Esports betting is becoming increasingly popular, with many of the biggest tournaments attracting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bets. Competitive video gaming has never been as popular as it is now, and levels of interest are set to explode in the coming years. 

Yet esports betting odds can sometimes seem strange and complex to newcomers to betting, while more experienced gamblers may not be fully aware of the different types of markets which are available for esports betting. 

Different esports teams specialise in different games, and each game has its own favourites, outsiders and up-and-coming talent to bet on, just as in mainstream sports. As with other types of betting, knowledge is the punter’s friend when it comes to placing esports bets, and it always pays to know the games you’re betting on, as well as the types of markets. 


Here, we’ll take a look at four of the most popular esports games, and examine which markets and odds are most associated with them, and help you to make better informed choices when it comes to placing real money wagers that are likely to win. Dota 2, CS:GO, LoL and StarCraft are four of the most popular games, and all will be examined here.

Whether you are a seasoned esports fan who is new to betting, or a betting veteran who is keen to explore new gambling avenues, you should be more than ready to venture into the world of esports betting by the time you have finished reading about the different types of bet esports can offer.

It is wise to note that the scope of this page covers real cash betting, and not skin betting or fantasy esports. offers the chance to place real money bets.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, usually referred to as CS:GO, has been around since 2012, and some of the world’s biggest esports tournaments are CS:GO events. The game is a first person shooter, played over a map, with two teams of four competing against each other. 

One team is the Terrorists, whose objective is usually to plant a bomb and prevent their hostages being freed. They are up against the Counter Terrorists, whose mission is usually to free the hostages, and prevent the bomb from being detonated. The game lends itself to tournament play, as it consists of two four member teams in direct competition with each other. Matches usually consist of the best of three or best of five maps.


When it comes to CS:GO betting markets and odds, things are actually pretty straightforward, and should follow a format which will be fairly familiar to anyone who has already experience in sports betting. The most common type of bet is placed on individual matches, with the punter attempting to choose the winner. Odds for this type of bet can often be low, especially in the early rounds of tournaments, when favourites usually win, but punters can make the best of them with accumulators. 

An accumulator is where a punter makes a number of selections on the same betting slip, with the odds from each being multiplied together. The winnings from each bet are used as the stake on the next one on the slip. If one bet loses, then the entire slip fails. Accumulators are a useful tool for anyone who wants to place a CS bet on finals and important games here at


As well as betting on simple match outcomes, punters can also place futures bets on the overall winners of tournaments. Again, this is a very straightforward type of bet. Variations can occur when punters are given the option to bet on teams who will finish in the top four or top two of tournaments. 

In addition to futures bets, punters can also sometimes see handicap markets for match betting on CS:GO. Here, each team in the match is awarded a negative or positive number. The team with the positive number can lose, but still be a winning bet, if they lose by a score which is less than the number awarded to them by the bookmaker. 

The opposite is true for the team with the negative number, who can win the game but still be a losing CS:GO bet. They must win by more than the handicap value awarded to them for the bet to be successful.  


Another popular form of CS:GO bet is to bet on events within the game. Punters can place wagers on, for example, which team will win the first map, whether a team will win at least one map, or the number of maps that a team will win. This type of bet can also sometimes be placed live and in play, while matches are taking place. The esports betting odds for this type of wager can often be very good value, especially for people expert within the CS:GO esports scene. 


League of Legends is one of the most popular MOBA games available, and it is considered now as the biggest online game in the world. The game itself was released in 2009, and the first competitive professional LoL events were staged two years later. Somehow similar to a Warcraft universe, LoL is a real time strategy multiplayer game, played between two teams of five players each. 

The game is played over a map, with teams starting the action at opposite sides, in an area called the Spawning Pool. This is located close to their Nexus. Each team competes to destroy the opposition’s Nexus alongside the Summoner’s Rift. 

To do this, the team must destroy turrets, which are located along lanes, which are paths to each Nexus. Players must defeat the opposition’s champions and minions, as well as kill neutral monsters, as the game progresses. For each of these achievements, players are awarded gold, which can then be used to purchase items which improve performance.


Esports betting on League of Legends has been popular since the first professional tournaments were staged in 2011, when the team Fnatic won the first World Championship tournament. The LoL Championship Series continues to attract plenty of attention from punters. As with CS:GO betting, the most common type of bet is a simple match prediction. offers markets of this type, providing odds on who is going to win a match. Variations of this can occur, where we offer handicap markets, which work the same way as handicap bets on CS:GO. Accumulator bets can also be wagered on LoL tournaments, with the winnings from each individual bet on the betting slip rolling over to be used as a stake for the next bet.

There is also the option to place futures bets on LoL, with punters able to place wagers on which teams will win a tournament, or finish within the top four. 


As with CS:GO, bookies will also offer esports betting odds on events during a match, such as which turret will be destroyed first, or which team will achieve first blood. Often, these bets can be placed live and in-play, while a match is taking place. 

This adds a layer of excitement for punters who are watching live streams of the match on which they are betting. If you do not have access to a live stream, this type of betting can be tricky, and should be avoided unless you can actually watch the action in some way. As with all types of sports betting, the greater the knowledge you have of the events and teams on which you are betting, the more likely you are to be successful.


Defense of the Ancients 2, usually referred to as Dota 2, combines action gaming with real time strategy, and is played between two teams of five players. Based on a mod of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne, Dota 2 combat between the teams takes place across a series of maps, while players also collect runes which enhance their characters. Characters are drawn from one of three types: Intelligence, Agility and Strength. 

Characters can carry up to six items, drawn from an inventory of 123, which enhance their abilities and fighting skills. The aim of the game is for each team to destroy their opponents’ main base, known as an ‘Ancient’. They must also destroy towers which are located along paths which link the bases. Complicating the issue are the teams of ‘creeps’, which are small, AI-controlled combat teams, which emanate from each team’s base, and attack the opposing team’s heroes and structures. Bookies offer a variety of esports betting odds on the game.


Again, the most common, and most easily understood, type of betting we offer on Dota 2 is the straightforward match bet. This is where the punter picks a winner in a match between two teams. These bets can be combined into an accumulator, in order to maximise the often low odds which are provided on many tournament matches, especially in the early rounds, when favourites rarely lose. 

Markets are also frequently offered for futures bets, where a bettor selects the overall winner of a Dota 2 tournament. It is also possible to bet on which teams will reach the semi-finals or final. Handicap betting is also offered by some bookmakers, using the same structures as alluded to above, in that weaker teams will receive a positive rating, such as +1.5, and weaker teams a negative, such as -1.5, for the number of games or maps they are expected to win within a match. 


Other markets for Dota 2 betting include betting on in-game events such as the number of kills, deaths or assists that a player achieves during a game. The roles for each player on a team are highly specific when it comes to Dota 2, with each role, whether that of, for example, Carry or Support, being likely to achieve different things during a game. Punters need to be aware of the different roles within each team, and which player is fulfilling those roles, in order to place successful bets. Bookies will tailor their esports odds to reflect this. 


StarCraft II was released in 2010, as a sequel to 1998’s original StarCraft game. Its popularity has become huge, especially in South Korea, where it has become something of a national obsession. The game is a real-time strategy affair, which has a science fiction, space war setting. 

Each player plays as one of three separate species, who compete for resources and territory, while building a base and an army. Fans of earlier game Command and Conquer will recognise much of the game’s structure and style, as it was developed by the same designer. The game is storyline based, and each of its expansion packs has a different narrative, focusing on different characters and events in the history of the game universe. 


Unlike the other games featured here, StarCraft does not lend itself to team play, and competitive matches are played between individual players. This means that the markets on offer for punters who want to place esports bets on StarCraft are a little different. 

By far the most common types of bet we offer are straight match bets, where the punter picks the winner of a match. These can be combined into accumulators, as with other types of match betting esports can offer. 

The strategy for this type of bet is more akin to betting on tennis or golf, than it is for betting on team sports. Being successful as a bettor comes down to knowing as much as possible about individual players, unlike other games, which have a strong team dynamic. 

It is possible to place a bet on overall tournament winners, as well as match winners, too. One interesting market for StarCraft II betting, is to wager on which country the eventual winner of a tournament will come from. Esports betting odds for this market tend favour South Korean players, simply because so many of the world’s best players come from there.