Move back to the movie action of the eighties, and you’ll discover the Running Man, he is no Robocop or Predator. It is a film you will enjoy whether you’re an active sports bettor or just someone who loves great movies. When you watch it, it is mostly the behaviour of the bookmakers that will catch your attention. It’s best to start at the beginning when you meet Ben Richards; he is a former pilot for the police. When he refuses to shoot innocent people, he is sent to a labour camp where he has to move heavy metal around every day.

Nice and Cunning Fellow

Ben Richards is a super nice guy but also cunning, so he escapes, but he is not as bright as you want him to be. He gets caught and then forced to take part in a ruthless program that is televised. The program is called The Running Man; it is hosted by Damon Killian and airs on the ICS network.

The Running Man Showtime

Just before it is showtime you realize what it is all about, the bookie appears, and he gathers a crowd as he takes out his blackboard. On the board, he is starting to offer different odds on the participants. The betting options include the final stalker, the first death and the first blood.

Weiss and Laughlin

The story now includes Edith Wiggings and Edith is the one in the audience to be called out; she has to pick the first stalker. She thinks about this decision while the bookie is using the time to talk the crowd into betting on the competitors. Edith then chooses Sub Zero the professor and when he turns up the early stages of the game include Richard being knocked out for a while. When he gets back into the game, he ends up on his knees when a piece of barbed wire strangles him.

In the audience, Leon needs to decide who goes in. Next, it’s between the chainsaw lunatic, and the LED covered opera singer. Even though you don’t see it, the bookies are now pushing up the odds on the next kill.

Bookies Need to Pay

Buzzsaw is on a bike and drags Richard around, which manages to tie himself to a pillar. It forces Buzzsaw off his motorcycle. The film flashes back to the bookmaker, and the odds-on Buzz is now 10:1 for the first death. The odds-on Dynamo is 2:1.

The one to die first is Laughlin and the bookies must payout 2:1, it is right then that you see the guys doing some pretty strange things. By now you might know that no one gets out of the show, it is an event in which all dies. No one is betting on Richard while the show goes on and Dynamo now electrocutes Weiss. He gets chased by Richard and ends up in his opera-kart. Next Laughlin dies, and the bookies again need to pay out 2:1 for first kill Dynamo and 2:1 on first blood for Buzzsaw.