The Bitcoin (BTC) block halving is only one week away, and mining pools are eagerly waiting to see if they will be the pool to find the halving block this time around. Indeed, it is quite prestigious to find the halving block, and is somewhat like winning a lottery since it is totally up to chance. But simultaneously, a higher pool hash rate gives a pool a higher chance of finding the lucky block.
The pools which have the highest hash rates, and therefore the most potential to find the halving block, which is block 630,000, include F2Pool, Poolin, Antpool, and BTC.com. Notably, F2Pool found the halving block in 2016, so if they find it this year it will be the first time in history that a pool has found two different halving blocks.
Notably, there is also an ‘unknown’ pool that is relatively huge but doesn’t even have a name, and this unknown pool has a good chance at finding the halving block as well.
Other pools that are fairly big include 1THash&58COIN, Slush’s Pool, ViaBTC, Huobi.pool, OKExPool, and BTC.TOP. Slush’s pool was the first pool to find a halving block back in 2012. This year Slush’s pool is definitely an underdog, but it is possible that they could find the halving block.
Additionally, there are numerous other smaller Bitcoin (BTC) mining pools, and no matter how small their hash rate is, they could still find the halving block. Once again, it’s like a lottery so anyone with a hash rate can win, although pools with huge hash rates have a much better chance of winning.
On a final note, the hash rates of these pools are constantly fluctuating, so it remains to be seen who will be the biggest pool, and therefore who will have the highest chance of finding the halving block, when May 12 arrives.