Las Vegas allows betting during the IEM Extreme Masters for League of Legends, and projects to offer betting for future events
Over the weekend during the Intel Extreme Masters, William Hill Sports Book, in coordination with the Downtown Grand Casino, became the first to organize in Las Vegas legal wagers on Esports matches.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board permitted the sportsbook to take benefits during the League of Legends tournament at the IEM Oakland event. The event has been categorized as an athletic sporting event, and was deemed suitable for betting to occur.
Bettors were able to wager on six teams during the entire tournament, according to the Esports Betting Report.
According to Governor Brian Sandoval:
“This announcement is a major step toward ensuring Nevada becomes the e-sports capital of the world. By embracing this unique opportunity and incorporating innovation and technology into our gaming industry, we’re expanding the potential of one of our oldest industries,” Sandoval said in a press release.
“Representatives from William Hill and Downtown Grand have been active partners with the Gaming Policy Committee as we examined e-sports wagering in the State of Nevada,” Sandoval continued. I would like to congratulate them on this approval and commend both companies for their swift work and determination.”
The odds for the 6 teams were as followed:
- Team SoloMid(+110)
- Flash Wolves(4/1)
- Unicorns of Love(10/1)
- INTZ e-Sports(60/1)
- The Chiefs Esports(100/1)
Bettors were also be able on the two quarterfinal matches:
- INTZ e-Sports (+180) vs Unicorns of Love (-220)
- The Chiefs Esports (+700) vs Longzhu (-1100)
The process marks Esports being deemed as a professional sport, and players be considered athletes by the government. MLG Vegas is expected to see betting available during the Major League Gaming North American Regional of Call of Duty World, and Overwatch Invitational. The events have $100,000 prize pools.
“We’re focused first on MLG, then we’ll start to look at other events for next year,” Schorr said.