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Matchup Selection W/L
CFL  |  Jul 02, 2022
Montreal vs Saskatchewan
UNDER 46 -110 Lost
Play Type: Free

These teams combined for 50, at Montreal, last week. I expect this evening's rematch to prove to be lower-scoring. The Riders had seen each of their previous games finish with 43 or fewer points. Going back to last season, the Als have still seen four of their past six games finish with 42 or less. Last season's lone meeting had an O/U line of 46 and finished with only 33. Five of the past seven meetings here have fallen below the number. Consider the Under

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Jul 02, 2022
Braves vs Reds
+1½ -103 at circa
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing CINCINNATI on the run-line (+1.5 runs) The Braves pulled away for a big win yesterday. I expect the Reds to provide them with a much tougher test this afternoon. With the exception of one bad start on 5/24, Mahle has quietly been very sharp. He's allowed just 11 combined runs in his past six starts, going at least six complete innings in each of them. Prior to the 5/24 debacle, he'd allowed two runs or less in three straight. So, he's kept the Reds in the game nine of the past 10. He's got a 2.91 ERA his past three. Strider, on the other hand, has an ERA above five on the road. Grab the extra +1.5 runs. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Jul 02, 2022
Rays vs Blue Jays
UNDER 7½ -125 Lost
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on TB/Toronto UNDER the total. With both starters in outstanding current form, I'm expecting runs to be at a premium in this one. Gausman followed up a strong start at Chicago with a dominant effort last time out. He struck out 10 through seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits. McClanahan matched him. He, too, comes off a game where he allowed only four hits, while striking out 10, through seven innings. Over his past 10 starts, he's allowed a total of nine earned runs. Domiannt. He went six or more innings in each of the past nine of them, too. Not surprisingly, the UNDER is 10-4-1 when he takes the mound. More of the same this afternoon. 

Matchup Selection W/L
Fighting  |  Jul 02, 2022
Max Holloway vs Alexander Volkanovski
Alexander Volkanovski
-187 at BetVegas
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm backing VOLKANOVSKI against Holloway. Here's what I said prior to the last fight: "While the line may appear steep, given what we saw from the first fight, I believe it could easily be even higher. Volkanovski gives up five inches in height but actually has a 2-inch reach advantage. AV, who had a striking advantage in the first fight, really can do it all. Volanovski's leg kicks were a problem for Holloway in the first first and figure to be an issue once again. Keep in mind that Volkanovski is also very comfortable on the ground. Yes, Holloway will make adjustments but so will Volkanovski. I say AV brings too much to the table and that this is a favorable matchup which will continue to go his way." Sure, it ended up being close but Volkanovski still won. Since then, however, Volkanovski has looked dominant while Holloway has taken a lot of punishment. I say Holloway missed his chance. A third time will not be the charm.

Matchup Selection W/L
CFL  |  Jul 02, 2022
Montreal vs Saskatchewan
-193 at circa
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on SASKATCHEWAN. (moneyline) I successfully played on Montreal when these teams faced each other last week. However, the Als were playing at home for that one and they also had a big scheduling advantage. They were playing on a normal amount of rest while Sask. played with two day's less rest. Now, however, the game is being played in Regina and the teams have had an equal amount of rest. Additionally, the Riders will be fired up to get some immediate revenge, as they were blown out last week. While I do fully expect the Riders to also cover the spread, it should be noted that before last week, recent games between these teams had been close. That said, I'll opt to go with the money-line. Revenge-minded Riders bounce back with a victory. 

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Jul 02, 2022
Red Sox vs Cubs
Red Sox
-134 at linepros
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on BOSTON. The Cubs rallied to win yesterday's opener and have now won a few in a row. I expect the Red Sox to bring them back down to earth this evening though. Mills has made one start so far this season. While the Cubs managed to somehow win, Mills did NOT pitch well. He's got a 16.85 ERA and 2.622 WHIP for his trouble. While its never wise to read too much into one start, we also shouldn't ignore the fact that he served up three long balls in 2 2/3 innings. On the other hand, Winckowski made three starts in June and he didn't allow a HR in any of them. In fact, he was 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in those games. Yesterday notwithstanding, the Sox have thrived as road favorites in this range. Expect them to bounce back with an important victory. 


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.