Twitch Poker Streamer Hacked in Front of a Live Audience

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In the past few years, the video streaming platform Twitchhas exploded in popularity, and while most users broadcast computer games like World of Warcraft and Counter-Strike, others have begun streaming their online poker play. But, as these first adopters have realized, playing poker live for a wide audience comes with its own challenges, one of which is the security risk of showing your computer screen to thousands of viewers.

In his very first time streaming, poker pro Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel found out the hard way how vulnerable streamers can be after a viewer hacked into his PokerStars account and transferred $1,000 to himself while Carrel took a short break.

The incident, captured on video, took place on poker coach Evan “Gripsed” Jarvis’ Twitch channelwhile Carrel 12-tabled several Sunday majors. When Carrel stepped out of the room during a scheduled pause in the tournaments, someone with the screen name Kiree11logged into the streamer’s TeamViewer account, where he pondered transferring $10,000 and then changed his mind for a seemingly less noticeable amount of $1,000.

The theft was caught almost immediately by some of Gripsed’s 5,100 Twitch followers and Jarvis quickly contacted PokerStars’ security department. Staying calm throughout, Carrel continued playing his tournaments while he spent around 30 minutes on the phone with support. In fact, by the end of the session, the younger grinder cashed for around $7,000.

Speaking to PocketFives, Jarvis explained how the perpetrator pulled off the hack. The pair had planned to meet the night before the broadcast so that Jarvis could set up Carrel’s laptop for optimal streaming, but the two never got the chance to link up. “Early in the Sunday session when he only had seven tables, I got him to open TeamViewer on the break so I could configure xsplit for him,” Jarvis said. “It took us about 20 minutes and it was quite funny trying to set it up between tables popping up.”

Unfortunately, in the confusion, Carrel didn’t realize that he had forgotten to close TeamViewer, and since he was on his laptop, he had not partitioned the screen to separate his poker play from his personal information.

At one point during the session, Carrel’s TeamViewer information popped up on the screen for a split second, which “hacker” Kiree11 promptly wrote down. With Carrel’s ID and password at hand, Kiree11 was able to use the remote control feature to take control the poker pro’s screen and transfer the money.

Carrel’s and Kiree11’s account have since been frozen by PokerStars security while the incident is being investigated. According to Jarvis, Carrel will have his account reopened on Friday and hopes to find out over the weekend if all of the cash will be returned.

Jarvis began streaming on Twitch in 2012, but was kicked off the site several times due to the fact that poker was against the company’s terms at the time. When he found out that Twitch would no longer ban the game, he came back to the site last February and has since amassed over 240,000 views to his channel.

Jarvis uses the platform to promote his coaching and video training website, Gripsed.com, and has begun to allow his coaches to stream on his channel as well. Initially, the pro only streamed once a week, but added another day in the summer and now has programming scheduled for three days of the week, with guest pros streaming whenever they like.

The fact that Jarvis has gained such a large audience while only streaming a few days a week is a testament to the hunger for online poker content on the platform. In just one year, Jarvis has built up the third-largest following of all poker streamers on the site.

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6 COMMENTS

    • Lets be honest this “hack” had nothing to do with streaming ,its because Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel opened up his computer via TV and was slack on protecting himself .When you use this feature of TV you run the risk of the other computer doing all sorts of damage ,So dont ever “help” anyone in this manner unless you are real world ,blood brothers or sisters !

    • He was a total noob, u can find deadly videos on youtube to setup xsplit or obs, only a dumb ass would trust a stranger and screen share. I do hope he gets his money back though, after all if it were me I would be pissed if some kid did this to me. The funny part is I have seen kiree11 on twitch for the 2 years I have bee there, so you can’t even trust a regular twitcher with this kind of feature.

    • He didn’t let a ‘stranger’ screen share, I’ve been Charlie’s mentor for over 2 years now. And when you’ve only got a 5 min break to config things loading up a youtube vid and figuring it out yourself is a pretty bad idea. Also you know how the true savants are really REALLY good at one thing, and not necessarily all that good with other things, even if they may come easy to other people? Charlie is an absolute beast on the felt but, when it comes to technology it’s pretty hopeless.UPDATE: As for the money, stars caught the transfer before it went through and did not process it. They froze both accounts to do a full investigation, Charlie has his back and should be firing the full schedule for sunday. As for kiree11, I don’t think he’ll be back on the $0.02 Hyper grind anytime soon, pretty sure Stars gave him the GG.

    • How did this actually happen? I mean, how did he manage to gain access to his screen and transfer the money? I am aware of twitch, but I don’t really know the ins and outs of it.

    • at some point during the show, charlie’s teamviewer info popped up on screen. It was hit own fault for forgetting to close the program/having it in the region of the screen that we were sharing with the www.