The International 7 Group Stages Wrap Up And More Esports Betting Highlights
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Esports Betting Outlook: International 7 Group Stages Complete, CS:GO Prepares For ESL One: New York

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The group stages are over at the Dota 2 International 7 with the main event teams confirmed. The main event will be full of top tier games until the grand final this Saturday.

In CS:GO, the Gfinity Elite Series plows on ahead of ESL One: New York starting next week.

Longzhu IM and KT Rolster remain joint leaders of The League of Legends Champions Korea, 3 points ahead of SKT T1 and Samsung G.

Where to bet on esports

It’s always a good idea to shop around when betting on esports. Some bookmakers give out much better odds and offers than others. Here’s a summary of what they’re offering this week.

Bet365

Bet365 have an abundance of bet types and markets to choose from, with the majority of them being Dota 2 and LoL events.

They’ve also been offering a tonne of live markets if you’re a fan of betting in-play. They frequently stream live coverage of events for live betting right from their website which can be very helpful as it’s usually much faster than alternative sources. You’ll need to be logged in with a funded account to view the streams.

Betway

Never ones to miss a trick in esports, Betway have plenty of markets to choose from between the top four esports, namely Dota 2LoL, CS:GO and Starcraft 2. 

They have released even more special bet markets, where you can find all kinds of odds that are exclusive to Betway. They also have esports-specific free bets and odds boosts.

This week’s boost features Liquid, EG, Team Secret, Empire and OG all to win at odds of 7.00 (6/1).

SkyBet

SkyBet don’t seem to be running any special offers or odds boosts for their esports markets at this moment in time. Their odds can be quite competitive though, especially in live markets. They’re definitely worth keeping an eye on!

Interestingly, they don’t have odds listed for the CS:GO Gfinity Elite Series tournament, but they do list markets for the Skinhub CS:GO Championship despite the prize pool being 10x smaller.

Pinnacle

If you’re looking for a site with very competitive odds, especially for pre-match betting, then Pinnacle should be high on the list. Although they are another site to forget about the CS:GO Gfinity Elite Series, it’s nice to see they have included odds for Warcraft 3 – Neo Star League. 

Unikrn

As an exclusively esports betting site, I would expect to see plenty more odds available for the smaller esports but perhaps there isn’t much going on right now. They do have all the big events listed and boast some competitive odds though, alongside a very appealing welcome offer.

Betspawn

Similar story to Unikrn this week with Betspawn, although Betspawn have slightly better odds at times.

It’s certainly worth comparing the two if you have a keen eye for finding the best prices when betting on the International 7 this week.

GG.bet

GG.bet are certain to attract esports fans who are accustomed to the old skin betting sites. They are actually a hybrid of the two as they accept both cash and skins as payment options.

GG.bet have embedded Twitch streams into their live betting pages so that you can watch the stream and bet, all from the same page.

Unibet

So long as you can forgive Unibet for incorrectly labeling esports “E-Sports”, they’re another esports betting site worth keeping an eye on. Perhaps they will bring out some esports-specific promotions or odds boosts in the future to make their esports offerings a little more appealing.

The week in esports events

Dota 2

Group stages are over at the Dota 2 International 7. Fnatic and HellRaisers are first to be eliminated as the bottom teams in each group. LGD.Forever Young claim top spot overall as leaders of Group B with Team Liquid leaders of Group A.

The main event begin today with Liquid versus Invictus Gaming up first. The remaining 16 teams will play in a double-elimination format throughout the week, leading up to the Bo5 grand final on Saturday.

First prize winners will take home over $10m USD – 44 percent of the total prize pool out of the total pool that sits at almost $24m.

CS:GO

The Gfinity Elite Series continues with EnVyUs Academy currently leading with 15 points, four ahead of fellow Europeans Epsilon. Hosted in London, England, the tournament has attracted nationwide coverage after being aired live on BBC Three.

Most of top tier teams will be warming up ahead of ESL One: New York which starts next week on Aug. 14 with a prize pool of over $200,000 USD.

League of Legends

Longzhu IM and KT Rolster keep hold of their tied top spot in the LoL Champions Korea. Both teams sit on 39 points each ahead of SKT T1 and Samsung G. The total prize pool for the event is ₩ 270,000,000 KRW with ₩ 100,000,000 going to 1st place.

In other LoL news, FWtw and Raise are joint pole position in the LoL Master Series Summer Split. 

StarCraft

Byul and HerO face each other at the beginning of the week in the world of Starcraft as part of the StarLeague. 

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- Laurence has been involved in and contributing to various aspects of esports since 2007. After being featured in national press for his esports betting achievements, Laurence now spends time writing about esports and teaching others how to achieve similar success.