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Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Apr 19, 2021
Cavs vs Pistons
OVER 212½ -112 Won
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Clev/Detroit OVER the total. These are two bad teams, both dealing with injuries. Both have seen their recent games stay below the total, too. As a result, we're getting a low O/U line to work with, the lowest on the Monday board. I believe that it'll prove to be too low. Keep in mind that neither team will be making the playoffs. When playing playoff teams, there's reason to play defense. But now that they're matched up against an opponent which is also playing out the string, there's little reason to do so. The last meeting had an O/U line of 222.5 and finished with 229 combined points. The last meeting here at Detroit had an O/U line of 214.5 and finished with 247 points. The last time that the Pistons were off three straight 'unders,' their next game finished with 228, comfortably above the total. Look for this one to also prove higher-scoring than many will be expecting, the OVER improving to 12-6 the past 18 times that Detroit had seen its previous three games fall below the number. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Apr 19, 2021
Brewers vs Padres
OVER 6½ -111 Lost
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I'm playing SD/Milwaukee OVER the total. With Musgrove having thrown a no-hitter and both pitchers in excellent early form, we're working with a very low O/U number. Its the lowest on the Monday board. With all due respect to Musgrove and Woodruff, I believe it'll prove to be too low. Keep in mind that Musgrove followed-up his no-hitter by going four innings in his next start. History suggests that he won't be going the distance here. Ditto for Woodruff; he's averaging less than six innings. While the SD bullpen has been solid thus far, the Brewer bullpen has been quite hittable and has already blown a few saves. The Brewers know Musgrove pretty well from his time in Pittsburgh. Four of his five starts against them have produced double-digits in runs, the OVER going 4-1. Look for this one to also prove higher-scoring than many will be expecting. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Apr 19, 2021
Cardinals vs Nationals
+1½ -159 at Draft Kings
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing Washington on the run-line (+1.5 runs) I like Washington's chances of winning this one "outright." However, given the early form of these starters, runs could be harder to come by than they normally are for a game at Washington. (O/U line is eight, as of this writing.) Flaherty is off b2b gems while Ross has a 0.00 ERA through his two starts. In a well-pitched game, that makes every extra +1.5 runs that much more valuable. Flaherty did just dominate the Nats at St. Louis. However, the Cards are 0-2 in his two starts here at Washington, losing by a combined score of 12-4. Note that one of those was a 1-run game. Ross just dominated the Cards (the day after Flaherty stymied the Nats) and Washington is now 3-0 his last three starts against St. Louis. While the Nats won those games by a combined score of 14-2, the lone one at Washington was a 1-run (2-1 Nats) game. Expect AT LEAST another "run-line cover" from Ross and the Nats in this one. 

Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  Apr 19, 2021
Liverpool vs Leeds United
-148 at linepros
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on LIVERPOOL. LP won 4-3 when these teams met back in the fall. This one likely won't be quite as exciting, from a goals perspective, but I expect the end result, a Liverpool victory, to remain the same. The Reds are playing some of their best soccer right now, as they've won three straight league games. They've beaten Leeds three straight times and are undefeated (7 wins, 1 draw) the last eight meetings. To its credit, Leeds has also been playing well of late. United has cleaned up its goals allowed and checks in off a shocking upset of Man City. That result will ensure that the Reds don't take the Whites for granted though. LP is an extremely dangerous team. Look for Leeds to miss its captain, Liam Cooper, for his red card against City and for his absence to prove costly. Back in league play, LP bounces back from the draw against Real Madrid with a "W" this afternoon. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Apr 19, 2021
Blue Jackets vs Panthers
OVER 5½ -111 Won
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I'm playing on Columbus/Florida OVER the total. The Panthers can score goals in bunches and the Blue Jackets can give them up in bunches. The Panthers scored five goals themselves last time out. Note that the OVER is a profitable 50-34-3 the past few seasons, when they were off a game where they scored four or more goals. The Jackets have given up four or more goals in five straight games now, an average of 4.6 per game during that stretch. Three of the last four meetings have produced a minimum of six combined goals. I expect this one to get there, too. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Apr 19, 2021
Blackhawks vs Predators
-136 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on NASHVILLE. Off b2b losses against a tough Carolina team, the Preds will be happy to step down in class to take on Chicago. Indeed, they've dominated the Black Hawks. They're a perfect 5-0 this season and 6-1 the last seven meetings, here at Nashville. Beating teams like Chicago and losing against teams like Carolina has been the norm for Nashville this season. While they've consistently struggled against winning teams, they've consistently beaten losing teams. In fact, they're 19-4 against teams with a losing record. I feel that the price could easily be higher and I expect them to improve on those stats this evening. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Apr 19, 2021
Senators vs Flames
-205 at linepros
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on CALGARY. The Sens have actually beaten the Flames the past few meetings. There is no way that Calgary can afford to let it happen again. Two of those three wins were at Ottawa. The Sens are worse on the road and the Flames are better at home. Calgary has still won three of the past four meetings here and 11 of the past 14. The Sens, who are off a 4-0 upset win, are 0-6 the past six times that they were off a win by two or more goals, an ugly 8-32 their last 40 in that situation. Meanwhile, the Flames are 3-0 when playing with two day's rest in between games. Calgary gets some payback and a much-needed two points.


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.