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Ben Burns has cashed six of his first nine selections this NHL season. Only two of those have received his highest (10*) rating. Those plays have a 2-0/100% RECORD. The most recent was a 6-1 BLOWOUT WINNER with his #1 NHL GAME OF THE MONTH. His next one goes here!

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Big Game Expert Ben Burns is a SWEET 17-8 with his past 25 "top rated" college football releases, 5-2 (71%) this month, entering Wednesday's action. His most recent won by more than four touchdowns. More of the same Friday, on ESPN. Enjoy!

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Ben Burns begins the week on a 35-25 RUN with his college football selections. Better than 58% but NOT where Burns wants to be. Bank on those stats improving EARLY Saturday afternoon! 

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Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Oct 24, 2021
Jets vs. Patriots
-6½ -110
  at  WMHILL
in 3d

Though I had a solid winning Week 6 overall, I lost a tough one with New England. The Patriots played a red hot Dallas team tough. For most of the game, things played out pretty much as I had expected them to. After a wild finish to the fourth quarter, New England got the ball first in OT. Getting more than a field goal, I liked my chances. Unfortunately, the Cowboys would go on to score a touchdown. Though I don't think the Jets are quite as bad as their record suggests, they're obviously a step down in class from Dallas. The Pats already handled them by a 25-6 score. The question becomes, how will New England respond to the difficult loss? Remember, the Pats were also off a tough loss (17-16 vs. Miami) the first time that they faced the Jets. Yet, they bounced back without an issue. Also, recall that they picked off Wilson four times in that game. With b2b road games on deck, followed by Cleveland, New England can't afford to squander this opportunity. If the line stays at a touchdown or less, consider laying the points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Oct 20, 2021
Braves vs Dodgers
-198 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on LA (Action) The Braves were so close to taking a commanding 3-0 series lead. Then, it didn't happen. Last night's comeback gives the Dodgers a ton of positive momentum and I fully expect them to carry it into tonight's game. Sure, Urias didn't fare too well out of the bullpen in Game 2. He didn't throw that many pitches and that would have normally been a day where he threw anyway. Manager Roberts said this of him: "I feel good with where he's at ... As long as he's being efficient and throwing the baseball well, we're going to let him run." Remember, he was 20-3 this season. He's still 7-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 0.88 WHIP for his career in the postseason, too. Look for the Dodgers to improve to 6-0 in Urias' last six starts, when facing an opponent which scored five or more runs against them in the previous game. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Oct 20, 2021
Magic vs Spurs
OVER 212½ -110 Won
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I'm playing on Orlando/SA OVER the total. This is the lowest total on the board. I believe it'll prove to be too low. These are both young teams. The Spurs are a lot younger than they've been and the Magic are even younger than they are. That doesn't mean we won't see points though. The Spurs were shooting considerably more 3-pointers in preseason than they did in recent years with Aldridge here. They've got a number of players who can connect from downtown and should have success against the Magic tonight. They scored 120 against the Magic last time the teams faced each other. That 120-97 final snuck over the total of 216.5. I'm expecting more points tonight, yet we're working with an even lower O/U number. Including that result, the Magic have seen the OVER go 36-23-1 their past 60 non-conf. games, including 15-4-1 against teams from the Southwest. Meanwhile, during the same stretch, the Spurs have seen the OVER go 39-18-1 against Eastern Conf. teams. Expect those stats to improve this evening. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 20, 2021
Coastal Carolina vs Appalachian State
Appalachian State
+3½ -110 at Mirage
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I'm playing on APPALACHIAN STATE. Needless to say, this is a huge game for both teams. Coastal Carolina wants to stay undefeated. Appalachian State wants respect and revenge. It's true that the Mountaineers have a couple of losses. In fact, I successfully played against them in their last game. However, it's also true that both of their losses came on the road. They're 3-0 here at home, 14-2 the past few seasons. Having lost at Conway last year, the Mountaineers are thrilled to get this matchup here at home. They hammered the Chanticleers 56-37 the last meeting here. They're also 4-1 ATS their last five as underdogs. I feel that these teams are quite evenly matched. Yes, the Chanticleers brought back a lot from last year's strong team. The same is true of the Mountaineers though. Speaking of 2020, last year's game had a line of -3, despite Coastal Carolina playing at home. That said, getting points at home is great value. In what should be a good team, I expect AT LEAST a cover for the revenge-minded Mountaineers. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Oct 20, 2021
Wizards vs Raptors
-3½ -110 at Caesars
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I'm playing on TORONTO. Most aren't expecting much from the Raptors. Indeed, this is certainly not the same group of players which won the title. Leonard and others moved on two years ago. Now, Lowry is gone. He was a great player for the Raptors and leaves behind a lot of memories. Still, the other players knew that Lowry was on the way out all last season. Now, that he's officially gone, the next generation can more effectively make this team their own. This is still a very well coached team with enough talent to get it done on their home floor. Prior to losing by two points against them last May, the Raptors had beaten the Wizards nine straight times. Expect them to resume that dominance, picking up the cover along the way. 


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.