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BETTING ON eSPORTS
To be able to place a successful bet on an AFL game, you need to have a basic understanding of the rules of the sport, as well as how good the teams are. The same applies for e-sports. A good way to learn more is to watch games and tv-shows where they make analysis of different teams and competitions. You can find several good shows like this on twitch.tv – but also on other sites throughout the internet including bet365.
A few important things to keep in mind, as with all betting:
- Gain knowledge
- Spread the risks
- Manage your bank roll
- Keep records of your bets
You can acquire knowledge by reading web pages, blogs, forums as well as following specific accounts on social media. The Score Esports is also worth mentioning, an app that gives you information about all the teams, tournaments and end results for different games, but it can be quite difficult in the beginning to try to analyse the information flow.
Gather as much info as possible about the various teams and their inpidual players. Sometimes a player leaves the team, transfers are common just as with football, and obviously this affects the form of the team as well as their style of playing. Find out what their form curve looks like. The more you know, the better analysis you can make and the smarter your bets.
It is also advisable to stick with one single sport in the beginning. Just because you are learning everything about how LOL works and which teams are hot or cold, doesn’t mean that you will automatically understand Dota 2 or CS:GO well enough to place smart bets there. Every game works differently, so just take it easy and one step at a time.
Make sure to have an adequate spread of risks! Don’t bet your whole capital on the finals of EU LCS, but rather place smaller sums as bets on various games. If you lose one, you might win two others. Statistical discrepancies (what is also known as “bad luck”) has a much bigger impact on the total outcome, the fewer number of events that are involved. So if you bet on 1000 games you know you’ll have a 60 % chance of winning, the likelihood is bigger that you’ll win 60% than if you had only been betting on 10 games. And if you’re betting on a single game with 60% chance of winning, you can still lose your whole bankroll if you go all-in on it. So spreading your risks is crucial when it comes to betting.
Managing your bankroll is essentially also about spreading your risks. You shouldn’t bet 100% of what you’ve got on one game, nor 50%. Place a limit you can stick to, for example 5% of your total capital. If you have $1000, you’ll bet a max of $50. If you win $75 you have $1075 and will bet a maximum of $53,75 the next turn (still 5%).
It’s easy to think of it as a slow and boring strategy, and sure, it’s definitely slower than betting your $1000 on red in roulette. But it is also safer, and if your end goal is to win more money this is the way to go. In the long run you will see that you’re adding more and more to your bankroll, provided that you can pick out good bets. And even losses will be easier to handle this way, since they won’t be digging deep holes in your pocket. With this strategy you can periodically bet on really high odds, since you can afford to lose the money and have the possibility of winning big – especially if you consider the odds to be wrong and that your underdog has bigger chances of winning than your bookmaker thinks.
To keep records of your bets is also very important. This is how you see what you’ve done right and/or wrong throughout the season, what can be adjusted, which type of game you’re best at predicting, and so on. If it turns out that you’re best at predicting the total number of goals in a soccer match, make sure to put your focus here and get even better. This could mean that you could increase your ROI from, let’s say, 105% to 110% which would be a huge difference for your bankroll in just a few months time.
Best bookmakers for e-sports Betting
In an industry that evolves so incredibly fast as betting and e-sports, this can come to change rather quickly. But right now, at the time of writing this review, these are the three big ones to keep an eye on when it comes to e-sports betting:
Bet365: The gaming giant who never misses a chance to be part of the action when it comes to playing for money. Bet365 is by far the world’s biggest bookmaker with a solid reputation as a truly trustworthy company. That is why we wholeheartedly recommend this bookmaker to anyone who wants to get started with e-sports. No other company offers as many different markets on each and every game as bet365.
Unibet: Australia’s Unibet is always a safe space in the world of online betting. Just like bet365 they offer odds on the biggest events, but their market breadth is not as good and it’s often only about match winner and 1-2 additional alternatives, usually map handicap and something else.
Sportsbet: One of the first who invested heavily into e-sports betting. Today they have a well developed platform and a good selection of games at attractive odds. Besides Dota 2, CS:GO and LOL they also offer games on Hearthstone – another popular e-sport. They also have a popular blog with lots of good tips and game analysis pieces, which we can recommend for those who want to learn more about betting on e-sports.
eSports LIVE STREAMING
bet365 stream live esports and you can watch top-tier ESL eSports tournaments from anywhere in the world, including:
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Dota 2
- Heroes of the Storm
- League of Legends
- Starcraft 2
To register, get live stats and check upcoming tournament schedules and watch live streams, simply go to Sportsbet via the above link.