Al McMordie

1529-1271 L2800 (+$40,559)

10* NCAA Game of the Month goes TONIGHT!  341-292 ALL SPORTS run!  36-17 Last 53 Totals!  63-32 L95 NFL Prime Time TV plays!  384-298 FB; 233-145 NHL RUN; 402-347 NCAA Hoops; 1529-1271 L795 Days; 415-320 in Pro FB since 2013 (Reg Season/Playoffs) so be sure to join Big Al's award-winning Football Package.  Big Al McMordie has won 41 handicapping championships since 1992, so join today with an 'All Access Pass'. Just $14/day gets you all of Big Al's picks for 31 days.


Purchase a subscription to receive ALL of Al McMordie's pick analysis and advice.

Last 10 Picks 8 - 2 ( 80% )
Feb 21 W NCAAB San Jose St. 900
Feb 21 W NCAAB Iowa St. 900
Feb 21 W NCAAB Southern Methodist 900
Feb 21 W NCAAB Georgia Tech 1000
Feb 21 W NCAAB South Carolina 900
Feb 21 L NCAAB Missouri St -945
Feb 20 W NCAAB Mississippi 900
Feb 20 W NHL Columbus 900
Feb 20 W NCAAB Citadel 900
Feb 20 L NHL St. Louis -1550
*Additional Records Available Upon Request
Expert's Edge
  • NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 18

    The All-Star Break is upon us, and the trade deadline last week certainly injected some drama into this season.  The Cavaliers were the main culprit, as GM Koby Altman completely re-made the Cavs' roster.  In the short term, at least, the moves have paid dividends.  And Cleveland served notice, with its 121-99 blowout of Boston, that reports of its demise were premature.  Let's take a look at this upcoming, abbreviated week.

  • NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 17

    The Boston Celtics made a big move last week when they signed Greg Monroe, after he was bought out by the Phoenix Suns.  And the East's #1-seeded team might have more players in its sight, as GM Danny Ainge is refusing to stand pat with his roster.  The trade deadline is Thursday, so the next four days will be significant for the Playoff contenders.  Let's take a look around the Association.

  • NBA Betting Roadmap, Week 15

    The NBA All-Stars were announced on Tuesday and, per usual, there were several snubs.  For my money, the biggest of all the snubs was Detroit's Andre Drummond, who is averaging 14.3 points, 15 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game!  But, given the way the league's current players treat the All-Star game (run-and-gun with zero defense), Drummond's strengths wouldn't even be brought to bear in the game, so it's not worth shedding a tear.  Let's take a look around the NBA.

About Big Al

Age: 51

Years in Handicapping: 25

Achievements in Handicapping: Through February of 2017, I've won 18 of 25 Football seasons, and 18 of 24 Basketball seasons. Some other highlights: In 2015, I ranked #1 (of 1715 contestants) in the Westgate Casino NFL Mini-Contest. In 2012, I ranked #1 in the NFL, with a 76.7% record on my Top-Rated NFL Plays, as documented by The Sports Monitor. In 2007, I won the $100,000 World Series of Sports Handicapping, and in 2004, I won the Stardust Casino Football Invitational. I also ranked #1 at The Sports Monitor in Hockey in 2014. Since entering the profession in 1992, I've won 41 Handicapping Titles, with 175 Top 5 finishes and 333 Top 10 finishes. And in December 2010, I was among several handicappers featured in an ESPN Magazine article.

Biggest Win of the Year: In the AFC Championship game, I won my NFL Game of the Year on the New England Patriots over Pittsburgh.

Biggest Loss of the Year: I had a fantastic College Football season (86-55, +$26,390), but lost my Game of the Year on Auburn vs. Oklahoma.

Why you like Covers Experts: I love Covers Experts because it has assembled the greatest roster of handicapping talent on the internet. I have extreme pride in the quality of work that I do. Handicapping sports is a very difficult and time-consuming job, and few handicappers have the dedication that I have. Because I take so much care in the work that I do, I want to be surrounded by other handicappers who have the same professionalism. So, it's important that Covers Experts has strict criteria in its selection process of which handicappers to put on its site, and I'm thrilled to be joined by other champion handicappers as we work to provide winners for Covers Experts' clients.

Your favorite stats/pages on Covers: My favorite pages at Covers are the game match-ups, since it's a one-stop shop for team logs, news articles, and point spreads.

Systems used for handicapping a game: I'm a big fan of systems (as opposed to trends), as they lend an objective framework to handicapping. I have one of the most powerful handicapping databases, which goes back to 1980, and I've built it to generate hundreds of football and basketball systems which are uniquely mine. ESPN actually had a feature story in its Magazine on this handicapping database. These systems tend to incorporate my handicapping ideology which is completely different for college and pro sports. In college sports, I often look to play on certain teams which are playing well, yet undervalued by the oddsmakers. In pro sports, I focus on teams which have been underperforming and, as such, are undervalued by the oddsmakers. These are generalizations, and I often play on college teams which are off poor games, and on pro teams which are off big wins. However, I don't exclusively rely on systems, as a handicapper must also incorporate subjective analysis. The best handicappers find a balance between the two methodologies.

Covers Experts Rating System:

10* Plays: These are Al McMordie's highest rated selections, and will usually be supported by multiple systems which have win percentages of 80% to 100% over a 15 to 30 year period. 10* Plays are extremely strong, and should be wagered on accordingly. Among the 10* plays are Al McMordie's Elite Info Club Plays, Perfect 10 Club Plays and Payback Paydays (revenge situations). These are exceptional plays (typically rated as 10*), fall into the very best of Big Al's systems (often, systems which have won 90% or higher over a 15 to 30 year period).

9* Plays: These are Al McMordie's second highest group of plays, and will usually be supported by multiple systems which have win percentages of 70% to 100% over a 15 to 30 year period. 9* Plays are very strong, and are never to be missed. Among the 9* plays are Al McMordie's famous Roadkill and Road Warrior plays. These are special situations which involve playing on a home team to "kill" a road team (thus, the name "Roadkill"), or a road team to win ("Road Warrior") and are backed by special systems which isolate certain teams to play on or against. Roadkill and Road Warrior Plays are typically rated as 9* plays (though can also be 10* plays), and are very strong.

8* Plays: These are Al McMordie's third highest group of selections, and are generally backed by systems and angles which have win percentages of 60% to 100% over a 15 to 30 year period. 8* Plays are solid investments.

7* Plays: These are Al McMordie's fourth highest group of selections, and are backed by systems and angles which have win percentages of 55% to 80% over a 15 to 30 year period.

6* Plays: These are Al McMordie's fifth highest group of selections, and are backed by systems and angles which have win percentages of 55% to 75% over a 15 to 30 year period.

Big Al's Other Important Categories:

High Roller Plays: Over Big Al's 25 years as a Professional Handicapper, he's become great friends with some of the biggest money movers, both stateside, and offshore. These High Rollers are a great source of information for Al, and when such information coincides with the findings of his powerful handicapping database, Al releases a High Roller Play. These plays are generally 10* releases.

Championship Club: Al McMordie has won 41 Handicapping Championships in his professional career, including the $100,000 World Series of Sports Handicapping in 2007, and the Stardust Casino Football Invitational in 2004. Al also ranked #1 in the NFL in 2012 and #1 in the NHL in 2014. Big Al's Championship Club plays are the type of plays which have enabled Al to win these 41 Titles, and are generally rated as 10* plays.

Favorite team to watch: My favorite sports team (for the last 39 years) is the San Antonio Spurs. I fell in love with them back when they were in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference, and rooted for such stars as George Gervin, Larry Kenon and Mark Olberding. The current era (with stalwarts Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker) is their best, and it's been a lot of fun to be a fan over the past few years. As a handicapper, though, I never let my passion for a team interfere with my analysis.

Favorite team to wager on or against: Like most serious handicappers, I don't have a favorite team to wager on or against. If there's value based on the point spread, situation, or match-up then I will make a wager, regardless of the name of the particular team.

Team you avoid when wagering: I don't have a team that I avoid, but I do find the Ivy League conference to be more difficult than the other basketball conferences to handicap.

Quote: "If it's 99% right, then it's 100% wrong." When I practiced law in Bethesda, Maryland, my partner would often say this to illustrate that one cannot make a mistake or cut corners in any way. I've adopted this maxim as a professional handicapper. I always research a game thoroughly, and if there's any reason, no matter how minor, to stay away from a play, then I won't release it. Only the games that satisfy all my handicapping criteria are released

Desktop View: Switch to Mobile View