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Yesterday notwithstanding, Burns' basketball program has banked better than $45K over the past 12 months. Expect this documented handicapping champion to respond on Friday. In a BIG way. Consider subscribing.

Off a winless Thursday, Ben Burns is OUT FOR BLOOD on Friday. Here, he bounces back with a TOP-RATED BEST BET. Be there!

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After closing out the first half of the NBA season with a win, Ben Burns threw up an air ball with Thursday's selection. It was just a bad day overall. Still up MORE THAN $25K in the pros over the past 12 months, Burns always seems to bounce back BIGGER THAN EVER. Bank on him doing exactly that with Friday's TV "MAIN EVENT." Get down now and enjoy!

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The NBA is back and so is Ben Burns. Off a big winner to close out the first half, Burns enters the second half of an INSANE $47K BASKETBALL HEATER, over the past 12 months. On Friday, he's firing with one of his coveted "PERSONAL FAVORITE" selections. Its received his VERY HIGHEST RATING & its an ABSOLUTE BEAST. Do NOT miss!

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Don't make a move on tonight's big showdown in the A-10 (DAYTON/DAVIDSON) until you check in with Ben Burns first!

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After taking it on the chin on Thursday, expect Ben Burns to HIT BACK HARD on Friday. He does so in BLOWOUT FASHION here. Make sure you're on board.

*This package includes 1 NCAA-B Spread pick


Wednesday's winner on Rider brought Ben Burns to 10-2/83% YTD with his college basketball "GAME OF THE WEEK" releases. Did you know that Ben is ALSO hitting a WHITE HOT 83% IN 2017 with his NBA "GOW/GOM/GOY" releases? He's 3-1 with his 2017 NBA "G.O.W. plays & 2017 has already see him connect with his G.O.Y. & his JAN. GOM. Here's the Feb version!

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Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Feb 24, 2017
Lakers vs. Thunder
-9 -110
in 5h

The Williams/Brewer trade isn't about to make the Lakers any better. Not anytime soon, at least. A 36-point loss at Phoenix, prior to the break, dropped LA to 7-25 on the road. Meanwhile, the Thunder are off an 11-point win against the Knicks. That brought them to 20-8 at home. All signs point to another double-digit win here. Consider OKC. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Feb 23, 2017
Coyotes vs Blackhawks
UNDER 5½ -125 Lost
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Chicago/Arizona to finish UNDER the total 10* O/U BEST BET. When these teams met (at Phoenix) a few weeks ago, the O/U line was five. Tonight, we're getting an extra half goal to work with and I feel that's providing us with excellent value. The Coyotes only average 26 shots per road game, averaging just 2.3 goals. The Hawks won 4-0 in this season's earlier meeting here. Including that result, the UNDER is 44-33 the last 77 times that the Coyotes played a road game with an O/U line of 5.5 and 35-18 the last 53 times that the Hawks played a home game with an O/U line of 5.5. I'm expecting the Coyotes to again struggle to score, resulting in a similar combined final score. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Feb 23, 2017
Flames vs Lightning
-141 at betonline
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on TB 10* ANNIHILATOR. The Lightning won at Calgary in December and they also won 3-1 when these teams met here last season. They were laying -175 for that game. Given this season's home/road stats, they could easily be laying a higher price again here. TB outscores teams by a 3.1 to 2.9 average here at home. Calgary, on the other hand, gets outscored by a 2.8 to 2.3 margin on the road. While the Flames have allowed 22 goals their last seven games, the Lightning have allowed 12. Look for the Lightning to continue their dominance in this series. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Feb 23, 2017
Islanders vs Canadiens
-147 at BMaker
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on MONTREAL 10* PERS FAV. The Isles scored the 'upset' when they hosted the Habs last month. Don't expect it to happen again. Despite playing at home, where they are a much stronger team, the Canadiens aren't all that much more expensive than they were for the 1/26 game. (They were -135 for that one.) While the Canadiens are 18-12 at home, the Isles are just 8-17 on the road. The Habs outscore teams by an average score of 3.2 to 2.2 in this building, which is pretty dominating. The Isles, on the other hand, get outscored by an average of 3.2 to 2.6 on the road. The Canadiens have dominated the Isles here over the years. They're 24-12 the last 36 as a host in the series, 3-0 the past few seasons. Payback time. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 23, 2017
Utah vs Colorado
-3½ -110 at betonline
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on COLORADO 10* PERS FAV. Homecourt means a lot to both of these teams. The Utes won big when they met at Utah earlier. Playing on their home floor, I expect the revenge-minded Buffaloes to return the favor this evening. While the Utes are 5-7 on the road, the Buffaloes are 11-3 at home. Utah gives up 71.3 ppg on the road, Colorado gives up 67.7 at home. Colorado also scores 77.3 at home, compared to 74.9 for the Utes on the road. The Utes just got swept in Oregon, losing by 18 at Eugene against the Ducks and by a single points at Corvallis against the Beavers. That last loss figures to sting a little, as 1-point losses often do. It also shows how much differently this team plays on the road, as the Utes had beaten those same Beavers fairly comfortably when the teams played at Utah. Homecourt proves the difference, again. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Feb 23, 2017
Clippers vs Warriors
UNDER 231 -110 Lost
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I'm playing on LA/GS to finish UNDER the total 10* BEST BET. Obviously, the Warriors can put up a lot of points. That said, I feel this number will prove a little high. The Clippers were one of six teams which played the day after the All Star Break last season, all three games staying below the total. All they did was limit San Antonio to 86 points. While we can't expect them to hold the Warriors to anywhere close to that number, I do think they have a good shot at keeping them below their average (121.8) here. The Clippers went into the break playing well defensively. Their last three games all stayed below the total and they allowed a mere 72 and 84 in their most recent two. The Warriors also closed the first half with a strong defensive effort, limiting the Kings to 86, a game that stayed below the total by 30 points. The UNDER is already 2-0 this season when the Warriors played with three or more day's rest in between games. They allowed just 91 and 92 points in those two games. Yet, the O/U line is considerably higher than it was for the Clippers' last visit here. Expect a "relatively" (for games here) low-scoring affair. 


Age: 42


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.