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Esports Betting Outlook: Overwatch League Is Here

January 9, 2018

It’s a rarity that CS:GO has so little going on but it’s given the likes of Call of Duty and Overwatch a chance to shine with two huge events starting over the next few days.

  • MLG host CWL New Orleans on Friday, one of the largest Call of Duty tournaments of the year with a prize pool of $200,000.
  • The 2018 Overwatch League begins this week with $1 million up for grabs and 12 teams in the running.
  • ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifiers take place over the weekend as one of the few CS:GO events taking place this week.

Where to bet on esports

With both Overwatch and Call of Duty taking most of the spotlight, you’ll want to find a betting site that lists odds for esports other than League of Legends, CS:GO and Dota 2. Luckily, there are plenty to choose from and we’ve listed the best of the bunch down below.

Bet365

Fans of LoL will definitely want to check out Bet365 this week, as there are hundreds of betting markets available for LPL, LCK, EU & NA LCS.

Elsewhere on the site you can find odds for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, CS:GO, StarCraft II, Rocket League, Heroes of the Storm, King of Glory, Overwatch, Hearthstone and Warcraft III. In essence, they have almost every esports tournament in existence on offer at Bet365.

Betway

Betway has really expanded its range of titles and tournaments on offer in recent weeks. There’s almost as many games to bet on as Bet365, but with the added bonus of having plenty of esports promotional offers too. New customers can get their hands on a 100 percent free esports bet up to £30.

Ongoing customers need not miss out too, as Betway is offering free bets of up to £20 for completing weekly objectives.

SkyBet

SkyBet has a healthy selection of esports available for an all-sports bookmaker. Alongside its more popular sport such as football and horse racing, you’ll be able to find great odds for LoL, CS:GO, StarCraft II, Dota 2 and more. Whether it’s pre-game or in-play, SkyBet is always worth taking a look at.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle is yet another betting site that have gone all out on including odds for a large variety of esports. Its esports section is sometimes lacking in choice but this week, it’s as busy as can be. If you’re looking to get the best odds for your esports betting, Pinnacle is is the site for you.

Betspawn

There have been some small improvements made over at the Betspawn site. It’s now much easier to see what esports are currently available to bet on, as its has separated them from those that are “currently inactive.”

As ever, its active list is full to the brim with practically every esports tournament in existence available to bet on. Be sure to check out its new Profit Boost promotion, where Betspawn will boost the odds of some accumulator bets up to 30 percent.

GG.bet

Although it has been known to lack choice in the past, GG.bet is throwing its weight this week with a whole bunch of esports and tournaments to choose from. This esports betting site is definitely one to check out, as it regularly posts free-bet promotions on its homepage.

Unikrn

There may not be any mid-week special promotions up for grabs at Unikrn, but its extremely generous welcome bonus is still yours for the taking. Deposit £25 and Unikrn will give you a 200 percent bonus up to £50, giving you £75 to play with. Whether you’re using pounds or their very own Unikrn Gold (UKG) to bet with, there’s plenty of esports betting markets to check out.

Unibet

There’s still £30 on offer for new customers at Unibet this week. This can be used on esports or traditional sports, which take up the majority of its site. Fear not, though: there’s five different esports on offer, including CS:GO, Dota 2 and Heroes of the Storm.

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This week in esports events

League of Legends is seemingly quiet ahead of the 2018 season next week. CS:GO is also much quieter than usual, although we will have a taste of the ELEAGUE Major action as the Main Qualifiers take place over the weekend.

Call of Duty

A grand total of 272 teams will compete at CWL New Orleans in this huge CoD tournament for a respectable prize pool of $200,000. A total of 25,000 Pro Point series are also up for grabs at the event, which will take place starting Friday. Hosted by MLG, CWL New Orleans comes just weeks before the Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League, which has a prize pool of $700,000.

Overwatch

Twelve teams will compete as part of the Overwatch League, starting this Wednesday. The league season will run up until the final on July 28, where $1 million will be awarded to the winning team. The first season of the Overwatch League will take place at the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles. London Spitfire and Seoul Dynasty are currently joint favorites to win the competition at odds of 3.00 (2/1).

CS:GO

Following a quiet few weeks in CS:GO, the scene is slowly warming back up with the arrival of the ELEAGUE Main Qualifiers, which begin this Friday. A total of 16 teams will compete for eight spots in the main event, which has a prize pool of $1 million. Eight teams are already confirmed for the main event, including Virtus Pro and SK Gaming, who both qualified following their performance at PGL Krakow 2017.

Esports Betting Outlook: FaZe Wins ECS Season 4 Final

December 18, 2017

A few big events last week are helping bring the esports calendar to a close. But there’s more on tap for the end of 2017 and the start of 2018.

  • In CS:GO, FaZe won the ECS Season 4 Finals against Mousesports in one of the closest grand final series in the history of ECS.
  • In Dota 2, Virtus Pro come out on top at DOTA Summit 8, following a 3-1 sweep of Fnatic.
  • The World of Tanks Wargaming League concludes for 2017 on Sunday with Tornado Energy vs DiNG.

Where to bet on esports

What’s on offer this week at esports betting sites this week?

Bet365

Following its ECS win, FaZe are favorted to win the 2018 ELEAGUE Major with Bet365 at odds of 5.00.

As well as having many other 2018 fixtures online already, Bet365 have also listed odds for some of the smaller tournaments this week such as the DaddySkins Western League. Despite this quiet time of year, there are odds available for CS:GO, Dota 2, King of Glory, Overwatch, League of Legends and StarCraft II.

SkyBet

SkyBet has kept things a little more current, choosing only to list fixtures that will be taking place this week. That leaves three CS:GO tournaments, one LoL match, qualifiers for the StarLadder i-League Invitational and the KoG King Pro League.

A new addition to the site in the last few weeks is the accumulator builder. Use this feature to build esports accumulators across various titles to get higher odds and potential payouts.

Pinnacle

It’s a similar story at Pinnacle this week. Many of the same fixtures as SkyBet are on offer, but the site has split the StarLadder Invitationals into regional categories, which is a nice touch.

Added to that, Pinnacle guarantees better odds than SkyBet on the betting markets it publishes. The main problem of course, is that it’s frequently only match odds that are available for betting.

Betspawn

Despite the quiet period, Betspawn seems busier than ever. It is one of the few sites to include Hearthstone and World of Tanks odds.

Added to that, they’ve gone ahead and published odds for the Dota 2 ESL One Genting 2018 Qualifiers that begin this week. With such attention to detail and range of esports on offer, Betspawn is possibly the best all-round esports betting site in the run up to Christmas.

Betway

As far as traditional bookmakers go, Betway is one of the most forward-thinking when it comes to esports. Not only does it have some fantastic esports-specific offers, but it also features a great choice of titles to bet on.

Some sites have chosen to either list future events or just those in the immediate few days. Betway has done both. Small tournaments, large tournaments, current or distant future events, Betway have a multiple markets for almost every major event on the esports calendar.

GG.bet

Keeping things simple, GG.bet has CS:GO, Dota 2 and King of Glory odds online so far this week. The site is easy to use and has access to live streams of your favorite esports tournaments, right within the betting screen.

Fans of slots and casino games will be happy to know there are plenty of esports-themed games available, along with many casino classics.

Unikrn

As far as esports-only betting sites go, Unikrn really does pack a punch. While it doesn’t always manage to list odds for every esports event under the sun, it has a lot of great promotions on offer.

If you want to get to know your favorite esports players a little better, check out Unikrn TV, where you will find a great selection of player interviews and other behind-the-scenes videos.

Unibet

Unibet has picked up its game again this week and published odds for five different titles. CS:GO, Dota 2, LoL, Overwatch and StarCraft are all on offer at this traditional bookmaker.

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Esports events this week

In the wake of ECS and Dota Summit 8, some smaller tournaments will be available for betting alongside some fairly major qualifying events.

World of Tanks

After months of intense tank warfare, the World of Tanks Wargaming League winner will be decided this Saturday. Tornado Energy will face DiNG as part of the WG Fest event. Tornado Energy is a heavy favorite to win the title at odds of 1.16 with Betspawn, while DiNG currently sits at 4.57.

Dota 2

Main Qualifiers for StarLadder i-League Invitational No. 4 are underway. The main event will run in early February with a prize pool of $300,000 and 300 Pro Circuit Points. In series No. 3, Team Liquid took home first place, with Mineski as runners-up.

ESL One Genting 2018 Qualifiers will also begin this week ahead of the main event beginning Jan. 23. Eight main event spots are up for grabs in the qualifiers to join the eight teams who have already received a direct invite. Virtus Pro, Team Liquid and Mineski are among the invited teams for the 2018 event with a $400,000 prize pool.

Virtus Pro (VP) will go into ESL One Genting 2018 with confidence after its victory at Dota Summit 8, which concluded last week. A total of $300,000 was distributed among the contesting teams including Fnatic. That team finished second after managing to only win one map against Virtus Pro, which won 3-1.

CS:GO

After finishing as runner-up for ESL Season 6 the week previous, FaZe secured a first-place finish at ECS Season 4 Finals last week. 

Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard took the HLTV MVP award after some incredible play that helped the team beat Mousesports 2-1 in the grand final. Mousesports was no easy match for FaZe, which has racked up a considerable amount of prize money in 2017. Just two rounds separated the teams in map one on Nuke, where Mousesports edged ahead to win 16-14.

Proving its tournament experience, FaZe managed to grind its way to overtime in map two (Inferno) and finish 22-18. As the third and final map of the tournament, Mirage was just as close. Each team had almost identical performances on both CT and T side’s of the map, which resulted in yet another overtime. Six rounds were all it took to seal the deal and the $250,000 first place prize as FaZe went on to win 19-17.

This week will give smaller CS:GO tournaments a chance to shine as the top-tier teams settle down before Christmas. Both the Loot.Bet Cup 2 and the DaddySkins Western League will continue to hold matches throughout the week. The latter has a prize pool of just $10,000. To put that into perspective, the total prize pool is less than the last-place finisher prize in the ELEAGUE 2017 Major.

ELEAGUE Major 2018 Qualifiers will begin in Atlanta on Jan. 12. The main event will be held in both Atlanta and Boston with a prize pool of $1,000,000. While there are currently only eight confirmed teams including SK and Astralis, a total of 16 teams will compete in the main event.

Esports Betting Outlook: ECS Season 4 Finals Loom In CS:GO; DOTA Summit 8

December 13, 2017

If you thought the esports tournaments might dry up over the holiday period, you won’t be disappointed to hear that there is still plenty of action on offer from a variety of titles.

  • SK Gaming won ESL Season 6 and remains the top-ranked team in CS:GO. As runners up, FaZe will have another shot at success this week at the ECS Season 4 Finals.
  • The DOTA Summit Series is back with DOTA Summit 8. The prize pool is triple that of last year.
  • In League of Legends, LoL Pro League win the 2017 All-Star Cup, while Uzi takes first place in the 1v1 arena.

Where to bet on esports

Dota 2 and CS:GO are center stage this week, with DOTA Summit 8 and the ECS finals. Here’s a run down of all the best esports betting sites.

Bet365

Despite being one of the quieter weeks in the year, Bet365 still has a large choice of esports and betting markets available. Besides the larger tournaments, the site has also gone out of its way to include smaller events such as the CS:GO OZ Cup and the Stream.me Gauntlet.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle has really gone to town on its CS:GO fixtures this week. In total, there are ten different CS:GO tournaments on offer at this award-winning bookmaker. Pinnacle’s low margins make for some of the best odds in the industry and with a healthy choice of esports to choose from, what’s not to like?

SkyBet

There aren’t as many tournaments available at SkyBet, but all the big events are covered. If you’re a fan of accumulators, you can use their esports accumulator section to put together a huge bet for this week’s events. You can find this by clicking on “Build An Accumulator” in your betslip.

Betspawn

Betspawn has practically every available tournament on offer besides the StarCraft II IEM PyeonChang this week, although it is just the qualifying stage at the moment. The Betspawn site makes it easy to browse through your favorite esports, find stats about your chosen teams and choose from a great range of betting markets for each game.

Betway

The team at Betway is big fans of CS:GO, and this week it is proving it with a special promotion. Have a risk-free bet for your first bet at the ECS Season 4 finals this week up to £10. Check the terms and conditions before taking part, as terms may differ depending on your place of residence. Besides CS:GO, there’s also a bunch of LoL, Dota 2, StarCraft II and Overwatch odds on offer.

GG.bet

Esports available at GG.bet this week are King of Glory, CS:GO and Dota 2. It’s clear that it is another esports betting site with a big focus on CS:GO. However, it still works hard to bring a large variety of bet types for the other esports listed on their site. As an example, there are over 42 bet types for one single King of Glory match.

Unikrn

Unikrn is still going ahead with its free-bet refund offers for the major esport tournaments. This week, the site is offering a bunch of free-bet refunds on matches such as Cloud9 vs. Astralis. Get your money back as a free bet if you back a team to win, but they fail to win after being six rounds clear. Be smart and always check terms before taking part in any promotion.

Unibet

Overwatch, Dota 2 and CS:GO are on offer at Unibet this week. Considering it is primarily a traditional sports bookmaker, Unibet has opted to only include certain tournaments from the esports they have available. For example with CS:GO, they have chosen to just publish markets for CEVO and the ECS Finals.

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Esports events this week

While it isn’t the busiest of weeks in the esports calendar, there are still some huge events going on. Dota 2 and CS:GO will largely take up most of the stage.

League of Legends

If you’re a League of Legends fan, then you will have almost certainly been aware of the 2017 LoL All Stars that took place last week. Hosted in Los Angeles, some of the world’s best players came together to play in a “dream-team” style tournament that pitted the biggest LoL leagues against each other.

Alongside this, there was also a 1v1 tournament which gave fans a chance to see how their favorite players could hold their ground on their own. Uzi came out on top of the 1v1 tournament after an intense 2-1 best-of-three against Bjergsen. Over in the main event, LoL Pro League took home the trophy after defeating the LMS Allstars 3-2.

This week in LoL, the main attraction is the LVP Superliga. This tournament is available for betting at most esports betting sites mentioned above. Expect to see some carnage in the next few days as Giants Only The Brave (1.010 Bet365) go up against heavy underdogs Movistar Riders (15.0 Bet365).

Dota 2

Los Angeles will host Dota Summit 8 this week through Sunday. There’s $300,000 in prize money and 300 pro circuit points up for grabs. Nine teams from around the world will compete, with big names such as LGD Gaming, OG and Evil Geniuses all taking part.

The group stage will split the teams into three groups of three. Virtus Pro took first place at DOTA Summit 7 last year, although the prize pool was only a third of this year’s event. Virtus came up against Team Secret in the grand final, who will not be attending the tournament this year following its direct invite in the previous year.

CS:GO

It’s one busy week in the world of CS:GO. There’s a whole host of smaller tournaments going on, but here are some of the best bits.

SK Gaming was crowned champions of ESL Pro League Season 6 on Sunday in a best-of-five against FaZe. Having won the first map on Inferno, FaZe seemed confident going into the second map on Overpass. Unfortunately for FaZe, SK Gaming began to dominate after half time and took the map 16-11. Although FaZe kept pushing until the very end, both remaining maps (Mirage & Train) were won by SK Gaming, which took the first prize share of $750,000. After a stunning season and with no signs of slowing down, Coldzera (SK Gaming) won HLTV’s MVP award for the tournament.

Just as ESL Pro League came to a close last week, ECS Season 4 will hold its grand final this weekend. Held in Cancun, Mexico, there is another $750,000 up for grabs and eight teams with a shot at taking home the trophy. Runners up of last week’s ESL Pro League finals, FaZe will have another shot at victory as it shares the Group B stage with Astralis, Cloud9 and Liquid. Over in Group A, Fnatic, Luminosity, Mousesports and OpTic are all within reach of winning one of the largest events in the CS:GO calendar.

Alongside the big names this week are plenty of lower-tier CS:GO tournaments such as CEVO Main Season 13 and the DaddySkins Western League. Both of these tournaments and many more are available to bet on at the sites mentioned above.

Esports Betting Outlook: ROG Masters, LoL All-Stars

December 5, 2017

Following an incredible win by Na’Vi at DreamHack Winter 2017, there’s even more top-tier CS:GO action on offer this week.

Elsewhere in other esports, Dota 2, League of Legends and Street Fighter V are keeping the bookies busy ahead of the festive period.

  • Natus Vincere won the CS:GO 2017 DreamHack Winter Cup against Mousesports and took home $50,000.
  • The Dota 2 ROG Masters kicks off this Friday.
  • CS:GO will also be headlining the 2017 ROG Masters, with Gambit running as the current favorite to win.
  • In LoL, players from around the world form superstar dream teams as part of the 2017 All-Star Cup.

Where to bet on esports

There is so much esports betting action this week that you’re going to be spoiled for choice with promotions, odds and betting markets.

We’ve rounded up some of the best esports betting sites below so you won’t miss out on any of the fun.

Bet365

Bet365 has a good selection of esports titles to bet on this week, including Street Fighter and World of Warcraft.

Its in-play offering continues to impress, as it frequently provides live streams of games alongside the in-play betting odds. Added to this, the Bet365 cash-out feature is very handy when betting in-play, as you can take your money and run if the tide turns halfway through a game.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle certainly packs a punch with its odds. The site is unlike any other with incredibly low margins and a healthy choice of esports titles on offer.

Bet on anything from the Starcraft II Corsair Cup to the Overwatch Nexus Cup and rest assured, you’ll be getting the best odds around.

SkyBet

SkyBet has been making some small adjustments to its layout on both mobile and desktop in recent weeks.

While it certainly isn’t game changing, it doesn’t stop the site from being well worth of a visit if you plan to bet on any of the major events this week. Take your pick from LoL, Overwatch, CS:GO, KoG and Dota.

Betspawn

Street Fighter fans will be happy to know that Betspawn has a nice selection of odds for the Capcom Cup. Betspawn has consistently supported smaller esports such as SFV. It’s the go-to betting site if you are a fan of betting on other esports besides the big three.

Betway

As the official betting partners of ESL Pro League, expect to see some special betting markets available for the final this week at Betway.

Don’t forget about the site’s “Esports Free Bet Objectives,” which are still up for grabs. This is a weekly promotion where you will need to complete certain objectives in order to gain free bets.

GG.bet

Unlike recent weeks where GG.bet has gone out of its way to open betting markets for smaller titles, the site is now back to the big three (CS:GO, Dota & LoL). Despite the current lack of choice on the site, it does pack a punch with its integrated live streaming and esports promotional offers.

Unikrn

Unikrn has some great CS:GO betting promotions this week. As part of the ECS Finals, if you back a team to win in the Astralis vs. FaZe match and that team is ahead by six rounds but fails to win, Unikrn will give your money back up to £25 as a free bet.

Offers like this go a long way in the world of CS:GO betting, where matches can be turned on their heads after a humiliating force-buy win.

Unibet

Unibet actually has a very similar selection of titles on offer to Unikrn. Besides all the traditional sports that are found elsewhere on the site, you’ll also be able to bet on CS:GO, Dota, Overwatch and League of Legends.

For anyone looking to bet on the CS:GO side of the ROG Masters tournament, Unibet is worth checking out, as many other sites have not yet listed these markets.

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Esports events this week

ESL Season 6 will be coming to an end this week alongside the 2017 ROG Masters. This is definitely not a week in the esports calendar that you would want to miss.

League of Legends

Running from Thursday through Sunday, the League of Legends All-Stars 2017 will take place in sunny Los Angeles.

The All-Star tournament is like no other event in LoL, as the world’s top players unite in their respective regions to form all-star dream teams. Eight regions will compete for the chance of becoming All-Star champions.

Dota 2

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will host the Dota 2017 ROG Masters this week alongside its CS:GO counterpart. A total of $235,000 is up for grabs, with six teams in contention.

Having entered the tournament due to a replacement of MiSeRyOpTic Gaming is currently favored to win the event at odds of 3.00 (Bet365). Team Secret won the 2016 event against Execration for a total prize of $71,250.

Execration will be playing again this year after a bumpy start to its season. Despite failing to accomplish much at The International, it has managed to secure first place spots in its past two tournaments (The Manila Challenge and The Major League).

CS:GO

After months of online games, ESL Pro League Season 6 will slowly come to an end this week with a string of intense LAN games starting Tuesday.

With a prize pool of $750,000, there will be a lot of pressure for the 12 remaining teams. These include the likes of Fnatic, North, SK Gaming and Astralis, who are all strong contenders behind the current favorite, FaZe (3.50 at Bet365). For many of these teams, the ESL finals will act as a strong test ahead of the ECS finals, which take place next week for the same amount of prize money.

There’s an awful lot of money floating around in the ROG Masters 2017 prize pool, $250,000 to be precise. This may seem especially odd for European esports fans who are possibly unfamiliar with names such as 5Power, Grayhound and Vegas Squadron.

PGL Major Krakow winners Gambit will also be in attendance and are currently favored to win the tournament at odds of  1.66 (Betspawn). The tournament will be held in Kuala Lumpur and will run from the 7th to 10th of December.

Street Fighter V

The Capcom Cup is taking place this weekend, and it couldn’t be any more of an open tournament. There is no clear favorite, with the lowest odds for tournament winner at 6.50 (Tokido – Betspawn).

Although the winner is anyone’s guess, it looks likely that it will be Japanese player. Odds for a Japanese tournament winner are currently sitting at 1.57 (Betspawn). A total of $250,000 is up for grabs for the 32 contestants.

Esports Betting Outlook: ROG DreamLeague Season 8, KeSPA Cup On Tap

November 30, 2017

SK Gaming took the win at the CS:GO Blast Pro Series but there’s more first-person shooter action planned this week at DreamHack Open Winter 2017. Rocket League makes a big appearance and League of Legend and Dota 2 fans won’t be disappointed.

  • In CS:GO, DreamHack Open Winter 2017 will take place over the weekend, following the Blast Pro Series last week.
  • Rocket League is back on the cards thanks to the ELEAGUE 2017 Rocket League Cup. $150,000 is at stake, and Gale Force Esports is favored to win.
  • Four remain in the League of Legends 2017 KeSPA Cup ahead of the grand final on Saturday.
  • It’s time for the second Dota 2 Major of the year. One million dollars is up for grabs at ROG DreamLeague Season 8.

Where to bet one esports

Not all esports betting sites publish odds for every gaming title. We’ve summarized the best sites to bet on your favorite esports in the list below.

Betspawn

When betting on esports, stats are essential. Betspawn knows this all too well and has gone out of its way to publish some interesting player stats on their website, alongside the stats that they have already had available for some time.

You can put these stats to the test on a large number of tournaments available bet on at Betspawn this week. There’s an unbelievable fifteen CS:GO tournaments on offer alongside Dota 2, LoL, Overwatch, Rocket League, StarCraft II and King of Glory.

SkyBet

There’s slightly less on offer at SkyBet than Betspawn, but there’s still a healthy choice for a site that doesn’t exclusively deal with esports. Besides the usual titles, SkyBet also list odds for Heroes of The Storm (HOTS) which has Gold Club World Championship games this week.

Betway

Big fans of CS:GO themselves, Betway has gone ahead and listed every CS:GO tournament under the sun this week. Bet on anything from DreamHack Winter to the Mid TV Challenge Cup.

Fans of Dota needn’t be disappointed, as there’s plenty of choice in that department too. Betway is among the few sites to list odds for the Rocket League ELEAGUE tournament and have Gale Force Esports (2.75) at short odds than Bet365 (3.00).

Bet365

League of Legends fans will want to check out Bet365 this week if they have any interest in betting on the KeSPA Cup. There’s 19 different betting markets available for the tournament alone, offering much more bet types than many other sites.

Also available on the site is the LoL All-Star, which is difficult to find elsewhere. Of course, Bet365 has all the other bases covered as usual, so they’re still a great choice for in-play CS:GO betting if you are watching DreamHack Winter Open this week.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle has chosen to focus on the larger betting markets again this week. While you won’t be able to bet on obscure LoL betting markets, you will get the highest industry odds on match-winner markets. That’s certainly worth checking out, but don’t be surprised if you can’t find smaller tournaments, or esports for that matter.

Unikrn

It’s a shame to see that although Unikrn has opened Rocket League markets in the past, it is yet to publish odds for the ELEAGUE Cup this week. However, there’s more than enough CS:GO, Dota, LoL, Overwatch and StarCraft II tournaments available for betting.

Unikrn has made headlines in recent months with the release of Unikrn Gold, a decentralized esports gaming token.

GG.bet

GG.bet has a great offering this week in terms of game and tournament choice but also some instant bonuses available for new and returning customers. Check out their homepage for details of “Insta Bonus”.

Unibet

There are three esports available at Unibet this week and interestingly, Overwatch is one of them. If you’re hoping to bet on the LoL KeSPA Cup, you may be better off at one of the above sites. But fans of Overwatch, Dota 2 and CS:GO have a nice range of events and markets to bet on.

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This week in esports events

You may have noticed that there’s a lot of esports tournaments available for betting this week. Here’s some upcoming highlights and results from last week.

Rocket League

With a prize pool of $150,000, some of the world’s best Rocket League players will come together at the ELEAGUE 2017 Rocket League Cup. Running this weekend, the tournament will have features on TBS (US cable) along with the usual free streaming sites such as Twitch and YouTube. Gale Force eSports are favored to win the event at odds of 3.00 (Bet365).

League of Legends

Samsung Galaxy and KT Rolster will go head to head on Friday as part of the 2017 KeSPA Cup. Also on tap, SK Telecom T1 will play Longzhu Gaming.

Although Longzhu and Samsung Galaxy are favorites to win, it’s likely to be a close final stage. These teams are no strangers to one another. Most notably, Samsung Galaxy recently beat SK Telecom T1 for the win at the 2017 World Championship. The cup is a Korea e-Sports Association organized event and although there are only four teams left in-running, 19 began when the tournament starteda last week.

Dota 2

The second Dota 2 major tournament of the year is arriving in Jönköping, Sweden, this week. ROG DreamLeague Season 8 will feature eight teams and run over two days this weekend.

Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere will start things off on Friday in an effort to reach the grand final on Sunday. Not only are there 1500 Pro Circuit Points on offer, but the tournament winner will receive $500,000 in prize money, half of the $1 million total. The American squad of Team Liquid is currently the favorite to win the tournament at odds of 3.25, although Virtus.pro is close behind at 4.33.

There’s more Dota 2 action in the pipeline for next week. Starting on Thursday, Dec. 7, is the ROG Masters 2017, featuring six teams and $235,000 in prize money.

CS:GO

Last week saw six huge names in CS:GO go head to head for a prize pool of $250,000 in Copenhagen, Denmark. SK Gaming took the win after beating the home team of Astralis in a 2-1 grand final. In-game leader of SK Gaming, Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo, was the star of the show after securing multiple triple and quad kills at pivotal points in the game. This performance earned him the HLTV MVP award and contributed to another tournament win for SK.

This week in CS:GO will be just as intense, with DreamHack Open Winter 2017 starting on Friday. The tournament will be slightly bigger than the Blast Pro Series albeit a smaller prize pool of $100,000. Eight teams will compete, including Gambit, EnVyUs and Natus Vincere in Jönköping. Gambit is currently favored to win at Bet365 with odds of 3.50.

Over in North America, CyberPowerPC Extreme Gaming Series 2017 is keeping teams such as Cloud9, Splyce and CLG busy. The two-day event will run Saturday and Sunday and will feature a prize pool of $25,000.

Esports Betting Outlook: NEST, IEM Oakland Crown Champions

November 22, 2017

CS:GO is the star of the show this week with an incredibly busy schedule of top tier games.

The results are also in from NEST 2017, Perfect World Masters and IEM Oakland ahead of another week of intense esports action.

  • Invictus Gaming won the League of Legends Nest 2017 tournament in a grand final against JD Gaming.
  • ECS Season 4 fills most of the midweek CS:GO schedule while the Blast Pro Series brings some huge teams to Copenhagen over the weekend.
  • $200,000 in prize money went to teams at the first major PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) tournament, IEM Oakland 2017. After surviving the open qualifier, ‘aAa‘ take first place for $60,000.
  • Team Vici and Kinguin are leading their groups at the Dota 2 Perfect World Masters in Shanghai.

Where to bet on esports

Bet365

CS:GO takes up the majority of Bet365‘s available betting fixtures this week, which is quite right considering the amount of quality tournaments currently in running.

The team at 365 has gone out of its way to accommodate for smaller esports such as Heroes of the Storm (HOTS) and King of Glory which are also available on the site for betting. Of course, there’s also a bunch of Dota, StarCraft II, LoL and even Overwatch games available.

Betway

The odds at Betway are edging ahead of Bet365 on certain fixtures such as the Blast Pro Series outright winner market. FaZe is favored to win at 3.25 with Bet365 but 3.35 with Betway. While the difference may be small, any extra value is worth taking when it comes to betting odds.

Betway has been long sponsors of the Swedish CS:GO team Ninjas in Pyjamas, which paid off yet again last week as they successfully defended the IEM Oakland Cup.

SkyBet

SkyBet has spiced things up this week with a redesign of its website to make it easier for mobile users. For fans of esports, it has made it easier to browse through different titles and tournaments that were previously less well organized.

Considering SkyBet us a traditional bookmaker with no strong emphasis on esports, there is more than enough gaming action to get into.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle isn’t telling any lies when it claims to hold the best odds for the fixtures available to bet on. However, you’ll have a tough time finding anything besides money-line betting markets as special bets and outright winner markets are nowhere to be seen.

Pinnacle is definitely worth checking out if you are looking to bet the money line on any CS:GO, Dota, LoL or King of Glory matches this week.

Unikrn

Similar to Bet365, Unikrn is also listing odds for Overwatch this week and has priced Boston Uprising as the favorite at 3.00, with Dallas Fuel following close behind (3.25).  Overwatch odds sit alongside plenty of CS:GO, Dota 2, and LoL tournaments.

Promotions at Unikrn are mostly focused around the big CS:GO matches, with free bet refunds on certain games, should your team be up by six rounds and go on to lose the match.

Betspawn

Betspawn is still advertising its incredibly generous 2x deposit offer for new customers. Be sure to check terms and conditions for wagering requirements and max free bet amount for your country. The site’s competition to win a top-of-the-line graphics card took place last week, and we’ll be excited to see a similar competition again.

There is a healthy range of esports available at Betspawn to use free bets on, including HOTS, King of Glory and Overwatch games.

GG.Bet

GG.Bet may only focus on a few esports at a time, but it certainly packs a punch with those that it does publish odds for. This week on the site is CS:GO, Dota and King of Glory. There’s a nice selection of bet types available for each game if you like to dabble with something a little different from match winner bets.

Unibet

Interestingly esports are now listed under the “popular” section of the Unibet site, making them more accessible. Ironically though, this traditional bookmaker has only opted to list odds for some CS:GO and Dota tournaments this week so far. Perhaps it is choosing to focus on gaming titles that bring in the most betting action — and one it is sponsoring — but it would be nice to see more variety.

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This week in esports events

CS:GO

In a nail-biting final between Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) and FaZe Clan, NiP win $125,000 and first place at IEM Oakland 2017.

The two teams traded maps between each other as NiP took Cobblestone 16-10, leading FaZe to dominate on Inferno 16-7. NiP looked much more comfortable on Train, where it finished 16-10 but were left stunned with a 6-16 loss on Overpass in the penultimate map. It was all to play for on Cache, which is a strong map for both teams. Despite Niko (FaZe) holding top spot on the server, NiP edged over FaZe and finished the best-of-five 16-10 and defended its IEM Oakland cup.

CS:GO events this week are more than plentiful. NiP is back in action against Virtus.pro in the European ECS Season 4 league. Of course, we’ll also see the North American side of ECS Season 4 fight for points with teams such as NRG, Renegades and Luminosity taking the online stage.

Over the weekend, most of the big action will come from the 2017 Blast Pro Series in Copenhagen. The event will run from Friday until Saturday evening with a prize pool of $250,000. Just six teams will compete for the prize and those teams consist of Astralis, FaZe, G2, NiP, North and SK Gaming. FaZe is currently favored to win the tournament at odds of 3.25 (Bet365).

League of Legends

After a string of 2-0 wins, Invictus Gaming took first place at NEST 2017 in China against JD Gaming. Although JD pulled out all the stops, it wasn’t quite enough to beat their Chinese rivals.

Invictus had already dominated JD in a 2-0 match during the winners final. Invictus took home over $60,000 in prize money. This has been the first large tournament since worlds, where Samsung Galaxy won The Summoner’s Cup.

PUBG

The first major PUBG tournament ran last weekend alongside the CS:GO action at IEM Oakland 2017. ‘aAa’ took home first place and $60,000, with Tempo Storm and Ghost Gaming coming in second and third respectively. Considering the technical challenges involved in running a tournament with so many players on one server, the event ran without any major hiccup. Style of play is still a hot topic for fans, as some teams prefer to avoid conflict in order to survive to late game.

Dota 2

It’s been an eventful couple of days at the Perfect World Masters in Shanghai. Group stages are now complete and first to face the early flight home are LGD Gaming and SG E-Sports.

At the other end of the spectrum, Vici Gaming has dominated Group A, although LGD Forever Young is close behind. It was a much more level playing field in Group B, with Team Kinguin edging ahead of the rest of the group by one single point. Quarterfinals are underway ahead of the grand final this weekend.

Esports Betting Outlook: CS:GO, PUBG Action Descends On IEM Oakland

November 14, 2017

The big three esports — CS:GOLeague of Legends and Dota 2 — are no longer taking all of the attention in the tournament space. One of the biggest PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tournaments so far will take place at IEM Oakland 2017 this week. And other esports such as Warcraft III and StarCraft have plenty going on.

  • Twelve CS:GO teams will begin the fight for $300,000 at IEM Oakland 2017 this Tuesday.
  • The final stages of LoL Nest 2017 will run this week ahead of the grand final on Sunday.
  • Ten Dota 2 teams will compete in Shanghai for the Perfect World Masters 2017 tournament.
  • PUBG shares the limelight at IEM Oakland 2017 alongside CS:GO with a $200,000 prize pool.

Where to bet on esports

Bet365

Bet365 is once again showing other bookmakers how it’s done. The site has listed almost every professional CS:GO match taking place this week alongside all the top Dota 2 and LoL action. There are also fixtures available for Warcraft III, StarCraft II, PUBG and Heroes of the Storm. 

Odds for the majority of their fixtures are very competitive and well worth considering if you fancy a bet on any of the above.

Betway

Betway has listed almost identical tournaments to Bet365 besides the lack of SCII and HOTS fixtures. If you fancy a free bet or two and don’t yet have a Betway account, be sure to sign up and make the most of their generous welcome offer.

There’s also a a “Weekly Rewards” promotion running where you will get a chance to win even more free bets every week.

SkyBet

The choice of fixtures for SkyBet this week does seem a little odd at first glance with the lack of LoL odds. Besides that hiccup, it is one of few bookmakers to offer odds for the Hearthstone Trinity Series. CS:GO and Dota odds take up the majority of the esports section.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle is waving the flag for World of Tanks, being one of the only sites to offer odds for the Wargaming League NA. It’s also run a similar course to SkyBet and listed odds for the Hearthstone Trinity Series as well as the Warcraft III Golden Champion Series.

As always, there are some very generous CS:GO and Dota odds available but a lack of any LoL fixtures.

Unikrn

There’s certainly no lack of LoL odds at Unikrn. Thankfully, this esports betting site has not forgotten about NEST 2017 as odds for the first two games of the week are up and ready for wagering.

Similar to some other sites, Unikrn also has a Discord chat room available where you can hear from other esports fans and discuss pro games as they unfold. CS:GO, Dota 2 and Hearthstone odds are also available on the site.

Betspawn

Another esports-only betting site to make good impressions this week is Betspawn. It’s clear it well and truly understands esports fans as it features a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti up for grabs for a lucky customer who takes part in the free esports quiz.  Graphics cards aside, there are a bunch of fun bets on offer for the IEM Oakland CS:GO games taking place this week.

A new addition to titles at Betspawn is the arrival of PUBG. Betspawn has an incredible choice of titles, markets and promotions on offer. With the new addition of PUBG, Betspawn is the most action-packed esports betting site of the week.

GG.bet

Unfortunately GG.bet is outpaced by Betspawn’s offerings this week, but it is still well worth checking out. Although the site doesn’t have anywhere near as many titles or betting markets, its odds can occasionally be found to outperform other sites.

Unibet

Esports at Unibet are currently hidden under “All Sports.” It’s a shame that the site doesn’t consider esports worthy of the front page, but it still has a good choice of tournaments to bet on. Choose from a selection of CS:GO, Dota and PUBG fixtures.

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This week in esports events

China has attracted the majority of this week’s esports events with piles of LoL, Dota and Warcraft action taking place across the country. There are still more than enough EU and US games to browse through if the time zones become an issue for viewers.

League of Legends

League of Legends is back in China after worlds for the final stages of NEST 2017. Twenty-four teams have been whittled down to just four survivors.

Invictus Gaming will play Snake Esports while LGD Gaming will take on JD Gaming. The group stages produced some interesting results, with teams such as Team WE and and Royal Never Give Up failing to reach the top 10.

Dota 2

Team Secret (4.50) is Betway’s favorite to win the Perfect World Masters in 2017, starting this Sunday. The tournament will last one week and have $300,000 up for grabs along with 300 Pro Circuit Points. Newbee is a close second favorite at odds of 4.75, with LGD Forever Young following behind.

There’s a whole heap of other Dota 2 action taking place this week. There will be games for The Captains Drift and qualifiers for DreamLeague and MDL Macau.

CS:GO

Starting Tuesday, 12 teams will compete for $300,000 at IEM Oakland 2017. Among the teams invited are Astralis, G2 and FaZe.

There are two teams who have reached the tournament through regional qualifiers, one of which is the heavy underdogs, TheMongolz. Also in the competition as an invite is the American squad of Cloud9, which only last week won first place at the IBUYPOWER Masters 2017.

PUBG

CS:GO will no longer be taking up all the attention at IEM Oakland, as this year PUBG will be running alongside the main CS:GO event. FaZe is a strong favorite to win this event that will wrap up after just eight matches for a prize of $200,000. A total of 20 teams will compete for a chance to reach the grand final on Sunday.

Warcraft III

Starting Monday and running for the full week, the Warcraft III Golden Series will take place in Shanghai. The tournament has attracted attention from many of the top bookmakers such as Betway and Bet365.

Esports Betting Outlook: League of Legends Crowns World Champs; CS:GO Action Ramps Up

November 7, 2017

In the wake of the League of Legends World Championship, you might think that things will be a little quiet on the esports front.

Fortunately, that’s anything but the case. There’s bucket loads of action to get your hands on this week.

  • Samsung Galaxy Gaming wins the 2017 LoL worlds in a stunning 3-0 sweep of SK Telecom T1.
  • All guns are blazing in the world of CS:GO with ESL Pro League and ECS Season 4 games taking place throughout the week.
  • Team Liquid wins the AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League against Vici Gaming, which will have another shot at victory in next weeks 2017 Perfect World Masters.

Where to bet on esports

Bet365

The esports section of Bet365 is looking full as ever this week. There are fixtures available for almost every popular esport, including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

You’ll also find odds for the King of Glory – KPL Autumn League, which many other esports betting sites aren’t listing.

Betway

Another site to feature odds for PUBG is Betway. Like Bet365, it is a traditional bookmaker in the sense that it also offers odds for sports such as football and tennis alongside their casino sections.

Check out Betway’s promotion page for a chance to win £20 worth of free bets as part of its weekly rewards promo.

SkyBet

Like Bet365, SkyBet is also listing odds for the KPL Augumn League and in some cases, its odds are better. It’s certainly worth checking between the two for the best odds if you plan on betting on any KoG action this week.

It’s not just KoG that SkyBet is offering this week. The site also has a bunch of odds for CS:GO, Dota 2 and StarCraft.

Pinnacle

There’s a great selection of esports at Pinnacle this week. Titles include CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Rocket League, StarCraft, Warcraft 3 and World of Tanks.

We put Pinnacle’s “best odds” to the test this week and found that although they are generally much better, it’s still worth shopping around. NiP is odds of 1.45 against Godsent this week with Pinnacle pricing them at 1.434. The difference is incredibly slight, but if you’re looking for the best odds, keep your eyes peeled.

Unikrn

There are just three titles available at Unikrn this week: CS:GO, Dota and Rocket League. It seems strange that there’s so little on offer as Unikrn is an esports-only betting site and has offered odds for many other titles in the past.

Unikrn’s extremely generous free bet offer for new customers still stands and is well worth taking up.

Betspawn

Flying the flag for esports-only betting sites, Betspawn has a huge range of esports yet again. One of the few sites to feature Vainglory odds this week, Betspawn also has odds for CS:GO, Dota, Hearthstone, Starcraft, WoW and World of Tanks.

GG.bet

GG.bet is going from strength to strength in recent weeks. It’s not long since it redesigned its whole site and after a disappointing lack of betting options, it is now packed with esports. Bet on anything from CS:GO to Vainglory and everything in between.

Unibet

CS:GO, Dota and PUBG are on offer at Unibet this week. It’s great to see PUBG to be one of the chosen few titles on offer. Hopefully Unibet will continue this theme of supporting rising esports.

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This week in esports events

If you’re looking for some esports action to bet on this week, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Here’s a roundup of recent events and a taste of what’s to come.

League of Legends

In a largely unexpected result, Samsung Galaxy was crowned kings of the 2017 LoL World Championships and took home The Summoner’s Cup. Despite being favorites to win the event at odds of 1.50 (Bet365), SK Telecom T1 failed to gain any traction throughout the all-Korean grand final.

There’s no doubt that the victory was well deserved by all of the Samsung Galaxy team, but one player stuck out as a force to be reckoned with. Park Jae-hyeok “Ruler” managed to survive both games one and two without a single death to his name. His contributions, along with the rest of the team, helped to bag more than a third of the $4.1 million total prize pool.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The CS:GO calendar is jam-packed this week with a variety of leagues and tournaments, including those from ESL Pro League and ECS Season 4. Some of the more notable games include Astralis vs. Heroic (ECS) and Liquid vs. Cloud9 (ESL).

IEM Oakland 2017 begins next week, starting Nov. 16. Twelve teams will take part for a chance to win their share of the $300,000 prize pool. All but three teams have received direct invites, including the likes of Astralis, G2 and Gambit.

Dota 2

Team Liquid took the win in a grand final against Vici Gaming at the AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League last week. The $300,000 tournament also awarded 300 Pro Circuit Points between the four runners-up.

Vici Gaming will be feeling confident ahead of its next major in just a week’s time. The 2017 perfect World Masters will run from Nov. 19-26 and will feature an identical prize fund, despite there being ten teams competing.

PUBG

This Saturday, PUBGOnline will be hosting what is arguably the most charitable event of the week. Their aim is to raise $100,000 for Extra Life an the invitation only tournament.

The following week, IEM Oakland will be hosting its first PUBG invitational. Twenty teams and 80 players will compete for $200,000 in the same event as the respective CS:GO tournament. Yet again, Gorilla Core e-Sports are the bookmakers’ favorites at odds of 3.00 with Bet365.

League of Legends Worlds Grand Final Betting Preview: Samsung Galaxy vs. SK Telecom T1

November 1, 2017

The grand final of the 2017 League of Legends World Championships is almost here, after teams from around the world have spent weeks fighting for their chance to win the title.

This Saturday at the Beijing National Stadium — the“Bird’s Nest” — two teams will clash in a best-of-five brawl in an attempt to take home The Summoner’s Cup. Along with the trophy, there’s over $1.5 million in prize money for a first-place finish. Runners up will receive just over $500,000.

The two teams in contention are SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy. The two teams have a fair bit in common. Not only have they found themselves in the grand final of the biggest LoL event of the year, but they have both been close favorites to win the tournament from day one.

Where you can bet on LoL worlds?

Obviously any esports betting specialist will have odds on the grand final. And pretty much any traditional bookmaker with an esports offer will also feature odds to win the match.

Here’s a partial list of sites where you can bet on the final, complete with more information about them, if you want to get a bet down on the match:

Some feature more than straight odds to win, so check them out to see what they might have on offer.

The LoL finals teams

The two teams, both of Korean origin, are no strangers to one another. In 2016, both teams reached the grand final of worlds. After five maps of intense back-and-forth action, SK Telecom T1 secured a win with a final series score of 3-2. It was SK’s third win at the Worlds, having beat Koo Tigers in 2015 and Royal Club in 2013.

At odds of 1.50 vs Samsung Galaxy’s 2.63 with Bet365, SK Telecom T1 is favored to win this year’s event for its fourth Summoners Cup.

The teams last played each other in August, when SK took a seamless 3-0 win at the LoL Champions Korea Summer Split. Previous to that however, Samsung Galaxy picked up three consecutive wins against SK.

A closer look at Samsung Galaxy

  • Top: CuVee
  • Jungle: Ambition
  • Mid: Crown
  • ADC: Ruler
  • Support: Wraith
  • Coach: DoGGi
  • Sub: CoreJJ

Make no mistake, Samsung Galaxy is still an incredibly powerful team and has everything going for it. The team is currently second behind SK in the overall team rankings.

The last major event that Samsung Galaxy played, it came out with a first-place finish in the LCK Regional Finals. Up against KT Rolster in the grand finals, SK took a 3-0 win.

Crown and Ruler have been one of the tournament’s biggest success stories after pushing the team through some of its more difficult spots. They will need to keep up this performance and work seamlessly with the rest of the team to get past Bang and Faker at SK.

Coupled with its recent win at the LCK Regionals and previous experience against SK Telecom T1, Samsung Galaxy should be feeling fairly confident in the final on Saturday.

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A closer look at SK Telecom T1

  • Top: Duke
  • Jungle: Blank
  • Mid: Faker
  • ADC: Bang
  • Support: Wolf
  • Coach: kkOma
  • Sub: bengi

SK Telecom knows what it takes to win The Summoner’s Cup. It’s done it three times already and is the bookmakers’ favorites to win it again.

In terms of its recent performance, it’s had much more stable recent results than Samsung Galaxy. In October alone, it won seven out of eight games played. Despite the loss against Ahq E-sports Club, Bang and Faker have been two of the most dominant players on the team this year and are arguably the most feared in all of the LoL pro scene.

The grand final will prove to be no easy match for either team. Both have what it takes to win the tournament, even if SK has a more impressive track record.

Esports Betting Outlook: LoL Worlds Final Set; Virtus Pro Wins In Hamburg

October 31, 2017

The world championship final is set for League of Legends, which is the biggest event on the agenda in the world of esports betting:

  • After the nail-biting semifinals, the LoL grand final takes place this week. SK Telecom T1 will play Samsung Galaxy in the best-of-five affair.
  • In the lead up to the CS:GO ELEAGUE Major, the Americans and European Minors will begin this week, giving away four more spots in the main qualifier.
  • Virtus Pro won half a million dollars and first place in the Dota 2 ESL One Hamburg.

Where to bet on esports

In the fast-evolving realm of esports betting, new betting sites seem to appear every other day. However, some are far better than others and some may be worth staying clear of. Here’s our weekly roundup of the best esports betting sites this week.

Bet365

Although Bet365 recently reduced its welcome bonus, it still remains one of the biggest free-bet offers for new customers of any esports betting site. You can use the free bet on a huge range of esports such as League of Legends or even PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

There’s barely a league or tournament that Bet365 hasn’t released odds for this week. For fans of CS:GO, the site has included some special markets for HLTV player rankings.

Betway

Two VIP tickets for the ESL Pro League are up for grabs this week with Betway. To be in with a chance of winning, players must opt in and win as many bets as possible to climb the points leaderboard.

Another promotion that Betway is running is the weekly free-bet objectives. Opt in and complete certain objectives to take home £20 in free bets each week. Free bets can be redeemed on esports fixtures. But always remember to read terms and conditions before taking part.

SkyBet

SkyBet has plenty of esports action this week. The majority of its betting markets are for CS:GO and Dota 2, as there are so many tournaments taking place this week.

They have of course listed odds for the LoL worlds final, with over 45 different bet types to choose from. For fans of smaller esports, you’ll find odds for StarCraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and World of Tanks.

Pinnacle

If you prefer to save your bets until the matches are underway, then you should definitely check out Pinnacle for the LoL final. In-play betting markets will open once the game begins and will feature some of the highest odds of any betting site.

Pinnacle already has the best pre-match odds, so keep an eye on them during the game for a chance to grab some great value odds. If LoL isn’t your thing, there’s odds available for CS:GO, Dota, Hearthstone, Starcraft, Warcraft 3 and World of Tanks.

Unirkn

Fancy SK Telecom T1 to get the first baron on map 1? Unikrn have this bet available at odds of 1.70 along with plenty other LoL worlds betting markets. Also, if you back SK or SSG to win and they win the first map but lose the series, you’ll get your money back up to £25.

For fans of CS:GO, you can bet on anything from the AOC Cup to the ELEAGUE Minors. You can also find Dota, StarCraft, Hearthstone and World of Tanks odds elsewhere on the site.

Betspawn

Betspawn has a staggering 21 different esports listed on its site and this week, and it has odds available for ten of them. There’s no doubt that Betspawn has one of the widest range of titles among any esports betting site. Added to that, its site looks great and has a very attractive 2x welcome bonus up to €133.7.

GG.Bet

In contrast to Betspawn, GG.bet has three esports titles to bet on this week. It would be great to see a wider choice of titles as the site is very easy to use and has a lot of potential.

Unibet

Unibet has a similar choice to GG.bet, but with the added bonus of having a few extra betting markets to pick from. The site is of course a good choice if you like to bet on traditional sports alongside esports.

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This week in esports events

It’s a surprise that any other esports events dare to take place this week in the shadow of the LoL worlds final. Despite this, there is still plenty of action in other titles.

League of Legends

The grand final will be taking place on Saturday in the Beijing National Stadium. It will be a spectacular clash between SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy, who have both been favorites to win the tournament from day one. SK Telecom T1 are now favorites to win at odds of 1.50 with Unibet, and Samsung Galaxy sits at 2.45.

Royal Never Give Up and Team WE were painfully close to reaching the final, both being knocked out in the semis. Despite their frustration, they’ll be heading home with 7 percent of the total prize pool. Each which will make over $200,000.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

After an intense final against Virtus Pro, the Brazilian squad of SK Gaming took home the win at EPICENTER 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Coming in third place was G2 Esports, which fought off Astralis in a 2-1 win for a podium finish.

There’s been plenty of action ahead of the ELEAGUE Major in January. Last week saw four teams qualify in their respective minors for a spot in the main event qualifier. TyLoo and Renegades took the qualifying spots for the Asia Minor, while Avangar and Quantum Bellator Fire took the CIS spots.

Up next this week are the European and American Minors which start Thursday.

Dota 2

After an immense, four-day event in Germany, ESL One Hamburg 2017 wrapped up with Virtus Pro taking the win. This victory is felt even stronger within the organization, following its second place finish at the CS:GO EPICENTER in the same week. It seems as if the Polish squad is going from strength to strength in recent weeks.

Team Liquid and Newbee took third and fourth place, while Team Secret fought its way to the final against VP. Virtus Pro didn’t let anything slip in the final of the $1 million event as it took a 2-0 map victory. As well as taking home half of the total prize pool, VP also got 750 DPC points, which makes for a fantastic start to the season.