We occasionally get asked can you bet on celebrity deaths and the answer is – YES! Whether you think that betting on celebrity deaths is sick or not, you could also be forgiven for thinking that celebrity death betting is a new phenomenon. One that’s fuelled by the growth of a celebrity-loving culture that follows the lives (and maybe deaths) of the favourite celebs in this social media-driven crazy world we live in.
But the macabre passion for betting on which celebrities will die goes back further than you might think, and people have been profiting from underground celebrity dead pools for years.
What Are Celebrity Dead Pools?
Celebrity dead pools are normally formed by friends, acquaintances, or simply a bunch of people that get their kicks from profiting from other people’s misfortunes. Of course, celebrities are going to die whether people are betting on it happening or not and, not for one minute, are we suggesting that celebrity dead pool bettors try and profit by murdering celebrities at will.
Dead pools normally run for a calendar year, prior to which all people that want to be part of the dead pool will make their predictions about which celebrities will die. Favourite choices normally include drug-riddled rock stars and maverick motorsports drivers that have a need for speed. But the key to winning a dead pool is finding that celebrity that will, unfortunately, die too young.
Players agree to pick the same number of runners, and each celebrity that dies earns you 100 points minus the age of the celebrity. The winner is simply the player that accrues the most points by midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Celebrities that died in 2020 included Peter Fonda (79), Rutger Hauer (75), Doris Day (97), Terry Jones (77), and Rocky Johnson (75). If you subtracted each of the ages of these five celebs from 100, you would score 21 + 25 + 3 + 23 + 25 = 97. We can’t promise you this would be a winning total, but you get the gist.
Popular Dead Pool Betting Sites
If your morbid curiosity has got the better of you, then you might want to explore popular celebrity death pool sites such as The Dead Pool, Stiffs, and Doug Stanhope’s Celebrity Death Match. You can also research potential selections at celebrity dead pool prediction sites such as Death List, Ranker, Dead or Alive, and Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead.
Should I Bet On Celebrity Deaths?
The debate as to whether betting on celebrity deaths is sick or just a bit of harmless fun will no doubt rage on. We’re not going to go out of our way to chastise you if you do, so just ask yourself if you’d be happy or guilty if one of your dead pool choices popped their clogs during the New Year countdown to pip your fellow dead-poolers to the spoils.
Admittedly, there are a couple of pros when it comes to betting on celebrity deaths. Firstly, you stand to win some money if picking who’s going to die is one of your skillsets. You also get a year’s entertainment for your bet.
The cons are you’ll have to find or create a dead pool betting group, as we couldn’t find any normal bookmakers that wanted to tarnish their reputations by offering odds about which celebs are going to snuff it soon.
But here at Betting Gods, we prefer to bet on humans who are striving to live life to the full, whether it’s footballers, golfers, or tennis players. We even don’t mind a bit of eSports action, as deaths in games such as Fortnite or Call of Duty are only virtual.
What Should I Bet On?
In our humble opinion, sports such as football golf, tennis, ice hockey, basketball, and cricket are all more entertaining to bet on than celebrity deaths. You can also study the formbook and statistics to help you predict the outcomes, rather than just going on a hunch.
If you’re new to betting, don’t worry, you don’t even have to pick your own selections. The Betting Gods tipsters offer a variety of free and subscription tips that you can follow.
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We hope that’s answered your question, can you bet on celebrity deaths. The answer is yes, but we don’t recommend it. If you’d like more advice about betting, you’ll find lots of free-to-read articles here on the Betting Gods blog. Happy punting!