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1  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire :: New Freerolls. Welcome home. on: September 08, 2015, 03:18:28 AM
StrikeSapphire.com announces: New hourly and nightly NL Holdem freerolls!

Yeah, we're the same StrikeSapphire who founded your first Bitcoin casino in 2011.

We've never gone offline. But we did stop promoting poker for a long time, while we waited for the market to figure itself out.

Anyway, we're back. As before, no US players, and no VPNs. Everyone else is invited to join. If you've never tried our platform before, you're in for a nice surprise  Wink
 
Don't neglect to check out all our original slots and multiplayer blackjack / roulette / craps while you're there! And good luck to tonight's poker champions!!!!
2  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire Casino [Official 2014] - 200% this wknd only, cashback on losses! on: June 12, 2014, 01:29:47 PM
* Non-US only *

tl;dr - This weekend only, through 15/6/2014, we're offering a 200% instant bonus on deposits of up to $50 in either Bitcoin or Blackcoin. Use the code multimadness when you deposit.

Only at StrikeSapphire!


Additionally, we offer an increasing amount of cash back up to 19% if you lose your balance before you can withdraw, nullifying any house edge for our most loyal players. (Percentage is dependent on play-throughs prior to loss and total player points accumulated).

If you've never tried us out, now's the time. StrikeSapphire has the most unique games in the Bitcoin world. We've been in business since June, 2011. Six-deck blackjack shoes, with all shuffles and stats made publicly available on our daily reports page for your review. We have 25 very original games and allow up to six different games at one time in the same window (Flash required). Check out our multitable madness below. And come join today!

-- Bonus has 30% WR on payment+bonus total. Bonus is released on a rolling basis. Player may withdraw winnings plus cleared balance at any time should player choose to void the uncleared portion of the balance. Blackjack, 5-hand video poker, roulette and craps bets qualify at 20% of normal clearance. --

3  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire - First ever BlackCoin poker FREEROLL tonight! on: March 22, 2014, 07:15:17 PM
Yes, your original Bitcoin casino (the first ever, since July, 2011), has started accepting our second-ever currency: BlackCoin. We think BlackCoin has a great future ahead of it as a Proof-of-Stake currency to accompany Bitcoin's Proof-of-Work.

Come check out all our multiplayer games (blackjack, roulette, craps, unique slots and more) in either currency at https://strikesapphire.com!
4  Economy / Services / BitVPS - down for 24 hours and not responding to emails? on: January 03, 2014, 02:06:12 PM
After some trouble with a VPS there a few days ago, it looks like their entire site is offline and BitVPS.com is not even resolving for the past 24 hours.

Since I just prepaid for the quarter, this is kind of uncool. Anyone know what's going on?
5  Economy / Service Announcements / StrikeSapphire - Since 2011 - New 15-20% Rev Share deal for serious affiliates on: November 28, 2013, 12:58:09 AM
Hi y'all.

In case you don't know of us, StrikeSapphire is the oldest casino in the Bitcoin space (and the best, IMHO). Until now, although we've experimented, we've never had a real affiliate program.

We're trying something new now that we're calling the Silver Star Affiliate plan. We're offering a 15% revenue share for starters, to affiliates who send players our way. A 1% bonus applies for every $1k of revenue we generate from your players in the previous month, up to a total of 20%. That means you earn 15-20% of our house take from all the players you send us, forever, in perpetuity.

If you don't own a stake in your own Bitcoin casino, and don't feel like starting one, then this is a good way to get your foot in. StrikeSapphire has 25 games and some of the best software in the industry. And we're synonymous with Bitcoin, having launched back in July 2011.

Now, we have some basic ground rules for our affiliates (like: No marketing to America), and we need to make sure you're serious before we give you that account. You should either have a Bitcoin-related site that's pulling traffic, or else an excellent reputation here in the forums. Everyone who will qualify will be personally vetted. We pay out in Bitcoin at the end of every month, and you can see all the players you referred and how much you've made up to the minute through our interface.

If this sounds interesting, PM me here in the forums or email help(at)strikesapphire.com with "silver star affiliate" in the subject line.

6  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire: The original Bitcoin Casino: ZERO (0%) RAKE FREE POKER! on: October 22, 2013, 06:34:36 PM
Hi folks.

For those who don't know us, StrikeSapphire is the longest running complete Bitcoin casino, in operation since July 19th, 2011.

In all that time, poker has never been our main focus, even though we have a much nicer poker room than most of the rest. Our software is completely original and lets you multi-table up to 6 at once while playing any other games in the house  Wink

So, as a promotion from now through November, ALL NL HOLDEM RING GAMES AND S/G TOURNAMENTS ARE COMPLETELY RAKE-FREE at our site. After that we will raise the rake to 1%, still beating every other casino out there.

Our place is your place. Come and organize games, take advantage of the free place to play. We've been around, and we'll be around, for a long time.

7  Economy / Gambling / Casinos taking Americans: Lookout. on: August 10, 2013, 12:09:37 PM
A federal judge in the US has decided that Bitcoin is real money.

http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/bitcoin-currency-federal-judge-says-virtual-cash-real-money-6C10874611
8  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire - Original Bitcoin casino - TODAY ONLY $10 NO-DEPOSIT BONUS. on: July 10, 2013, 03:14:30 PM
If you haven't tried us yet (and you're outside the U.S.), we're the original Bitcoin casino with all the classics and a slew of original games.

We're also the only casino in the world that allows multi-tasking, where you can play at up to six tables at once.

Sign up TODAY and get a $10 No-Deposit bonus (playthrough rules apply: See https://strikesapphire.com/tos.html#compsandbonuses for details).

ONE ACCOUNT PER CUSTOMER. NEW PLAYERS ONLY. This offer expires at 1 AM London time, tonight, so you have less than 8 hours to try us out.

When you sign up, claim the deposit by logging in, then going to the Rewards > No-Deposit menu at the top of the Sapphire screen. Then enter the code:

TryScubaCube

Check out all the original games and stick around! Plus! Players who use this code will receive clearance of any remaining wagering requirements should they lose this bonus amount. Additionally, players who sign up today are eligible for an additional, special 200% bonus on their first deposit up to $50. This is an EV+ bonus to welcome you to our site. Contact us for the code if you're in this situation, at help (at) strikesapphire.com.

Oh and don't forget to stop by our Midnight (London) poker freeroll!
9  Economy / Service Announcements / StrikeSapphire Casino announces 25% to 35% revenue sharing for webmasters. on: June 15, 2013, 03:39:41 PM
Hi folks. I'm posting this here rather than the Gambling forum, as it's more of a business opportunity than something aimed at punters.

For those who don't know, https://StrikeSapphire.com is the oldest complete Bitcoin casino in existence, in operation since July, 2011.

We've just opened a new revenue sharing plan for affiliate advertisers who demonstrate an ability to drive us high-quality traffic. The plan pays 25% of the revenues generated by your referrals, paid up to date at the end of each month. For every $1k of house revenue you generate in a given month, an extra 1% will be added to the following month's payout, up to a maximum of 35%.

We're providing support to affiliates including bonus codes and custom marketing materials to coincide with your efforts, and we're willing to work with you to tailor your promotion and give you something special to offer your audience.

I want to stress that this is a pro-level affiliate plan for professional marketers, and is not open to all. To qualify as an affiliate, you must be the administrator of a website, mailing list and/or other platform appealing to a Bitcoin- or Gambling-related demographic. You must reside outside the United States, because payments are made monthly into your StrikeSapphire account. Payments are made in USD and can be withdrawn immediately into BTC at the live Bitstamp exchange rate.

If interested, please PM me here or contact help@strikesapphire.com with "pro affiliate" in the subject line.
10  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire: Double your Win Casino Games Contest + New 100% Deposit Bonus on: June 02, 2013, 06:47:26 PM
Hey folks, been awhile since we've done something new, but this is an exciting week!

1. Effective NOW and good only through Friday, June 7th, we're offering a 100% up to $50 deposit bonus. Use this code when you deposit: WildStreakBonus

2. Our leaderboard will run from Monday thru Friday this week. The leaderboard automatically tracks all real money wins and losses in the house. At Midnight GMT you'll see it live on our blog.

If you win $25 or more this week, you are eligible to have your winnings doubled -- no strings attached -- for up to $200 of extra cash. The player at the top of the leaderboard wins at the end of the week. The player in second place gets an extra 50% cherry on his/her winnings, up to $100.

I'll bump this thread occasionally with updates. Fun starts at Midnight GMT tonight!
11  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire: Deposit bonus, this weekend only. on: May 04, 2013, 05:48:44 PM
It's been a long time since I posted up here, so hello to people who don't know about us...

StrikeSapphire is the longest-running full Bitcoin casino, and more than that a multitabling "Gaming OS", in non-stop operation since July 2011. We have 25 games, many of them original and only available here - and two with a 100% or higher theoretical RTP (if played skillfully). All table games are 3-6 player including roulette, craps, 6-deck blackjack with up to 66% shoe penetration, three-card poker and our original SapphireRummy. Along with daily reports of every card in every shoe, every spin and roll stretching back to our opening on public display at https://strikesapphire.com/reports/ , multiplayer mode guarantees the fairness of our RNG (as player-level hashing is impractical on multiplayer tables).

We are the ONLY Bitcoin gaming site in compliance with the law, and we are only accessible outside the US.

This weekend only, we have a deposit bonus of 100% matching funds up to $50. The bonus can be used multiple times on smaller deposits, up to the $50 limit. Our regular rolling 30x WR applies (for details on our unique win-as-you-go WR clearance, visit https://strikesapphire.com/tos.html#compsandbonuses ) When you deposit, enter the code:

wkndr28

Come and join us, and good luck!


12  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire - Site Down - Situation on: March 14, 2013, 04:43:02 PM
Hi all, just wanted to make a public announcement on this:

StrikeSapphire is down right now until at least Midnight GMT; we're not sure how long it will take to get up and running again. We had been using bitcoind 0.2 since opening our wallet server in 2011 ("if it ain't broke, don't fix it...") and the blockchain fork has apparently broken the client.

We have halted inbound deposits and closed the site temporarily. We are currently setting up a new bitcoind installation which may take several hours to a day to bring up to speed and test with our system.

Let me stress that all player funds are safe, including currently pending deposits which will be credited as soon as we reopen. We believe we have already been in contact with all players whose deposits were held up, but if you have deposited in the past 2 days and not received funds please contact us at help (at) strikesapphire.com.

We would ask that for the sake of keeping our accounting organized, players bear with us until the new wallet is brought online. Should the situation stretch beyond a day we will issue refunds to any and all players from a cold wallet and negative-comp accounts manually. Thanks for your loyalty, support and patience.

Josh
13  Economy / Gambling / Euro/Latin/Asian Poker players - Your opinion, please. on: March 04, 2013, 07:59:31 PM
Despite being the longest-running Bitcoin poker room and casino, and the only one with NL/PL/Limit Holdem Omaha and 7CS, we've never really developed a poker following. It's never been a core business for us. I blame this on our ban on American players. Poker players everywhere else in the world have easier deposit options than Bitcoin.

We've been running $0.50 24/7 hourly freerolls, lowered our rakes to 1% on low stakes ring games and sit & gos, and have nightly $2 freerolls. What we have is a core of players who don't really play; just a few freerollers.

So we're basically thinking about closing the poker freerolls and giving up on poker because the only other option would be to open it to Americans, and we don't want to do that. Before that, though, I thought we might make a final push to get some real players on the site. There are one or two guys who sit around all day waiting for a game and can't get one, because the freerollers just play and withdraw.

So here's my question. In your ideal, perfect poker site, what do you want in a game? 1% rake? Pot-guaranteed tournaments? Player points buyins? What would get you to come play at our site (other than, obviously, fish)? I want to put together a real night of serious poker and I want it to be whatever players want; to show off our platform and to get you to switch to us. So all Non-American players, tell me, what can I do to get you in? If you say you want a $50 guarantee on a 10 player $1 buyin, I'll consider that. If you want cash back on losses, we already have that up to 18%. Tell me what you want, and what time you want it.
14  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire: New cashback program. Up to 18% back on play. on: January 19, 2013, 11:56:00 PM
Folks, based on conversations I've had in gambling forums and conferences, I'm pretty sure we are the first casino to ever offer anything like this -- whether Bitcoin, fiat, or brick & mortar.

Last month, we were the first Bitcoin casino to give a no-deposit bonus of 10%. I will be honest about this - I did it at the urging of people in the gaming industry, who thought it would be a great way to get new people into the currency and bring new players to the site who otherwise might have ignored it because it was only in Bitcoin. That was, in my estimation, a failure. We have had an enormously high ratio of duplicate account fraud and other shady stuff centered on it since then, to the point that we are now requiring ID and proof of residency from people who use that bonus and want to withdraw before clearing it. Of players who've taken the bonus, about 3% have gone on to deposit and play. What this tells me is that there's already a slave-based farming industry centered around trying to retrieve a few mBTC at a time.

I don't want to support that shit, and I know you don't either.

The new idea is different, and is designed to counteract what happened with the no-deposit bonus. We are no longer interested in distributing free mBTC to scammers, grinders and people who have nothing else to do all day and no other way to make money. We are effectively telling them to fuck off. You, the loyal player who just wants a fair game of roulette or blackjack or poker, should be king, and there's no fucking reason to hand your money back to someone else. We should be handing it back to you. To wit: The new bonus increases with player loyalty, and depends completely on how much you deposit and how much you play. It is the direct opposite of a no-deposit bonus. And the way it's designed is generous enough to make our players 99.95% equals to the house over the long run.

For people in the highest class of deposits and playthrough, this bonus goes up to 18% cash back on losses which negates 95% of the house edge. We think that's pretty generous, and we're not aware of any other casino that does it.

So, real gamblers take heart; others be afraid (and get better at making fake IDs) -- StrikeSapphire wants to reward our best players, and now's the time to take us up on it.
15  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire: Full Bitcoin Casino, $10 No-Deposit Bonus! on: January 05, 2013, 06:41:29 PM
Please note that as of January 20th, 2013, this bonus is no longer available.

If you haven't signed up yet for StrikeSapphire.com, we have something special for you... the very first no-deposit casino bonus in the Bitcoin world!

For those who don't know, StrikeSapphire lets you open up to 6 different tables at the same time in your browser, with any combination of Blackjack, 3 Card Poker, Holdem, 7 Card Stud, Omaha, Video Poker, Keno, Craps, Roulette, and a variety of awesome slots (including progressives). We're the best Bitcoin casino out there. We are not open to American players.

To get your $10 No-Deposit bonus, sign up at https://Strikesapphire.com. Once you're logged in, go to the "Rewards" menu at the top of the site. Choose "No-Deposit Bonus" and enter the code: 113K7JFR

Terms & Conditions: See our TOS for details. 30x rolling wagering requirements apply - any winnings can be withdrawn immediately, but withdrawal will void the uncleared portion of the bonus. WR is cumulative and applies to future deposits, however we will waive remaining WR in cases where a player bets over $100 of their own deposits after taking this bonus. One bonus per person - Any suspected duplicate accounts will be frozen and bonus/winnings voided. This offer is only open to people who do not yet have a StrikeSapphire account.
16  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire: $40 and $100 Hold'em (free entry with player points) on: December 15, 2012, 07:59:02 PM
When we invented Mayan Gold, our 10-player progressive game, we knew 21/12/2012 would be a special date... and it will be (at least if you like to gamble with Bitcoins). To celebrate the end of the Long Count, we're adding $1000 to our Mayan Gold jackpot this week!

Go to https://strikesapphire.com, click Slots and choose the Mayan Gold icon... then find the table called THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. Right now it's got a $400 progressive pot, which we'll be adding $100 to every day until the end of the world! (Or until 21/12, whichever comes first).

If you've never tried Mayan Gold, it's an awesome combination of multiplayer roulette, slots and a sort of wheel of fortune, where you spin the Mayan calendar to come up with huge payouts on small Bitcoin bets. Check out the video here for an overview of how to play:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XIJZ3tonFXk

This is StrikeSapphire's largest progressive pool to date, so come and claim it!
17  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire: considering opening BTC Poker to US players. So what if we did? on: December 09, 2012, 06:22:55 PM
I'll be honest. Despite the fact that we've run $0.50 freerolls every hour, $100 freerolls every weekend, and give away far more than any other Bitcoin poker site... only a few people collect most of our giveaways, and we're suffering for lack of an audience. And that's because I made the decision a long time ago that the US had to be off-limits because we were both a poker and a gambling site, and fundamentally Bitcoin is still something of value that can be wagered and lost - which makes it illegal to bet with in the 50 states.

But the latest decision from the court in upstate NY, along with the fact that Bitcoin poker clearly doesn't violate UIGEA, the Wire Act or other US anti-gambling laws, has made me reconsider the issue and conclude that to open poker -- just poker, not roulette, blackjack, slots or other games -- to the American public, might not actually be illegal.

So we've worked out a way that Americans can visit our site and only play poker, while still being barred from joining any games that rely predominantly on chance, or where there's risk and a house edge is involved. What I'd like to hear is your opinion of this. How much do you want to be able to play at StrikeSapphire, and how often are you willing to play ring games on our site?  Our software is far better than anything else available in the Bitcoin poker world; but is the Bitcoin poker world enough to make it worth going to bat for?

Your response will help determine what legal lines we're willing to draw and what risks we're willing to take with our belief that this is now, essentially, legal. Let us know, in detail if possible, what level your commitment would be to helping us become the #1 Bitcoin poker room if we decided to make the leap and open to US players.

StrikeSapphire.com is the longest continually-functioning Bitcoin casino, with 25 games including Hold'em, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, 4 slots, video poker, multiplayer roulette, craps, blackjack, 3 card poker, rummy and a variety of other offerings. We've been in the business since opening on 19 July, 2011.
18  Bitcoin / Project Development / BitcoinsForChristmas 2012 on: December 04, 2012, 01:43:59 PM
Hi all,

BitcoinsForChristmas is back for our second year, brought to you by StrikeSapphire and GoWest (the Bitcoin Trader).

As before, this is as a free service for spreading holiday cheer and getting new people into Bitcoin! Simply schedule a gift of coins to be sent (along with a holiday message) to anyone with an email address. You can schedule them for any day between now and New Years. Send as large or small a gift as you like.

On the date you choose, your recipient will get your note, along with a unique web address where they can pick up their coins. If they're new to Bitcoin, the site helps them through setting up MultiBit and receiving coins for the first time.

If they don't pick up their coins within a month, we'll send you an address where you can claim them back. We keep no portion of coins sent through the system, and as with last year, all unclaimed coins will be given to charity on March 1st. Last year, $411 was given to Habitat for Humanity.

We are accepting sponsorships from Bitcoin businesses to recoup our costs. Part of the site's goal is to educate new converts to Bitcoin and show them all the places they can spend their gifts. All gift-recipients are shown our sponsors page after they pick up their coins. If your business would like to sponsor the site, we'll put your link or banner up from now through Jan. 31st. Rates are 2 BTC for a simple link, 6 BTC for a 468x60 pixel banner (no animations please). PM me right away to get your banner up quickly.

Happy holidays!
19  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire: $100 Free Poker Sunday on: November 28, 2012, 04:35:10 PM
Let's try this again... This is a promotion folks... we want poker players, and we're trying to give this money away!

Sunday, 8pm GMT - $100 prize pool NL Hold'em tournament, starts with as few as 6 players. The buyin is 5k player points.

For the record, 1 player point is awarded for every called $0.25 bet on a ring table, every $0.25 worth of tournament buyin during the week, and every $0.25 bet in any other game on the site.

Update: We will also award entry to any player with more than $500 or more in qualified poker bets at ring tables during the week.
20  Economy / Gambling / StrikeSapphire: $200 Poker Freeroll on Sunday 11/25. 20 Players MAX. on: November 18, 2012, 08:41:13 PM
We are running quite possibly the highest-paying Bitcoin poker freeroll ever @ 8PM GMT, 11/25/2012 - certainly based on the number of participants. Only 20 spots are available. As few as 6 players will start the freeroll.

The buyin is 10k player points. Many of our players already have this amount, and many more are close. One player point is awarded for every 25 wagered on StrikeSapphire (including in real-money poker games).

Tournament registration opens 6 hours before the game. In the meanwhile, every night this week at 8pm GMT we are running 1000 PP payout tournaments (300 PP buyin, 3 players to start), where you can earn the points necessary to buy into Sunday's big event.

See you at the tables!
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