eSports Delight with 500/1 Pay Off for Lucky Punter
If, as a member of the online betting community, you’ve been dismissing eSports as a fad or something that just can’t be taken seriously then read on to see how one lucky punter landed a huge win at odds of 500/1.
eSports is comprised of a set of leagues and competitions and these days, the vast majority of bookmakers will be quoting markets. In 2016, the prestigious eLeague saw a shock winner as the highly unfancied OpTic Gaming team took the title in a triumph that could be compared to Leicester City taking football’s Premier league trophy at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.
The odds on OpTic Gaming at 500/1 weren’t quite at lucrative as Leicester’s but they were still high enough for one punter to stake and claim over £10,000 in profits.
The Optic team hail from Chicago and it was a shock for them to even qualify for the 16 squad tournament this year. Some impressive results followed but even when they progressed as runners up in Group D, the bookies had seen little to suggest we were looking at any future champions.
That impressive run continued all the way to the final however where OpTic Gaming were installed as the outside punt at a considerably more modest 2/1. At that stage however, the unnamed punter had already claimed that outstanding price of 500/1 through their Betway account.
After paying out so heavily, the operator remained philosophical.
“Through all the years of having a dedicated eSports trading team we thought we had seen it all, but this 500/1 shot has left us with egg on our faces,”
said Alan Alger of Betway.
“We’re only too happy to pay out on what is our largest priced single eSports winner in our history, although I can confidently say we won’t be underestimating OpTic Gaming at the next CS:GO event.”
Of course, previous results should never be seen as an indicator to what will happen in the future but this would certainly suggest that there could be some value in the burgeoning eSports market. It’s still early days in terms of the competitions and there could be volatility too but the great work carried out by the OpTic Gaming team which led to this huge payout suggests that it’s an area that we could start to consider a little more closely.