[toc]With a stunning 3-0 victory over Newbee in The International 2017 final, Team Liquid took the biggest title on the Dota 2 calendar, winning $10.8 million in prize money.
Where to bet on esports
You would think after an epic week of TI7 that the bookies would have nothing left to give, but that’s certainly not the case. This week, I’ve noticed some bookmakers add new esports to their offerings and start to release ridiculous odds for future tournaments such as DreamHack Malmö. Here’s a summary of what the bigger esports betting sites have on offer this week:
Bet365 had tons of great odds available throughout TI7, but it returns with the busiest list of markets across all esportsbooks Not only does it have odds for CS:GO, League of Legends and Dota 2 events but Bet365 also features FIFA, Kings of Glory, Overwatch, StarCraft 2 and Warcraft III fixtures available.
FIFA odds are especially nice to see as they are rarely available on other sites. We’ll talk more about the FIFA Interactive World Cup a bit later on.
Betway seems to have added even more esports to its website recently, with coupons for Call of Duty, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone and Street Fighter 5. You can find this by visiting its esports section and clicking on “Coupons.” New customers of Betway can get their hands on a free bet upon their first deposit and bet at odds of 1.75 or over.
Also worth keeping an eye on is the “Esports Specials” section. Betway regularly releases special odds and price boosts that you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll find this again under the “Coupons” area.
SkyBet has quite a few esports available to bet on but unfortunately not very markets for each match. Hopefully they will add odds for the CS:GO Gfinity Elite Series later in the week. It’s always nice to have SkyBet as an option to bet with, as its in-play odds can be very opportunistic.
Like Bet365, Pinnacle has also added odds for Warcraft III fixtures this week and they are in fact marginally better than 365’s. That’s how it should be, though, as its homepage boasts “Always the best odds with the lowest margins.” Odds can change frequently throughout the week, so it’s always a good idea to compare odds on multiple sites before placing a bet.
As usual, Unikrn has plenty of esports markets available as it is an esports-only betting site. I would expect to see plenty of odds for Warcraft III and FIFA but unfortunately there aren’t any listed as of yet. Don’t be too upset though, as it has tons of LoL and CS:GO markets to choose from, alongside a very appealing welcome bonus.
Filling in the gaps left by Unikrn, Betspawn is another esports-only bookmaker, but it actually does have odds for Warcraft III and FIFA events that are happening this week. Its odds are usually very competitive too, and the site is still giving away an incredibly generous signup offer of 2x your deposit up to €133.7.
It’s hard to understand GG.bet’s selection process when it comes to deciding which events to cover. Despite CS:GO having Gfinity Elite Series and ESEA games on this week, GG.bet has decided to only list odds for the ESG Mykonos Qualifier.
GG.bet has certainly gained some momentum this year as it kicked off 2017 with an announcement of its partnership deal with Natus Vincere (Na’Vi).
This week, Unibet is featuring odds for CS:GO, Dota 2, FIFA and League of Legends games. I compared some of their esports betting odds with other sites, and it does come out on top every now and then. Take the FIFA Interactive World Cup odds, for example, where the favorite (Vitality RocKy) is odds of 8.00 at Bet365 but odds of 9.00 at Unibet.
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This week in esports events
There’s a lot to cover this week after an incredibly packed week at TI7 last week.
Team Liquid has now been crowned champions of TI7 after beating Newbee 3-0 in an incredible best-of-five final. This was the first time in The International’s history that a final has ended in a 3-0 win. The previous twoyears have both been 3-1 wins to Wings Gaming and Evil Geniuses.
Liquid’s victory comes after a rocky start to the main event. Liquid was placed in the lower bracket of the tournament and faced elimination throughout the week. It managed to survive through the stress despite many expecting an early exit.
Liquid took home $10.8 million with second-place Newbee earning $3.9 million.
The Dota 2 scene ramins active this week with the online ProDota Cup continuing in the early stages of the week.
In CS:GO, the majority of the top-tier teams will be practicing for DreamHack Malmö and ESL One: New York. Despite this, there are still plenty of games available to bet on, such as a bunch of ESEA Premier Season games starting Monday through Thursday.
Later on in the week, the Gfinity Elite Series continues with Infused vs. Excel kicking things off midday Saturday. EnVyUs Academy and Epsilon are currently dominating the tournament with 16 and 14 points respectively, way ahead of Prophecy who sit in third place with 9 points.
Although one of the less popular esports, it’s great to see FIFA is back on the cards this week with the FIFA Interactive World Cup taking place Aug. 16-18. The grand final will take place in London this year after players took to the stage in New York for the 2016 tournament. The first-place prize money currently sits at $200,000, which is 10x more than the $20,000 offer last year.
League of Legends
There is more than enough LoL to feast your eyes on this week. One highlight that is definitely worth watching is SK Telecom T1 play Samsung Galaxy on Tuesday as part of the LoL Champions Korea event.
Warcraft doesn’t break the headlines as much as other esports, but it’s certainly busy this week. Both the Neo Star League and Golden Championship Series will be taking place part way through the week.