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Top rated (10*) hoops are on a long term streak which has generated $118,330 in net profit. It'll take time but "the next goal is $200K." While the weekend didn't go as planned, Burns is hitting back hard today!

Ben Burns' most recent 3-game report resulted in a PERFECT 3-0 SWEEP and that's what's projected again for today. Card includes Ben's **10** BEST BET. Break out your brooms and let's do this!

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Ben Burns was a modest 3-2 on Sunday. Not what he wanted after dropping his big play, in heart-breaking fashion, the previous day. Burns passed on pucks yesterday, after nailing his lone NHL play Saturday. He returns to the rink with a beauty on Monday. Add it your card right away!

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Ben Burns enters the new week on an 11-3/79% RUN with his NBA selections. Going back further finds him with a 100-66 NBA RECORD. Winner #101 has received Ben's HIGHEST RATING. All top rated (10*) basketball plays are on a $118K PROFIT RAMPAGE!

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Ben Burns bounced back big on Sunday including a win with the Rider Broncs over Niagara. Now, he UNLOADS on an even bigger play. MUCH BIGGER. In fact, this one qualifies as Ben's #1 BIG 12 GAME OF THE YEAR. Top rated basketball plays are on a longterm $119K PROFIT HEATER. Don't wait!

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Ben Burns is elevating to his HIGHEST RATING for Monday's "Personal Favorite." You know what to do!

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Ben Burns had some HUGE WINS from within the NFC West this season. Perhaps the biggest was his MNF TOTAL OF THE YEAR WINNER between the 49'ers and Rams on 11/15. Those NFC West rivals meet on an even bigger stage this weekend and Burns is GOING ALL IN. Don't wait!

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Ben Burns is among the most respected handicappers in the world and he's ON ABSOLUTE FIRE. Don't believe? Grab a 3-DAY PASS and see for yourself!

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Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 24, 2022
Stars vs. Flyers
+1½ -172
in 7h

While I actually like the Flyers' chances of scoring the outright upset, having an extra +1.5 goals could prove invaluable. Note that Dallas is off b2b 1-goal wins. Also, five of the Flyers' last seven losses have come by a single goal. The Stars are great at home but just 6-13 on the road. They get outscored by an average of 3.7 to 2.3 in their road games. Consider the Flyers, on the puck-line. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 23, 2022
Pistons vs Nuggets
-11½ -106 at pinnacle
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on DENVER. The Nuggets are off a loss. After this game, they've got a long road trip. It starts at Detroit, with a rematch against the Pistons. That makes taking care of business on their home floor absolutely mandatory. Catching the Pistons at the end of a road trip, I expect the motivated Nuggets to deliver a blowout. The Nuggets were laying -11.5 when they hosted the Pistons last year. They jumped out to a 20-point lead by halftime and cruised to a 15-point win. Tonight, off the Memphis loss, I don't expect them to take their foot off the gas. The Pistons are 4-20 away from Detroit and get outscored by a 115-101 avg score. Host teams hit 48.7% of their field goals against Detroit; terrible defense. This remains one of the tougher venues in the league. Expect a one-sided affair. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 23, 2022
Clippers vs Knicks
-3½ -110 at Mirage
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on NY. I successfully played against the Knicks in their last game here, an outright loss against the Pelicans. This afternoon's game sets up differently. They're going to be hungry to get back on track and I like how they match up against the Clippers, a west-coast based team playing an early game in the Eastern Time Zone. The Clippers' first two games of this road trip were both decided by two points or less. They lost by two at Denver and bounced back to win by one, at Philadelphia. While they deserve credit for doing so, its worth noting that they're 1-5 SU/ATS their last six, when off an upset win, 6-15 ATS (7-14 SU) their last 21 in that situation. The Knicks hit the road for three games after this. They can't afford to go winless on the homestand. Look for them to bounce back with an important victory, improving to 9-2 ATS their last 11, against teams which allow 108 or fewer points per game. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 23, 2022
Rider vs Niagara
+7½ -108 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on RIDER. I'm not a big believer in the Purple Eagles. They lost here last time out and I expect a hungry Rider team to give them all they can handle. The Broncs may have lost four straight but all four of those losses were by seven or fewer points. They got their best player, Dwight Murray Jr back from a brief injury last game and he gave them a 27/11/7 line. Rider was a 6.5 point underdog for the first meeting here last season. The Broncs won outright. A look at the last five meetings here shows that Rider won three of them and one of the two losses was by six points. Both teams are off close losses and this should be another close one. Grab the generous points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
Fighting  |  Jan 23, 2022
Cyril Gane vs Francis Ngannou
Cyril Gane
-147 at pinnacle
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm backing CIRYL GANE in tonight's Main Event. This should be a good one. Two top heavyweights fighting for the belt. They've even got a personal history. Ngannou is the champ and has the more recognizable name. Yet, its Gane who is the favorite. That says a lot about how good he is. Ngannou has awesome power. He's got a lot going on though, contract disputes, talks of fighting Tyson Fury etc. Whether or not all that proves to be a distraction, Ngannou will be facing a fighter that can do it all. Gane is faster and has a better defense than the opponents that Ngannou has been beating up on. Gane has also never tasted defeat, something Ngannou can't claim. I say that Gane's speed and technique prove to be too much and that he remains undefeated and becomes heavyweight champion. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Jan 23, 2022
Bills vs Chiefs
UNDER 55 -105 Lost
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Buffalo/KC UNDER the total. Both these teams saw their WC games go 'over' the total. Both offenses certainly looked impressive. Many will also recall that the last two meetings between these teams, one this past October and one last January, were also high-scoring. Those results have worked in our favor though, as they've helped to provide us with a generously high O/U line. I believe that it'll prove to be too high. Yes, the offenses are potent. However, let's not forget that the Bills also have the best defense in football. They allow the fewest number of points per game and they also allow the fewest yards per game and per play. In terms of points allowed per game, the Chiefs are a top #10 defense. They're a different team now than they were when they faced the Bills last season, or even earlier this season. The gameplan wasn't working early on so Reid and co. changed things up. They started taking what the opposing defense gave them and having much longer scoring drives. It should also be mentioned that the Chiefs have been particularly stingy at home. Since the Bills beat them here in October, the Chiefs have played seven home games. They allowed 21, 10, 9, 9, 9, 7 and 17 points. That's an average of less than 12 ppg allowed, over the past seven games here. While many will be expecting a shootout, I say that the defense/s rises to the occasion and that the final combined score stays below the generously high total. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Jan 23, 2022
Rams vs Bucs
+3 -110 at SC Consensus
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on LA. Needless to say, I respect Brady and the Bucs. They're the defending champs. Brady has won more playoff games than Stafford will ever play in. That said, I believe that the Rams are peaking at the right time. Tampa isn't 100% healthy at the moment. The injuries didn't hurt them against Philly but the Rams are on a different level than the Eagles. While Brady won't panic the way that Murray did, the Rams are going to be all over him. The Rams beat the Bucs by 10 back in September. That was at LA. However, they also beat them here at Tampa, last November. Factoring in those results, the Rams are 8-1 ATS the past nine meetings, 5-0 ATS the past five. While the LA defense is dominant, I also really like what I'm seeing from the offense. Stafford got the monkey off his back with a playoff win and the Beckham Jr. got going in the WC game. Kupp has been getting it done all year and now they've added Akers into to the backfield. I'll happily grab the points but I expect the very well-coached Rams to score the upset.


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.