[toc]ESL One New York kicks off this week in CS:GO, following a controversial grand final of DreamHack Open Montreal and an unexpected winner of the ESG Tour Mykonos.
Rocket League grabs the bookies’ attention again and there’s plenty of LoL, Dota 2 and StarCraft II action.
Where to bet on esports
Betting sites are getting more competitive every week as interest in esports betting picks up. You’re in the perfect spot to take advantage of some excellent offers and value odds while the big bookmakers push to get their esports odds in front of the most punters.
As sponsors of ESG Tour Mykonos, Betway had a lot to offer for the event. That included some exclusive odds that no other esports betting site had listed.
Never being ones to sit back, the team at Betway has gone ahead and added more special bets for ESL One New York, which is taking place later in the week. Some of the available betting markets include “Player Headshot %” and “Any Map To Finish 16-0.”
Elsewhere on the site, they’ve also listed odds for the Rocket League — Mock It ECS.
The list of esports markets at Bet365 seems to be getting bigger every week. Not only does the site have practically every CS:GO tournament in existence listed, but it’s also got a ton of odds for Dota 2, League of Legends, Rocket League, StarCraft 2 and even King of Glory.
Although Bet365 frequently has some of the best value odds, its new-customer offer is one of the best available being offered by any major bookmaker.
Unfortunately SkyBet hasn’t got the best of selections so far this week. At present, they have odds available for LoL, CS:GO, Rocket League, Dota 2 and StarCraft II.
As always, their in-play odds seem to be full of value, so definitely check by if you’re betting live on any esports they have available.
Pinnacle’s choice of CS:GO tournaments to list is interesting, to say the least. Perhaps the book hasn’t yet got round to it, but currently there are no odds for ESL One New York or ELEAGUE, but there are odds listed for the Esports Balkan League and World Cyber Arena.
Considering Pinnacle has the lowest margins on its odds, it would be great to see more tournaments listed. It does have a nice choice for other esports however, with odds for Dota 2, LoL, Rocket League, StarCraft and Warcraft 3.
For an esports-only betting site, Unikrn seems to be lacking in esports. Despite a section for Rocket League, there are no odds yet listed for the Mock IT ECS event taking place this week.
Instead, there are markets available for Dota 2, LoL and CS:GO. To give credit where it’s due, Unikrn does have plenty of CS:GO tournaments to choose from.
Betspawn seems to be another site that is slow to publish betting markets but when they do, they are well worth the wait. The odds are often some of the best in the industry, particularly with the big three esports (CS:GO, Dota 2 and LoL).
Completely unique to GG.bet, the site is continuing on with its special bet series for Shrouds PUBG streams. You’ll be able to bet on his total kill amount and his final position in each game plus potentially many other betting markets.
It’s great to see innovative betting markets such as this with a game that has picked up so much traction in recent months. It’s easy to forget that the game still hasn’t actually been released.
Unibet has odds listed for the big three esports this week (CS:GO, Dota 2 and LoL). The site does seem to have its priorities in order though, as it hasn’t missed out on tournaments such as ESL One New York, which some other sites have been slow to release odds for.
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This week in esports events
Some of the world’s best CS:GO teams will begin fighting for their share of the $250,000 prize pool at ESL One New York 2017 this Friday.
There’s a total of eight teams taking part in the event, consisting of two qualifiers (Cloud9 and EnVyUs) and six invited teams (Astralis, FaZe, Liquid, Natus Vincere, SK and Virtus.pro).
It was an action-packed weekend for CS:GO tournaments with both DreamHack Open Montreal 2017 and ESG Mykonos 2017 taking place simultaneously.
Over in Greece, it was Mousesports who managed to take down Liquid in an epic best-of-five grand final, with a close score of 3-2. Eight teams competed in the event with a total prize pool of $235,000, $117,500 of which went to the winner.
Mousesports was anything but favorites to win the event, with teams such as SK and Virtus.pro being knocked out in the playoffs.
The Danish squad of North continued to impress fans in Montreal after its performance at Malmö. After a controversial grand final, North beat Immortals 2-0 at DreamHack Open Montreal 2017. Taking home first place and $50,000, this was North’s first win at any DreamHack event.
Sources suggest that three-fifths of the Immortals squad had overslept their alarms after taking a nap in between games. After delaying the match slightly, the tournament rules state that the first map should be forfeited. According to a statement from DreamHack:
“Immortals was informed that if they were not ready by 3:45PM – 15 minutes after scheduled start time – then they would forfeit the first map, in accordance with our rulebook.”
Winners of DreamHack Malmö, G2 advanced to the ELEAGUE Premier playoffs after beating Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) 2-0 on Cobblestone and Inferno. FaZe also beat Na’Vi to advance to the playoffs.
The tournament will continue this Friday with North vs Fnatic and Mousesports vs Immortals, before winners, elimination and group-decider matches take place later that evening.
League of Legends
League of Legends Champions Korea Spring will continue on Tuesday with Bbq OLIVERS playing CJ Entus and Ever8 Winners taking on KongDoo Monster.
Over in the World Championships, South Korea is looking strong to dominate again, with SK Telecom T1 favored to win the 2017 event and Longzhu a close second. SK Telecom T1 won the event in 2016 and took home a tidy prize of $2,680,000.
The Perfect World Minor has been announced this week, with qualifiers starting late September. The main event will take place Nov. 19-26 with ten teams in total, seven of which will have to qualify for their place. The $300,000 event will be run in partnership with PGL and Faceit.
Four more teams have secured their place in the SL i-League Invitational after surviving the open qualifiers which ended on Sunday. Team Phoenix, Blue Pikachu, SFT esports and Braveheart will now have a chance to play in the regional qualifiers which take place from Sept. 11-17.
The Minor itself will be played in Kiev Oct. 12-15.
There’s lots of Afreeca Starleague games to feast your eyes on this week, starting with Eff0rt vs. Lazy and Mind vs. Rush on Tuesday morning. Plenty of bookmakers have odds for these games, should you want to put your money where your mouth is.
Bookmakers such as Bet365 have gone out of their way to offer odds on the Rocket League Mock-It ECS event taking place this week. Whilst ONETRICKPONY is in first place in the EU standings, THE MUFFIN MEN are dominating North America with a perfect 14-0 record.