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Burns is widely recognized as one of the most successful handicappers of all-time. He first made his picks available to the public in the late 1990s. Two decades later, he's going stronger than ever. You in?!

After delivering six straight MLB winners, Ben Burns had an off day at the ballpark Thursday, as he was 1-2. He won his total but lost a tough one with the Twins RL and made a rare bad call with the Reds. Speaking of "rare," Friday sees Ben fire with a 3-GAME REPORT. After yesterday, we're going for nothing less than a PERFECT 3-0 S-W-E-E-P!

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Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  May 13, 2021
Wild vs Blues
-107 at linepros
Play Type: Free

The Blues took last night's game by a score of 4-0. While tonight's game is essentially now meaningless, last night's poor effort should bring out the best in the Wild. Though staying healthy is key, teams also want to turn up the intensity before the playoffs. The Wild didn't do that last night. While the Blues are 5-6 (-3.1) when playing the second of b2b games, the Wild are 7-3 (+3.2) when doing so. Consider Minnesota. 

**UNBELIEVABLE BUT TRUE!** Soccer sharp Ben Burns is now an AMAZING 38-11 with his soccer in 2021. Needless to say, you'll want to join him for this afternoon's "MAIN EVENT!"

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  May 13, 2021
Blazers vs Suns
OVER 233 -110 Won
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on Portland/Phoenix OVER the total. This season's previous two meetings each finished above the number, Phoenix winning both. I'm expecting another high-scoring affair this evening. The last meeting produced 248 points, as the scoring was consistent the entire way. The scores of the quarters were 63, 57, 64 and 64. After facing the stingy Jazz last night, Portland will be happy to see the Suns. Phoenix has gone over the total in seven straight games, allowing 118 or more in five of their past six. Knowing the Blazers are playing the second of b2b games, the Suns will be happy to push the pace. Prior to the Utah game, Portland's previous game had produced 269 points. With the OVER a profitable 29-12 the past 41 times that the Blazers attempted to avenge an earlier home loss, look for plenty of offensive fireworks in this one. 

Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  May 13, 2021
Liverpool vs Manchester United
UNDER 3 -117 Lost
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on Liverpool / Man United UNDER the total. Clearly, these teams both have some dangerous offensive players. However, they're both also capable of being very stingy. Leicester has had United's number and scored a couple (2-1 win) in the recent meeting. However, besides Leicester, the Red Devils have conceded a mere four goals in their last seven league games. Liverpool recorded a clean sheet last time out and has given up just five goals its last nine league games. While this season's earlier meeting proved high-scoring (3-2) the previous four matches between these clubs had scores of 0-0, 2-0, 1-1 and 0-0. Look for this one to prove lower-scoring than many will be expecting. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  May 13, 2021
Reds vs Rockies
-139 at linepros
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I'm playing on CINCINNATI. I like that the Reds played and won an early game yesterday. The Rockies had to play two games, salvaging the split with the Padres. That'll take a toll on them today, particularly with starter not likely to be around too long. Gonzalez has a 6.08 ERA on the season but a 9.22 ERA his past three. While Castillo's recent numbers (6.91 ERA past three) are also bad, they're not quite as bad as Gonzalez. Importantly, note that Castillo has kept the ball in the park each of his past two starts while Gonzalez has been taken deep in three straight. Remember, Castillo still has a 3.79 career ERA while Gonzalez has a 5.25 career mark. While the Rockies know that they have no hope in the competitive NL West, the Reds have climbed back to .500 and are right in the thick of things in the Central. They're a game ahead of the Cubs, two back of the Brewers and 3.5 games back of the division leading Cardinals. If they plan to keep competing, they need Castillo to get going and these are the games they need to win. Expect the Reds to build some momentum from yesterday's win and for them to draw first blood in this series. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  May 13, 2021
Twins vs White Sox
+1½ -170 at linepros
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I'm playing MINNESOTA on the run-line (+1.5 runs) The Twins are arguably the most disappointing team in baseball so far. Its not too late to turn things around quite yet but the season is starting to slip away. If they don't get going, veteran pitchers like yesterday's starter (Happ) and today's starter (Pineda) will potentially get traded to a contender. They aren't quite there yet; but they could really use this one, in order to avoid the sweep and give them some momentum. The lineup is still strong and the consistent Pineda gives them an excellent shot. Indeed, he's allowed two earned runs or less in every start but one this season. Since August of 2019, he's allowed four earned runs or less in every start. The Twins lost his last start by a single run (4-3) but as per usual, Pineda gave them a quality start. Pineda's five starts, as a member of the Twins, against Chicago have ALL resulted in Minnesota victories. The Twins won by a combines score of 36-12! Desperate for a win, expect the Twins to bounce back with AT LEAST the "run-line cover." 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  May 13, 2021
Blue Jays vs Braves
OVER 8½ -114 Won
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I'm playing on Toronto/Atlanta OVER the total. The first two games of this series were relatively low-scoring but the bats should come to life this afternoon. Stripling has been terrible. Overall, he's got a 6.61 ERA and 1.898 WHIP. On the road, his ERA climbs to 7.71 and his WHIP is a horrible 2.571. Each of his last three starts has produced a minimum of nine combined runs, two of those hitting double-digits. Not to be outdone, Morton's last three stars have all hit double-digits. The veteran has given up a whopping 15 runs (9 earned) in that 11 1/3 inning stretch. Both lineups have had a look at today's starter less than two weeks ago, too. Having issues with his curveball and cutter, Morton didn't even last an inning last time out, his shortest start ever. It all adds up to a relatively high-scoring affair. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  May 13, 2021
Canucks vs Flames
OVER 5½ -120 Lost
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I'm playing on Calgary/Vancouver OVER the total. The OVER is a profitable 20-8-5 over the years when the Canucks have visited here. With neither team going to the playoffs, there's little reason for much defense in this one either. After getting blanked last time out, the Canucks will be anxious to light the lamp. The OVER is 3-0-2 the past five times that they were off a game where they scored two goals or less. The Flames scored six themselves last game and they'll be licking their chops at the chance to pad their stats against a Vancouver team which just gave up five. The last two meetings had six and seven combined goals. Expect another high-scoring affair. 


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.