Spice up your holiday party with the sacred art of the 'prop bet'...
Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus or [insert holiday here] to everyone out there! I’m currently enjoying my first visit home in over 3 years, and while it’s great to be among family again after such a long time, the true degenerate in me is aching for a bit of action. Unfortunately, online poker is illegal in my home country so I can’t just fire off a few sit & go’s in between decorating the tree and the next viewing of ‘The Grinch’. And obviously, sneaking off to the casino is completely out of the question.
If you find yourself in a similar situation this holiday season, don’t worry! Times like these are exactly why the sacred art of the ‘prop bet’ was invented. With a little holiday-themed creativity and a gambling buddy you can re-purpose the family get together to suit your gambling needs. Feel free to come up with your own bets, but I’ll get you started with a few ideas of my own.
Christmas Song Roulette
Pick an exact time a bit later in the evening. Cut up some small pieces of paper and write the names of classic Christmas songs on them. Everyone puts in a dollar and randomly draws a piece of paper. If your song is playing at the pre-determined time, you win all the money. Obviously, those involved in the bet cannot touch the music playing device or do anything to influence the song selection.
Put Odds On Which Relative Will Be The First To Get Too Drunk
Obviously, you’ll first need your own definition of exactly what constitutes being ‘too drunk’. It can be as innocent as slurred speech or as extreme as vomiting or passing out. You decide. If there are extremely obvious candidates maybe you’ll want to take them off the board to make things more interesting.
This game requires there to be an assortment of different snack foods set out on a table. The rules are simple. Find a gambling opponent and each of you choose a relative (the person you choose cannot know) Now each of you must choose 4 different snacks for your ‘bingo card’ (you don’t’ actually need to make cards, you can remember the 4 snacks you’ve chosen) Place yourselves near the snack table and don’t make it obvious that you’re watching. The winner is the one whose chosen relative is first to sample the 4 snacks on their bingo card.
The Predictable Story-Teller Game
This one is borrowed from a game I invented while I was the owner of a hostel in Krakow, Poland. We had a regular guest who loved to talk and tell the same stories over and over again. So one day I invented a game. I wrote all of his usual conversation topics on small pieces of paper and put them in a box on the reception desk. When my staff, friends and I saw him approaching the hostel we’d each quickly grab a piece of paper. Everyone agreed to risk a pre-determined amount of money and the pool would go to the person whose topic he talked about first. Obviously, it was illegal to influence the conversation in any way. This game could easily be re-purposed for your holiday party as long as you have a predictable relative who loves to talk. I’m sure most of you can think of someone who meets that description.
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