Vegas Dave – Net Worth, Fiancée (Sonders), Arrest, Biography

Vegas Dave (real name – Dave Oancea) is one of the most successful future sports bettors in the gambling world. In addition, Dave is a sports handicapper who made his fortune betting on sports events weekly.

He refers to himself as ”#1 sports information consultant” and ”one of the elite sports handicappers of this era.”


He was born on December 10, 1976, in the USA.

Dave started his gambling career in Las Vegas after moving from Honolulu, Hawaii.

Some of his first bets were while attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Oancea took a $10,000 student loan and placed it on red on roulette, and doubled his money. 

He predicted the Ravens would win the Super Bowl and won $208,000 in 2012.

In 2013, Dave put down $30,000 at the start of All-Star Break for a payout of $340,000. He predicted the Boston Red Sox would win the World Series.

In 2015, he won $2,457,200 from 26 bets on the Kansas City Royals’ World Series win. Oancea said in an interview:

”Most casinos after I crushed the Royals, they limited my bets. The Westgate, they won’t take my bets anymore.”

Dave went on to say:

”William Hill will only let me win $300,000 on a future, and MGM probably is around 300. So I’m really screwed if I want to win seven figures again.”

Dave bet $20,000 for $240,000 that Holly Holm would defeat Ronda Rousey in the UFC 193 event to become the new women’s bantamweight champion. He said to Vice:

”The Holm bet was pretty much my first bet and I went big on it. $20,000.”

In 2016, Dave won $300,000 by betting $77,000 on underdog Miesha Tate to beat UFC champion Holly Holm, according to BroBible. He said:

”I told her ‘Look, Miesha. It’s your time. I know it’s your time. You’re gonna win this.’”

Oancea continued:

”That’s all I told her. And I won $300,000.”

Tate declared to MMAjunkie Radio:

”He just texted me earlier today. He said, ‘I’m upping my bet to $77,000.’”

In April 2017, Dave was indicted on 19 felony charges for allegedly using fake social security numbers to open player accounts at casinos.

Each of the 19 charges Oancea faced came with a potential 5-year prison term. Oancea wrote on his Twitter account:

”When you are at the top of your industry, 90 percent of the people want to bring you down.”

After agreeing to a plea deal, Dave said he was ordered to stay out of Nevada sportsbooks for three years as well as to pay a $1,000 fine. Oancea also said about Las Vegas casinos: 

”When you lose money, they are your best friend, but when you win, they become your worst enemy, even going so far as to threaten your freedom.”

Mike Trout card sale

In April 2020, Oancea sold Mike Trout’s one-of-a-kind 2009 Bowman superfractor rookie card for $3.93 million.

He purchased the card in 2018 for $400k on eBay. ”It took my marketing and sales ability and my brand to inflate the prices so high,” Dave explained.


In 2019, Vegas Dave got engaged to former FOX Sports and Golf Channel personality Holly Sonders.

Holly Sonders, fiancee of Vegas Dave
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He wrote on his Instagram: ”I never thought this day would ever happen.” She said: ”I fell in love with him instantly.”

In April 2020, some reported that the two split after Sonders posted on Instagram:

”Heading back to America for the duration of this…who wants to quarantine with me once I land?”

The last photo with Sonders on Dave’s Instagram is on June 17, 2020.

”She’s there for me, we’re still together, but people don’t understand how much I work and how much I sacrifice for my business every day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.,” Oancea said in August 2020.


”Innovate, create, build wealth off the internet.”

”How you react and overcome obstacles is what breeds success and separates the winners from the wanna be winners in life.”

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”I am a massive risk-taker. I do what others are not willing to do.”

”I don’t see anyone as my competition. Nobody has my goals, visions, and dreams.”

”Find someone that operates at the same speed as you.”

”Take massive risks, play offense while everyone else is playing defense.”

”I’m making moves while others are still sleeping.”

Vegas Dave – Net Worth

Dave earned most of his wealth from placing numerous high winning bets. Oancea gained fame for winning $2.3 million on the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl 50 and $2.5 million on the Kansas City Royals to win the 2015 World Series.

Oancea also makes money from selling sports packages on his website. Dave promotes himself on his Instagram account (over 1.2 million followers) and YouTube channel. Therefore, Vegas Dave has an estimated net worth of $7.5 million.

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