Welcome to another issue of Crypto Betting Weekly where we check out the latest crypto news including rebrands, strip clubs and NFTs. As always you’ll also get 3 hot betting tips for the weekend.
Primera Division rebrands to Torneo Socios.com
The Argentine Football Association (AFA) has gone all-in with its latest partnership with Socios.com and its parent company Chiliz. The Argentinean Primera Division has been renamed the Torneo Socios.com for the 2021-22 season. The sponsorship deal builds on the existing partnership between the AFA and Chiliz wherein the Argentina men’s soccer team became the first national team to launch a Fan Token on Socios.com.
The Socios.com blockchain rewards app continues to make inroads with tokens available for several soccer clubs, including Juventus, PSG, Barca, AC Milan, Man City, and most recently, Arsenal. Fan tokens are also available for the UFC, basketball and cricket teams. These tokens allow fans to influence their team, access VIP rewards, and exclusive promotions and join a global community of superfans.
Las Vegas strip club cashes in on bitcoin
The Strip is highly competitive, and it’s hardly surprising that the prominent gentlemen’s club, Crazy Horse 3, has jumped onto the crypto bandwagon to be in pole position. The Vegas club is now offering bitcoin as a payment option to its patrons keen on bottle service.
The payment processor, OpenNode powered by bitcoin’s Lightning Network, handles the bitcoin payments and offers cheaper and faster transactions. Furthermore, Crazy Horse 3 announced that it would also extend the scope of bitcoin transactions to include admission, cocktails, food, retail and the club’s ‘dance dollars’.
Cristiano Ronaldo scores physical and blockchain trophy
A blockchain-based collectible will accompany Ronaldo’s gold Alipay Top Scorer award from UEFA EURO 2020. The non-fungible token (NFT), is the first official digitized trophy awarded to a player. The NFT will be uploaded to the Chinese payments giant Alipay’s blockchain AntChain.
The digital collectible is possible thanks to the partnership between UEFA and Alipay inked in 2018 for 8 years. Alipay is the official global payment and digital wallet provider. In June 2021, UEFA announced that AntChain would become UEFA Euro’s official global blockchain partner for the next 5 years.
Olympics bitcoin bets benefit from market fluctuation
Bitcoin bettors who placed bets on the 2020 Summer Olympics before last year’s postponement stand to rake it in with their winning bets (or their stakes if it’s cancelled). Several crypto sportsbooks that honored the 2020 bets in anticipation of the Olympics kicking off today have effectively acted as crypto exchanges during this period.
Winning bets will still be paid out at the quoted odds, but the real difference comes into play with the current market price of bitcoin. Bitcoin’s price has trebled since last year – in July 2020, the bitcoin price hovered around $10,000 while it’s currently sitting at $32,000. Bettors converting their winnings to government currency will undoubtedly be chuffed with the result.
Weekend bets to watch…
Gremio v America MG – Gremio to win at odds of 1.77
Gremio only picked up 2 points from their opening 8 Serie A matches before appointing ex-Brazil, Portugal and Chelsea manager Luis Felipe Scolari. Since then, they drew with International before getting their 1st win of the season against Fluminense last time out. Since America’s promotion from Serie B, they’ve only won 1 away game this season. Gremio should recover from their bad start and have an upturn in form. They look overpriced here.
Sagan v Cerezo Osaka – Sagan +0 at odds of 1.91
Sagan hasn’t lost at home in 7 matches – a run stretching back to mid-April. While the visitors, Cerezo Osaka haven’t won away from home in the J-League since mid-March (6 matches; 3 draws and 3 losses ). Having said that, the 3 losses were all by 1 goal. Sagan +0 looks a safe play here, with what looks like a very tight game against a team playing their 2nd match in 4 days.
Rubin Kazan v Spartak Moscow – Spartak Moscow to win at odds of 2.22
Spartak Moscow has had a solid pre-season. They’ve won their last 4, scoring an amazing 17 in the process. Interestingly, they beat Rubin Kazan 4-0 only 9 days ago. Rubin Kazan has lost their last 2 friendlies, including the aforementioned 4-0 loss to Spartak and a 3-1 loss to a 10-man Sochi (a team Spartak beat 4-0 12 days ago). Kazan is selling a key defender, Carl Starfelt, to the Celtic and doesn’t look in great shape. Even money on the visitors can’t be ignored in this Russian Premier League match.
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