CS:GO is one of the most enjoyable and popular video games in the world. In recent years, it has been elevated to a professional esport game, giving rise to the popularity of CSGO esports betting. While the game is notorious for CS:GO skin betting, there are also a number of legit, licensed CS:GO betting sites, where you can bet on odds for a chance at esports real money betting.
In this article we will explain how to best make accurate CSGO betting predictions, and how to choose the best CS:GO betting sites.
Best CSGO Betting Sites
CS:GO is a complex game, where team dynamics, strategy, as well as reflexes play a huge role. It is widely popular among players, spectators as well as bettors. When you sign up to any esports betting site, you will probably see CSGO betting as the most prominent option. There are various forms of CS:GO bets you can choose from, of which we'll give a brief overview of the most popular below.
CS:GO Team Betting
One of the most popular CS:GO bets is predicting which of 2 teams will win the round. To this, you can add handicaps, round scores, and more.
|Match lines||Bet which team will win the match.|
|Map lines||Bet which team will win the map.|
|Round lines||Bet on who will win the most rounds, with a + or – handicap|
CS:GO Match Betting
CS:GO Match Betting has plenty of prop bets, and detailed bets on in-game events or stats. Bet365 has some of the most detailed betting options. CS:GO betting markets include:
|Match Handicap||Bet that a team would win with the benefit of an extra round.|
|Correct map score||Predict the correct score for a map.|
|Total team rounds||Bet over / under on the number of rounds a team will win.|
|To win at least one map||Bet on whether a team will win at least 1 map.|
CS:GO Map Betting
You can also find more detailed CS:GO game betting with map betting. Here, you will find bets divided per map, including various over/unders, exact predictions, and handicaps.
|Race to # rounds||Bet which team will win # rounds first.|
|Total kills||Bet an over/under on the total kills.|
|Alternative total rounds||Bet an over/under on alternative total rounds.|
|Round 1 winner||Bet who will win round 1.|
|Most clutches won||Bet on which team will get the most clutches.|
|Correct score round||Predict the correct score for each map.|
Understanding CS:GO Betting Odds
CSGO betting lines work the same as any other set of odds. As with other types of esports bets, bookies let you choose between American, Decimal, and Fractional Odds.
- Decimal Odds: Decimal odds the easiest kinds of odds to understand, and are most commonly used in Europe. They show you what multiple of your stake your payout will be.
- American Odds: American Odds are most common in the Americas. This format show you how much you will win if you lay down $100 (plus odds), or how much you have to lay down order to win $100 (minus odds).
- Fractional Odds (UK Odds): Fractional odds are easy to understand, though you may have to make more calculations in your head. These are mostly used in the UK and Ireland. The right part of the fraction is your wager, and the left part is the return on that wager.
Making Sense of CS:GO Betting Lines
Bookies set CS:GO betting lines the same way they make lines for any other sport – they decide what the chances are for each team to win based on previous data. At the same time, these lines are influenced by the bettors themselves.
As bookies see more money coming in on one side, they will often move the lines to make sure they balance their books. Because of this, the CS:GO betting lines you see at many bookies may no longer accurately reflect the true probability, meaning they could offer excellent value.
Often, betting on stats and over/unders is a lot easier to predict than who will actually win, so make sure not to neglect these markets in your overall betting strategy.
The Biggest CS:GO Tournaments / CSGO Majors
CS:GO Major Championships (or Majors) are the most prestigious CS:GO competitions, with a total prize pool of $1,000,000. They have been sponsored by Valve since 2013. There are of course plenty of other important events, such as IEM, Blast Premier, Eleague and more.
The biggest CS:GO tournaments in 2021
While the 2020 Major was cancelled, 2021 saw just one Major tournament, the PGL Major Stockholm 2021, $2,000,000 won by Natus Vincere, with G2 Esports as runner up. Meanwhile, we saw the return of BLAST Premier and IEM.
|BLAST Premier World Final 2021||Dec 14th – Dec 19th 2021||Natus Vincere||$500,000|
|IEM Winter 2021||Dec 2nd – Dec 12th 2021||Vitality||$100,000|
|BLAST Premier Fall Final 2021||Nov 24th – Nov 28th 2021||Natus Vincere||$225,000|
|V4 Future Sports Festival 2021||Nov 17th – Nov 21st 2021||Gambit||$171,770|
|PGL Major Stockholm 2021||Oct 30th – Nov 7th 2021||Natus Vincere||$1,000,000|
|IEM Fall 2021 Europe||Sep 29th – Oct 10th 2021||NIP||$27,500|
|IEM Cologne 2021||Jul 8th – Jul 18th 2021||Natus Vincere||$400,000|
CS:GO Tournaments to look forward to in 2022
2022 sees CSGO returning to a more normal schedule of LAN event. IEM Katowice will kick off the year in February, with IEMs in Dallas, Cologne and China as well. Meanwhile we see the return of ESL, with seasons 16 and 17 both kicking off in 2022. BLAST Premier has yet to announce dates for 2022.
|IEM Katowice 2022||Feb 17th – Feb 27th 2022||$972,000||16||Katowice, Poland|
|LAN Sweet LAN||Apr 1st 2022||$250,000||16||Belgrade, Serbia|
|IEM Dallas 2022||May 31st – Jun 5th 2022||TBA||TBA||Dallas, TX, United States|
|IEM Cologne 2022||Jul 5th – Jul 17th 2022||TBA||TBA||Cologne, Germany|
|ESL Pro League Season 16||Aug 31st – Oct 2nd 2022||TBA||TBA||Europe|
|IEM China 2022||Dec 6th – Dec 11th 2022||TBA||TBA||China|
|Blast PREMIER World Final||Dec 2022||TBA||12||TBA|
An Overview of Popular CSGO Tournaments
ELEAGUE is responsible for many major esports tournaments, including FIFA, Call of Duty, Rocket League, and more. Originally, the league was broadcast on US television showing championships for CS:GO, while games like Streetfighter and Rocket League were added in later on. These days, you can watch their events on Twitch, Youtube and Betway. The 2019 Invitational was won by Faze Clan, who also won the Premier in 2017. So far, only smaller online tournaments have been announced in 2022.
A look back at ELEAGUE's CS:GO History from Season 1 to the Boston Major. What was your favorite moment?
— ELEAGUE (@ELEAGUETV) September 6, 2018
The PGL (Professional Gamers League) is one of the oldest esports leagues. It was formed back in 1997 for (now classic) games like StarCraft, Command & Conquer Red Alert, and Quake. These days, it hosts competitions for various esports, including Quake Pro, DOTA 2, FIFA and Counterstrike. They organise various tournaments for CS:GO, including the PGL Major, various minor championships, the BLAST Pro series, Perfect World and more. The PGL Major Stockholm 2021 was won by Natus Vincere, who went home with the $1,000,000 main prize. Dates have yet to be set in 2022.
🗳️We are proud that a @CSGO event is nominated for the ‘best esports event' category: PGL Major Stockholm 2021.
🔥You broke the viewership record. You can do it again.
— PGL (@pglesports) November 16, 2021
DreamHack and ESL
Dreamhack Masters is an online regional championship that sees teams duke it out for a slice of the $250,000 prize pool. The competition has a division for Europe, North America, Oceania, and Asia, with Virtus.pro declared the winner of their former major event.
Then there’s the ESL Pro Tour which combines both ESL and DreamHack tournaments, giving players from both an opportunity to compete for major prizes. Teams from both will gain ESL Pro Tour points, allowing them to compete in the EPT Championships. The best teams from ESL Pro Tour will then go on to compete in the IEM. Look forward to seasons 16 and 17 in 2022.
They won the first two #DHOpen and they win the LAST one too 🎉🎉🎉
Congratulations!! gg wp 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/GLtYjJXChD
— DreamHack Counter-Strike (@DreamHackCSGO) November 14, 2021
The Intel Extreme Masters, (IEM in short), is one of the biggest CS:GO events in the world, both in terms of prize money and viewership. It takes place every year in the Polish city of Katowice. This invitational sees 24 of the best teams in the world battle to grab a share of the 1,000,000 USD prize money. Teams must compete for points in the ESL pro tour for a chance to take part in this event.
Natus Vincere were crowned champions of IEM Katowice 2020, and they also claimed the first place in IEM Cologne 2021. IEM Winter 2021 was won by Vitality, while NIP managed to claim victory in IEM Fall 2021 Europe.
Look forward to IEM Katowice 2022 from Feb 17th to Feb 27th 2022. For more information, head over to our guide on IEM Katowice 2022 Betting.
See you in 🇵🇱 from February 15th-27th! 👏
— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) December 12, 2021
FACEIT, ECS and Flashpoint
FACEIT is a third-party platform for CS:GO servers. They host tournaments for CS:GO as well as other esports titles.
ECS, one of FACEIT’s events, has offered some of the biggest prizes in all of professional esports, with a total prize pool of 500,000 USD for each of their 2019 London (won by Team Vitality) and Arlington USA (won by Astralis) events, though it is unclear if this tournament will continue in the future.
For 2022, FACEIT will be organizing Flashpoint with a new tournament structure, in conjunction with co-owning teams Cloud9, MIBR, Dignitas, Gen.G, c0ntact Gaming, MAD Lions, Envy Gaming and FunPlus Phoenix. Open Qualifiers run from, April 13 to April 25, Closed Qualifiers from April 27 to April 30, and the Main Event from May 10 to May 30.
BLAST Premier is one of newest CS:GO leagues, launched in 2020. Still, it has been one of the regular CS:GO esports events, with group stages, showdowns and a final for spring and fall, leading to the Global final in January. Denmark’s Astralis won the 2020 Global Final, beating Evil Geniuses. The final had a 1,000,000 USD total prize pool, with Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev as MVP.
The 2021 edition had a $500,000 prize pool with an event for 2022 yet to be announced. Russia’s NAVI, the best CSGO team in 2021 took the cake. Even though they were pushed to the lower bracket after losing their first match against 2 – 1 against Team Liquid. They first beat Heroic 2 -0, then had a close 2- 1 over G2, before revenging against Team Liquid, beating Vitality, and finally claiming the title over Gambit. Watch Blastpremier on their Youtube or Twitch channel, or live on Betway.
Top CS:GO Teams 2021
- Natus Vincere
(Updated 15 December 2021)
Ukraine‘s Natus Vincere (often abbreviated to NaVi or NAVI) is one of the most successful teams from Eastern Europe and in the world. The name means “born to win” in Latin, and the team has indeed enjoyed plenty of successes in past years, dating back to their formation in 2009. The team managed to win the BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020 (early 2021), and Intel Extreme Masters XIV – World Championship in 2020. In 2021 they won BLAST Premier Fall Final, PGL Major Stockholm and IEM Cologne.
Best Esports Athlete: s1mple 🏆
Best Esports Team: Natus Vincere 🏆
Well deserved, looking forward to seeing you push the limits even further in 2022 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Enm63WAYPs
— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) December 10, 2021
France’s Vitality won the BLAST Premier: Fall 2020 and the Intel Extreme Masters XV – Beijing Online: Europe in 2020. They also placed second at BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals. The team managed to earn USD 621,000 from 16 tournaments in 2020. In 2021 they won Intel Extreme Masters XVI – Winter, while placing second in both BLAST Premier: Fall Finals and ESL Pro League Season 14. Read more about esports betting in France here.
Our CS:GO year ends here with a 3rd place finish at the #BLASTWorldFinal
A chapter in CS:GO history to remember
— Team Vitality (@TeamVitality) December 19, 2021
European esports organisation G2 Esports is the third best team in 2021. After a quiet 2020 season, G2 finished second in PGL Major Stockholm 2021 and Intel Extreme Masters XVI – Cologne 2021. This year also saw some roster changes, with kennyS benched in favour of JaCkz. Meanwhile Swani stepped to replace maLeK in as interim coach. Meanwhile they are doing well in the BLAST Premier.
Ending the year as we started it – getting banged out by Na'Vi 🥲
— G2 Esports (@G2esports) December 17, 2021
Russia’s Gambit Esports is the fourth ranked CSGO team in 2021. They won V4 Future Sports Festival – Budapest, BLAST Premier: Spring Finals, and Intel Extreme Masters XVI – Summer, while placing 3rd -4th in PGL Major Stockholm 2021. Meanwhile F_1N resumed his role as coach, after his ESIC ban expired.
— Gambit Esports (@GambitEsports) December 23, 2021
Sweden’s NIP (Ninjas in Pyjamas) is the fifth best CSGO squad in 2021. They managed to acquire Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz in April 2021 in a historic transfer. The reinvigorated squad went on to win the IEM Fall 2021 Europe and made it to the quarter final in PGL Major Stockholm 2021.
Last tournament of 2021.
— Ninjas in Pyjamas (@NIP) December 14, 2021
The Best CS:GO Players All Time
Many CS:GO players have achieved a small level of celebrity, and won millions in prize money, on top of money gained from endorsements and sponsorships. Some of the best players of all time, and a few recent greats include:
Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is a Ukranian CS:GO player for Natus Vincere. He usually takes the role of AWPer. While he may not be the top earning player of all time yet, he has won 19 19 HLTV MVP medals, along with a Major and a grand slam. In 2021, he led his team to victory in BLAST Premier World Final, BLAST Premier Fall Final, PGL Major Stockholm, and IEM Cologne.
I kept my word, I won the Major with the best organization in the world and the best people I have ever played with, thank you all for your support, this is the best thing that happened to me #navination #PGLMajor #Champs pic.twitter.com/ngSyRSz464
— Sasha (@s1mpleO) November 7, 2021
Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut
21 year old Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut is one of the best French CSGO players. He plays for Team Vitality in the role of AWPer. He was ranked best player by HLTV in 2020, while in 20221 he lead his team to the third place in BLAST Premier: World Final, second place in BLAST Premier: Fall Finals, and first place in Intel Extreme Masters XVI – Winter.
Marcelo “Coldzera” David
Marcelo “Coldzera” David is a 26-year-old player from Brazil who currently plays for Complexity Gaming. He won his first major prize at MLG Columbus 2016 ($500,000 for the team, with $100,000 as his share). He was voted best player of the year in 2016 and 2017 by HLTV.org, and has been voted MVP for 8 different tournaments, including 2 Majors.
Marcelo “coldzera” David is no longer in discussions to join the Brazilian CS:GO reunion dubbed Last Dance.https://t.co/wCIq2eKbtT
— Dot Esports (@DotEsports) November 27, 2021
Richard “shox” Papillon
Richard “shox” Papillon is another Counter-Strike OG, with a career dating back to 2006. This French professional is considered one of the best players in Global Offensive history, often featuring in HLTV top 20 players and frequently voted an MVP. He has a career prize money totalling USD 487,820.89.
— Richard Papillon (@shoxCSGO) December 12, 2021
Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson
Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer is widely regarded as one of the best CS:GO players in history. He has played for H2k, Absolute Legends, LGB eSports, Fnatic, and most recently FaZe Clan, with which he won 10 events including: ESL One: New York 2017, Epicenter 2018 and Blast Pro Series Copenhagen 2019. He also reached the final of ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018. Recently, however, he announced a break from FaZe and CS:GO.
Great stuff! 👏 https://t.co/mxLL4iieHy
— olofmeister (@olofmeister) September 2, 2021
Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz
Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz is an AWPer for NIP, formerly for Astralis. This all-time great has been playing consistently and at a very high level since 2014. He is one of the first (along with three of his teammates) players to win 4 majors in CS:GO, and also the first to win 3 majors in a row. He has earned approximately USD $1,921,931.54 from 130 tournaments, making him one of the highest grossing players ever. However, is recently decided to take a breack, citing “mental health” issues. We hope to see him return to active competition soon.
— Nicolai Reedtz (@dev1ce) May 11, 2021
Top Earning CSGO Players all time
|Rank||Nationality||Player ID||Player Name||Total Esports Winnings|
|7||Russian Federation||electroNic||Denis Sharipov||$1,271,975.33|
|8||United States||Stewie2k||Jakey Yip||$1,173,840.00|
|10||Brazil||TACO||Epitácio de Melo||$1,085,086.48|
CS:GO Betting Tips – Make Accurate CS:GO Betting Predictions
CS:GO esports betting can be a serious challenge. Therefore, we've gathered a few useful pointers that should help you make CS:GO betting predictions more easily!
Here are our top 5 CS:GO betting tips:
Watch the Pros!
The best way to understand CS:GO – or any other esport, for that matter – is to follow esports streams and watch games being played. There are plenty of channels that allow to do so, such as:
- Betway: Betway broadcasts almost all CS:GO matches live on its website; all you need to do is sign in with a free account to watch all of them. Read our full Betway review here.
- Twitch: Twitch has a multitude of streamers and channels through which you can watch the pros playing CS:GO. Watch and learn to improve your betting strategy!
Remember the Meta
Even though CS:GO has been around in some form since the early 2000s, the game is constantly evolving. Game updates or patches will often change game dynamics, and this can affect game strategy as well. At the same time, pro teams are constantly developing new and improved tactics to deal with increasingly skilled foes. Because of all this, be sure to always read up on the latest CS:GO meta (most effective tactics available) to keep your game knowledge up-to-date.
The bookies use stats to decide their odds, meaning it is usually a good idea to consult these stats yourself. This will help you get a better understanding of how a team or player is likely to perform, and can help you decide value and pick winners.
- csgostats.gg shows detailed stats for the ESL Pro League, as well as most other pro competitions. You can also track your own CS:GO stats and get ranked yourself.
- csgo-stats.com offers stats for any Steam ID, match sharecode, Steam profile link, or custom username. You will also find Pro Stats for a number of players.
Get to Know Tournament Structures, Teams and Players
This may seem obvious, but it is very important to know the structure of the tournaments on which you are betting. Learn which players will be playing on each team, their individual stats, strengths and weaknesses. Track the latest results and stats for each team and player and follow their social media.
Keep in Touch with the CS:GO Community
CS:GO has a very fervent betting community where you can find useful tips and predictions. One of the best forums online is the CS:GO betting subreddit. It contains a daily bet thread where you can see pros making their picks. There are also plenty of CS:GO communities on Discord you can join.
Bonus tip: Always Keep Betting Fundamentals in Mind!
There are three fundamental principles that apply to all bets:
1. Look for value
It is impossible to always predict a winner, and not all odds offered by bookies have value. Even if you agree with the bookie on who will likely win, the odds offered might not be worth the risk. The trick is to look for bets with more value, meaning you see an outcome even more likely than what the bookie odds imply.
2. Manage your bankroll
If you have a finite budget for betting and you wager it all on a single bet, you will have no budget left to win back your losses. The best strategy here is to divide your budget into 100 units and wager no more than 5 units per bet.
3. Spread your risk
This ties in to the previous two points. There is no guarantee you will win all of your bets, or even most of them. The only way to make a profit is to win more money than you lose. You do this by choosing value consistently.
CS:GO Skin Betting
CS:GO skin betting has a dubious reputation. As players can trade or sell their skins on sites like Skincoin, CS:GO betting with skins is available on sites like Gamdom, csgo500.com, and CSGO Lounge. These sites will offer CSGO betting free coins, and let you bet your CS skins on games like roulette, slots, crash, hilo, Tradeup or CSGO games. A few even accept real money or Bitcoins as well, though most only offer a chance to win Bux and skins. Note that CSGO skins can be later wagered using CSGO coinflip.
The Most Popular CS:GO Betting Sites Reviewed
Thanks to the game's popularity, millions of people now watch professional CS:GO esports competitions – and, naturally, this means that many want to bet on them, too. We've compiled few of the best CS:GO esports betting sites below, which all boast stellar reputations and are licensed by the proper authorities, meaning that they're completely safe to bet with.
bet365 has been recognised time and time again as one of the best betting sites in the world. On top of their sportsbook, poker and casino products, they also offer odds on most major esports competitions. You can bet on LoL, Dota 2, Rocket League, StarCraft among others on their site. bet365's CS:GO offerings include tournaments like cs_summit, Dreamhack Open, ESEA Premier, IEM and more. You can also bet on Map markets, Game markets, Lines, and Outrights. Feel welcome to check our full bet365 esports review here.
New players will get up to €/£/$ 50 extra in Bet Credits for their first deposit!
Betway is one of the major options for many when it comes to CS:GO betting. The site allows you to bet on most CS:GO events, including ELEAGUE, PGL, Dreamhack, FACEIT, ECS, and many more. They're even one of the main sponsors of ESL, so you can be sure they know which events CS:GO bettors enjoy. Moreover, you can watch many competitions and do esports live betting on their site, with their betting options displayed in way that gives a great overview of what's going on. Don't miss out on our article on Betway esports here.
Betway offers a $/€/£ 30 free bet for all new players, and has an exclusive $/€/£ 10 weekly free bet club for esports.
GG.Bet is a specialised esports betting site, offering odds on the widest selection of esports available, including Dota 2, LoL and CS:GO. You can also bet on smaller titles, such as Rainbow Six Siege, King of Glory, Overwatch, StarCraft II and Valorant. Their selection of CS:GO bets is very advanced, offering even more events than most other professional bookies. Read our full GGbet esports review here.
New players can claim a 100% deposit bonus up to €200, while the site has plenty of other regular promos, such as cashbacks, deposit bonuses, and more.
CS:GO Betting FAQs
Where can I bet on CSGO games?
There are plenty of betting options for CS:GO, but we would recommend Betway, bet365, or GG.Bet as the very best.
Is CS:GO Gambling legal?
That depends where you live. In many countries, states or territories, online betting on sports or esports is legal and regulated, whereas in some countries, there are no specific laws to regulate online betting.
How can I bet on CS:GO?
To place a CS:GO bet, head to a bookie that offers odds on the game, create an account, and select which type bet you wish to place. We recommend Betway, bet365, or GG.Bet.
Which CS:GO player has the most esports earnings?
Denmark’s “dupreeh” Peter Rasmussen is currently the highest earning CSGO player, with a total of $1,937,581.07 winnings from tournaments alone.
What is the best team in CS:GO 2021?
The best CSGO team in 2021 is Ukraine‘s Natus Vincere, with a total of 1,000 points, according to the rankings on HLTV. They managed to win BLAST Premier Fall Final, PGL Major Stockholm and IEM Cologne.
Esports-Betting.Pro: Our verdict on CSGO betting
In terms of esports betting, CSGO is probably one of the most established games. There are plenty of tournaments and even most mainstream bookies have begun offering CSGO odds, with a wide selection of markets. That being said, it is always best to find the best odds available along with the best promos for better value. Check our table above for the best options.