I set myself the mission of traveling to those playoff games and the World Cup, and pay for it all with bitcoin I won betting on the games. That’s exactly what I did!
The 2 qualification playoffs and the tournament itself made this a 3-part project. I treated the expenses and bets separately for each part.
I paid with bitcoin as much as possible including Expedia for accommodation and CheapAir for flights.
Where I could not pay with bitcoin directly I used my Bitpay Visa debit card. The card is loaded with bitcoin but spends US dollars like any Visa card. These were the expenses, click the links for full itemization.
I bet wherever I saw value. For the qualification playoffs I mostly just bet on Australia to win through. In the tournament I mostly martingaled underdogs and the draw.
I made 214 bets, totaling 8340 m฿ at 5 different crypto sportsbooks. My winnings were
Part 1 – Asian qualification playoff – Australia vs Syria: 886 m฿
Part 2 – Intercontinental playoff – Australia vs Honduras: 947 m฿
Part 3 – World Cup in Russia: 644 m฿
Total profit/loss: 2504 m฿
That’s 30% profit on betting turnover. I did get lucky but I gave myself the best posible chance of getting lucky. I got the best odds by using the odds comparisons, I bet systematically, and most of my bets beat the closing line.
Full details on my betting strategies and verification of all individual bets are on each stage’s report, linked to below.