E-Sports Betting Guides: CS:GO Betting
Since its release in 20112, CS: GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) has enjoyed massive popularity among gaming circles. It has continuously attracted the attention of pro-gamers and is now one of the most popular e-sports titles. And, like fish are to be found on a ship’s trail, e-sports betting has unsurprisingly trailed CS: GO gaming.
Unlike its counterpart Dota, CSGO is a game with a simple concept. It involves terrorists and anti-terror agents, a concept which is both easy to understand and appealing to the heart. The simplicity of the game has had three major effects. It has:
- Attracted numerous players to try their hand at the pro level
- Enabled the best players to grow their skills to astounding levels
- Attracted millions of bettors to place wagers on competitions
This article offers a CSGO betting guide of great value to both novices and seasoned gamblers. But first, a little background about the game itself.
About CS: GO
Betting on CS: GO
Which are the best sites to bet CS: GO on?
What are the best CS: GO competitions to bet on?
CS: GO has two formats of competition. The first is the ‘Majors,’ which are tournaments organised by the game’s developers- Valve. Popular majors include MLG Columbus and the E-League. The second format is the third party competitions that are organised by gaming communities.
Majors attract the best players and are better organised than third-party tournaments. This makes them suitable markets to bet in due to their competitiveness. As the game has come of age, majors have been further subdivided into three categories – Premier, Majors and Minors. The minors are used to pick the players to proceed to the majors, while the best Majors performers proceed to the Premieres. As you go higher, the competition becomes tougher and betting becomes more exciting.
Some popular Valve competitions you can bet in include:
ELeague Major, ESL Pro League, StarLadder iLeague StarSeries and Intel Extreme Masters.
Hellcase Cup, DreamHack Open, ESL One.
ESEA Season, CyberGamer Pro League
Non-Valve tournaments are not a no-go one, however. These are also exciting places where you can find great upcoming talent that is still unknown. They may have lower odds, but so is the risk involved there. If you are a novice, this is the place to start and grow.
Tips to keep in mind when betting on CS: GO
As CS: GO is a pretty direct match, staking becomes quite easy. Wins and draws are the most basic outcomes of the match and basically what you should concentrate on. Form is a great thing in this game; do not be afraid to place your money on a well-performing team.
Always stay woke of the betting format of a particular game. The betting pattern for best of one (BO1) games is different from that of, say, Best of 3 (BO3). The odds will vary in these competitions.
Do not be overly enthused by odds given in-play. Unlike in conventional sports, keeping a pattern in e-sports is much more difficult. If a player was able to capture an area in one episode that is no guarantee that they can replicate the same in a subsequent game.
Stakes on CS: GO
To make a significant amount on CS: GO, you will need to either bet high or exploit in-play bets. The safest bet, however, is to stake high on the team that is most likely to win.