Bitsaloon.com Review (Closed)
Bitsaloon.com launched in June 2013, and their owners immediately set a precedent “to be a Bitcoin gambling site focused on transparency and user experience.” When they first started operation, they only had four different options a player could wager on. An instant win game, roulette, a Hi-Lo game, and a few sports betting selections. The site required no login, and accounts were solely tracked through a unique user URL and the cookie that went along with the information. Following in previous Bitcoin casino startups, they solely used the “provably fair” system when implementing game integrity to their selections. Obviously, the sports betting was graded differently, but the confirmation of bets used for the online games used “provably fair”. As time rolled on, they also included blackjack in their portfolio and BitSaloon was viewed as a simple, yet reliable way to wager Bitcoin.
After a couple months had passed, BitSaloon started to develop problems with some of the simplest aspects of Bitcoin. Some deposits would only take two confirmations, but other deposits could take anywhere from five or six all the way to 30, in one case. This led to a revamp of some of the technical workings of the site, but only survived as a temporary fix. By November 2013, BitSaloon had announced that due to various problems, they would no longer be in operation by December 1 and that withdrawals needed to be requested before that time. All requests that were made in that time period, were paid out and BitSaloon was no longer online by the beginning of 2014.