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Ben has been in "full-on football mode" for weeks & he's poised for his biggest season ever. Early NFL/NCAAF plays are ready & you don't want to wait for the lines to move!

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Here's Ben Burns' #1 NFLX TOTAL OF THE WEEK. Add it to your Thursday card right away!

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Ben Burns is a leader. Not a follower. He's taking a MAJOR POSITION on a play here and he's not waiting around for anyone else's opinion. Burns is a FANTASTIC 50-34 his L84 top-rated NCAAF selections. He's not waiting on this one and you shouldn't either. This is Ben's BIGGEST PLAY OF THE ENTIRE MONTH. Hurry. Get down right NOW!

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Here's an August game which has "DESTRUCTION" written all over it. In fact, this may well prove to be the single BIGGEST BLOWOUT OF THE ENTIRE MONTH. Whatever you do, don't wait on this one!

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As you probably already know, Ben Burns has historically fared EXTREMELY WELL on Opening Night of the NFL season. He did it AGAIN in 2018, going a PERFECT 2-0 on Opening Night, nailing both the Eagles, minus the points, and the 'Under.' This year, its the Bears hosting the Packers, a pair of teams that Burns knows like the back of his hand. You in?

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In what has long been an annual tradition, Ben Burns was a PERFECT 2-0 on Opening Night again last year, including a DOUBLE-DIGIT WINNER with his "BLUE CHIP" on the 'under.' Burns is doing it again in 2019. Don't even consider missing out!

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Its NEVER too early to start thinking about football. For Ben Burns, he NEVER stops thinking about it! Here, he's identified an EARLY Week 1 game where the best time to play is right now. Opportunity is knocking and you've got a chance to take advantage. Don't wait!

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Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Aug 19, 2019
Royals vs Orioles
-128 at jazz
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on BALTIMORE. After trips to Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, a home game vs. the Royals is going to sound pretty good to the Orioles. KC has a 20-41 road record, tied with Detroit for worst in the majors. Lopez has done his part as he's 1-7 with a 6.51 ERA overall. Means, on the other hand, has a 3.12 ERA and 1.058 WHIP at home. Off b2b tough starts against the Yankees, he knows this is an opportunity he needs to make the most of.  Expect him to do so, the O's bouncing back and starting the homestand with a much needed win. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Aug 19, 2019
Padres vs Reds
-157 at jazz
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on CINCINNATI. While Bauer struggled at Washington last time out, he was excellent his last home start, striking out 11 Cubs, while allowing just three hits, through seven complete innings. That was his home debut for the Reds; he's going to be happy to return. After that gem, manager David Bell said this of Bauer: "It's a great sign. You saw what he's capable of doing. That was a big start for our team." Lauer has struggled on the road all season, as he's got a 6.20 ERA away from Petco. Look for Bauer and the Reds to bounce back and improve to 10-2 as home favorites in the -150 to -200 range. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Aug 19, 2019
Mariners vs Rays
-178 at 5Dimes
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on TAMPA. The Rays will have a significant advantage in this battle of southpaws. The Rays just had a look at Gonzales 10 days ago and that will work to their advantage here. Since that start, Gonzales gave up 11 hits in his last start alone. McKay, who will have the advantage of starting against Seattle for the first time, struck out eight against just one walk, in his last start here. With Sunday's win, the Rays are 28-19 vs. southpaws. On the other hand, the M's are just 14-25 (-7.9) vs. southpaws. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NFLX  |  Aug 19, 2019
49ers vs Broncos
-130 at 5Dimes
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing DENVER. The Broncos will be playing their third game, while the 49ers will be playing their second. I expect that to favor Denver. After winning the HOF Game, the Broncos lost 22-14, as -2.5 point road favorites, against the Seahawks last week. Thats historically been an excellent spot for them. In fact, the Broncos are 21-1 SU their last 22 preseason games, when off a preseason loss as a favorite.  The Broncos have a 22-17 edge in the preseason in h2h matchups vs. the 49ers. With an extra game under their belt, expect them to improve on that advantage Monday night

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Aug 20, 2019
Padres vs Reds
-159 at betonline
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I'm playing on CINCINNATI. Quantrill has pitched well of late. However, Gray has been even better. In fact, he's got a 0.00 ERA his last three starts. The Reds were 3-0 in those games, winning by a combined score of 18-6. The majority of Quantrill's success has come at Petco. On the road, he's got a 4.57 ERA. Its true that San Diego has now won three straight. However, it should also be noted that the Padres are just 11-25 (-13) the past 2+ seasons, after winning three or more consecutive games. The Reds are 12-4 when playing with 'revenge,' from a game where they were listed as home favorites. Expect them to bounce back. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Aug 20, 2019
Marlins vs Braves
-1½ -145 at sportsbook
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing ATLANTA on the run-line (-1.5 runs) The Braves were a little too steep to consider on the money-line. However, as I'm expecting them to win this one by multiple runs, I feel that the run-line is the way to go. The Marlins just roughed up Keuchel two starts ago, at Miami. Keuchel bounced back with six shutout innings against the Mets though. Off that gem and facing the Marlins in his new home park, I expect a much better effort. Note that Keuchel has a stellar 2.43 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in five home starts, as a Brave. Hernandez got the better of Keuchel in that game at Miami. However, he followed it up by getting rocked for six runs, serving up four home runs, in his last start. On the road, he's got a 5.89 ERA through four starts. Factoring in a couple of relief appearances and he's got a 7.20 ERA on the road. He had a 6.43 ERA in July and has a 6.60 ERA in August. Braves roll. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Aug 20, 2019
Nationals vs Pirates
+1½ -113 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing PITTSBURGH on the run-line (+1.5 runs) I like the Pirates to win this one 'outright.' However, in a game where scoring may well be at a premium, I'm happy to grab the extra +1.5 runs. After getting embarrassed 13-0 yesterday, the Pirates are going to be determined to bounce back with a much better effort. Note that the Nats are just 2-6 (-7.7) vs. the ML their last eight, after a win by 12 or more runs. The Pirates, meanwhile, are 2-0 this season, after losing by 12 or more. Back in May, they lost 17-4 to the Cards. They bounced back and beat those same Cards by a 2-1 margin the next day. Prior to that, they lost 14-1 against Oakland. Once, again they bounced back and beat the A's (6-4) the following day. While the wins haven't been coming, Archer has quietly been pitching well since the Break. He's recorded 19 K's vs. only two walks his last two starts. Strasburg, on the other hand, has an ugly 8.30 ERA his last three starts. Last time out, he walked three against four K's. His last road start was a 1-run game. Archer has faced the Nats three times over his career. His team won one of those and the other two (including one this season) were both 3-2 losses. Archer was sharp in all three. Expect AT LEAST a "run-line cover."


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.