An esports punter is revelling in returns of £10,000 after winning a world record 500/1 wager with Betway on this season’s shock ELEAGUE winners, OpTic Gaming.
The shrewd gaming fan backed the North American-based rank outsiders to be the outright winners of season two of ELEAGUE. This is the biggest hit Betway has taken on esports to date.
The unfancied minnows from the suburban Chicago-area defied all expectations when qualifying for the 16-team global tournament, and then went onto shock 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 said: “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.”
Esports Insider says: Goes to show that the savvy amongst us can still take money off the bookies as they remain in the learning process for some pricings in esports. How many would have said that OpTic stand a real chance of actually winning pre tournament though is another matter…