- After the nail-biting semifinals, the LoL grand final takes place this week. SK Telecom T1 will play Samsung Galaxy in the best-of-five affair.
- In the lead up to the CS:GO ELEAGUE Major, the Americans and European Minors will begin this week, giving away four more spots in the main qualifier.
- Virtus Pro won half a million dollars and first place in the Dota 2 ESL One Hamburg.
Where to bet on esports
In the fast-evolving realm of esports betting, new betting sites seem to appear every other day. However, some are far better than others and some may be worth staying clear of. Here’s our weekly roundup of the best esports betting sites this week.
Although Bet365 recently reduced its welcome bonus, it still remains one of the biggest free-bet offers for new customers of any esports betting site. You can use the free bet on a huge range of esports such as League of Legends or even PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
There’s barely a league or tournament that Bet365 hasn’t released odds for this week. For fans of CS:GO, the site has included some special markets for HLTV player rankings.
Two VIP tickets for the ESL Pro League are up for grabs this week with Betway. To be in with a chance of winning, players must opt in and win as many bets as possible to climb the points leaderboard.
Another promotion that Betway is running is the weekly free-bet objectives. Opt in and complete certain objectives to take home £20 in free bets each week. Free bets can be redeemed on esports fixtures. But always remember to read terms and conditions before taking part.
SkyBet has plenty of esports action this week. The majority of its betting markets are for CS:GO and Dota 2, as there are so many tournaments taking place this week.
They have of course listed odds for the LoL worlds final, with over 45 different bet types to choose from. For fans of smaller esports, you’ll find odds for StarCraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and World of Tanks.
If you prefer to save your bets until the matches are underway, then you should definitely check out Pinnacle for the LoL final. In-play betting markets will open once the game begins and will feature some of the highest odds of any betting site.
Pinnacle already has the best pre-match odds, so keep an eye on them during the game for a chance to grab some great value odds. If LoL isn’t your thing, there’s odds available for CS:GO, Dota, Hearthstone, Starcraft, Warcraft 3 and World of Tanks.
Fancy SK Telecom T1 to get the first baron on map 1? Unikrn have this bet available at odds of 1.70 along with plenty other LoL worlds betting markets. Also, if you back SK or SSG to win and they win the first map but lose the series, you’ll get your money back up to £25.
For fans of CS:GO, you can bet on anything from the AOC Cup to the ELEAGUE Minors. You can also find Dota, StarCraft, Hearthstone and World of Tanks odds elsewhere on the site.
Betspawn has a staggering 21 different esports listed on its site and this week, and it has odds available for ten of them. There’s no doubt that Betspawn has one of the widest range of titles among any esports betting site. Added to that, its site looks great and has a very attractive 2x welcome bonus up to €133.7.
In contrast to Betspawn, GG.bet has three esports titles to bet on this week. It would be great to see a wider choice of titles as the site is very easy to use and has a lot of potential.
Unibet has a similar choice to GG.bet, but with the added bonus of having a few extra betting markets to pick from. The site is of course a good choice if you like to bet on traditional sports alongside esports.
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This week in esports events
It’s a surprise that any other esports events dare to take place this week in the shadow of the LoL worlds final. Despite this, there is still plenty of action in other titles.
League of Legends
The grand final will be taking place on Saturday in the Beijing National Stadium. It will be a spectacular clash between SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy, who have both been favorites to win the tournament from day one. SK Telecom T1 are now favorites to win at odds of 1.50 with Unibet, and Samsung Galaxy sits at 2.45.
Royal Never Give Up and Team WE were painfully close to reaching the final, both being knocked out in the semis. Despite their frustration, they’ll be heading home with 7 percent of the total prize pool. Each which will make over $200,000.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
After an intense final against Virtus Pro, the Brazilian squad of SK Gaming took home the win at EPICENTER 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Coming in third place was G2 Esports, which fought off Astralis in a 2-1 win for a podium finish.
There’s been plenty of action ahead of the ELEAGUE Major in January. Last week saw four teams qualify in their respective minors for a spot in the main event qualifier. TyLoo and Renegades took the qualifying spots for the Asia Minor, while Avangar and Quantum Bellator Fire took the CIS spots.
Up next this week are the European and American Minors which start Thursday.
After an immense, four-day event in Germany, ESL One Hamburg 2017 wrapped up with Virtus Pro taking the win. This victory is felt even stronger within the organization, following its second place finish at the CS:GO EPICENTER in the same week. It seems as if the Polish squad is going from strength to strength in recent weeks.
Team Liquid and Newbee took third and fourth place, while Team Secret fought its way to the final against VP. Virtus Pro didn’t let anything slip in the final of the $1 million event as it took a 2-0 map victory. As well as taking home half of the total prize pool, VP also got 750 DPC points, which makes for a fantastic start to the season.