Betway hit for 500/1 shot as OpTic win ELEAGUE

Betway hit for 500/1 shot as OpTic win ELEAGUE

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
OpTic Gaming beat Astralis in the final of season 2

A Betway punter has taken home £10,000 after winning a 500/1 wager with the bookmaker on this season’s shock ELEAGUE winners, OpTic Gaming. 

The North American-based outfit were rank outsiders to be the outright winners of the second season of the CSGO league, and this is the biggest hit Betway has taken on esports to date.

When asked what this will lead to more esports fans having a wager, Betway's Alan Alger told Totally Gaming: "It certainly is the first time this kind of winning price has impacted on the esports betting fraternity. Up until now it was sometimes levelled that most contests are essentially predictable to the extent of the top of the market always being proved right with teams winning tournaments from the top 5 or 6 places in the betting.

"Much like the Premier League - until last season. This winning price will open a lot of eyes that big wins are possible in this field."

Much like Leicester City, the unfancied minnows defied all expectations when qualifying for the 16-team global tournament, and then went onto shock European organisation Fnatic to finish second in group D.

Traders reportedly flagged up the possible payout when OpTic made light work of mousesports and FaZe Clan to reach the final against Danish galaticos Astralis, where they eventually prevailed 2-1 to claim the prestigious title and $400,000 in prize money.

Betway’s Alan Alger added: “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.

“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.”

Totally Gaming says: This goes to show that there is big money to be made for the savvy punter in esports. When word of this win trickles through the newswire, it's highly likely a number of fans will fancy themselves to call the next major upset. 

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