About Al O'Donnell
Al O’Donnell is one of America’s most respected sports handicappers.
Born in New York, he grew up in the Fort Wadsworth-Rosebank section of Staten Island, New York, where if you had an opinion on anything the challenge was to “put your money where your mouth is”. For more than 50 years, Al has been doing just that, backing up his opinions with his own money. Al does not run a handicapping service; he prefers, in stock market parlance, "to trade for my own account".
In the late 1970s Al found the quality of statistical information available to bettors was very poor and started collating his own data on professional football games. This formed the basis of the first Point Spread Playbook, published in 1981.
Al’s reputation as a shrewd and knowledgeable bettors means he has been a frequent guest on America’s top radio and television sports broadcasts. He has also been a guest lecturer on sports handicapping at the Community College of South Nevada (Las Vegas).
Al now lives in Arlington Heights, IL, close to the Arlington Park racetrack, with his wife Joan.