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11-2 L13 COLLEGE HOOPS ~ BOWL TOTAL OF YEAR NOW LIVE! If you liked cashing Ben's College Football Game Of The Year, make sure you get down on his BOWL GOY. Its ready to go, right now.

Thursday's winner (Iowa/Iowa State Under) brought Ben Burns to 11-2 his L13 CBB plays. On the season, he's a terrific 25-12 (68%) overall, entering Friday. Now, he fires with one of his BIGGEST PLAY OF THE SEASON!

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Don't sleep in on Ben Burns' latest BREAKFAST CLUB offering. As per usual, the puck drops BRIGHT AND EARLY!

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As he enters this play, Ben Burns is 31-19 on the month. Ben has a great deal of respect for the men & women who protect us. He's also always had a great deal of success when it comes to handicapping the service academy games. For this year's annual ARMY/NAVY battle, he says THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO GO. Make sure you're on the right side of history!

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Ben Burns is elevating to his HIGHEST POSSIBLE RATING here, as he loves this hockey play. Join him and put the hurt on the books right away!

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Looking to get your Sunday off to a FAST start? Join "Totals Guru" Ben Burns for a RARE 3-GAME O/U REPORT. All three totals kickoff at 1:00 ET, one of them having received Ben's HIGHEST POSSIBLE RATING. Break out your brooms and go for the PERFECT 3-0 SWEEP this Sunday afternoon!

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Last Sunday, Ben Burns nailed his NFC GAME OF THE WEEK on the Rams. This Sunday, he elevates to an EVEN BIGGER PLAY, his top NFC selection from December. You know what to do!

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Don't touch the Monday night total until checking in with Ben Burns first!

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Internationally renowned Totals Expert Ben Burns closed out the college regular season by nailing the 'under' in the SEC Title game, his December Total Of The Month. That was the headliner of a 7-2 "Championship Saturday" which saw Ben go a PERFECT 5-0 w/ top-rated bets. Now, he gives you his #1 BOWL TOTAL OF THE YEAR. Needless to say, Do NOT wait!

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Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Dec 13, 2019
Warriors vs Jazz
UNDER 210½ -108 Lost
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on Golden State/Utah UNDER the total. The Warriors have seen five of their six December games stay below the total (4-0 under on the road) and I'm expecting another relatively low-scoring affair here. This season, the UNDER is 3-1 when Utah is off a double-digit win. Going back further finds that the Jazz have seen the UNDER go 15-9 the past 24 times that they were off an upset win as an underdog. With Golden State averaging a mere 98.9 ppg its past five, look for those stats to improve tonight.

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Dec 13, 2019
Lakers vs Heat
+5½ -105 at Bovada
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on MIAMI. Obviously, the Lakers have been playing great basketball. Yes, Lebron will be "up" for the game at Miami. Still, the Lakers have been logging a lot of miles lately. From 11/22 to 11/27, they played four straight on the road. They got two at home before playing three on the road, back for just one at home and now they're playing the second game of another 5-game trip. Eventually, it'll catch up to them and I think that'll be tonight. In case you haven't been paying attention, the Heat are a perfect 11-0 on their home floor. They're absolutely also going to be up for this one. They're not just beating visiting teams, they're dominating them. They've won those 11 games by an average score of 118.8 to 103.1. Playing with revenge from a loss at LA last month, look for the rested Heat to rise to the occasion and continue their excellent homecourt play.

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Dec 13, 2019
Pacers vs Hawks
+6 -110 at Bovada
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on ATLANTA. The Hawks got hammered last time out. However, in fairness, they were on the road and they were off a hard-fought OT loss at Miami the previous night. Now, they're back home and they've had some rest. I expect a much better effort. The Pacers are just 1-5 ATS as road favorites of six or fewer points. They're 2-2 their last four overall but both wins came by five or less. Speaking of close games, the last two meetings between these teams were decided by a single-point. In what should be another close one, grab the points and expect the Hawks to improve to 4-1 ATS when off a road loss of 20 or more. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Dec 13, 2019
Golden Knights vs Stars
Golden Knights
+1½ -175 at sportsbook
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I'm playing VEGAS on the puck-line (+1.5 goals) With the Knights playing the second of b2b games, the Stars are favored a bit more on the money-line than they otherwise would have been. In turn, we're able to get an extra +1.5 goals with the Knights for a relatively reasonable price; relative at least when considering the significance of an extra +1.5 goals. The Stars won 4-2 when these teams met a few weeks ago. However, prior to that, the Knights had always fared well against them. The Knights had won five of the six preivous meetings, including four straight. As for the b2b situation, the Knights aren't typically bothered by that. In fact, they're 4-1 when playing the second of b2b games this season, the lone loss coming by a single goal. In other words, if getting an extra +1.5 goals in each, they'd be 5-0 when playing the second of b2b games. They're going to be hungry and I expect AT LEAST another "puck-line cover" tonight. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Dec 13, 2019
Colorado vs Colorado State
UNDER 140 -105 Won
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I'm playing on Colorado/CSU UNDER the total. These teams played a high-scoring game (86-80) against each other last season, at Colorado. A closer look shows that it really wasn't that high-scoring until they got a ton of points in the final minutes. They were still at 70-59 with six minutes to go. The previous season, here at Colorado State, the game was lower-scoring; the rivals combining for 135 points. I'm expecting another relatively low-scoring affair this evening. The Rams have only managed 57, 64 and 72 points their last three. Now, they'll face a Colorado team which allows just 60.6 ppg. The Buffaloes need to be good defensively as they only average 68.6 ppg and that number dips to 66.5 on the road. Including the previously mentioned game here two seasons ago, the UNDER is 19-8 the Buffs last 27 road games. Look for this one to also prove lower-scoring than many will be expecting. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Dec 13, 2019
Hornets vs Bulls
-6 -110 at BMaker
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I'm playing on CHICAGO. I backed the Hornets in their last game and they rewarded me with an upset win at Brooklyn. I don't think they're going to be able to do it again tonight though. Charlotte may come in with the better record but the Bulls are starting to get going and I believe that they're the superior team. Two games ago, the Bulls lost a 1-point game against Toronto, their third straight defeat of five or less. To take the champs down to the wire was still a good effort though and they followed it up with a 136-point explosion (136-102 win) against Altanta last game. They're quietly a dominant 25-9-2 ATS in December, the past 2+ seasons. They're also 7-2 ATS the past nine times that they were off a double-digit home win. Expect another one tonight. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Dec 13, 2019
Clippers vs Wolves
+5½ -110 at Bovada
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I'm playing on MINNESOTA. Already potentially weary from playing the 5th leg of a 6-game road trip, the Clippers may also be ripe for an emotional letdown after defeating the defending champs, at Kawhi's old stomping grounds. Either way, they're going to be facing an extremely motivated T-Wolves team. The Wolves haven't won yet this month and they're desperate to change that. Since scoring only 91 to begin their trip, the Clippers have hit at least 110 in each of their last three games. That's proven that its not necessarily a good thing; they're 0-4 ATS this season after scoring 105 or more in each of their previous three games. Look for the Wolves to bring their best effort, improving to 19-11 ATS the past 30 times that they had failed to cover their previous six games.


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.