2017 IFBC Travel (and Survival) Guide

Survival Guide

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 8:36 PM GMT

The first International Football Betting Conference is just around the corner. If you want to meet some of the big names behind the football odds, here’s how you can join in.

There is no offseason in sports betting. Even if you restrict yourself to making NFL picks, or you prefer college football to the pros, there’s always something to bet on. But it’s still pretty quiet this time of year. Some of this downtime will be spent looking at the NFL Draft and the latest recruiting classes; the rest will be spent deciding which kind of bourbon goes best with which kind of lemonade.

Or you could hop on a plane to Costa Rica and rub elbows with some of the brightest football minds in the business. The inaugural International Football Betting Conference takes place August 4-5 at the Sheraton Resort & Casino in Escazu, just a pooch kick east of the capital in San Jose. Speakers will include top handicappers like Marc Lawrence, Gil Alexander and Teddy Covers, there’s an SBR Roundtable on the sked, and hey, it’s Costa Rica. Here are a few tips to help you on your journey.

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Democracy in Action

Costa Rica is one of the most progressive countries in the Western Hemisphere – and a hotbed for the sports betting industry. But like anywhere else, you have to watch yourself. Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in Latin America, but petty crime can still be an issue and the Zika virus is still a thing. So don’t attend the conference if you’re pregnant or thinking about it. Finally, just like if you were in any unfamiliar neighborhood, be aware of your surroundings, don't flaunt your cash and always keep an eye on your belongings!

 Slippery When Wet

The temperatures in Costa Rica are pretty much uniform throughout the year, at an average high of around 80 degrees. But aside from the winter months, it does rain a fair amount. Early August isn’t too bad, though. Bring summertime clothes and be prepared for when the sun is out. Otherwise, stay indoors and enjoy the conference.

 

No Gamble, No Future

Gambling is completely legal in Costa Rica. That includes sports betting, although you might have to do some hunting to find any NFL or NCAAF odds. And you might not want to place a futures bet in Costa Rica anyway if you’re not going to be in town to collect. Stick with poker if you want some live action; it’ll be $1/$2 no-limit Hold’em for the most part. Even better, find out what the pro handicappers and the other bigwigs from the conference are playing. They know things.