People prefer free stuff and they just like when something is free. Free stuff is irresistible but it often comes with hidden costs. You are more likely to buy something just because it has free shipping. A lot of marketing campaigned is based on this “free” strategy just to attract new customers and make a profit in a long run. Esports Betting sites are no different. You will often see promotions in form of so-called “free bets”. But what are those free bets, are they really free, and how do they work? Stick around and find out.

Free Bets and Credits 

Almost every Esports bookmaker has some sort of welcome bonus for new customers. Those welcome bonuses can be in form of free bets or free credits. The most common bonus is a 100% boost on your first deposit up to some limit. In other words, the more you deposit, the more you get for free. If the bookmaker offers a 100% bonus of up to $100 you will want to get that maximum amount for free. Therefore, if you were planning to deposit only $50 you are more likely to deposit $100 just to get more free credits and that is the downside of this deal. No one is forcing you to gamble more but you just want to. On the other side, if you are not greedy and you can control yourself you should definitely seize the opportunity and get some free credits to bet with. It is not bad if you know how to control yourself. 

Risk-Free Bet

The second type of free bets is “risk-free bet”. This type of bet is, as I like to call it, a double-edged sword. For example, if the bookmaker offers you risk-free bet up to $25 that means they will refund your first bet up to $25 if you lose it. However, this is a good deal only if you lose that first bet. If you win it, absolutely nothing happens. It really is a risk-free bet but you need to lose it in order to get something out of this bonus type. 

What is The Catch? 

Truth to be told, there is no catch and you will really get free credits or risk-free bet. Bookmakers just want you to deposit more money. Once the money is deposited, you will get free credits and you can use them however you want. However, those free credits come with an attachment. Even though you are free to distribute them on multiple bets and use them however and whenever you want, there are some requirements that have to be met. 

Free Bet Requirements 

Every bookmaker has different rollover requirements. Some of them require you to wager “free credits” 10 to 20 times while some of them have unrealistic requirements like 5000 times which is almost impossible to do. In addition to that, there will often be minimum odds you need to bet on with those free credits. Those odds can vary from 1,50 to 1,90. If you find anything higher, do not accept that bonus. That’s why you always need to read the terms and conditions of every bonus before making a deposit. On the other side, if all requirements are meet and your bet is won you just won some free money. 

Pros & Cons 

Free Bets & Free Credits



Risk-Free Bet



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Betting on Esports isn’t always easy. You need to make an in-depth analysis of every match you plan to bet on. Alternatively, you can read online predictions that someone else made and hope for the best. In any case, there are some words and terms that you just have to know in order to both make and read predictions. We compiled a list of most used betting and Esports terms that you may stumble across while deciding what to bet on. Stick around and check out the list down below.

Most-common Betting Terms

Accumulator – It represents a series of bets in the same wager. Every single bet must be won in order for the wager to be won.

Bankroll – Amount of money you are willing to spend on betting each month. 

Bookie – Bookmakers / Sportsbook / Betting Site

Units – A certain amount of money can be expressed in units instead of currency. One unit can be $10 or $100. It all depends on you. Professional bettors usually bet units for easier risk assessments and bankroll management. 

High Roller – A bettor who gambles large sums of money. 

Handicap – A special type of bet where bettor selects a team to win or lose by a specific number of points. 

Margin – It represents that the certain number of points used in handicap bets. Margin can also represent the number of kills, assists, rounds, or maps in over/under bets. 

Favourite – A team that is most likely to win the match. 

Underdog (dog)  – A team that is most likely to lose the match.

Long Shot – A large underdog with minimal chances. 

Pick’em – A game with no favourite or underdog. 

Dark Horse – Underdog team that has a chance to win against better opponents. 

Wager – A bet or series of bets placed at a sportsbook.  

Most-common Esports Terms

Aggro – Aggressive playstyle.

Ban – It can referrer to multiple things. Before the match teams often “ban” maps they do not want to play until only one map is left. A ban can also refer to player or team ban which forbids banned players and teams to compete. Players can get banned for cheating or disrespecting the rules while teams often get banned for match-fixing or exploiting bugs. 

Buff – If the item or champions is buffed it means its powers are increased. 

Nerf – Opposite of buff, the powers of item or champion are decreased by developer. 

Carry – A player that deals the most damage and is performing way above the average. He is “carrying” the team on his shoulders.

Caster – A person who is commentating the game on the online stream. 

Champion – A character controlled by the player. If the game has champions it means each one of them has different abilities. For example, CS:GO and PUBG do not have champions while Dota 2 and Valorant do. 

FPS – Frames per second. 

Frag – A nicer word for a kill. 

Gank – An ambush. 

Griefer – A player who deliberately sabotages his own team. 

IGL – In-game leader. A player who is in charge.

KDA – It stands for kills/deaths/assists. Some games only have KD ratio as there are no assists. In both cases, it represents player’s performance. 

Lurker – A player that “lurks” around and often gets behind enemy lines. 

OP – Overpowered. A champion or an item that is not balanced and is in fact overpowered compared to other in-game champions or items. 

Rotation – Team movement from one area of the map to another. 

Ultimate – The most powerful ability of every champion. It can also be called “ulti”.

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