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Ben Burns's Premium Picks Streaks & Trends

Sport W-L Profit Win Pct Since Archive
Basketball 305-250 $3,069 55% 2019-03-29 View Picks
All Sports 248-175 $3,014 59% 2020-09-17 View Picks
NCAA-B 154-121 $2,118 56% 2019-02-09 View Picks
NBA 194-163 $1,534 54% 2019-03-29 View Picks
Fighting 18-4 $1,230 82% 2020-07-18 View Picks
Soccer 41-24 $1,054 63% 2018-06-20 View Picks
NCAA-F 8-2 $585 80% 2017-12-30 View Picks
NFL 9-3 $545 75% 2018-11-29 View Picks
Football 18-13 $335 58% 2020-11-15 View Picks

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Nov 28 '20, 12:30 PM
Play Type: Top Premium Pick
Soccer | Leeds United vs Everton
Play on: OVER 3 +100 [Lost: -$100]
Game Analysis

I'm playing on Leeds/Everton OVER the total. Leeds is an exciting attacking team but that leads to vulnerabilities at the back. In nine games, Leeds has conceded 17 goals. Everton, which has scored 19 in nine league games, figures to find the back of the net multiple times. Everton, however, has allowed 16 goals of its own, through those nine games. So, Leeds should also be on the scoresheet. Expect some offensive fireworks. 

Pick Released on Nov 28 at 08:29 am
Nov 28 '20, 4:00 PM
Play Type: Top Premium Pick
NCAA-B | Texas-San Antonio vs UT-Rio Grande Valley
Play on: UNDER 154½ -110
Game Analysis

I'm playing on Texas San Antonio / Texas Rio Grande UNDER the total. UTRGV managed only 55 points in its opener. The Roadrunners managed considerably more. However, they were facing a very weak opponent. Note that UTSA has seen the UNDER go 9-5 over the years when playing a road game with an O/U line in the 150 to 154.5 range, a 2-1 Under mark the past couple of seasons. During that span, in games with a total, UTRGV saw the UNDER go 15-9 in non-conference games. The Vaqueros aren't well known but they're going to be respectable this season and an improvement on defense should be a big part of that. Likewise, the Roadrunners are committing to improved defense to improve on last year, when they arguably underachieved. In a game where both teams believe they can win, I expect plenty of defensive intensity and the final combined score to stay beneath the generously high number. 

Pick Released on Nov 27 at 09:19 pm
Nov 28 '20, 4:00 PM
Play Type: Top Premium Pick
NCAA-F | Mississippi State vs Ole Miss
Play on: OVER 68½ -110
Game Analysis

I'm playing on Miss. State / Ole Miss OVER the total. In a battle of Mike Leach against Lane Kiffen, each known for their offensive mindsets, we can expect plenty of points in this one. Ole Miss games are averaging more than 80 points this season. The Rebels score 41 ppg and the allow 40.9. The Bulldogs haven't played in nearly as many high-scoring games. However, they're coming off a relatively high-scoring affair against Georgia. QB Will Rogers was 41 of 52 for more than 300 yards. On the other side, however, the Bulldogs gave up more than 400 yards (and 4 TDs) through the air. The Rebels have scored more than 50 in b2b weeks, throwing for nearly 1000 yards. They may well exceed the 50 mark again with the Bulldogs chipping in plenty of their own. 

Pick Released on Nov 27 at 10:48 am
Nov 28 '20, 12:00 PM
Play Type: Premium Pick
NCAA-F | Kent State vs Buffalo
Play on: Buffalo -7 -112 at pinnacle [Won: $100]
Game Analysis

I'm playing on BUFFALO. This is a huge game in the MAC, as both the Golden Flashes and the Bulls are undefeated. While both teams can put up points, Buffalo is far better defensively. While Kent State is 4-11 its last 15 on the road, the Bulls rarely lose at home. During that span, they're 11-2 at home They've gone a highly lucrative 10-3 ATS in those games, too. In addition to needing the win to remain undefeated, the Bulls have a score to settle. Last year, they blew a 24-6 fourth quarter lead and lost 30-27 to these same Golden Flashes. They haven't lost since and all six of their wins have been by double-digits. Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold had this to say: "I think everyone knows about the loss last year. It's part of our film watching. Finishing, playing four quarters, being alert, special teams, sustaining momentum, all those things are constantly talked about. But, to sit there and dwell on it, it's not going to make it. We've acknowledged it, and I think that the guys that were in the game, they remember it and want to make sure we don't have any repeat performances." Expect the Bulls to keep the pedal to metal the entire way in this one, en route to their seventh straight double-digit win.

Pick Released on Nov 25 at 08:41 am
Nov 28 '20, 12:00 PM
Play Type: Premium Pick
NCAA-F | Kentucky vs Florida
Play on: UNDER 57½ -104 [Won: $100]
Game Analysis

I'm playing on Kentucky/Florida UNDER the total. Kentucky couldn't stop Alabama last week, giving up 63 points. While the Gators also have a potent offense, I expect the Wildcats to do a better job at slowing them down. Certainly, the Cats will be doing everything they can not to get embarrassed like that again. Keep in mind that Kentucky has still held three of five opponents, one of them Georgia, to 14 or fewer points. This will be the second time that the Wildcats played the second of b2b road games. The first time, they combined with Missouri for just 30 points. The Florida defense has been making some strides. Facing a Kentucky team which has scored just three points, in two of its last three games, will be a great opportunity for the "D" to really gain some confidence. Note that the last five meetings have all finished with 55 or fewer combined points. Going back further finds that this is a higher O/U line than any of the past 12 games between these teams. Look for it to prove to be too high. 

Pick Released on Nov 23 at 12:13 pm

List of accomplishments

Sports
Year Accomplishment Record Win % Profit
2013 -2014 #1 in NHL 121-71 63% $2,306
2015 -2016 #2 in NHL 196-121 61.8% $1,721
2014 #2 in PRENFL 7-2 77.8% $465
2014 #2 in MLB 226-138 62.1% $3,054
2014 #2 in All Sports 760-570 57.1% $6,131
2010 -2011 #2 in NBA 195-165 54.2% $1,525
2010 -2011 #2 in Basketball 274-238 53.5% $1,450
2020 #3 in MLB 122-63 66% $3,366
2012 #3 in CFB 87-68 56.1% $1,206
2012 #3 in Football 171-135 55.9% $2,192
2016 #4 in PRENFL 10-6 62.5% $347
2012 -2013 #4 in NBA 195-163 54.5% $1,781
2011 #4 in PRENFL 14-10 58.3% $295
2010 #4 in NFL 74-59 55.6% $910
2009 -2010 #4 in NBA 192-160 54.6% $1,702
2008 -2009 #4 in Basketball 267-242 52.5% $421
2015 #5 in NFL 85-65 56.7% $1,400
2009 -2010 #5 in Basketball 272-235 53.7% $1,551
2008 #5 in MLB 3-1 75% $174
2014 -2015 #6 in CFL 5-4 55.6% $55
2013 #6 in All Sports 821-655 55.6% $3,059
2012 -2013 #6 in Basketball 295-253 53.8% $1,970
2011 #6 in MLB 310-223 58.2% $1,081
2010 #6 in Football 136-116 54% $885
2009 #6 in CFB 69-57 54.8% $669
2008 #6 in CFB 75-66 53.2% $277
2008 -2009 #6 in NBA 183-155 54.1% $1,423
2008 #6 in All Sports 187-165 53.1% $709
2011 #7 in All Sports 910-730 55.5% $1,816
2009 #7 in Football 133-120 52.6% $156
2017 -2018 #8 in CFL 9-5 64.3% $345
2015 -2016 #8 in Basketball 292-245 54.4% $2,783
2012 #8 in NFL 84-67 55.6% $986
2015 #9 in Football 168-144 53.9% $1,103

Service Ben Burns's Bio & About Section

Age: 45

Background

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 NSS.net. 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.