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Making Friends in the Esports Betting Community

| November 29, 2017 12:00 am PDT
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Teamwork is important for next-level esports betting. Teams serve as a pooling of resources, both tangible and intangible. You can leverage the wealth, knowledge, and skill of others to improve your own chances of success.

Take Jon Finkle’s history in betting in Magic: The Gathering, for example. Finkel, who became a millionaire throughout his betting career, worked in teams throughout his whole career. To see this history in its full depth, you can check out Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids, a 2006 biography of Finkel, or its abridged form in Next Level Betting: Teamwork. What both of these things skip over, however, is how the teams were formed.

This is largely because of the difficulty of pinning down how, exactly, a team is formed. Teams are like a group of friends. Only in extremely rare cases are they formed in a single meeting, or even through an organized process. Instead, they are formed over time as more and more people are brought in. Finkel became part of his first team when he impressed a member of a pre-existing Magic: The Gathering team. Finkel became part of his first betting team when he was tapped by a player at a local poker club. Finally, he became part of his poker team by gathering some of his old friends for one final hurrah.

As with any team, forming an esports betting team is no easy task. In this article, I am going to go over the many techniques you can use to put an esports betting team together, and how to turn that team from a loose collective into a well-oiled machine.

How to Find Esports Bettors

Unfortunately, the underground nature of esports betting can make it difficult to find people with a similar hobby. However, this hasn’t stopped some online forums and the like from popping off. When developing an esports betting team, you should think of your online interaction as networking. If you have experience with networking, this should come naturally. If you haven’t, I can boil it down to a simple three-step process.

The first step is to find the conversation.

You need to find people before you can talk to them, so this step should seem fairly obvious. However, this is much easier said than done. Esports betting communities are often quiet, so finding them from an outside perspective can be seemingly impossible. You can find a few starter communities, which will in turn feed into the harder-to-find ones. Make sure to check around a website before starting an account, as some forums are not as active as they look. For example, the esports betting community on Reddit may seem active if you first sign on before a big event, but it remains quiet for the rest of the year. Additionally, some esports betting websites offer a free chat, much like Twitch. While this shouldn’t be the sole reason you are using a website, this is a huge pro in my opinion. This will allow you to find like-minded people while you’re on the job.

The second step is to join the conversation.

You must join the conversation carefully, however. You want to approach the conversation in a way that is both confident and humble. On one hand, you will need to establish yourself with some authority. If you are looking to create a team, then people will need to trust you. Otherwise, why would they follow you? On the other hand, it can be easy to come off as arrogant, and this will stop people from wanting to join up with you. This may not be as big of a roadblock if you are trying to create a team, but the first people you will turn away are those who are already established. To try to play both sides at the same time, take command of the conversation, but use question marks more than periods. If you are completely new to networking, though I hope otherwise, you may want to look into books such as Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” which will teach you how to develop social skills like many of history’s most famous leaders.

The third and final step is to convert friends to teammates.

This step, despite being the most unnatural, may be the easiest. This is the step where you say, “Hey. We should work together.” You should be most careful about entering this step. Consider what ideal teammates look like – are the people that you are asking this question ideal teammates? If not, you can wait. As the inverse to this step, you may be asked to join a team. Again, question who you are being solicited by. Is this team going to improve your performance? Do you add something unique to the team? Do you trust them with money?

How to Develop an Esports Betting Team

Once you have joined or created an esports betting team, things need to be organized. You can also keep this organization in mind before anyone has been added. Performing this thought exercise will help you to gain an idea of who the ideal candidates are.

When beginning your team, the first thing you need to think about are the roles.

What unique thing does everyone on the team bring to the table? One person may be your barn, which is like a venture capitalist, someone who brings mostly cash to the table. Another person may be your accountant – their sole job is to handle the cash. Think of your esports betting team as a business. Each employee must work toward one of your goals, understanding that they will be paid at the end of the week.

From there, you will need to operate as a business. Holding meetings is essential. The team cannot be a team if you never get together. The team must decide when they will be active. If you are spearheading your team, keep an ear out. Other members will have input into how the team should be run, and that input will be essential to your success.

Finally, figure out how your team is going to get the job done. Just as it is by yourself, finding your workflow with your teammates can be the difference between ten dollars and a million.

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