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Esports have been around for quite some time, but it is only recently that the market has blown up. It started out small, with a few friends gathering in a basement to have LAN parties – but now the esports market is valued at $900 million with huge tournaments held around the world.

It’s no wonder that esports have captured the eyes of bettors. With millions of dollars up for grabs in prestigious international tournaments, esports betting provides the same excitement as wagering on soccer and racing. There is definitely money to made in this arena, and sportsbooks are jumping on the trend.

Sportsbetting For Non-Sports Fans

In the same way that you can bet on football, basketball or hockey, you can wager on esports tournaments, where players compete while playing games like CS: GO, Dota 2, and League of Legends. So, if you’re not a fan of sports, then esports betting is the ideal alternative. You can get in on the same kind of action as football betting but without having to follow or support any teams.

As such, esports betting could have a wider appeal as the market becomes increasingly popular. You’ll see sports fans, gamers and techies gathering at bookmakers to wager on exciting esports tournaments.

Big Events Bring Big Bucks

No one wants to watch a couple friends shooting each other up from their gaming chairs at home. What we want to see is skilled players competing in tournaments where there is plenty at stake – and, that’s exactly what we’re getting nowadays.

In the League of Legends 2017 World Championship, the prize pool was worth over $4.5 million. The Dota 2 International tournament had the largest esports prize pool in history worth $24 million. These are the kinds of events that will draw attention from millions of spectators around the world, so it is no wonder esports betting is becoming such a popular market.

Esports Betting from Major Operators

In the early days of esports betting, there weren’t very many places that allowed spectators to wager on tournaments. For quite some time, Unikrn was the only esportsbook on the market, but more and more mainstream betting operators are getting involved. Now, sites like Paddy Power, Betway and even Mr Green are providing players with the opportunity to engage in legal online sports betting by wagering on their favourite esports teams.

Growth of Esports in the Future

Currently, CS: GO, League of Legends and Dota 2 are the most popular esports for players to wager on, but more and more games are making a splash in the market. Betfair offers betting on a wide range of esports, like Call of Duty, Overwatch and Starcraft, and sportsbooks continue to explore this arena.

We are seeing more and more esports gaining popularity, such as Rocket League, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone. It won’t be long before these games are available to wager on in the legal online sport betting market.

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Chester’s May Meeting provides punters with a chance to watch a variety of Derby and Oaks Trials as well as Group Races for horses older than the Classic generation. However, the Chester Cup remains the highlight. It dates back all the way to 1824 and, at 2 miles 2 furlongs and 140 yards, is the longest race run around Chester’s tights turns. Only horses aged four and older may compete in the race, but the last 10-years have thrown-up some interesting trends horse racing tipsters might want to consider when trying to pick the winner. Continue reading “Looking for Star Quality in the Chester Cup”

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Gone are the days where you would have to get dressed up and venture out to place your bets, because the internet has now become a betting universe, where punters can place a great deal of many different bets. But, before staking a wager, which top rated Online Sports Betting Sites should you be using to place your bets? Which betting sites come out on top for customer service and choice of bets? And more importantly; how do you know which ones are reputable?

Trusted sports betting sites

If you manage to find the right betting site to suit you, you will have a great experience which can allow you to back a winner. But what happens if you pick a suspicious looking or fake sports betting website? You could lose a lot – so it’s always important to look for trusted websites. Player reviews can be found on the internet, allowing you to make an informed decision on the sports betting site you are about to use. These reviews are submitted by players who have had the pleasure of placing wagers at the stated site, so knowing what other people think about them is key to helping you make a decision. Continue reading “Things To Look Out For When Choosing A Betting Site”

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With the World Cup in Russia fast approaching, bookmakers are starting to give their odds regarding the chances the countries involved have of taking home the coveted trophy. It is interesting to peruse the line to see who is fancied and who might be given the tag of “longshot”. We take a look at three categories that could best describe one nation’s chances of winning in Russia. Continue reading “Favourite, Realistic, Wildcard: Our World Cup Picks”

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Unless you have had your head buried in the sand for the last few years, or you have done a Matt Damon and been living on another planet, you will have heard about the rise and rise of E-Sports.

Premier League football teams are now buying gamers to play in their online games. McLaren Formula One team have launched a worldwide competition to find ‘The Worlds’ Fastest Gamer’, Red Bull have been running their 5G gaming league for years and now we have the Counter Strike leagues taking the world by storm. Continue reading “How to Bet on E-Sports”

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You would think that after years and years of watching almost every game of cricket possible, there would be a realistic chance of being able to predict the winner of the next game. There are thousands of statistics about almost every aspect of the game and yet still tomorrow’s match is a major mystery to us.

However, there are some tried and tested ways to pick your winner: Continue reading “How to Predict The Cricket”

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I get the same feeling every year around the end of May. There is just something missing in my weekends. There is a lack of excitement and a lack of interest. I’m used to getting a buzz watching the football and then come May, it all just stops.

Once the FA Cup final has been played, there is literally nothing left for a few months. I miss the action. I miss cheering on my team. I even miss the disappointment when we lose and I really miss the anger when we are rubbish and don’t even get in the game.

But it’s not even any of these that I miss the most. It’s the other teams which I really miss. I don’t really watch their games, but every result matters and it all comes down to two little pounds. Continue reading “Filling The Football Void”

Horse Racing

There is one day in the English sporting calendar which stands above all the others in the volume of bets placed. The Grand National is synonymous with a punt and everyone is convinced they have the inside knowledge and the ability to pick the winner.

The race, this year held on 8th April, will generate over half a billion pounds in official betting. With the current favourite, Vieux Lion Rouge, starting at 10/1, it is easy to understand why so many bets are placed. If the betting Gods are working in your favour and with around a fifth of the field sitting on 100/1, a small fortune could be right around the corner. Continue reading “Betting’s Biggest Day – The Grand National”

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Watching your favorite sport at home or in the bar with friends is an exciting and funny way to relax and escape from the jungle of your everyday tasks. However, betting on your favorite sport can add value to this both figuratively and in terms of real money. Online sports betting gives you a chance to take your hobby to a next level and win not only the respect of your friends by showing your in-depth knowledge of the game but also some extra cash to, let’s say, watch your favorites alive next time. The process of online betting is not complicated and there are many good sites out there you can visit but choose wisely. There are six signs that can help you determine whether a particular sports betting and online gambling site is a good one.  Continue reading “6 signs of a good sports betting and online gambling site”

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Over the past few years, more and more people have taken up the hobby of betting on their favorite sports. Football, hockey, and boxing can be fun for spectators, but it is undoubtedly much more thrilling when money is on the line. Unfortunately, it is vital to be realistic and take precautions when attempting to gamble your money. Those that act haphazardly will be much more likely to get into debt or fall prey to a scammer. To begin betting on sports, you will first need to select a good bookie. Not all of them are equal, so you will need to do a little bit of research. Tips to keep you out of harm’s way will be provided below. Continue reading “How To Avoid Getting Scammed When Betting On Sports”

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After a brutal season in English Premier League Aston Villa is making some changes. Currently the week 36 premier league predictions have them on the sharp side of a record breaking streak. It has been widely reported that Aston Villa are on the verge of appointing a new manager and the rumors are that it is going to be Nigel Pearson. It is believed that he is the hot favourite ahead of David Moyes who is also in the running for the head coach role in the West Midlands. Continue reading “Aston Villa is closing in on appointing Nigel Pearson as their new manager”

At the Start

The Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world and although it does not market itself on ‘the race that stops a nation’ like the Melbourne Cup in Australia, it is a race that attracts more interest than any other in the UK. It’s closely followed, many would argue, by some of the infamous Ascot races, like the Brits Champions Day starting in a few weeks. You’ll Find more details on Ascots Champs Day by following the link. Continue reading “What to look for when choosing your Grand National selection?”

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After a torrid start to their Serie A title defence, the 2015/16 is finally looking up for Juventus.

The reigning Scudetto champions won just one of their first six domestic fixtures back in August, and head coach Massimiliano Allegri was coming under fire from supporters as well as scrutiny from the club’s board of directors. Continue reading “Football betting: Keeping Pogba could be the difference for Juve”

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In what has been a turbulent year for Premier League fans, with several of the ‘sure-fire’ teams losing to newcomers like Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester and Chelsea-legend Mourinho getting the boot, it seems that several Bettors and Spread Betting customers are enjoying this more unpredictable start to the season. Comical odds of what a lucky punter would have achieved had they placed a bet on Leicester to win at the start of the season or Jamie Vardy to get the Golden Boot have been doing the rounds on Social media, but several Betting enthusiasts have actually realised these potentials. Continue reading “Take Advantage of Spread Betting”