As the Bitcoin gaming market has boomed over the past few years, so has the popularity of online dice games. This may be thanks, in part, to the fact that bettors who favor the speed and simplicity of Bitcoin betting also find these qualities in virtual dice games. Where dice is usually offered as an option in the games selection of an online casino, Pocket Dice stands out for having dice as its one and only game. Pocket Dice was launched in 2014 with the aim of delivering a dedicated dice betting platform run entirely on Bitcoin. The site caters to Bitcoin bettors around the world, with the exception of the USA, and is available in English, Chinese and Russian. Gamblers who are used to browsing through the jam-packed catalogues of Bitcoin casinos and choosing between different categories of games might find the concept of Pocket Dice totally unappealing but there is actually plenty of fun to be had at this stripped-back, minimalist Bitcoin venue. Read on to find out more about what to expect from playing at Pocket Dice.
When it comes to the Bitcoin games you can play at Pocket Dice, the name of the site says it all. The website offers one game which, unlike most online forms of dice, does not involve numerical values. Instead, Pocket Dice employs the mechanics of a real life throw of the dice. Give this site a go and you’ll get to shake a virtual cup on the screen and reveal the combination of a nicely animated pair of dice. This lifelike animation makes the game all the more enjoyable – especially when played on a mobile device, where the touch-screen function really gives the impression of shaking up the cup.
Rather than predicting the outcome of each roll; players are only required to bet whether the outcome will be higher or lower than the roll before. To do this, bettors must place a wager by clicking on the plus and minus symbols next to the ‘Roll’ button, bet sizes start at 0.0001 BTC and can be increased to a custom amount or high rollers can just click on ‘max bet’. Once a stake has been set, all that’s left to do is to press either ‘Over’ or ‘Under’ and then roll the dice. There is also a ‘risk’ button on the screen which allows bettors to double their wager. If, after following these very simple steps, a player wins the on the roll of the dice, the winning funds will be immediately added to their account in BTC. This whole process is entirely effortless and even a gambler with no experience of virtual dice will have no problem understanding the set-up and getting started. The gameplay software is provably fair and Pocket Dice even offers an in-depth guide that teaches players how to check for themselves how fair the outcome of each game is.
As mentioned earlier, Pocket Dice was first rolled out in 2014. Things were pretty quiet initially but the site underwent a complete redesign in 2015 and it was after this refurbishment that the popularity of Pocket Dice really picked up. There are very few scam reports or excessively negative reviews on public Bitcoin forums which is, of course, a good sign. Overall, the site has a good reputation and players seem pleased with the simple site design, fuss-free gameplay and fast payouts. However, there are no details displayed on the website about Pocket Dice’s license or which jurisdiction governs the gambling activities that take place there. This lack of information suggests that Pocket Dice is not regulated or authorized by any particular government which takes its level of trustworthiness down quite a few notches.
Pocket Dice provides players with the ultimate hallmark of Bitcoin betting – which is anonymity. However, bettors also have the option of signing up for an account with the site if they choose to, and there is plenty of incentive to do this thanks to the lucrative bonus offer. This comes in the form of a free Bitcoin faucet which can be accessed once every 60 minutes during the first week of registration at the site. This faucet gives out 1,000 satoshi and can only be used by new account holders whose funds have fallen below the minimum bet amount. It is possible to speed up the hour-long wait for the free faucet funds by sharing certain links advertising Pocket Dice on social media forums. This might not be the most generous bonus offer around (1,000 satoshi is equal to 0.00001 BTC) but it could prove to be a useful way to boost account funds up just enough to be able to make a bet on the dice. It’s important to remember that only registered members can use the faucet – which means that by accepting the free funds you must sacrifice a certain level of anonymity, but signing up for an account at Pocket Dice is an extremely fast and easy process which shouldn’t take more than a few seconds.
There’s no denying the fact that Pocket Dice has perfected the art of virtual dice. The presentation of the game is great as is the provably fair technology and high standard of customer service. Unfortunately though, being able to shake and roll some realistic dice on your smartphone or laptop isn’t enough to make a betting venue and we believe that even the most avid dice fans could grow tired of this site pretty soon. Also, although we haven’t found any complaints regarding the reliability of Pocket Dice, it is still difficult to fully endorse any gaming platform which does not explicitly state where (and whether) it is licensed/authorized. There is a lot of potential for Pocket Dice in the long run but right now there is also room for improvement.