What is CS:GO?
CS:GO is an abbreviation of Counter Strike Global Offensive, deriving from an original game that started in 1999 with the first release as an unofficial mod for Half Life.
The game is an objective based FPS (first person shooter), where two opposing teams -Terrorists (T) and Counter-Terrorists (CT) - battle it out. Counter-Terrorists defend two bomb sites, which are attacked by the Terrorists side. Terrorists need to plant the bomb on one of the sites, if a bomb is planted CTs try to retake the site with the bomb ticking down.
How do you bet on CS:GO?
If you have never watched CS:GO, you can be forgiven for being confused as to what is going on, but behind the insanely fast and complex action, there are still just two teams whose aim is to win. In that sense it is no different to regular sports and nor is the betting.
A CS:GO match-up can be decided in one of two ways:
- Killing all the enemy team members
- By successfully defusing/exploding the bomb site depending on the site played
Teams consist of five players, playing a maximum of 30 rounds, each team plays 15 rounds on T side, and 15 on CT side, which team plays which side first is decided in the crucially important picking phase which takes place just before the match starts, and can have a huge influence on the odds.
First team to reach 16 rounds wins, in case of a 15-15 score Overtime is played in a best of 6 format (Bo6). Overtime is repeated until there is a winner, with no limit to the number of OTs.
This format means that CS:GO betting always revolves around a Money Line/Match Winner market, but equally - give the scoring structure - lends itself to a handicap market, with the perceived better team starting with say (-3) rounds and their weaker opponent (+3). If you are familiar with handicaps/spreads in traditional sports betting, you’ll quickly get the idea in CS:GO.
As with regular betting, there is plenty of scope for derivative markets, such as Correct Score as well as markets based on activity within each round e.g Kills and live betting for those that like to bet based on the ebb and flow of the battle.
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