Thursday, April 20 2017 08:25

Never Tell Me the Odds - Predictions on Who Dies First in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

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Fact: I have never placed a bet on a sporting event, and unless I happen to pull a Marty McFly and head back to the future for a copy of the Grays Sports Almanac, I never will. I'll also never place a bet on a pop culture event, but as recent years have shown, handicapping movies and tv has become a big business, and people will throw their money at anything. That said, I do love to speculate when it comes to the events of a galaxy far, far away, and this morning an email landed here at Rock Father HQ with some predictions from Jim Murphy - an oddsmaker, sportsbook consultant and handicapping theorist - who had some thoughts on STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI... specifically, who will become "one with The Force" first.

According to Jim, "Luke Skywalker, Maz Kanata and General Hux are favored to die first in the film at an implied probability of 40%, 28.57% and 23.53% respectively." Here's some of his other predicitions...

First Character to Die in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

+/- American Odds (Fraction Odds)
  • Luke Skywalker: +150 (3/2)
  • Maz Kanata: +250 (5/2)
  • General Hux: +325 (13/4)
  • Captain Phasma: +900 (9/1)
  • Kylo Ren: +1500 (15/1)
  • Supreme Leader Snoke: +2250 (45/2)
  • Admiral Ackbar: +4000 (40/1)
  • Chewbacca: +4500 (45/1)
  • Rey: +5000 (50/1)
  • R2-D2: +5000 (50/1)
  • C-3PO: +5000 (50/1)
  • Poe Dameron: +6000 (60/1)

Again, because people will wager on anything, Jim has some other predictions for THE LAST JEDI as well, particularly related to box office performance. See the full list at Sports Betting Experts. 

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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