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eSports Betting Basics

Over the past few years, eSports betting has shown significant growth, with all top-rated bookmakers offering both pre-match and live wagers on highlighted tournaments. While most bettors have a good idea of how eSports work and the different games or genres, not everyone understands the different betting options. If you are keen to get in on the action, keep reading!

What to Know Before You Bet

As with all forms of sports betting, the more you know about a sport, the teams and the players, the greater your chances are of making a winning prediction. This is especially true with eSports betting. Before putting any money down always ensure you understand exactly how the game works, who the teams are and what their strengths are. It is a good idea to specialize in one type of genre or game such as CS:GO, League of Legends or Hearthstone. By doing this, you will gain a better understanding of each team’s tactics, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they generally go about approaching a match.

Factors Influencing the Outcome of a Game

Those who are familiar with online gambling know that there is no such thing as a sure bet. Even bets with very low odds have a chance of failing. The overall volatility makes it even more difficult to predict who will win a match. There are plenty of factors that can influence a game outcome, including change to team line-up, travel fatigue, where the match is being held, the genre and game type, time between last competition and previous matchup results. All of these factors should be considered when making your predictions.

Tournament Bets

Understanding eSports basics starts with knowing the different teams and how they rank in local and international tournaments. Putting money on tournaments is perhaps the easiest way to start, as there are just a handful of options to choose from. These include predicting the outright winner (tournament winner) top 3 placings, and group winner. Many sites also offer “group of winner” wagers where you predict which group the winner will emerge from. Tournament or future wagers can be placed weeks or months ahead of time, with former tournament winners having the lowest odds.

Basic Match Bets

During any tournament or League season, there are dozens of matches offering a full range of match betting options. With US eSports betting, the easiest and most commonly placed wager is the match bet or money line bet. This simply involves predicting which team will win the particular matchup. If the matchup is particularly uneven, bookmakers will offer handicap odds where the underdogs are given a virtual point advantage.

Prop Bets

Within each match there are a number of game-specific and prop bets that can be placed. One of the most popular is first blood. This is a bet on which team will execute the first kill in games like Counterstrike and other FPS (first person shooters). The knife round is similar, but in this case, you are predicting which team will win the knife round.

Another basic wager in eSports betting is the odd/even bet. Again, this comes down to predicting just one or two results. Here you are trying to predict if there will be an even or odd number of kills in the match. This is a particularly difficult prediction as each game is different, and even with the same teams playing the same game a second time, the results always change. There is also the map winner bet where you predict which team will win the specific map in a multi-round match.

Using this advice you can now enjoy eSports betting with a greater chance of success.