Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has spawned from humble beginnings as a Half-Life mod in 1998 through to one of the leading esports in the world today, attracting millions of dollars in prize money each year. Betting on CS:GO is now a massive industry in its own right, and players can bet on the esport at a huge variety of bookmakers, including big names like bet365, Betway and Pinnacle.
CS:GO has earned its title as a top tier competitive esport because of its insanely fast-paced action and multi-layered strategy. Betting on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is hugely exciting, especially when betting on one of the game’s Majors where prizepools exceed one million dollars. On this page you can find the best CS:GO betting information there is to offer, including upcoming matches, esportsbooks, bonuses and match odds.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a complex and tactical first person shooter, it’s recommended that any prospective gambler fully understands the details of both the mechanics, strategy and tactics that underpin this esport. Use the betting guides and overview content on this page to learn more about the esport and to gain a competitive edge in CS:GO betting.
Each competitive match of Counter-Strike consists of two teams, Counter-Terrorists and Terrorists, each made up of 5 players. The winning team is the first to reach 16 rounds, every round has a time limit of 1 minute 55 seconds and during this time a team must achieve one of the following to win the round:
Either side can also win by fragging all 5 players of the opposing team before the round timer ends.
All players have equal abilities and characteristics, with the only differing features being that a) the Terrorist side starts with the bomb, and b) each side has a unique selection of guns that can be purchased at the start of each round. However, all guns are dropped on death, and any player can pick up and use any gun.
Each player can carry up to 4 weapons; a knife (cannot be dropped), a pistol, a number of grenades and a main weapon which could range from a shotgun through to a sniper rifle or heavy machine gun. Each gun has its own cost and money is earned each round through fragging enemy players, planting/defusing the bomb or winning the round. All players start with a pistol by default and the in-game cost of a gun ranges from $300 for a pistol up to $5700 for a heavy machine gun.
Armor is also an important facet of the game, players are able to buy Kevlar or Kevlar and Helmet as a means to reduce damage, this is particularly important for the late-game where purchasing a helmet will make the difference between dying from 1 shot or dying from 2 – an essential edge to the game.
CS:GO has an official ‘active duty’ map pool that is played at all of the leading competitive tournaments and leagues. There is also a ‘reserve pool’ that has a number of maps which often rotate with the active pool – the reserve pool is often used to pull out maps that need rebalancing, or ones that simply are no longer popular.
Each map plays by the same mechanics outlined above, however a CS:GO gambler should be aware that different teams have a preference for different maps, and that this preference, and the ‘map voting’ that occurs prior to the game starting are extremely important aspects of game – and can make an enormous difference in the outcome and odds of a match. While every major team will be extremely competent at all maps in the active pool, it is these small edges that may make the difference between winning and losing a bet.
Each team in CS:GO is made up of players that lend themselves to different roles. While all character models in-game are identical aside from aesthetics, the players that play the character will fit best into a given role. These roles consist of entry fragger, support player, mid-round caller, lurker and in-game leader. The best teams in the world will have a group of 5 players with one filling each or many of these roles extremely well, based on their personalities and play style.
As an esports bettor, it is wise to do some due diligence around the teams that you back, and becoming familiar with the composition of each team, particularly when it comes to their individual roles. An in-game leader will often be the cornerstone of any team, so ensuring that they are on form and have the respect of their team is a wise move. An overview of each role is as follows:
Entry Fragger – great aim, always first onto the bombsite and a whole lot of confidence in their play.
Support Player – brilliant with nades, able to place smokes/molotovs perfectly and time their flash bangs to precision.
Mid-round Caller – great under pressure, able to aim well and consistently, most effective when playing behind a good entry fragger.
Lurker – fakes and sneaky plays are the strength of a Lurker, able to move around the map effectively and make high risk but rewarding decisions that are often unexpected.
In-game Leader – highly charismatic and responsible for taking the win, an in-game leader must not only be an excellent player, but must call strategies and tactics throughout the game whilst also encouraging their players throughout the good and the bad.