CS:GO betting basics
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or CS:GO, is a first-person shooting game played in teams. Betting here is similar to a normal sports betting game. There are two teams in the game, and you can bet on different outcomes – for example, which team will win, which team will win a certain round, how many opponents a team will shoot, and so on. We’ve put together some basic principles that every new CS:GO player can keep in mind.
When playing, it does not make sense to bet on the team that is the popular winner, but to try to find a team that has a lower chance of winning. This is difficult, but important if you want to get lucky in online sports betting. It is important to familiarise yourself with the game and the teams before placing bets. For example, Team A may seem tempting because it often wins tournaments, but it may not be so successful in the case of a single round or in the case of a particular style of play of Team B.
There are four different betting options in CS:GO – pre-game betting, real-time betting, betting on the final result and fantasy betting. Pre-game betting is an “either… or” type of betting, as only one team can win, there can be no ties. Special bets are also available, for example on the total number of rounds, whether there will be an even or odd number of rounds. Real-time betting takes place as the game progresses and can be very lucrative. In the case of fantasy betting, it is possible to create your ideal team of 5 players. The choice is limited by the salary cap, so it is not possible to attract the best players.
Sports betting uses odds, which express probability and are essentially multipliers. It is the probability of one team or the other winning, as determined by the prediction site. The odds are set by the casino and the best bets can be made if the tipster is betting that the chance of either team winning is actually greater than the odds set.
There are three ways in which odds are expressed – as decimals, fractions and implied probabilities. Most commonly, odds are expressed as decimals. The logic is as follows: if, for example, €5 is wagered and the odds are 2.11, then the amount won if the bet is won is 5 x 2.11 = €10.55. Fractions are mainly used in equestrian sports. The denominator of a fraction indicates the size of the bet and the numerator the amount of the potential winnings. The implied probability shows the probability of the bet winning and is mainly used to calculate risk.