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A HUGE week of football begins with Thursday's BENGALS/BROWNS battle. Ben has big plays posted on the side & total, as well as a number of other winners from Saturday and Sunday. The time to play these games is now.
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Start your Saturday in the Winner's Circle with Ben Burns' latest "BREAKFAST CLUB." Last week's was a winning O/U play. Ben says this week's version has all the makings of a good ol fashioned B-L-O-W-O-U-T!

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Long known for his mastery of Monday Night football, Ben Burns is already 2-0 with this season's MNF selections. Whatever you do, do NOT wait on this week's BIG play. Its one you're going to want to play IMMEDIATELY!

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Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 17, 2020
Giants vs Mariners
+1½ -125 at YouWager
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing SEATTLE on the run-line (+1.5 runs) This starters opposed each other recently, the Giants winning big. Admittedly, Anderson was much better than Margevicius. Prior to that, however, Margevicius was arguably pitching better. (He was off a quality start while Anderson had struggled in his previous start.) With a chance at some immediate payback, I expect a much improved effort this afternoon. Meanwhile, the M's couldnt figure out Anderson under the orange night sky last week but now they're facing him in the afternoon and seeing him for the second time in less than a week. Seattle manager Servais noted: “That is a funky left-hander. He’s got a lot of moving parts. We knew coming into (last Wednesday’s) game kind of what he was going to do, but deception means a lot in this game. When you’re not used to seeing a guy very often, he was a little funky and he pitched a good ballgame." Knowing what to expect, look for the M's to bounce back with AT LEAST a "run-line cover."

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Sep 17, 2020
Lightning vs Islanders
-160 at 5Dimes
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on TB. The Isles clearly have a lot of heart and are a well-coached team. I still believe that Tampa is superior though and I expect that to prove to be the case this evening. The Isles havent won two in a row since August. The Lightning, meanwhile, are 9-1 (+7) after scoring one goal or less in their previous game. They're 26-10 in that situation the past 2+ seasons. Both teams allow 2.7 goals per game but the Lightning score 3.4 compared to NY's 2.9. Bring on Dallas.

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 17, 2020
Rangers vs Astros
-230 at Mirage
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on HOUSTON. Off yesterday's loss, the Astros will be extremely motivated in this one. While the price may seem steep, consider that they've still got an excellent record as home favorites in this range. Yesterday notwithstanding, the Rangers are terrible on the road. Lyles has played a part in that as he's got an ugly 10.05 ERA (1.814 WHIP) in three home starts, to go along with an 0-3 record. Valdez, on the other hand, has a respectable 3.70 ERA and 1.151 WHIP in four road starts. Expect a big win for the Astros. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 17, 2020
Dodgers vs Rockies
+1½ +109 at pinnacle
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I'm playing COLORADO on the run-line (+1.5 runs) While they want to keep winning, the Dodgers have already clinched a playoff spot. The Rockies, on the other hand, are desperate. Their playoff hopes are dwindling and they simply can't afford to keep losing. I like their chances in this one. Freeland has a respectable 4.22 ERA in six home starts. Meanwhile, Urias has a 5.40 ERA and poor 1.714 WHIP on the road. The Rockies have already seen him this month, Urias allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings. That was a 1-run game, won by the Rockies. Desperate for a victory, expect AT LEAST a 'run-line cover' in this one. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 17, 2020
Diamondbacks vs Angels
-153 at pinnacle
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I'm playing on LA. I lost a big one with the Angels last night. Bundy didn't have it and they couldnt dig themselves out of an early hole. That won't stop me from coming right back with them this afternoon though. Young has a poor 1.605 WHIP (5.02 ERA) in three road starts, averaging less than five innings. Canning has a solid 1.162 WHIP (4.39 ERA) in five home starts, averaging more than five innings. While he hasn't been dominant, he's certainly pitched better than his 0-3 record suggests. Last time, he allowed just three runs through 5 2/3 innings, while keeping the ball in the park, while pitching at hitter-friendly Coors. Young went 5 1/3 innings at SF, surrendering two home runs. Armed with the superior lineup, expect the Angels to bounce back. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Sep 17, 2020
Heat vs Celtics
-132 at pinnacle
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I'm playing BOSTON on the money-line. Game 1 was very close and could have easily gone either way. Down a game, desperate to avoid an 0-2 hole, I expect an even bigger effort from the Celtics in Game 2. The last two times that the Celtics were off a loss, they responded by allowed less than 90 points in winning their next game. While the Heat are still 13-17 SU as underdogs, the Celtics are still 45-17 SU as favorites. As it may well be another close one, I'm laying the short price to take the moneyline. Expect Boston to dig deep and even the series. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Sep 17, 2020
Bengals vs Browns
OVER 43 -110 Won
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I'm playing on Cincinnati/Cleveland OVER the total. With both teams seeing their opening game stay below the number, this O/U line came down from its opener. Sitting below the important number of 44, I believe its providing us with excellent value. Its important not to over-react to one game. Sure, the Browns offense was bad. They'll be better on that side of the ball this week though. As Odell Beckham noted: 'Kind of just toss it up as a mulligan. You have 15 other games, 15 other opportunities. Just keep moving.'' In addition to OBK, Mayfield has a reliable receiving option in Landry while Chubb and Hunt provide capable weapons on the ground. As for the Bengals, Burrow now has a game under his belt and he, too, has weapons at his disposal. A.J. Green, back from injury, called Burrow "unbelievable" and noted: "That guy doesn't flinch. The way he handled himself in that last drive was unbelievable. I haven't seen any rookie the way he handled it after adversity. We got a special one in Joe." As for recent history, the last five games between these Ohio rivals have all produced 44 or more points, the 'over' going 4-0-1. They had scores of 56, 46, 44, 55 and 46. Look for this one to also prove higher-scoring than many will be expecting. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Sep 17, 2020
Bengals vs Browns
-6 -104 at pinnacle
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I'm playing on CLEVELAND. I really like how this one sets up for the Browns. Both teams lost their opener. However, the Browns were crushed by Baltimore while Cincy lost a close one vs. the Chargers. That may have many thinking that the Bengals played better. However, the fashion that they lost that one (outscored 10-0 in 4th) figures to be harder to bounce back from (more deflating) than the Browns' blowout loss. Indeed, the Browns were embarrassed and they will be absolutely determined to bounce back and prove to the world that they aren't a joke. Remember, this is a team which has been stockpiling talent on both sides of the ball for years now. As Baker Mayfield noted: "Sometimes a wake-up call is good for everybody. A punch in the mouth and that’s how we should take it." Also, keep in mind that the Browns were on the road against a very tough Baltimore team last week while the Bengals played at home. Note that the Bengals are just 2-13 SU their last 15 on the road. The Browns have had success on Thursdays, going 8-4 ATS their last 12 and 2-0 SU/ATS the past couple of seasons. That includes a 21-7 win over the Steelers last season. Expect them to bounce back with an important win and cover. 


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.