Beginner’s guide to CSGO betting

If you are completely new to e-sports betting in general, or if you don’t have any in-game knowledge about CSGO then you should read this post before using my service.

CSGO (Counter strike global offensive) is the game I’m offering all my picks on.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 15 years you must have heard at least once about Counter Strike 1.6, source or GO.

The type of game we’re betting is 5v5 (5 players versus other 5) where the enemy has to plant the bomb and the Counter-Terrorists have to prevent that by killing the enemies before they plant or by defusing the bomb.


There’s usually 3 types of matches played:

  • bo1 (best of one): only one map is being played, first to 16 rounds. If it ends on draw at 15-15 there’s going to be another 6 rounds added until one of the teams wins.
  • bo3 (best of 3): there’s 3 different maps being played, each map first to 16. The team that wins 2 out of 3 maps wins the match.
  • bo5 (best of 5): you get the picture. Usually bo5 are being played on finals, but they’re not that frequent anymore since it can take up to 6 hours and it’s not that fun at this point.


Right now there’s 7/8 available maps to be played:

  • Cobblestone
  • Inferno
  • Cache
  • Mirage
  • Overpass
  • Train
  • Nuke
  • Dust 2 is being reworked  (update: it’s up)

You can get all the information and the schedule of the events with complete statistics and all that on hltv.

When it comes to the competitive scene, the “competitiveness” is spread into tiers:

  • usually the tier 1 teams are the top 5 – 6 in leaderboards
  • tier 2 are the top 10
  • tier 3 top 20
  • tier shit are the rest of the teams

What you’ll be wanting to bet on is the tier 1-2 and avoid the shit out of the rest. CSGO in general is quite inconsistent and you’ll just be losing money if you gamble it away on teams you know nothing about.


Now let’s talk about bets. I use only for all my bets. They take bitcoin and skins. You can google other websites or can use w/e you feel like you want to use, it does’t really matter.

There’s quite some betting options to chose from, so let’s start from the beginning:

  • team one or team two to win, that’s easy. Chose a team and bet on it
  • team to score more than 8,5 points. basically to score more than 9 rounds = win
  • team to score more than 12,5 rounds. over 13 rounds is a win. 12 is a loss
  • final score odd / even. if score is odd or even
  • overtime will be played or not. if the game is 15-15 it goes into overtime
  • total rounds played over 26,5. basically the team that loses has to have over 11 rounds (16+11=27)
  • handicaps. if you’re new just skip it, it’s hard to explain all the details
  • exact score (duuuuhh)

Now let’s talk about my predictions:

EnvyUs vs KPI | bo1 | on TBA

TL:DR Bet on KPI to score more than 8,5 at 1,68 : 5 units
Risk level: high
Bet on the match here.

  • bo1 – best of 1
  • on TBA – on map to be decided
  • at 1,68 – odds on for the pick
  • 5 units – how much to bet
  • risk level high – risky pick

What are units?

Because everyone has a different bankroll (total money available to bet), I can’t tell you how much you should bet because one has $1000 to bet and other might have $20 to bet. I can’t say you should bet $500 when you only have $20, so 1 unit = up to you to decide.

Usually 1 unit for me means 1% of my total bankroll.

But again, up to you. BUT make sure you have at least 100 available units if you’re looking to make money on the long run with betting.

Below I’ve made a list that will be constantly updated with things you should not do if you’re looking to make money from betting:

  • don’t bet all your money on one team
  • don’t expect to make billions from $10
  • don’t gamble if you can’t afford to lose
  • be patient
  • it’s not over until it’s over
  • you don’t have to bet on every game, be selective
  • have at least 100 available units 

I will update the thread often so check it out if you’re looking to learn or get into CSGO betting scene.

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