Michael Beychok from "Horseplayers" stars in the Esquire Network reality docu-series.

A political consultant from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Michael Beychok grew up betting on horses with James Carville. Beychok's most recent claim to fame was parlaying a third-place finish in the TwinSpires.com Online Handicapping Championship into first prize at last year's NHC. On the last race of the two-day tournament, Beychok needed $11 to reach the top of the standings. His horse won by a nose, and Beychok won by one dollar, earning him a purse of $1 million. He used some of that money to buy the horse that helped him win, and when she suffered a minor injury a few races later, he retired her to a farm in Louisiana. Beychok is the man to beat in this tournament.


Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Top Gamblers Bet on 'Horseplayers' — Premiering Tuesday, January 21, the new Esquire series follows the lifestyles of a diverse cast of handicappers as they compete for a chance to face off in the annual National Handicapping Championship. Read more...

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