Ben Burns Ben Burns
#1 NBA HANDICAPPER IN THE WORLD last seven days. Ben's BIG EAST GAME OF THE YEAR is about to begin. Do yourself a favor and get with the BEST.

A 5-1 Tuesday included a 2-0 record with "top rated" (10*) plays, Golden State and UCLA. Both were easy, never-in-doubt winners. That's regularly been the case during Burns' REMARKABLE $118,130 RUN with his top rated basketball plays. Now, comes his #1 AAC GAME OF THE SEASON!

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Ben Burns enters the Conf. Championships on an 8-3 RUN on the gridiron. His top rated NFL totals are on a 18-8/69% HEATER. Don't wait!

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Ben Burns had some HUGE WINS from within the NFC West this season. Perhaps the biggest was his MNF TOTAL OF THE YEAR WINNER between the 49'ers and Rams on 11/15. Those NFC West rivals meet on an even bigger stage this weekend and Burns is GOING ALL IN. Don't wait!

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Ben Burns enters the weekend with an 8-3 record his last 11, on the gridiron. He's historically fared well in the Conference Championship games; last year's Conf. Championship "Main Event" resulted in a 14-point winner. Don't wait on this year's version!

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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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Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Jan 26, 2022
Bruins vs Avalanche
UNDER 6 +113 Lost
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I'm playing on Bos/Col UNDER the total. Many think of the Avs a high-scoring offensive-minded team. They can be pretty stingy, too. They allow 2.9 goals per game. At home, that number dips to 2.5 goals allowed per game. Recently, they've really elevated their defensive play, too. Over their past fou games, the Avs have allowed only three combined goals, an average of less than one per game. While the Bruins are off a rare poor defensive effort, they're still alowing only 2.7 goals per game on the season. Note that the UNDER is 29-18-3 the past 50 times that they allowed four or more goals, in their previous game. During that span, the UNDER is also 21-11 when the Bruins were off a loss by two or more goals. Don't be surprised when this one also proves lower-scoring than many will be expecting. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 26, 2022
Drake vs Illinois State
-3½ -116 at pinnacle
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I'm playing on DRAKE. In terms of talent, this is a mismatch. Yet, because the game is played at Illinois State and because the Bulldogs have fared poorly at the betting window thus far, the line is reasonably low. I feel that's providing us with excellent value on the superior team. The Redbirds managed just 53 points last game. They're 4-8 ATS their past 12, after scoring 60 or less. While they'd surely like to avenge a 9-point loss at Drake, they're also just 8-12 ATS their last 20, when attempting to avenge a road loss. The Bulldogs, who swept last season's games, are allowing 65.7 ppg. The Redbirds are allowing 76. Their past five opponents have hit a high 47.9% of their field goals. With an O/U line in the mid 140s, the pace of the game should favor the visitors. The Redbirds are 6-17 SU the past 23 times that they played a game with an O/U line in the 140s. During that span, the Bulldogs are 21-3 SU when they played a game with an O/U line in the 140s. Expect them to improve on those stats, covering the small number along the way. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Jan 26, 2022
Mavs vs Blazers
OVER 216 -110 Won
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I'm playing on Dallas/Portland OVER the total. I won with Dallas 'over' last night, while also successfully going against the Mavs. They gave up 130 points. That loss snapped a lengthy 'under' streak for the Mavs. Those recent results have kept tonight's O/U line reasonably low. For a game at Portland, I believe it'll prove to be too low. While last night's game against the T-Wolves finished with "only" 216, games here are averaging 222 points this season. These teams played here on 12/27. Dallas routed the Blazers by a 132-117 score. The teams already had 125 by halftime. Note that the OVER is 6-4 the last 10 times that the Blazers attempted to avenge an earlier home loss; they've got a 27-14 OVER mark in that situation, the past 2+ seasons. During that span, the Mavs have seen the OVER go 9-5 after having allowed 130 or more points in their previous game. Nine straight meetings have produced more than 220 points, eight of those finishing with more than 230. Expect another high-scoring affair. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 26, 2022
Marquette vs Seton Hall
Seton Hall
-4 -110 at SC Consensus
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I'm playing on SETON HALL. The Golden Eagles have been playing very well. They beat the Pirates by a single point in this season's earlier meeting, at Marquette. The Pirates found out that winning on the road, in the Big East, can be tough. This evening, I expect the Eagles to discover the same. While the Eagles outscore teams by a modest 71.7 to 70.4 average score on the road, the Pirates outscore visiting teams by a dominating 81.6 to 66 margin. The Pirates just lost (badly) to St. John's after having beaten the Red Strom two days earlier. (Sweeping teams in the Big East can be tough, too.) Their previous four home games were against the likes of Villanova, UConn, Rutgers and Texas. So, they've hosted some tough recent opponents. While its a very competitive Big East conference this year, the Pirates are one of the stronger teams in it. They'll remind everyone of that this evening, improving to 10-1 ATS their last 11, when off a double-digit loss at home. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 26, 2022
Winthrop vs USC Upstate
-5 -105 at linepros
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I'm playing on WINTHROP. The Spartans are on a rare 5-game winning streak. However, they're stepping up in class. I expect a visit from the Eagles to provide a reality check. Despite playing both on the road, the Eagles won last season's games by 18 and 30 points. They've absolutely owned the Spartans over the years. After failing to score 60 for the first time all season, they'll keep the pedal to the metal the entire way here. Expect the motivated visitors to bounce back and continue their series dominance, covering the small number along the way. 


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.