Tone Vays Wins $10,000 Bitcoin-Transaction Bet With Roger Ver

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On stage at the Malta AI & Blockchain Summit yesterday, Bitcoin Cash proponent Roger Ver made a $10,000 bet with the high-profile trader, consultant, and content creator Tone Vays — which the latter won.



The bet was spurred on by the CEO’s insistence that BTC’s average transaction fees were currently $3.00 per transaction and that BCH was vastly superior for having transaction fees under one cent.

Vays correctly argued that claims of $3.00 average BTC transaction fees were misleading, which caused Ver to bet $10,000 (to charity) that Vays could not send him a $5 BTC transaction with one cent fees in under one day.



After each personality took out their phones and conducted the transaction, Ver continued to insist that the transaction would not take place in the near future and would get stuck in the mempool.

However, Vays took to Twitter early this morning to prove that the transaction went through in approximately 10 hours — thus proving Ver wrong.

@CobraBitcoin then took to Twitter to claim that the transaction was “really shady” while claiming that Slushpool unfairly gave priority to Vays’ transaction in an effort to help the BTC-proponent win the bet.

However, Cøbra’s concerns were refuted with apparent proof that the mempool was empty — allowing Vays’ transaction to included in a block without the need to manipulate its priority.

The debate itself was a bit too short to be substantial, otherwise.

Ver primarily spent the allotted time badgering Vays about transaction fees and the nascent Lightning Network after the former gave his standard pitch about the speed and low-fee nature of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) — which received, according to this reporter’s ears, one single applause from the full auditorium.

Vays, on the other hand, largely played defense by claiming that the Lightning Network would almost certainly be vastly improved in the near future, SegWit correctly solved Bitcoin’s immediate scalability issues experienced in late 2017, and that he has to problem transacting non-micropayments on-chain for a reasonable fee to support the miners.

What do you think about the ongoing Bitcoin Cash (BCH) vs. Bitcoin (BTC) debate? Do you think Slushpool unfairly mined Tone Vays’ transaction? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Adam is the Editor-in-Chief of He has been deeply involved in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries for many years and previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of He regularly attends international Bitcoin and blockchain conferences. Adam earned his B.A. degree in English Language and Literature from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2011. He also studied the Comparative History of Central, Southeastern, and Eastern Europe at Central European University.

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