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Early NFL wild-card betting trends

Updated: January 3, 2012, 5:21 PM ET
By Dave Tuley

Every Tuesday during the NFL regular season, Dave Tuley of ViewfromVegas.com will provide an update on the Hilton SuperContest.

They had it all the way. No problem.

Sans Souci, a group of four Las Vegas friends, turned a $1,500 entry in the prestigious Hilton SuperContest pro football handicapping competition into $320,200 by topping the largest-ever field of 517 entrants with a record 60.5 points. They went 58-22-5, hitting at a 71.2 percent clip and winning by 2½ points over Pagermager, who "settled" for the second-place prize of $124,080 after going 56-25-4 (68.2 percent).

Brady Kannon, 42, is the front man for the group as his name on the entry form. He owns BK's Golf Services (lvteetimes.com), a tee-time reservation company. Robert Oseland, 45, is a former casino executive at Wynn Resorts who left his post early in 2011. ("That gave me more time to study," he says.) James Gallo, 42, is an attorney and Las Vegas native. Paul Caruso, 40, owns Express Bail Bonds and several other companies.

"We're a diverse group, so we all have a different point of view and way of handicapping, so we didn't have all favorites or all underdogs but a nice mix every week," Kannon said. The foursome each made a pick a week with one person charged with making two. "Paul was our leadoff man as 'the deuce,' and he also had the two plays in Week 17. I was the No. 2 hitter, James was in the three-hole, and Rob was the cleanup hitter."

They came out swinging at the start of the season and opened up a 1½ -point lead by Week 6 with a record of 23-5-2 (80 percent) when they were featured in an ESPN Insider piece. In that article, Kannon explained that they took their team name, which is a French phrase meaning "without worry," from a story that musician Peter Rowan told about a sign at Jerry Garcia's house.

After they gave up the lead when Pagermager went on an incredible 22-2-1 ATS run during the middle of the season, Kannon emailed me to say: "You didn't jinx us. We are still going to win the whole thing -- no problem."

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