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Consistency counts. When sharps really need to nail the big game, many turn to Ben Burns. Off yesterday's win with LA/SD 'over,' Ben's top-rated MLB plays are now a SICK 14-3 YTD.
NBA 10* BLUE CHIP TOTAL! (EARLY) **GRIZZLIES/BLAZERS**

The regular season is over and Ben Burns is ready to work his NBA postseason magic. It starts here, with this afternoon's play-in-series. You in?

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SAT. FAN APPRECIATION ANNIHILATOR!

Join Ben Burns for this mismatch at the ballpark and proceed directly to the Winner's Circle!

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SATURDAY SENIOR CIRCUIT PERSONAL FAVORITE!

This is a MAJOR MISMATCH and Ben Burns is making the most of it. You should too. 

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SAT. 10* NHL BEST BET!

Ben Burns took it on the chin with yesterday's NHL. Today, he returns the favor. Get in on the ground floor of his next winning streak right here. 

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FIGHT OF THE WEEK (OFF ONE-SIDED TKO WIN!) *SAT. AUG 15

Ben Burns' last UFC play resulted in a BLOODY TKO/KO VICTORY. Expect another decisive victory with this week's FIGHT OF THE WEEK!

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**14-3 THIS SEASON** SAT. 10* HIGH HEAT!

Ben Burns is now 14-3 ON THE SEASON with his top-rated baseball selections. Winner #15 goes right here. You in?

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NFL TOTAL OF THE WEEK (OPENING NIGHT!)

It seems like only yesterday that Ben Burns capped off a DOMINATING NFL PLAYOFFS with a PERFECT 3-0 SWEEP (side, total, first half) in the Super Bowl. Now, this renowned "Totals Guru" returns with another ABSOLUTE BEAST of a total. Don't wait on this one!

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ALL SPORTS SUBSCRIPTIONS
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Ben Burns is among the most respected handicappers in the world and he's ON ABSOLUTE FIRE. Don't believe? Grab a 3-DAY PASS and see for yourself!

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Ben Burns' One Week All-Inclusive!

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ONE MONTH OF ALL BEN BURNS PICKS!

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NCAA-F SUBSCRIPTIONS
Ben Burns' College Football Season Subscription (includes ALL Bowls)

Join this proven handicapper for EVERY SINGLE college football release throughout the rest of the season, including Bowl selections and the national championship game!

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NFL SUBSCRIPTIONS
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Burns has already DOMINATED preseason and he's poised for ANOTHER HUGE CAMPAIGN. Follow for the rest of the NFL season with this FULL season pro football pass! Get every big game, including all picks through the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl at one low price!

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FREE PICKS
Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Sep 13, 2020
Raiders vs. Panthers
Raiders
PK -123
  at  5DIMES
in 29d

Despite the Panthers having home field advantage, the Raiders are currently slight favorites. While that may have some leaning towards the home underdog, the Raiders are favored for a reason. Carolina has a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new defensive coordinator and a new starting QB. Under normal circurmstances, that might not be such a bad thing. After all, everyone is surely hungry to get the new era started with a win. However, these circumstances aren't normal. Due to the pandemic, the team hasn't had a chance to get together and that is likely to make adjusting to all the new faces/schemes difficult. Consider Vegas. 

YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Aug 14, 2020
Heat vs Pacers
OVER 218 -110 Lost
$110.0
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Indiana/Miami OVER the total. These teams just faced each other. They'll face each other again in the playoffs. There's the bad blood between Butler and Warren. There's the #4 and #5 seed on the line. You'd think this would be a big game, right? Its not. Most of the starters won't play and the 4 vs. 5 spot is meaningless. As Pacers coach Nat McMillan noted: "It's just a different situation. It's no home court in the sense of you having your fan base, sleeping in your bed, there's none of that." For me, I say that leads to very little defensive intensity. The backups/reserves can and will still score and will be happy to make the most of their opportunity. Its the lowest O/U line on the board but I expect a relatively high-scoring affair. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Aug 14, 2020
Rangers vs Rockies
Rockies
+1½ -138 at pinnacle
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing COLORADO on the run-line (+1.5 runs) I expect the Rockies to win this one outright. However, if they're going to give me an extra +1.5 runs at this reasonable a price - given the current form of Lynn - I'm happy to grab them. Lynn started to come back to earth a little last time out; through five innings, he allowed two earned runs while giving up four hits (1 HR) and walking three batters. Lynn lost 8-4 the last time that he started at Colorado. Though he didn't go deep, Castellani was excellent (0 hits!) in his debut as he and the Colorado relievers combined for a 1-hitter. He faced 12 batters and he retired them all. Texas relievers have an ugly 8.84 ERA and 1.96 combined WHIP on the road. Rockies earn AT LEAST the "run-line cover." 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Aug 14, 2020
Mariners vs Astros
Astros
-187 at betonline
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on HOUSTON. While the price may initially seem steep, this is an absolute mismatch and the price could actually easily be higher. Kichuchi has a 5.28 ERA thus far. Valdez, on the other hand, has a 2.38 ERA. While Valdez hasn't gotten much support yet, he should here. On the road, Kichuchi's ERA climbs to an obscene 12.26 to go along with an obscene 2.452 WHIP. Houston with plenty of other advantages including much better bullpen stats. M's 48-63 against southpaws last 2+ seasons. Astros 81-41 against southpaws, during same span. Astros roll. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Aug 14, 2020
Islanders vs Capitals
Capitals
-120 at Mirage
Lost
$120.0
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Washington. After squandering Game 1, the Caps are going to be all business here. They've been here before. The Caps are 5-1 (+3.5) the last six times that they trailed in a playoff series. During that span, they're 64-44 when playing with 'revenge' and 50-31 after having allowed four or more goals in their previous game. The Caps outscored teams by a 3.3 to 3.0 margin on the road this season while the Isles were outscored by a 2.7 to 2.5 average margin, when playing away from home. Caps bounce back. 10*

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Aug 14, 2020
Canucks vs Blues
UNDER 5½ -130 Lost
$130.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on Vancouver/St. Louis UNDER the total. The Canucks scored five goals in the opener. Don't expect a repeat performance. The Canucks have a big top line but not so much after that. However, the Blues showed an ability to slow it down, when playing 5-on-5. Expect the champs to slow down that top-line at even strength, while using a disciplined approach to limit their time in the penalty box, en route to a much lower-scoring game. Remember, that prior to Game 1, nine of the previous 14 meetings between these clubs have produced five or fewer combined goals. Look for this one to do the same. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Aug 14, 2020
Canucks vs Blues
Blues
-140 at Mirage
Lost
$140.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on ST. LOUIS. After dropping Game 1, the Blues are going to be all business here. This is a playoff battle-tested team, one which isn't going to roll over. The Canucks, on the other hand, are in unfamiliar territory. The Canucks have a big top line but not so much after that. However, the Blues showed an ability to slow it down, when playing 5-on-5. Expect the champs to slow down that top-line at even strength, while using a disciplined approach to limit their time in the penalty box, en route to a highly important victory. 

SERVICE BIO

Age: 45

Background

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 NSS.net. 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.