Popular Cryptocurrency Mining Pools in 2018

Mining – rest in peace? Well, many cryptocommunity members have such reasonable fears. The Coin Shark has already written about the possible future of mining industry, however, today mining is still an important and necessary part of cryptocurrency market, and hundreds of thousands of users find the opportunity to gain money out of it. Today The Coin Shark will tell about the most popular pools for Bitcoin mining.

What is a pool?

Mining pools are groups of miners who combine efforts to generate blocks in a blockchain of a particular virtual currency. As the complexity of mining (the amount of computational power, necessary to find hash) increased, solo miners had less and less chances to receive rewards. The more miners are there in the system, the more difficult it is to mine cryptocurrency for each particular miner, therefore, users began to unite in pools. In a pool each miner in fact “digs” only a part of the rock with their “digital pickaxe”, and thus the chances of the whole “brigade” to find hash increase significantly. The reward is then divided proportionally to the processing power provided by each miner. Pools are organized similarly to companies, where every member invests some property to form the capital and then receives profit in proportion to their share. Pools are good examples of parallel computing, where a large number of participants independently (and without duplication of tasks) perform separate parallel computational operations, which makes it possible to find the necessary algorithm easily.

What do pools mine?

We say – pools, we mean – Bitcoin. Yes, those days when individual users were successfully mining Bitcoin seem to be something like an ancient “golden age”. Even though some special mining equipment like ASIC-miners appeared, an individual user is still unlikely to successfully mine BTC on their own. So, mining pools became rather attractive for those who decided to earn bitcoin instead of buying it.

Today miners also unite to “extract” other popular coins. For example there are many pools for Ethereum, Dash, Litecoin, Monero, Dogecoin, Bitcoin Gold, Zcash, etc., even though many of them can be successfully mined by individual users with graphic cards or even processors.

Popular pools for Bitcoin mining

1.Slush Pool

Chinese pools have always been leaders of the mining industry, however, the first pool ever is the Czech Slush Pool. It was founded in December 2010 and became the first bitcoin mining pool. Since then, Slush Pool miners have mined more than a million BTC and the service itself has become one of the most popular pools all over the world. Slush Pool has many secure servers in different countries, and user accounts are protected with two-factor authentication. Users of this pool can also mine Zcash. Slush Pool is indeed rather popular and has a very good reputation, however, its market share is smaller, compared to Chinese services.

2. Antpool

Antpool is a large Chinese pool and one of the top mining pools on the market. In addition to bitcoin, users can also mine Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Zcash, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bytom, Monero, Siacoin and Dash. This pool pays daily rewards and is rather stable. Antpool also offers cloud mining with its HashNest service. The pool is owned by a Chinese company Bitmain – one of the largest and leading manufacturers of mining equipment. In addition, the company is also engaged in artificial intelligence development.

3. F2Pool

F2Pool is a popular Chinese service, operating since 2013. This pool supports a large number of coins – except for bitcoin, users have an opportunity to mine 14 more altcoins (including such popular cryptocurrencies, as Ethereum, Monero, Litecoin, Zcash, etc.). The service also enables its clients to mine several virtual currencies at the same time. F2Pool was a market leader in terms of hash rate for a long time, and today remains one of the top cryptocurrency pools.

4. BTC.com

BTC.com is an another large Chinese pool that currently leads the market. This one of the largest and most popular mining platforms was launched in 2016 and is also owned by the company Bitmain. In late April 2018, BTC.com reported to have mined 17-millionth bitcoin. So there are only 4 million coins more to come. Although the pool does not publish statistics on the number of users, Alejandro de la Torre, BTC.com vice president for development, told Coinlife that there are more than a million people using the service.

5. Viabtc

Viabtc is a true “Asian tiger”, founded in 2016, that became one of the mining industry leaders less than in one year. Like many other pools, it was initially “specialized” in bitcoin mining but introduced some other popular altcoins throughout its operation. Today its users can also mine Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Zcash, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Dash. Moreover, the pool offers cloud mining services. What is interesting about Viabtc is that it often has different loyalty programs to attract new users and strengthen relationships with “regular customers.”

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When Will Finally Growth Happen? Or Fresh Forecasts of Cryptocurrency Analysts

As we all remember, the 2018th year was far from the best in the history of Bitcoin as well as other cryptocurrencies. For the previous year, the first cryptocurrency slipped from $20,000 to $3,200. As of this writing, one BTC coin costs $3,940.

Perceptible revival in the cryptocurrency market has provoked another dose of optimistic statements from analysts. Let’s take a look at what professional traders and cryptocurrency market experts are saying about the immediate prospects for the Bitcoin rate.

Leah Wald

A professional trader, and in the past, World Bank economist Leah Wald, claims that the rate of the main cryptocurrency will fall to a critical level of $1,500, and only after that, new growth can begin, up to $6,500. But the user with the nickname Filb Filb doubts her prediction and claims that BTC has already “found its bottom” and now only the growth up to $6,000 and higher is waiting for us.

Leah Wald is confident in her forecast, so she decided to make a bet with her opponent – in case her prediction turns out to be wrong, she will have to transfer 1 Bitcoin to the user Filb Filb.

Cane IslandCrypto

An analyst from Texas, who is known on Twitter under the nickname Cane IslandCrypto recently published his own vision of the BTC price behavior in the coming years. So, he believes that a long and confident uptrend is waiting for us:

  • until the end of 2019, the BTC course will be $7,800;
  • in 2021 – $28,627;
  • in 2023 – $93,382;
  • in 2026 – $471,532.

He is confident that the bear market is over and only growth is waiting for us in the coming years.

Canaccord Genuity CapitalMarkets

A group of leading analysts of Canadian financial institutions Canaccord Genuity CapitalMarkets has a similar opinion about the rate of the first cryptocurrency. They believe that in two years Bitcoin will return to its peak values and go higher.

To create the own Bitcoin price chart, analysts were guided by historical data for 6 years (from 2011 to 2017). After analyzing the behavior of BTC, they came to the conclusion that at the moment the price of the asset has already “found the bottom”. And in the near future, the BTC course should start its growth.

Conclusion

If we analyze this information, we can conclude that the mood of market participants is beginning to change for the better. So far, the Bitcoin rate shows growing, even though slow: in recent months it has grown from $3,200 to $3,940 and continues to ascend. The nearest psychological mark is at the level of $4,000 – $4,100.

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Bitcoin Overcame Psychological $4000 Mark: Rate Chart

The weekend begins well: today on March 16th, 2019, Bitcoin rate broke another psychological mark of 4 thousand dollars.

Half-hour graph from cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp Source: TradingView

In the graph above we can see that not only Bitcoin has increased, but also trading volume. As expected, almost all the coins followed Bitcoin.

Source: Coinmarketcap

This is exactly how Top-10 cryptocurrencies looks like. Bitcoin Cash showed the maximum growth in the last 24-hours, it managed to grow by 14%, the second place in the growth dynamic takes Litecoin with 6,61%.

What is it – the final verge of a trend or another market manipulation? We will follow developments and provide you with the latest information.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, March 12: Cryptocurrencies Remain Stable

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coin360, Bitcoin (BTC) remained stable over the past 24 hours and slightly increased in price by 0.04%. The price at the time of writing is $3893 per coin.

For the most part, cryptocurrencies are showing growth:

Bitcoin Cash added 0.6%, Bitcoin SV lost 1.4%, the value of coins is $128 and $65, respectively;

Ripple dropped by 0.4% and costs $0.31;

EOS gained 3%, and its price is $3.71;

Litecoin added 3.2%, and its value is $56;

Cardano increased by 5.7%, and its cost $0.047;

Stellar lost 4.6% and costs $0.10;

IOTA grew by 1.4%, and its value is $0.28;

Dash increased by 4.4%, and its price $84;

Monero added 2% and costs $50.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added just 0.2%. The rate of the coin is $133.

The total market capitalization is $134 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 51.4% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $69 billion.

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Crypto and Bolivar in Venezuela: What is Good Money And What is Bad Money?

According to the news outlets, Venezuela has tumbled into darkness since last week. Such a massive blackout is influencing the country’s economy, to be more specific, its remains. Venezuelan economist, professor Aaron Olmos, shared some thoughts considering crypto and its adoption in the country during his recent interview to Coindesk.

Blackout, Economy, Crypto

Once the wealthiest country in the Latin America now is suffering a devastating blackout which has already caused at least 15 victims. The power plant Guri went down, thus, left millions of Venezuelan without electricity: schools, public transport, airport remain closed since Friday, March 8. The opposition leader, Juan Guaido, plans to announce a “state of alarm” in the National Assembly on March, 11.

Such critical situation is caused by years of power usurpation, corruption, incompetence, and high rates of inflation, which hit 80,000% in 2018. As national currency – Bolivar – became valueless, people started mining and trading crypto, in particular, Bitcoin. In the middle of February, the Bitcoin trading hit all-time high. It has become the only way to feed Venezuelan families. Bitcoin mining requires electricity access. Since the blackout has been continuing for 5 days already, even this way of feeding of taken away.

In 2017, Nicolas Maduro announced creation of national cryptocurrency – Petro. However, no one is quite sure how much it costs, as of 2019, it does not function as currency.

Good Money Vs. Bad Money

The Venezuela’s most famous economist, Aaron Olmos, shared his thoughts on the subject of his country’s current dependency on the US dollar, as well as crypto’s place in Venezuela. He thinks that the current state of economy is a result of poor economic administration, this lead to the fast adoption of crypto, as national currency remains devalued Bolivar.

“We are in a complicated situation because ‘good money’ –  dollars or cryptocurrency – is available, but it is scarce because people tend to keep it, not spend it. On the other hand our ‘bad money,’ the Bolivar, it’s the one used by law.”

The economist also pointed out that large bills are limited, whilst small ones are constantly being issued.

“This creates a distortion in the price of goods and services since the production value is now based in dollars in the internal market,” he explains. “Everybody knows it: the Bolivar is our official currency in circulation, but the actual functional currency is the US dollar.”

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, March 5: Cryptocurrency Is Slightly Growing

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coin360, Bitcoin (BTC) remained stable over the past 24 hours and added 0.4%. The price at the time of writing is $3754 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies moved to the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 2.28%, Bitcoin SV grew by 3.46%, the cost of the coins is $125 and $65 correspondingly;

Ripple gained 1.13% and costs $0.30;

EOS increased by 5.6%, and its price is $3.36;

Litecoin added 2.11%, and its value is $46;

Cardano grew by 3.13%, and its cost is $0.041;

Stellar added 1.27% and costs $0.083;

IOTA increased by 1.69%, and its cost is $0.27;

Dash became more expensive by 1.68%, and its price is $78;

Monero added 0.88% and costs $47.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 2.9%. The exchange rate of the coin is $128.

The total market capitalization is $127 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.1% of the total volume. In monetary terms it is $66 billion.

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Bitcoin Miners Are Fooling Around While Earning Tens of Millions of Dollars

According to the recent research made by Diar: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Dash miners made more than $18 billion without any transaction.

Let us start with the two most famous cryptocurrency – Bitcoin and Ethereum. These two coins were the most popular proof-of-work blockchains, however, they processed the fewest amount of empty blocks, the report shows that Ethereum paid out $65 million in rewards for such blocks in 2017.

Bitcoin Cash, in his turn, has created more than 3300 empty blocks since the end of summer of 2017. It means that monthly about $5 million was gained across all networks. Moreover, Bitcoin Cash miners have earned more than $1 billion since its for on November 15, 2018.

Litecoin is a fast cryptocurrency, and due to its network underutilization, the coin has the most empty blocks. Litecoin miners are mostly hunting for lite blocks, thus its block time is considered to be about 2 minutes. Indeed, the time varies from the difficulty of mining, but in overall every 2 mins, the block is created.

The report suggests miners “fooling around”, because a lack of transactions rises up their reward by far less than gaining the block reward. Let us look on the example.

Block 1586699 which was processed on Tuesday has only transaction less than 1 LTC, nonetheless, the block paid out the mining reward of 25 LTC. It means that the miner has made over $1000 to process less than $50. There is another example, block 1586709, the miner has earned more than $1000 for processing $0 in transactions. Unfortunately, there is no such a thing in the fiat world.

We remind you

How to Get Bitcoin And How Profitable is Mining in 2019

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