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CS:GO Gambling conspiracy widens, as even more YouTubers admit their guilt

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CSGO Betting Scandal gets deeper

Yesterday a more broad audience was exposed to the outright shadiness involved in the massive online business of Counter-Strike: GO weapon skins betting. In short, third-party websites offer up the ability to bet on skins outside of Steam, while using Steam authentication to make it all legal. These websites, as was uncovered, happened to be owned by several YouTube personalities failing to to disclose this information in promotional, sometimes rigged videos. And the net keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Since the H3H3 report from yesterday became massive news, the two YouTubers implicated – Trevor “Tmartn” Martin and Tom “ProSyndicate” Cassel – have both taken different approaches to avoiding blame and pleading ignorance on the matter. Most of Tmartin’s videos have no been made private following the report, with the personality taking to social media to explain himself. Martin doesn’t see fault in what they did, but maintains that he could’ve been more transparent.

I’ve admitted to wishing I was more upfront about owning the site. It was always public info but I was never very outspoken about it. My idea was to keep business business, while the focus of YouTube was simply making entertaining content. Obviously that was misleading to viewers and something I very much regret. I’ve never been perfect and I 100% own up to that mistake.

Despite that, Martin maintains that nothing he or Cassel did was illegal – despite also admitting that only “70 percent” of his promotional betting video were actually authentic. A figure that, surprise, has no way of even really being checked for fact.

Cassel reiterated Martin’ stance, saying that their website CS:GO Lotto was never intended to scam players, and has never been used to do so.

“I do however stand very firmly behind the fact that [CS:GO Lotto] has never and will never scam/steal from players.”

The problem here with Martin and Cassel owning the websites they shameless promote without disclosure runs deeper than advertising deception though. With access to the inner workings of the website, the two could effectively rig bets they partake in (yes, they bet on their own website) to ensure favourable outcomes for themselves. Neither have addressed or really admitted to that (which is incredibly illegal), but it has opened the floodgates to other incredibly similar cases.

PsiSyndicate, another YouTube CS:GO betting personality has admitted his own guilt in connection with another betting website, saying that bets were rigged in order to create promotional content. PsiSyndicate posted a video (below) admitting his guilt, saying that website Steamloto paid him to advertise skins while ensuring his winnings for the video. Neither were disclosed by PsiSyndicate, naturally.

Almost hilariously though, PsiSyndicate doesn’t cite a change in conscience as a reason for his admittance, but rather the inspiring actions taken by the aforementioned Martin and Cassel. PsiSyndicate admits that his dealings were deceptive but also maintains that nothing was illegal – essentially saying that these cases of honesty are only cropping up now because they were caught.

“YES, it looks dodgy, but the only way to REALLY expose someone is with evidence. The only way you’ll find that is through me/the owner of the website. So no, I didn’t do it for that reason, I did it because I realised I was stupid to even do it.”

This entire network is just unravelling itself minute by minute, and it turning into a mess for anyone involved. Of course the real victims here are the thousands that were lured into these websites to partake in bets that were possibly unfair, by people who used their system to market their favourable wins dishonestly. Just stay away from these things for your own safety.


Last Updated: July 5, 2016


  1. Dodge ou…


  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    July 5, 2016 at 09:42

    I like it when Youpotatos collide with reality.


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      July 5, 2016 at 09:43

      Oh goddamnit. Youturnips. Too late.


  3. Umar

    July 5, 2016 at 09:43

  4. Deceased

    July 5, 2016 at 10:32

    Casinos are rigged, everyone knows this – yet you have to suck up your inevitable loss and move on with your life – the fact that “kids are involved” is no reason to get all up in arms about it

    Counter Strike:Global Offensive is clearly a game for mature players ( 16+, 17+, Rated M, etc. )
    If the child wasn’t raised to stay away from gambling – it’s your fault as the parent ( and why the fuck is your child playing a mature game )
    If you, as a grown ass adult, couldn’t control your urges to gamble, it’s your own goddamn fault

    Blaming other people ( whether they scammed you or not ) just shows lack of responsibility

    ( Side note – all YouTube personalities in these videos are goddamn annoying and I honestly wouldn’t even consider watching their channels, before we cry fanboy or shit… )



    • Alessandro Barbosa

      July 5, 2016 at 16:21

      The one pending class action lawsuit aside, this is more about the legalities surrounding this entire thing, because most of it is extremely illegal practice. Aside from what some might deem a minor offense in not stating that such videos we’re sponsoered by the websites they were advertising, all three of these people implicated have basically admitted to rigging their systems to benefit themselves.

      Betting on websites where the oweners themselves are betting and controlling the winnings? Not so much about blaming other people there.


  5. Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

    July 5, 2016 at 11:36

    Another reason to NEVER gamble


  6. CongoKyle

    July 5, 2016 at 11:46

    The general consensus on Reddit is that he lawyered up, and the obvious advice was to remove all damning evidence (in this case make videos private, delete tweets). Prior to that he went on editing ALL his CSGOLotto videos to add a “sponsored by CSGOLotto” tag, also a disclaimer about underage gambling.

    I was following this thread for updates: https://www.reddit.com/r/GlobalOffensive/comments/4r8ihu/tmartn_deleted_all_his_videos_related_to_csgo/

    Lots of drama in there.


    • HairyEwok

      July 5, 2016 at 12:54

      One thing he cannot escape is the fact that it shows his video activity spiked the day after the shit hit the fan.
      Doing dodgy shit and fixing things after its found out doesn’t make it right, the crime has already been done.

      I honestly hope these CS gambling sites get destroyed. No reason why it should exist in the first place.


    • BakedBagel

      July 5, 2016 at 13:21

      lmao that lawyer has clearly never heard of archive.is

      You cant hide from the interwebs.


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