Even those of you who have no interest in sports will have noticed that everything that has been going on in the last few years has really affected how sports have been played – if it has been played at all. That obviously had a knock on effect on sports betting. If there were no games being played – how could you place a bet?
Well, what you may not know is that esports have become more and more popular recently – and hit a new high during the pandemic. Sportsbooks such as BetOnline made sure that they were still offering their customers betting opportunities – and esports fit the bill.
As you read this site we assume that you know quite a bit about esports. But do you know how to bet on esports – with confidence? Read on to find out how.
Shop Around for a Sportsbook
This tip is especially important if you are new to online betting. That might be because you have little interest in conventional sports – or simply because betting has only just become legal in your location. But, whichever reason it is, make sure that you do your research into the sportsbook you are signing up to.
The good news is that you can sign up with as many sportsbooks as you like anyway. But you should ensure that there is a good range of esports covered – and that there is a variety of betting markets too. Take a look at the odds as well. Even the smallest difference between sportsbooks can have a big effect on your potential winnings.
Bet on Esports that You Play Yourself
You would not expect someone who doesn’t play or watch basketball to have much success on betting on the NBA finals. There are, of course, professional bettors that concentrate on betting more than the sports themselves. But we are talking about a level where you enjoy a bet, rather than depend on the winnings to pay your bills.
If you bet on esports titles that you play yourself, you will be able to use your own expert knowledge to inform your wagers. You know how the games play – and how what is needed to win. After taking a look at who is playing the event you should be able to be more confident in picking a winner.
Check for Promotions and Bonuses
This is another one for the non-traditional sports bettors. Sportsbooks will routinely offer bonuses and promotions to entice new customers to sign up for an account. You need an account to be able to bet, so there is a lot of competition between sportsbooks when it comes to new players – especially in a (relatively) new area like esports.
Don’t be taken in by the first big offer you see though. All these new customer promotions will come with terms and conditions. These are usually fairly straightforward – but just make sure that you know exactly what you have to do to claim and activate the bonus.
Do Your Research on the Players
This tip follows on from betting on what you know. We expect that you know enough about gaming and esports to know at least a little about the players at the top of their game. Combine that with your knowledge of the game in question and you should be able to confidently have a go at predicting how an event might pan out.
Our final tip when it comes to betting on esports is probably the most important. Combining a love of esports and betting should be fun. This is not supposed to be a new career path, or a way of making huge amounts of money easily. Of course, the point is to pick up some winnings – but not at the expense of your mental and physical health.
Make sure that you are betting well within your budget and that you don’t go chasing winnings when you lose. It’s just a bit of fun after all.