Betfair - Esports Betting

The largest international betting exchange Betfair/Betfair appeared on the betting market in 1999. It follows modern trends, going far beyond sports betting. On the exchange, you can play casinos, Live casinos, poker, bingo, slots and virtual games. Betfair also offers betting on esports, one of the fastest growing sports disciplines.

Betfair eSports
Betfair eSports
Section "Virtual Sports" 

For virtual sports, Betfair has a separate section of the same name. It is located in the yellow "header" of the official website at the end of the strip with the main gaming sections.

In the mobile version of the portal and the Betfair app for Android and iOS devices, esports is located in two places:

  • in the strip with the main gaming sections under the yellow "cap" - the section "E-Sport";
  • in the menu (AZ) pinned at the bottom of the main screen.

In addition to eSports, the Virtual Sports section features horse racing and greyhound racing. Apparently, the exchange decided to popularize these disciplines by placing them rather intrusively along with the rapidly developing esports.

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Among the virtual disciplines available racing and football.

To get a greater length and description of virtual events for betting, the user needs to find the "Esports" tab in the "Bookmaker" - "All sports" section.

Section "Esports" 

Here are the most popular games, which regularly host major championships with a large number of matches. Disciplines and tournaments for betting at the time of writing:

  • CS:GO (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive);
  • CS:GO Dreamhack;
  • CS:GO Intel Extreme Masters;
  • LOL (League of Legends) 2021;
  • LOL — LP Split;
  • LOL — CBLOL Split Season;
  • LOL — LEC Split;
  • Dota 2 The International.

All of the above games and championships can be traded on the exchange.

eSports on the stock exchange
eSports on the stock exchange

Types of eSports Betting Betfair

Betting in the "Virtual Sports" section is not represented by a large long and deep painting. There are two types of bets on races:

  • Winner. Better tries to predict who will win the race.
  • Place in the top 3. The player predicts whether a particular rider will take first, second or third place.

In football, there is more painting. Predictions are offered for:

  • Exodus. One of the teams will win or there will be a draw.
  • Over/under a certain number of goals (often 2.5).
  • Accurate account.
  • Double chance (1X, X2).
  • The total number of goals.

In the “Esports” tab, you also don’t have much to roam. Bets are accepted on:

  • game winner;
  • card winner;
  • card handicap.
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Betfair esports example

To place a bet, click on the coefficient of the preferred outcome.

After that, a bet coupon will open, in which the better prescribes the amount to be played. The exchange automatically calculates the size of the probable winnings.

Coupon rates
Coupon rates

The Cashout feature, which allows the user to return a portion of the amount played, does not apply to virtual sports. Matches take place here for a few minutes, which is why all the nuances of the Cashout may not be observed.

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Betfair Esports Margins and Odds

The exchange does not provide margin for virtual sports and other disciplines for forecasts. However, the betting percentage is present in the form of a tax on winnings - 6.5%.

Quotes for Betfair esports are among the highest in the online betting market.

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Disadvantages of Betfair Esports

That rare case when it will take much longer to talk about the shortcomings of a particular gaming section of the British exchange than about the advantages. The main disadvantages include:

  • average line length;
  • weak painting;
  • painting is not translated into Russian.

A critical problem in the division of eSports and the exchange as a whole for Russian bettors is the blocking of Betfair on the territory of the Russian Federation. Due to the presence of a casino, the company is considered a resource that distributes prohibited information.

It is noteworthy that Betfair managed to return to the Russian market through the bookmaker This betting company legally operates in the Russian Federation under the auspices of the British stock exchange. It puts a lot of emphasis on virtual sports. The length of the line and the depth of painting are considered to be the top ones in the online betting market of the CIS countries.

Virtual sports have developed strongly in the 21st century. The total prize pools of the top competitions amount to millions of dollars, and the esports audience is hundreds of millions of viewers. Among them are a huge number of betting enthusiasts.

The most popular betting games are:

  • Dota 2;
  • CS:GO;
  • League of Legends;
  • Rainbow 6;
  • FIFA;
  • NHL;
  • Overwatch;
  • Fortnite;

There are so many betting games that there are bookmakers that specialize exclusively in eSports. Betfair has not yet included a complete list of top betting games. Obviously, due to the slowness, the exchange is losing huge profits. However, the appearance of the rest of the popular eSports in the assortment of Betfair is not expected in the near future.

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In the end, the advantages of Betfair esports can be noted. These are good quotes, the presence of rare races and football for the betting market, as well as the lack of margin.

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