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2012 NFL season see public win, sports books struggle

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The NFL playoffs begin this weekend, which means a lot of traffic inside local sports books.

But this season, the public has had some big weeks against the house.

Last year saw the public cashing in more often on straight bets and parlays.

"I wouldn't say the worst, but I would say unpredictable," said Jimmy Vaccaro of William Hill U.S. "There were a few weeks in there where the lambs ate the lions pretty good."

Week nine was the killer for the sports books.

Favorites went 10-2 against the spread, games went over the total and the popular teams all won.

"It's more the popular team and cover that with the over," Vaccaro said. "It's a very easy, natural bet for someone to say give me the Patriots and, oh by the way, give me the over. And give me Denver and the over. So a two teamer is now four teamer. So a 13-5 payout is now a 10-1 payout and when the stars line up it's very hard."

Vaccaro doesn't believe it was a doomsday season, just below normal and he tips his hat to the betters.

"If you win, you deserve to get paid with no beefing from the other side of the counter because we don't give the money back when you lose," Vaccaro said. 

Vaccaro says even if the books take a hit in a given week, it's good for Las Vegas because people are coming to town and spending money, which can turn a negative week at a book into a positive week for a resort.

There are four playoff games this weekend.

FOX5 will air the Seahawks at the Redskins Sunday afternoon at 1:30.

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