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Consistency counts. When sharps really need to nail the big game, many turn to Ben Burns. Off yesterday's loss with the Phillies, Ben's top-rated MLB plays are still a SICK 13-3 YTD.

Big Game Guru Ben Burns was a PERFECT 3-0 with Thursday's top-rated releases. At the rink, he nailed his NHL TOW on Bos/Car 'under' the total. At the ballpark, an EASY top-rated "BLUE CHIP" WINNER with LA/SD 'over.' Meanwhile, a 2-0 hoops card included a top-rated an ABSOLUTE LAUGHER with Memphis. Burns elevates to his HIGHEST RATING again here!

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Head to the closet. Get out your broom. Prepare to get sweeping. That's what projected to happen with Ben Burns' 3-Game "ULTIMATE" Report, a total combined with a pair of sides, one of them qualifying as Ben's TOP-RATED "PERSONAL FAVORITE." You know what to do!

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**13-3 YTD** TOP RATED (10*) HIGH HEAT

Big Game Guru Ben Burns was a PERFECT 3-0 with Thursday's top-rated releases. He nailed his NHL TOW on Bos/Car 'under' the total. A 2-0 hoops card included a top-rated "W" with Memphis. At the ballpark, an EASY top-rated winner with LA/SD 'over.' Short-term or long-term, top-rated MLB plays continue to be M-O-N-E-Y. They're now 13-3 ON THE SEASON!

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If you don't mind laying some extra wood with your winners, you will NOT want to miss this ONE-SIDED BLOWOUT. Don't wait. 

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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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Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Sep 13, 2020
Raiders vs. Panthers
PK -123
  at  5DIMES
in 30d

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. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Aug 13, 2020
Padres vs Dodgers
OVER 8 -115 Won
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on LA/SD to finish OVER the total. I waited patiently for this line to drop from 8.5 to 8 and it finally did. Now, with all due respect to the starters, I feel that the number is too low. Yes, Paddack can be tough. However, the Dodgers just saw him recently at Petco; that game finishing with nine combined runs. The last time Paddack pitched at LA, the game produced 21 runs, an 11-10 final. Paddack gave up six runs in four innings. Urias' last two games finished with nine and 13 combined runs. Look for this one to prove higher-scoring than most will be expecting, too.

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Aug 13, 2020
Spurs vs Jazz
+8 -107 at pinnacle
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on UTAH. The Spurs are fairly heavy favorites here as they enter the day still with a shot at making the play-in while Utah has already locked up its spot. The problem is that the Spurs need a lot of help. They'd need to win and have the Blazers, Grizzlies and Suns all lose to get the 8th seed. They'd need to win and have two of those three lose to get the ninth. While the Blazers don't play until later, the other two play before the Spurs. Considering that both the Grizzlies and Suns are favored, there's a real chance that the Spurs will be eliminated by the time they play, or shortly after their game starts. Of course, if that was the case, they wouldn't be favored by as much as they are. Either way, I expect the Jazz to give them all they can handle and am grabbing the points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Aug 13, 2020
Blue Jackets vs Lightning
-170 at YouWager
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on TAMPA. As you probably know, the opening game was a marathon. The Lightning won in the fifth Overtime. Those are the type of losses that can really be tough to bounce back from. Keep in mind that the Jackets were already off an emotional and physical hard-fought series against the Leafs. They'd barely had a chance to recover and then left it all on the ice in Game 1. To do that and ultimately come up short is going to take a toll on them today. Expect the Lightning, who still haven't forgotten last year, to take advantage of the situation and for them to take a commanding lead in the series. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Aug 13, 2020
Bucks vs Grizzlies
-2½ -110 at Bovada
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on MEMPHIS. While the bubble experience has NOT been a good one for the Grizzlies, they still control their own destiny. All they need to do is win this game and they're into the 8/9 play-in-series. If they lose, the Grizzlies would need plenty of help as they'd also require the Suns and Spurs to lose. Needless to say, they don't want to rely on that. As Coach Jenkins said: “I told the guys we’ve got one game left, we’ve got to try to find a way to play our best game at this point. We’ve got to lay it on the line. Whatever’s been in the past is in the past.” The Bucks have already secured top spot in the East. I say Memphis "finds a way."

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Aug 13, 2020
Orioles vs Phillies
-188 at 5Dimes
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on PHILADELPHIA. The Phillies haven't treated me well lately, nor have they done themselves any favors. That said, they absolutely can't afford to drop this afternoon's series finale. The O's are still 43-74 in day games the past 2+ seasons. During that span, they're also 35-75 off a win, 3-8 after three or more consecutive wins. Arrieta has a stellar 2.45 ERA thus far and he tossed six shutout innings in his lone home start. Eshelman gave up five hits and two runs (4.50 ERA) lasting just four innings in his lone start. Phillies bounce back. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Aug 13, 2020
Hurricanes vs Bruins
UNDER 5½ -135 Won
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Boston/Carolina UNDER the total. These teams were supposed to meet Monday. However, because of the length (5 OT's!) of the Columbus/Tampa game, they were forced to play early Tuesday instead. The Bruins won that game by a score of 4-3. Nothing abnormal about the Bruins winning, as they've now beaten the Canes seven straight times. The high score wasn't exactly 'normal' of recent meetings though. In fact, the previous three meetings between these teams had resulted in Boston wins with scores of 2-0, 4-0 and 2-1. With the teams now playing their second game in two days, I'm expecting things to tighten up. The UNDER is 6-2 the past eight times that the Bruins played the second of b2b games. Look for those stats to improve Thursday. 


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.