Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have been going through a pretty severe bear market during 2018. The bitcoin price has dropped by about 60% since its peak in December 2017, while other altcoins like Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash have performed even worse. 2017 was a huge year for cryptocurrency adoption in the offshore gambling sector. Major sportbooks and poker rooms like BetOnline, 5Dimes, Bovada and Ignition Casino embraced BTC and it proved to be hugely popular with gamblers who were not being serviced by the traditional banking system due to anti-gambling regulations. The big question is, has the current crypto currency bear market affected the adoption rate at major online gambling operators. According to a recent article by the Offshore Gambling Association, it has had almost zero impact. A representative from Heritage sports confirmed that "More and more customers are gravitating to crypto irrespective of rise and fall of pricing." Because Heritage never held large balances in crypto, they were unaffected by the recent drop in price, however, not every sportsbook was as lucky. One unnamed source in the article admits that they held over 100 BTC for speculative reasons while the price was rising, which they now admit was a mistake. They eventually sold at $10,000 and made a respectable $300,000 on the trade, but they would have made a million dollars had they sold at the peak. So in summary, online gambling sites are still seeing increases in cryptocurrency adoption and have been largely unaffected by price fluctuations providing they don't keep larges reserves of crypto's.