Posted 26th July 2016 By: para
What a month! This has been the toughest and most hectic of my life. From the outside it’s been service as normal but from my perspective, it’s been tough. Hopefully nobody noticed, but we had a crunch on the server before the majors started, so a lot of the backend of the site was rewritten and optimised to keep it running as light as possible. This was alongside a focus on the finishing, testing and fine tuning of the jackpot system ready for launch. When it was finally ready, it launched straight into a maelstrom of confusion with the Valve notice to gambling sites. Despite the months of hard work, we’ve had to shelve the project for now until we’ve got a clearer understanding of Valve. Fortunately, that time wasn’t wasted, we’ve got something pretty cool rising from the ashes of that. More on that later!
In the latter half of July, I’ve managed to get back to some of my favourite work, the community tipsters! We’re having a big push to get better community involvement in CSGOHUB, we’ve got some awesome tipsters who’ve really taken care of their betting to rise through the ranks. So these latest updates are aimed at you guys…
The tipster profiles have had a nice new redesign (props to Para for the design), before they were pretty stat heavy, now they’ve got a nice new top half (the bottom half will be redesigned soon).
More importantly tho, they now have customisable features…
For a full list of the changes checkout the annotated screenshot below…
We’ve also updated the Tipster Rankings, the leaderboard is now ranked purely on profits – the previous algorithm was too complex and confusing – and features ALL our users who have tried out the bet tracker, so even if you’re ranked 2000th, you can see yourself rise through the ranks as your performance increases.
If you’re new to CSGOHUB and want to give it a try, use freetrial code ‘TRY5‘ for a five day trial on us.
No longer do you have to renew every month with keys, we’ve now setup a bulk-buy discount on key payments. You can try us out for 10 days with 1 key or for a limited time you can get a years worth of premium access for just 14 keys! That’s almost 1 key per month! Signup now
You may have noticed our chat died, sadly it looks like it’s unable to respawn as the service provider has gone out of business! So I’ve done some quick updates to replace this with a Disqus chat. On the bright side it looks much nicer and you’re already logged into it. Personally I think it’s also much more usable for match chat as you can raise single points and discuss each one, rather than the previous chat which was easily changed to a different conversation.
We’ll keep looking for any better alternatives.
We always want to hear from you, so let me know if you have any ideas or find any bugs which you think could improve CSGOHUB!
Talk to us on Social Media, the Steam Group or by using the feedback tool on the side of the website.
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When you first start out you’ll be tempted to try to bet as frequently as possible, don’t. Wait for matches with good odds where you or the predictors know the teams. Never force yourself to bet, bet on matches that you are confident in. You may go days or weeks without placing a bet, you’re not in a rush, wait for bets you are comfortable and confident in and profit should follow.
If there’s any uncertainty, don’t place a bet. Save your skins for another day. There will be plenty of other matches that you can bet on.
Betting is always risky, that’s unavoidable. But staying inside a ‘safe zone’ will help cover you off from some really silly bets. When starting out with a low inventory, large bets placed on matches with 80%+ odds aren’t going to return much in general (on lounge, even less due to the inconsistent returns) but you’re still risking a large amount of your inventory for very little.
Equally, odds below 30% sound very, very attractive with huge returns possible. But if you don’t know the teams or all the details, it’s very possible the team doesn’t stand any chance. If you think there might be a chance, reduce the size of the stake or consider an ICB.
Always bet with a percentage of your inventory. Think, what happens if you lose an ‘All in’ bet, do you stop betting for the rest of your life, or just get your wallet out and go again? You may think there’s no risk, however there is always risk. If you’re placing a high bet, stick to an absolute maximum of 20% of your betting inventory.
Always leave enough to bet another day.
If you’re feeling angry or frustrated, your judgement get’s very cloudy. You’ll make a stupid bet and lose. If you just lost a big bet or are on a losing streak, instead of trying to force a bet, you should take a step back, calm down and just take a break, come back refreshed with a fresh mindset.
Betting blind is a purely relying on luck, if the underdog odds are 30%, that definitely doesn’t mean the team has a 30% chance of winning. It just means 30% of the betting community chose that team. A late roster change could mean there’s zero chance for the team to win. Check in with our predictions to help give you some more background on the game.
Use the lounge odds tracker to predict the final odds as the start of the match get’s closer. If the odds are increasing/decreasing for the team you intend to bet on the return may not outweigh the risk anymore. A huge significant switch of odds at the last moment may mean that something shady is going on, mostly in very low tier games, or a sudden announcement, E.g standin may have occurred.
Bookies will put up their odds based on their own expectations, as the bets start coming in they'll tweak the odds to ensure it's still profitable for them. That early stage is key to getting an edge on the bookies.
As soon as you feel like you have to bet again to recoup loses, you’ll feel compelled to make bigger bets with bigger risks. This often starts an endless cycle driving your losses further and further. Instead, after a big loss, take a day off from betting (or a week if was really big). .Keep to the proper bet sizing based on the risk of the match no matter what. You are not in a race to win it back, just take it easy.
Do not blindly follow betting site odds and think that they are correct to the true odds. If a betting site has ‘Team A’ as a heavy favorite, it does not always mean that it’s an easy win for ‘Team A’.
SK beat Na’Vi… Na’Vi beat E-Frag. That means SK can beat E-Frag now, right? No.
There are many factors which contribute to the team winning a match, these factors such as player performance, map selection, strategy and tactics which may not apply to other teams.