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2018 Nitrogen Sports, Casino & Poker Review

Bitcoin is an excellent banking option for online gamblers. It offers several benefits, such as:

  • Anonymity
  • Fast payment processing
  • Relatively high limits
  • More gambling sites

All online gamblers can benefit from these features, but none more so than US gamblers 鈥?where laws have made it illegal to gamble in some states, and a major pain in the butt to process payments in all of them.

It鈥檚 for that reason we鈥檙e reviewing more hybrid (fiat + bitcoin) and bitcoin-exclusive gambling sites.

Such as Nitrogen Sports.

Nitrogen Sports is a bitcoin-exclusive sportsbook who also offers a limited casino selection and poker room.

The point of this review is to tell you all about them 鈥?the good AND the bad 鈥?so that you can ultimately decide if they鈥檙e worth your time and money in 2017.

(US Customers Welcomed)
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  • Website 鈥?www.nitrogensports.eu
  • Launched in 2012
  • Licensed in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Email – [email protected]
  • Lower Pricing
  • Best for Bitcoin Sports Betting
  • Contests
  • Few Games to Choose From
  • Lack of Offers

Who owns and operates Nitrogen Sports? How long have they been in business?

Nitrogen Sports is owned and operated by Ideal Media Inc, who is based in Costa Rica. Nitrogen has been online since 2012.

How鈥檚 their reputation? What do others think of them?

They have a pretty solid reputation.

Reputable review site, GoonersGuide.com, says they鈥檙e the best for bitcoin sports betting.

SafestBettingSites.com says no other bitcoin site compares to them for sports betting 鈥?and that many fiat sites don鈥檛, either.

I did find one site that blacklisted them. I don鈥檛 know much about this review site, nor do they provide any proof for the reasons they give for blacklisting them. So, I鈥檓 choosing to ignore it.

I also did a few searches for scam and scandal complaints. Most of what I found was on Reddit. I dug through several scam and complaint threads but didn鈥檛 manage to find a single one with proof. Nitrogen responded to several of the complaints, too, in attempt to help each poster out.

One poster claimed Nitrogen didn鈥檛 pay him what he was owed. But then he updated his post saying he received half, and was hoping he鈥檇 receive the rest soon. He must have, because he didn鈥檛 post again.

That鈥檚 more or less how the majority of Reddit posts went.

I did find one thread worth reading.

Apparently, Nitrogen Sports had a glitch in their system that allowed players to make a bet on matches that had already ended.

You can probably assume what happened next 鈥?a bunch of people made post-match bets that were automatic winners. Then the next day the withdrawal requests poured in.

Nitrogen did what any sensible gambling site would 鈥?they paused cash outs for a while so they could figure out where the problem was. They managed to get things back to normal (according to both players and Nitrogen Sports) within a few days, maybe a week.

There were several people on Reddit complaining about Nitrogen Sports. But 鈥?in my opinion 鈥?the real problem was all the people who took advantage of the glitch, full well knowing they were doing something wrong.

They only cried 鈥榮cam鈥?when they weren鈥檛 allowed to cash their dirty money out.

I don鈥檛 blame Nitrogen for what they did. Nor do I think they should have to eat the loss. Neither should you.

And that鈥檚 pretty much all I managed to find that was worth reporting. Which is why I鈥檓 confident in saying that Nitrogen Sports has a pretty solid reputation overall.

What countries are prohibited from playing here?

They say nothing about who can or cannot play here. But according to SportsbookRatings.com, there are no restrictions. Everyone is welcome.

How do you contact Nitrogen Sports? When are they available?

You can contact them using:

I sent them an email to ask a question about their loyalty program. I received a response within 3 hours. They were both friendly and helpful 鈥?a nice combination, for sure.

What payment methods does Nitrogen Sports accept?

While they used to once accept fiat currencies, now they only accept and payout in bitcoin.

There are no fees for deposits or cash outs. And other people say they鈥檙e one of the fastest paying sportsbooks out there.

Do they offer a welcome bonus? What are the terms?

Nitrogen Sports doesn鈥檛 offer a welcome bonus.

In fact, they don鈥檛 offer much of anything. You鈥檙e not going to find a welcome bonus, reload bonus or free bets here.

They do have a referral program. This is your standard affiliate program, but it鈥檚 available to everyone. You can grab a link by clicking on the affiliate tab from the backend of your account.

Nitrogen also has a couple of contests for sports bettors, as well as a newer loyalty program for poker players. I鈥檒l cover the details for those now before we move on to their gambling options.

Sports Contests

Nitrogen runs a couple of contests for sports bettors. Here are the details for each one.

Parlay Jackpot

Their Parlay Jackpot is pretty unique. You make a parlay bet, and if it has at least 2 winning plays and no more than 1 loss, push or canceled play, you can participate.

There are 3 pools. The top 7 players in each pool (21 total) with the highest parlay payouts will win a share of the prize money.

Here are the prize pools / structures:

  • Heavyweight – 60% of awarded jackpot 鈥?This is for those with no max wager.
  • Middleweight – 30% of awarded jackpot 鈥?The max wager is .1 BTC.
  • Featherweight – 10% of awarded jackpot 鈥?The max wager is .01 BTC.

80% of the jackpot is awarded at the end of each month. The remaining 20% is used to reseed the following month鈥檚 jackpot.

Per their rules, you can win more than one pool with a single parlay. That鈥檚 pretty cool 鈥?imagine if you won a little from each pool!

You can learn more about the Parlay Jackpot and see the current and past standings on their site.

Survivor Pool

This is another neat thing they鈥檙e doing for sports bettors.

The object is simple 鈥?be the last bettor standing by correctly picking the winner of one pro-NFL game each week.

And the catch?
You can only pick one team for the ENTIRE season.

There are multiple pools you can participate in. It looks like the biggest (only?) difference is the buy-in. There鈥檚 one freeroll, then one for .002, and then it climbs up from there until it peaks at 3 BTC.

So, no matter your budget, this is something to check out. It鈥檚 a fun way to add some excitement to your Sunday football routine.

Poker Referral / Loyalty Program

Similar to their referral program, Nitrogen Sports will pay you to refer poker players. The program is still in its early stages, but here鈥檚 how it currently works:

  • For every player that achieves Silver Status by the end of the month, they will credit you 4 mBTC.
  • For every player that achieves Gold Status by the end of the month, they will credit you 20 mBTC.
  • For every player that achieves Platinum Status by the end of the month, they will credit you 100 mBTC.
  • For every player that achieves Diamond Status by the end of the month, they will credit you 300 mBTC.

They say it can take up to 10 days to process your (poker) payments.

That鈥檚 how their referral program works. But since it鈥檚 based on the loyalty level your referral achieves, it鈥檚 clear that Nitrogen Sports offers a loyalty program, too.

The details for the VIP program is tucked away in the poker section. You can find it by clicking on the 鈥楶lay Poker鈥?tab and then scrolling down to the 鈥楻ewards鈥?tab.

Their rewards program currently has 5 tiers:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond

There are a couple more tiers, but they haven鈥檛 established them yet.

You鈥檒l move up in levels as you play real money poker and earn points. You鈥檒l also earn something they call Nitro.

Everyone starts at the bronze level. You鈥檒l need to earn 100 points to reach silver, and another 900 to reach gold.

Once you reach gold you鈥檒l start earning a 1.5x multiplier on Nitro. You can use the Nitro you earn to buy things from Nitrogen Sports鈥?store.

Their store currently offers two choices 鈥?bonuses or free bets.

Here are the free bets you can claim and the points each one will require:

  • 20 mBTC for 500 Nitro
  • 50 mBTC for 800 Nitro
  • 150 mBTC for 2000 Nitro
  • 400 mBTC for 5000 Nitro
  • 1200 mBTC for 15000 Nitro
  • 3200 mBTC for 40000 Nitro

And here are the free bet amounts you can pick up:

  • 2 mBTC for 24 Nitro
  • 20 mBTC for 200 Nitro
  • 100 mBTC for 750 Nitro
  • 200 mBTC for 1300 Nitro
  • 800 mBTC for 4800 Nitro
  • 2000 mBTC for 12000 Nitro

These free bets work the same as they do everywhere else 鈥?if your bet loses, you鈥檙e out nothing. If you win, you鈥檒l get to keep the profit.

And that鈥檚 it 鈥?it鈥檚 slim pickings.

Some people aren鈥檛 going to like this 鈥?they got to have their bonuses and free bets. Clearly, Nitrogen isn鈥檛 a good fit for them.

If that鈥檚 your line of thinking, though, I urge you to reconsider. Bonuses and other perks tend to lock you into committing to spending thousands of dollars, leading you to think you鈥檙e getting 鈥榝ree鈥?money. But 鈥?in reality 鈥?you鈥檙e likely to lose everything back to the casino.

My opinion 鈥?the benefits to joining a bitcoin gambling site 鈥?the anonymity, speedy payments, a reputable site, etc. 鈥?far outweigh any bonus or cashback perks it could offer.

So, don鈥檛 let the lack of offers stop you from checking Nitrogen out.

Let鈥檚 start with Nitrogen鈥檚 sportsbook.

There are several tabs you can choose from 鈥?starting soon, in-play live and then all the individual sports and markets they cover.

You鈥檒l also find Parlay Jackpot and NFL Survivor Pool (that I covered in the previous section) under the Nitrogen tab.

The following sections will talk about all these tabs, and more, in detail.

What sports and markets can you bet on? What types of bets do they accept?

Nitrogen Sports covers lots of markets. Experts say they鈥檙e competitive with other US-heavy hitting sportsbooks, like 5Dimes.

That says a lot.

More specifically, though, here are the sports they cover:

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • esports
  • Tennis
  • Baseball
  • Cricket
  • Motorsports
  • Specials
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Aussie Rules
  • Boxing
  • Boxing Odds
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Snooker
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball

But that鈥檚 just the start. When you click on one of the sports, a menu will drop down displaying all the leagues, tournaments and events they cover.

Some have more than others. I chose volleyball, for example 鈥?there were two choices 鈥?Asian Championship Women and South American Championship Men.

However, I chose soccer next and it caused my jaw to hit the floor. I didn鈥檛 count every single option 鈥?I stopped at 70. But I鈥檓 pretty sure there are more than 150, maybe more than 200.

And that鈥檚 just for soccer. You still have other (major) sports Nitrogen covers.

As for the types of bets you can make, some of your options include:

  • Straight/Spread Bets
  • Totals
  • Moneyline
  • Futures
  • Teasers
  • Parlays
  • Props
  • Live Bets

They don鈥檛 offer if bets, round robins, progressives or Asian handicaps.

But several expert bettors figure their pricing makes up for it. They say that nearly all their markets offer reduced juice 鈥?for example, -105 for NFL, NBA and NHL sides/totals, dime lines for MLB, and -107 for NCAA football and basketball totals.

It sounds like a tradeoff many bettors feel is worth making.

Do they cover esports betting?

They do.

Nitrogen Sports covers quite a bit of ground. The games they cover include:

  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)
  • Dota 2
  • League of Legends (LoL)
  • Warcraft 3

Here are some of the specific events, tournaments and leagues you can bet on:

  • CS:GO 鈥?ESEA League
  • CS:GO 鈥?Futures
  • CS:GO 鈥?Liga Pro Gamesclub
  • CS:GO 鈥?Log Cup
  • Dota 2 鈥?Futures
  • Dota 鈥?The International
  • League of Legends 鈥?Champions Korea
  • League of Legends 鈥?Japan League
  • League of Legends 鈥?Latin American North Cup
  • League of Legends 鈥?LCS Europe
  • Warcraft 3 鈥?Neo Star League

There鈥檚 probably 2-3 times this. In other words, there鈥檚 a lot of e-sport markets to bet on.

They offer live esports betting, too.

In fact, when I was reviewing Nitrogen Sports, the only in-play match they were covering was a Dota 2 match between Team Liquid and Team Secret.

It looks like a decent esports section overall, and definitely a top pick for US esports bettors.

Do they offer live (in-play) betting? Do they stream matches?

They do, indeed.

However, when I checked them out they were only covering an esports match. So, it鈥檚 hard for me to gauge how good this section is.

Other review sites say one of the (only) drawbacks to Nitrogen Sports鈥?sportsbook is, in fact, their live betting section, as there aren鈥檛 many markets to choose from.

Your mileage may vary.

What are their betting limits?

You can find their betting limits on their rules page. The maximum payout for a single bet slip is 100 BTC. For parlays, the maximum payout on a bet slip is 50 BTC.

Of course, as bitcoin鈥檚 value fluctuates, the limit in dollars you can bet or receive will also vary.

I read one review that said they鈥檝e noticed that Nitrogen鈥檚 limits have increased since they launched their sportsbook. Back in the day their limit was 1 BTC. But now most of the major markets have a 10 BTC limit.

The point 鈥?Nitrogen offers relatively decent limits now, and there鈥檚 a good chance we鈥檒l see their betting limits increase as time goes on.

Do they limit winners?

Nitrogen Sports says they reserve the right to place limits on individual accounts. This leads me to believe that they may limit winners.

That said, I鈥檝e not seen any reviews that suggest they limit winners. And I didn鈥檛 find anything about winning bettors or arbitrage in their FAQ/rules section.

Your mileage may vary.

How do you access their sportsbook?

You access the sportsbook through your browser. So long as you use one of the major browsers 鈥?Chrome, Fire Fox, Safari, IE, etc. 鈥?you should be able to access them just fine from your PC, tablet or smartphone.

I checked them out from both my laptop and phone. Their software worked well on both.

What software providers do they work with? What kinds of games can you play?

They use proprietary software. The types of games they offer include dice and card games. You won鈥檛 find any slots, video poker or live dealer games here.

What devices is their casino compatible with? Are they mobile compatible?

You can play their games from your browser from your PC, tablet or smartphone. I checked out their blackjack game from both my laptop and iPhone 鈥?it looked solid on both.

What are some examples of games you can play?

They have a very small selection of games. You can choose from:

  • Dice 鈥?Valid wagers can win up to 10 BTC.
  • Baccarat 鈥?Play either single or multiplayer. The max bet for both is 1 BTC.
  • Blackjack (One Deck) 鈥?Max bet is 15 BTC.
  • Blackjack (Two Decks) 鈥?Max bet is 15 BTC.
  • Blackjack (Eight Decks) 鈥?Max bet is 10 BTC.
  • Three Card Poker 鈥?Play single or multiplayer. The max bet for both is 1 BTC.

A few things to know about their games:

  • All of their games are provably fair.
  • You can play in either mBTC or BTC.
  • It doesn鈥檛 look like they let you play their casino games for free.

That鈥檚 it.

It鈥檚 sort of disappointing how small their casino is. I hope they expand in the future.

Specialty GamesPoker

Last up is Nitrogen Sports鈥?poker room.

Most all-in-one sites have better sportsbook and casino products than poker and bingo products.

However, it鈥檚 possible that Nitrogen Sports breaks that mold one day 鈥?especially if they don鈥檛 bother to expand their casino beyond the handful of games they currently offer.

But, in order for that to happen, Nitrogen Sports will have to make a few improvements to their poker room. Which is arguably much harder than adding a few games to their casino.

I鈥檒l talk about the most important improvement they can make in just a second. First, let鈥檚 look at the types of games and stakes you can play.

What poker games and stakes do they offer?

The games you can play include:

  • Texas Holdem 鈥?No limit and fixed limit
  • Crazy Holdem 鈥?No limit
  • Omaha 鈥?Pot limit

Their cash game limits start at .01/.02 and peak at 300/600. It depends on the game and bet type. It looks like everything is in mBTC, too.

When I checked them out, they had 17 no limit tables running. However, 8 of them were heads up tables with 1 person waiting for someone else to join. The remaining tables were a mix of 6 and 9-handed games.

The games with the most players were at the .02/.02 level. There were a couple of higher limit tables 鈥?a .05/.10 and .10/.20, but that鈥檚 it.

There wasn鈥檛 anyone at the (two) crazy holdem tables.

As for omaha, there was only one table with more than 1 person sitting at it. This one was at the .01/.02 level.

Do they offer SNGs & MTTs? What kinds of tourneys can you play?

They offer both. Let鈥檚 talk about the SNGs first.

Your SNGs choices are no limit holdem or pot limit omaha. Here are the different table sizes and stakes you can choose from for each.

No Limit Holdem SNGs

  • 6-max 鈥?5 to 25 mBTC
  • 10-handed 鈥?5 to 25 mBTC

There鈥檚 a .2 to 1 mBTC rake, depending on the game you choose.

You can choose from regular or turbo blinds.

Pot Limit Omaha SNGs

  • 6-max 鈥?5 to 25 mBTC
  • 10-handed 鈥?5 to 25 mBTC

The same rake and blind variants apply here, too.

It looks like in both cases the 6-max variants are more popular, as there are more of those than the 10-handed options.

When I checked them out there weren鈥檛 any players signed up to play. And this was during peak times for US players, so I imagine this section is lifeless more often than not.

Now let鈥檚 talk about their tournaments.

The types of MTTs they offer include:

  • Freerolls
  • Deep Stacks
  • Guarantees

They offer both holdem and omaha MTTs. Buy-ins range from free to 5 to 15 mBTC.

They canceled at least one tournament the day I checked them out. I assume they canceled it because no one signed up for it. Which is sort of sad considering 2 is the min number of players for a tournament to run.

That鈥檚 an assumption, though. They didn鈥檛 give a reason on the tournament page.

But there were a couple of tournaments open for registration when I checked them out. They run plenty of freerolls, too. They offer a freeroll on the hour, every hour. The prize pool for each one is 1 mBTC.

They also run exclusive freerolls for people who complete specific challenges. These are labeled the same as the VIP levels. For example, 1000 Weekly Flops Freeroll 鈥?Gold Challenge.

Once you complete the challenge you鈥檒l have access. It looks like the most common challenge is to see so many flops each week (500 or 1,000). This is a neat incentive to play more. And the fewer people who do it, the smaller the exclusive freerolls are 鈥?which means less variance and more monies for you.

Pretty neat. It looks like there鈥檚 a lot of potential here.

Unfortunately, it doesn鈥檛 look like there鈥?much traffic here, so all that potential pretty much goes to waste.

If there was one thing Nitrogen Sports should improve, it鈥檇 be to get more players in here. It鈥檚 the only way they鈥檒l ever get their poker product off the ground.

What about their software? How do you access it? What features or options are there?

Their software was developed by Sweden-based Cubeia (who also provides games to bwin and Microgaming).

You access their poker room from your browser 鈥?it鈥檒l open up in a new window. The same goes for your phone.

I checked out their poker room from both my laptop and phone, and it looked good on both. I was actually surprised at how good everything looked and functioned on my phone.

As for features, they cover the basics.

For example:

      • Four color deck
      • Multi-tabling 鈥?Nitrogen Sports doesn鈥檛 specify how many tables you can play at once. But that hardly matters since they don鈥檛 have much traffic. Just remember to check the 鈥榦pen tables in a new window鈥?option in your settings. Otherwise, you won鈥檛 be able to multi-table.
      • Mute spectators
      • Mute emoticons
      • 6 table backgrounds 鈥?This includes 3 different color options and 3 sports (football, soccer, basketball) themes.
      • Muck losing hands
      • Don鈥檛 show winning hands
      • 29 different avatars
      • Resizable tables 鈥?Just make sure to click the 鈥榩oker pro mode鈥?option in the lobby first. You will have the option to resize the tables, stack or cascade them

You can also view your hand histories, though you鈥檙e not yet able to save them to your computer. They do not offer note taking capabilities, either.

What do we think of Nitrogen Sports? Do we recommend them to our readers?

They certainly have their downsides. At least some people will think so.

The biggest one that comes to mind is their lack of offers. But I think that makes them unique. And most of the reputable sportsbooks and casinos don鈥檛 offer HUGE bonuses anyway.

Other than that, both their poker room and casino is weak. The former due to a lack of player traffic, and the latter due to a lack of games.

For that reason, it makes sense to join only for the sportsbook, then enjoy the casino and poker when possible.

And I definitely do recommend you join, as do other reputable review sites.

Nitrogen has tons of markets, lower pricing, contests, and more.

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GT500 | 26 Aug 2018
I do like this site and they are one of the quickest and cheapest ways to bet on sports with crypto. I like the last man standing tournament and the poker games are excellent.
Anthony Frost | 13 Jul 2018
Not many decent sportsbooks online for people who want to play with BTC so this is a novelty and has a good book as well. Not mnay slots but the ones they have are very good. Table games could be better but the cashout is very quick for these.
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