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Every year Esports betting is growing more and more in popularity, attracting both traditional sports betting punters as well as new players who are drawn in by the enticing prospect of making some money out of betting on video game action.
As the industry in general grows, filling out stadiums and streaming events to millions, the appetite for betting on Esports shows no sign of letting up.
Bookmakers are certainly catering for this surge in demand and you’ll find all the best UK bookmaker brands now offer markets on the likes of League of Legends, DOTA 2, FIFA and many more.
Below you’ll find our favourite bookmakers for Esports betting…
William Hill boast one of the largest range of Esports games available to bet on, and with that comes an extensive range of markets to bet on too.
Simply sign up for an account with William Hill (or if you have an account login) and then navigate to the Esports section of the website or app. Next, click on a particular Esports tournament or match and you will find a range of different markets to bet on.
Punters can wager on individual rounds for titles like League of Legends (LOL) — called Map Betting — but keep in mind that the odds are likely to change per round (or Map) as the match develops. William Hill also offer handicap betting on eSports events. If you notice that one team in a match is a heavy favourite against the other, consider placing a handicap bet in order to even out the odds.
You’ll find dozens upon dozens of matches and tournaments to wager on each day at William Hill including games such as:
Like with most traditional sports betting markets, Paddy Power are renowned for their innovative offerings and when it comes to Esports they don’t disappoint either.
Paddy Power have a long history of always being at the forefront of offering markets on the latest competitions and if you check out their Esports category regularly you will find that they offers odds on Esports events that other bookies don’t, including most notably ESupercars.
Aside from markets like outright winner, which is most applicable to betting on electronic FIFA, you will also find markets like ‘correct score’ for games like CS:GO. The correct score market in this context relates to the result of a best of 3 or best of 5 map contest. For example, in a best of 3 map match you may decide to back a 2-1 result as the correct score.
In a fun twist that will be welcome news to most punters, just like traditional sport offerings, Paddy Power have made their cash out feature applicable to Esports as well. So, if your Esports bet is winning but you’re not confident that your selection can see it through to the end you can take the money and run!
Among the most common Esports games Paddy Power offer odds on include:
Just like Paddy Power and William Hill, bet365 have Esports available to bet on each and every day, with a plethora of exciting Esports events to choose from.
In fact, bet365 were one of the first bookies to get in on the Esports betting phenomenon having first offered odds on Esports contests back in 2014.
If you’re a League of Legends (LOL) fan then bet365 offer some of the most comprehensive League of Legends markets to wager on including player of the tournament, region of winner, team to draw first blood, first team to get 10 kills, total maps over/under, correct map score and total kills scored over/under.
Away from League of Legends, other popular Esports games to bet on with bet365 include:
Although their Esports betting selection isn’t as comprehensive as other UK bookmakers, Coral have made great strides over the last few years as they bid to increase the number of Esports games and markets that they offer.
The most popular Esports game to bet on at Coral is DOTA 2 with up to 20 different markets available to wager on including total kills odd/even and outright map winner. Coral also place a lot of emphasis on in-play Esports betting, offering in-play markets on games like DOTA 2 including team to destroy the next tower and team to destroy the next barracks.
Away from DOTA 2, eSoccer tournaments are also popular at Coral, although betting markets for eSoccer are limited to outright tournament winner and correct score for each individual match.
The most popular Esports titles to bet on at Coral are:
888sport may not be renowned for offering the most extensive range of Esports titles to bet on but their refined offering is perfectly suited for those punters who are new to the realm of Esports betting.
Unlike other bookmakers who offer dozens of markets on different Esports, at 888 you will find only a select few titles to bet on- including League of Legends and DOTA 2- but the betting markets surrounding those events are easy to understand because they usually just include outright winner markets and map winner markets.
Where 888 may be lacking in game variety they more than make up for that in terms of Esports betting promotions. For example, in recent times new Esports customers have been awarded with triple odds on the first bet they make, while additional Esports promotions and bonuses are issued on a regular basis.
It’s likely that popular Esports titles like CS:GO will be added to the 888 Esports collection in near future but for now you’ll find the following games to bet on:
BetVictor are another brand who are working hard to improve their Esports offering and they are now beginning to compete with the likes of William Hill and Paddy Power in terms of markets and games available to wager on.
The most popular Esports titles at BetVictor are Counter Strike, with 14 markets available to bet on including map winner, match winner and pistol round winner. League of Legends is also a popular staple of the BetVictor Esports offering with up to 43 innovative markets available to wager on including team to draw first blood and team to score the most kills.
Each day there’s plenty of Esports action to get involved with, including tournaments and matches that run around the clock from popular titles like:
Although they are a more traditional brand renowned for sports betting and casino, Ladbrokes strive to keep up with the times, offering all your Esports favourites and more.
The Ladbrokes team keep their fingers on the pulse by regularly offering markets on the latest and biggest Esports competitions including most notably CS:GO, where punters can bet on markets like map winner, correct score and pistol round winner.
Uniquely, Ladbrokes even offer more obscure markets and odds for the likes of eCricket and eFootball.
The most popular Esports games available to bet on at Ladbrokes include:
Esports live streams are easily accessible and you can watch a range of Esports tournaments for free on popular streaming services like Twitch and Youtube.
DOTA 2 and League of Legends are just some of the popular games that attract thousands of viewers for each match and to study form you can even watch matches on Youtube that have already been played.
Some pro Esports outfits even have their own live streaming services that you can check out, or you could turn to a platform like Rivalry that enables you to study video footage of professional gamers; although please be aware that some platforms can charge for Esports live streaming.
Bet365 also provide a number of live Esports streams which are available to watch when logged into your account. You can find a list of live Esports streams on our live streaming page or you can jump straight to Bet365.