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Ben Burns Ben Burns
A modest 8-5 weekend included a 5-1 RECORD with "top rated" (10*) bets, 2-0 with top rated football. (Ducks, Giants) Ben is a PERFECT 4-0 his L4 MNF plays, an AWESOME 8-1 his L9 NFL "primetime." All 10*'s are 76-48!

Ben Burns knows a thing or two about living the good life. His "LUXURY BOX" tickets represent exactly that. They don't come around all that often but when they do, sharp players KNOW to PAY ATTENTION. So far, in '21, Ben has released just eight (3 NFL, 3 CFB, 2 MLB) of these special plays. ALL 8 WERE WINNERS. Next one goes right here. You in?

*This package includes 1 NCAA-F Spread pick


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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Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Nov 29, 2021
Austin Peay vs TCU
-15½ -110 at Mirage
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on TCU. If looking at the Horned Frogs' 1-4 ATS record, it might be easy to think that they haven't been playing well. That's not the case though. The Frogs have won four of their five games and they've just narrowly missed out on the cover in three of their wins. Laying 22, they won by 16. Laying 13.5, they won by 13. Laying 11, they won by nine. In other words, they were a bucket or two away from covering. They didn't play well against Santa Clara, in their lone loss. However, I like how they responded in their win over Pepperdine. Back home and with a number of much tougher games coming up, I expect the Frogs to keep the pedal to the metal the entire way, in order to build up their confidence and momentum. They're catching Austin Peay at the right time. The Governors are at the end of a long 5-game road trip. It started way back on 11/12, with a 73-55 blowout loss at SUI. Now, more than two weeks later, they're finally at the end of the trip. I expect them to be a bit "road weary" and don't believe they'll have necessary energy to compete with the Frogs on their home floor. While the Frogs are 6-4 ATS their last 10, after failing to cover their previous three, the Governors are 1-3 ATS their last four road games, with an O/U line in the 135 to 139.5 range. I'm expecting a blowout. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Nov 29, 2021
Montana vs Oregon
-12½ -110 at Mirage
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on OREGON. The Grizzlies are in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Off b2b losses, happy to be home from Maui, the Ducks are going to be looking to run their guests right out of the building. Those losses notwithstanding, this is a strong Oregon team.  Coach Altman demands more and is not at all happy. He commented: "How we have regressed in the last two weeks just shocks me." He's going to have his team ready to go. Last time on this floor, the Ducks crushed a respectable SMU team by a score of 86-63. Speaking of blowouts, these teams met here in 2019. Oregon was an 18.5 point favorite and won by 33. Including that beatdown, the Grizzlies are 8-14 ATS the past few seasons, as underdogs. They've only been underdogs once this season, as they were getting 11.5 points at Mississippi State. They lost by 37. Expect the Ducks, 4-1 ATS the past five times that they failed to cover their previous three games, to keep the pedal to the metal, en route to another blowout. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Nov 29, 2021
Thunder vs Rockets
OVER 214½ -110 Lost
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Houston/OKC OVER the total. These teams played a couple of low-scoring games earlier but we're going to see plenty of points tonight. The Rockets have scored 118 and 146 their past two games. In their 146-143 victory, the Rockets and Hornets set an NBA record with 43-made (132 points) 3-point shots. The Rockets accounted for 23 of those. Sure, that game went to OT. However, there were still 266 points scored in regulation. The Rockets need to score a lot as they allow a lot of points. Their last 10 opponents have all hit triple-digits. Their 113.2 ppg allowed ranks fourth worst in the league. OKC is hungry for a win and the Rockets are suddenly clicking on offense. Expect a high-scoring affair.

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Nov 29, 2021
Seahawks vs Washington Football Team
OVER 46½ -110 Lost
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I'm playing on Washingon/Seattle OVER the total. Last night's game was low-scoring but there should be plenty of points on primetime tonight. Heinecke's confidence is growing and the Washington offense has come alive of late. Despite facing a pair of fairly stingy teams (TB and Carolina) the Football Team has scored 27 and 29 points, its past two games. After scoring 31 points on Halloween, the Seattle offense has stalled in two November games. Those results have worked in our favor, helping to keep this O/U line a little lower than it otherwise would have been. While it's true that the Hawks are dealing with some injuries along the line, tonight offers an excellent opportunity for Wilson to "get healthy." Washington allows 26.7 ppg, the fifth worst mark in the league. The Football Team also ranks fifth worst, in terms of yards per play. Wilson still has plenty of pride; he's been one of the best in the world for years. Look for this one to prove higher-scoring than many will be expecting, the OVER improve


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.