Nevada Gaming Control Board Permits Wagers eSports

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has given licenced operators permission to start taking wagers on esports competition, the ESL Pro League Season. This decision gives customers the right to put wagers on  the ESL Pro League Season 11: North America series, of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s (CS:GO) competition.

On March 25 the NGCB issued a one-page statement granting the authorisation. This explicitly gave customers the right to place wagers on head-to-head matches, wager on each match’s winner, and put a bet on the ultimate winner of the season. Any effort to make wagers deviating from one of those three conditions needs approval before accepting bets.

Therefore, all operators who plan to give such types of wagers are required to contact the Enforcement Division of the NGCB to inform them of the events on which they will give wagers.

Within the order other forms of wagers are prohibited. This involves in-play betting, which means all wagers have to be made before every match begins. Operators would be responsible for each match or event setting their own odds.

This decision comes as esports takes centre stage in the world of sports betting, and in that, CS: GO plays a huge part. The Home Sweet Home tournament was revealed on March 25, and will be a series of events with a combined prize pool of $320,000.

If you’re not familiar with CS: GO but maybe want to bet on it, the game has a simple concept. A team of terrorists engage in a first-person shooter multiplayer match against a counter-terrorist team with the objective of destroying their opponents or completing a mission, such as setting or defusing a bomb.

After all the big closure of the sports league and most sporting competitions closed in the U.S., in Europe, and in other areas of the globe, many gamblers turned to obscure sports leagues and betting activities. This has also included wagering on activities like marble racing, sign spinning, and stone skipping.