With a large number of gamblers eager to spend their money playing casino games, the Asian market has a huge potential. The only trouble is online and mobile casinos are not only illegal, but also blocked in several Asian countries, where laws tend to be very restrictive and authorities impose harsh punishments on anyone who dares to break them.
Satoshinori, a company operating from South Korea, is hoping to draw a big chunk of those gambling-thirsty Asian customers. Virtual currency is often used to dodge anti-gambling laws by avoiding traditional payment processing and Satoshinori is the latest addition to the list of online casinos using bitcoins. The website is available in Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and English.
For now, the website doesn't offer online blackjack, but it does have a variety of multi-players games, including Seven Card Poker, Texas Hold-em and Matgo. Some of these game can only be played at Windows Explorer.
Testing the market
The South Korean website went live in May and is currently in beta testing. Players are welcome to participate and communicate their observations to the casino staff, via email. The team did not set a date for the full launch yet. An announcement published on the site says: "We will officially open when we finish the beta service."
It is Legal
When it comes to gambling with virtual currency, the biggest concern is the legality of the whole thing. Several Asian states – such as China or most American states – forbid playing online casino games for money. But the trick is… bitcoin is not real money; it’s virtual currency. It’s a completely unregulated market, because most states don’t even recognize it as a currency.