I’m a big fan of gambling. I’m not one to lose massive amounts of money playing poker in Vegas, but I do love March Madness brackets, fantasy sports, and really anything else where I can wager a small amount of cash in order to win bracing rights over my friends, which is why I’ve been on the hunt for some ways to enhance Game of Thrones this season with a few friendly wagers.
If you’re making wagers in Vegas, Bran Stark is expected to take the Throne. He was +220 odds. Jon Snow has +350, and Sansa Stark comes in third at +500. That said, Daenerys is trailing not too far behind with +700.
If you happen to be in Vegas, you can place bets on everything from who will die first to who will take it all this season. If you’re not, I recommend doing something similar with your friends.
This works just like you might do prop best on a sports event. You print out a sheet for everyone in your crew and then have them fill them to before the premiere tonight. A number of different sites have created pool options for this, so the best plan is to scope your options and find one that works for you.
This one from Action Network is just for today’s show, if you just want to spice up your premiere party.
If the whole paper thing isn’t for you, the app Tally will also let you bet on the show, and you don’t have to put down any cash to do so. With its pool, you bet on what will happen in each of the six final episodes. Each game will have a $100 winner, and the season will have a single $1000 winner.
Your chances of taking home the big prize there are slim (good luck!), but you can create a group of your friends within the app and use it to track your private pool weekly as well.
Given the season is a bit longer than a football game, I recommend snapping pictures of everyone’s forms and putting them somewhere central like a shared Google Drive folder so everyone can see how things are shaking out as the season progresses, and to prevent cheating.
If the past seasons have taught us anything it’s that some people are willing to anything to win the Iron Throne.