E-sports betting has been one of the latest innovations on major online betting sites. Do not confuse Dota 2 in-game betting to online real money betting, as you can bet items inside the game, and we are talking about real hardcore gambling during live tournaments for Dota 2.
William Hill is one of the very few online bookies offering this type of option for Dota 2, League of Legends, Starcraft 2 and Counter Strike. For more details about these online game tournaments and standings, you can check E-sports betting markets at William Hill. Whatever game is available to bet on depends if there is a major tournament around the corner, here is a list of them:
Dota 2 Tournaments:
Dota 2 is probably the e-sport game you can bet on most often on sites like William Hill, both the Eastern and Western scenes:
- International Qualifiers
- Regional Tournaments, I-league in China
- The Summit
- International 2017 (T17)
- Kiev Major 2017
Top Dota 2 Teams to Bet On
- Evil Geniuses
- LGD Gaming
- Invictus Gaming
League of Legends Tournaments:
- LCS (EU LCS/NA LCS), for each yearly edition
- World Championship (LoL Worlds)
Starcraft 2 Tournaments:
- Pro League
In-Play Betting for Dota 2
Most of the betting options available will be basic straight bets on which team will be the final winner.
William Hill does offer what is known as in-play betting or live betting during major events, which means you can wait for the battle to begin and enter a bet in between stages when you have a better picture of who might actually win. The odds will shift with every major outcome, so this is a nice option if you prefer to watch the entire battle unfold. In-play betting has been offered on the BO3/BO5 format.
Dota 2 Betting in the United States
In 2016 William Hill made a major acquisition of sportsbooks all around Las Vegas, and the very first American e-sports betting for Dota 2 were offered that same year for the IEM Oakland 2016. For the moment only players that find themselves in Nevada can legally bet on e-sports through William Hill owned subsidiaries.
Betting Tips for Dota 2 Events
One of the most active forums for Dota 2 betting has been in Reddit were fans constantly publish their picks and tips for free with their own insights and analysis. The thread line is fairly active and professional – https://www.reddit.com/r/Dota2Betting/.
About Dota 2
Dota (Defense of the Ancients) is one of the most popular online strategy games that has survived since the times of Age of Empires and the early beginnings of War of Warcraft. The game is ridiculously popular in Asia were flocks of young teenagers spend their daily hours mastering the game and strategy in the hopes of hitting the professional scene where they can win from thousands of dollars to millions after winning major events around the world.
The basic goal of the game is to destroy the enemy construction called the Ancient, located inside a base. The base will be protected by towers. Players are split into two teams of 5 players (the Radiant and the Dire). Players control Heroes, special units and armies, each with unique abilities and powers. Players can increase their character stats by earning experience points or by the purchase of items.
Dota 2 remains the most played e-sport from the Steam platform since its launch in 2011. It features a large prize pool with tournaments giving out over $18million in prize money and rising. Aside from the avid players involved, Dota 2 boasts a large viewer base that enjoys to watch the online tournaments unfold through online streaming.
Since 2015 the developing company, Valve, started smaller size tournaments to maintain a constant engagement amongst professional players, called The Majors. Each year 3 Major are celebrated in different regions. The winners of the Majors move on to The International.
But these are not the only tournaments surrounding Dota 2. Other big ones are ASUS ROG DreamLeague, The Summit, SL i-League StarSeries, ESL One events and the Dota Pit League.
The International is the maximum event were only the very best teams meet until only one stands as that year’s champion. The prize pool is ridiculously high, over $18million since 2015 and staged in Seattle, USA.