Hey... considering the 1st place winner gets $500,000, and the 2nd place winner gets $50,000.... wouldn't it just make more sense for all 14 people to form an alliance and split the $550,000 gauranteeing a $39,285.71 cheque for every participant in the game.
Now doesn't that sound better than 12/14 people getting nothing... when the 13th person receives only 10 grand more anyway?
Muzman, it certainly *sounds* better, but the rules and regulations forbid that sort of collusion.
I see your point that a strong alliance of 4 could control the game from the start, but typically (all-stars and idiotic *twists* aside), none of the players know each other until they meet in the house. As a player, you have no way of knowing whether your alliance will be cohesive or ephemeral until further in the game, when true personalities tend to arise.
Even then, chaos will occur. People outside the alliance will win HoH and the veto; someone in your alliance will be dismissed for throwing chairs; there are too many variables.
It is a really good idea to get in a strong alliance early, but is by no means infallible.
makin' plates for 8 1/3 to 12