Esports betting in Canada is making waves and here at liveesportsbetting.com we want to keep you abreast with all that’s happening in the scene.
On this page you will find everything that you need to know about Canadian esports betting — from the best esports bookmakers in the Great White North, to the latest licensing and regulation updates, plus loads more.
Firstly, while there are laws against forming and running bookmakers in Canada, there are no laws against playing with off-shore operators. Regulation takes place on a provincial level — but even this is irrelevant really, as there are no overarching restrictions in place on a country-wide level restricting any citizen of Canada.
Your concerns might be around that fact Canadians have to play with an offshore esports bookmaker in Canada — but let us allay those fears almost immediately. It is completely legal.
This is the opposite to say the US, where gambling is legislated on a state level and citizens of each state must comply with laws within said state. If, for example gambling is illegal in Georgia, no resident of Georgia within state lines can partake in gambling.
And while this means that while there aren’t any domestic bookmakers to choose from — there are great options further afield; many of which you will find on this page.
Canadians have a whole range of options when it comes to esports betting — such as League of Legends, CSGO, Dota 2, Fortnite and Overwatch to name only a few. Basically if there is a title out there and an esports betting site in Canada (or outside it) is offering it, Canadians can bet on it.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is arguably a popular title for online esports betting in Canada and is also one of the worlds most loved esports games — with bettors all around the world. Great tournaments to bet on include the ESL and DreamHack series.
Dota 2 is also another popular option and events such as The International and EPICENTRE Major are also fan favourites — with hundreds of markets available across the tournament.
Finally, why not have a bet on League of Legends? It is arguably one of Canadian esports betting’s most popular games. Popular tournaments for this game include LPL, LCS, LCK and the LEC Spring tournaments. Also available to bet on are the Worlds and the Mid-Season Cup.
The types of bets you can place on when it comes to betting on esports in Canada are much like the bets you would place on regular sporting events — though there are some additional game-specific bets you can place also.
For example in League of Legends you may want to place a bet on ‘First Tower’ or ‘First Baron’; these are unique to the game and you’ll find many more like this across various titles. Another example of a bet unique to esports is in Dota 2 esports betting, where you have the opportunity to bet on ‘First Dragon’; or even CS:GO where it is possible to be on Pistol Round Winner.
And if none of the aforementioned betting types make no sense to you, then we highly recommend you learn about the games before placing any esports bets.
But of course, the majority of bet types available for sports bettors are also there for Canadian esports betting fans as well:
That’s the beauty of esports betting — if you’re already a sports betting fan, then jumping into esports betting in Canada is a breeze.
While Canadian esports betting is something a fan can pick up naturally with a bit of trial and error, here at liveesportsbetting.com we’d rather our readers are able to jump into the world of betting with ease.
That’s why we’ve put together a few handy hints and tips to get you going straight away.
This is especially important if you’re new to betting in general, but also applies to new esports bettors in Canada. Your bankroll is ultimately crucial to how successful you will be when it comes to successfully betting on esports.
Really, if you spend all your bankroll right away and lose it all you’re left in a predicament — do you call it a day and cut your losses (it’s always important to bet with what you can lose), or do you top up again and fall in the same trap?
Instead why not betting in small increments. Start small, win small and work your way up to the bigger bets. The more you place, the more confident you will get in your abilities — which leads us nicely on to point 2…
Sure, it’s great to win a few bets in a row — in fact, it makes you feel like a king. And this may well be due to your refined esports gaming knowledge.
But there is such a thing as an overconfident bettor. And all it can take it one big bet with the majority of your bankroll to ruin all the progress you’ve made. What’s the use in that? Instead, increase your stakes as a percentage of your total bankroll and never go for the big bet just because your gut tells you to.
Want to become the number one bettor in CS:GO? Play the game until you know it like the back of your hand.
You should know every map, every gun, every player and every team — it’s the only way to become successful.
The same logic applies whether you’re betting on LoL, Dota or even Fortnite.
If there’s a new player on the scene causing a lot of fuss then find out everything you need to know about them — because one day they could ruin a simple bet for you and you’ll feel frustrated to no end.
Nerfs and buffs are also important as they dramatically impact on how a game is played. If you bet regularly on a pro with a main that had suddenly been nerfed and you don’t know about it, then chances are they may lose a game or two until they work out a new strategy. It won’t always happen, but when it does you can either make money from it — or lose money.