- 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 MiSeRy, OpTic 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).
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.