Where to bet on esports
With DreamHack Malmö being such a crowd favorite, some bookmakers are really going the extra mile to attract more business and compete to be the best esports betting site.
The team at Betway is huge fans of CS:GO, so much so that the bookmaker sponsors the Swedish team Ninjas in Pyjamas. It’s hard to judge exactly what they’ll have on offer for this DreamHack event, as it has only listed outright winner odds so far at the beginning of the week.
As with every other esports betting site, Betway has SK Gaming as favorites at odds of 4.25, which is slightly better value than some of its competitors (Bet365 has SK at 4.00).
Bet365 has really been impressive lately with the amount of markets it has open, well in advance of the event. It was one of the esportsbooks to list odds for the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Invitational. It has already listed a number of markets for DreamHack.
If you’re looking to get on board with some early value and want to bet a few days before the tournament begins, you should definitely take a look at Bet365. There’s even odds available for the Halo Championship Series, along with plenty of LoL and StarCraft II odds.
I’m surprised SkyBet hasn’t put more effort into promoting its esports section with some appealing free bet offers, but its odds are always worth looking over. You can find some great value at SkyBet, especially in-play.
It makes a nice change to see so many esports available at Pinnacle this week, although some are for very small events such as the CS:GO DaddySkins Cup with a prize pool of just $3,000.
Pinnacle currently has odds listed for:
- Four different CS:GO tournaments
- The Dota 2 ProDota Cup
- Halo HCS
- Heroes of the Storm Global Championship
- Five separate LoL tournaments
- The Overwatch Contenders
- Starcraft II StarLeague
- Warcraft 3 – Neo Star League
That’s a mighty impressive lineup with some fantastic odds.
Unikrn’s new customer offer makes it a must-try betting site straight away. Put your free bet to use in one of many esports betting markets that it has on offer. Unikrn’s odds seem to be fairly similar to Betway’s in most cases.
If you’re a fan of Vainglory, Betspawn is arguably the best betting site for you; it is one of the only sites to list odds for Vainglory 8. It seems to have listed similar esports titles to Pinnacle this week, although it has not yet listed Overwatch odds for the week.
Betspawn very often has some of the best odds in the industry, so it’s worth being a regular visitor to the site if you’re not already.
GG.bet was one of the few sites to esports betting odds for the PUBG Invitational that took place last week. It seems that GG is quite proud of the fact, as it has left the banner on its homepage that doesn’t link to anything now the event is finished. Unfortunately, the site does seem to be lacking in esports to choose from at this moment in time.
Unibet has the least amount of esports listed out of all of those we have mentioned in this post. There’s a grand total of two esports to choose from: CS:GO and LoL. It’s certainly a shame to see the lack of choice, but Unibet does have three or four tournaments in each esport listed.
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This week in esports events
The first official PUBG event took place last week with a prize pool of $350,000. Luminosity win PUBG’s Squads LAN tournament at the invitational. The winner of solo mode, Evermore, has caused quite a stir after taking home first prize using a tactic of mostly running away and hiding whilst only gaining two kills.
It was an open qualifier team that secured the Duo mode win. Yukiiie & THZ, who are also known as “Suisse My Baguette,” won $30,000 and a golden frying pan after beating Luminosity, Cloud9 and TSM.
There’s not been much rest for pro CS:GO teams as ESL Pro League Season 6 (EU & NA) has been in full swing with a series of online matches.
Sixteen teams will now compete at the much-anticipated DreamHack Malmö event with a prize pool of $250,000. SK will take on B.O.O.T-d[S] to kick off the tournament on Wednesday.
League of Legends
Korean LoL is in full force this week with the LCK Regional Finals 2017 throughout the week. There’s everything to play for as the top teams will secure a spot in the 2017 world championships.