Are Online Slots Streamers Frauds?

Online slots streaming has become big business for some Twitch channels. Streamers go live while playing the hottest mobile slots at insane stakes.

Some of these streamers bet upwards of $50 or more per spin. The payoff is that they have a chance to win the biggest-available prizes.

Some streamers have won six-figure prizes in front of their audiences. Lately, though, many people have begun questioning whether or not these wins are legit.

I’m going to discuss more on the world of streaming online slots. I’ll also cover if the supposed jackpots being won are actually real or just fake.

Basics of Slots Streaming

Justin.tv launched in 2007 with the intention of allowing gamers to broadcast their play. Now called Twitch, it has become the go-to platform for those wanting to showcase their gaming talents and personalities.

Slots streaming didn’t really get going on this platform until recent years. Now, though, it’s quite a phenomenon, drawing millions of daily viewers.

Those who stream their sessions draw viewers through a mixture of high-stakes play and engaging personalities.

The most-popular streamers are the ones who act the craziest during big wins.

Ismael ‘Roshtein’ Swartz is the best example of somebody who’s become famous for this very reason. The Swede is well known for his over-the-top celebrations following wins.

He’s not alone because plenty of other notable slots streamers gain fame through their wild personalities. Slots streaming is just as much about being quirky as it is showcasing the latest games.

It’s not just a hobby that people do for attention either. Streaming is big business for certain personalities, who draw big sponsorship money from online casino websites and game developers. And here’s exactly where the root of the problem begins…

Fake Wins and Misled Gamblers

Many online slots offer betting ranges somewhere between $0.20 and $100 per spin. Some games also provide feature buy options, where one can automatically trigger a bonus after spending a large multiple of their stake (e.g. 80x).

The average player can’t bet anywhere near $100 or use feature buy very often. They play closer to the $0.20 wager in order to extend their entertainment.

Slots streamers, on the other hand, always tend to have the bankroll to play for much bigger stakes. The average streamer bets anywhere from $10 to $100 per spin.

The first thought might be that these Twitch personalities are so successful that they can indeed afford higher stakes.

This idea might be true to a degree. It becomes more questionable, though, when people are wagering $50 or $100 per round for hours on end.

Such scenarios bring up a big question:

Are the streamers using real money when playing slots at these stakes?

Those who think that the streamers are using play money usually call their wins “fake.” After all, play-money wins aren’t truly worth anything.

This façade might not be so bad if gamblers didn’t believe that the Twitch channels were actually winning big. Anybody who’s fooled by such acts, though, might try emulating a streamer with huge bets and frequent bonus buys.

Who Are Some of the Biggest Culprits?

Twitch has filled up with people who are looking to cash in on the slots streaming trend. Unfortunately, the most-successful acts are the sketchiest as well.

Here are a few streamers who’ve garnered lots of views and money by grabbing big slots wins—whether real or fake.

Roshtein

You can’t get into this topic without Ismael Swartz coming up at some point. He’s become the most-famous online slots streamer due to huge wins and a borderline obnoxious personality.

Roshtein lays claim to more six-figure live wins than any other streamer. He’s never afraid to let everybody know when he nets a massive payout either.

Swartz will run around his room and scream after winning big. Sometimes he has a buddy around who joins in the action too.

Of course, you can’t blame Roshtein for getting so amped about life-changing payouts. But are the wins even real?

The big question is if Swartz is actually using real money when gambling. He routinely bets $100 per spin, which, at the rate of 500 rounds per hour, would equal $50,000 in bets.

On slots with a 4% house edge (typical), Roshtein would be losing $2,000 per hour on average. If he streams for 100 hours in a month (25 hours per week), that’s $200,000 in monthly losses.

The math just doesn’t add up for Roshtein—even with his big wins included. Many multimillionaires couldn’t even sustain the theoretical loss rate that Swartz does over time.

Casinorobot

What are the chances that a teenager who lives in his mom’s basement can afford to bet tens of thousands of dollars per day?

This is exactly the life that ‘Casinorobot’ lives. Betting huge amounts on mobile slot games and eating mom’s cooking in between sessions.

He quickly drew suspicion from the gaming community after playing exclusively at a gaming site called Dunder. While Dunder isn’t completely unknown, it’s not exactly at the top of the industry either.

Speculation is that this online casino supplied him with funds to play games at their casino. This speculation has only heightened after LeoVegas was exposed for giving fake funds to CasinoRobot and other streamers.

Casino Daddy

Three brothers named Anton, Erik, and Mathias make up the channel known as ‘Casino Daddy.’ The Swedish bros initially began releasing infrequent videos where they’d play for short time periods.

All of the sudden, though, they began streaming for hours on end. The Casino Daddy channel also started promoting unknown and potentially shady online casinos.

The brothers transitioned into the role of full-time casino affiliates. At this point, rumors began floating that Casino Daddy was getting paid to promote certain casinos and boast about big slots wins.

Unlike with Casinorobot, the evidence isn’t abundantly clear that these brothers are taking money to promote unsavory casinos. However, a growing crowd seems to be wary of Mathias, Erik, and Anton.

Signs of a Fake Streamer

You certainly don’t want to be fooled into thinking that you’re watching legitimate Twitch streamers when this isn’t the case. Below, you can see some signs to look for when rooting out the phonies.

Risking Huge Stakes for Hours

How many slots players do you know who bet $100 per spin for countless hours? I know plenty of gamblers, and none of them consistently bet anywhere close to these stakes.

I’m not saying that nobody in the world can sustain such a betting volume. Some extreme high rollers do exist who regularly play these limits.

What are the chances, though, that avid Twitch streamers can afford to risk $100 a round and face theoretical monthly losses of $100k, $200k, or more?

Playing at Questionable Casinos

Would you deposit $1,000 at an unknown site called Bitcoin Big Wins & No Losses Casino? Okay, so this site is completely made up, but it alluded to the ridiculous casinos that streamers supposedly join.

Some streamers have a habit of depositing at relatively unknown gaming sites. They’ll blindly trust a cryptocurrency casino that just sprang up.

It’s almost as if the mobile casinos in question are sponsoring the gamblers and giving them fake funds to play with.

Failure to Provide Proof of Funds

Roshtein once tried to show that he was indeed using real money when wagering $100 a spin. He closed a play-money session and supposedly opened a real-money session. Only, the funds were exactly the same in both cases.

In this instance, Swartz failed miserably to prove that he gambles real money. I’d wager that he couldn’t ever prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he bets actual money throughout his streaming sessions.

Bot Followers

Bots are nothing new to Twitch. Some streamers use bots to push their view counts up and look more legitimate.

Slots streamers don’t appear to be above this either.

Some use bot followers to increase the legitimacy of their accounts.

Anybody who’s willing to go down this road will also likely be willing to take sponsorship money from shady sources.

Conclusion

Although hard to prove in individual cases, fake streaming wins are undoubtedly a part of online gaming. Casinos and game developers have tapped into the Twitch market through sponsorship deals. In return, they can create the impression that their games frequently deliver big wins.

The players are the ones who get hurt the most by this behavior. Some gamblers fall into the trap of thinking that they can place huge bets and win six-figure payouts with ease.

Online slots don’t work like this, though. It often takes millions or even billions of spins to win a game’s maximum payout.

Mobile slots can deliver huge payouts. However, nobody should ever bet above their means while seeking some prizes—especially under the guise that a Twitch streamer regularly does it.

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Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016.

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