Esports Betting When There Are No Big Events

by Mark Perry
on November 23, 2017

Esports fans are a bit spoiled. There is no true off-season in esports, as most games are played year-round. This is a huge difference between esports and traditional sports. In traditional sports, players require significant amounts of time off to recover and to build their body back up to where it needs to be. While esports are incredibly mentally challenging, the brain doesn’t end up as sore as the arms. There is no chance for injury, at least while the game is being played, meaning you’ll never see Amaz laid out with his thumb up like Joe Flacco. There are also no weather concerns in esports. While football will be played even in the snow at times, players would prefer to stay out of it if they could. Baseball players do the same by playing in the spring, while basketball and hockey fill the gaps by using indoor arenas. However, all esports use indoor arenas (for the most part), so the only time weather is a factor is on rare occasions such as power outages.

In turn, esports betting never really stops either – at least not on a yearly basis. See, while they continue year-round, esports events do take place on a sort of calendar. While some major competitions bleed into the weekdays, many major esports events take place on the weekends. In between firing on Friday and closing on Sunday is when the action takes place.

However, esports betters and esports betting websites can’t be shut down four days a week. What, then, can you do Monday through Thursday?

Unlocking Twitch

To understand what you can do when there are no events going on, you need to first understand the full capability of Twitch. As I’m writing this, it is 4 am in my time. At this point, there are 67,000 people currently watching League of Legends, 40,000 watching Hearthstone, and 23,000 watching Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This is empirical evidence that, with no regard for the time of day, someone will be streaming your esport of choice.

For esports betting, Twitch is undoubtedly the strongest resource you will ever have. It’s like an esports college that you can’t fail, can attend when you want to, and don’t even need to apply for. You don’t even need to wear pants. Information is created and consumed in real time. It’s almost a burden; it can be difficult to figure out which information is the most valuable.

How to Get to Carnegie Hall

There’s an old joke that goes, “Do you know how to get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, man, practice.” While the joke is a bit outdated (who knows where Carnegie Hall actually is?), the truth behind the joke remains, and sounds a lot less elementary-school than “practice makes perfect.”

If you are a next-level esports better, an aspiring esports betting pro, then Carnegie Hall is inherently your goal. You can’t hope to bet professionally without hoping for the payday. The costs inherent with betting for a living are too great for a small paycheck to be worth it. So, if Carnegie Hall is the goal, you need to practice.

To get practice in when there are no big events, you need to do two things:

The first is to watch whatever you think is the best esports betting site. They all have their pros and cons, so it is absolutely up to you decide which one (or more) you will actively use. Once you have made your choice of esports betting website, make sure to check in at various times of the day, every day of the week. The book will decide which events you can bet on, and you will learn of many esports betting opportunities through your esports betting website.

The second, if you are looking for bets to be made by yourself, is to keep a very sharp eye on Twitch. As mentioned under the previous header, Twitch streams occur at all times of day. As it becomes a stream of revenue for an increasing number of companies, many small tournament organizers have begun to stream. Several game stores in the United States and Japan have been streaming small Street Fighter II tournaments, which you can easily place bets on, assuming someone else is willing.

What to Do in the Green Room

Additionally, Twitch can be used in parallel. While it is an excellent resource for learning about the game, it can also be a low-stakes book. Think about it like the stock market. If you were going to begin trading, would you blindly purchase $100 worth of stock? No, of course, you wouldn’t. You would take some time and watch the data points, making sure you were making the most intelligent decision possible. Similarly, next-level esports bettors should be doing this whenever possible. The process is simple:

Find a streamer who produces content that is valuable to you.

For example, if you are a Hearthstone player, this might be Brian Kibler.

As the player begins a game, assess the odds. You can do this from the onset, or wait until you have a decent amount of information. In the Hearthstone example, you may wait until the opponent has played enough cards for you to reasonably guess what deck they are playing, or you may make the decision as soon as you’ve seen their hero. From here, you can create odds. If Brian Kibler is playing a Tier 1 deck against an opponent whose rogue brew you just saw on Reddit, you may set the odds at 2:1 in favor of Kibler.

Then place your bet. In the example with Kibler, let’s say you decide that the opponent might get the win because of the off-meta brew. You decide that you will bet $50 on him.

Finally, wait for the outcome, and evaluate in retrospect. Once the game is over, you will know if you made fake money or lost it. With this information, you can look at your thought process in making the bet and determine where you went wrong, or where you went right.

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