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Eric Hackney in Florida on May 17. 

Eric Hackney in Florida on May 17. 

Photographer: Zack Wittman/Bloomberg
The Big Take

$ASS Coin Billionaire: Tales From the Fringe of the Crypto Craze

Meet the thrill-seeking traders who are prowling for profits in the wildest corners of the market — all in search of the next big coin.


The Bud Light Mango Mai Tais were beginning to take hold when Eric Hackney — 38, unemployed and ticked off by watching other people get rich — figured, What the hell? and laid $500 on some crazy-sounding thing called ASS Coin.

“Screw it. Let’s go. Let’s see what happens,’’ Hackney thought.