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The Deathlist Poker Tournament 2024

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After a hiatus of three years, I'm bringing back the much loved Poker Tournament to Deathlist.

 

There's been a change of premises, but fear not, the Halls of Fame and Shame have been reconstituted faithfully to the original standard. Sadly, the petting zoo was privatised and all loss making animals have sadly been put down. But worry not, feel free to take a dip in the Casino's swimming pool - just don't go off the deep end! (I'm keeping George the Dolphin in there!).

 

The manager's desk will be open as usual for helpdesk purposes. Just remember there's a lot of football, Olympics and a General Election or two going on, but TVs have been placed at suitable locations to distract players, especially if I get my arithmetic wrong!

 

Once again, you don't have to know how to play. It's all skill (you pick the team) and luck (the cards you are dealt decide your fate). Just make sure you read the rules, select your victims and enjoy the thrill of the accumulation of points over the summer, autumn and winter. I ask you - is there any better feeling that you will get off a dusty Forum in a dark corner of the internet? I think not!

 

Who will cash in their chips? You decide! Just make it clear who you are picking, as this cuts down my workload tremendously. Don't assume just because I have the title of manager that I am also a mind reader or psychic - those facilities are not yet available here!

 

There are a couple of points of order:

 

1. Only members of the Forum whose name was registered on or before 1 January 2024 may enter. This avoids the need for me to calculate scores for former members now banned setting up temp accounts to enter and people who have joined since who may end up after a short period that the Forum is not for them and disappear.

 

2. I'm disallowing Yahoo obits. (I can already hear the howls from some former players!). The trend seems to be in that direction, so call me a trailblazer. It was one of the reasons I called it a day last time, but other Qualifying Obit providers are available.

 

So PM your teams to me, I'll deal your cards and then you can relax. Whatever will be, will be. Que sera, sera.

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Post reserved for the Masterlist. Daryll Fish gives you that - er - welcoming smile!

 

Darryll Fish Found a Second Home at Playground in Montreal – World Poker  Tour

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The Rules. Adrian Mateos gives you the side eye, so watch your step, ladies and gentlemen!

 

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You pick 25 names. That's it. Then the game runner allocates a playing card from Random.org to each of your picks in the order you list them. If your pick dies within the period of the game you gain 100 points.

 

Bonuses are awarded for poker hands as follows:

 

High Card (i.e. an Ace) - 5 Points

Pair (Two cards of same value) - 10 Points

Two Pair (Two Cards of same value plus two cards of a separate value) - 15 Points

Three of a Kind (Three of same value) - 20 Points

Straight (5 Cards of any suit forming a sequence e.g. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) - 30 Points

Flush (5 Cards of any value of the same suit) - 40 Points

Full House (Three cards of the same value, and two of another value) - 80 Points

Four of a Kind (Four cards of the same value) - 100 Points

Straight Flush including a Royal Flush (Five cards forming a sequence of the same suit) - 150 points.

 

Bonuses are cumulative. So say early on you gain say, a pair. If you subsequently gain another pair you would get the bonus for the second pair (10 points) plus the bonus for two pair (15 Points). If you made a straight, say 5-6-7-8-9, then hit a sixth death with a 10 allocated, you would gain an additional straight bonus for 6-7-8-9-10.

 

Winner has the most points at the end of the game. DDP Obit rules in force from time to time would apply (excepting Yahoo only obits). No Jokers or Uniques rules. I am including one Black Joker and one Red Joker in the possible cards you can draw. If you draw such a card in your main team, you will receive 50 Additional Bonus Points for the hit if your pick dies. You are able to nominate at any time during the game a card THAT YOU HAVE NOT DRAWN FOR ANY OTHER PICK as a substitute for a Joker, whose pick has died. You will still receive 50 points for a Joker in any event, but you can then use your substitute nominated card to make straights or flushes for example (you still need to have your Joker Pick die for it to count). Once you have nominated the substitute card, you cannot change the nomination again - only one substitute card per Joker. You must play your Joker, if you have a hit with one, by the end of St Andrews Day (30 November 2024). If you hit with a Joker after 30 November, you have 2 days or up until 31 December 2024 (whichever is earlier), to nominate your substitute card. Red Joker you pick a red card, Black Joker you pick a black card.

 

Only persons notable in their own right, famous for a contribution of some kind are allowed. They must be aged 18 and over on or before 30 June 2024 and human. Members of the Illuminati considered reptilian will be deemed to be human for the purposes of this game.

 

Entries must be received and validated by me by 11:59 pm (BST) on 30 June 2024.

 

The bonuses are so valuable and cumulative that FFBI picks and persons with reflected fame only (PRF) will be excluded. FFBI and PRF are in the opinion of the game runner. The FFBI rule basically excludes anyone famous or infamous for their illness or anything consequential to their illness. This therefore in general excludes campaigners, fundraisers, bloggers, authors of books on their illness and the like. PRF excludes family members, hangers on and the like who in the opinion of the game runner has fame as a result of someone else's fame, but does not exclude such persons if they have a claim to fame themselves separate and distinct from any additional reflected fame (for example, the murderer of a famous person would not fall foul of the PRF rule). So for example Marian Shields Robinson would have been excluded, because being famous for nothing except sticking her foot in the Whitehouse simply isn't enough. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis, but competitors are actively discouraged from giving the game runner a hard time! Do not actively seek loopholes! If one is found, the game runner will be sole arbiter.

 

Death row inmates or anyone under sentence of death whether at the start of the game or for its duration are excluded completely. With regard to terrorists of any hue, confirmation in a qualifying obit of their death by the terrorist organisation to which they belong will suffice. The Strickland/Lucan Rule excludes anyone missing as at the start of the game, or anyone  who might be dead and who is officially declared to be dead during the game by judicial or other authority under presumption of death laws. For the avoidance of doubt, someone who famous simply for their longevity (e.g. supercentenarian, oldest person in a country) is included, but they must still obviously garner a qualifying obit.

 

At the end of each month, all players will be invited over to the Card Roulette Table. As host I will draw an equivalent number of cards from Random.org IN ONE GO from one pack to the number of teams participating. That draw will be posted on the thread and players will receive a number of points based on their position in the field. For example, I will always get the first card, as my team shall be first to be posted, second team in gets card 2 and so on. The value attributed to each card will be the same as those for a substitute outlined below (Ace high = 14 points, King = 13 points, etc etc down to a deuce = 2 Points). So if there are 30 teams, 30 cards are drawn and allocated, so your timing of putting your team in may be crucial.

 

The game will open on 1 July 2024 and deaths on 1 July according to official sources up to and including 31 December 2024 will count. Therefore a pick who is subsequently found to have died before commencement but after the game has started is excluded and a substitute will be inserted in place of that person (if a sub has been provided by the player). The game will be terminated at midnight on the turn between 5/6 January 2025, to allow time for news of death to be published (the Dietz-Werner Steck rule).

 

It is recommended that you consider up to 5 substitutes along with your team. If a substitute dies without making it into your main team for any reason,  the game runner will draw a card from Random.org on being notified of their death and gaining a qualifying obit and you will gain additional points equivalent to the value of that card (Ace high = 14 points, King = 13 points, etc etc down to a deuce = 2 Points). Your sub card will not count towards bonuses however, and it does not gain the 100 point death award.

 

The game runner will be allowed to enter a team. That team will be published in the thread at commencement of opening entries, but to avoid influence (the Toast Rule) a numerical value equal to the length of name will be given, but the cards allocated will be revealed, for example:

 

5, 6 - 5 Spades would be revealed at the start of the game as

Jimmy Carter - 5 Spades.

 

Good Luck!

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Here is my team, to be revealed at commencement of game:

 

1.    6, 7 - 9 Clubs
2.    5, 5 - K Spades
3.    5, 5 - 10 Spades
4.    7, 5 - J Clubs
5.    7, 6 - 7 Spades
6.    6, 10 - K Hearts
7.    3, 6 - Q Hearts
8.    5, 3 - 4 Clubs
9.    3, 7 - 6 Hearts
10.    8, 6 - Q Clubs
11.    4, 3, 4 - 6 Clubs
12.    5, 8 - 5 Spades
13.    5, 6 - A Clubs
14.    4, 3 - 8 Spades
15.    3, 6 Rob Burrow (DNS) 5, 7 - K Clubs
16.    7, 9 - A Hearts
17.    4, 8 - 10 Clubs 
18.    8, 9 - 10 Diamonds
19.    5, 4, 5 - 5 Hearts
20.    6, 6 - Black Joker
21.    3, 6 - 5 Clubs
22.    3, 6 - K Diamonds
23.    6, 6 - 4 Diamonds
24.    4, 7 - 4 Hearts
25.    7, 4 - 8 Diamonds
Subs:
William Russell
A. 5, 7, 5
B. 6, 7
C. 4, 6.

D. 4, 7

E. 4, 4.
 

To show my honesty, here is the Random.org allocation of cards:

 

Nine of Clubs King of Spades Ten of Spades Jack of Clubs Seven of Spades King of Hearts Queen of Hearts Four of Clubs Six of Hearts Queen of Clubs Six of Clubs Five of Spades Ace of Clubs Eight of Spades King of Clubs Ace of Hearts Ten of Clubs Ten of Diamonds Five of Hearts Black Joker Five of Clubs King of Diamonds Four of Diamonds Four of Hearts Eight of Diamonds
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Pleasant surprise to see the poker corridors reopen, don't really partake in the midyear pools these days but I'll carve out an exception here :)

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13 minutes ago, Death Impends said:

Pleasant surprise to see the poker corridors reopen, don't really partake in the midyear pools these days but I'll carve out an exception here :)

As a former champ, it will be great to have you back. ;)

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Wonderful, thanks a lot!

I'll try to counterplay my Hall of Shame entry.

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35 minutes ago, gcreptile said:

Wonderful, thanks a lot!

I'll try to counterplay my Hall of Shame entry.

May the fours be with you!

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@YoungWillzWonderful to have this game return! It is the best game here. I will indeed enter. My team is sent and will be placed here when the game starts.

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Oh, d'you know what, gaw on then! Pleasure to see this back. Will compile a team soon.

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9 minutes ago, TQR said:

Oh, d'you know what, gaw on then! Pleasure to see this back. Will compile a team soon.

Cool, no rush of course.

 

Game doesn't start until 1 July. You may want to hang on to see if any low hanging fruit suddenly appears on the trees of the woodlands surrounding the Casino!

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Very happy to see the return of this enjoyable pool.  Thank you, YW!

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I have amended my team regarding the loss of Rob Burrow. My first sub slides into play, and I have added a new 5th sub to the team.

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Never played the original game a few years ago, so this post here is a reserve for where my team will be.

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Ok, so I have received 3 entries so far - the early player catches the worm, as they say.

 

I have entrusted Bibliogryphon with my team - the rest of you will have to wait!

 

I have no doubt you are waiting to see how most of June goes, then there will be a flurry of entries towards the end of the month. Late nights at the manager's desk poring over Vietnamese politicians and Rwanda genocidaires I expect! :reading-glasses: :smoking-smiley:

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I will take a stab at it.  Though with how my other pools have been going I may need a lot of lady luck. Will put my list here when the time comes

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So my current first sub William Russell has fallen. I have added a new sub at the bottom to my team above.

 

Perils of being the game runner and being forced to enter early.

 

Those of you who had Russell on your team have been notified by PM, and a new sub requested from you.

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With how many of my potential picks have died in the last week, i'm going to wait until end of June for final submission. Even though i've got everything ready in a word document.

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Have not competed in anything so far, I need a passtime Disney Spellsruck and Crossword Jam on apple are becoming slow. I will give it a go.

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This is your "there's a fortnight to enter" warning.

 

Yes, June has 30 days.

 

;)

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