A bitcoin whale has supposedly risked a total of 800 BTC, worth around $5.8 million, to help the cryptocurrency remain at the $7,200 mark in a bid to win a bet he made on social media.
A Twitter exchange between Dogecoin supporter Samu and bitcoin whale Joe007 shows that both agreed to bet on bitcoin’s future price, with Samu agreeing to pay 5 million DOGE (around $11,000) to the whale if BTC traded above $7,100, and the whale agreeing to pay Samu the same amount if it was below $7,100 at 13:00 UTC on December 12.
OK let's clarify the conditions of the bet.— Joe007 [I identify as a minky whale] (@J0E007) December 4, 2019
"If Bitfinex BTCUSD is above 7100 at 13:00 UTC December 12, 2019, @QuodSemper pays 5M Doge to the address of @J0E007's choosing. If the price is below 7100, @J0E007 pays @QuodSemper 5M Doge"
The BTC whale ended up winning the bet as the price of the flagship cryptocurrency didn’t drop below the agreed-upon mark. Some of those watching the thread, however, noted that something seemed to be going on before the bet’s deadline expired.
The bet was made according to the price of the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange, and a trader soon alleged on social media the BTC whale could’ve placed an 800 bitcoin order to “defend” the $7,200 so the cryptocurrency’s price wouldn’t dip.
While it isn’t possible to tell whether Joe007 was the one behind the 800 BTC order, the whale seemed to warn Samu before the bet was made that he was extremely confident he was going to win, tweeting out “you really don’t want to make this bet, believe me…”
After the deadline the posts suggesting market manipulation came out so Samu said he “got revenge” on the bitcoin whale cheating, by offering to pay him only 6 DOGE, currently worth about $0.013.
The Dogecoin addresses Joe007 showed as the destination for the funds currently has little over 10,000 DOGE in it, worth close to $22. Some argued Samu should have paid the funds as no terms were defined in the bet, while others agreed with him.
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