Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, AKA CS:GO is one of the leading games in the esports scene. Bookmakers quickly noticed the popularity of the title, and it wasn’t long before bets were being placed. There are a number of important tournaments held throughout the year with prizes sometimes going as high as $1.5 million dollars.
One of the biggest and most popular events of the year is ESL One. Though its prize pool is an average $250,000, winning the title comes with a whole lot of prestige and bragging rights. ESL One is also the first tournament of the newly announced Intel Grand Slam series, which is putting an additional $1 million dollars on the line for the team that wins 4 of the last 10 ten $200,000 CS:GO events. This puts a little bit more on the table, and raises the stakes even higher.
ESL One 2017 is nearly upon us, but there’s still time to place a few bets. It all began with 16 teams facing off in a Swiss system group stage. Followed by a single elimination playoff bracket.
Then, we move on to the quarter-finals and semi-finals, which will be a best of three format before the Grand Final, where it comes down to a best of five throwdown.
They’re playing at the Lanxess-Arena in Cologne, Germany for a prize pool of $250,000, as well as the highly coveted Champion title.
Who is Playing
As previously mentioned there are 16 teams starting out:
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Virtus.pro, SK Gaming, FaZe, Fnatic and Natus Vincere all automatically qualified while the others fought for their positions back in April at the qualifiers.
SK Gaming is favored to win, however, the margin isn’t by much. SK Gaming, FaZe, G2, North and mouz are all very close together. With that in mind lets take a look at what the odds are:
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Other Betting Options
Betting on the overall winner isn’t the only way you can bet on ESL One this year. In fact, there are a number of different options.
First, you can bet on the region where the winner is from. There are three different regions that the teams will be coming from—North America, Europe and China. The odds for which are set at:
North America: 3.50
Betting on who will reach the final is another alternative. For this, you only have to correctly bet on who will be in the grand finals. In this case, it doesn’t matter which team wins.
As mentioned previously, there isn’t a whole lot between the top three. SK is currently the best team in the world, but such a challenge could really push FaZe and G2. With it being the first event under the Intel Grand Slam, it will certainly be weighing on the minds of players and make the competition more fierce than ever.
With that in mind, I have to put G2 in third.
It’ll be a tough fight if FaZe and SK go head to head, and while FaZe is perfectly capable of taking the win, I think it will go to SK. They’ve had a fantastic record recently, and I don’t think they’ll be giving it up easily.
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