Esports gambler makes $12,500 on ELEAGUE bet

Betway underestimated OpTic Gaming with 500/1 odds.

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One OpTic Gaming fan took a big risk betting the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team would reign supreme during ELEAGUE Season 2.

Sports betting website Betway gave OpTic Gaming 500/1 odds of winning the tournament. As OpTic moved through the tournament, folks began to notice the potential large payout should they beat the odds. First, the North American Counter-Strike team had to qualify for the 16-team global tournament, then take on ELEAGUE Season 1 runner-up Fnatic in group play.

“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,” Betway’s Alan Alger said in a press release. “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 [Counter-Strike] event.

After an impressive run in the group stages — pushing Fnatic and Team EnVyUs out of the tournament — OpTic took decisive wins from mousesports and FaZe Clan. Facing Danish powerhouse team Astralis in the finals, OpTic Gaming went 2–1 to take the victory and $400,000 in winnings. And as a result, one lucky (or preternaturally prescient) fan took home just over £10,000, or about $12,500.

Though this esports better brought in only a fraction of OpTic’s total winnings from ELEAGUE Season 2, they’re certainly thanking OpTic for defying those odds.