The LOOT.BET/CS Season 5 isn’t the biggest tournament of December, as the CSGO ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals steal the show. This event is nevertheless exciting and with 16 teams taking part in a Swiss system format, it provides punters with excellent esports betting opportunities.
The first stage of the competition is about to end, with eight teams advancing from the regular season to the playoffs. This week, the Round 4 and Round 5 matches will determine the name of the qualifying teams.
Five teams have already secured passage to the quarterfinals, after winning three matches, while three other squads have been eliminated. Only Wisla Krakow and SKADE have won all the games played so far in the LOOT.BET/CS Season 5 and they are the main favorites to lift the trophy.
The tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of $30,000 which will be split exclusively among the top four teams. The winner will get the lion’s share of $18,000, while the runners up will claim $7500.
Team Heretics takes on 2115 in a Decisive Match
The second to last match of Round 4 pits Team Heretics against 2115 in a best-of-three series that the former are expected to win.
Rivalry offers the best esports odds on the favorites, currently standing of 2/5, while pricing an upset win at 17/10. Team Heretics have played the most games at the LOOT.BET/CS Season 5, winning and losing all series at the end of three matches.
Punters should definitely consider a bet on more than 2.5 maps to be played once again, as this outcome is priced at 11/10 by the same bookmaker.
2115 are at the opposite end of the spectrum, sweeping opponents in the only series won so far, while losing the other two games by 2-0. Something’s got to give in this decisive match and we think that Team Heretics will ultimately prevail in a highly contested series.
Team Secret and SJ Gaming Play the Friday Derby
The most anticipated match of the day is the one involving Team Secret and SJ Gaming. Each has won a single series so far and they have a negative round difference, which compels them to win the series in two games. A narrow margin victory would be just as useless as a defeat, which only increases the pressure on their players.
ArcaneBet regards this match as the perfect coin flip, as reflected by the odds of 3/5 offered on each team to win. Team Secret are slight favorites at other bookmakers, but the difference is so small that the series could truly go either way.
Since the odds are below even value and each team has a 50% chance to win, punters should avoid a bet on the outright winner. Instead, they should either bet on the series to be decided in two matches, at odds of 17/20 or bet on one of the teams to win by 2-0. Round five will commence this weekend, while the LOOT.BET/CS Season 5 playoffs are scheduled to start next week.
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