO, but this was swiftly pulled and the brand died a death, leaving existing investors practically penniless.
An Eternal Warning
BitConnect’s army of paid shills, who thought they had got away with their money, have been collectively sued and are awaiting a court date, whilst those who put their trust, and in some cases their life savings, into BitConnect are presumably still trying to piece their lives back together. For them, this isn’t a happy anniversary, more a reminder of a dream that was swiftly and brutally killed off.
The name ‘BitConnect’ has become synonymous with scams and the ‘Wild West’ side of crypto, and probably will do for some time to come. In that case, it serves as a useful reminder that every potential investment should be thoroughly researched and questioned before you put a cent into it. For now though, we can ‘enjoy’ a moment that will forever be associated with BitConnect, and perhaps the peak of the 2017/18 silly season:
Carlos From Ny - Amazing Show - Bitconnect Annual Ceremony 28/10/2017 - YouTube
Some inventions come around precisely when they can make the biggest impact. The tank, for example, made its debut during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Windows 95 arrived in our homes just as the internet was looking for its breakout event. Swiss luxury watchmaker A. Favre & Fils would appear to have taken this rule and turned it on its head by announcing, in the depths of a bear market, a $100,000 watch that contains a cryptocurrency wallet.
A. Favre et Fils - #what_is_the_missing_link - Vimeo
A. Favre & Fils announced the creation of their watch (sorry, timepiece) on their website last week with the following description:
The new watch incorporates Blockchain technology and proprietary state-of-the-art security expertise to guarantee ultimate in-data security and privacy protection. The base of the device is a very fine watchmaking timepiece, hand-finished and equipped with an in-house manually wound mechanical movement.
What are these security measures? We aren’t told. That’s fine though, because if there’s something that 300-year-old watchmakers are known for its crypto security. The prototype is due for release in the second quarter of 2019, presumably when we will find out more details on small matters such as this.
There’s no doubt that the watch itself will be another fine example of the artistry that goes into mechanical watchmaking, but whether it will satisfy the crypto crowd is another. In the current market there is only one kind of clientele that this new watch will be likely to attract, whereas a year ago they might have had a surprisingly large number of pre-orders (followed by an equally large number of cancellations).
In the meantime, even those able to afford the world’s most expensive cryptocurrency wallet will be slumming it with the rest of us among the Ledgers and the Trezors. Shame.
Online casinos are a godsend for anyone that lives miles away from their nearest land-based casino, not to mention the added bonus of being able to play in your pajamas. While the odds remain the same between online and land-based casinos, as a player you do have a slight edge over the house when it comes to spinning those reels from home. At BitStarz Casino we are all about giving you the inside scoop, so here are a few tips that most online casinos don’t want you to know!
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While online casinos don’t suffer from mechanical failures causing loose slots like land-based casinos, certain slots just happen to pay out a lot more than others. Try to find out which slots are on fire and use this information to your advantage – after all, who wants to pile their cash into a slot that’s cold as ice? A lot of online casinos won’t give you a detailed breakdown of which slots are burning a hole in their pockets, but look for any clues on the lobby page. Alternatively, head over to the BitStarz Casino blog, we give in depth information about the most popular, hottest, and coldest slots every month – you’re welcome.
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You have two choices when it comes to online slots – local or jackpot. Local slots are against the house and the payouts are generally linked to that individual casino. They payouts are never as high as jackpot slots, but you do stand more chance of winning the slot’s top prize. Jackpot slots on the other hand are life changing – one win on a jackpot slot and you could be set for life. Mega Moolah often pays out a €10 million or more jackpot and there are plenty of other top jackpot slots out there just like it. Jackpots take a slice of every spin from players around the world and put it into a global pot. In jackpot slots the game provider pays out, not the casino you win at – all the more the reason to give them a spin.
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Wyoming has been at the forefront of America’s blockchain revolution for quite some time, and now it’s passed two fresh crypto-friendly bills to put it even further ahead of rival states. Bill 62 defines blockchain tokens (cryptocurrencies) as personal property and Bill 57 will facilitate the creation, development, and growth of a sandbox to encourage the growth of fintech firms using blockchain technology. These two new bills have catapulted Wyoming to the top of the list for all crypto-related firms looking for a new location to call home in the United States.
Say Hello to America’s Newest Sandbox
Bill 57 is really the foundation Wyoming needs to become the blockchain capital of America, as it serves a powerful purpose. Companies setting up in the sandbox will be able to skirt around a number of legislations that are known to be a hindrance and suppressive to new technologies such as blockchain. This isn’t too much of a problem, as the sandbox allows this to happen in a controlled way, as all activities will be heavily supervised by the state. When you’re looking to get your feet wet in the blockchain industry, a sandbox is definitely the way to go about attracting new businesses to the area.
Cryptocurrencies as Personal Property
Bill 62 outlines that all blockchain tokens owned by an individual are now legally seen as personal property. This is due to the fact that they have consumable properties, meaning they are intangible personal property. Essentially, this bill declared that blockchain tokens are not securities, due to the fact that a holder does not receive dividends, cannot receive cash payments, or cannot receive a share of profits, but instead can receive a fixed amount of consumable service. This is great news for the wider crypto industry and could reshape the way the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) views a Bitcoin ETF.
Land Registry Already Using Blockchain
Wyoming has been playing with blockchain technology for quite some time now. In fact, in December 2018 Teton County announced that it was using blockchain technology for its land registry. All records from 1996 onwards will be migrated to the new blockchain ecosystem to help speed up processes when it comes to transferring land between parties. This new blockchain platform will keep track of outstanding mortgages on land, liens, and land transactions in a bid to keep the Teton County land in the rightful hands of its true owners.
Wyoming is a Proven Forward Thinker
Back in 1869, Wyoming was the first state in America to give women the right to vote – something that was seen as highly controversial at the time. Fast forward 150 years, Wyoming is once again pushing the boundaries of the norm to pioneer a new wave of legislature change across the globe. Countries like Gibraltar and Malta have already introduced similar crypto friendly bills, meaning that Wyoming is definitely onto something once more.
These two bills are huge for America, and highlight the impact the blockchain caucus is having on local legislature. If these two bills prove to be successful for the state, others could quickly follow suit – leading to an America that fully embraces blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
A little over 40 years ago, Pablo Escobar became one of the most powerful men in Colombia as he set up his Medellin Cartel. Today, his brother Roberto Escobar is carrying on the family business and is looking to impeach Donald Trump. His reasons for wanting to do so are not yet clear – it could have something to do with Trump’s border wall making it harder to import cocaine in the US, but that’s another story for another time.
Roberto Escobar and the Medellin Cartel have already tried to raise funds before, but unfortunately the GoFundMe account was banned due to censorship. This has prompted the cartel to seek a decentralized method of raising funds to achieve its goal of removing Trump from office – cryptocurrencies.
GoFundMe Project Gone Awry
Back in 2018, the Medellin Cartel has launched a crowdfunding campaign to secure funding in order to hire lawyers that could impeach Donald Trump. The campaign was wildly successful and raised more than $10 million in the first 10 hours. Yet, the success was short lived as GoFundMe quickly swarmed the project and removed the account from its site. This setback has pushed the cartel to seek other forms of fundraising opportunities, and the decentralization of the crypto world appears to be the standout choice.
Enter the Escobar Stablecoin
After raising millions in funding, who wants to see that pile of cash turn into pennies because of negative market sentiment? The Medellin Cartel has opted to create a stablecoin backed by the US Dollar for its cryptocurrency fundraising project. Escobar coin will have a 1 billion supply cap, be built on the Ethereum blockchain and will regularly report its financial state in order to comply with market regulations – unlike Tether. Escobar coin could quite quickly become one of the most popular stablecoins in existence if it garners the same level of support that the cartel’s GoFundMe cause did.
Trump Needs to be Careful
Trump already isn’t the most popular political figure, and if the cartel can gather enough funds Trump could be in some real trouble. There are already calls to impeach the president, and this movement in Colombia is only adding fuel to the fire. Trump is already fighting a war with China and has been blamed for the downfall of Bitmain with his hardline policies against Chinese technology – he cannot afford to fight this battle with the cartel too.
If the Medellin Cartel succeeds in creating its own ERC-20 stablecoin, it could become one of the most powerful organizations in the world. It would have the power and financial backing to strike the fear of god into virtually all politician’s eyes. Trump appears to be the first target, who will be next? Only time will tell!
For a brief moment on January 14th, the South African national cricket team was promoting a Bitcoin lottery scam on its Twitter account. The Tweet alleged that the national team had partnered with Luno wallet and was allowing people to enter into a draw to win 20 BTC ($73,000) – all you had to do was send 0.01 BTC to a certain address. However, five hours later the Tweet was removed and the team issued an apology statement claiming that it was the result of a hack. Whether it was actually a hack or a scrappy social media executive looking to impress is yet to be seen, but one thing is for sure – it’s not the first time we have seen incidents like this happen.
Fake Elon Musk Scam
Fortunately, Cricket South Africa (CSA) isn’t the first high profile Twitter account to get hacked or spoofed, leading many in the crypto world to help point out that it was in fact a scam. In November 2018, scammers spoofed Elon Musk’s Twitter account and managed to scam Twitter users out of 26 BTC before Twitter removed the fake profile. The scammers were clever and used virtually the same Twitter handle, but with a tiny typo in it, leading many to believe the messages were in fact from Elon Musk himself.
Cricket’s Tangle with Crypto
Crypto is slowly making its way into the cricket world, but as Michael Clarke found out in August 2018, it’s a world that isn’t quite ready for crypto. The Aussie batting legend posted a Tweet promoting an ICO from Global Tech. However, it went down with his fans as well as a duck against England in the Ashes would have, leaving him to endure torrents of abuse and ridicule from his army of loyal fans.
Social Media is Packed Full of Scams
Unfortunately, social media makes it all too easy for scammers to spoof accounts and have people believe that the spoofed account is in fact genuine. During August, a scammer spoofed the Instagram account of the Maltese Prime Minister– Joseph Muscat. The spoof was so good, that a number of senior party officials believed the spoofed account and followed it. However, the spoofed account was easy to spot, as it asked followers to send BTC to an address in order to be rewarded with more – a clear sign to anyone with half a brain that it’s a fake account.
Fortunately, the South African cricket team pulled the offending Tweet as soon as it was alerted to the fact it was a scam and it issued a statement of apology. For the meantime, it looks like an innocent mistake or a hack. Social media is packed full of scams, so be careful out there and remember the golden rule – if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is a scam.
Online gambling is growing. The market is projected to rise from $46.7 billion today to $89 billion by 2025. At the same time, brick and mortar casinos are seeing revenues and stock prices tumble. Online gambling has become more attractive as the technology has improved, with more players swapping Las Vegas for the living room. As an online casino customer, you are just as valued as much as a land-based one. If you’re considering making the swap that thousands do every week, what should you expect when you try out online gambling?
First and foremost, the developers and corporate owners of online casinos like BitStarz make it a point that the website has a strong security foundation. Legitimate operators go through painstaking and expensive processes to secure a customer’s information, comply with the law, and make all financial transactions encrypted. The security measures used in the online gambling industry is as powerful as those used in banking systems – this should tell you plenty about just how safe it is to play at a reputable online casino
Playing at a land-based casino makes you a recognizable character. People might start talking about you, and you might get a kind of reputation you do not want. Big wins might result in unwanted attention from operators or those with designs on parting you from your hard earned cash, such as Joseph Moody.
Online, nobody knows who you are except the computer systems and a few select people who manage the security system. You can hide behind a username, and no one else will know anything about your gambling activities unless you tell them or you stream them on YouTube. Plus, your winnings are cashed out straight into your bank account, so there’s no danger of a third party picking your pocket.
Value for Money
Land-based casinos give you comps in terms of drinks and foods, but online ones can double your money up to a certain amount and more. Some will even give you free spins, and some will host regular tournaments that will allow you to win exclusive prizes. These things are called bonuses and promotions. Nothing is more important to a player than having a fighting chance to get back what he might have lost. More importantly, you can do this online without shelling out more money, as the casino will do it for you if you opt-in.
How many games can you find in an online casino? 25? 100? Online, there are literally thousands of table games and slot games – more than 1800 in the case of BitStarz – offering different rules, payouts, variants, and bet sizes, even games featuring live dealers and players. Most online casinos also offer free to play versions of these games, which is something a land-based casino most certainly won’t do.
Give Online Casino Play a Try Today
There are many advantages to online casinos like BitStarz, and fans of brick and mortar casinos might find that they surpass expectation in terms of security, variety, and how closely they resemble the real thing. And, with bonuses and promotions always on offer, there’s never a bad time to try them out.
Belarus yesterday saw the launch of its first cryptocurrency exchange, thirteen months after digital assets were legalized by the government. Currency.com, created by two IT-focused investment vehicles, Larnabel Ventures and VP Capital, also claims to be the world’s first regulated tokenized securities exchange, allowing users to trade not just digital assets but traditional ones too, like precious metals, foreign exchange, and stocks. The project was financially backed by London-based Belarusian entrepreneur Viktar Prakapenya and Russian businessman Said Gutseriyev, and represents the first fruits from the country’s recent investment into blockchain technology.
Belarus’ Technology Push
Belarus’ push to increase its exposure to the areas of technology and IT can be traced back to the mid-2000s, when the High-Tech Park was created in Minsk in 2006. Since then the country has built a strong foundation as a tech hub, developing some globally recognized IT brands. The push to bring blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies into the fold began in 2016 and was confirmed in 2017 when President Alyaksandr Lukashenka signed a decree legalizing the use of cryptocurrencies in transactions. He saw it as a way to attract a new breed of developers to the region. At the time, the head of Microsoft’s Belarus office, Anton Myakishev, labelled the decree a “breakthrough for Belarus”, and indeed the move seems to be paying off – in October 2018 Belarus hosted a Bitcoin and blockchain conference.
The First of a New Breed
Currency.com launched with over 10,000 tokenized assets from Bitcoin to gold to Apple shares, and was met with over 2,000 registrants within the first hours. In line with regulations, each user must pass anti-money laundering and KYC requirements, but with four years left on the five-year tax break on cryptocurrency trades as part of the 2017 decree, it should be worth the paperwork. Currency.com CEO Ivan Gowan told Belarusian news site BelTA:
Currency.com offers and guarantees to its users protection from potential risks and frauds in addition to fully transparent transactions and the observance of all standards set by the Belarusian legislation on cryptocurrencies.
Tokenized securities have long been considered a breakthrough moment for cryptocurrencies, and so much rests on the success or otherwise of this pioneering project.