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NFL GAME OF THE YEAR ALERT! Ben Burns won his NFL GOY (again) last year. The 2020 version is now available! Ben is already a tidy 11-5 to start the college hoops season, 13-5 if incl. free plays.

The Ravens/Steelers game has been on and off a few times but they've finally settled on Wednesday. Burns has your winner and here it is! 

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Sunday's play was a 30-point dog (Oakland) that went to OT. Monday's lone CBB play (other was ppd) saw LSU win by 53 points, covering by nearly 30. Yesterday's "GAME OF THE WEEK" saw LSU win BIG. Off that BLOWOUT WINNER, Ben's top-rated hoops, pro + college, are on a long-term heater which has produced a LEGENGDARY $101.8K IN PROFIT. Ride the wave!

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Ben is already a tidy 11-5 to start the college hoops season, 13-5 if incl free plays. Yesterday's lone "side" was an EASY WINNER with Louisville. (His total with less than a sec. to go!) Here's another side play on a team which is ready to SMASH its outclassed opponent. Jump on board and deliver a TKO to the books this first Wednesday in December!

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Ben is already a tidy 11-5 to start the college hoops season, 13-5 if incl. free plays. Yesterday's "GOW" was an EASY WINNER. Ben's top-rated hoops, pro and college, are on a long-term heater which has produced a LEGENGDARY $101.8K IN PROFIT! Three plays today, incl. his top-rated "PERSONAL FAVORITE." Get 'em ALL right here!

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It took a last second bucket, but Ben Burns lost his first "Blue Chip" total of the college season Tuesday. He's now 4-1/80% with these plays, 13-5 with all CBB overall. That means its "PAYBACK TIME" Wednesday. No need to worry about last second buckets in this one either, as its an "over" rather than an "under," a game set to FLY OVER THE NUMBER!

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**IMPORTANT NEWS** Ben Burns got the matchup he wanted. THE TIME HAS COME. As he tends to do annually, Ben WON HIS 2019 GAME OF THE YEAR, the Saints over Tampa, on Oct. 6th, 2019. (He'd follow it up by nailing his TOTAL OF THE YEAR the following weekend!) Ben literally won't make a bigger play all year. This is the one. Get down NOW! 


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Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Dec 02, 2020
Arkansas State vs. Memphis
-20½ -107
in 8h

Memphis, which returned much from last year, is loaded with offensive talent. Back home and angry from b2b losses, I expect a big game and for the Tigers to put up a big number. Remember, this is a team which averaged over 80 ppg last season. While the Red Wolves may in fact be improved from last season, they still won't be able to keep up. Not surprisingly, the Tigers are 55-0 SU over the years, when listed as a home favorite in the -18.5 to -24 range. They never slip up in these games. That includes a 2-0 ATS mark in that role the past couple of seasons. The last time that the Tigers were favored at home by more than 20 was last December. Laying 26.5 points on 12/28, they scored 97 and won by 42. Expect another blowout and consider laying the points. 

Ben Burns is already a tidy 11-5 to start the college hoops season, a SWEET 13-5 if incl. free plays. Yesterday's "GOW" was an EASY WINNER. Ben's top-rated hoops, pro and college, are on a long-term heater which has produced a LEGENDARY $101.8K IN PROFIT! Three college plays today, incl. his top-rated "PERSONAL FAVORITE." If you don't have a Burns membership, you can get 'em ALL with Ben's Wednesday CBB ALL ACCESS PASS!

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Dec 01, 2020
Oakland vs Purdue
UNDER 141½ -117 Lost
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on Oakland/Purdue UNDER the total. Purdue saw both of its neutral site games finish above the total. At home, I expect the Boilermakers to clamp down defensively. Note that the UNDER is a perfect 3-0 the past couple of seasons, when Purdue was listed as a home favorite in the 18.5 to 24 range. Oakland's score against Michigan was misleading as that game would have stayed well below the total if not for OT. The Golden Grizzlies' previous two games both finished with fewer than 135 points. Even factoring in the Michigan game going over, the Grizzlies have still seen the UNDER go 23-14 as underdogs, the past 2+ seasons. Expect those stats to improve this afternoon. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Dec 01, 2020
Western Kentucky vs Louisville
-4½ -103 at pinnacle
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on LOUISVILLE. The Hilltoppers are indeed a very capable team, one which has performed well in the underdog role in recent seasons. However, the Cardinals handled them last year, a 71-54. While they aren't at the level that last year's team was, I believe that the Cardinals' superior defense will again be the difference. Note that WKU entered last year's game shooting 41.1% from beyond the arc but went just 1-for-17 against the stifling Cardinal defense. This year, through three games, Louisville is allowing 59.3 ppg while WKU is allowing 75.3. With an O/U line in the low 140s, note that the Hilltoppers are 0-3 SU/ATS the past couple of seasons, when playing a road game with an O/U line in the 140 to 144.5 range. During that span, the Cards are 6-1 SU at home, with a line in the same range. Expect them to improve on those stats, covering the relatively 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.