Wagering through 108 sportsbooks and a mobile app
William Hill’s betting services are backed by 108 Nevada sportsbooks and a mobile app. The tournament will feature 16 of the world’s best CS:GO teams and a prize pool of $450,000. Opening odds are as follows:
- Astralis (3/1)
- Virtus.Pro (7/2)
- Natus Vincere (5/1)
- SK Gaming (6/1)
- Fnatic (7/1)
- Faze Clan (12/1)
- Ninjas In Pyjamas (12/1) – current titleholders
- North (12/1)
- Optic Gaming (16/1)
- Gambit Esports (20/1)
- Cloud9 (30/1)
- Mousesports (30/1)
- Renegades (100/1)
- Tyloo (100/1)
- Misfits (150/1)
- complexity Gaming (200/1)
Betting will be available during quarter and semifinals, as well as the final rounds of the competition. The group stage will be played Feb. 15-17 on the MGM Grand Floor. The playoffs will take place Feb. 18 and 19 in the MGM Grand Arena.
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William Hill going all-in on esports wagering
Dreamhack Masters Las Vegas will be the bookmaker’s second event taking esports bets. The CS:GO tournament is also the second event for which wagering was authorized by the NGCB.
Last November, a partnership between William Hill and the Downtown Grand Casino paved the way for legal esports betting to become reality in the US. During the IEM Oakland League of Legends event, the first-ever legal esports bets in the US were made.
Nevada as the US hub for esports
Quite a few recent headlines mention Las Vegas and esports together. It’s everything from an increasing number of esports events in the city to various esports organizations looking to do business in the area. Universities in Nevada are also embracing the esports industry, launching courses with esports content.
Moreover, the Nevada Esports Alliance launched last Thursday. Co-founded by Fifth Street Gaming CEO Sean Schorr, the organization is looking to promote Nevada as the US hub for esports.
“Resort operators are looking for ways to remain relevant and speak to the up-and-coming generation,” Schorr told the Las Vegas Sun. “Esports is one of the most important platforms to speak to millennials and create experiences that will drive continued visitation to our state.”
Besides Fifth Street Gaming and William Hill, other well-known companies in the industry are members of the organization. These include Unikrn, Narus Advisors, the Esports Integrity Coalition, as well as research bodies like the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ International Gaming Institute and International Center for Gaming Regulation.
Las Vegas is well-positioned to become the center of everything esports-related in the US. And with the exponential growth of the competitive gaming industry, this future could be already around the corner.