If you are keen to start eSports betting, the first step is understanding the different eSports markets available. As with traditional options like Rugby and Cricket, each electronic sports game or tournament offers a full selection of markets to cater for both novices and experienced punters.
The match winner market is the most popular in eSports betting. Also known as the moneyline bet in the US, this bet simply involves predicting which player or which team will win the match. You don’t have to know the score, the method of winning or any of the details. Simply predict the winner and you will be paid out the odds displayed.
The outright winner is offered on major tournaments and leagues. This is where you are predicting the team or player to win the entire tournament or league before it even starts. For example, this could mean predicting the winner of the Dota 2 International, the LOL Championships or the Overwatch League.
All top-rated eSports NZ sites will also offer Group Winner and Group of Winner markets on major international tournaments. In any tournament, the teams are split into groups for the initial knockout rounds. These can be numbered such as 1, 2, 3, or alphabetised such as Group A, Group B or Group C. The group winner is where you predict the team that will have the most points in their group at the end of the preliminary group stages.
Group of Winner
The Group of Winner eSports market may sound confusing, but is actually related to the above option. This bet involves predicting which group the winner of the tournament will emerge from. For example, you can predict the winner will come from Group A or Group B.
First Blood is a poplar option with FPS games like CS:GO, Overwatch, Call of Duty or Rainbow Six. With this bet, you are predicting which team or player will execute the first kill in the game. The options are simple, either it is team A or it is team B.
With first person shooter games and some MOBA games, eSports bookmakers will offer markets based on the number of kills executed in the entire game. However, instead of predicting the exact number of kills, you can place a bet on if the kill number will be even such as 10 or odd such as 9. This is where the odd/even kills option comes in.
The Knife Round eSports market is specific to games like Counterstrike: Global Offensive and other FPS Games. With this wager, you are predicting which team will execute the first kill specifically in the knife round. Since the knife round requires a completely different set of tactics, this is a great option to choose.
Competitive Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games are played over a series of maps with the winner being the team to win best out of 3 or best out of 5 maps. Instead of predicting the match winner, you can bet on a specific map in the game. This is a bit like set betting in Tennis where any player can win a set, but lose the match.
Map 1 Overtime
Map 1 Overtime is one of the more difficult eSports markets to predict. In principal, the bet is quite basic as you are predicting whether the first map of the game will go into overtime or not. But this can be tricky, since every match is played out differently even if the basic team strategies are the same.
Now you know what’s on offer, you can get in on the action at the best eSports NZ bookmakers online.