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A disappointing weekend notwithstanding, Ben Burns is off to a terrific start to 2017. A 17-4 RECORD on the hardwood the last six days brings his basketball to 34-12 ATS ON THE YEAR - get on board and RIDE THE WAVE!
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SIZZLING 6-1 mark with his last seven NBA plays brings Ben Burns to a BLISTERING 14-2 his last 16 on the pro hardwood. For the year, he's a REMARKABLE 20-4. Here, he adds to the pile and he does so on NATIONAL TV. Don't hesitate on this one. HIT IT HARD and HIT IT NOW!

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While his AMAZING NBA HEATER is generating more excitement, Ben Burns' college basketball record is also EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE. He's a FANTASTIC 40-21 ATS since the beginning of December. Going back further finds him @ an AWESOME 90-59 ATS since last March Madness. Here, he elevates to his HIGHEST POSSIBLE RATING with his latest "PERSONAL FAVORITE!"

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Over the past few seasons, Ben Burns has delivered more than 50 net winners of pure NHL profit. He's making his latest PERSONAL FAVORITE available for everyone. Make sure to take advantage!

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Monday's early BLOWOUT WINNER on the Wizards brought Ben Burns to 15-2 his L17 NBA, a SWEET 7-1 his last eight. For the year, he's now 21-4 ATS. No surprise there, as Ben's NBA was also M-O-N-E-Y in 2016. (College hoops too!) Don't delay. Take advantage of his FAN APPRECIATION BEST BET right now!

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Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 15, 2017
Wild vs Blackhawks
-125 at betonline
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on CHICAGO 8*. With the Wild off a Saturday game, the rested Hawks, who are 17-8 at home, could easily command a higher price. The Hawks got embarrassed last time out (6-0 loss at Washington on Friday) and they're a team which typically responds well, when coming off a bad loss. They're 28-15 (+5.2) off a loss by two or more goals, the past 2+ seasons. I expect them to improve on those stats here. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 15, 2017
Rockets vs Nets
-12½ -110 at 5Dimes
Play Type: Free

Under different circumstances, this might be a good spot for the Nets. Had the Rockets still been on a big winning streak, as they recently were, this is a game that they could easily have taken for granted. Thats essentially what happened when these teams met at Houston a month ago. The Rockets were off a double-digit win and in the middle of a winning streak. Laying -13, they only beat Brooklyn by four points.

Things set up differently this time though. Off back-to-back losses, for the first time all season, the Rockets figure to be all business. They had yesterday off and they don't play tomorrow. There's no reason to hold back. Even factoring in last month's non-cover against these same Nets, the Rockets are an outstanding 15-4 ATS (18-1 SU) against sub-500 teams. They're also 4-1 SU/ATS their last five, off an upset loss. Consider laying the points. 

Off Saturday's "BEST BET" WINNER on Phoenix (outright over Spurs) & his "PERSONAL FAVORITE" WINNER on Washington (blowout over 76ers) Ben Burns is now a RIDICULOUS 19-3 ATS w/ his '17 NBA. That includes a SICK 13-1 RECORD his L14, a PERFECT 5-0 the past two days. While these stats are impressive, they're nothing new. For years, BURNS' NBA = MONEY! 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 15, 2017
Pistons vs Lakers
-2 -110 at GTBets
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on DETROIT 10* PERS FAV. I've successfully played against the Pistons in each of their past three games. In each case, I had reasons why. (Feel free to scroll through my past results/picks to find out what those reasons were.) Tonight, however, I believe the Pistons are going to be extremely motivated to close out their road trip with a victory. This is a trip which started out very well, before turning sour in the second half of the Sacramento game. A win tonight will salvage the trip, or at least keep it from being a complete disaster. 

The Lakers aren't a good team and they currently aren't playing well. They're off three straight losses, all coming by double-digits. The most recent of those came against the Clippers yesterday, putting LA in a back-to-back spot. (The Pistons had yesterday off.)

This is projected to be a fairly high-scoring game and that figures to also favor Detroit. The Pistons don't generally see too many O/U lines this high. However, they are 2-1 ATS on the season when playing a game with an O/U line of 210 or greater, 7-3-1 ATS (7-4 SU) their last 11 in that situation. Going back further finds them at a profitable 30-14-1 ATS the last 45 times that they played a game with a total of 210 or greater. With the Lakers now a money-burning 27-46-3 ATS (18-58 SU) the past couple of seasons, with an O/U line of 210 or greater, I'm backing the rested and motivated visitors. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 15, 2017
Thunder vs Kings
+1½ -105 at Bovada
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on SACRAMENTO 10* BEST BET. After winning with them a couple of game ago, in their victory over the Grizzlies, I successfully played against the Thunder in their last game, a double-digit loss at Minnesota. I feel that this will be another good spot to go against them. 

I won with the Kings two games ago, as they delivered an inspired comeback win against the Pistons. They were unable to follow that up with another victory but thats not surprising, given that they were up against the Cavs. This year's Thunder are beatable (on the road) though. In fact, the Kings already hammered them here (116-101) earlier this season. Including that result, OKC is just 9-11 on the road, getting outscored by an average margin of 107.3 to 102.6. (The Kings score more points than that here at home, while allowing less.)

Both teams had yesterday off. The Thunder have a showdown vs. the Clippers on deck tomorrow though, followed by a date with Golden State, while the Kings have the next two days off. 

The Kings have been at their best off a big loss this season, going 8-3 ATS (7-4 SU) when off a double-digit loss. I like their chances of scoring the upset. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Jan 15, 2017
Steelers vs Chiefs
UNDER 45 -115 Won
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Pittsburgh and KC to finish UNDER the total 10* BLUE CHIP. These teams played a high-scoring game earlier in the season, the Steelers running all over the Chiefs, en route to a 43-14 victory. However, the last game here at Arrowhead, October of last season, saw them only combine for 36 points. The previous season, they combined for just 32. I expect this evening's game to play out more like those ones. 

Games here at KC have produced an average of only 39.6 points this season. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh road games averaged just 41.2. The Steelers saw the UNDER go 6-2 on the road, the Chiefs saw the UNDER go 6-2 at home. 

As you may have heard, the weather isn't exactly going to be pleasant. With both teams featuring a heavy dose of the run, helping to chew up the clock, look for the final score to prove lower than most will be expecting. 

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NHL  |  Jan 15, 2017
Devils vs Canucks
-120 at betonline
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on VANCOUVER 8* SUPER PLAY. While neither of these teams is going to win the Stanley Cup this season, there's still value to be found; I feel that this price could easily be higher. The Devils won when these teams faced each other at NJ. Not surprising, given the Canucks' dismal 5-16 road record. They're a much different team here at Vancouver though, going 15-8 on the season. The Devils, on the other hand, are an ugly 7-18 on the road. The Canucks are +13.6 against the moneyline the past 2+ seasons, when attempting to avenge an earlier loss. Look for home ice to be the difference. 

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NCAA-B  |  Jan 15, 2017
Drake vs Northern Iowa
Northern Iowa
-6½ -110 at GTBets
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on NORTHERN IOWA 8* ANNIHIALTOR. The Panthers are still seeking their first conference win and the Bulldogs should provide the perfect opportunity. Its true that Drake has played better since Jeff Rutter (a former UNI assistant) took over as coach. However, they're far from being a strong team. All their "success" has come at home too, as the Bulldogs are 0-8 when playing away from home. They've lost their two 2017 road games by 39 combined points. The Panthers are 23-4 SU (17-5 ATS in lined games) their last 27 against sub-500 teams. They've dominated Drake for years and they won last year's two games by 49 combined points, including a 77-44 destruction here at NIU. Look for them to "get healthy" with another double-digit win this afternoon. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Jan 15, 2017
Steelers vs Chiefs
-1 -115 at BMaker
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on KC 10* GAME OF WEEK. With the pointspread essentially a non-factor, I'm backing the rested home team. While the Steelers are red hot, the same is true of the Chiefs. The Steelers won big when these teams met earlier. That was at Pittsburgh though. The Chiefs, 5-2 ATS the last seven times that they played with 'revenge,' earned the right to host Sunday's rematch. They won 23-13 when these teams played here last season. 

Reid has been money over the years, when given extra time to prepare. The Chiefs are 3-0 SU/ATS their last three, with two or more week's worth of rest. Off this season's bye, the Chiefs went into Oakland and pounded the Raiders by a 26-10 score. He'll have the Chiefs better prepared to deal with Bell than they were for the first game. Having linebacker Justin Houston back - he wasn't around for the first meeting - will help. 

The Steelers were solid on the road, going 5-3. They outscored teams by a modest 21.6 to 19.6 margin in those games. The Chiefs were better (6-2) at home though. In those games, they outscored teams by a much greater 23.9 to 15.7 average margin. As you can see with less than 16 ppg allowed, the KC defense has been tough to score against here. I expect that to again be the case. 

To be sure, Bell and Brown give Rothlisberger a pair of deadly weapons to work with. Big Ben is a bit banged-up here though and the Chiefs' trio of Ware, Hill and Kelce figure to be every bit as dangerous. In the end, I expect homefield advantage combined with that extra week of rest to make the difference. 

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NFL  |  Jan 15, 2017
Packers vs Cowboys
UNDER 52 -108 Lost
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on GB and Dallas to finish UNDER the total. I lost with the Packers 'under' the total last week. However, that won't prevent me from pulling the trigger on the same play on Sunday. These teams combined for 46 points when they met in mid-October, a game which had an O/U line of 47. With Rodgers setting records recently, we're getting an extra handful of points to work with here. Here's why I feel thats providing us with excellent value. 

While Rodgers stole the headlines, the Packers' defense was quietly very good last week, too. McCarthy noted: "The defense really set the tone." The Packer D would limit Manning to a 72.1 passer rating, keeping Beckham to a mere 28 total yards. 

Rodgers is indeed an excellent QB and its hard not to like him. That said, he just lost his best receiver, as Jordy Nelson reportedly suffered (at least) two broken ribs. Even if Nelson, currently listed as doubtful, somehow did play, he's not going to be 100%. Lacy remains out and Montgomery got a bit banged-up last time out. (While Montgomery did manage to come back in that game and will be ready to go, its still worth mentioning that he had to be carried off the field.)

The Cowboy defense has been extremely solid all season. They allowed 19.1 ppg overall, top five in the league. They ranked #1 in the entire NFL, in terms of rushing yards allowed. While he's been on an incredible roll of late, we've seen Rodgers struggle a bit in the past, when playing sans Nelson against teams take away the running game. 

Speaking of the "running game," the Cowboys also rank #1 in the NFL in terms of rushing attempts per game. This is a team which is built on running the ball. They run the ball an average of 31.2 times per game overall, slightly more here at home. As you know, running the ball generally tends to keep the clock moving. 

The Packers were pretty stingy against the run this season, ranking #8 in terms of rushing yards allowed per game. They've cranked it up against the run lately too, keeping the Giants to 70 yards on the ground after holding the Lions to 76. They've now held four straight opponents to 95 or fewer rushing yards. 

The UNDER is 3-1 the last four times that the Packers have been listed as road underdogs in the 3.5 to 7 range, including a 1-0 UNDER mark in that role this season. That game, which also happened to come against an NFC East opponent, (Philly) finished with 40 points. 

Last week's GB game likely wouldn't have topped the total, if not for Rodgers' Hail Mary at the end of the first half. However, even with that unlikely pass, the final score of that game still wouldn't be enough to finish above this much higher number. Don't be surprised when the final score proves lower than most will be expecting and calling for.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 16, 2017
Cleveland State vs Oakland
Cleveland State
+14 -108 at 5Dimes
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on CLEVELAND STATE 8* SHOCKER. This line is generously high. The Vikings may have lost four straight but none of those losses came by more than 11 points. Oakland is just 7-14 ATS over the years, when listed as a home favorite of more than a dozen points, most recently losing outright vs. Detroit, as 18.5 point favorites. Off that loss, I'm taking the points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 16, 2017
Jets vs Sharks
-175 at 5Dimes
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on SJ (8*). This line came down a little from its opener. I believe it could have easily gone the other way. Off back-to-back losses, the Sharks are going to be extremely motivated. They're 14-7 here at home, outshooting teams by a 31.2 to 25.7 margin here. The Jets, on the other hand, have a 9-16 record on the road. While the Sharks allow 2.1 goals per game at home, the Jets allow 3.1 gpp on the road. Lay it. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 16, 2017
Canadiens vs Red Wings
UNDER 5½ -125 Won
Play Type: Premium

(8*) I’m playing on Montreal and Detroit to finish UNDER the total. These teams would normally have an O/U line of five. However, recent high-scoring results have led to a 5.5. I believe thats providing us with some value. This season's two previous meetings both produced five or fewer combined goals, a 5-0 game at Montreal and a 2-1 game, here at Detroit. With both teams looking to clean up their defense and with the UNDER at 26-16 here the past 2+ seasons, in games with an O/U line of 5.5, I'm expecting another relatively low-scoring affair. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 16, 2017
Capitals vs Penguins
-121 at betonline
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on PITTSBURGH 10* GAME OF WEEK. The Capitals are red hot right now. Yesterday's 5-0 victory marked their ninth win in a row. One of those was a 5-2 victory against these same Penguins. That has Pittsburgh playing with recent 'revenge,' which should provide some extra motivation. Of course, losing three in a row for the first time all season also figures to have the Pens in a foul mood. While the Caps are remain a modest 11-8 on the road, the Pens are a dominant 18-4 at home. Look for home ice to be the difference. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 16, 2017
Blazers vs Wizards
-3½ -110 at betonline
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on WASHINGTON 8* ANNIHILATOR. Both these teams are much better on their home floor. The Wizards are an ugly 4-13 on the road but an impressive 16-6 at home. Meanwhile, the Blazars are 11-9 at home but just 7-15 on the road. While the Blazers are 6-11 ATS (4-13 SU) when playing a road game with an O/U line of 210 or greater, the Wizards are 10-3 ATS (11-2 SU) when playing a home game with an O/U line of 210 or greater. With the Wizards also 6-1 SU/ATS the last seven times that they were listed as home favorites in the -3.5 to -6 range, expect homecourt to be the difference.


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.