FOREST.BET CS:GO betting guide

September 13, 2020

CS:GO betting guide

What is CS:GO?

Counter-strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a tactical team-based first-person shooter (fps). The game is available through Steam for PC platforms. CS:GO follows a free-to-play model, meaning that it’s free to download but contains in-game microtransactions. 

In a CS:GO match, there are two teams, Terrorists and Counter-terrorists. Each side will need to complete an objective or prevent the opposing team from doing so. 

There are currently nine game modes, each with a unique objective. There are several objectives, such as planting a bomb or guarding hostages.

CS:GO has a competitive scene, with several significant tournaments hosted year-round. The prize pools for these tournaments are sometimes in the millions. 

Players can obtain a variety of in-game skins for their CS:GO avatars. These skins are traded, sold, and even placed as bets. 

Betting on CS:GO

If you want to watch live CS:GO matches, there are several major events during the year. Sportsbooks who offer esports bets typically take bets for these events. These events are broken up into seasons and feature the best CS:GO players around. 


DreamHack features several gaming events in the USA and Europe. DreamHack Summer is seen as DreamHack’s biggest CS:GO event and features top teams from each region. CS:GO teams compete at other DreamHack events throughout the year for a chance to compete at the summer event.

ESL One 

ESL One is held in major cities throughout the world. These events are typically held throughout the year, so pay attention to their event calendar for more info. 

ESL Pro League

ESL Pro League features twenty-four teams from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania. Each season takes place throughout the course of the year. Their schedule provides event information for each region. 

BLAST Premier

BLAST Premier is a CS:GO professional esports league launched in 2020. This newer esports league hosts events in Europe and North America. There are 2 seasons during the Fall and Spring, each split into 4 months. 

You can watch CS:GO events online through sites like MLG, Twitch, and Youtube. Eleague and MLG broadcast CS:GO matches through their Twitch and Youtube channels. 

Watching CS:GO

During a CS:GO match, each team is trying to eliminate their opponents and complete their designated objective. The team that achieves their objective wins the game. 

CS:GO contains 9 game modes: Competitive, Casual, Deathmatch, Arms Race, Demolition, Wingman, Flying Scoutsman, Danger Zone, and weapons course. Each map is composed of different terrains and layouts. Players will need to adjust their strategies for each map.

Bettors should also learn some essential CS:GO terms to help them better understand the game.

Pick - A quick kill in a defensive spot

Rotate - When a player leaves an area to help attack or defend

Ninja defense -  Secretly defusing a bomb while the enemy team is unaware

Need a drop - Asking a teammate to buy a gun or item for you

Rush - Player’s team rushes to overwhelm their opponents

Save - To save resources such as guns and grenades

“X” K - A number of kills a player has

Understanding the odds

Certain esports bets are available for CS:GO and other competitive games. Some bets you’ll see offered for CS:GO matches are as follows.

Money-line bets

A money-line bet is a bet placed on the result of a single match-up. The odds are perceived by which team is most likely to beat the other.

Outright bets

Outright bets focus on the overall outcome of a tournament. The bet is placed on the team most likely to win the entire event.

Accumulator bets

Accumulator bets consist of several individual bets. If the bettor wins, their payout will double. An example of this bet would be placing two bets on two different teams during the same event.

Special bets

These bets are based on special events to happen during the game. Winners on a certain map, exact scores, and total number of kills are some types of special bets. Those without in-depth knowledge of CS:GO shouldn’t engage in these. 

In-play bets

These bets are placed once a live match has started. They focus on specific areas of play, such as player score or number of kills. An example would be someone betting on a player getting 3 headshots in a match. 

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