Crypto gamblers are betting heavily on Barbie to top Oppenheimer

Here’s how crypto gamblers on Polymarket feel about this hurricane season, Zuck vs. Musk and BlackRock’s bitcoin ETF


DAndreev/Shutterstock modified by Blockworks


There’s just something about cryptocurrency that lends itself to wild speculation. Blame it on the younger demographic, obscene risk tolerance or simple financial nihilism in response to the depressing housing market.

In any case, blockchain-powered prediction markets suit crypto to a tee. These platforms allow anyone to open bet on any topic whatsoever — with all gambits settled by smart contracts, paid in crypto.

The permissionless nature of blockchains means all topics are fair game. Polygon’s Polymarket drew controversy earlier this month for facilitating bets on the outcome of the OceanGate Titanic sub tragedy, for example.

Polymarket works like this: Users buy or sell what’s referred to as “outcome shares,” which are either worth $1 or zilch depending on whether the associated outcome actually happens.

The odds offered by the blockchain readily reflect how crypto users feel about world events. From Oppenheimer vs. Barbie to the veracity of the weather, here’s the top Polymarket highlights right now.

Zuck and Musk, billionaire brawlers

Ever since Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg sent “Send Me Location” to Twitter/Tesla boss Elon Musk last week, the internet has wondered whether the controversial billionaires would really duke it out MMA style, just because.

In this case, the market is timed to end by midnight, July 1 (tomorrow). Most are betting against a fight being announced before then. The “yes” outcome shares are going for $0.05 a piece, while the “no” shares are being sold for $0.97. 

Crypto gamblers aren’t expecting an imminent announcement, even as Italy reportedly offers up the Colosseum

Those who bet on a fight being announced currently stand to receive $1,653.48 — 1,553% return — and those who think it won’t happen would only see $103.09, a 3.09% return. 

Another market with a longer expiry will probably drop after this expires, considering how much has been bet.

Will Kylian Mbappé leave Paris Saint-Germaine?

Mbappé further solidified his soccer superstardom when he became PSG’s top goalscorer of all time earlier this year.

And while a recent statement dropped that he wasn’t renewing his contract with the club, fans were confused when he flip-flopped on Twitter, claiming that he would continue at PSG next season.

Polymarket users are basically split over what will happen next. “Yes” shares on whether Mbappé will leave PSG are going for $0.58, while “no” shares are fetching $0.57.

The odds on this one are more volatile

That means $100 on the superstar donning different colors, if announced right now, would garner $154.59, while those betting on him staying would get $172.79.

Barbie’s nuclear Hollywood showdown

Christoper Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” — a three-hour epic about the man who led the fateful Manhattan Project for the atomic bomb — opens one day after Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie.”

The two movies couldn’t be more separated by the cinematic spectrum, and the contrast has birthed endless memes and a sporting rivalry between their respective social media camps.

Naturally, we have a Polymarket for that: “Will ‘Barbie’ or ‘Oppenheimer’ gross more on opening weekend?” 

Barbie is by far the odds-on favorite

Crypto gamblers are betting heavily on Barbie. Those shares are going for $0.95 and return $105.26 on a $100 wager. Oppenheimer shares, on the other hand, are worth $0.07 and pay out $1,375 if it brings in more dough — 1,275% return.

19 or more US hurricanes with a name this year

North Atlantic hurricane season started on June 1, and it runs until the end of November. And there have already been three tropical storms with a name — Arlene, Bret and Cindy.

Twenty-one names have been preselected for any storms that eventuate this year, including Franklin, Irma, Gert and Tammy.

Polymarket users can bet on whether at least 19 US hurricanes will be fierce enough to warrant their own moniker. “Yes” shares are worth $0.40 and the “nos” are valued at $0.68.

Hurricane bets are going down to the wire — although the season is only just getting started

So, $100 on a confirmed brutal hurricane season would about double one’s money while the opposite would increase it by nearly half. (Similar odds are on offer for whether NASA would deem 2023 the hottest year on record.)

Bet on BlackRock’s ETF bid without buying bitcoin

Market sentiment on the possibility of BlackRock winning its bid to launch a spot bitcoin ETF is somewhat murky.

Bitcoin pumped around 15% after BlackRock’s filing. But wise participants might now be wondering whether an SEC greenlight has already been priced in.

Polymarket supports bets on something more granular: whether the SEC would approve BlackRock by Aug. 31, 2023.

Markets aren’t convinced. “Yes” shares can be snapped up for $0.19 — returning $371.61 on $100. The opposite are on offer for $0.84, which means just $17.72% potential gains right now.

You can always hedge your BlackRock front-running bitcoin buys with Polymarket

Other peculiar markets worth mentioning include “Will Kanye announce he is running for president by July 11?” (most say “no,”) and “Will a nuclear weapon detonate by December 31?” (much closer than it should be).

For what it’s worth, most Polymarket betters reckon the Democratic party will win next year’s US presidential election, despite crypto’s unwarranted reputation for being overtly right wing.

Although, it’s quite close. $100 on the Democrats is on track to pay out $167.07, while the opposite returns $204.08. Those odds are similar to aggregates shared by Oddschecker.

Start your day with top crypto insights from David Canellis and Katherine Ross. Subscribe to the Empire newsletter.

The Lightspeed newsletter is all things Solana, in your inbox, every day. Subscribe to daily Solana news from Jack Kubinec and Jeff Albus.


Upcoming Events

Salt Lake City, UT

WED - FRI, OCTOBER 9 - 11, 2024

Pack your bags, anon — we’re heading west! Join us in the beautiful Salt Lake City for the third installment of Permissionless. Come for the alpha, stay for the fresh air. Permissionless III promises unforgettable panels, killer networking opportunities, and mountains […]

recent research

Screenshot 2024-05-23 091855.png


Bitcoin L2s aim to boost scalability while preserving decentralization and security, unlocking a better user experience, and new avenues for Bitcoin-powered innovations. However, no existing Bitcoin L2 leverages the full security of Bitcoin.


Three Democrats joined Republicans Thursday in supporting a bill that would block the Federal Reserve from issuing a retail CBDC


Plus, Zeta Markets has released a litepaper for the “Zeta X” layer-2 it’s hoping to send to mainnet in early 2025


From CME Group’s launch of ether futures to congressmen urging the SEC to approve spot funds, a lot has led up the agency’s decision



As part of the #Breakout2024 plans, Radix has introduced Token Trek


House members ask Gensler to keep a “consistent and equitable approach” with ether ETF proposals after the agency approved spot bitcoin ETFs in January


Using old-world instruments to address crypto user experience challenges goes against what this industry set out to do