Twitch streamer alleged to own CSGO gambling site accused of manipulating odds

By Shabana Arif, Monday, 18 July 2016 14:22 GMT

Another day, another CS:GO betting scandal.

The CS:GO gambling drama isn’t over just yet.

This week, Twitch streamer James “PhantomL0rd” Varga finds himself under the spotlight after a hacker trying to steal from provided Richard Lewis with Skype logs of the site’s founder, Duhau Joris.

Lewis has combed through around 1800 messages between Joris and Varga – who has promoted CSGOShuffle in his videos – that he says, “heavily suggest, almost to a degree of certainty, that PhantomL0rd is the owner of CS:GOShuffle, that on top of that, he has gambled exclusively with house money taken from the business, that he has also held meetings with other betting sites to discuss methodology, and also that he has asked Joris, the site coder, for percentages of rolls to increase his outcomes of winning and/ or losing as he wants to do appropriately for his own personal gain.”

The logs show Varga making a payment of $20,000 to Joris amongst others, and during an exchange during a stream with 24k viewers, Varga asks Joris to deposit skins into his account so that he has something to bet with. When Joris gets a little tetchy, Vargs replies, “not wanting to capitalize on a unique moment of massive advertising is silly.”

In another exchange he asks Joris to delete his betting history as it’s “really bad that it shows I have entered the #1 round lol.”

There’s a ton of other incriminating logs in the video, including one where Varga seems to have some knowledge of CSGOLotto and what they were up to.

“I’m talking to both [CSGOLotto and CSGOWild] looking into what they’re doing and if its [sic] a threat or not.”

He also frequently asks Joris for percentage odds on site rolls, presumably to place bets when he’s likely to win, as well as telling Joris on one occasion that “I’d like to fail snipe a round, tell me when the % is low.”

Lewis has reached out to Varga, but there’s been no response as of yet.

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