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How to bet on esports online

The popularity of esports betting is following the increased participation in the sports themselves. By the end of 2020, turnover in esports betting had exceeded $14 billion – double that of the previous year. Global events, featuring titles such as Dota 2 and League of Legends, attract millions of fans around the world and esports gambling is adding to the experience.

Esports betting picks

Part of learning more about esports betting comes through our esports picks page. This is our home to regular esports picks and betting tips. Expert handicappers and writers preview the biggest competitions, featuring the biggest titles, to pick out the their best bets for the weekend.

This includes the biggest contests across DOTA, League of Legends, Counter Strike, Call of Duty and many more. If you love esports betting, or want to know where writers are putting their money then head over to our esports picks page for plenty more.

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League of Legends

The one game which has defined esports and holds the gold standard year after year is League of Legends (LoL). Its global popularity and reach has not been missed in the most fringe provinces of Asia, nor the biggest hubs on the west coast of North America.

LoL is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). It’s a 5v5 game with an objective of destroying the opponent’s main structure, the Nexus, to win the game. It starts with a draft phase before the game actually begins. During this time each team is required to select five champions which hopefully mesh well together to counter the opponent’s champions.

The four largest leagues in terms of viewership, funding, and talent are the LCK (League of Legends Champions Korea), LPL (League of Legends Pro League - China), LEC (League of Legends European Championship), and LCS (League of Legends Championship Series - North America). Heading into the 2020 World Championships it was South Korea and China which held favoritism on the outright League of Legends betting markets. Over the past couple years G2 Esports, of the LEC, has made some respectable playoff showings and been in the upper-half of finalists. However, you would need to look to 2011 for the last Worlds finals which featured a European representative.

Each league calendar is divided into two splits, Spring and Summer, before the road to the World Championships and the final culmination of the best of the best.

Esports: Most popular markets

The most popular betting markets in both traditional sports and esports - picking who will win a competition, event, or season. This is great option for bettors because taking heavy favorites on the outrights market can allow fans to get involved in the action without steep price tags.

You can find outright markets for every tier one CSGO event, all the Dota majors, as well as World Championships for COD, Rocket League, and League of Legends. Keep in mind, however, that esports betting sites margins are a bit steeper on outrights so it is more important to shop around for the best price on the market.

Esports bets explained


Moneyline refers to the winner of a particular event. If you want to bet on a team to win the map you would bet on their map moneyline. Likewise, if you want to bet on a team to win a series you would bet on their series moneyline.

In-play betting on esports

With the growing popularity of esports betting, it’s no surprise to see a variety of in-play betting options now available on all major esports. Live betting, as it’s also known, allows you to place a bet even after a game has begun. This means you have even more information available to you, including momentum and in-game tactics, something not always obvious when betting pre-game.

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