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MLB is 142-76 since last season, good for $36K in profit. Totals are 86% Y-T-D. Longterm? Top rated MLB = +$71,710! AMAZING BUT TRUE Off last night's win, top rated hoops are on long-term heater = $86K!

Ben Burns is a PERFECT 3-0 the past three days with his "top-rated" basketball selections. No surprise there, top rated hoops are on long-term heater which has produced a RIDICULOUS $85,990 IN PROFIT. Today, we're treated to a rare afternoon game and Ben Burns is going ALL in. Can the T-Wolves hang with the Bucks or is this one a ROUT? Don't guess!

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Ben gave some back yesterday, as he was 2-3 overall while losing some extra juice with the Braves. Now 142-76 (+#436K) since last season, he responds with some HIGH HEAT, a favorite with a decisive advantage. Lay the lumber and BANK ON A BEATDOWN!

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Yesterday may not have gone his way (2-3 overall, 1-1 MLB) but there's no denying that BEN BURNS KNOWS BASEBALL! MLB is a remarkable 142-76 since last season, good for $36K in profit. Join him for today's TOP GUN and prepare for the sweet taste of #V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!

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Ben Burns was 2-3 Tuesday, 1-1 in the NBA. He's now 33-22 his past 55 overall. That includes a PERFECT 3-0 RECORD the past three days with his "top-rated" basketball selections. No surprise there, top rated hoops are on long-term heater which has produced a RIDICULOUS $85,990 IN PROFIT. Ask around. His "BLUE CHIP" totals tickets are M-O-N-E-Y!

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Ben Burns came up short with the Bruins on the puck-line yesterday, going 2-3 overall. If you know Burns, you KNOW that means its "PAYBACK TIME" today. Now 33-22 his L55 overall, he HITS BACK HARD with Wednesday's "SITUATIONAL VIOLATOR!"

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Ben Burns has long dominated the soccer pitch. He's taking things to an entirely new level in 2021 though. His soccer selections are an INCREDIBLE 19-4 ON THE YEAR. Now comes the one he's had circled for weeks. The wait is over. Its Ben's 2021 GAME OF THE YEAR. If you only make one play the entire Prem. League season, this really should be the one!

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Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Apr 13, 2021
Rangers vs Devils
+1½ -158 at pinnacle
Play Type: Free

With the Rangers favored on the moneyline, we're able to get an extra +1.5 goals (puckline) with the Devils for a relatively fair price. Considering that the Rangers are off an OT win and that three of their past six games have been tied after regulation, those extra +1.5 goals could well come in handy. The Devils are a respectable 6-6 (+3.3 vs. the moneyline) when off a loss by two or more goals. They know that they'll face these same Rangers, at MSG, on Thursday and Saturday. In other words, they better take care of business on home ice tonight. Look for them to bounce back and give their guests all they can handle in this one. Consider NJ on the puckline. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Apr 13, 2021
Lakers vs Hornets
OVER 208½ -110 Lost
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on LA/Charlotte OVER the total. This is by far the lowest O/U number on the Tuesday board. I believe that it'll prove to be too low. When these teams met a few weeks ago, the O/U line was 225.5. They combined for 221. With last night's game sneaking above the low number, the OVER is 4-0 the Lakers' last four games. Knowing that their guests are playing the second of b2b games and at the end of a long road trip, the Hornets will look to push the pace. Note that the last time that the Lakers played a game, after having played on the road the previous night, they combined with the T-Wolves for 258 points, the final score finishing above the total by 30+. Charlotte's games are averaging 222.6 points this season. This one may not see quite that many but it doesn't need to. Look for then to get "enough" for the final score to top the low number. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Apr 13, 2021
Yankees vs Blue Jays
OVER 9 -115 Won
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on NY/Toronto OVER the total. Yesterday's game was low-scoring but I expect the bats to come to life in this one. Both these lineups are capable of breaking out, at any time. The Yankees are getting a second look at Ryu in less than a 2-week span. That first meeting was an April 1 game at NY and Ryu was up against Cole. Now, however, its a mid-April game in much warmer Dunedin. Also, importantly, Ryu's opponent is now Taillon, as opposed to Cole. While Taillon did pitch well in his first start, he did serve up a pair of HR's. That was also Taillon's first start in nearly two years. So, while he's likely to give up more runs than he did in the first meeting, Ryu is also likely to receive considerably more run support. Look for this one to prove higher-scoring than many will be expecting, the OVER moving to 5-0 the past five times that Toronto scored two or fewer runs in its previous game. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Apr 13, 2021
Marlins vs Braves
-180 at linepros
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on ATLANTA. Off a couple of tough losses, look for the Braves to bounce back big this evening. Atlanta has been a "streaky" team thus far and knows it needs to snap the current losing streak right here and right now. Fried is off a bad outing. However, they're few and far between. He's 26-12 for his career and he was 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA last year. Not surprisingly, the Braves were 3-0 in Fried's three 2020 starts against Miami. They won the two games here at Atlanta by scores of 9-5 and 9-4. While I respect Lopez, the Marlins are just 2-7 in his nine starts against the Braves. While the Braves entered the week averaging only four runs per game thus far, that's still a lot more than Miami, which averages three. Yesterday notwithstanding, the Braves' bullpen has also been considerably stronger. The Braves are better than their record indicates and they've long dominated the Marlins here. The line was greater than -200 the last time that Fried faced Miami but we're well below that mark here. Enough's enough. Expect a big win. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Apr 13, 2021
Celtics vs Blazers
OVER 227 -105 Won
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I'm playing on Boston/Portland OVER the total. Both these teams have been involved in some 'unders' recently. Those results have worked in our favor, as they've helped to keep tonight's O/U line a little lower than it otherwise could have been. I believe that it'll prove to be too low. These teams combined for 252 points the last time they met, all in regulation. Tatum scored 34 points. Lillard, Brown and Nurkic all had 30. After that game, coach Brad Stevens noted: "That was a playoff-level energy that we had to play with at the end of the game." While that was "in the bubble," the OVER is also 4-1 in Boston's last five visits here. This one figures to also come down to the wire, with both teams scoring the entire way. The Blazers rank in the bottom five of the league in terms of points allowed and opponents' field goal percentage. They're top seven in points scored though. The Celtics find themselves as slight underdogs for this one; the OVER is 11-6 when Boston was getting points. Expect those stats to improve this evening. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Apr 13, 2021
Sabres vs Bruins
-1½ -125 at Draft Kings
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I'm playing BOSTON on the puck-line (-1.5 goals) Since snapping their marathon losing streak, the Sabres have been playing a bit better. Tonight, however, they're in the wrong place, at the wrong time. When I say a "bit better," the Sabres really had only one way to go. So, a bit really means "a little bit." They're still not a good team. Tonight, they'll,step up in class to take on a Bruins team which is determined to lay the hurt on someone, after getting embarrassed last game. Note that the Bruins are 5-1 the past six times that they had scored one goal or less in their prevoius game. While they had last night off, the Sabres are still playing their fourth game in the past six days. They're 2-12 the past 14 times that they played the fourth leg of a 4-in-6 situation. The Bruins have beaten the Sabres seven straight times. Tonight, they make it eight straight, picking up the "puck-line cover" along the way. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Apr 14, 2021
Red Sox vs Twins
-145 at linepros
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on MINNESOTA. The Red Sox are rolling right now but I expect Maeda and the Twins to cool them off this afternoon. Maeda has a 2.61 ERA thus far and he's coming off a 2020 where he went 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA and dominant 0.75 WHIP. This is Maeda's first home start of the season. Thats noteworthy as he was solid on the road last year but dominant at home. In five regular season home starts, he was 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA and a microscopic 0.55 WHIP. The Twins won all five of those games. In fact, Maeda's teams (Minnesota and LA) are a perfect 8-0 his last eight regular season home starts. Eovaldi has certainly pitched well. However, unlike Maeda, both of his starts have come at home. Now, he pitches on the road for the first time this season. Why is that significant? Last season, he had a 2.00 ERA at home but a 4.75 ERA on the road. Twins bounce back.

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Apr 14, 2021
Yankees vs Blue Jays
OVER 10½ -102
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I'm playing on NY/Toronto OVER the total. Yesterday's game snuck over the number with 10 runs. I expect even more runs this afternoon. Yesterday, the Jays had Ryu on the mound and he was really sharp. Today, however, its Stripling. Not only is Stripling 0-3 vs the Yankees, but he's already got an ugly 7.56 ERA and 1.92 WHIP on the season. He had a 6.32 ERA and 1.60 WHIP last season, too. Kluber has also struggled as he has a 5.68 ERA. That could be even higher too, as evidenced by his horrible 2.37 WHIP. The former Cy Young winner doesn't throw as hard as he once did and he's giving up a lot of baserunners. Now, the Jays see him for the second time in less than two weeks. The OVER is now 6-1 the last seven Toronto "home" games when the Jays faced a right-handed starters. Expect some fireworks, as those stats improve in Dunedin this afternoon. 


Age: 45


In "Outliers," Malcolm Gladwell asks the question: "What makes high achievers different?" Gladwell suggests that those at the top of their field have a number of similarities - that their upbringing (culture, family, what generation they came from, experiences) had much to do with their success.

As a professional sports handicapper, Ben Burns is widely recognized as being "at the top of his field." A look at Ben's upbringing shows that he fits Gladwell's model to a tee.

Exposed to the world of point spreads early and often as a child, Burns reached adulthood as the Internet was first beginning to explode, just as the first offshore sportsbooks were springing up. By that time he'd already spent thousands of hours learning and studying stats.

From an early age it became apparent to family and friends that Ben wasn't a "typical" fan. At age 11, he was mentioned in a major newspaper (Toronto Star) for correctly predicting a high profile trade before the Major League Baseball trading deadline. (Winner of the contest got tickets to the All Star game.)

Ben's father and uncles were always involved in a weekly NFL (ATS) pool. Some of Ben's earliest memories included that pool and his fascination with it. As soon as he was allowed to play, Ben demonstrated an uncanny ability to surprise the adults. Around this time, one of his uncles moved his casino business to the Caribbean. This was the environment which he came from.

The caption underneath Ben's high-school graduation photo references Ben's love for betting on football. That's because he was famous throughout his school for annually winning the local football contest, along with the $1700 per year which was awarded to the champ.

Coming of age right as the first sports books were coming online, Ben was fortunate to enjoy some success with his some of his early online sports betting endeavors. He did so well that the first shop he ever played at ended up refusing to take his hockey bets.

Also, in the very early days of the Internet, Ben won an NBA playoff contest, put on by a company which was called The contest victory awarded him a trip for two to Las Vegas, $1000 cash, a limo at his disposal, free shows, hotel and live sports odds for a year. Not a bad prize for a kid in his early 20s. However, the bigger prize was that Ben was exposed to the world of "professional sports handicapping." Inspired by his personal success and encouraged by his peers, Ben first made his picks available to the public in 1998.

Achievements in Handicapping/Sports

Top Ranked NFL Handicapper

From the years of 1998-2007, Ben's selections were independently documented at one of the Internet's earliest and most respected sports monitors, Big Guy Sports. During that time, Ben earned literally dozens of documented Top 3 finishes in football, basketball, baseball AND hockey, including numerous #1 titles. Competing against a field of 150 of the biggest names in the industry, he ranked as the #1 NFL handicapper in the existence of that sports monitor, in their All-Time rankings.  No competing handicapping service ever came close to matching his NFL record. In fact, Ben also ranked as the #1 combined NFL/NCAA football handicapper.

10 Straight Super Bowl Winners

A big part of the reason for Ben's #1 NFL titles was his annual success in the playoffs. He fared particularly well with his Super Bowl selections. In fact, from 1999-2007, he released 10 Super Bowl picks (3 Sides, 7 totals) and went a perfect 10-0. (All selections independently documented.) In the middle of that 10-0 streak, in the 2002-2003 season, Ben won with both the Bucs and the "over" the year that they beat the Raiders. That win was particularly sweet as he predicted that Tampa would win the Super Bowl in a number of national magazines, prior to the season even starting.

Fantasy Legend

Ben got pretty seriously into the DFS world in 2014 and 2015. Recently, he was featured as "The High Roller" in the 2015 documentary, "Living the Fantasy." A regular fixture at Fan Duel and Draft Kings live championship events, Burns has taken down 6-figure scores in football, basketball AND baseball. While many of the other prominent DFS players come from a poker background, two decades as a sports handicapper provide a unique perspective.

Biggest Win of 2016

The year has just begun but Ben has already enjoyed some notable wins. His "Bowl Game of the Year," which happened to be a total (WVU/ASU "over") saw the teams combine for 85 points and 1196 total yards, all of them in regulation. Closing out the campaign with wins on Clemson AND the "over" in the championship game was also rewarding.  

Systems Used For Handicapping

Bruce Lee noted: "Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style of system." Lee was known to talk about being shapeless, formless (like water) and ready to adapt to any situation. Likewise, Burns doesn't rely on any one particular methodology. Rather, he combines fundamental, technical and situational techniques, making use of any and all data, which he deems relevant to the situation.

Ben does tend to pay particular attention to the 'situational' side of things. Among numerous other factors, this includes trying to determine when (and why) a team will be extra motivated ("pumped up") to play its best and also when a team may be ripe for a "letdown." Burns has a contrarian nature and this trait is often revealed in his selections.  

Betting Philosophy

Ever adapting, Burns is just as likely to take points as he is to lay them. Over the years, he's played more "unders" than "overs" but that doesn't mean that he won't pull the trigger on an "over" when the time is right to do so. While many handicappers shy away from playing MLB/NHL favorites on the money-line, Ben has proven that one can be highly successful by doing so. For him, it’s all about value. If he can get a team at -130 that he likes and that believes should be -160, than that's a play.


Rating and Titles of Plays

Ben uses a scale of 5-10 to show his level of confidence with each play. Plays may include "titles" in order to give users a better idea of what to expect. Some of those titles include:

Personal Favorite - Strongest favorite (or pick'em game) in that sport for the day.

Best Bet - Strongest underdog (or pick'em game) in that sport for the day, occasionally can be a total.

Blue Chip Total - Strongest rated total in that sport/category for the day.

Main Event - Big play which is featured on national television.

Game Of The Week/Month/Year - Top rated side or total for that particular week/month/year.