[toc]In the wake of the League of Legends World Championship, you might think that things will be a little quiet on the esports front.
Fortunately, that’s anything but the case. There’s bucket loads of action to get your hands on this week.
- Samsung Galaxy Gaming wins the 2017 LoL worlds in a stunning 3-0 sweep of SK Telecom T1.
- All guns are blazing in the world of CS:GO with ESL Pro League and ECS Season 4 games taking place throughout the week.
- Team Liquid wins the AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League against Vici Gaming, which will have another shot at victory in next weeks 2017 Perfect World Masters.
Where to bet on esports
The esports section of Bet365 is looking full as ever this week. There are fixtures available for almost every popular esport, including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
You’ll also find odds for the King of Glory – KPL Autumn League, which many other esports betting sites aren’t listing.
Another site to feature odds for PUBG is Betway. Like Bet365, it is a traditional bookmaker in the sense that it also offers odds for sports such as football and tennis alongside their casino sections.
Check out Betway’s promotion page for a chance to win £20 worth of free bets as part of its weekly rewards promo.
Like Bet365, SkyBet is also listing odds for the KPL Augumn League and in some cases, its odds are better. It’s certainly worth checking between the two for the best odds if you plan on betting on any KoG action this week.
There’s a great selection of esports at Pinnacle this week. Titles include CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Rocket League, StarCraft, Warcraft 3 and World of Tanks.
We put Pinnacle’s “best odds” to the test this week and found that although they are generally much better, it’s still worth shopping around. NiP is odds of 1.45 against Godsent this week with Pinnacle pricing them at 1.434. The difference is incredibly slight, but if you’re looking for the best odds, keep your eyes peeled.
There are just three titles available at Unikrn this week: CS:GO, Dota and Rocket League. It seems strange that there’s so little on offer as Unikrn is an esports-only betting site and has offered odds for many other titles in the past.
Unikrn’s extremely generous free bet offer for new customers still stands and is well worth taking up.
Flying the flag for esports-only betting sites, Betspawn has a huge range of esports yet again. One of the few sites to feature Vainglory odds this week, Betspawn also has odds for CS:GO, Dota, Hearthstone, Starcraft, WoW and World of Tanks.
GG.bet is going from strength to strength in recent weeks. It’s not long since it redesigned its whole site and after a disappointing lack of betting options, it is now packed with esports. Bet on anything from CS:GO to Vainglory and everything in between.
CS:GO, Dota and PUBG are on offer at Unibet this week. It’s great to see PUBG to be one of the chosen few titles on offer. Hopefully Unibet will continue this theme of supporting rising esports.
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This week in esports events
If you’re looking for some esports action to bet on this week, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Here’s a roundup of recent events and a taste of what’s to come.
League of Legends
In a largely unexpected result, Samsung Galaxy was crowned kings of the 2017 LoL World Championships and took home The Summoner’s Cup. Despite being favorites to win the event at odds of 1.50 (Bet365), SK Telecom T1 failed to gain any traction throughout the all-Korean grand final.
There’s no doubt that the victory was well deserved by all of the Samsung Galaxy team, but one player stuck out as a force to be reckoned with. Park Jae-hyeok “Ruler” managed to survive both games one and two without a single death to his name. His contributions, along with the rest of the team, helped to bag more than a third of the $4.1 million total prize pool.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The CS:GO calendar is jam-packed this week with a variety of leagues and tournaments, including those from ESL Pro League and ECS Season 4. Some of the more notable games include Astralis vs. Heroic (ECS) and Liquid vs. Cloud9 (ESL).
IEM Oakland 2017 begins next week, starting Nov. 16. Twelve teams will take part for a chance to win their share of the $300,000 prize pool. All but three teams have received direct invites, including the likes of Astralis, G2 and Gambit.
Team Liquid took the win in a grand final against Vici Gaming at the AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League last week. The $300,000 tournament also awarded 300 Pro Circuit Points between the four runners-up.
Vici Gaming will be feeling confident ahead of its next major in just a week’s time. The 2017 perfect World Masters will run from Nov. 19-26 and will feature an identical prize fund, despite there being ten teams competing.
This Saturday, PUBGOnline will be hosting what is arguably the most charitable event of the week. Their aim is to raise $100,000 for Extra Life an the invitation only tournament.
The following week, IEM Oakland will be hosting its first PUBG invitational. Twenty teams and 80 players will compete for $200,000 in the same event as the respective CS:GO tournament. Yet again, Gorilla Core e-Sports are the bookmakers’ favorites at odds of 3.00 with Bet365.