Betting on eSports has become hugely popular, with thousands of bettors placing wagers on domestic and international e-gaming tournaments. One of the most popular markets is Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Commonly known as CS:GO, this first-person shooter game offers up high quality entertainment and a full selection of betting options. CS:GO eSports betting is available at all leading bookmakers with pre-match and live options. For those who are new to the game, we’ve explained a bit more about how it works and what you can wager on.

About the Game

Counter Strike: Global Offensive is a first person shooter game consisting of 2 teams of 5 players each. The teams are split into the terrorists and the counter-terrorists. Over a series of 15 rounds, each team must work together to complete the map objective and eliminate the opposing team.

The objectives for the terrorists include planting a bomb and killing all the hostages. The counter-terrorists have the objective of protecting the hostages and preventing the terrorists from planting their bomb. For US eSports betting purposes, it is important to note that a team loses a round if all their members are killed before the map objective is achieved.

Each round has a specific time limit in which to complete the objective and kill the opposing team. If the time runs out, the team with the most team members standing and the closest to their objective wins the round. A standard match is played over 15 rounds where the teams swap roles as terrorists or counter-terrorists after each round. The team with the most points at the end of 15 rounds wins the match.

Popular Leagues and Tournaments

As one of the most popular games in the genre, there are plenty of CS:GO eSports leagues and tournaments to bet on. Some of the biggest events are held at live stadiums and attract thousands of spectators with millions of online viewers. Popular tournaments include DreamHack, the ESL Pro League, the ELEAGUE, ECS, FACEIT and the world of Electronic Sports. There are also plenty of local and regional tournaments used for match betting.

Betting Options

CS:GO eSports betting can be as simple or as complicated as you wish to make it. While it may be wagering on the outcome of video games, the basic options are no different to that of American Football, Ice Hockey or any sport with 2 opposing teams.

For anyone just starting out, the easiest wager to place it the simple match or money line bet. This involves predicting which team will win a particular match. Odds are posted according to the skill level and history of the team.

For larger tournaments it is also possible to place future and tournament wagers such as the outright winner or group winner. This involves picking a team you think will be the top of the group, or the winner of the tournament outright. Other tournament bets include the group of winner, where you predict which group the winner will emerge from. For bettors who know more about the game and the teams, there are plenty CS:GO eSports betting options specific to the game itself.

Popular Prop Wagers

The most popular prop wager is first blood. This where you predict which team will score the first kill in a round or match. Putting money on knife rounds is also popular. In this case, you are predicting which team will execute the first kill in a knife round. Wagers can be placed on how the round will end, either through team elimination or map objectives. Throughout the match, you also bet on individual stats and the top fragger, which is the player with the best stats at the end of the match.

CS:GO delivers US eSports betting opportunities galore, and there are plenty of ways for you to win big when the worlds best players go head to head.