A native of India in his 30s, he posts on YouTube under the name HonorTheCall, but he was inconsequential compared with Cassell or Martin. He had barely 1,500 followers. But he’d been tracking a rash of recent reports — including a widely read one on Bloomberg.com — that detailed the growth of skins gambling as well as scandals involving celebrity gamers who’d promoted sites without acknowledging secret payments.
A regular visitor to Martin’s YouTube channel, HonorTheCall noticed that Martin had been spending a lot of time hawking CSGO Lotto. In light of the news reports he had just read, he decided to look more closely into the new site on the scene. After a few keystrokes, he stumbled onto his own jackpot: Incorporation records online showed that Martin and Cassell were the owners of the Orlando-based site. “I just sat there, staring at the screen,” he says.
That night he made a video laying out his findings. He accused the high-profile YouTubers of peddling gambling to children and ended with an impassioned plea: “These kids, man, they look up to you. They think if their idols can make $13,000 in five minutes, they can too. But we all know that’s not true. … Let these kids go to school, man.”
Friday night at Rod Laver Arena provided the first batch of meaningful evidence, and it sure looked definitive. Federer thoroughly ruined No. 10 seed Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
“Bordering on vintage Federer,” said John McEnroe, an analyst on the ESPN broadcast. “He’s making Berdych look small. Could he rise to the occasion, we were asking? So far, so good.”
And considering how early Federer finds himself in his comeback curve, that is a fair assessment. We will leave the hysteria and the hyperbole, for the time being anyway, to others.
Was this the best effort Berdych has seen from Federer in their 23 matches?