The explosion of interest in esports has been something very special to behold. Not that long ago it was something which was relatively niche, seen as quite nerdy and was not something which was widely spoken about. It was rare to read something in the news about esports, it was almost unheard of that it would be covered by a major TV channel and its stars were not exactly being chased by companies to endorse their products or appear on talk shows or in interviews and magazine.

All of a sudden that has changed with esports stars being celebrities in their own right, TV channels covering the big tournaments and people being desperate to get a slice of the pie. Now famous football clubs are investing in esports. Clubs like PSG, Manchester City and even Real Madrid have their own esports sides showing just how much it has hit the big time. Imagine just a few years ago saying that one of the biggest sporting entities in the world would have their own esports side, no one would have believed you, it would have seemed farfetched but now it’s a reality.

Another rubber stamp on the growth of esports is the fact that you can now bet on it. With all other mainstream sports you have long been able to interact with them by placing bets on outcomes and being offered a range of exciting and interesting markets to back the stars you love. Now this is something we can do in sports, you can do csgo betting, FIFA 18 betting and more. It is amazing that it has reached a level where bookmakers now see reasons to offer esports markets to punters. The fact that it is a new phenomenon though means that it can be tough to work out the best way to approach esports betting. CS:GO is arguably the most popular of all esports games and therefore many people are interested in betting on it. So here are three top tips when betting on CS:GO.

Do your research

One of the main issues with betting on esports is the dearth of information out there. Unlike more established sports where there are reams and reams of newspaper articles, online tips and established guides helping you, esports is so new that it can be hard to know exactly what is happening in the sport and who is in the ascendency. That is why it is so important to ensure that before making any bet you read around the current events in CS:GO, ensure that you know who the top players are and what the conditions at the event will be. Betting is as much about preparation as it is about selecting the right odds and the right amount to bet. It really is a skill and like any other skill you need to work at it and ensure that you place every bet confident that you know it's the right decision.

Use Handicap betting

One of the best markets to get involved with in esports is handicap betting. When a particular player or team is stronger, the markets will try and level the playing field to give you more interesting and exciting odds. If you have done your research you might be able to see that a team is under or overpriced in the handicap markets. These markets give you the ability to back a side that you feel are undervalued and bet against one you feel is overvalued. With bookmakers still unsure about who are the best players and teams they can often give them too much or too little of a handicap making this a market that is ripe to be exploited so you can get one over the bookmakers.

Consider betting on individual maps

One thing that makes CS:GO unique is that you can bet on matches on individual maps therefore if you can see that a team will be weak during a whole tournament, but will have a map where they will shine, you can bet on them to do well on that map and might get excellent odds. CS:GO betting has so many different markets and map betting is a great one to get involved in. It can be especially good to find a strong team who are poor on one particular map and bet against them as bookmakers can miss out the fact that, even the strongest teams have notable and important weaknesses.