Being born and raised in the great state of Nevada, I’ve had the luxury of being around legal and regulated betting most of my existence. Others, though, have had to go through “untraditional means” to get their gambling fix — e.g. neighborhood bookies or offshore betting sites.
I have a special soft spot for the latter option. There’s something to be said about bettors that put their hard-earned money in the trust of a sketchy operation based out of Costa Rica or Panama — I mean, you really, really must love gambling to do so.
Over the past four years, I’ve had a direct connection with these very offshore bettors. Since 2016, I’ve poured hundreds of thousands of words — this number is no exaggeration — into articles about the seedy world of offshore wagering. That includes in-depth reviews about online bookmakers, free-of-cost gambling picks, and other handy gambling know-how (e.g. best sign-up bonuses or how odds work).
I’ve done all this work whilst freelancing for Visca Web, based out of Barcelona, Spain. The company maintains a slew of affiliate websites that covers the sort-of seedy industry. That includes the following sites:
- Sportsbook Bonus (this is their main portal for US readers that I mostly work on)
- Be A Better Bettor (perhaps the catchiest-named portal)
- Sports Betting Sites (we recently overhauled this website from scratch and I was busy re-writing some of its most prominent pages)
- Online Sports Betting
This unique experience has inched me ever-so-close to the everyday bettor — the same ones I’m sure DraftKings covets and would like to turn into their customers (if located in a state that’s legalized gambling, of course). At the end of the day, if you want to reach bettors, you need to speak their language. There’s no doubt this offshore foray of mine has helped me do just that in the most authentic way possible.
I’d like to share some of the work I’ve done for the Visca Web. Hand-picking my favorites in a group of 500-plus articles was a doozy, but here are some standout pieces:
Best Betting Calls
The vast majority of the articles I’ve done deal with gambling advice. You name a sports event, there’s a good chance I’ve researched it and given my expert opinion on who to wager on — the FIFA World Cup, the Kentucky Derby, MACtion football, Belarus soccer during the on-set of COVID-19, some random table tennis game, and so on.
I haven’t kept track of my calls, but I like to think I’m batting well above .500. If so, that means my legion of readers are raking in bookoos of money cause of me. Don’t believe me? Here’s proof of the winners, all the while I pretend my completely-whiffed calls never ever happened:
- Raise your hand if you had the Raptors ending the Warriors dynasty in the 2019 NBA Finals? Just me? Ok, cause I did exactly that when the series was dead-even at one game apiece.
- Here’s one for the recency bias folks. Just in October, I hit on five-out-six picks for NFL Week 6 action. For those scoring at home, that’s 83-percent shooting. See? I don’t miss — well, besides that time I wrongly blew $2000 on the Super Bowl, but that’s neither here nor there.
- Am I Nostradamus? Not quite. But am I the next closest thing? Probably. Look no further than my NFL 2019 Super Bowl futures article I penned in May 2018, a whole nine months before the big game. I predicted these four teams to make a Super Bowl run — the Patriots, Rams, Saints, and 49ers. Welp, what’d you know but the Pats ended up winning it over the Rams that season. As for the Saints, they SHOULD’VE been in that matchup if not for a missed pass interface call. And the 49ers? Ok, my crystal ball was a year off on them but hey, you can’t get ’em all right!
Other Offshore Betting Know-How
When I’m not picking gambling winners left and right, I’m also dropping knowledge about online betting as a whole. I like to think I’ve helped bettors far and wide better understand the not-so-intuitive world of sports wagering. Here are examples of handy advice I’ve given:
- I’m not kidding you when I tell you I’ve tried out every offshore sportsbook in some weird corner of the Internet. Seriously. I’ve had to while writing in-depth reviews on ’em. And let me tell you, a byproduct of creating an account at these bookmakers is most having my phone number and email address. So whenever the Super Bowl or March Madness rolls around, my phone gets absolutely blown up with sales pitches to come back and play. Hundreds of them actually and I respectfully deny each time, but that doesn’t stop them from attempting over and over again. Every single year. Anywhoo, here’s one on Bovada, a big name in the offshore industry.
- From memory alone, I can spew the sign-up bonuses offered at dozens of offshore platforms. 100-percent or 50-percent matches, $500 or $1000 max bonuses, playthrough requirements — many of these are deeply etched in my brain. Heck, I even know how they rank compared to DraftKings’ 20-percent match for up to $1,000 — and honestly speaking, DraftKings’ match percentage could be better. Like reviews, I’m constantly informing bettors of what deals are at their disposal. Take BetOnline for example, its welcome promo is among the best in the business.
- Few sporting events draw as much betting action as the NCAA Tournament. Given this demand, I supplied a complete guide to wagering on the event. This evergreen content covers the basics — types of bets offered, where to get the best odds — to the complex such as betting rules to follow.
- Earlier I mentioned I do the bulk of my writing on the Sportsbook Bonus portal. If you go to its current homepage, I’ve literally written every single word on it. Yes, thousands of readers from around the world’s first introduction to the site has been my beautiful prose. How lucky of them, huh?!?
Before I wrap up, I’d be amiss not to mention the article’s featured image with my mug photoshopped over the great Wilt Chamberlain (uncropped image in its full glory for your unbridled enjoyment below). Is the 100-percent pick accuracy hyperbole? I mean, perhaps, if you’re not doubling the true percentage and rounding up to the nearest three-digit figure…. but everyone does that, right?!?!