Market Update for Week 2022-01-31

Published: 2022-02-07

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Well boys, it looks like we made it. 2 weeks post crypto-crash of the quarter and we're inching back up. Bitcoin is up over 40k, ETH is just around 3k and BNB is in low 400s. Even CAKE moved up a little bit although its still dog shit. This has been my experience with CAKE.


I don't like how PancakeSwap can with a straight face advertise thousands APRs of 10,000%+ and people think, gee that's a good bargain.

Speaking of CAKE, it looks like PancakeSwap team is looking to introducing a CAKE prediction contract which is ... good?

I wish they would create an ETH or BTC contract over CAKE. It would be especially annoying if they made you use the CAKE token to bet. I get it, they want to pump CAKE, but it's just a huge pain in the ass and no one wants to hold CAKE. It's a huge occupational hazard when the price goes down 25% every month or so. They can bullshit about the "tokenomics" all they want, but like nearly every other shitcoin, it just doesn't provide any utility and will go down over time.

PancakeSwap is making millions every month on these games. You don't need to pump your shit coin. Just stick to BNB token denominated games and let people predict on something they actually care about rather than their shit coin.


We had pretty steady volume in the games over the week. 24-hour rolling balance has been hovering in the high 20 BNB balance, which is okay. I'd like to see it higher but there appears to be a floor of ~25 BNB that has held all year. It also helps that we've had a lot fewer pauses. Here is the two week 24-hour average volume: Last two weeks

Our biggest round was around 100 BNB on (epoch 42480 - UTC 2022-02-05 00:41:46) and we had a few in the 90s. The best payoffs were a couple in 5x and a bunch of 4x.

Winners and Losers

Last week we saw a something quite unusual. The leaderboard was filled with whales that hit nearly 100% of their bets. And they were all controlled by one account. My original analysis led me to the conclusion that they would have to be manipulating the games as a 90%+ win rate is unreasonable for so many rounds. So let's see what happened since them:

Placeaccountgames playedwonwon USDWinnings Even MoneyAverage bet size
10x3533d109ad6c79eec50706a2c56aefdddfa4ef571471.2 40,470.08.527.86
20x71996de61c2e428e31d045ca8d3226b26a40cd6b27038.94 22,
30x32b50ce2fc55e948416c2436a9a2aaf50e07ad6b2132.09 18,
40x66a7c053b5404e5e610ca8ac830ce6531be0a98d3829.1 16,530.09.614.21
50x3f25846f0a8b373da450efabb3988581428209b847727.95 15,960.0-32.230.24
70x63a30b15251b55f60629a9e38920ddcad5c6feae44921.26 11,970.063.661.2
80xad483dc8c4482eafdbebbc98ea66a89e461cfbd979920.31 11,400.014.251.49
90x65e83f2e32e4f9a04abdaa900ae824be49154dd662318.98 10,830.073.120.5

#1 had a nice run winning 71 BNB in 14 rounds. The winner eventually closed out and transferred the funds to 0xeFce36Efcf3E13840634D71145Caf850fe6B2e15. If that address looks familiar its because he was our #3 winner from last week!


Same is true for #3. So far, that one account has pulled in at least $500k in the last 2 weeks through his various shell accounts and I still suspect something fishy is happening. It may be more because I'm not capturing the smaller accounts.

#4 seems to be independent but I honestly didn't look that closely.

Let's look at the losers

Placefromgames playedwonwon USDWinnings Even MoneyAverage bet size
1 0x58fd7c3018378228d30d824c0636e401e9102558 348-320.25 -182,400.0-13.73.89
2 0x3b6d6d1b7aa126e6b7aa35881b305c685817e9c6 386-51.63 -29,640.0-21.272.09
3 0x670410893e82f42b752cbc8cfd765306fe27284b 155-49.85 -28,500.0-17.212.24
4 0x9e6db84c9719850a411ab890f7604700132b42cc 41-36.14 -20,520.0-17.722.14
5 0x9b225dcbc17eb87e3c0143d6c35d8805167e087e 294-33.71 -19,380.0-16.410.9
6 0x4d298ff9b99ef53de95aa7e7a5a733191cb02028 46-32.64 -18,810.0-15.552.1
7 0x7155c73bc99878050c9ccf89be4f3aa87442bab1 89-32.42 -18,240.0-27.721.06
8 0x536489badc360199a63ede21d19bbe5c7c395c71 3-29.99 -17,100.0-3.010.0
9 0x557c6862a7d0cd654f66ae0a2a39277d043c88b3 84-24.75 -14,250.0-6.422.21
100x6690f5f1b4e248ea8f63f6e9845fe1731e6a1661 19-24.44 -13,680.0-5.872.85

We have a record loser! With a weekly loss of 320 BNB, this is the biggest loss since I started following the games. There were a few 200+ BNB losses in November, but this is the first time we reached 300 BNB weekly loss. And it wasn't just a single few YOLO bets, it was persistent.


I'm not 100% sure it was a bot, but considering the consistency and number of rounds played, it's likely. Someone might have configured their bot with an aggressive round size, full account and just let it run loose.

The best practice for running a bot is to create a separate account for each bot, only fund it what you're willing to lose and monitor carefully until you're 100% sure you know what its doing. Start betting small. If your strategy doesn't work with a small bet size, it definitely won't work with a large one. You should also transfer money out regularly in case it hits a solid run and there's some bug that has you give it all back.

Anyway, the other losers are rather un-remarkable. Not a bad week for the losers, apart from our top loser. But hey, nothing but love.

And that's all for this week. Hope to have more good news to report from crypto land and hopefully we'll be seeing 600+ BNB prices very soon.

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Good luck and bet responsibly!