Monday, August 15, 2005

Football Suicide Pool

Yes friends, the Gil Stebbins annual suicide pool is looking for players.

If you've never been in a suicide pool, here is how it works. Each week, you pick one team to win. If your team wins, you get to a pick a team for the following week. You can only pick a team once per season, so once you pick the Colts in week 1, you cannot use them for the rest of the season. There is no spread for the suicide pool.

It costs $10 for each entry. So if you wanted, you could have two chances to win for $20, or 5 for $50, etc.

The winner gets the entire pot. There are no administrative fees.

Picks will need to be in by Midnight Thursday. Any pick that doesn't arrive by that time is forfeited to the house. The house will pick winners for the remainder of the season, or until it loses. If the house wins, the money will go to charity. On Friday, you will receive an Excel spreadsheet with everyone's pick on it.

You can send a check or cash with someone you know or in the mail.

Gil Stebbins
33073 Michigan Ave.
Wayne, MI 48184

Make sure to include your name and email address with the check so that you are entered properly into the computer.

If your pick ties, you are out.

The last person remaining wins the whole pot. He is shooting for 500 people this year, which would make it a $5,000 pot. Last year there were 320 people, and the winner walked away with $3,200.

If more than one person is still alive when the season ends, the remaining people split the pot. This has never happened in the Gil Stebbins suicide pool.

If everyone gets knocked in one week, the people who were remaining get another shot. For example, if there are five people left in the pool in week 10, and they all lose, those five people are still alive and competing for the money in week 11.

If there is a Thursday game, picks must be in by Wednesday at Midnight

From time to time Gil will send out an obnoxious email making fun of dumb picks. Feel free to ignore him.

The first game of the season is on Thursday, September 8. Picks and checks must be in midnight Wednesday, September 7.

Picks should be emailed to


Blogger RJT said...

You have got to be kidding! Please take this down right away -- I don't think you want some bored prosecutor somewhere to decided to go after you for promoting illegal gambling. You are really stepping into an unknown world here...

August 15, 2005 1:30 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

I would hope that as bored as prosecutors might get, they would have better things to go after. I live 20 minutes away from three downtown Detroit casinos, and half an hour away from a casino in Windsor. Once I am in Windsor I can bet on almost any sporting event going on the world at any convenience store. If I want to drive for an hour I can hit a few more casinos in Canada, and if I am really feeling adventurous, I can probably hit at least ten casinos within a five hour drive.

If I turn on my computer I can play PartyPoker with people from around the world, including plenty of Americans who are doing ti illegally.

My shul, the Young Israel of Oak Park, held a casino night, introducing many membes to blackjack, roulette and poker, games that they had never played before (I know this because I was working the roulette wheel and teaching people what to do).

So forgive my willingness to promote my friends football pool. I don't see how a zealous prosecutor can live in a culture which allows and encourages gambling and then prosecutes someone who acts on that culture.

Furthermore, I don't even know that this would fit in any legal definition of gambling. The house makes no money, players put $10 in a pot and one person walks away the money. Although I am not an expert on gambling laws, I am willinbg to keep this post up.

August 15, 2005 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just don't let the lesbian find out...

August 15, 2005 5:06 PM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...


No worries, even the feds are afraid to set foot in Detroit. ;)

August 15, 2005 5:07 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

They aren't afraid. They are still busy looking for Jimmy Hoffa.

August 15, 2005 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they are, however, afraid of the lesbian

August 15, 2005 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Keglavithcher Rav said...

Mr. Freeze strikes again.

August 16, 2005 9:36 AM  

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