Esports Betting Outlook: Virtus.pro Wins DreamHack Vegas; League Of Legends Action Still Dominates

Posted By Matt Perry on February 20, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

We’re continuing the weeks-long trend of having tons of League of Legends action across all the best esports betting sites, especially now that DreamHack Las Vegas is done and dusted. Virtus.pro defeated SK Gaming 2-1 in a final that saw both teams lose their maps in the opening matches.

Now, it’s time to look ahead to March, when Katowice, Poland, will host the Intel Extreme Masters XI and a heap of esports championship matches.

Where to bet on esports

Bet365

Bet365 continues to dominate the world of esports betting and will likely do so so long as League of Legends and Dota 2 have numerous events going on. Their in-game bets for both esports are great, and they’re leading the way in offering more than just outright win bets.

SkyBet

SkyBet is another site with an impressive amount of game coverage and markets for each game, with a lot of more in-depth betting available for each match and esport, as well as a lot of matches and games to bet on in general.

Betway

Betway is continuing to impress with its involvement in esports, with an excellent blog covering North American League of Legends action as well as an update on their sponsorship of Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle has updated its markets a little, with many of the next Dota 2 events (including the upcoming Kiev Major) boasting bets. There are also a good old number of League of Legends Split bets on the table.

Unikrn

Unikrn has a decent enough selection of esports bets, though given the number of potential League of Legends markets these esports betting specialists could be offering, the available bets are actually a little on the low side.

Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes is continuing to offer a pretty decent selection of esports bets. However, while its event coverage is solid, its market diversity is a bit lackluster. outrights are still its main offering.

PaddyPower

PaddyPower continues to barely offer any esports betting whatsoever, with a solitary outright market on the upcoming Dota 2 StarSeries the only esports bet available from the Emerald Isle.

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The week in esports events

You’re probably well used to reading this by now, but of course the bulk of action this week is League of Legends. However, that doesn’t mean all the other esports bets just curled up and died. Here’s the action this week.

League of Legends

Again, League of Legends continues to be the dominant esport for betting this week. There are currently 26 running tournaments, most of which are Spring Split preliminary matches around the world. Come March, we’ll be seeing things condense down into major games.

CS:GO

The $450,000 DreamHack Masters in Las Vegas was the highlight of the esports calendar this past week, with Virtus.pro taking home the title. The next big game on the CS:GO schedule comes by way of the Intel Extreme Masters in a couple of weeks.

Dota 2

In the world of Dota 2 betting, the next slice of big action comes from Shanghai this week with the StarLadder i-League StarSeries and a $300,000 prize pool. After that, 12 teams return to China for the $500,000 Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017.

StarCraft

StarCraft gamers are another group, alongside the Global Offensive fans of the world, waiting for the Intel Extreme Masters next week. The prize pool for the StarCraft event is a tidy $250,000, just like the CS:GO side of things.

Heroes of the Storm

There are no major live events taking place for Heroes of the Storm fans right now, but those looking for their fix can still check out the Global Championship Phase #1 games taking place online right now.

Overwatch

Overwatch APEX Season 2 follows up the inaugural tournament from 2016 with another 16-team event in Korea, which will wrap up in early April and divide up a $178,000 prize pool.

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