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Poker Player Mike McDonald Calls DeFi Snake Oil, Gives One Reason He Is Bullish on It

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 08:20
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Yuri Molchan
Renowned poker player Mike McDonald is skeptical of DeFi overall but gives the one reason he is bullish on this fintech trend
Poker Player Mike McDonald Calls DeFi Snake Oil, Gives One Reason He Is Bullish on It
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Renowned poker player Mike McDonald has shared his take on DeFi, which is rather skeptical. However, McDonald gave one reason he is bullish on DeFi.

Mike McDonald is into crypto

Famous poker player Mike McDonald has turned out to be a fan of altcoins – which seems apparent from his recent tweets about BAT and COMP (BTC was also mentioned, but less often).

However, in a recent tweet, McDonald commented on a recent interview with the Canadian-American venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, who also used to be a senior executive at Facebook.

When crypto journalist (former Forbes contributor) Laura Shin asked Palihapitiya if he had been following the recent DeFi developments, he stated that he does not even know what DeFi means.

Palihapitiya added, however, that he has heard of Bitcoin, though he did not sound like much of a BTC fan.

‘DeFi is a snake oil’

Commenting on the video interview excerpt, McDonald tweeted that he believes that DeFi is a snake oil. However, he remains slightly bullish as he hopes that one day, he will be able to sell his ‘utterly worthless heavy bag’ to some DeFi maximalist.

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Max Keiser Compares Majority of DeFi Coins to BitConnect Scam in Substance and Methodology

Max Keiser, Vitalik Buterin, Weiss Crypto Ratings criticize DeFi

As reported by U.Today, the Bitcoin maximalist and TV anchor Max Keiser stated on his Twitter page that the majority of DeFi coins were not too far off from the BitConnect crypto Ponzi scheme, in terms of their substance and methodology.

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin and the Weiss Ratings agency have also been criticizing DeFi. Buterin is doubtful that it could be considered a reliable investment tool and Weiss Crypto Ratings called it a ‘mini bubble’ in a recent tweet.

However, Weiss Crypto Ratings admitted that the DeFi mini bubble will hardly damage the fintech industry. It may produce some worthy results, it stated, in a similar way the ICO boom allowed several crypto giants, like Ethereum and Binance, to emerge.

However, the agency tweeted that, with DeFi, inexperienced traders may lose their shirt.

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About the author

Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at