Bitcoin (BTC) passing $30,000 and hitting highs of near $31,000 has caused huge pain for traders betting on a bearish pullback.
BTC shorters feel the burn... again
Amid highly volatile conditions, Bitcoin attempted to crack $30,000 several times on New Year's Day and overnight before finally clinching the psychologically significant level on Saturday.
The move was accompanied by a bullish charge which soon took the largest cryptocurrency even higher, with press-time levels attempting to crack $31,000.
While many celebrated, however, some were left far worse off than just minutes previously.
Liquidated short on XBTUSD: Buy 10,000,000 @ 30864 ~ I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!— REKT (@BXRekt) January 2, 2021
"I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" a telling tweet from a bot tracking liquidated trades on derivatives giant BitMEX summarized.
Figures suggest that shorters on BitMEX alone lost $10 million, a grim reminder of the dangers involved in second guessing Bitcoin at crucial levels.
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"The higher this impulse wave goes for #Bitcoin , the higher the next one will be as well. 2021 is going to be fire," he tweeted as $30,000 hit.
Others in the top ten cryptocurrencies showed less volatile behavior, while nothing could lift XRP, still floundering amid legal problems at major investor Ripple Labs.