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Matchup Selection W/L
CFL  |  Jun 24, 2022
Hamilton vs Winnipeg
+5 -110 at William Hill
Play Type: Free

Last night, we saw an 0-2 team from the East take on a 2-0 team from the West. The 0-2 team (Montreal) won decisively. Now, we've got another 0-2 Eastern Conference team taking on another 2-0 Western Conference foe. This time, however, it also happens to be a rematch of last year's Grey Cup. You may recall that one coming down to the wire; Winnipeg won in OT. I'm expecting another close one. Winnipeg's early record may be a bit deceiving. The Bombers have given up a lot of yards, despite facing Ottawa in both games. Hamilton has faced tougher competition, having taken on Calgary and Saskatchewan. The Ti-Cats are coming in hungry and looking to settle a score. Grab the points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Jun 24, 2022
Tigers vs Diamondbacks
-158 at SC Consensus
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on ARIZONA. Both teams just got swept. Both are coming in hungry. The Diamondbacks should have a considerable advantage though. The Diamondbacks are 17-19 at home. Not great, by any means. However, that's a much better record than Detroit's 8-21 mark on the road. In fact, the Tigers have the worst road record in baseball. Garcia has made five starts this season and seven for his career. Despite averaging just over four innings, he's given up at least one HR in ALL seven of them. Last time out, he served up two of them. That's played a big part in this season's poor 6.37 ERA. Kelly, on the other hand, has a solid 3.46 ERA. At home, that dips to 3.06. Last time out, he allowed one run through seven complete innings, en route to a 7-1 win over the Twins. He didn't allow a HR, nor did he walk a batter. Expect him to outpitch and outlast Garcia in this one. At the plate, Arizona averages four runs per game. The Tigers, on the other hand, average a measly 2.9 rpg. Dbax roll.

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Jun 24, 2022
Rockies vs Twins
-151 at Ace
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on MINNESOTA. The Twins got back on track yesterday, snapping their 3-game losing streak. I expect them to carry the positive momentum into this evening's series opener against the Rockies. While the Twins are off a momentum-building close win, the Rockies are off another deflating close loss. They've now dropped three straight. They're 51-91 on the road the past few seasons. Marquez has an ERA above six on the season. It's not all from pitching at Colorado, either. In five road starts, he's got a 5.34 ERA. On the other hand, Bundy is 2-0 with an excellent 2.29 ERA and 0.915 WHIP in four home starts. Marquez has allowed six HR's in his past four starts. Last time out, he allowed four runs, on eight hits, in five innings. Bundy, meanwhile, allowed just one run, on only four hits, through eight complete innings, in his last start. The Twins won 11-1. Now 11-4 as home favorites in the -125 to -175 range, I see them finishing on top again.

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Jun 24, 2022
Orioles vs White Sox
White Sox
-162 at SC Consensus
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on CHICAGO. (action) I backed the Orioles on Wednesday and they rewarded me with a 7-0 victory over Washington. They followed that up with a 4-0 victory in yesterday's series opener vs. the White Sox. Indeed, they've been getting some great pitching of late. They'll be at a disadvantage in that department in this one though. Kopech gets the call for the Sox and he's got a dominant 1.57 ERA and 0.732 WHIP in six home starts this season. Whether it's Voth, a reliever with an 8.39 ERA and 2.03 WHIP OR Bradish (8.78 ERA, 2.33 WHIP L3 starts) on the mound, the O's won't be able to match Kopech. Prior to yesterday, the Sox had only been shutout once this season. They bounced back from that shutout loss with a big win (7-3 W back on 4/27) and I expect them to do the same in this one. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jun 24, 2022
Lightning vs Avalanche
-167 at circa
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on COLORADO. While I always expected them to win, I believe that the Avalanche really sealed the deal with their Game 4 victory. Now, they've got a chance to close things out on home ice. They smell the blood in the water and they will not be denied. Tampa has been a terrific story these past few years. There's no quit in the Lightning. However, that Game 4 loss figures to be deflating. They're banged-up physically and emotionally. The Avs, on the other hand, have momentum and the home crowd behind them. They've scored 23 goals their last four games here, all of them victories. Remember the last game here? A 7-0 destruction. That was on the heels of a close Colorado win the previous game, much the same way this one sets up. Including their Game 1 and Game 2 victories here, the Avs are 59-13 their last 72 as home favorites. While we probably won't get another 7-0 blowout, I do fully expect another Colorado victory. 

Matchup Selection W/L
CFL  |  Jun 24, 2022
Hamilton vs Winnipeg
OVER 42 -110 Lost
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Hamilton/Winnipeg OVER the total. This is quite a low total. I believe it'll prove to be too low. Hamilton has allowed 30 or more points in both games this season and in three straight, since last year. Speaking of last year, you may recall these teams meeting in the Grey Cup. The O/U line was 43.5 and they combined for 58. Three of the past four meetings have produced at least 45 combined points. While Hamilton has given up more points, Winnipeg is giving up a lot of yards. In two games, both against Ottawa, the Bombers are allowing an average of 433 ypg. That ranks 7th in the 9-team league. The Ti-Cats rank 6th. I say the big rematch proves higher-scoring than many will be expecting. 


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.