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Esports Betting Outlook: League of Legends Crowns World Champs; CS:GO Action Ramps Up

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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

Bet365

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.

Betway

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.

SkyBet

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.

It’s not just KoG that SkyBet is offering this week. The site also has a bunch of odds for CS:GO, Dota 2 and StarCraft.

Pinnacle

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.

Unikrn

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.

Betspawn

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

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.

Unibet

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.

Dota 2

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.

PUBG

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.

League of Legends Worlds Grand Final Betting Preview: Samsung Galaxy vs. SK Telecom T1

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The grand final of the 2017 League of Legends World Championships is almost here, after teams from around the world have spent weeks fighting for their chance to win the title.

This Saturday at the Beijing National Stadium — the“Bird’s Nest” — two teams will clash in a best-of-five brawl in an attempt to take home The Summoner’s Cup. Along with the trophy, there’s over $1.5 million in prize money for a first-place finish. Runners up will receive just over $500,000.

The two teams in contention are SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy. The two teams have a fair bit in common. Not only have they found themselves in the grand final of the biggest LoL event of the year, but they have both been close favorites to win the tournament from day one.

Where you can bet on LoL worlds?

Obviously any esports betting specialist will have odds on the grand final. And pretty much any traditional bookmaker with an esports offer will also feature odds to win the match.

Here’s a partial list of sites where you can bet on the final, complete with more information about them, if you want to get a bet down on the match:

Some feature more than straight odds to win, so check them out to see what they might have on offer.

The LoL finals teams

The two teams, both of Korean origin, are no strangers to one another. In 2016, both teams reached the grand final of worlds. After five maps of intense back-and-forth action, SK Telecom T1 secured a win with a final series score of 3-2. It was SK’s third win at the Worlds, having beat Koo Tigers in 2015 and Royal Club in 2013.

At odds of 1.50 vs Samsung Galaxy’s 2.63 with Bet365, SK Telecom T1 is favored to win this year’s event for its fourth Summoners Cup.

The teams last played each other in August, when SK took a seamless 3-0 win at the LoL Champions Korea Summer Split. Previous to that however, Samsung Galaxy picked up three consecutive wins against SK.

A closer look at Samsung Galaxy

  • Top: CuVee
  • Jungle: Ambition
  • Mid: Crown
  • ADC: Ruler
  • Support: Wraith
  • Coach: DoGGi
  • Sub: CoreJJ

Make no mistake, Samsung Galaxy is still an incredibly powerful team and has everything going for it. The team is currently second behind SK in the overall team rankings.

The last major event that Samsung Galaxy played, it came out with a first-place finish in the LCK Regional Finals. Up against KT Rolster in the grand finals, SK took a 3-0 win.

Crown and Ruler have been one of the tournament’s biggest success stories after pushing the team through some of its more difficult spots. They will need to keep up this performance and work seamlessly with the rest of the team to get past Bang and Faker at SK.

Coupled with its recent win at the LCK Regionals and previous experience against SK Telecom T1, Samsung Galaxy should be feeling fairly confident in the final on Saturday.

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A closer look at SK Telecom T1

  • Top: Duke
  • Jungle: Blank
  • Mid: Faker
  • ADC: Bang
  • Support: Wolf
  • Coach: kkOma
  • Sub: bengi

SK Telecom knows what it takes to win The Summoner’s Cup. It’s done it three times already and is the bookmakers’ favorites to win it again.

In terms of its recent performance, it’s had much more stable recent results than Samsung Galaxy. In October alone, it won seven out of eight games played. Despite the loss against Ahq E-sports Club, Bang and Faker have been two of the most dominant players on the team this year and are arguably the most feared in all of the LoL pro scene.

The grand final will prove to be no easy match for either team. Both have what it takes to win the tournament, even if SK has a more impressive track record.

Esports Betting Outlook: LoL Worlds Final Set; Virtus Pro Wins In Hamburg

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The world championship final is set for League of Legends, which is the biggest event on the agenda in the world of esports betting:

  • 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.

Bet365

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.

Betway

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

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.

Pinnacle

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.

Unirkn

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

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.

GG.Bet

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

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.

Dota 2

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.

Esports Betting Outlook: FaZe Takes ELEAGUE Title; LoL Quarterfinals

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There’s plenty of CS:GO, League of Legends and Dota 2 action to track in the world of esports betting this week and last.

  • FaZe wins the ELEAGUE Premier 2017 and half of the $1 million prize pool.
  • The LoL World Championship progresses into the quarterfinals with eight teams remaining.
  • In Dota 2, the PGL Open Bucharest takes place this week ahead of ESL One Major Hamburg the following week.

Where to bet on esports

Bet365

Esports bettors will definitely want to check out Bet365 this week if looking to bet on lesser known esports and tournaments.

This bookmaker has been one of the few esports-only betting sites to host odds for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Heroes Of The Storm and King of Glory. Bet365 also has also competitive odds for the major esports such as CS:GO, Dota 2 and League of Legends.

Betway

Betway is one of the best traditional bookmakers for esports. Although it features just four esports this week (CS:GO, Dota 2, LoL and StarCraft 2), it has plenty of odds available for each title. As an example, each of the LoL Worlds fixtures has 27 different bet types available.

SkyBet

As well as having odds for CS:GO, Dota 2, StarCraft 2 and LoL, SkyBet is also listing odds for King of Glory and Overwatch this week. It’s refreshing to see KoG and Overwatch odds listed on any site, considering KoG struggles to attract much attention in the west, and Overwatch is slowly losing momentum.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle has kept up its pace of having a full calendar of esports odds to choose from. With some of the best odds around, you’ll find betting markets for titles such as CS:GO, Dota 2, Rocket League, StarCraft 2, Broodwar and Warcraft 3. It’s also got a handy section for new esports markets, where you can find odds for the latest esports events.

Unikrn

At Unikrn this week, you’ll find odds for CS:GO, LoL, Dota 2 and StarCraft 2. Not only does Unikrn have a great range of free bets for new and existing customers, but it also runs a great esports community via its Discord channel. Betway does a similar thing, so it’s worth joining both rooms if you want to stay in the loop with the sites.

Betspawn

There are many reasons why Betspawn is one of the best esports betting sites, but this week its range of esports really stands out. It is one of the only betting sites to list odds for World of Tanks as well as having plenty of other titles to browse through.

Fans of LoL will be impressed with the range of bets available for the Worlds, and SK Telecom T1 fans will be happy to know they are still available to win the tournament at odds of 2.50.

GG.bet

GG.bet has had a facelift since we had a browse through it last week. It seems as if the site is now much easier to use on mobile devices and generally works very well on desktop too.

Along with the visual revamp, it has listed a few more esports than previously. Currently available on the site are odds for CS:GO, Dota 2, LoL, Overwatch and StarCraft 2. With Twitch streams embedded on to any available live matches, it makes the site a great choice for live betting.

Unibet

Unibet has a good choice of esport titles to bet on but unfortunately lacks choice of betting markets. Take the LoL Worlds for example. You are only able to bet on the match winner and handicap winner markets. It would be nice to see more betting options available for such a big tournament.

This week in esports events

With one of the biggest CS:GO tournaments of the year now in the books, all attention draws to the LoL Worlds and the ever-evolving Dota 2 pro season.

CS:GO

After an intense fight against Astralis, FaZe took home $500,000 in prize money and first place at ELEAGUE Premier 2017.

It all started so well for Astralis on the first map, Cache. By the first half, Astralis were up 12:3 on the Terrorist side. Any attempt by FaZe to gain momentum was quickly shut down by the Danish squad, who forced up nearly every round that they were low on cash.

The second half was a completely different picture. Astralis only managed to secure two round wins, which led to FaZe taking 14 rounds and the first map of the Bo3 series.

Next up was Overpass, which also happened to be Astralis’ map pick. Unfortunately for them, FaZe didn’t show any signs of weakness on the map and took the first half with ease (12:3 to FaZe). After both teams won another four rounds each, the map and the first place prize was won by FaZe with a final score of 16:7. This result came just weeks after FaZe won ESL One New York in a grand final against Team Liquid.

Later on this week will see eight teams — including the likes of Cloud9, Mousesports and NRG — compete for $100,000 at the DreamHack Open Denver 2017.

League of Legends

Eight teams remain in the LoL 2017 World Championship. The likes of Team SoloMid, G2 Esports and EDward Gaming are now out of the competition.

Starting Thursday, there will be four more quarterfinal matches across four days. Playing against Misfits on Friday, SK Telecom T1 is still the favorite at odds of 2.50 with most major bookmakers.

Arguably the most disappointing team was 1907 Fenerbahçe, which found itself without a single win throughout the initial stages of the tournament. Longzhu Gaming on the other hand, placed top of Group B with an incredible 6-0 record.

Dota 2

With ESL One Hamburg just around the corner, the Dota 2 pro scene is busy as ever with the PGL Open Bucharest taking place this week.

Starting on Thursday and with 300 Pro Circuit Points to play for, the minor tournament will be a great opportunity to see how teams perform ahead of next week’s major in Hamburg. Eight teams will compete in Bucharest for $300,000.

Only two teams gained entry to the event via direct invites: Evil Geniuses and LGD Gaming. Immortals, Infamous, Team Secret, Natus Vincere, Mineski and VGJ.Thunder all fought for their entries via their respective regional qualifiers.

Esports Betting Outlook: LoL Worlds, CS:GO ELEAGUE And PUBG Action

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Some of the world’s biggest esports events are taking place this week, attracting the attention of millions of fans and bettors alike.

  • The League of Legends World Championship is soon to begin its second week of the group stage.
  • Eight teams remain in the $1,000,000 CS:GO ELEAGUE Premier 2017.
  • Dota 2 is back with an incredibly busy schedule of world-class tournaments.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) continues to evolve as certain teams show their strength in the competitive world.

Where to bet on esports

The next few weeks will be among the busiest in the year for esports betting. With this much extra money floating about, the bookies will be begging for your business. Make the most of the value odds and offers while they last.

Bet365

The UK-based book has shown no sign of slowing down its esports offerings in recent weeks. Bet365 continuously has been among the top bookmakers for esports betting and it seems it will stay that way for some time. This is largely due to its huge range of esports markets available and frequently being the first betting site to publish them.

It’s clear that PUBG is creating a buzz right now, and Bet365 is fully aware. The site has offered odds on every major PUBG tournament yet, despite the game still being in beta mode.

Betway

Clearly huge fans of CS:GO, Betway is part way through another massive sponsorship deal with ESL Pro League. As its official betting partner, Betway is likely to add some special bets to matches throughout the tournament. It’s also offering cash out on ESL Pro League games, should you wish to bag an early profit or ditch your bet at the last minute.

Outside of CS:GO, Betway has a healthy selection of LoL, Dota and StarCraft 2 odds to browse through.

SkyBet

Yet again, SkyBet has almost identical odds and events to Betway. As its site offers no other esports-specific promotions, Sky is unlikely to appeal to many die-hard esports fans.

Despite this, it’s always worth opening an account with SkyBet to make the most out of their welcome offer and keep an eye on the live odds.

Pinnacle

After a dry spell in recent weeks, Pinnacle is back at it with a nice amount of esports to play with. CS:GO, Dota, Warcraft, Starcraft and LoL are available to bet on with some of the best odds in the industry due to its incredibly low margins.

Pinnacle is definitely worth having an account with and snapping up high odds while they last. Don’t be put off by the lack of welcome bonus, their odds certainly make up for it.

Unikrn

Despite one of the biggest esports events of the year taking place this week (LoL Worlds), Unikrn listed its odds for late. This is disappointing for a betting that solely focuses on esports events.

CS:GO odds were up early, and more markets for other esports came late as well. Couple that with some very generous free bet offers and this makes it a fantastic choice for CS:GO bettors.

Betspawn

Betspawn has a lot going for it. Not only does the site look great, but it continues to be packed with tons of esports events and generous odds.

This week, you’ll find odds for CS:GO, Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm and Warcraft. Its odds for LoL Worlds came online a bit later, as well.

GG.bet

GG.bet has been busy with its PUBG Shroud odds for some weeks now, but that seems to have come to an end. The esports-only betting site now has odds for LoL, CS:GO, Dota and Starcraft.

Unibet

Unibet has continued its theme of publishing odds for the big three esports this week (CS:GO, LoL and Dota). Although this doesn’t seem much, it deserves some credit for listing LoL Worlds odds before some esports-only sites.

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This week in esports events

League of Legends

The group stage of the LoL Worlds has been full of action after starting last week. So far, each team has played three maps to prove their worth and move onto the quarterfinals.

The competition has been extremely tough this year, as always. This is even more so for the teams such as Cloud9 who have fought their way into the group stages after surviving the all-new play-in stage that was added to this year’s event.

  1. Over in Group A, SK Telecom leads the way with a score of 3-0, while EDward Gaming sit at the bottom of the group with 0-3.
  2. Group B sees another 3-0 lead by Longzhu Gaming with Fnatic in last place with 0-3.
  3. Playing on its home turf, Royal Never Give Up holds first place in Group C with a 3-0 lead with 1907 Fenerbahçe clinging to last place at 0-3.
  4. Although it’s still early days, Group D seems to be sitting on a knife edge with Team SoloMid, Team WE and Misfits all joint first place, with Flash Wolves failing to win a map on a score of 0-3.

Immortals and GIGABYTE Marines will play first on Wednesday to continue the group stage. As frustrating as it is to be knocked out at this stage of the tournament, any team that fails to survive will receive well over $20,000 in prize money for their troubles.

CS:GO

With $1 million to play for, the CS:GO ELEAGUE Premier of 2017 continues Tuesday. Eight teams remain in the fight to become champions of the event, which is one of the largest CS:GO events of the year in terms of prize money and quality of teams attending.

After SK Gaming’s dramatic exit against Heroic, it’s now a much more open tournament for smaller teams to push through. Having said that, FaZe is quite rightly favored to win at odds of 3.50 (Bet365) with Astralis a close second at 4.50.

The grand final will take place this Friday (the 13th). Despite the unlucky date, there will certainly be one team lucky enough to take the trophy and $500,000 in prize money.

Dota 2

Dota 2 is back with another huge season of tournaments.

Starting things off in style, the SL i-League begins on Thursday with $300,000 and 300 Pro Circuit Points up for grabs.

PGL will shortly follow in the following week but most Dota fans are eyeing the first major of the reason, ESL One Hamburg 2017. Eight teams will be competing for a million dollars and 1,500 Pro Circuit Points. The tournament will run Oct. 26-29.

PUBG

The Auzum Premier League has caught the eye of a few bookmakers in recent weeks, mostly notably Bet365, who was among the first (and only) bookies to price the event up. 

Gorilla Core e-Sports sits in first place with 222 points and 80 kills, whilst PENTA occupies second place with 194 points and 64 kills. Clearly taking a different approach to the game, No Loot Gaming holds on in third place with 192 points despite only having 33 kills between them. They seem to be proving a point that there are other ways of dominating the PUBG world besides aggressive play.

The tournament will have undoubtedly had plenty of teething problems due to the game being far from releasable. Fans of the game have been experiencing server problems on an almost daily basis alongside a number of glitches, some of which are quite comical. Despite the problems, the PUBG fanbase is ever-growing and the development team is actively working on making the game “esports ready.”

Esports Betting Outlook: League Of Legends Worlds Take Center Stage

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It’s a busy week for several major esports:

  • The League of Legends World Championship is now in full swing.
  • In the CS:GO ELEAGUE Premier, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Virtus Pro are knocked out ahead of the final group stage games this week.
  • Dota 2 is also back on the cards with the SL I League Invitational.

Where to bet on esports

With one of the world’s biggest esports tournaments continuing this week, you need to know the best sites to place your bets and make the most of high value odds and offers.

Bet365

Bet365 has been great throughout the LoL Worlds so far. It currently has SK Telecom T1 and Longzhu Gaming priced as joint favorites at odds of 2.75.

It was also one of the few bookmakers to list odds for the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Auzom Premier that took place over the weekend. Gorilla Core e-Sports was listed at odds of 13.00 but is already joint top of the league with 107 points and 42 kills.

Betway

Betway has a surprising amount of CS:GO tournaments listed on their site. These are:

  • Balkan League
  • Blast Pro Series
  • CSesports Cup
  • ELEAGUE
  • Epicenter
  • ESL Pro League
  • Hellcase Cup
  • Liga Pro Gamersclub
  • The WCA Qualifier

Outside of CS:GO, it has plenty of Dota 2 tournaments to choose from: Dota Pit League, PGL Qualifier, SL I League Invitational and the WCA Qualifier. Last but not least, they have plenty of great betting markets available for the LoL Worlds.

SkyBet

This week, SkyBet has similar esports tournaments available as Betway. Although the site doesn’t seem as well-tailored to esports as others, you can find some great odds. It’s a nice bonus to find it also has odds for the World of Tanks – NA War Gaming League which features Elevate vs Dare Rising on Wednesday.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle has certainly stepped up their game over the past few weeks with the amount of esports events they have listed on their site. In essence, they have listed every event that SkyBet and Betway have, but also included odds for the Halo Championship Series. 

Unikrn

Despite previously listing markets for World of Tanks, Unikrn has not yet listed odds for the Championship Series. However, it has plenty of markets available for the big three esports (CS:GO, Dota & LoL).

As mentioned in previous week’s reports, Unikrn has stepped up its promotional game recently. Not only does it have a generous welcome bonus, but it’s also regularly adding one-off free bet refund offers for certain games.

Betspawn

It’s always great to see Betspawn with a large variety of esports to choose from. Its odds are frequently way ahead of other sites, and it still have a tempting “2x your initial deposit” bonus offer. As always, check through the terms and conditions as there may wagering requirements.

GG.bet

Although it has odds available for CS:GO, LoL and Dota 2, GG.bet seems to be pushing most of its attention towards the live PUBG bets that take place every day between 8 a.m. 9 p.m. CEST.

Unibet

After just listing three esports last week, Unibet has added some Starcraft 2 tournaments to the site this week.

This week in esports events

League of Legends – World Championship

By far the biggest event of the week and the year for League of Legends fans is worlds. It’s the first time that the event has ever been held in China, and last week it began the play-in group stages in the city of Wuhan.

We’ve already seen some incredible performances by teams such as Team WE and the NA squad of Cloud9, both of which sit at the top of their groups (A and B respectively) with 4-0 scores. Over in Group C, Fnatic sit at first place with 2-0 and 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports hold an identical position in Group D.

PUBG – Auzom Premier League

Whilst there was little attention from bookmakers and plenty of arguments in the community as to whether PUBG is “esports ready,” the Auzom Premier League kicked off last week.

Teams (up to a maximum of six players) will compete against each other for an unknown prize, as this has not yet been disclosed by tournament organizers. There are plenty of big names in esports competing for their chance to dominate the PUBG scene early on. Gorilla Core e-Sports are currently joint first place with Team Kinguin at 107 points.

CS:GO – ELEAGUE Premier

It’s been another exciting week in the ELEAGUE Premier, with a total prize pool of $1 million.

After a frustrating 2-1 fight against EnVyUs, Ninjas in Pyjamas find themselves knocked out of the tournament in 9-12th place. Also in a similar boat is Virtus Pro, which ironically was knocked out by Ninjas in Pyjamas in a 2-0 slam on Overpass and Train.

Astralis will play Liquid on Friday to open up the Group D matches before the playoffs take place over the following weeks. It’s all to play for this weekend, as surviving teams will be guaranteed over triple the amount of prize funds than those who are knocked out in the group stages.

Halo – Championship Series

Kicking things off this week as part of the Championship Series will be EnVyUs vs Splyce. EnVyUs is a heavy favorite to win with Pinnacle, at odds of 1.149.

Later that evening, OpTic takes on Liquid, Luminosity fights Naventic and Evil Geniuses play RONIN.

Halo – DreamHack Denver

DreamHack has just announced that the HCS Pro League Fall Finals will be taking place in Denver Oct. 20-22. After including crowdfunding contributions, the prize pool now sits at a whopping $200,000. There will be 64 teams in total playing for their share of the prize.

Esports Betting Outlook: FaZe Beats Liquid At ESL One New York; LoL World Championships Begin

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FaZe breezed past Liquid to take home $125,000 and first place at ESL One New York. Meanwhile, League of Legends World Championship groups are drawn ahead of Saturday.

Where to bet on esports

With one of the biggest esports events of the year starting this weekend, there should be plenty of great odds and offers to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the best esports betting sites this week.

Betway

It seems like one of the few weeks that Betway isn’t sponsoring a CS:GO tournament, but it still has plenty of esports events to bet on. The site currently has odds available for the SL I League Invitational, ELEAGUE and the ECS D League.

Over in League of Legends, Betway has odds for NEST and of course the worlds, which will be kicking off on Saturday.

There’s also odds available for the Dota 2 SL I League Invitational.

Bet365

Bet365 boasted one of, if not the fastest video streams of ESL One New York last week. This makes it incredibly useful for live betting on CS:GO when it has the video streams available.

The site’s odds have also been quite appealing throughout most esports events. Bet365 seems to have odds for every CS:GO tournament in existence this week, including lesser known events such as the BLAST Pro Series and the Esports Balkan League.

SkyBet

On top of plenty of CS:GO, Dota 2 and LoL tournaments to choose from, SkyBet also has odds listed for  StarCraft 2, Overwatch and World of Tanks tournaments.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle has much the same events listed as SkyBet but with the added bonus of Warcraft 3, King of Glory and Heroes of the Storm odds. It seems the bookmaker is really trying to cater to all esports audiences this week.

Coupled with having some of the best odds in the industry, Pinnacle is arguably the best choice for esports bettors this week.

Unikrn

Unikrn has continued to offer some great promotions over the past few weeks. Not only does it offer an eye-watering welcome bonus, but it’s also giving away free bets as refunds if your CS:GO team is up by six rounds but fails to win the game.

Be sure to check the terms and conditions as there may be wagering requirements and limits on the events this is available on.

Betspawn

The choice of esports events seems to be lacking this week at Betspawn. Be sure to keep an eye out for when it does release new betting markets though, as its odds can be incredibly competitive and well worth the wait.

GG.bet

On top of odds for CS:GO, Dota 2 and StarCraft, GG.bet is also offering bets on PUBG streams between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. CEST. For an esports only bookmaker, it seems odd that it is yet to release odds for the LoL Worlds.

Unibet

Unibet has taken the approach of only listing events with big prize pools this week and so far, that is just ELEAGUE and the LoL Worlds.

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This week in esports events

League of Legends

Twenty four teams have now been grouped for the worlds, which begin Saturday, with the final on Nov. 4. The total prize pool has not yet been finalized, but last year’s event boasted the largest LoL prize pool ever, at a staggering $5,070,000.

CS:GO

ESL One New York

After an unexpected winning streak at ESL One New York, the North American side of Liquid eventually lost out to FaZe in the grand final of the $250,000 prize pool event. Olofmeister is clearly working well with his new teammates in FaZe after leaving Fnatic, .

After being knocked out of the tournament by Liquid, SK went home in joint third place alongside Cloud9.

IEM Oakland 2017 Qualifiers

Regional open qualifiers begin on Saturday for IEM Oakland 2017. Teams from North America, South-East Asia and Europe will battle it out for a chance at playing some of the biggest teams in CS:GO.

Nine teams have already been invited (Astralis, FaZe, G2, SK Gaming, Cloud9, Team Liquid, Gambit, Immortals and NiP), leaving room for three qualifier spots. The main event will take place in Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 18-19, with a total prize pool of $300,000.

ELEAGUE Premier 2017

The $1 million prize pool event of ELEAGUE Premier 2017 has been home to some incredible over the past few weeks and will continue to impress fans until mid-October.

Mousesports, Immortals, Natus Vincere and Renegades are all knocked out of the tournament already, leaving 12 other teams to fight for their share of the remaining prize money. Group C matches will begin this week with Virtus Pro vs. EnVyUs and Cloud9 vs NiP.

Esports Betting Outlook: Bookies Lose Out In League Of Legends Rift Rivals

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Rift Rivals, the international League of Legends event saw something of an upset as China’s LPL defeated Korean rivals LCK in the finals of the tournament. This was also an upset for esports betting sites, which had heavily backed the Korean favorites.

Now that Rift Rivals is over, Dota 2 is once again dominating headlines as The International comes ever closer to beating its own prize pool record.

Where to bet on esports

Bet365

Bet365 once again takes the podium as one of the week’s best esports betting sites with a thoroughly comprehensive overview of all the major esports tournaments as well as some more niche events, each with in-depth markets.

Betway

As ever, Betway continues to impress the esports betting world with dedicated promotions that you just do not find at any other site. This is also backed up by a not too shabby selection of bets and markets, though it doesn’t compete with the other sites in the top three.

SkyBet

League of Legends continues to be the dominant offer heading up the plethora of esports betting markets available at SkyBet. Similarly, it continues to be the dominant esports betting site by volume.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle, the site that literally wrote the book on esports betting, continues to suffer from an apparent lack of organization in its offer. That being said, if you can make your way through the noise to find the signal there are some good bets available.

Unikrn

Unikrn still struggles against the big boys of sports betting but puts up a very respectable show of esports betting offers week after week.

The week in esports events

Let’s have a look at the upcoming events in the world of esports.

League of Legends

No surprise that League of Legends is still the king of the esports betting markets when it comes to the sheer volume of bets. That, as always, is thanks to the dozens of various tournaments occurring around the world even as Rift Rivals has wrapped up.

CS:GO

SK Gaming triumphed in ESL One Cologne but there’s scarcely time to celebrate the victory before we move on to the next major CS:GO event in Europe. The PGL Major Kraków kicks off in Poland this weekend, and there is $1 million to play for.

Dota 2

Speaking of massive prize pools, August’s The International now tops $20.7 million and seems an absolute certainty to beat last year’s record-setting $21 million prize pool. That takes place in Seattle on August 7, and naturally the betting will come thick and fast.

StarCraft

The World Championship Series continues in Valencia with 80 StarCraft players once again competing for a $100,000 purse. Neeb has won the last two events back-to-back, so there’s no prizes for guessing where the bulk of the betting is headed this time.

Overwatch

Overwatch APEX Season 3 wraps up at the end of this week, with the conclusion of a multi-month series and a $177,000 prize pool being awarded in Korea.

Esports Betting Outlook: League Of Legends Splits Still The Biggest Game In Town

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This week is much the same as the last and the one before it, with League of Legends Split matches being the main markets for esports betting. This trend is set to continue even as other major events loom, but Dota 2 will take over in April with $3.5 million to be won.

Where to bet on esports

Betway

The continued involvement of Betway in esports goes above and beyond, as its ongoing Ninjas in Pyjamas sponsorship as well as its regular esports blog both go some way to proving. This week, two worlds collide as its blog announces the return of NiP to competitive Dota 2.

Bet365

Bet365 once again has the widest range of bets and markets of all the esports betting sites, with – unsurprisingly – League of Legends fixtures dominating the lineup.

Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes has added a Street Fighter V market to its small selection this week, which alongside its FIFA bets gives them a pair of unique offers that we don’t see anywhere else. It’s the tournament winner for ELEAGUE, if you’re curious, with NuckleDu as a 5/1 favorite.

SkyBet

As usual, SkyBet’s esports betting offer is considerable. Also as usual, it’s a touch tricky to navigate. However, odds are that if there’s an esports match occurring now or in the next few months, you’ll have at least a few markets available.

Unikrn

Unikrn, like most other sites, boasts a considerable range of League of Legends markets this week. However, it’s not fully capitalizing on its esports expertise and aren’t offering a huge number of bets on smaller games.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle continues to ride the waves of its five millionth bet, but this won’t keep it in our good graces forever. The book is still in dire need of a proverbial kick up the backside to catch back up with the many other esports betting sites that have overtaken Pinnacle.

PaddyPower

PaddyPower has a scant selection with a trio of bets available, all of which are on Dota 2’s upcoming events.

The week in esports events

League of Legends

It seems like Spring Split playoffs and qualifiers have been “wrapping up” for a while, but there’s so many of them it takes a few weeks! This week, we’re seeing the end of no less than five.

Dota 2

One week from the time of writing, the Dota 2 Asian Championships and a $500,000 prize pool await us in Shanghai. After that, there’s a near-month-long gap before the behemoth that is the Kiev Major.

CS:GO

We’ve something of a lull in CS:GO action, at least in the live arena. While the Esports Championship Series is underway, there’s no major live events for Counter-Strike fans until the StarLadder i-League event in Kiev.

StarCraft

This week sees plenty of StarCraft action kicking off in (where else?) Seoul with the StarLeague Season 1 getting underway.

Hearthstone

The Hearthstone Winter Championship begins in Nassau, Bahamas, this week, with $250,000 to be won. It makes sense, of course: The Bahamas in late March is the perfect time and climate for a winter tournament.

Esports Betting Outlook: Virtus.pro Wins DreamHack Vegas; League Of Legends Action Still Dominates

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We’re continuing the weeks-long trend of having tons of League of Legends action across all the best esports betting sites, especially now that DreamHack Las Vegas is done and dusted. Virtus.pro defeated SK Gaming 2-1 in a final that saw both teams lose their maps in the opening matches.

Now, it’s time to look ahead to March, when Katowice, Poland, will host the Intel Extreme Masters XI and a heap of esports championship matches.

Where to bet on esports

Bet365

Bet365 continues to dominate the world of esports betting and will likely do so so long as League of Legends and Dota 2 have numerous events going on. Their in-game bets for both esports are great, and they’re leading the way in offering more than just outright win bets.

SkyBet

SkyBet is another site with an impressive amount of game coverage and markets for each game, with a lot of more in-depth betting available for each match and esport, as well as a lot of matches and games to bet on in general.

Betway

Betway is continuing to impress with its involvement in esports, with an excellent blog covering North American League of Legends action as well as an update on their sponsorship of Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle has updated its markets a little, with many of the next Dota 2 events (including the upcoming Kiev Major) boasting bets. There are also a good old number of League of Legends Split bets on the table.

Unikrn

Unikrn has a decent enough selection of esports bets, though given the number of potential League of Legends markets these esports betting specialists could be offering, the available bets are actually a little on the low side.

Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes is continuing to offer a pretty decent selection of esports bets. However, while its event coverage is solid, its market diversity is a bit lackluster. outrights are still its main offering.

PaddyPower

PaddyPower continues to barely offer any esports betting whatsoever, with a solitary outright market on the upcoming Dota 2 StarSeries the only esports bet available from the Emerald Isle.

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The week in esports events

You’re probably well used to reading this by now, but of course the bulk of action this week is League of Legends. However, that doesn’t mean all the other esports bets just curled up and died. Here’s the action this week.

League of Legends

Again, League of Legends continues to be the dominant esport for betting this week. There are currently 26 running tournaments, most of which are Spring Split preliminary matches around the world. Come March, we’ll be seeing things condense down into major games.

CS:GO

The $450,000 DreamHack Masters in Las Vegas was the highlight of the esports calendar this past week, with Virtus.pro taking home the title. The next big game on the CS:GO schedule comes by way of the Intel Extreme Masters in a couple of weeks.

Dota 2

In the world of Dota 2 betting, the next slice of big action comes from Shanghai this week with the StarLadder i-League StarSeries and a $300,000 prize pool. After that, 12 teams return to China for the $500,000 Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017.

StarCraft

StarCraft gamers are another group, alongside the Global Offensive fans of the world, waiting for the Intel Extreme Masters next week. The prize pool for the StarCraft event is a tidy $250,000, just like the CS:GO side of things.

Heroes of the Storm

There are no major live events taking place for Heroes of the Storm fans right now, but those looking for their fix can still check out the Global Championship Phase #1 games taking place online right now.

Overwatch

Overwatch APEX Season 2 follows up the inaugural tournament from 2016 with another 16-team event in Korea, which will wrap up in early April and divide up a $178,000 prize pool.

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