Kaufman`s Dead Pool
 

NOTE: These rules kept here for historical purposes. Parts may no longer be applicable or have been superceded.
Current rules can be found on the 2019 Rules Page
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Dead Pool 2004 Rules (Obsolete)

Welcome to Kaufman's Dead Pool 2004!
Kaufman's Dead Pool is a semi-open game - I don't want a lot of total strangers in on the fun. It's only my friends, family, and their friends and family.
What is a Dead Pool?
Simply, a dead pool is when a bunch of people each compiles a list of famous people that they think will die before the end of the year. It is not a 'wish list'- a list of people that they HOPE will die, but rather a list of people that they THINK will die.
How are points made?
There are lots of different ways to get points in dead pools. The three most popular are simple count (the total number of correct guesses), an age-weighted count, which favors younger celebrities. (When a celebrity death is announced, whoever has them on their list will get 100 points, minus the celebrity's age. Celebrities over 100 will earn 0 age points.), and a rank-order system, where you get 10 points if your #1 pick dies, 9 points for #2, etc.
Our game uses a simple count to determine the winner, with ties determined by a sum of the player's age points, rank points and referral points.
Is this gambling?
Probably. All of the money will be used as prize money. The entry fee is $10. I reserve the right to deny your prize if you haven't yet paid.
OK- who counts as a famous person?
For the purpose of this game, a famous person is most any nationally known person. This includes movie/TV stars, musicians, athletes and politicians. They do NOT have to be American. I will try to be very liberal about this, but (for instance) the mayor of Podunkville will not be valid, but the mayor of New York City will be. You get the idea, I hope. They DO have to be living humans: no fictional characters, please! The AP News wire will be the judge. If the person is famous enough to get their death mentioned by AP, then they are OK. Also, I will not grant points for a death row inmate's execution. So don't even bother putting them down. Once I get your list, if I do not think that someone is a valid celebrity, I will return your list, and ask you to re-submit it. Only after all of the names are valid will I accept it.

New this year! A person that is famous ONLY for being old or sick won't qualify. (Basically, I'd like to see that the individual has (or had) some level of fame BEFORE they got old and/or sick.)
What are the necessary dates to know?
The game starts 12:01 a.m. (EDT) 1/1/2004, and ends at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) 12/31/2004.

Any celebrity death not announced by that time does not count.
Blackout Period: If you wait until the grace period between 1/1/2004 and 1/7/2004 to send your list, it will not be active until 1/8/2004. That means that if somebody on your list dies during that period - you don't get credit for it. This is an incentive for you to get me your list in a timely manner. All lists received before 1/1/2004 will be in play from the start of the game. Any celebrity that dies between the time you submit your list and the time it goes into effect will not be counted. Therefore, you should include one 'wildcard' to cover for the person that did die.
How is the Wildcard/Alternate Pick used? (New for 2004!)
The wildcard pick should have been named the alternate pick; future games will probably use the latter for clarity.

No matter what it is called, an 11th pick is requested when you submit your lists. This pick will be used in the event that one of your picks dies before the start of the game and I'm not able to get an updated list from you. It is also used in the event that one of your picks is either already dead, or determined to be not famous enough. In any event, if I am unable to contact you in time, then I will use the wildcard/alternate pick as the new #10, promoting all picks below the dead/disqualified pick.

In the event that one of your picks is determined to have died prior to the start of the game, but the game has already started, then the wildcard pick will be used in the same way to update your list. Note, however, that this in-game wildcard movement may be affected by any yet-to-be determined fame rulings.

If I use your wildcard pick before the start of the game, then you are encouraged to send me a new wildcard. If it is used in-game, then a replacement wildcard will not be accepted.
Can I enter more than one list?
Yes, players may enter (and pay for) multiple lists.
Can I withdraw after the game has started?
To be fair to the other players, you may withdraw, but any entry fee will not be refunded.
Can I change my list after I submit it?
If the game hasn't started yet, you may submit a modified list. Once the game is under way, however, no changes will be allowed. If you've got a bunch of new picks, you are encouraged to submit a new entry (with entry fee, of course!).
What are the player's responsibilities?
  • Please let me know when one of your celebrities dies. I will try to keep up with celebrity deaths, but I am sure that there will be many less-famous people, and I will surely miss some.
  • I will send out periodic e-mails to all players concerning standings, and will develop a web site so that you can check whenever you like. Please let me know if you do not have either an email account or web access.
  • Please keep me updated with your current email address. It will be hard to give you the prize if I can't find you.
  • Have fun!
    OK- What do I do?
  • Compile a list of 10 celebrities, plus one wildcard celebrity. (Be sure that it is very clear which is the wildcard entry. If I can't tell, I will return it to you.) If the celebrity has a common name, then please tell me who it is, so that we are all talking about the same person. Also, you must know the name of the celebrity. (Don't send me this list: -governor of California -the actor who played Rambo -etc... ) The list does have to be rank-ordered.
  • Send your list to me via email: deadpool@terrik.com
  • I will send you an invitation to join the mailing list at groups.yahoo.com. Be sure to join the list or you'll miss any game announcements.
  • After I get your list, I will check it for valid names. If they are all valid, then I will send you a note, and your list is in play 24 hours from that point, or the first day of the game, whichever is later. If I have a question about someone on your list, I will return it to you, and ask you to re-submit it.
  • Once the game starts, let me know if one of your celebrities dies.
  • Check the web page for standings.

    Any questions, contact me at the above email address, or call me if you have my phone number. If you have friends that would like to play, then please show them these rules.




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