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Pay for Your Hotel Stay with Bitcoin (BTC) at the FIFA World Cup

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FIFA World Cup makes up for one of the biggest events globally when it comes to the “second most important thing in the world” – football. In the year 2018, the World Cup will be held in Russia as this country gained the rights to host the World Cup back in 2010 when the decision on this matter became official. While it is expected to see this year’s World Cup in Russia as one of the most spectacular events in 2018, word that Bitcoin will in a way support the mentioned event came back in March. Let’s see how Bitcoin is meant to support the faithful football fans during their visit to Russia.

Bitcoin Accepted as a Payment Method

It was announced back in March that Bitcoin will be used in some hotels as a payment method for paying for the stay of visitors that are to come to Russia in order to support their domestic teams on 12 different stadiums across Russia that will become the epicenters of maybe the biggest sports event in 2018.

As it is expected to see millions of people coming to Russia in order to witness the World Cup of 2018 and provide moral support to their country teams, more than several hotels in Kaliningrad have taken the initiative towards enabling payment s with Bitcoin as a way for paying for a stay in the listed hotels.

The hotels in Kaliningrad have already made arrangements with service providers that would be able to process crypto-based payments that will be made with BTC on this occasion.

The predicted dates for the increased inflow of visitors to Kaliningrad is June 14th and June 15th, when the Mundial will take place across 12 different stadiums and with millions of people coming from eight different countries as reported by the responsible parties in Kaliningrad.

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The hotels in the mentioned city in Russia have stated that they are expecting to have guests from Serbia, Croatia, Morocco, Nigeria, England, Switzerland, Belgium, and Spain, which means that there will be a lot of potential Bitcoin users coming to support their teams.

As the World Cup is set to take place in Russia during today’s date on June 14th and the next day on June 15th and with Kaliningrad making the capital of the western area in Russia, Kaliningrad makes up for one of the hosting cities that will be welcoming numerous guests during their stay for the next two days.

The hotels in Kaliningrad have thus taken the initiative of partnering up with a service provider called Free-Kassa.

The manager of the hotel chain that has made the mentioned arrangement with Free-Kassa claims that she has noticed that the interest in trading and making payments with cryptocurrencies is increasing while taking major fervor during the last two years.

That is how they have decided to enable their visitors to pay for their stay in the chain of hotels in Kaliningrad while paying instantly with Bitcoin.

The prices across hotels, not only in Kaliningrad, but in other hosting cities have gone 10 times more expensive than the original price of staying in these cities, which seems to be a normal occasion since Russia has spent 12 billion dollars on this event, looking to earn a profit of at least 5 billion during the World Cup.

The hotel chain that has taken the initiative to partner up with Free-Kassa in order to provide visitors with the option of making payments with Bitcoin, hopes that other hotels will follow their lead, in accordance with the statement provided by the manager of Apartment Malina hotel.

If anything, the prices won’t get lower during your visitation to Russia during the World Cup, but at least you can make instant payments with Bitcoin on the spot thanks to the initiative of Kaliningrad hotels, like Apartment Malina, which contributes to the future adoption of cryptos, also making BTC a part of the World Cup 2018 in a modest but significant way for the crypto community in general.

Russia on Crypto Regulations

In addition to having the mentioned hotels in Kaliningrad offering to pay with BTC as one of the available payment options for their guests, the Russian government started to work on regulations that will address the use of digital currencies in this country.

The regulations were mentioned back in March 2018, when the Finance Ministry of Russia presented the bill on Digital Financial Assets, stating that the payments being made with cryptocurrencies and digital assets will be enabled and legal in accordance with the bill, but only in the case when the risk is out of the question.

That way, the Russian Financial Ministry has addressed the importance of differentiating valuable digital assets from so-called scam-coins that come as not only highly unregulated but potentially dangerous for the unsuspecting users.

Bitcoin Performance

Still the ultimate coin number one, with over 111.8 billion dollars in market capitalization, Bitcoin seems to be struggling with slow payment processing and the lack of a dev team that could turn Bitcoin into more than the original coin.

Moreover, BTC seems to be struggling in the market as well, although it is seen rising up by 0.76% today.

Bitcoin has as well as Litecoin touched a new low of below 7000$, making it tradable at the price of devastating 6542.47$ per one BTC. Far from its all-time high, it is yet not certain whether BTC will try and bounce off towards 7000$ and above or continue dropping down and below 6500$.

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Ethereum Flippening Bitcoin In 5 Years?

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The dominance of Bitcoin (BTC) in the crypto markets due to the bear market, currently stands at 55.2%. Ethereum’s dominance is a distant second at 10.8% of the total cryptocurrency market capitalization. This is despite the fact that the value of ETH is still shaky with many traders postulating that it could get worse for the digital asset before it gets better. Ethereum’s decline has been blamed on three factors outlined below:

  1. Congestion issues on the network
  2. ICOs cashing out the ETH raised in the ICO boom of last December to late February this year
  3. Traders shorting ETH due to the above two reasons

Ethereum Flippening Bitcoin?

In a tweet on the 18th of September, Weiss Ratings stated that ETH will grab 50% of Bitcoin’s market share in 5 years. Doing the math, this means Ethereum flippening Bitcoin in the markets with a dominance that will be around 38%. BTC would be at half its current value, and at 27.6% of the total crypto market cap.

The full tweet from Weiss Ratings would go on to explain why this would happen:

“#Bitcoin will lose 50% of its #cryptocurrency market share to #ETH within 5 years, due to it offering more uses and being backed with superior #blockchain technology. We completely agree – unlike #BTC, which is a one-trick pony, the limit of…

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Crypto News: What Happened To Bitcoin?

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The crypto news of the day is what the heck happened yesterday in Bitcoin? In a matter of 2 hours, we saw the Bitcoin price go from 6320 to 6080 on Bitmex and then rocket higher to 6580. In the process, stops were cleaned out for both longs and shorts.

For all of 2018, Bitcoin has been a perfect vehicle for swing traders. The market has been playing support and resistance levels perfectly. The play has been to buy Bitcoin around the 6000 level and sell above 7000. Until this pattern changes, it’s what traders and investors need to keep doing. Yesterday’s price action, while crazy and extreme, does still support this strategy.

Why the crazy move in Bitcoin?

There are a number of thoughts as to why Bitcoin made the move that it did. They are technical related and don’t involve a fundamental reason. The first is that there are bots on Bitmex that go hunting for stops. The bot utilizes inside knowledge of where the orders are clustered. If the bot can move the market to where the stops are, it can get filled.

The second is that yesterday was the expiration of the CBOE futures contract. I am an ex-futures trader (now crypto) and know that expiration days can see some crazy moves. This is because it’s the last day to close a position on that futures contract.

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XRP Rally Lifts Bitcoin and Ethereum

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It’s quite surprising to be writing this, but the XRP rally lifted Bitcoin and Ethereum off yesterday’s lows. As I wrote yesterday in covering Bitcoin, my bullish enthusiasm was dampened by Bitcoin’s $300 drop. XRP rising has given renewed hopes that the lows for the year are in and higher prices are ahead.

XRP Rally

The most frustrating part about the XRP rally was the news put out by our competitors. We read the XRP rally was due to xRapid launching soon and also that a major Saudi Arabian bank had joined the Ripple network for international payments. I’ve been trading cryptocurrencies long enough to know that no one knows the exact reason why something happens in the market. This is a major buy spike that came out of left field.

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I am certainly feeling better about Bitcoin now than I was 24 hours ago. The lack of volume and the price action felt like the market was heading lower. Today, however, we are back around the 6350 levels.

The problem is that it still not enough to make me buy more Bitcoin. We are still in the middle of the range between 6100 and 6500. This neutral zone is not an area that I want to be putting on trades. Yesterday’s jump was indeed positive, but need proof that it was not…

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