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For those who haven't been paying attention, Ben Burns' CBB totals are off to a PERFECT 6-0 start to the season. All basketball totals are now a BLISTERING 74-46 (+$22,367) for the 2019 calendar year.
TOTAL OF THE WEEK (NFL) ~ 1:00 ET KICK

Ben's NFL TOTAL OF THE WEEK goes at 1:00 ET Sunday. Make sure you're on board!

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**ALL EARLY** SUNDAY MORNING NFL TRIPLE-HEADER! (INCLUDES 10* BEST BET)

Its TIME! Ben Burns got the NFL week started with a NEVER-IN-DOUBT WINNER with the Browns, part of a 6-2 Thursday. Now, he carries that momentum into a Sunday card which he ABSOLUTELY LOVES. It starts here with THREE ABSOLUTELY SUPER PLAYS, including his top-rated "BEST BET." All three go BRIGHT AND EARLY. Set your alarms and BREAK OUT YOUR BROOMS!

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**PERFECT 6-0/100% THIS SEASON!** AFTERNOON 10* O/U BEST BET!

Did you know that Ben Burns is a PERFECT 6-0 with his college basketball totals this season? WINNER #7 goes this afternoon!

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**BLOWOUT CITY** NBA 10* PERSONAL FAVORITE!

Here's a favorite destined to DOMINATE its opponent. Add to your card and BANK ON A B-L-O-W-O-U-T!

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 10* MAIN EVENT! (KC/LA IN MEXICO CITY!)

This Monday takes us south of the border as the Chiefs and Chargers do battle in Mexico City. Burns successfully played against the Chiefs on Sunday, winning his GAME OF THE WEEK on the Titans. He also won the last time the Chargers were in action, nailing the first half 'over' in their game. Ben says there's ONLY ONE WAY TO GO Monday. Don't guess!

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NCAA-F SUBSCRIPTIONS
Ben Burns' College Football Season Subscription (includes ALL Bowls)

Join this proven handicapper for EVERY SINGLE college football release throughout the rest of the season, including Bowl selections and the national championship game!

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NFL SUBSCRIPTIONS
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Burns has already DOMINATED preseason and he's poised for ANOTHER HUGE CAMPAIGN. Follow for the rest of the NFL season with this FULL season pro football pass! Get every big game, including all picks through the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl at one low price!

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YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Nov 16, 2019
Minnesota vs Iowa
Iowa
-3 -103 at betonline
Won
$100
Play Type: Free

Big game. The #7 Gophers bring their perfect 9-0 record to town. Yet, the Hawkeyes are favored. What gives? I believe its for good reason. Minnesota has had a fairly fortunate schedule and it got to face Penn State at home. Road games have been at Fresno State, Purdue and Rutgers and the Gophers barely survived the first two. The Hawkeyes are hungry to knock off a top 10 team and they're confident they can do it. They hammered the Gophers at Minnesota last year after beating them by seven here at Iowa the previous season. Gophers just 2-4-1 ATS last seven times they were road dogs of a touchdown or less. Consider Iowa. 

**ALERT** GAME OF THE MONTH ~ PERFECT 8-0 L2 YEARS!

Friday's DOUBLE-DIGIT WIN brought Ben Burns to a PERFECT 6-0 YTD with his CBB totals. Speaking of "perfect," Ben's play-on team here is a PERFECT 8-0 ATS in this situation the L2+ years. If you liked cashing his T.O.M., you'll LOVE his #1 G.O.M. Its Ben's BIGGEST PLAY OF THE SEASON so far and its going to result in nothing short of a B-L-O-W-O-U-T!

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Nov 16, 2019
Blackhawks vs Predators
Predators
-183 at betonline
Lost
$183.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on NASHVILLE. The Hawks are in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Having lost three straight, the Preds are going to be an angry. This is one of the top teams in the league; they're 5-3 the past couple of seasons, off three straight losses. It doesn't happen often. In additon to being highly motivated, the Preds are well rested. They've beaten Chicago in all three 2019 meetings, including a 3-0 win here earlier this season. The Hawks are off b2b big wins; the second of those coming at Vegas. Thats a recipe for a letdown. Preds roll. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Nov 16, 2019
Stars vs Oilers
Oilers
-119 at betonline
Lost
$119.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on EDMONTON. The Oilers just got six points out of McDavid last game. When he's in the zone, he's the best in the world. They're catching the Stars at the end of an already successful road trip. The Oilers, who have now won three of four, embark on a road trip of their own after this. They're going to be anxious to get the maximum points here before they go. Even off a couple of wins, the Stars are still below .500 on the road while the Oilers are 7-3 at home. Given the venue and situation, I believe the price is a bargain. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Nov 16, 2019
Bucks vs Pacers
Pacers
+6 -105 at Bovada
Lost
$105.0
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on INDIANA. We're getting some extra line value with the Pacers due to the fact that they played yesterday. The Pacers don't typically mind playing the second of b2b games though. They're 17-12 ATS (16-13 SU) when doing so the past 2+ seasons. The only time that they did so this season, they won by 15 points. Plus, prior to last night, they had two nights off. So, they're not playing a 3-in-4 situation. In other words, I'm not too worried about the b2b spot and am happy with the extra line value its provided. As for last night, though they didn't cover, I liked the effort I saw from the Pacers. They were diving for balls right up until the closing seconds. Since dropping their home opener, the Pacers have played great here, winning five straight. While the Bucks are indeed a tough team, they're only 2-4 ATS as road favorites. Grab the points. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Nov 16, 2019
Senators vs Sabres
Sabres
-184 at pinnacle
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on BUFFALO. The Sens managed to knock off the Flyers last night. However, now they're playing their second game in two nights against a rested and determined Buffalo team. Losers of five straight, the Sabres simply cannot afford to let this opportunity pass them by. They played very well last time out but ran into an equally determined and talented Carolina team. Here, however, the Sabres will have a clear edge in talent. The Sens are 10-26 (-9.5) the past 2+ seasons, when playing the second of b2b games. They lost 4-1 the only time they were in that situation this season. The teams have split the past four meetings, the home team winning all four. The Sabres won the two games here at Buffalo by a combined score of 14-4. Schedule in their favor, they'll take care of business again today. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Nov 16, 2019
NC-Wilmington vs Davidson
Davidson
-16½ -112 at pinnacle
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on DAVIDSON. The Seahawks are in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Off to an 0-2 start, the Wildcats are going to be in an angry mood. This is an experienced and talented Davidson team, one with big expectations on the season. This has been a good role for the Wildcats over the years. They're 16-8-2 ATS (25-1 SU) the past 26 times that they were listed as home favorites in the -15.5 to -18 range. That includes a perfect 3-0 ATS mark their last three in that role. Even better, during that span, the Wildcats are a perfect 8-0 ATS if they'd scored 25 or fewer points in the first half of their previous game. The Wildcats won by 27, as -11 point favorites, the last time these teams met here. Expect another blowout.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Nov 16, 2019
LSU vs Ole Miss
UNDER 65½ -110 Lost
$110.0
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on LSU/OLE Miss UNDER the total. With LSU's high-scoring game against Alabama fresh in everyone's memories, we're working with a low O/U number here. I believe that it'll prove to be too low. Note that the last two meetings both finished above the total but that was because those O/U lines were lower. Both would have stayed beneath this year's higher number. Prior to the Alabama game, LSU had seen its two previous games finish below the number. Obviously, we all saw that LSU has a big time QB. However, a banged-up offensive line should lead to a somewhat more conservative gameplan. As for the Rebels, they've seen the UNDER go 3-0 their last three overall and 4-1 in their home lined games this season. Last game, they allowed just three points. The UNDER is 5-1 the last six times they were listed as home underdogs. Expect those stats to improve here. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Nov 16, 2019
Wyoming vs Utah State
Utah State
-5½ -105 at pinnacle
Lost
$105.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing UTAH STATE on the money-line. I absolutely see Utah State winning this game That said, this was a baseball, soccer or hockey game, I'd have no trouble laying this type of price, based on my win expectancy. The Aggies regained their confidence and momentum with a close win at Fresno State last time out. Wyoming, on the other hand, is off a deflating loss against Boise State. Give the Cowboys credit for leaving it all out on the field. They led going into the fourth quarter and lost 20-17 in OT. That type of loss stings though. They were +16.5 point underdogs and to come that close, only to come up short, will take its toll here. Playing without starting QB Chambers doesn't help matters. Utah State is 11-1 SU its last 12 as a home favorite. Expect those stats to improve Saturday afternoon. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-F  |  Nov 16, 2019
TCU vs Texas Tech
Texas Tech
+3½ -120 at 5Dimes
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on TEXAS TECH. Despite recent struggles, both teams are still in the hunt for a bowl. I really like how this one sets up for the Red Raiders and expect them to win this one outright. Texas Tech snapped a 3-game slide with a blowout win at WVU last time out. That gives the Red Raiders confidence and positive momentum. The Horned Frogs, on the other hand, are off back-to-back demoralizing losses and have now dropped four of their last five. Last week's loss figures to be particularly tough to bounce back from, as it came it triple-OT. Last year's game was close, the Raiders won 17-14 at TCU. Including that result, the Frogs are just 9-16 ATS their last 25 in Big 12 play. I expect last week's loss to take a toll. Grab the points but expect an "upset." 

SERVICE BIO

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.