The Season 6 premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is fast approaching. Come October 11, everyone will once again be asking “Who will be the next to die?” Well, why end it there when you can put bragging rights and/or money on the line with your family and friends in a “Walking Dead”-pool?
The fall season is a high time for wagering with fantasy sports and survivor pools, but why should football have all the fun? Gather fellow “The Walking Dead” fans and see who can correctly guess the next to “bite” it on the show. The basic rules are simple and, of course, each pool is subject to its own “house rules.” That said, all one need do is assemble some friends, decide an entry fee (if any), draft a list of candidates, choose a method for selecting a pick and get to it.
Depending on the number of people who join a Walking Deadpool, the coordinator will have to develop a list of qualifying characters. Generally, one will want to keep to the main characters in order to keep things interesting. No sense allowing someone to pick a newly introduced character who is clearly pegged for an early death (Wolves, here’s looking at you.). Wait until a character has been established enough to appear to have some staying power before adding them to the selection pool. A viable list for the start of Season 6 includes Rick, Carl, Judith (Come on, do not be that dark, people.), Carol, Glenn, Maggie, Michonne, Darryl, Abraham, Rosita, Eugene, Morgan, Father Gabriel, Sasha, Tara, Aaron, Deanna, Jessie and Spencer.
As for an entry fee, obviously, one can have a pool just for fun, but, if wagering, there are a few options. There could be a one time buy-in fee and once there is a winner, that person gets the pot. Or there can, also, be a small additional roll over fee for weeks with no winners. For instance, in a pool with ten participants with a $5 buy-in and one dollar roll over, the initial pot would be $50. However, if no one dies/the victim was not one selected, each participate would place another dollar into the pot, increasing it to a total of $60. If there is no winner the next week the pot increases to $70 and so on until there is a winner (or loser from the character’s perspective). Once there is a winner, there would be the full $5 buy-in again for the next round. The more major characters killed off during a season, the more opportunities there are to reap the rewards! Another option is to have a larger initial buy-in and the participant with the most “wins” at the end of the season gets the whole pot (or it can be split amongst the top 2-3 players).
The selection process will, also, be subject to house rules. For example, one can pick characters from a hat or hold a live selection. A Walking Deadpool selection party, anyone? Either way, one will need to select a random order, which can easily be done with an online randomizer. Random.org is one option for creating a randomly selected order of participants. Also, depending on the size of the pool, participants could get a single pick or multiple picks. Whether each pick is subject to an additional entry fee or fees, would, also, depend on the house rules.
Now that you have selected your next victim, all that is left to do is sit back and watch “The Walking Dead” Season 6. New episodes begin October 11 on AMC at 9PM EST. Want to try to get a leg up on the competition? Check out Volume 14 of “The Walking Dead” graphic novel series for the original stories that inspired this season of the television show!