ABOUT MICKEY VIDEO
FOLLOW MICKEY FOR DAILY SPORTS INSIGHTS
[MICKEY]: Hi I’m Mickey Appleman, I’m a professional sports bettor, I’ve been doing it for upwards of 40 years. I went to college at Ohio State and got a uh, a BBA and went to case western reserve and got an MBA. While going to Case Western Reserve, I got involved in an inner-city math program, and I taught inner-city school for two years. Um, I’ve been an avid athlete, played four sports in high school, played college soccer for Ohio State University and uh, been involved in competitive sports my whole life, which has enabled me to have insights into handicapping.
HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO GAMBLING?
[MICKEY]: My first bet was the Superbowl II between the Chiefs and the Vikings, and I saw they’d had a line of 14, and I knew that the Chiefs had an intimidating defense, and in the pre-season, they held their own against all NFL opponents. And given that their defense was so strong, I thought 14 points was way too many points to spot, in spite of the dom--the proposed dominance of the NFL over the AFL. So, I was teaching school at the time and I bet 20 different teachers $50 each on the Chiefs +14 points, and the rest is history.
AT WHAT POINT DID YOU REALIZE YOU HAD A TALENT FOR SPORTS BETTING?
[MICKEY]: I used to go into this diner and there was, one of the countermen was a, uh, was a bookmaker. And I was looking in the paper and I saw a line, Rutgers +7 over Columbia, and I said, “Is that the line on the game?” and he said yes, he says, “You can bet whatever you want on it.” So I went to the bank and I, I had a total bankroll of about $700 and I took out $500, handed it to him and I said, “Will you please bet this for me?” And I think the halftime score was something like 30-0, and at this point in time, I realized that maybe I had potential as a sports bettor.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO BETTING ON SUCH A LARGE SCALE?
[MICKEY]: I used to bet at a poker game somebody gave me these little parlay cards and I filled them out and the first week I went 4 for 4, the second week 3 for 4, the third week I went 4 for 4, and the fourth week I went 4 for 4. So one of the people there introduced me to a friend of his who, who was a prominent bookmaker in New York, and he taught me the ropes very soon. And within a month or two I was an overnight success as a sports bettor. And as you win, your bets get progressively higher.
WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE BIGGEST BEST YOU’VE MADE?
[MICKEY]: The biggest bet was in 1980 with the Reagan/Carter election, and one of the bookmakers I, that I was betting with believed the incumbent was always gonna win. So he opened a line the day of the election when it was a foregone conclusion that Reagan, all the exit polls had Reagan winning by a landslide. H opened it 6 to 5 and I kept betting him and I bet 6 to 5, 7 to 5, 8 to 5, 9 to 5; before it was all finished, I bet almost my entire bankroll, which was like $600,000, $700,000 on uh, Reagan to win the election. And uh, later on that year, my hero, my sports hero was Muhammad Ali, he was not only my sports hero, he was my life figure and hero, and I had gone to Zaire to watch him fight Foreman, and I, I realized that he was pretty much done. But he got in perfect shape and he had lost a lot of weight, he was taking, uh, pills, and he looked like he was in fighting shape. But I, I knew that there was something wrong with him. And they put up the line, him against Larry Holmes, it was like a pick‘em line. And I didn't think he had a chance and I knew Larry Holmes, who was an excellent fighter, had something to prove personally, and so, uh, I bet something like $400,000 on Larry Holmes in that fight, and Ali never threw a punch. And this probably let to his Parkinson’s Syndrome subsequent to the fight. It was, it was really, uh, I mean those two situations were unique where I really had enough jeopardy.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BETTING NOW COMPARED TO YEARS AGO?
[MICKEY]: Back in the day you had to ascertain your own information. You’d go to newsstands, and you’d buy newspapers from all over the country. Today everything’s public; and so, in uh, when I, in 1981 and ‘82, if you had information on injuries you kept them private, you didn’t share it with other people, and you used those to your advantage. Today it’s a diff--it’s a completely different thing, everything’s on the internet and people really don’t have to work as hard. You, you don’t have to dig as deep as we had to go; we used to go to newsstands and buy every newspaper every day for the entire week, especially in college football and the NFL. Even weather situations and weather conditions; they weren’t public information in those days, and so today you have to find different angles; nine quantified angles that give you an edge over the line.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAVE A DEFINITIVE EDGE TODAY?
[MICKEY]: I work very hard, and since I’ve been doing it for 40 years, duplication of situations makes it so that I can see things that, say, happened before, and it gives me some insights and edge. Sometimes certain coaches, uh, have an advantage after, uh, they’ve done poorly. When, when a team does poorly the previous week, certain, uh, coaches have a way of rallying their troops, and so I usually bet on them the next week. And, and they usually, you have a built-in value after a team plays poorly one week to the next.
WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO COME OUT WITH YOUR PICKS TO THE PUBLIC NOW?
[MICKEY]: Well, they changed the laws, uh, sports betting is now legal in New Jersey, and I’ve had many opportunities in the past to get involved in this, and I thought this was the--the timing was right for me to do it right now. I’ve been betting sports for 40 years, and I’ve realized it’s not a picnic; you really have to work hard and stay on top of every little situation. You have to know what the right prices are so you can take advantage of the mistakes in the line. When you’re betting sports, you have to have resolve. Because some days, things don’t fall your way, but if you have the resolve to stay with my information and picks for a period of time, you will succeed. We will succeed. Well, my record pretty much speaks for itself. My success as a sports handicapper has lasted for 40 years. If you join in the service, you’ll be part of it.