Most leading online sports betting sites in the USA, UK, Asia, the European mainland and even Africa provide esports as a feature on their platforms.
There are complex games like DOTA 2 and League of Legends but there are also simpler games such as Counter Strike, which make it especially popular among gamers and bettors alike. There are various versions of Counter Strike which are popular with gamers but the most active in betting circles is the Counter Strike: Global Offensive version. CS:GO does not have a steep learning curve and the first-person shooter game has clear objectives, making them easy to follow.
This is great news for spectators and sports bettors as the simpler the game is to follow, the more likely a player will place a punt. The Counter Strike multi-player format sees two opposing teams (the terrorists and the counter terrorists) compete to complete set objectives.
Counter Strike Betting (CS:GO Betting)
The most common bet is to place a stake on which team will win the game. This is called an outcome-bet. Other betting options include how long a game will take and well as specific-game related events. The betting cards on the leading esports betting sites will show a card with the teams competing and the CS:GO odds (with favourites and underdogs). The margins are not high, but the gameplay is exciting and will provide entertainment as well as winning opportunities. Depending on the specific site, money can be made by betting large amounts on low odds results.
There is live in-play action and as the game unfolds odds will change. Players are rewarded based on their performances and they can earn in-game currency to purchase better weapons. There are in-game cash bonuses for completing objectives/killing opponents and penalties for killing soft targets or teammates. These can all be bet on during live in-play activity.
Many sites use the American-odds system where the favourites are marked as -, while underdogs are marked as +. An example is that a favourite will be given odds at 1.35/1 with a -500 in brackets. The outsider will be at 2/1 with (+800).
The odds differential on Counter Strike varies from sportsbook to sportsbook but they offer better margins than DOTA 2. Some underdogs can be had at 4/1.
There are spread bets available, over/under bets, total rounds played in each contest, proposition bets (events and objectives in game play), most kills, round advantage bets, futures and winners of major tournaments like DreamHack and the IEM Katowice.
One exciting bet-type can be had during “pistol rounds” and these take place in round 1 and round 16. A punter can place a bet on one team winning the “pistol round” and even if that team loses the match the punter will still win.
Prop bets include more kills during a game or more headshots. This allows punters to research into each player and their strengths and weaknesses.
There are bets on maps, which are areas the players must traverse to finish their objectives, and there are a host of bets to be had in this category. Map bets include whether a player will kill a teammate on a certain map, whether there will be a knife kill on a selected map, a “two pistol” double winner on a specific map and bomb planted in a pistol round.
Some leading sports betting sites offer even more action, with many top sportsbooks offering more complex map action.
There are 30 rounds of action per game, and a team needs to get to 16 first to be declared the winner. A round of action includes finishing objectives. There are draws, when teams play to 15-15 and punters can lay a bet on this happening. There follows overtime which brings a new bet-market for this part of the game. There are six additional rounds in overtime and a team which gets to four won rounds first will win the game. There is place four double overtime, triple and more. A punter can place bets on sum totals of rounds, during game and in overtime.
There is plenty of league action that provides daily betting opportunities outside of the future betting for major events.
The sites that use Counter Strike: GO has part of their sportsbook will explain the terms and conditions under their betting rules sections, and information like what happens if a player or team pulls out will be explained. Most sites state that a game must be played over a maximum 48-hour period and if a player or team pulls out then the match is deemed a loss, for the side withdrawing.
We typically focus on tips for the main markets, but will be able to start offering tips on all CS:GO Betting markets as we build up the historical data set. Our CSGO predictions use historical data, previous match results, previous head2head results, match win rates, map win rates, and team ratings (per match and per map) in order to make the most accurate predictions for CSGO possible. We also use data such as average KDA’s to help determine the predictions. For each CSGO prediction, we provide a win probability. This represents the % confidence we have in the prediction, based on the data and our calculations.
Along with the win probability, we also provide all the data we use to analyse the CSGO matches, so that you can use it to make your own predictions.