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Including another winner last Monday, he's 9-4 his last 13 NFL. Tonight is the 49ers hosting the Seahawks, a pair of teams Burns knows like the back of his hand. Still 13-10 with all picks the L4 days - you in NOW?!

Ben Burns was 4-3 overall Sunday. Including another winner last Monday, he's 9-4 his last 13 NFL. Tonight is the 49ers hosting the Seahawks, a pair of teams Burns knows like the back of his hand. He's been MONEY on Monday night and he's throwing a MAJOR HAYMAKER. Make sure you're on board!

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As you already know, Ben Burns DOMINATES the Mac Conference. Burns was PERFECT with his mid-week football and was 9-1 Thursday/Friday overall before taking it on the chin Saturday. This is his first shot at redemption on the college gridiron and he's itching for P-A-Y-B-A-C-K. Expect him to get some!

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Off back to back O/U wins, Ben Burns is now 51-36 with his NBA totals in 2019. Don't miss his #1 TOTAL OF THE WEEK!

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Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Nov 10, 2019
Hawks vs Blazers
-8½ -105 at pinnacle
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on PORTLAND. The Hawks are in the wrong place, at the wrong time. The Blazers got 60 from Lillard last time out but still lost. They're going to be in an angry mood here and they'll provide Lillard with a lot more support. The Hawks have lost b2b games and four of their last five. All the losses came by a minimum of nine points. The Blazers have beaten the Hawks each of the last three meetings. They won those games by 20, 9 and 21 points. The Blazers know they need to take advantage of this very winnable game. Their next game is on the road, then they host the defending champs, then they go on a lengthy road trip. In other words, winning here is critical. Expect them to bounce back with a double-digit win.

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Nov 10, 2019
Chiefs vs Titans
+6 -105 at pinnacle
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on TENNESSEE. With Mahomes expected to come back, we're getting extra line value with the Titans. Its not always easy for a team when a star returns though. For one, the star can sometimes be rusty. However, regardless of whether or not thats the case, there can still be a natural letdown, as opposed to the expected boost, when a star comes back. The reality is that the Chiefs were playing really hard for Moore. They beat the Vikings last time out and were right there with the Packers in their previous game. So, QB wasn't really the problem. The Chiefs' weakness, as I see it, is their run defense.  Indeed, KC ranks 28th in rushing yards per attempt and just 29th in the league in terms of rushing yards allowed. Only Cleveland, Cincy and Miami are worse. That spells trouble against a Titan offense with a capable ground game. The Chiefs have seen six of their last seven games decided by seven or fewer points. Meanwhile, all four Titan home games have been decided by seven or fewer points, the last two here both decided by four or less. Speaking of tight games, the last two meetings between these teams were decided by 1 and 2 points. In what could well be another close one, I'm grabbing all the generous points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Nov 10, 2019
Vikings vs Cowboys
UNDER 48 -110 Lost
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I'm playing on Minnesota/Dallas UNDER the total. I lost a tough one with the Cowboys 'under' the total on Monday. A defensive TD in the final seconds sent the game over the number. (I did win with Dallas in the same game.) That loss won't prevent me from coming back with the Cowboys 'under' on Sunday night though. The Cowboys' defense was again extremely stingy. They were put in tough (short field) situations repeatedly and responded nearly every time. Barkley was frustrated while Jones had three turnovers and a 74.2 QB rating. The Vikings defense wasn't happy with its performance against KC last week but had allowed just nine points the previous game. When choosing a game to finish 'under' the total, I typically look for games where I expect both teams to feature a heavy dose of the run, as that tends to keep the clock moving. I absolutely expect that to be the case here. Minnesota ranks #3 in the NFL in rushing attempts per game. Dallas ranks #7. They're #3 and #4, respectively, in terms of rushing yards per game. With both teams doing a lot of chewing up the clock on the ground, I expect a relatively low-scoring affair on Sunday night. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Nov 10, 2019
Dolphins vs Colts
-10 -110 at jazz
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on INDIANAPOLIS. The Dolphins got their win last week. However, this is still far from a good team. The threat of a winless season now gone, I expect them to suffer a letdown here. Off their loss to the Steelers and with more difficult games coming up, the Colts know they can't affor to squander this opportunity. They're 7-4 ATS as home favorites, the past couple of seasons. During that span, the Dolphins are just 6-12 ATS as road underdogs, 6-13 ATS on the road overall. The Colts could really use a big win and I expect them to get it. Lay the points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Nov 10, 2019
Bills vs Browns
-2½ -115 at Bovada
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I'm playing on CLEVELAND. In the battle for Lake Erie supremacy, I expect the home team to want this one more. Needless to say, its been a disappointing season - another one - for the Browns. All hope isn't completely lost yet though. However, they can't afford to lose again this week. I expect them to respond with their best effort, temporarily quieting the critics. The Bills can be beaten. Prior to their win over lowly Washington, they'd been pounded 31-13. They're 0-3 ATS their last three against teams from the AFC North. They're also already 0-2 ATS this season, when off a double-digit win. Enough's enough. The Browns finally get the home fans a win, covering the small number along the way. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Nov 10, 2019
Cardinals vs Bucs
-4 -115 at betonline
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on TAMPA. While both teams will badly want this one, I expect the Bucs to be a little hungrier, in an effort to get their coach (Arians) a win against his former team. I also believe that the Bucs are playing better than their record indicates while I'm not sure the same is true of Arizona. Sure, they've been on a skid. However, the Bucs are 8-2-2 ATS the past 12 times that they'd lost six, or seven, of their previous eight games. Longterm, they're 33-19-3 ATS in that situation. Arizona averages 21.7 ppg and 344 ypg while TB averages 28.7 ppg and 377 ypg. Superior offense, homefield advantage and a coach looking for payback. Lay the points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
Soccer  |  Nov 10, 2019
Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders FC
-106 at GTBets
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I'm playing on SEATTLE. These teams will meet in the final for a third time. The big difference this time is that this game is being played at Seattle, after the first two were played at Toronto. Thats an absolutely significant difference. Toronto had the elements in its favor, when playing at home. Here, in the Pacific Northwest, the Sounders will have their extremely passionate fans behind them. The Sounders are getting fantastic goaltending and really playing great football all around. Toronto FC's Jozy Altidore recently said this on the chance he plays a part in Sunday's final: "At this point it would take a little bit of a miracle to be out there on Sunday." Even if he plays, I don't think he'll be the difference maker that Toronto fans are hoping. While I respect Toronto, I say the rubber match goes to the Sounders. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Nov 11, 2019
Drake vs Cincinnati
UNDER 141½ -110
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I'm playing on Drake/Cincy UNDER the total. While the Bulldogs do return six of their top nine players, the three that left were there three top scorers. They had success offensively against a weak team (Kennesaw State) in their first game but they're going to find scoring a challenge against a stingy Cincy team. True, the Bearcats are going to be a little more up-tempo under Brannen than they were under Cronin. They're still going to be a strong defensive team though. In their first game, while the Bearcats scored only 56 against Ohio State, they also held the Buckeyes to only 64. Drake has seen the UNDER go 7-1-1 the last nine times it played a road game with an O/U line in the 140 to 144.5 range. Expect those stats to improve this evening. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Nov 11, 2019
Wolves vs Pistons
-2 -110 at 5Dimes
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on DETROIT. The Pistons have both the venue and the schedule in their favor for this one. While they come in rested, the Wolves are off a hard-fought tough OT loss against the Nuggets last night. Towns and co. gave everything they had but ultimately came up short. Thats going to be tough to bounce back from tonight. Note that Minnesota is 14-24-1 ATS over the years, when off a division loss of three or fewer points. During that span, the Wolves are just 59-93-3 ATS off all losses of three or fewer points, 4-9 ATS the past couple of seasons. Note that the Wolves have also won just nine of 28 games, when playing on b2b nights. The Pistons, 16-10 ATS the past couple of seasons, when playing with two day's rest, have won three straight at home, the wins coming by a bigger margin each time. Knowing they hit the road, where they've struggled, after this, expect them to take care of business at home. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Nov 11, 2019
Senators vs Hurricanes
-1½ +108 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on CAROLINA on the puck-line (-1.5 goals). This is second leg of a home-and-home series. The Sens won at Ottawa, now I expect the Canes to return the favor at Raleigh. Note that Ottawa is 0-4 off a win by two or more goals, 10-25 in that situation the past 2+ seasons. The Sens are 1-6 on the road, getting outscored by a combined 26-17 margin. The Canes, on the other hand, are 6-3 at home, outscoring teams by a 33-24 margin. The Sens last three losses all came by more than one goal. The Canes' last win was by a 7-3 score. Expect them to bounce back with another multiple-goal win tonight. 


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.