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While it didn't start the way Ben wanted, this promises to rank among the most exciting postseasons ever. Make sure you're a part of it and expect a WINNING Wednesday!

Don't even consider touching Thursday's BRONCOS/JETS game until you've checked in with Ben Burns first!

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Ben Burns was 4-1/80% with last week's college including a BIG WINNER with MTSU on Friday. He's got another BEAUTY lined up for this Friday. Be there!

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Ben Burns' "BREAKFAST CLUB" plays continue to be a staple of a successful wagering weekend for bettors all over the globe. Last week's WINNER (Syracuse/GT 'over') paved the way for a 6-1 Saturday card. This week's WINNER comes from the TCU/TEXAS showdown. As per usual, kickoff is set for 12 ET, or 9am for those on the West Coast. Do NOT sleep in!

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Ben Burns has released two "B.M." selections so far this college season. Two weeks ago, Notre Dame smashed South Florida by a score of 52-0. Last week, part of a sweet 6-1 Saturday, Oklahoma State took care of business against West Virginia. This week's version sets up to potentially result in the "BIGGEST BLOWOUT ON THE ENTIRE BOARD." Do NOT wait!

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Ben Burns has released seven UFC selections over the past couple of months and he's won six of them. His latest goes this Saturday and its got "MUST PLAY" written all over it! 

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Your winning Sunday starts here!

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If you liked cashing Ben Burns' September GAME OF THE MONTH, a WINNER with the Steelers over the Giants on 9/14, you're going to LOVE the October version. It goes Sunday and its Ben's BIGGEST PLAY OF THE SEASON thus far. Don't wait!

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If you liked Ben Burns' MLB TOTAL OF THE WEEK, the 'under' in Game 1 of the Reds/Braves series - the longest 0-0 playoff game in history - you'll LOVE the NFL version. Don't even consider missing it!

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Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Oct 03, 2020
Texas A&M vs. Alabama
-17 -108
in 2d

Alabama is off a down year and it failed to cover in its first game. End of the Saban dynasty? Hardly. The Tide are loaded and ready to make amends. Sure, they failed to cover at Missouri. (They won 38-19, while laying -28.5.) However, the Tide were up 28-3 at halftime of that game. So, I feel it was more a matter of letting their foot off the gas. Saban noted as much, stating that: "The intensity dropped and we didn’t play well in the second half." That should work in our favor here, as Saban will be anxious to have his team keep the pedal to the metal the entire way. While the Aggies are no slouches, they're overmatched in this one. Consider laying the points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 29, 2020
White Sox vs A's
+1½ -145 at Mirage
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing OAKLAND on the run-line (+1.5 runs) With the Sox boasting a perfect record against southpaw starters, they're favored for a reason. That said, the playoffs are an entirely new season and they haven't seen Luzardo yet. That should work to his advantage the first couple times through the order. Also, with the Sox being favored on the money-line, we're able to get an extra +1.5 runs with the A's for a relatively reasonable price. Keep in mind that the O/U line is only 7.5 (and could potentially go down to 7) which means that runs are expected to be at a premium. In other words, every extra run means a lot. Yes, Giolito has been strong. The same can be said of Luzardo though. The A's were 5-1 in Luzardo's "home" starts, the young southpaw posting a dominant 2.08 ERA and 0.952 WHIP in those games. Last time out, he tossed six shutout innings. He's got 14 K's against 0 walks, his last two starts, 25 K's against one walk in his four Sept. starts combined. Note that Chicago has lost Giolito's last two starts and the one before that was a 1-run win. Overall, the A's are 6-3 in Luzardo's starts but two of the losses came by a single run. That means, that they'd be 8-1 if getting an extra +1.5 runs in each. Expect AT LEAST another "run-line cover" Tuesday afternoon. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 29, 2020
Astros vs Twins
-142 at 5Dimes
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on MINNESOTA. This is a favorable opponent for the Twins. The Astros made it back to the postseason but they're not as strong as recent teams. In fact, they're one of only two teams to qualify for the playoffs, despite having a losing record. There's no Verlander and the batters no longer benefit from cheating, as they may have previously. Greinke isn't as good as he used to be either. Not that he was too good in the playoffs, last year. (He was 0-2 with a 4.68 ERA in five playoff starts for Houston in 2019.) Indeed, the former Cy Young winner finished the season with an ugly 5.73 ERA over his final seven starts. Last time out, he gave up eight hits in less than five innings. On the other hand, Maeda was 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA and dominant 0.75 WHIP on the season. Over his final two starts, he recorded 17 K's without walking a batter. I say Maeda and the Twins draw first blood. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 30, 2020
Cardinals vs Padres
-158 at betonline
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on SD. Given the fact that they had to deal with Covid in the season, the Cards did a great job of getting here. However, I think they're overmatched here. While Kim has been great overall, he looked a little shaky in his last road start. In 5 1/3 innings, he gave up two home runs and four runs. Paddack gets the call for the Padres, which may surprise some. However, he was their Opening Day starter for a reason. Padack says he's "honored, excited, mentally prepared and ready to go." I expect that to be the case. The Cards were mediocre on the road, the Padres were great at home. That includes a 9-3 mark as home favorites in the -125 to -175 range. I think they've got the better lineup and I expect them to draw first blood in the series. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 30, 2020
Marlins vs Cubs
-156 at 5Dimes
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on CHICAGO. Given the fact that they had to deal with Covid early in the season and given their lineup, the Marlins did a great job of getting here. However, I think they're overmatched here. Hendricks had a dominant 1.86 ERA and 0.756 WHIP in six home starts, averaging better than seven innings per start here. On the other hand, Alcantara had a 4.91 ERA and 1.48 WHIP on the road, averaging less than five innings. That means will see a Miami bullpen which had a 5.70 ERA on the road. Chicago relievers, by comparison, had a 3.57 ERA here at Wrigley, convering 90.9% of home save chances. Hendricks has been exceptional for weeks. This line could easily be higher. Cubs win. Cubs win. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 30, 2020
Reds vs Braves
UNDER 7½ -107 Won
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Cincinnati/Atlanta UNDER the total. Given the quality of these starting pitchers, this is a generous O/U line. Bauer, who has a fair amount of postseason experience, has been brilliant all season. He led the National League with a 1.73 ERA. He had a dominant 0.795 WHIP to go along with that ERA. On the road, averaging nearly seven innings, his ERA dipped to 1.32, his WHIP falling to 0.706. Last time out, his team needing him, Bauer struck out 12 Brewers, allowing just one run through eight innings. Fried, who has some postseaon experience (out of the bullpen) is the ace of the Braves staff. He checks in with a perfect 7-0 record, a stellar 2.25 ERA. He returned from injury only to tweak his ankle. However, he's reportedly good to go, having made it through a bullpen session. He limited the Reds to a single run, through six complete innings, in a 4-1 Atlanta win, the lone time he faced them. I'm expecting a well-pitched affair. 


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.