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  • 8 January 2013, 11:01

Gamblers predict loved ones' deaths

Patient /Rex

Families of terminally ill patients are making bets to predict the date their relatives will die in a sick gambling craze in Taiwan.

According to China Press, senior citizens' clubs have set up more than 10 gaming houses in Taizhong City as the bizarre trend has taken off.

Gamblers - including cancer patients' family members and even the doctors - have reportedly lodged 2.1m with bookies.

It is reported that those who want to take part in the game have to first pay a membership fee of more than 40.

The bookies then visit hospitals to seek permission from the patients' family.

Then they take the punters to the hospital on their next visit to observe the patients.

According to the rules, the bookies win if the cancer patients die within a month.

However, if they die between one and six months after the bets were placed, the gamblers would be paid three times their wager.

Reports said local police were investigating the gaming houses in Taichung, which is the third largest city in Taiwan.