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Esports Betting Guide How to bet on esports online

Are you new to the world of esports betting?
Wondering how you can bet on esports online from the US?
You can bet on eSports in four easy steps:

Step 1 Check if esports betting is legal in your state

Online esports betting is not legal in every state where online sports betting is legal.

 We recommend you to double-check your state to see if esports betting is legal in your state.

Licensed sportsbooks like Unibet will offer you the chance to bet on eSports if it's legal in your state.

Step 2 Visit a esports betting site or download a esports betting app

Now that you are 100% sure that esports betting is legal in your state it's time to move on to step two.

Check out a legal esports betting site like Unibet and get a feel for the latest esports odds and betting offers.

You'll also find our esports betting app on our website.

Betting apps make it easier for you to bet on live esports games while you're watching the game!

Step 3 Sign Up

You can check out the latest esports betting odds and  lines for free on online sportsbooks.

But If you want to place a bet online, you need to sign up and make a quick deposit.

Your deposits are usually processed instantly on Unibet.

You can sign up with Unibet in less than 90 seconds.

When you sign up with our betting site, you also get a free $500 RISK FREE BET!

Step 4 Place your first bet!

That's it!
Now you're all set to make your first bet online.
We told you it was going to be easy!

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How does esports betting work?

You can bet on video gaming now?
Yes you can but let’s put that into context.
eSports is professional video gameplay at a serious level.
The players and teams involved are the best in the business.

Pro leagues and cups are played out across the world each year.
And the prize money can change lives. Seven figure sums are available in this professional gaming realm.
In short, it’s serious business and the traditional sports betting companies are fully behind it.

Unibet are equally serious about our eSports betting sites.
If you’d like to know more, please read on.

There are some similarities between this and traditional sports betting.
If you’ve bet on sport before, you should still pick up some useful tips here.
If you’re a complete newbie, we’ll start with the basics.

We need to answer two questions:

● What are eSports Odds and what do they mean?
● What are the different types of esports bets out there?

What are esports Odds and what do they mean?

Each eSports matchup has a set of odds but what are they saying?

Odds tell us two things.

● The probability of an event happening
● How much we will be paid for a winning bet

Here is a set of odds for an eSports contest. These have appeared on the Unibet sportsbook.

esports Betting

This one’s from a match up in the Call of Duty League and it features OpTic Texas against Toronto Ultra.
Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the names or the competitions - we’ll run down the big events later on.

All we need to consider now are those odds.
OpTic Texas have a figure of -162.
The minus figure in this case tells us that Texas are the favorites.

The opposing team are Toronto Ultra.
Their odds to win this contest are +120.
The plus prefix means that Toronto are the underdog.

That’s probability right there.
The odds tell us that OpTic Texas have a higher chance of winning this contest.

The second factor relates to payouts.
How much do we win if we have placed a winning bet?
The answer to this question lies in the specific numbers.

● At odds of -162, we need to stake $162 to win $100
● At odds of +120, a stake of $100 wins $120

The stakes there are for illustration.
You can bet what you are comfortable with between minimum and maximum limits.

Public Betting in eSports

Our odds setters decide on the final numbers but they have a little help.
Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘betting with the public?’.
This means to bet with the favorite.

As competitions approach, the majority of stakes will be placed on the team with a higher chance of winning.
It’s all about probability once again.
The wider betting public has spoken and they identify the favorite.

Our odds setters look up from their coffee and decide on the final figures.
It’s now down to you to decide whether you want to back the favorite or the underdog.
We’ll give you some advice on this later.

What are the different bets in esports betting?

#1 Esports moneylines

You’ve already seen the most common bet.
The match result bet is known as the Moneyline.
It’s a straight pick between two sets of opponents.
The draw is not common in eSports so there are just two options.

Here’s another Moneyline bet, this time from a League of Legends game.

esports moneyline

Remember the mechanics: Liiv Sandbox have odds of +160 to win.
This means that they are the underdogs. DWG Kia are the favorites at odds of -225.

If you’re new to eSports betting, we recommend starting with the Moneyline. When you feel confident enough to move on, there are many others.

#2 Map Betting

A map is a stage in a game. It’s not applicable to all eSports but many have ‘maps’ as strategic parts of the gameplay.

Where there’s a map there’s a market as this set of odds confirms.

map betting in esports

Maps are central to League of Legends games and we’re back to that contest between Liiv Sandbox and DWG Kia.

There are two separate bets:

● Who will win Map one?
● How many Maps will there be in the match?

The first is a simple choice between the two teams.
Who will win the first match between Sandbox and DWG?

For the second bet, we set a line.
If there are two maps or fewer, winning bets will be paid at odds of -143.
If there are three games or more, wins are paid at odds of +105.

Map betting won’t appear for every eSports contest but it’s in place for many of the bigger games.

#3 Esports Prop Bets

The term ‘prop’ is short for proposition. It can relate to an event that could happen in an eSports match. Props are based on gameplay and they will differ depending on the game in question.

Here are some actual prop bets from League of Legends

● First to 10 Champion Kills
● First Blood
● Total Champion Kills
● First to Kill Baron
● Correct Map Score
● First Team to Destroy an Inhibitor
● Total Dragons Slain
● Total Barons Slain

It’s easy to see why props are specific to a certain game.
Killing Barons is key in League of Legends but is not a factor in FIFA Soccer.
That element of gameplay could make soccer even more exciting but it’s not there.

A deeper understanding of gameplay is desirable for prop betting in eSports.
To find the props, just scroll down past the Moneyline and other main bets.

#4 eSports Parlays

What’s a Parlay?
This is a multiple bet with two or more picks.

With eSports betting, there are two types of parlay.

Single Game Parlays

This is where the parlay is constructed from within a single game.
Here’s an example

esports single game parlay

In the League of Legends match between Gen G and Kwangdong Freecs, we’ve gone for a moneyline bet on Gen G to win the match.
Our second pick is on the Freecs to win the first map.
The odds are calculated automatically, and we must now choose a stake.

Multi Game Parlays

These can be picked from two or more games. You can even mix it up between Call of Duty, League of Legends and other eSports.

Here’s another possible parlay from the Unibet sportsbook

esports Multi game parlays

We’ve stayed with League of Legends to keep it simple.
It’s a 3-leg parlay where we need Gen G, DWG Kia and Fredit Brion all to win.

The odds for this parlay are +464.
When we choose a stake of 10 Bucks, the potential payout is also shown.
If it looks good, click on that big yellow button and the bet is placed.

Here’s the thing with parlays.
All of those picks have to win.
If they come through, you collect a payout.
If one or more of the picks loses, the whole bet is lost.

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Tips and Strategies for eSports Betting

Know that you know the 101 of eSports betting, here are five tips to help you get a bang for your buck when you bet on your favorite eSport online!

#Tip 1: Should you Listen to the Public?

We’ve talked about the influence that the public has on eSports betting.
They are working with probability and have identified a favorite and an underdog.
Now it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth it to run with the public choice.

Favorites have a higher chance of winning.
That’s true for traditional sport and it’s the same for the eSports arena.
Upsets can happen.
Competition would be boring without the underdogs coming through on occasions.

You could just bet blindly with the public.
Some people do but we’d be happier if you come to your own conclusion.

#Tip 2: Making up your own mind

How do you reach a conclusion when you’re betting on eSports?
It’s all about research.
Crunch the numbers and you can decide.

Here are some things to consider:


How are the two teams performing?
Is the favorite coming into the match on a hot streak or are there some losses among their recent form guide?

Has the underdog hit on a winning streak of their own?
Are they losing heavily in the lead up to the match?
Answer these questions and you can find some pointers of your own.

Head to Head Results:

Have these teams played each other in the past?
Has there been a recent contest in the last few months.
Head to head results can also give us some indicators.

Teams may have a weakness against a certain set of opponents.
The reasons may be unclear but this can be a factor.
Unibet publishes some useful statistics and you can access information from other websites.
Crunch the numbers and you can boost your eSports betting strategy.

Team Selection:

Injuries are not such a big factor in pro gaming when compared with traditional sports.
It’s tough to pull a hamstring when you’re sitting in front of a huge console.

You or I could probably achieve that, but these people are athletes with genuine fitness and nutrition goals.

Team selection and possible absences could still influence your betting decision.
Illness and availability may be a factor in an upcoming game.
Look out for team news and this could prove useful.

#Tip 3: Choose your eSport

Choosing your preferred eSport can be important.
It certainly helps if you understand how the game works.
If you’re a gamer yourself, that will definitely be useful.

Betting on eSports includes options for:

● League of Legends
● Call of Duty
● Valorant

Other games may also appear depending on the calendar.
Take some time to understand each game. Watch some videos and maybe even buy the latest copy.
The more you get to know the gameplay, the better for your eSports betting journey

#Tip 4: To Parlay or not to Parlay

It’s important to understand the mechanics of parlays if you are looking to get involved. These are bets that can provide higher returns when they win.
There is a counterbalance.

Parlays come with increased exposure.
Only one of those legs has to fail and the entire bet is lost.
Parlays can be a useful way of increasing the odds on two or more red hot favorites.
That’s how some of our customers employ them.

It’s a strategy that can pay off but there will be a higher risk.
We just want you to remember that.

#Tip 5: Grab Your eSports betting promos and bonuses! 

Unibet like to offer our customers a little extra value.
Our esports odds are always competitive and will stand up to competition in the eSports sector.
Bonuses and promotions help to boost that value.

These promos will take different forms and are subject to change.
There should always be a welcome deal plus some ongoing offers moving forward.
Check the terms and conditions but remember to use them up when you can.

Remember to stay in the loop.
When you sign up, there will be a chance to opt in for notifications.
You will then be among the first to hear the latest news.
You can also add this setting at any future stage.
Alternatively, just check the promotions tab on our website.

Keep in touch and you can maximize the value from those bonuses.

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