A beginner’s guide to CS:GO betting

What is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive?

How do you bet on CS:GO?

CS:GO betting: Important things to remember

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has reinforced the franchises’ position as one of the most important eSports games of the last decade. Its popularity has also seen a huge growth in CS:GO betting, but if you are one of those eSports fans that is new to the idea of betting on CS:GO, this introduction to CS:GO betting is a great place to start.

What is CS:GO?

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) that revolves around the battle between two teams, the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. The match is played over 15 rounds a half, with the first team to reach 16 rounds (unless in overtime) winning the match.

In order to win a round (and earn a point) a team must eliminate every member of the opposing team and/or complete separate Map objectives.

Terrorists must plant an explosive and make sure it detonates before the time runs out, while the Counter-Terrorists have to prevent the explosive from ever being planted, defuse it if it is planted or have the time run out before the Terrorists complete their objectives.

Brief history of CS:GO

Counter-Strike was created in 1999 as a mod for the popular FPS game Half-Life - it was created by two students called Minh Le and Jess Cliffe. It was free to download upon release, with them expecting it to not gain much popularity. To their surprise, the mod proved to be an instant hit, and not long after, Valve purchased the game’s intellectual property rights.

The game was followed up with Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, which was developed by Turtle Rock Studios and was released in 2004. The same year, Valve also released Counter-Strike: Source, which was a remake of the original game, with updated animations and graphics. It was also the first in the series to use Valve’s Source Engine.

While a team can be an underdog to win the overall match, their strong performance on a particular Map can make them considerable favourites for betting on that particular Map.

During this period, the eSports scenes were split between the original Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Source, with both being big games in their own right. A clever move came in 2012 by Valve, when they released Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The aim was to unify both scenes for the first time - CS:GO was developed by Hidden Path Entertainment, who had previously worked on Counter-Strike: Source post-release. The game was met with cautious optimism when it was released, but with Valve updating the game regularly, it grew larger in popularity.

Perhaps the biggest turn in popularity came after the Arms Deal update from August 2013. It added skins for players to acquire and use on their weapons. The update proved to be incredibly popular, and with the Steam platform enabling people to trade and bet their skins, a whole host of new players picked up the game.

The eSports scene continued to grow, with lots of large competitions emerging (FACEIT, ECS, ELEAGUE and the ESL Pro League). The most prestigious tournament is the CS:GO Major, which is run by Valve and in the past had record breaking viewing numbers on twitch, with a $1 million prize pool

Who are the best teams or players?

As you can imagine, the top players and teams fluctuate a lot in a game such as this. Saying that though, the best two teams at the time of writing are Astralis* and SK*.

Other teams of note include FaZe*, who have a roster of five different nationalities, making them unique from all the top tier sides. Their star player, is NiKO*, a Bosnian who has immense skill. He did not join up with FaZe that long ago, so this roster is for sure one that will keep improving and we have not seen their peak yet.

A newly formed roster of the best French players will be looking to make their mark over the coming months, so G2* is for sure a roster to keep an eye on.

Any team that has shox and kennyS is a team that you should watch closely. They need to improve their teamwork a bit as some of the guys have not played together before but their skill level is high enough to rival anyone in the world.

How do you bet on CS:GO?

Given the game’s structure, CS:GO betting is in essence no different to mainstream team-based sports betting. Team A plays Team B in win-lose-draw scenarios, so the betting works in the same way.

While most top teams have strong line-ups in terms of individual talent, the best teams excel in communication which leads to stronger team-play.

You can bet on the result (who will win the match-up) – this is known as the Money Line. The odds on offer reflect the perceived strength of the team based on their historical win-loss record and situational factors. Your payout is simply your stake multiplied by the odds.

Because a match is made up of individual Maps, you can also bet on the winner of each Map as well as the overall match winner. Because Maps vary and teams are stronger on some Maps than others, the odds for betting on CS:GO maps may not always reflect the odds of winning the whole match.

As well as betting on the winner of the match-up, Pinnacle also offers Handicap betting. This adjusts odds for perceived imbalances in abilities. It works by giving the weaker team a certain number of Maps or rounds head-start, with the favoured team handicapped by the same number of Maps or rounds. So a handicap can look like either of these:

Team Handicap Odds
Binary Dragons -1.5 2.380
ex-Outlaws +1.5 1.591

What CS:GO tournaments are offered for betting?

Pinnacle offers CS:GO betting for all the major CS:GO tournaments such as PGL Major, ESL One, Dreamhack, SLTV StarSeries, FACEIT, ESEA seasons, ECS and ELEAGUE. Regular online and offline events are also available to bet on, and it is at this level where serious CS:GO followers can get an edge in the betting.

You can view Pinnacle’s eSports event schedule to keep up-to-date with the latest events.

CS:GO betting: Important things to remember

As with most multiplayer titles, the key to success in CS:GO relies on both a mix of individual skill and team play. While most top teams have strong line-ups in terms of individual talent, the best teams excel in communication which leads to stronger team-play.

Another unique aspect of CS:GO that can’t be found in the other popular multiplayer titles, say Dota 2 or League of Legends, is the introduction of Maps and a team’s mastery of them. While a team can be an underdog to win the overall match (reflected by Money Line odds), their strong performance on a particular Map can make them considerable favourites for betting on that particular Map.

With each team only given one Map veto in a Best of three match before their opponent can pick a map, knowledge of a team’s weaker maps can prove to be especially profitable.

If this introduction to CS:GO betting has got you excited to try and use your knowledge of the game to win money, you can bet with the best CS:GO odds online at Pinnacle.