If you really think about it, Dead Pool is one morbid form of gambling. Also called the ghoul pool, the object of the game is to predict the death of a prominent individual. Money is involved in this game. Usually, the pot awaits the person who successfully predicts the death of a person. A typical game is to have players choose a celebrity who they think would die in a given year. However, the pot or the score varies, depending on the circumstances. For instance, a small amount of money is awarded to the person who successfully predicts the death of a prominent 80 year old individual or the death of a celebrity who is suffering from a terminal disease.
Other Dead Pool games involve players to make a list of persons who they think whose time was up. They would list them accordingly and/or give them points to the probability of the event. Others celebrities have a fixed point or score if many players selected him/her.
Another variation of the game rewards only one point to a predicted individual who does die. This variation is preferable because it is more focused on scoring and pure research. Players find all that they could on the governing situations like age, medical condition, etc and stake their bets purely from there. Among the variation is won more by luck? or bad luck.
Yet another variation is the Death List. But unlike the Dead Pool, the Death List has no competitors and no points. The aim of the list is to predict individuals’ death on the following year, instead of within the year in Dead Pool.
Dead Pool has been played in popular media, particularly in Howard Stern’s Radio Show. A segment from his program receives call from listeners to predict who their dead pool list is. Each caller tries to predict the next star that would pass away. Moreover, every caller in the program places his/her bets. This Dead Pool practice now includes betting on what business enterprise would go bankrupt or gets sold. The KQRS radio station holds an annual on-air Dead Pool contest. Plus, they also have success strategies for the game written by KQRS jock Mike Gelfand.
But mostly, games are played on celebrities. But to get a clear definition on what definition should be included, small Dead Pool games resort to getting consensus as to who is famous. Some rely on obituaries that come out in Reuters or Associated Press.
Of course, players who kill the celebrities themselves would be cheating and he would be disqualified from the Dead Pool Game. But that would be the least of his problems. This was the main storyline of Clint Eastwood’s flick The Dead Pool.