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Ex Coinbase CTO Wagers $2M on Bitcoin Reaching $1M by June

by BSC News

March 19, 2023

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The bet was initiated on March 17th when a Twitter user offered to bet anyone $1 million that the United States would not experience hyperinflation.

Balaji Bet Draws Eyes

Balaji Srinivasan, former Coinbase CTO, has made a $2 million bet on Bitcoin's future performance, predicting that the cryptocurrency will reach $1 million by June 17th.

The bet was initiated on March 17th when a Twitter user offered to bet anyone $1 million that the United States would not experience hyperinflation.

Srinivasan accepted the bet and proposed the terms, stating that if Bitcoin's price does not reach $1 million by the deadline, the Twitter user would win $1 million worth of USD Coin and one Bitcoin. If Bitcoin is worth at least $1 million by the deadline, Srinivasan can keep the 1 BTC and the $1 million in USDC.

Srinivasan believes there is an impending crisis that will lead to the deflation of the US dollar and, thus, to a hyperinflation scenario that would take the BTC price to $1 million. The bet is based on his view of the future of the US economy, which differs from that of the Twitter user who believes hyperinflation will not occur in the country.

The bet has divided opinion across the industry with many deeming it a marketing ploy, and others playing out the different scenarios that could see us arrive at the speculative conclusion.

One thing is for sure, it has certainly caught the eye of the entire market, piquing the interest of leading figures. CZ initially declaring his interest in being the escrow before withdrawing upon offered to escrow 25%.

Bitcoin's price has reached $27,770 at the time of writing, with its market capitalization adding over $194 billion year-to-date, representing 66% growth in 2023.

Recent movement has seen excitement continue to build.

The asset has outperformed Wall Street bank stocks amid fears of a global banking crisis. Additionally, for the first time in a year, Bitcoin's price has shifted away from US stocks, rising about 65% compared to the S&P 500's 2.5% gains and the Nasdaq's 15% decline.

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