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CS:GO Best Bets: IEM NY, DreamHack Open Fall

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Professional Counter-Strike is out in force this week, as three tournaments are raging on, including matches from North America, Europe and the CIS region.

As always, this means a whole ton of exciting CS:GO action and, of course, a wide variety of wagers to choose from. We’ll have matches to look at over the weekdays and you’ll be able to check out IEM New York CIS and DreamHack Open Fall playoffs over the weekend.

If you’re new to Counter-Strike, or just wish to learn more about the game and betting on it, make sure to check out our CS:GO guide, and let’s dive right into this week’s picks:

Big vs G2 Esports - October 19

We kick things off with a European brawl at DreamHack Open Fall as Big battles G2 in the quarterfinals.

Big enters as the favorite at -154 on Betway, although G2 isn’t too far behind at +110 to win it.

While the odds point to it being a fairly one-sided affair, this one is likely to be quite close. G2 has made a massive improvement from their last few showings, taking down Heroic and taking Astralis to three maps. This looks to be a classic G2 “comeback” event, as they go from coming dead last at one tournament to massively overperforming at the next.

The German favorites also haven’t quite been themselves lately, losing to both FaZe and OG at IEM New York and barely scraping past Godsent in their DreamHack Fall group.

Considering all this, the best bet is to back a close match and you can find OVER 2.5 maps at a strong -111. If you want to take a bit more of a risk, it’s also very possible that G2 can sneak away a win here.

Big vs G2 Esports Betting Odds
G2 Esports+110

Odds as of October 19 at Betway

Team Vitality vs Ninjas in Pyjamas - October 20

Up next is another European matchup at DreamHack Open Fall. This time an in-form Vitality faces the hopeful Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Heading into the match, it’s impossible to see this as anything other than a complete blowout in Vitality’s favor. The French squad is in very solid form and pushing for a trophy after a series of top-three finishes, while NiP are lucky to have even made it this far as they drew by far the easiest group, winning two matches in a sea of disappointing losses.

At -223 on Betway, the moneyline for Vitality is surprisingly high and there’s really no doubt they’ll win here. I’d expect them to stroll through the match with an easy 2-0 victory, which is an amazing pick at +125.

Team Vitality vs Ninjas in Pyjamas Betting Odds
Team Vitality-223
Ninjas in Pyjamas+155

Odds as of October 19 at Betway

Gambit vs HellRaisers - October 20

We move on to IEM New York CIS for our next pick as Gambit battles HellRaisers in the lengthy group stage.

Gambit enters the event as one of the favorites and will be looking to impress as they seek their first elite-level event trophy. HellRaisers, meanwhile, are a middle-of-the-pack team that has not performed particularly well for a long time.

Once again we’ll be looking toward a dominant performance from the favorites, as the Gambit moneyline has almost no value at -556 on BetOnline. Instead, the straight 2-0 is a good choice at -143 and should really go through. Gambit is hot off of two 2-0 wins at IEM New York CIS, while HellRaisers haven’t won a map in their last three matches.

Gambit vs HellRaisers Betting Odds

Odds as of October 19 at BetOnline

Sprout vs Godsent - October 20

It’s back to DreamHack Open Fall as we close out Tuesday with a lower-bracket matchup.

Sprout has had a solid showing at the event so far, coming in as one of the weakest teams but managing to take down Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 before falling 2-1 to North and NiP in the revenge match.

Godsent also performed fairly well, taking a map off of Big and upsetting FaZe in the groups. They were defeated by Astralis on Monday, but that was to be expected.

Going into this match the odds are dead even, as both teams enter at -110 on BetOnline. Considering the two teams, this is fairly surprising, as Godsent has, overall, been performing better, taking down the likes of FaZe and taking maps off of the elite sides like Big.

Meanwhile, Sprout’s best victory comes against an unimpressive Ninjas in Pyjamas squad and their remaining wins have been against much weaker teams like Pact, Singularity and Secret.

The best bet here is definitely the Godsent moneyline and I wouldn’t even be surprised if they swept Sprout aside in a clean 2-0.

Sprout vs Godsent Betting Odds

Odds as of October 19 at BetOnline

K23 vs Cyber Legacy - October 21

Wednesday sees more IEM New York CIS action, starting with K23 vs Cyber Legacy.

The bookmakers are completely split on this match, with the moneyline being as tight as ever as K23 comes in at -125, while Cyber Legacy sees odds of -105 on BetOnline. It is quite tricky to pick a winner here as both teams are still without a win and clearly not in the best form.

K23 has lost four in a row, winning just one map, while Cyber Legacy has lost three in a row but has won two maps, including taking one off of Natus Vincere. However, they completely crumbled against Espada, leaving us with little to work on when it comes to picking a winner.

Regardless, the pick is still a simple moneyline on K23. They may be in poor form, but they’re ranked above Cyber Legacy and have only lost to teams ranked above them. K23 is also the more experienced squad, featuring even a Major winner as well as a squad full of international experience.

Cyber Legacy, meanwhile, is a young squad with only Seized having notable experience. They do have impressive skills, but I’d expect the experience and overall squad strength of K23 to carry them to a victory here.

K23 vs Cyber Legacy Betting Odds
Cyber Legacy-105

Odds as of October 19 at BetOnline

Nemiga vs Gambit - October 21

Our next pick is a little more straightforward, as we once again take a look at one of the favorites, Gambit, as they take on Nemiga.

Gambit enters as the favorite here and should be taking it. They’re in impressive form and are one of the best in the region, only really losing to the elite teams. They also have a historical advantage over their opponents, having won three of the last four meetings.

Granted, Nemiga are no slouches themselves. They’ve been plowing through strong CIS teams like Espada lately and easily dispatching weaker opponents, but aren’t quite at the level of Gambit.

There is a chance this match could be close, so the best option is just backing a Gambit victory at -208 on BetOnline, although there is a very real possibility of it going to three maps, which you can back at +118.

Nemiga vs Gambit Betting Odds

Odds as of October 19 at BetOnline

Hard Legion vs Kova - October 22

Last but not least we dip into a Nine to Five match, as Hard Legion opens up group D of the event against Kova.

There is an air of mystery around this match as Hard Legion has been fairly inactive of late, playing just six competitive matches since July, all of which they lost. Kova, meanwhile, has been quite active and performing decently, claiming second place at the Finnish Championship, and even taking a map off of the impressive Havu.

It’s difficult to say what we’ll see from Hard Legion, but based on their activity and results, backing Kova is the best choice here.

Hard Legion will likely be quite rusty coming into the event and Kova will be looking to capitalize on that to snatch a quick victory. The Finnish squad should come out on top here as Hard Legion will need to warm up and get used to competitive action again, and at -106 on Betway, the Kova moneyline is not one to miss.

Hard Legion vs Kova Betting Odds
Hard Legion-134

Odds as of October 19 at Betway

How To Bet CS:GO Moneyline

Moneyline bets are one of the most straightforward ways of betting and if you’ve done it in any other sport, it’s no different in Counter-Strike. Simply pick which team you think will win, place your bet and wait on the result.

These bets always feature a favorite and an underdog, represented by a (-) minus or (+) plus in American odds. When betting on the favorite, the (-) minus signifies what you would need to bet to win $100, while on the other hand, the (+) plus shows what you’d win if you bet $100.

It’s important to note that not all bookmakers currently offer CS:GO options, and while it is becoming more popular, many sportsbooks that have integrated esports may have a limited selection. However, we’ve made finding a good place to bet very easy, with a comprehensive list of the best online esports betting sites.

What Are CS:GO Prop Bets?

Prop bets, aka proposition bets, are as common in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as they are in any sport. Rather than betting on the outcome, you can bet on specific events in the game.

When it comes to CS:GO, this includes things like the number of rounds in a map, which team will win a specific round, first eliminations, defuses, explosions, the final round score – really just about anything that will happen in the game.