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NFL PLAYOFF GAME OF YEAR GOES SUNDAY! Ben Burns was 2-1 in the Wildcard Rd AND he was also 2-1 in the Div. Rd. Overall, he's 1-1 with totals, 1-1 with 1st half plays & a PERFECT 2-0/100% with his full game sides.

On 11/10, the Titans upset the Chiefs. Ben won with Tennessee. Two weeks later, the 49ers beat GB. Ben won with BOTH SF & the UNDER. So, he's a PERFECT 3-0 w/ the teams involved in today's Conf. Finals. Needless to say, he's excited about his PLAYOFF GAME OF THE YEAR. Before that kicks off, he's throwing an ABSOLUTE HAYMAKER on the hardwood. HURRY!

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On 11/10, the Titans upset the Chiefs. Ben Burns won outright with the Titans. Two weeks later, on 11/24, the 49ers beat GB. Burns won with BOTH SF & the UNDER. So, he's a PERFECT 3-0 YTD with the teams involved in today's Conf. Finals. Before he adds to that record with his PLAYOFF GAME OF THE YEAR, he's got business to take care of at the rink!

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Ben Burns was 2-1 in the Wildcard Rd AND 2-1 in the Div. Rd. He's 1-1 with totals, 1-1 with 1st half plays & a PERFECT 2-0/100% with his full game sides. While he came up short with his Playoff "T.O.Y." a tough loss with Tenn/Balt 'over,' there will be NO DENYING him here. If you liked his reg season G.O.Y. WINNER, you'll LOVE the playoff version!

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On 11/10, the Titans upset the Chiefs. Ben Burns won outright with the Titans. Two weeks later, on 11/24, the 49ers beat GB. Ben won with BOTH SF & the UNDER. So, he's a PERFECT 3-0 YTD with the teams involved in today's Conf. Finals. Before he adds to that record with his 1ST HALF TOTAL OF THE MONTH, he's got business to take care of at the rink!

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BIG GAME HUNTER Ben Burns has come across his strongest NFL total for the month! It's the conference championships and Ben's ready to sweep the board! 

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After winning each of the previous three days, Ben Burns lost at the rink yesterday & had a bad Saturday overall. Today, he's bouncing back HUGE with his NFL PLAYOFF GAME OF THE YEAR & his 1ST HALF NFL TOTAL OF THE MONTH leading the charge. He's also HITTING BACK HARD with his hockey, his top-rated "PERSONAL FAVORITE" being the headliner. Be there!

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On 11/10, the Titans upset the Chiefs. Ben won with Tennessee. Two weeks later, the 49ers beat GB. Ben won with BOTH SF & the UNDER. So, he's a PERFECT 3-0 with the teams involved in today's Conf. Finals. Needless to say, he's excited about his PLAYOFF GAME OF THE YEAR. That doesn't mean he's forgetting the NBA. Off a Sat. loss, he HITS BACK HARD!

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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
NBA  |  Jan 18, 2020
Lakers vs Rockets
-2½ -100 at pinnacle
Play Type: Free

Did you know that Ben Burns' free plays are now 11-1 since Christmas? Here, he gives you the winner from the Rockets/Laker game!

While I successfully played against the Rockets in their last game, an upset loss against Portland, I expect the Lakers to bring out the best in them. Houston is 6-2 ATS when playing with two day's worth of rest in between games. Note that the Rockets are also 4-1 ATS when off a double-digit loss in a game where they were favored, 6-1 ATS off a double-digit loss overall. Davis has been out since 1/7 and remains questionable, as of this writing, for LA. The Rockets are 73-52 ATS against winning teams the past 2+ years, 10-4 ATS this seasons. Consider laying the small number. 


Ben Burns is a PERFECT 4-0 THIS SEASON with his GOM/TOM selections. In November, he nailed both his CBB GOM and TOM. Then, he DID IT AGAIN in December. Today, he UNLOADS on his January "Game Of The Month." Thus far, its his BIGGEST PLAY OF THE SEASON. Do the right thing and HIT THIS ONE HARD!

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 18, 2020
Cavs vs Bulls
-6½ -109 at GTBets
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on CHICAGO. While both teams played last night, I expect the Bulls' homecourt advantage to prove significant in this one. Note that Cleveland's game was arguably more taxing than Chicago's last night as the Cavs were close the entire way. The fact that they lost at Cleveland earlier (and that they know they'll play again at Clev. in a week) will help to provide some added motivation. The Bulls are actually 4-2 SU/ATS when playing the second of b2b games. Meanwhile, this will be the third time that the Cavs played the second of b2b games already in 2020. The first two instances resulted in losses of 15 and 25 points. Expect a blowout.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 18, 2020
BYU vs Gonzaga
UNDER 154½ -110 Lost
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I'm playing on BYU/Gonzaga UNDER the total. This is a very high O/U line and I believe it'll prove to be too high. Note that the UNDER is aprofitable 15-5 the last 20 times that these teams faced each other, 5-2 since 2017. While they've had some success here in the past, the Cougars are going to have some trouble scoring tonight, as they're without leading scorer (and rebounder) Yoeli Childs. Over their past three games, the Bulldogs have allowed 54, 62 and 50 points. The last time that the Cougars faced a team of this calibre, was at the Maui Invitational, when they faced Kansas. They lost 71-56. Without Childs, the Cougars know they're going to need to play their best defensive game to have a chance. This is a team which rang in the new year by allowing 38 points. Three of Gonzaga's last four games have produced less than 150. I believe that this one will too. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 18, 2020
Oakland vs Wisc-Milwaukee
PK -102 at pinnacle
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on MILWAUKEE. This may not be the most exciting matchup on the Saturday board but that doesn't mean that it isn't one of the strongest. While Oakland has had success here of late, Milwaukee opened as the favorite for a reason. While they came up short, the Panthers scored 84 points last time out. In their previous game, the Panthers scored 87. They've scored 70 or more in four of their past five and they average 73.3 ppg on the season. Thats significant as Oakland is 0-7 on the season when it allows 72 or more points. Overall, the Golden Grizzlies have won just three of their past 13 games. They have yet to defeat a team which currently ranks better than 194th in the "KenPom" rankings. Of course, its tough to win games when you average only 64.3 ppg. That ranks 323rd in the country! They don't shoot well at all from outside and they don't help themselves by making just 68% of their free throws. Even off a loss, Milwaukee, which has faced the likes of Wisconsin and Kansas, has won three of four. Playing at home, I expect the Panthers to be able to push/dictate the tempo, score 70+ points and ultimately, for the offensively-challenged Grizzlies to be unable to keep up. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 18, 2020
Connecticut vs Villanova
-9½ -109 at GTBets
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on VILLANOVA. The Huskies say that they're playing for respect. As freshman James Bouknight noted: "Today in practice, coach [Dan] Hurley was saying that they don’t respect us a lot. We lost by 43 the last two times we played them, so we've got to make them respect us." Thats easier said than done, however. The Wildcats won those games by 43 for a reason. They were much better. I believe thats still the case and with this game being played in Philly, I'm expecting another double-digit win. Though they've had six days off, the Huskies are still stinging from a double-OT loss last time out. Losing Tyler Polley, who had successful surgery yesterday, doesn't make it any easier. Villanova has five players who average double-digits in scoring. While the Huskies may hang around for awhile, ultimately expect the Wildcats front line of 6-foot-8 Saddiq Bey (15.4 ppg) Cole Swider (6-9) and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (6-9) to be too much for them to handle. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 18, 2020
Sharks vs Canucks
+1½ -170 at betonline
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing SAN JOSE on the puck-line (+1.5 goals.) The Sharks are going to be extremely hungry. They've already dropped the first two games of their current trip and badly want a victory before returning home. While I like them to win "outright," I also believe that getting an extra +1.5 goals could well come in handy. Indeed, five of the Sharks' last eight games have been decided by a single goal. The Canucks survived their "first game back" home from their road trip. However, when teams do that, its often the second game back home where it catches up with them. While these teams split a pair of earlier meetings, both at SJ, the Sharks are a dominant 13-3 the last 16 meetings. If the Canucks do find a way to win, it won't be easy. Expect AT LEAST a "puck-line cover" for the motivated visitors. 


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.