Firstly, apologies if you came to this news article expecting CSGOBetting.com to be a CSGO Jackpot or raffle site: we’re not. We believe in fully regulated and licensed gambling, and don’t want to be involved in that sort of seediness, despite owning by far the most lucrative domain around for such activity. We do however want to answer the question: are CSGO Skin Jackpot sites rigged?
On my journey through skin betting, I’ve seen the highs and lows, the potentially “rigged” pots, the high profile streamers who randomly appear and somehow win massive jackpots with tiny bets. I’d personally written off such notions are utter garbage. These sites make quite clear how they decide the winner to be: let’s take Ezskins.com, a well known website who even sponsor their own pro gaming team:
Their site states that a random number generator is used, and that dependant upon the value of each player’s skins that are deposited, each player is awarded a corresponding range of numbers that would see them win the pot.
For the most part, the claims that these sites are fixed are just nonsense. As in, don’t read into it too much. It is no exaggeration when I say that I’ve seen some 0.5% bets win $200 jackpots, and I’ve seen the same set of people bet $29.50 15 times in a row, with the highest % between them, and not win a single pot. It’s basically totally random, as you would expect from a random number generator. The more you put in the more chance you have, but the common consensus is that at the end of the day it is completely random chance.
Or is it?
Check this incriminating video out:
We got sent this video which shows a conversation between an Ezskins admin named “pickles” talking to one of the featured streamers on the site, a UK CSGO player called “Kryptix”. Bare in mind this was broadcast live on Twitch, in public for the world to see. Amazingly, no-one in the chat picked up at that time as to what was being said.
Here is some backstory:
Kryptix had been gambling on Ezskins for a good 30 minutes while pickles was on the stream with him. He didn’t discuss what stake he was going to bet and was essentially just randomly betting between $5-15 pots in an attempt to chase his losses.
After losing half of his inventory (it dropped from $360 down to $181) he decided to do one final bet, a big one, to give himself the best possible chance of winning back what he’d lost. He made his intentions known on stream just as he was about to submit the trade offer, i.e. sending the money to Ezskins. As soon as pickles realises what Kryptix is doing, he replies with a warning that he should not enter a pot that he cannot win.
So the question that arises from this is do these sites predetermine the winners? Are certain users given inflated chances of winning? Is it a case of “every 5th pot will automatically go to the first person to bet nearest to $30?” or “to the first person to bet over $20”?
If people thought these sites were rigged before reading this article, the video above certainly raises more questions. Perhaps it was an innocent comment, delivered poorly, to try and persuade a friend not to chase his losses. If so, it was delivered in a way that an admin should not be speaking if wanting to maintain the credibility of such sites – which of course, are unregulated, and thus their random number generators and other systems are not independently verified as being truly random, like online casinos such as Leo Vegas and Vera & John are.
We have an open mind here at CSGOBetting: maybe the admin was mistaken? Maybe this was taken out of context? Maybe the underground world of underage CSGO skin raffles and skin betting is actually all perfectly legitimate and we should consider launching a raffle site instead? Or maybe not. You decide.