Meet Our Authors - Pavo Jurkic

Pavo Jurkic Author
My name is Pavo Jurkic and I’m a freelance esports author at
GamblingSites.org. I’ve been a part of the esports betting industry for half a
decade, watching its rapid development and expansion that won’t be stopping
anytime soon. As far as esports betting experience goes, I guess I’m like the
main boss you have to beat to finish the game.

My freelance writing experience is almost entirely based on esports. I did
have a few gigs in the tech sphere, mostly related to UAVs. However, as soon as
I got the opportunity to start working in the esports betting industry, my
passion for drones disappeared into thin air.

Fast forward to August 23rd, 2018, I got in touch with GamblingSites.org, did
a few test articles, and got hired as an esports betting author. That’s how my
GamblingSites.org story starts. . . A full year has gone by and I have to admit it I
love my life here.

As far as my workload goes, I’m not tied to a specific type of article. I’m
doing a little bit of everything – blogs, picks, news. Whenever there’s
something urgent on the to-do list, I’m the man to call!

Even though I got hired to fill the esports writer position, I expanded my
coverage to soccer. After all, I’m from Croatia. We breathe soccer here. . .

How did I become an esports betting author? Well, I guess it all started way
back when I couldn’t even talk straight. Growing up in post-war Croatia with
both parents working hard to put food on the table, video games practically
raised me. My good old SNES, to be precise. I spent hours on end in front of my
good old CRT TV, beating countless bosses and enjoying every second of it. Good
Lord, life was so carefree back then. . .

Fast-forward to high school; I was already following several esports scenes
in the making. The betting aspect and the esports industry itself weren’t
anywhere near their current exposure. They were making their first steps into
the mainstream, and I felt like one of the chosen few that gets to understand
the true beauty of professional gaming.

Shortly after the end of my freshman year, I got my first esports betting
gig. That’s where all the craze began. I couldn’t believe I was getting paid to
watch esports matches and analyze teams’ performances. It seemed so crazy at the
time.

In 2018, the year I started working for GamblingSites.org, esports betting
industry was already a well-established behemoth. With a massive wave of up and
coming esports titles on the horizon, the betting aspect was going through a
renaissance. 2019 seems to be bringing more of the same. Even though most “new”
esports titles’ bubbles already popped, the holy trio (LoL, Dota 2, CS:GO) is
going strong and I’m here to bring you guys up to speed on all of their notable
events and betting opportunities.

More About Pavo Jurkic

Fun Facts

  • Self-proclaimed esports betting expert
  • Soon-to-be married with children
  • Representing Croatia
  • Lost a ton of money on women’s soccer in 2015
  • Won even more money on CS:GO in 2018
Q&A

Favorite TV Series?

As the second fun fact implies, my favorite series is Married with
Children.
It’s the perfect reflection on the way I currently live my life.
With one exception, though – Al Bundy works in a shoe store while I work for the
best company in the world.

Favorite Video Game?

I’m a big sucker for indie games. Just recently, I found a proper gem called
Dead Cells. It’s a Metroidvania Roguelite kind of game with a permadeath system
and outright gorgeous pixel graphics. If you love a challenge and easy to
learn but hard to master
game mechanics, give Dead Cells a try!

Favorite Thing to Bet On?

Pretty much the only thing I bet on these days is CS:GO. CS:GO specials, to
be more precise.

Will You Be at the Area 51 Raid?

If I manage to polish my Naruto running skills by mid-September, sure, why
not?

What Is in Your Fridge Right Now?

I gained 30 pounds in the last two years, which is in direct correlation with
the amount of Coca Cola I got stashed in the fridge.

Would Gordon Ramsey Approve of Your Cooking?

Heck yeah, he would! My pasta carbonara and Bolognese making skills are
unheard of in this part of the Balkans. My cleanliness, on the other hand,
leaves much to be desired. Let’s just say Gordon would need a bunch of swear
words to describe it.

How Do You Feel About Putting Pineapple on Pizza?

If you’re a homeless dog who hasn’t eaten in two weeks, pineapple pizza is
going to taste like heaven itself. If you’re a human, throw that abomination
away and order a capricciosa! Don’t embarrass yourself!

Favorite Blog

Pavo Fav Blog

My favorite article that
I’ve written up to this point would have to be “Can
FaZe Clan Go All the Way and Win IEM Katowice Major 2019?
” back in February
of 2019. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a big fan of FaZe Clan. Writing about their pros and cons ahead of such a gigantic event was the perfect
opportunity to show off my vast FaZe Clan knowledge.

My favorite blogs are related to CS:GO. Mainly, I’m talking about event
previews and predictions. That’s the sort of articles I love working on
since they heavily revolve on watching the actual games and crawling through
heaps of stats to find the stuff that can make a difference to bettors.

1995

Stayin’ alive since nineteen ninety five

1999

Got my first console

2007

Won a PES 6 event in my hometown

2013

Fell in love with LoL and CS:GO esports

2015

Started working in the esports betting industry

2016

Became a Business Management Bachelor

2016

Had a son shortly after graduation

2018

Started working for GamblingSites.org

2019

Had a second son shortly after starting my GamblingSites.org career

Check Out Pavo's Most Recent Articles

IEM Katowice Challengers Stage Betting Predictions , February 11, 2019

The wait is almost over! Intel Extreme Masters XIII Katowice Major is just around the corner with...

Dota 2 ESL One Katowice 2019 Tournament Preview , February 11, 2019

Dota 2 always seems to provide great action no matter what tournament we’re talking about. There'...

IEM Katowice Major Round 1 Betting Preview: Odds, Picks, and Value , February 8, 2019

The anticipation is at its highest with just a few more days separating us from the start of the ...

Overwatch League Season 2 Tournament Preview , February 6, 2019

Overwatch is quickly becoming one of the most popular esports games out there. The tournaments th...

IEM Katowice Major 2019 Tournament Preview , February 5, 2019

This is it, guys! Less than two weeks are separating us from the first CS:GO Major tournament of ...

Six Invitational 2019 Tournament Preview , February 4, 2019

Our Six Invitational 2019 betting preview will start soon, but first, a little bit of history. Ra...

LCS 2019 Spring Split Tournament Betting Preview , January 25, 2019

The time is almost up, guys! There are less than 48 hours to go before the start of this year’s L...

iBUYPOWER Masters IV Tournament Preview , January 18, 2019

This is it, guys – less than a day separates us from the first proper CS:GO tournament in 2019. A...

Betting Preview of the Chongqing Major 2019 , January 18, 2019

The Chongqing Major is the first Major tier tournament of the new year (and second in a competiti...

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