One of the newest bitcoin casinos on the web (2017), Stake claims to be “the most fair and transparent online casino in the universe.” It offers exclusive games and is notable for having a free bitcoin faucet. It also features a quick sign in process and is designed to accommodate all kinds of bitcoin gamblers.
Stake is another bitcoin-accepting gambling site developed by the same team behind Primedice. With its unique games, it aims to offer a distinct online gambling experience. It provides simple but provably fair games. There are only around a dozen of these games on the site but they are designed to offer a distinctive experience unlike what can usually be found in most online casinos. Stake was launched only in August of 2017 by a group of veterans in the online gaming industry. However, the site claims that it has already received more than 8 million bets and has collected over 800 BTC in wagers. In its first week alone, Stake claims that it collected 755.77 BTC worth of bets. There’s no information, though, on how much winnings the company has been able to pay to its players.
Playing on Stake is easy. On the homepage, you just have to click on the Register Instantly button. You will then be asked to enter your username. This is not the usual account registration. With Stake, you can just get a new account every time you want to play. The instant registration is like getting temporary access but with full playing functions. It’s up to you if you want to keep the instant account by adding a password to it or if you want to abandon it after a playing session and just get a new one the next time you want to play.
Stake User Interface
The Stake user interface is somewhat similar to that of PrimeDice, only more colorful. It’s easy on the eyes and intuitive, with a bright and lively color theme. It shouldn’t be difficult finding your way around the site.
The menu bar on top only has a few links in it: Games, More, Cashier, Faucet, and Account. Obviously, if you want to start playing, just click on the Games link. If you want to make changes in your account (if you want to set a password for your account so you can return to it later on), click on the Account link and go to the Settings tab.
There’s also an option to enable two-factor authentication for your account. Doing this, by the way, has an advantage—it increases the amount you get from the Stake bitcoin faucet by 5%. To set up two-factor authentication, go to the Settings tab under the Account page and find the Two Factor link to the right. The process is mainly QR-code-based so you would need your smartphone with the Google Authenticator app installed. On the Google Authenticator app, you have to tap on the QR code on the Two Factor Authentication page of the Stake website. Once the QR code is detected and read, the process is completed.
We encountered issues in opening the Stake website. This review actually took several days as we couldn’t properly evaluate the site wouldn’t appear on any of the five browsers we have tested. This could have been just a temporary issue, though. The site is still new so it’s understandable if there are still kinks being encountered. This shouldn’t be a major drawback over the fact that the site looks great and is intuitive.
Stake offers 12 exclusive games. These are Plinko, Mines, Chartbet, HiLo, Blackjack, Diamond Poker, Roulette, Keno, Baccarat, Wheel, and two variants of Dice (wheel and original).
There’s nothing to complain about the games. They don’t have responsiveness issues—well, except if the entire site does not really work for you. It’s either the site and everything in it runs or nothing runs. The graphics are simple and minimalistic with very few animations, but they can’t be considered a drawback. It’s a different playing experience as compared to the typical large online casino but it can still be fun and exciting.
There are no Play for Fun versions for the games on Stake. It is not necessary, though, since Stake has a bitcoin faucet. If you want to try the games without making a deposit, just get some satoshis from the bitcoin faucet and use them to play. This means that Stake can also be considered a free bitcoin casino. You don’t have to spend your own bitcoins here to be able to play.
Stake Software and Fairness
Stake’s site does not mention a specific software or software provider for its games. It appears to be using its proprietary software. The good news is that the games are provably fair. Every bet and the corresponding game result can be verified for fairness. At the bottom part of every game, you will find a section that shows a history of game details that include information on game time, bet amount, payout, and profit. There’s a column called “Fairness,” which allows you to conduct a provably fair test.
Stake also claims to have “transparent house edges” as the games employ chance-based multipliers. As discussed in its forums, Stake has a house edge of 2%. This is higher than that of its sister site Primedice, which only has 1%. The latter, though, is only limited to one game (dice). If you want to have more gaming options, Stake wouldn’t be that bad an option even with the 100% higher house edge. If you just want to play dice, it’s obvious you should be playing on Primedice.
Stake Is Mobile-Friendly
Stake is a mobile-friendly online casino. We did the Google and Bing mobile-friendliness tests for this site and both tests say that the site is mobile-friendly. It appears to be using a responsive web design. Interestingly, both Bing and Google couldn’t show a proper preview of the supposedly mobile-friendly Stake website. Perhaps this is due to some problems in the site’s code or optimization. The site appears to have some difficulty getting properly rendered to some users. Still, it’s safe to say that Stake is mobile-friendly, also as demonstrated by the screenshots and videos posted by some players who have already tried the site.
Currencies, Deposits, and Withdrawals
Stake, at the time this review was made, was only accepting bitcoins as deposits. To make a deposit, click on the Cashier link on the menu bar. You will then see the bitcoin address to where you will be sending your bitcoins.
You can choose three denominations for your bitcoin on Stake. It can be in mB (mBTC), BTC, or bits. This option is not in the Cashier page but in the Settings tab of the Account page. Choose bits or mB if you don’t want to deal with a lot of decimal points.
Withdrawals on Stake are similarly only through bitcoins. The estimated time for deposits and withdrawals to be completed is comparable to the typical time it takes for most bitcoin-based deposits to be completed. All deposit and withdrawal transactions are on a wallet to wallet basis. There are no other payment methods supported, in either cryptocurrency or fiat currency.
Bonuses, Promotions, and Affiliate Program
If you are looking for deposit bonuses, unfortunately, Stake may not be the bitcoin casino for you. It does not have a first deposit bonus, reload bonus, and the other bonuses typically offered by other online casinos. To entice players, what it offers is an affiliate marketing program. This affiliate program provides the opportunity for players to get 20% of the house edge for every new player they refer.
Additionally, Stake has a bitcoin faucet. To access it, just click on the faucet link on the upper right corner of the site, in between Cashier and Account. The bitcoin faucet grants up to 200 satoshis every 50 seconds. For those unfamiliar with bitcoin faucets, this is unlike the bonuses granted by many online casinos. The amount that can be obtained from the faucet may not be that much but they don’t come with a wagering requirement. What you get from the faucet is entirely yours to use for wagering. If you win with these faucet amounts, you can withdraw the winnings without any condition except for the minimum and maximum withdrawal limits.
Country Restrictions and Anonymity
Apparently, players from different parts of the world are accepted on Stake. There is no list of restricted countries. If you are able to access the site and if you can get an account, you can play on this bitcoin gambling site. However, since Stake is from the same group responsible for Primedice, it is likely that Stake also does not accept players from the United States and the United Kingdom.
Stake does not appear to have issues with anonymous playing. The quick way for players to get an account means there is no identity verification required. Players can simply enter a username and proceed to playing. There’s the option to keep the instant account but players may just forget the account and create another in the next playing session (provided they have already withdrawn their funds). Since Stake only uses bitcoins, there are no banking rules and requirements to worry about. There is no need for players to reveal their identities and follow strict banking regulations.
Stake License, Regulation, and Security
There is no clear information regarding Stake’s licensing and regulation indicated on its website. The only pertinent detail that can be obtained through various online sources is that Stake is from the same group behind Primedice.
When it comes to security, what’s notable for Stake is its use of https or SSL encryption to protect players’ data and the option to enable two-factor authentication. These are good enough security measures for a bitcoin gambling site like Stake.
Stake Player Support
If you have questions, complaints, or concerns you want to raise, just click on the Contact link at the bottom part of the site to send an email to Stake’s support team. If you prefer live support, just click on the live support button. You may also use Stake’s forum to ask questions or engage in discussions with other Stake players. You need to separately sign up for an account at the Stake forums, though, if you want to post messages. You can also send messages to Stake through its official Twitter and Facebook accounts. The links are at the bottom part of the site. Stake provides 24/7 player support.
Pros and Cons
- Quick player registration
- Distinctive games
- Provably fair games
- Live support
- Bitcoin faucet
- No live games and limited number of games
- Not available for US and UK players
- No telephone support