With this article we’ll look at specific sites that allow you to place bets on eSports. If you’re not sure what eSports are, or what exactly eSports betting is, check out our article!
What are eSports Betting Sites?
While you can find a bountiful amount of websites to bet on physical sports (even fantasy sports), the market for eSports betting is just becoming established. For this reason, there are only a few reputable eSports sites that can be trusted. If you’re not sure which sites are safe, don’t fret! We’re here to showcase some of the safer companies to use. In particular, we’re focusing on the best eSports betting sites in 2016.
Choosing the Right Betting Site for You
Anyone can just google ‘eSports betting sites’ and find a site to start betting on. We strongly recommend doing your own research of course. But if you don’t have the time, then don’t worry! We’re here to help you. Don’t make the misstep of just picking a website at random to bet on. This could be a huge mistake. Make sure you select the right betting website for you and your needs. The first filter you’ll need to establish is what type of eSports game you want to bet on. Most eSports betting sites include competitions and tournaments from League of Legends, DOTA 2, and other MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games. Other, more specific betting sites, include games such as FPS (first-person shooter) favorite Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the Halo series or RTS (real-time strategy) games such as StarCraft 2.
Once you know what game you want to bet on, it’s time to figure out what type of bet you want to make. While we have an article that goes more in-depth on these different type of bets, we’ll briefly cover them here and their specific relation to you. Head to head matchup bets, or ‘match win’ bets as they often are referred to, involves betting on a specific game or series. You simple choose which of the two teams or competitors you think will win. These types of bets generally use Decimal Odds, with a money line that is established based on the odds of the two teams or competitors of winning.
If that’s too mundane of a betting option for you, then let’s look at more untraditional betting types. Future bets involve betting on a team or competitor that you think will win an entire tournament. A Proposition bet involves a more specific bet, such as how many games a team or competitor will win in a given tournament.
Well if those are too straight forward of a bet for you, then we’ll look at the wilder side of betting types. A Handicap or Spread bet is a type of bet that bookmakers give to bettors as a sort of advantage. Typically the handicap is provided to the team that scores first blood. You’ll often see something like Team A (+1) and Team B (-1). For example, with a +1 advantage, Team A might now be 1.5, while Team B’s chances of winning have drifted to 1.450. Now let’s take a look at some of those websites!
Pinnacle Sports started as a betting website for popular professional leagues involving physical sports, such as basketball, baseball, football, hockey, etc. Founded in 1998, Pinnacle Sports spent their initial startup years just trying to survive against their larger competitors. Thanks to their dedicated work, they were able to grow a sustainable user base that now spans over 100 countries. Pinnacle Sports has some of the best betting odds, cover a vast amount of the eSports market, is one of the most reputable and trusted betting sites in the world, and has a fast payout with a multitude of payout options.
Pinnacle Sports was one of the initial betting sites to start taking bets on eSports tournaments and competitions over five years ago. Their longevity when it comes to eSports betting enhances their reputation as well. They provide a multitude of different ways to bet, including all of the options we’ve outlined above and more!
Unikrn is a relatively new start-up company to the eSports betting world, but already they are making a name for themselves. For starters, they are the only American based betting company, with their headquarters located in Seattle, Washington. While the legal ambiguities in the United States and the quasi-legal status of gambling on eSports betting are debated, Unikrn is pushing their agenda heavily in the overseas market for now. Popular publications, such as the NY Times, have also noticed Unikrns arrival.
Unikrn has partnered with Tabcorp, an Australian company that is staking their claim in the eSports wagering world. With Tabcorp’s investment, Unikrn has already started accepting wagers on popular games such as League of Legends, DOTA 2, and Counter-Strike.