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YESTERDAY'S PLAYS
Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Feb 22, 2020
Rockets vs Jazz
Jazz
-125 at Bovada
Lost
$125.0
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing UTAH on the money-line. The Jazz aren't getting much respect here. We can get them as only small favorites on the money-line. Thats pretty good when considering that they're 20-6 at home and that the Rockets are 16-12 on the road. The Jazz are 71-28 SU the past 2+ seasons when listed as a home favorite. During that span, the Rockets were just 9-17 SU when listed as a road underdog of six or less. This month's earlier meeting was close, Utah winning by one. Jazz win again. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Feb 22, 2020
Bruins vs Canucks
Canucks
+1½ -200 at sportsbook
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing VANCOUVER on the puck-line. (+1.5 goals.) I successfully played against the Bruins on the puck-line yesterday, the +1.5 goals coming in handy. It was their second straight 1-goal win. Tonight, though I like the Canucks to score the outright win, I'll go back to the well and grab the extra +1.5 goals once again. The Bruins are playing their second game in two nights, their third game in the past four and the final leg of a road trip. The trip has already been successful and it should be easy to get caught looking ahead. The Canucks are off a 1-goal loss, their second straight defeat. They hit the road after this, which makes tonight's game that much more important. Playing with revenge from a 4-0 loss at Boston, expect AT LEAST the "puck-line cover" here. 

Matchup Selection W/L
Boxing  |  Feb 22, 2020
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury
Deontay Wilder
-120 at pinnacle
Lost
$120.0
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm backing Wilder in tonight's big fight. Its been a long time since we were treated to a fight this big. Too long. It should be good. We all saw Fury take Wilder's best shot and somehow get back up in the last fight. I don't think he's going to be able to take another one like that though - the fact that he got up is going to give him a false sense of confidence while also making Wilder that much more determined to finish the job. I look for him to do just that. Wilder wins in a wild one.

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Feb 22, 2020
Suns vs Bulls
OVER 219½ -108 Lost
$108.0
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on Phoenix/Chicago OVER the total. With two teams from opposite conferences, both playing out the string, there should be little need for much defensive intensity in this one. The Suns' last visit here had an O/U line of 217.5 yet it produced 240 points. The Suns, who got hammered at Toronto yesterday, have seen the OVER go 6-3 when off a double-digit road loss and 11-4 off a road loss overall. Additionally, the OVER is 7-2 when the played the second of b2b games. The Bulls last game stayed below the total but their previous eight games all finished above the number. Expect some offensive fireworks in this one. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 22, 2020
Tennessee vs Auburn
OVER 132½ -115 Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing on Tennessee/Auburn OVER the total. Considering that Auburn home games are averaging a high 155.6 points, this number is pretty low. Sure, Tennessee games haven't been as high-scoring but they haven't been that low-scoring either. The Vols have seen the OVER go 5-3 as underdogs. Their road games average 134.8 points. Yes, Auburn home games are higher-scoring than Auburn road games while the opposite is true of Tennessee. The last three meetings between these teams all had much higher O/U lines than this. Yet, all of them still went 'over' the total. They finished with scores of 148, 164 and 178. Look for this one to also prove higher-scoring than many will be expecting, the final combined score finishing above the low number.  

Matchup Selection W/L
NBA  |  Feb 22, 2020
Mavs vs Hawks
Hawks
+6 -109 at GTBets
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on ATLANTA. You may recall that Doncic and Young were traded for each other on draft night, in 2018. So, they'll always be linked together and whenever they meet, its going to be a big deal. Both are having huge seasons and both were starters in the All Star Game. The Mavs won the earlier meeting, at Dallas. However, Doncic didn't play in that one and Young left partway through with an ankle injury. Tonight, both are ready to go. With the venue and schedule in their favor, I expect Young and the Hawks to have the advantage. Note that Young scored a career high 50 last time out, the Hawks winning outright against Miami. They since had yesterday off. The Mavs, on the other hand, will play their second game in two days. The Hawks have quietly won five of their last six games here overall, the lone loss coming by single digits. The only two teams to beat them here since 1/20 were Boston and Toronto and both those games were close. They've also beaten the Mavs six straight times here and seven of the last eight. While Doncic will surely do his thing, expect Young and co. to ultimately get (at least) the cover. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NHL  |  Feb 22, 2020
Sharks vs Rangers
Sharks
+1½ -161 at pinnacle
Won
$100
Play Type: Premium

I'm playing SAN JOSE on the puck-line. (+1.5 goals) While the Rangers are off a win at Raleigh yesterday, the Sharks come in rested. The Sharks haven't forgotten that the Rangers pounded them 6-3, at San Jose, back in December. Note that the previous three meetings were all 1-goal Ranger wins. The Sharks last five road games have resulted in four wins and one 1-goal loss. Schedule in their favor, expect AT LEAST another "puck-line cover" here. 

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Feb 22, 2020
Virginia Tech vs Duke
Duke
-16 -112 at pinnacle
Won
$100
Play Type: Top Premium

I'm playing on DUKE. The Hokies are in the wrong place, at the wrong time. After getting upset at NC State, the Blue Devils are going to be in an angry mood here and looking to keep the pedal to the metal the entire game. After they're last loss, the Blue Devils were listed as a -19-point favorite against Miami in their next game. They won by 30. Speaking of Miami, the Hurricanes just dropped 102 points on the Hokies, at V-Tech. Note that the Hokies are 1-4 ATS when off an upset loss. They're 2-6 off a conf. loss overall. The Blue Devils are a dominant 18-4 ATS (20-2 SU) the past 22 times that they lost by double-digits in a game where they were favored, 11-2 ATS when off a double-digit loss in a game where they were favored by six or more. Expect this one to get ugly. 

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.