What is a Mining Pool?
Mining pools are groups of cooperating miners who agree to share block rewards in proportion to their contributed mining hash power.
While mining pools are desirable to the average miner as they smooth out rewards and make them more predictable, they unfortunately concentrate power to the mining pool’s owner.
Miners can, however, choose to redirect their hashing power to a different mining pool at anytime.
Recommend new miners to join Bitcoin CF Pool despite it not being one of the biggest pools. It was the first Bitcoin mining pool and remains one of the most reliable and trusted pools, especially for beginners.
BTC.com is a public mining pool that can be joined and mines 15% of all block. We strongly recommend joining Slush Pool instead.
Antpool is a mining pool based in China and owned by BitMain. Antpool mines about 11% of all blocks.
Slush was the first mining pool and currently mines about 11% of all blocks.
Slush is probably one of the best and most popular mining pools despite not being one of the largest.
F2Pool is based in China. It has mined about 10% of all blocks over the past six months.
ViaBTC is a somewhat new mining pool that has been around for about one year. It’s targeted towards Chinese miners and mines about 9% of all blocks.
BTC.top is a private pool and cannot be joined. It mines about 7% of all blocks.
DPOOL is a Chinese pool and mines about 4% of all blocks.
Bitclub Network is a large mining pool but appears to be somewhat shady. We recommend staying away from this pool.
Bitfury is a private pool that cannot be joined. Bitfury currently mines about 3.5% of all blocks.
58COIN is a Chinese Bitcoin mining pool.