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    Betting on Approval of Bitcoin ETF Soars to $1.5M on Polymarket

    Key Takeaways

    • Crypto traders have placed approximately $1.5 million in bets on Polymarket regarding the SEC’s decision on Bitcoin ETF applications.
    • The majority of bets favor the approval of the Bitcoin ETF, with ‘Yes’ shares currently priced higher than ‘No’ shares.
    • The betting has elicited varied reactions in the crypto community, ranging from criticism to humorous comments on personal stakes.

    The crypto community is abuzz with the suspense surrounding the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) decision on the much-anticipated spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) applications.

    Amid this high-stakes wait, a significant number of traders have turned to Polymarket, a Polygon-based betting platform, to place their bets on the outcome.

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    Currently, bets amounting to around $1.5 million have been recorded, indicating the intensity of speculation in the crypto world.

    At Polymarket, participants are divided between those who believe the Bitcoin ETF will be approved (‘Yes’ bets) and those who don’t (‘No’ bets). Interestingly, most traders have shown confidence in a positive outcome, with ‘Yes’ shares outnumbering ‘No’.

    The value of each share fluctuates in a manner akin to the crypto market, with the current price of a ‘Yes’ share at $0.80 and a ‘No’ share at $0.21. Notably, a top bettor under the pseudonym “Kiwi” has invested approximately $421,000 in ‘Yes’ shares, while the highest stake in ‘No’ shares stands at about $15,000.

    If any spot Bitcoin ETF receives the SEC’s nod by January 15, 2024, at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time, the market will resolve to ‘Yes’. Conversely, if no approval is granted by then, it will resolve to ‘No’. This means that by the deadline, bet holders will either reap profits or face losses based on the outcome.

    Polymarket has stated that its primary source for resolving the market will be official information from the SEC. However, it also mentioned that the consensus of credible reporting might be considered in specific scenarios to determine the market’s resolution.

    The betting activity has sparked mixed reactions in the cryptocurrency community, especially on platforms like Reddit. Some users have criticized the betting, with one Redditor labeling it as “putting up dollars to win dimes.”

    Meanwhile, others have taken a lighter approach, humorously commenting on their personal stakes. One user joked about risking their child’s college fund, while another playfully apologized to their “crypto grandkids” for their speculative actions.

    The betting frenzy on Polymarket over the SEC’s decision on Bitcoin ETFs reflects the high stakes and varied sentiments within the crypto community, with millions wagered and diverse reactions ranging from criticism to humor.

    Gile is a Market Sentiment Analyst who understands what public events may form what emotions. Her experience researching Web3 news and public market messages – including cryptocurrency news reports, PRs, and social network streams – is critical to her role in helping lead the Crypto News Editorial Team.
    As an intelligent professional in public relations, together with the team, she aims to determine real VS fake news patterns, and bring her findings to anyone searching for unbiased news and events happening in the FinTech markets. Her expertise is uncovering the latest trustworthy & informative Web3 announcements to the masses.
    When she’s not researching the trustworthiness of mainstream stories, she spends time enjoying her terrace view and taking meticulous care of her outdoor environment.


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