It’s been said that society has totally lost its moral compass and the downfall started with the invention of the Internet, and these days it’s pretty hard to disagree. We all know that you can gamble on pretty much anything in 2018, especially online, however MyBookie Head Bookmaker David Strauss is now asking you to bet on celebrity deaths. Specifically, who will outlive whom, set up in a “bracket style” of categories.
We’ve been reporting for a few months now on the legal status of MyBookie as well as their aggressive marketing campaigns and how they’ve been spending millions of dollars on PR agencies to magnify the volume of David Strauss’ already bombastic voice. They are clearly executing a carpet-bombing policy of “Shock and Awe” when it comes to the prop wagers in their sportsbook and it looks like they’ve now crossed the final line in gambling decency.
Of course, they’re not the first website to allow you to bet on celebrity deaths. That honor goes to the Paddy Power Sportsbook over in Europe who caused outrage with many of their prop bets, with their “Will Barack Obama be assassinated in his first term?” wager being the straw that broke the camel’s back. The public actually stopped laughing and starting being offended and it was the first time that Paddy Power backed off of one of their offensive campaigns.
So just what are the lines that “Dr. Death” posted in the MyBookie Sportsbook for you to bet on? Well, they’re broken down by categories and mostly head-to-head matchups with the question, “Who will die first?”. There’s Betty White (-260) vs. Carol Burnett (+200) in what’s obviously the “old, white, legendary, female comedian category”. Then there’s Charlie Sheen (-200) vs. Magic Johnson (+160) in what is presumably the “superstars with aids category”, even though Magic hasn’t tested positive since the mid ’90s.
The ghoulish games continue thanks to Strauss’ “recovering heroin addicts matchup” of Demi Lovato (-140) against Artie Lange (+100), with the bookmaker apparently believing that Artie’s cleaned up his act enough to outlive the troubled, young singer. In a battle of “retired late night television hosts”, MyBookie has David Letterman (-160) as the favorite to take a dirt nap before big-chinned Jay Leno (+120), in what most television fans would deem “a damn shame” if it actually comes to fruition.
There’s even some global political intrigue with Donald Trump (-110) vs. Vladimir Putin (-130) in a heavyweight battle of glorious dictators. Sadly, they didn’t include an accompanying line of “Will the cause of death be poison or fried chicken?”. Things then take a regal twist with Prince Phillip (-140) scheduled to kick the bucket before Queen Elizabeth (+100), setting the stage for an epic real life version of Game of Thrones.
Not all of the death props are head-to-head match ups, for example there’s a simple question of “Bill Cosby dies in prison?” with the “No” paying +250 and the “Hey, Hey, Hey!” paying a paltry -450. It looks like Dr. Death is coming for Dr. Huxtable in the hoosegow.
This is all just a sampling of what’s on tap over there and they have many more lines on who the Grim Reaper will snatch up next. Not even esteemed Regis Philbin or Bob Barker are spared from their macabre predictions.
These types of wagers aren’t our cup of tea but to each their own, so if you want to get in on the ghoulish action, hop on over and check out David Strauss’ list of celebrity death props at MyBookie and get your money down today. Apparently, the clock’s ticking (for some)…
***All odds correct as of November 8, 2018.***
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