LetBet (www.let.bet) has thrown its name in the hat khổng lồ become the next big thing in crypto sports betting. The Belizean company has created its own cryptocurrency designed lớn power an online betting platform that is anonymous, trustless and decentralized.

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According lớn a company press release, LetBet wants lớn do-away with the middleman altogether by building a platform allowing users lớn bet with one another using blockchain-based smart contracts that are executed automatically. Smart contracts make it so that bets are accepted automatically, funds from both sides of any wager held in escrow and the winner is paid automatically when the conditions are met lớn determine the outcome of the sporting sự kiện in question.

If none of this even resembles English khổng lồ you, check out this handy guide explaining the basic idea behind smart contracts. The main thing to understand is smart contracts allow bets to be placed and then paid out automatically with no middleman involved.

This means there is no opportunity for a corrupt bookmaker khổng lồ cancel your bet or someone else to back out when the bet doesn’t go their way. In other words, smart contracts are the ultimate handshake. Once you “shake hands” và book your bet, the bet is locked in. If you win, you will be paid. If you lose, well, at least you know you had a fair shot.

That’s the idea, anyways. LetBet is not the first betting platform of this type khổng lồ emerge in recent times. Other platforms of this type that we have discussed recently include Unikrn và BetterBetting.

LetBet ICO Announced

The LetBet company introduced itself khổng lồ the Bitcointalk.org forums on 3 January with an announcement that LetBet will be holding an initial coin offering (ICO) beginning 25 February 2018. This ICO will allow anyone interested khổng lồ buy LetBet tokens (LBT) for speculative purposes or simply to have them early at a hopefully discounted rate before the betting platform goes live.

According to the press release, LetBet has phối a total cap of 199 million tokens for sale during the ICO. Twenty million LBT will be issued during the pre-sale and 70 million will be issued during the crowdsale.

The pre-sale begins trăng tròn January 2018 & will run through 14 February. During that time, LetBet tokens will be sold at a price $0.5 per LBT with a 70% bonus offered on all first purchases. The price per LBT is scheduled khổng lồ increase each day during the 30-day ICO. Purchases of LBT can be made with Bitcoin and Ethereum.

LetBet also states that any leftover coin after the initial ICO will be burned. This will be done to lớn protect the value of all LBT purchased during the ICO.

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Potential Investors: Proceed with Caution

Something you should keep in mind before participating is that ICOs are highly speculative and are completely unregulated. This company could very well be legit, but you should proceed with extreme caution. Bởi vì your due diligence.

ICOs are not my specialty, but I bởi vì understand enough from past experience that certain red flags should be noted – & I do see some red flags with LetBet. These may or may not be indicative of trouble down the road, but I feel it is only fair to nói qua a couple of issues that caught my attention.

First of all, LetBet is headquartered in Belize. Belize is notoriously under-regulated when it comes to online betting và I imagine their cryptocurrency controls are no better. The closest thing I’ve been able khổng lồ find an address or company headquarters for LetBet is a little bit of text at the bottom of the website stating the company is located on Goldson Highway, Belize City, Belize.

Second, LetBet has no gambling licenses. Compare this khổng lồ Unikrn, which is active in highly-regulated markets. The LetBet whitepaper says they “hope lớn finalise our online gambling license after the ICO.” While I certainly hope that they vì indeed acquire some sort of gambling license, the details are vague & no hard guarantees are offered.

Additionally, how much do we really know about LetBet? It is difficult khổng lồ find out who, exactly, is behind it and there is surprisingly little information available online beyond a few press releases, forums mentions & a (now closed) Facebook page.

The LetBet whitepaper also shows some warning signs of its own. Certain parts of the whitepaper appear to lớn be nothing more than word-stuffing. For example, page six of the whitepaper describes betting systems for absolutely no apparent reason:


What does that have to bởi with anything?

There are other minor issues that pop up frequently throughout the paper. For example, the whitepaper constantly refers to Texas Hold’em Poker as “Poker Texas.” There are tons of great non-English-speaking programmers out there, but you would think that a company interested in building a gambling platform from scratch would be familiar enough with Texas Hold’em by now lớn know its proper name in English.

LetBet also says it will be running two affiliate programs. One of these will run during the ICO phase only in an effort to attract more investors. Page 29 of the whitepaper states this tiếp thị liên kết program will end when the ICO ends. So, they’re running a bounty campaign to attract additional investors. Bounty campaigns are common, but they still scream “be careful” to me.


LetBet may be entirely legit. However, the internet is also full of ICO pump-and-dump schemes. If this was a pump-and-dump scheme, it would look just lượt thích this: big promises, vague background history và a sudden surge in press.

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Mind you, none of this is a formal accusation. I am not afraid to hotline out suspected scams, but I simply vị not know enough about LetBet to call it one way or another. That being said, the issues I found in the whitepaper are very concerning. What I can say without doubt is that I am still very skeptical at this early stage.