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I’ve been following the saga of the infamous, world-wide-wager, “Ace of Clubs” for over a year now. In that time I’ve come to learn that the game is a perfect example of how gambling is used as a tool for social control. The fact that the game is played in a room full of people with no visible stakes makes it a perfect case study for this controversial subject.
The Ace of Clubs is the only game that follows a ‘live’ format, where players place bets on the outcome of events. Instead of using the typical ‘pick a card’ method of betting, players place bets on event cards. For every game of the Ace of Clubs, a series of ‘dead’ events takes place. At each event, the number of cards picked by each player is revealed. These events are called ‘Dead Events.
The term “live” means that the event cards are revealed by the player while the game remains live. They are revealed in real time and are revealed at each game. With “live” games, it’s possible to bet on events that are not revealed until the end of the game. The only way to do this is to place a bet in advance.
This is called a Live Game. It’s the way that the computer handles the events in a game. So for example, in a Live Game, you can bet on events that are not revealed until the end of the game. This way you never have to pay out for the event that someone is losing. But there are two live games that are very different. The first is a Dead Game. In this case, the event cards are revealed when the game is over.
A Dead Game is a game in which you never know what event cards are revealed. You’ll never know if you’re winning or losing. In a Dead Game, you can bet on what event cards will be revealed.