Betting on eSports with Ladbrokes
Whilst many punters still regularly enjoy wagering on traditional offerings like football, horse racing and tennis, there is a growing sector which is attracting plenty of interest from all over the globe – eSports betting.
It has grown exponentially over the past couple of years and continues to gather momentum with online betting sites such as Ladbrokes increasing their range of markets and odds to meet the demand of bettors.
Gaming fans are signing up and getting involved with the many eSports markets offered by Ladbrokes and we take a look how well they cater for their customers in this area.
eSports Options at Ladbrokes
Unfortunately, Ladbrokes make it rather difficult to find the eSports section of their site but it is definitely present. They briefly removed their markets back in 2016 but have since restored it and added several new games as well. The drop down menu on the left hand side will help locate the eSports markets.
Ladbrokes is one of the most trusted and established names in betting and they don’t let punters down when it comes to their eSports offerings. They offer CS:GO (Counter Strike: Global Offensive), DOTA 2, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone and a couple of different competitions and markets within these games.
Other games are available but are featured on the site intermittently and it often depends on the amount of demand from punters. In comparison to some of their rivals, the amount of betting markets on eSports is limited. It is ideal for first time eSports bettors who may wish to simply dabble in the outright markets or ante-post major event winners (LOL Championships, eSports Olympics etc) but for those who are looking for specific and reasonably niche outcomes, it may be best to look elsewhere.
They do have markets on teams to win the first map, correct score and handicap markets on DOTA 2 and League of Legends and we hope that Ladbrokes decide to bulk out their offerings in the near future.
Ladbrokes have a help page which is easily accessible from the home page and their live chat support agents will help customers who may encounter any problems whilst betting on their favourite eSports.
Live Betting on eSports
Ladbrokes offer some live betting on their eSports markets. They have a comprehensive live betting page and the majority of it appears on their home page and they do include live eSports markets on their console but not every game goes live so it’s always best to check beforehand.
DOTA 2 and League of Legends are the two games most likely to feature on the live in-play betting page with Ladbrokes. There will be updated statistics throughout and the odds will change quickly throughout.
Types of Betting available
Ladbrokes allow their customers to add several selections to their betting slip at any given time. Accumulators are extremely popular and particularly during events such as the ECS (eSports Championship Series) there are several contests taking place within 24 hours which can provide a great opportunity for permutation bets such as Yankees, Lucky 31s and Canadians. Ladbrokes make it simple to bet on multiples with eSports and these can also be combined with a number of other sports if preferred.
Singles are extremely popular but outright prices can often be prohibitive and punters may have to look elsewhere in order to extract some value. As we’ve already established, the number of markets is a little restrictive but handicaps and total number of maps do feature on the Ladbrokes site.
eSports Betting Offers at Ladbrokes
New customers who sign up to an account with Ladbrokes can enjoy a free £50 bet when they join. Using the code F50 during the creation of an account will allow new users to get their first bet matched. It applies for all wagers between £5/$5 and £50/$50 and the bigger the bet, the greater the benefit.
If you sign up, deposit into your account and place a £10 bet on eSports, Ladbrokes will credit the account with an additional £10 within 24 hours (even if you win your bet). This is a great way of getting started and boosting the betting balance for exploring the different eSports offerings on the Ladbrokes site.
There are a number of other offers and promotions which are listed on the dedicated page but very few of them are applicable with eSports which is shame. They do have an odds boost feature which should help enhance some of the short prices available.
Ladbrokes do cater for eSports bettors but their offering falls short compared to some of their rival sportsbooks. For first time eSports bettors and those who simply wish to form accumulator bets across multiple different games (CS:GO, LOL and DOTA 2 for example), Ladbrokes is ideal. There is the free £50 bet to get things started and the sportsbook is easy to navigate although locating the eSports markets can occasionally be tricky.