Ben Burns Ben Burns
From 2/11 through the end of last year's "Big Dance," Ben embarked on a 64-44 ATS CBB JOURNEY. Now 5-2 on the college hardwood over the past fours days & 13-6 ATS over the past nine, this year's run already started!
**SIX IN A ROW?** BURNS' 10* CBB VIOLATOR! (100% IN 2017!)

With yesterday's BLOWOUT WINNER on Manhattan, Ben Burns is now 13-6-1 ATS with his L20 college basketball plays. That includes a PERFECT 5-0 RECORD with his L5 top-rated 'sides.' Speaking of "PERFECT," Ben has nailed 80% of his "VIOLATOR" tickets thus far in 2017 & that includes a 100% PERFECT RECORD on the college hardwood. Next one TIPS @ 7 ET! 

*This package includes 1 NCAA-B Spread pick


When renowned "Totals Guru" Ben Burns releases one of his coveted "BLUE CHIP" selections, sharps all over the globe know to "pay attention." Burns has given out just six "BLUE CHIP" plays (3 NBA, 1 CBB, 2 NHL) in February. Not surprisingly, five won, the lone CBB BLUE CHIP (WSU/CU 'under' on 2/12) resulting in an EXTREMELY EASY DOUBLE-DIGIT WINNER!

*This package includes 1 NCAA-B Total pick


If Ben Burns hadn't already WON his NHL GAME OF THE YEAR, then this play might well have qualified. Its THAT GOOD. Instead, it qualfies as BURNS' VERY BIGGEST PLAY from "non-conference" action. Get down IMMEDIATELY. You'll be glad you did!

*This package includes 1 NHL Money Line pick


Ben Burns attacks the NHL card with a TRIO OF GEMS, pairing two sweet sides with a powerful, top-rated total. Get all three right here and prepare for the PERFECT 3-0 SWEEP!

*This package includes Array Picks (2 NHL Money Line, 1 NHL Total)

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Feb 19, 2017
Devils vs Islanders
-165 at betonline
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on NEW YORK 8* PERS FAV. These teams just met at NJ yesterday. The Devils won 3-2. Playing at home and with immediate 'revenge,' I expec the Isles to return the favor here. While the Devils are 12-18 on the road, the Isles are 19-14 at home. NJ gets outscored by a 2.8 to 2.3 margin on the road, NYI outscore teams by a 3.2 to 2.8 average score here. The Isles beat the Devils, on this exact day (2/19/16) last year. History repeats iself, the revenge-minded Isles bouncing back and moving to 8-2 (5-0 at home) the last 10 in the series. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 19, 2017
Pennsylvania vs Yale
-5 -110 at betonline
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on YALE. The Quakers come in as the hotter team. However, I believe that they're in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Off back-to-back losses and having likely squandered their shot at the regular season title, the Bulldogs will be in a foul mood. They'll face a Penn team which scores the second fewest points in the Ivy League and which struggles to defend the 3-point shot. While the Quakers are 5-7 on the road, the Bulldogs are 8-2 at home. Yale won by eight when these teams met earlier. Don't be surprised by an even bigger margin of victory on Sunday afternoon. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 19, 2017
Quinnipiac vs Manhattan
-2 -110 at betonline
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on MANHATTAN 10* MAAC GAME OF YEAR. I really like how this one sets up for the Jaspers, who are going to be highly motivated to avenge an earlier (2-point) loss at Qunnipiac and to win their final home game of the regular season. 

Both teams are off three straight losses. However, the Jaspers were blown out at Siena on Thursday while the Bobcats lost in heart-breaking fashion, at Fairfield, on Friday. I believe that Manhattan's loss - and the extra day of recovery/preparation - to prove  I call it "heart-breaking fashion," as the Bobcats were down 16 points in the second half, gave it everything they had and fought back to finally take a lead. Then, with less than one second (0.1) remaining, Fairfield hit a basket to force OT. The Stags would go on to lose by an 89-86 score. Some types of losses sting more than others and that one figures to fall into that category. 

While the Bobcats are 4-10 on the road, the Jaspers can get to .500 at home with a win. They're 3-0 SU/ATS the last three times that they were off three or more consecutive SU losses and I expect them to improve on those stats here.


Age: 42


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.