Bet On ESL One Birmingham

The first iteration of ESL One Birmingham was ESL’s fastest selling Dota 2 tournament at the time. So it’s no surprise that the series continues. Whilst not as prestigious as The International, the prize pool of over a quarter of a million dollars means it’s still hugely competitive. ESL One is a series of events that started with 2014’s Frankfurt event and has since taken place in America, The Philippines, Malaysia, Poland, India and England. ESL One Birmingham 2019 has $300,000 on the table, but there’s plenty to go round for savvy bettors. Want to bet on ESL One Birmingham? SickOdds has the score on where best to bet on a range of esports betting markets.

ESL One Birmingham Odds

No matter where in the world ESL One is, the conundrum for bettors is the same – picking a winner. The bookmakers will have their favourites – this betting option will have the lower odds. If you’re looking for a higher price you’ll have to take a punt on an underdog or by betting on an alternative market. We always update our odds in real time so you can stay in the loop and bet in-play too.


Picking a Winner

Esports pundits and betting tipsters make their picks each time a tournament such as ESL One Birmingham comes around. While you can surely land a winner by following betting tips, we’d always recommend developing some knowledge of the esport so you can identify a good betting opportunity should one come around.

You don’t need to be a great Dota player to win your bets, but you should at least know how the game is played and be aware of some basic gameplay strategy. When you have a handle on that, look into the pro scene – recent form and head-to-head records may give you a nudge in the right direction when placing your Dota bets. You can even find footage from previous tournaments to help spot any patterns and find betting opportunities.

If you’re feeling a little bit lost when it comes to starting out, check out our introduction to Dota 2 betting. It’s packed to the brim with tips and tricks to get you started on the winning path.

ESL One Birmingham Markets

  • Tournament Winner
    You’re betting on the team to win the tournament.
  • Map Winner
    You’re betting on the team to win a particular map within the match
  • Region Winner
    You’re betting on the winner of a tournament being from a particular region. For example, North America or Europe.
  • Team Head-to-Head
    Bookies pit two teams against each other and ask you to choose the one who places higher.
  • Match Winner
    You’re betting on the winner of the match.
  • First Blood
    You’re betting on the team to get the first kill in the match.
  • Region Winner
    You’re betting on the winner of a tournament being from a particular region. For example, North America or Europe.
  • Best Placed Team From Region
    Can’t pick the best team in the tournament? Perhaps you can pick the best team from each region in the tournament instead.


ESL One has taken its prestigious event around the world, gracing even Malaysia and The Philippines – countries not usually known for being hotspots of esports – and handing out millions of dollars in prize funds to victorious teams.

Since 2014, several tournaments take place each year. Chinese team Invictus Gaming won the first ever ESL One in Frankfurt, besting Evil Geniuses in the final. They’re yet to win a second – only Team Secret and have won multiple ESL One trophies, with three apiece. ESL One tournaments are not always part of the Major circuit in Dota 2. 2017’s ESL One Hamburg and 2018’s ESL One Birmingham were part of Valve-certified Major circuit, adding more prestige to an already distinguished event.

ESL One Birmingham Format

Group Stage

The 12 teams are split into two groups, and each team plays each other in a best of two. The top four in each group move onto the Playoffs and subsequently, onto the stage in front of the crowd. The bottom two in each group are eliminated.


The top four from each group go into a double elimination system, where every game bar the Grand Final is a best-of-three series. This is where the teams are really tested – best of threes will test your strategy, stamina and skill against the best teams in the world. Seven best of three matches culminate with the final, where the winner is crowned after a gruelling five-game series.

Find Your Perfect Esports Bookie

Want to bet on ESL One Birmingham? We’ve rounded up the best esports betting sites, so you can expect the best odds, bonuses and markets for betting on Dota 2. All you need to do is weigh up your options, choose your bookie and start betting.