It is not an understatement to say that the popularity of esports betting is, in a large way, down to the popularity of League of Legends. Not only is it one of the most played games in the world, but the size of the events also make it the biggest when it comes to betting too.
That popularity has spurred other esports titles on – giving us the wide range of esports betting opportunities we have today. Once California betting apps become fully regulated, there will be even more gamers and fans exploring the markets to find their LoL wager. But how exactly do you bet on League of Legends?
Types of Bet
As you are reading this site we will assume that you know all about the game itself. It has millions of players worldwide, so we will take it that you are either a regular gamer or know the main details of LoL. We are looking at how you bet on League of Legends as an esport.
One of the reasons why the top esports titles attract so much betting activity – from experts and novices alike – is that the markets are remarkably similar to those used for the more ‘traditional’ sports. That is definitely the case with LoL and the easiest bet to understand is the classic moneyline market.
This is simply predicting which side will win. For complete beginners, you should know that this is usually on a best of three basis. As we said, even bettors with knowledge of LoL would be able to confidently place this bet, as the odds would give away which is the better side.
There are also totals and spread bets available that follow the traditional sport route. This will either be the spread on how many games or whether a game will go further than two rounds (for example) in a totals bet. These don’t require too much knowledge and expertise of the game – although we would always recommend betting on what you know.
But it is the more in-depth betting options that we enjoy as esports and gaming fanatics. These tend to have better odds attached as they are more specific and you need to know more about the game and players before making your selections.
A map bet is good when you know the individuals and teams involved, as you can make your predictions knowing how well they do in certain arenas. Betting on which team will win map 1, 2, or 3 benefits fans and bettors who know whether a team is used to getting off to good starts or not.
Prop bets are always good value too. If you like to bet on how long the national anthem will take to be sung at the Super Bowl each year you will already know the enjoyment derived from placing a prop bet. League of Legends, like most esports, offers plenty of opportunities to place a prop bet or two.
First blood bet
The first blood bet is always a popular one. It is probably the simplicity of the wager that we like – just choose one team or the other to get to the best possible start. But you can also bet on who will get to ten kills first, or who will destroy a tower first. These kinds of bets can keep even the most boring of LoL games interesting, as you place bets throughout the game as part of a live betting feature.
Major League of Legends Events
As with traditional sports, there is also the chance to place a futures bet on who will win an event or championship. The good news for League of Legends betting fans is that there are hundreds of events to choose from.
Regional championships are good if you are particularly knowledgeable about local players, while the Mid-Seasonal Invitational always offers markets for some of the best players on the planet. But if you really want to bet on the elite of the game, you should get ready for the League of Legends World Championship. This is the most high-profile event and all good sportsbooks will offer betting markets. The coverage of this event will show you just how big League of Legends esports betting has got.