“Mickey Appleman needs no introduction to serious gamblers”


Mickey Appleman has been professionally betting sports and playing poker since 1974. Along with a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Ohio State and an MBA in Statistics from Case Western, he is a four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and also the winner of the Ultimate Handicapping Contest in 1984 – the only sports handicapping contest he ever entered. While poker has always been a part of Mickey’s life, sports are truly his expertise, and for the first time in 45 years, he is now sharing his plays to the public. Some of Mickey’s most famous wins over the years have been $900,000 on the Reagan/Carter election, $300,000 on Muhammad Ali/Larry Holmes boxing match, and $500,000 on Louisville/Memphis State CFB game, as well as a famed $640,000 golf shot.



Learn more about Mickey on his Wikipedia page.




Mickey grew up on Long Island, and after college, he set out in his early career in Washington, D.C. There, he worked as a coordinator for a drug rehabilitation clinic, and then as a math teacher at inner-city public schools in the late 60’s. He always felt a pull to help others in need, especially in some of D.C.’s toughest neighborhoods, and stumbled into the worlds of poker and sports betting somewhat accidentally and unexpectedly. He eventually settled down in Fort Lee, NJ, and has a son named Alexander.


A considerable portion of Mickey’s love for sports can be attributed to the four sports that he played competitively while growing up. That experience gave him a deeper understanding of the strategies and variables within each game, contributing to his success as a sports bettor. His notoriety, however, comes from his skills at the poker table. Mickey has been playing poker for as long as he’s been betting on sports, and doing it extremely well. A regular at The Mayfair Club, he has played alongside other poker greats like Dan Harrington, Howard Lederer, Steve Zolotow, and Billy Baxter. His first trip to the World Series of Poker was in 1975 and won his first bracelet in 1980.


It is an understatement to say that Mickey is committed to his career in sports betting. With an unmatched devotion to the games, stats, and understanding of each sport, Mickey has become a master handicapper. His insight is unparalleled; he is the first to admit when he's made a losing bet, but he is immediately capable of seeing any mistake, deconstructing and analyzing it, and making adjustments moving forward. Since the digitalization of sports betting, Mickey has continued to utilize his own expertise when placing bets, using computers minimally in his gathering of information. He doesn’t need to rely on computers; his knack for statistics and vast knowledge of sports allow him to rely on his own talent. Throughout his sports betting career, Mickey has enjoyed a number of notable successes. His skill and even-keeled nature have led to a loyal following and a built-up trust in his strategies and his picks. He has influenced a number of other sports bettors and has become a truly reliable source of information.


There is a laundry list of stories that Mickey can tell of his time in the gambling realm, each one more interesting and enthralling than the next. In all of the articles about Mickey and interviews with him, both the pieces themselves and the comments all point out what a kind and humble person he is. Despite his status in both poker and sports handicapping, everyone seems to have, first and foremost, a fond memory of Mickey from as far back as the 70’s, and then a note of his good character.



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