The relationship between cryptography and gambling has a much longer history than most may think. In fact, the very creators of RSA encryption also worked on a concept called Mental Poker - which set the stage many decades ago for what was (and is) to come. They had amazing foresight, which we should all work to incorporate into our thinking. More recently though, heavy-handed regulations have driven much of online gambling into a gray-area. This has allowed cryptocurrencies a rare worldwide opportunity to prove that they can not only serve an industry well, but become a dominant force due to their significant inherent advantages in an increasingly digital world.