Today we came across an interesting article on CoinJournal.net by Kyle Torpey which gave a nice overview of how the online gambling and affiliate industry is being disrupted by bitcoin. If you haven't time to read the entire article then here are the key points.... It has gone largely unnoticed in the bitcoin community just how integrated crypto-currency has become in the sports betting, casino and poker world. Many traditional fiat sportsbooks and poker rooms like Americas Cardroom, 5Dimes and Bovada have added BTC as a cashier option in 2016. Gambling Affiliate Programs have gone one step further by requiring their users to set-up a bitcoin wallet to receive payments. Major affiliate programs like the Winning Poker Network, Betting Partners and Commission.biz only pay their affiliates in bitcoin in 2017. The founder of Bodog, Calvin Ayre, has made some pretty bullish predictions on how bitcoin will disrupt the entire gambling industry that we reported on in greater detail here. Reputable gambling authorities like the UK Gambling Commission have begun to issue licenses to members who want to accept BTC as a deposit or withdrawal option. There are many benefits to using bitcoin for affiliates. They receive their money faster, there are no transfer limits and they can also receive smaller amounts. Some traditional affiliate programs are so eager for their affiliates to move from Neteller or Skrill to bitcoin that they are offering a 10% premium on payments. As you can see, 2016 was quite the year for bitcoin in the gambling industry and we expect the rate of adoption to increase significantly in 2017.