- 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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 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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.