History Series / Gambit

8th Feb '17 4:14:53 PM MoPete
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** ''Catch 21'' used three hands with one card dealt to each and the contestant directing the subsequent cards to any column they wanted. Getting a 21 awarded $1,000 for one column, $5,000 for two columns, and $25,000 (sometimes $50,000) for all three columns. Busting in any one column at any time ended the game. This was imported from the ''Casino'' attempt, where it had a potential top prize of $100,000.

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** ''Catch 21'' used three hands with one card dealt to each and the contestant directing the subsequent cards to any column they wanted. If they got a card they didn't want to play, they could remove it by spending a Power Chip earned during the front game (one for each round won, plus one for winning the game, for a maximum of four), but doing so meant they were required to play the next card drawn (or use another Power Chip). Getting a 21 awarded $1,000 for one column, $5,000 for two columns, and $25,000 (sometimes $50,000) for all three columns. Busting in any one column at any time ended the game.game and caused the contestant to lose any money earned during the bonus round, though the player could choose after playing a card to stop and keep their current winnings. This was imported from the ''Casino'' attempt, where it had a potential top prize of $100,000.
7th Feb '17 11:23:58 PM Gimere
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** The 1979 pilot had "Gambit 6-Ball", where you played a giant skee-ball board, with 6 balls and tried to get two balls into up to 4 holes for various prizes. Roll into an Ace or Jack hole, you get a car. Light up all the letters in "GAMBIT", you get $10,000. There were also two empty spots which made you lose a ball.
** Around May or June 1981, this was changed to the Gambit Galaxy the former ''Series/HighRollers'' bonus round. The objective was to, through rolls of two dice, remove the numbers 1-9 from a gameboard; successfully doing so won the Gambit Galaxy (an accruing prize package), while a bad roll a number that couldn't be removed from the board ended the game with [[ConsolationPrize $100 given for each number that had been eliminated]]. Rolling doubles awarded an insurance marker; if the couple hit a bad roll, they could turn it in and keep playing.

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** The 1979 pilot had "Gambit 6-Ball", where you played a giant skee-ball board, with 6 balls and tried to get two balls into up to 4 holes for various prizes. Roll into an Ace or Jack hole, you get a car. Light Lighting up all the letters in "GAMBIT", you get "GAMBIT" won $10,000. There were also two empty spots which made you lose a ball.
** Around May or June 1981, this was changed to the Gambit Galaxy [[note]]a renamed Big Numbers, the former ''Series/HighRollers'' bonus round.round[[/note]]. The objective was to, through rolls of two dice, remove the numbers 1-9 from a gameboard; successfully doing so won the Gambit Galaxy (an accruing prize package), while a bad roll a number that couldn't be removed from the board ended the game with [[ConsolationPrize $100 given for each number that had been eliminated]]. Rolling doubles awarded an insurance marker; if the couple hit a bad roll, they could turn it in and keep playing.
16th Nov '16 1:23:20 PM Gimere
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* LuckBasedMission: In the bonus round of ''Catch 21'', there was nothing to back you up if the cards failed you and you ran out of power chips.
** Could also apply the front game of ANY version of ''Gambit''. Since only the first card of each game was shown, winning a question meant having to choose between taking a card of random value or giving it to the opponent. Taking the card is only safe if the couple has a score of 11 or lower (12 or greater had a possibility of busting); giving the card away gave the opposing couple a chance at a good hand (which could immediately be frozen)

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* LuckBasedMission: LuckBasedMission:
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In the bonus round of ''Catch 21'', there was nothing to back you up if the cards failed you and you ran out of power chips.
** Could also apply the The front game of ANY any version of ''Gambit''. Since counts--since only the first card of each game was shown, winning a question meant having to choose between taking a card of random value or giving it to the opponent. Taking the card is only safe if the couple has a score of 11 or lower (12 or greater had a possibility of busting); giving the card away gave the opposing couple a chance at a good hand (which could immediately be frozen)
22nd Oct '16 8:00:35 AM themisterfree
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** ''Catch 21'' used three hands with one card dealt to each and the contestant directing the subsequent cards to any column they wanted. Getting a 21 awarded $1,000 for one column, $5,000 for two columns, and $25,000 (sometimes $50,000) for all three columns. Busting in any one column at any time ended the game.

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** The 1990 pilot had a "beat the dealer" game; the contestant gets five chances for cards by answering questions. Once they get the cards (up to five, or less if they chose to freeze), the dealer begins drawing cards; if the dealer busts by getting more than 21, or by being unable to beat the contestant, the player wins $5,000. If they managed to get a 21 during the question half, they get $10,000.
** ''Catch 21'' used three hands with one card dealt to each and the contestant directing the subsequent cards to any column they wanted. Getting a 21 awarded $1,000 for one column, $5,000 for two columns, and $25,000 (sometimes $50,000) for all three columns. Busting in any one column at any time ended the game. This was imported from the ''Casino'' attempt, where it had a potential top prize of $100,000.



** TheAnnouncer: [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Kenny Williams]] on the CBS and NBC runs, and [[Series/{{Pyramid}} John]] [[Series/BrainSurge Cramer]] for the 1990 pilot; ''Catch 21'' didn't have one.

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** TheAnnouncer: [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Kenny Williams]] on the CBS and NBC runs, and [[Series/{{Pyramid}} John]] [[Series/BrainSurge Cramer]] for the 1990 pilot; ''Casino'' and ''Catch 21'' didn't have one.



** LovelyAssistant: Elaine Stewart (Mrs. Merrill Heatter) on the CBS run, Beverly Malden and later [[Series/SaleOfTheCentury Lee Menning]] on the NBC run, Mikki Padilla on ''Catch 21''.

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** LovelyAssistant: Elaine Stewart (Mrs. Merrill Heatter) on the CBS run, Beverly Malden and later [[Series/SaleOfTheCentury Lee Menning]] on the NBC run, Mikki Padilla on ''Catch 21''. Susie Fawcett held the role in the 1990 pilot, and it was Tanya Memme for ''Casino''.
22nd Oct '16 7:51:52 AM themisterfree
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** TheAnnouncer: Kenny Williams on the CBS and NBC runs.
** GameShowHost: Wink Martindale on the CBS and NBC runs, Alfonso Ribeiro for the GSN era.

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** TheAnnouncer: [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Kenny Williams on the CBS and NBC runs.
** GameShowHost: Wink Martindale
Williams]] on the CBS and NBC runs, Alfonso Ribeiro and [[Series/{{Pyramid}} John]] [[Series/BrainSurge Cramer]] for the 1990 pilot; ''Catch 21'' didn't have one.
** GameShowHost: [[Series/TicTacDough Wink]] [[Series/{{Debt}} Martindale]] on the CBS and NBC runs, [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Alfonso]] [[Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos Ribeiro]]
for the GSN era.era. [[Series/TheNewlywedGame Bob]] [[Series/CardSharks Eubanks]] hosted the 1990 ABC pilot, and [[Series/ShoppingSpree Ron Pearson]] emceed the ''Casino'' attempt.


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* HistoryRepeats: Alfonso later went onto host ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos''- the previous host, Tom Bergeron, had also hosted a revival of a Heatter-Quigley game show (''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'').
17th Oct '16 4:22:13 PM jayharrison
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* CheatersNeverProsper: The finale of ''Las Vegas Gambit'' had a couple who tried to take advantage of Wink failing to hear their answer to the question "From what direction do the east winds blow?" They initially responded "west to east", after which Martindale asked them to repeat the answer; the couple, knowing they had given the wrong answer, tried to take advantage by changing their answer--however, the judge ''did'' hear the original response and signaled to Martindale, who immediately ordered them not too kindly to "say what you said", to which the couple did.

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* CelebrityEdition: One episode of ''Catch 21'' featured a reunion of Alfonso's co-stars from ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' -- James Avery, Tatiana Ali, and Karyn Parsons -- as contestants.
* CheatersNeverProsper: The finale of ''Las Vegas Gambit'' had a couple who tried to take advantage of Wink failing to hear their answer to the question "From what direction do the east winds blow?" They initially responded "west to east", after which Martindale Wink asked them to repeat the answer; the couple, knowing they had given the wrong answer, tried to take advantage by changing their answer--however, the judge ''did'' hear the original response and signaled to Martindale, Wink, who immediately ordered them not too kindly to "say what you said", to which the couple did.did. (Fortunately for this team, their mess-up came at the start of the game in which this occurred.)



* PorkyPigPronunciation: Wink once had some difficulty telling a couple they had won a copy of the World Book Encyclopedia.

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** Could also apply the front game of ANY version of ''Gambit''. Since only the first card of each game was shown, winning a question meant having to choose between taking a card of random value or giving it to the opponent. Taking the card is only safe if the couple has a score of 11 or lower (12 or greater had a possibility of busting); giving the card away gave the opposing couple a chance at a good hand (which could immediately be frozen)
* ObviousRulePatch: On ''Gambit'', couples that had cards given to them could immediate freeze despite not winning the immediate question beforehand. On ''Catch 21'', barring hands of 21, players could only freeze after winning a question and taking the immediate next card.
* PorkyPigPronunciation: Wink once had some difficulty telling a couple they had won received a copy of the World ''World Book Encyclopedia.Encyclopedia''.



-->'''Wink:''' That's right. ''([[{{Beat}} pauses]], then tears up a card)'' I'm gonna tear that one up. I'm never gonna run across that one again. You know, I've been breaking up at some of these questions. The guys have been working overtime, haven't they?

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-->'''Wink:''' That's right. ''([[{{Beat}} pauses]], then tears up a card)'' I'm gonna tear that one up. I'm never gonna run across that one again. You know, I've been breaking up at some of these questions. The guys have been working overtime, haven't they?they? Yes.
6th Aug '16 12:51:22 AM jayharrison
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* WhoWritesThisCrap: Not stated directly, but Wink would often come across a question that was incredibly silly.
** A question regarding the Creator/MarlonBrando film ''Film/{{Sayonara}}'':
-->'''Wink:''' Marlon Brando starred in the 1957 film ''Sayonara'' as an American officer in love with a Japanese girl. Now, in Japanese, does the word ''sayonara'' mean "I love you", "good-bye", or [[RuleOfThree "tablecloth"]]?
-->'''Mr. Brown:''' Good-bye.
-->'''Wink:''' That's right. ''([[{{Beat}} pauses]], then tears up a card)'' I'm gonna tear that one up. I'm never gonna run across that one again. You know, I've been breaking up at some of these questions. The guys have been working overtime, haven't they?
13th May '16 3:25:02 AM Gimere
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With some slight tweaks, the essence of the ''Casino'' format finally made it to Creator/{{GSN}} from 2008-11 as ''Catch 21''. The show was hosted by [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Alfonso Ribeiro]] and marked the return of not only ''Gambit'' but Heatter, who had not gotten a game on the air since ''The Last Word'' ended 18 years earlier.

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With some slight tweaks, the essence of the ''Casino'' format finally made it to Creator/{{GSN}} from 2008-11 as ''Catch 21''. The show was hosted by [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Alfonso Ribeiro]] and marked the return of not only ''Gambit'' ''Gambit'', but Heatter, who had not gotten a game on the air since ''The Last Word'' ended 18 years earlier.



** The Gambit Board, where the winning couple picked numbers for prizes or cash, and was given a card after each pick. The couple could stop whenever they wished, as going over 21 would forfeit the prizes they had uncovered, but hitting 21 in any way won a growing cash jackpot plus a new car (original series) or $5,000 cash (''Las Vegas Gambit''). This format was used for the entire CBS run and the first five months or so of the ''Las Vegas Gambit'' version.
** The 1979 pilot had "Gambit 6-Ball", where you played a giant skee-ball board, with 6 balls and tried to get two balls into up to 4 holes for various prizes. Roll into an Ace or Jsck hole, you get a car. Light up all the letters in "GAMBIT", you get $10,000. There were also two empty spots which made you lose a ball.

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** The Gambit Board, where the winning couple picked numbers for prizes or cash, and was given a card after each pick. The couple could stop whenever they wished, as going over 21 would forfeit the prizes they had uncovered, but hitting 21 in any way won a growing cash jackpot plus a new car (original (on the original series) or $5,000 cash (''Las (on ''Las Vegas Gambit''). This format was used for the entire CBS run and the first five months or so of the ''Las Vegas Gambit'' version.
** The 1979 pilot had "Gambit 6-Ball", where you played a giant skee-ball board, with 6 balls and tried to get two balls into up to 4 holes for various prizes. Roll into an Ace or Jsck Jack hole, you get a car. Light up all the letters in "GAMBIT", you get $10,000. There were also two empty spots which made you lose a ball.



** ''Catch 21'' used three hands with one card dealt to each and the contestant directing the subsequent cards to any column they wanted. Getting a 21 awarded $1,000 for one column, $5,000 for two columns, and $25,000 (sometimes $50,000) for all three columns...but busting at any time ended the game.

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** ''Catch 21'' used three hands with one card dealt to each and the contestant directing the subsequent cards to any column they wanted. Getting a 21 awarded $1,000 for one column, $5,000 for two columns, and $25,000 (sometimes $50,000) for all three columns...but busting columns. Busting in any one column at any time ended the game.



** Also applied to ''Catch 21'', minus the progressive jackpot. However, from Season 2 onward there was a bonus prize awarded to the first player (if any) to make a 21 in the main game.

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** Also applied to ''Catch 21'', minus the progressive jackpot.ProgressiveJackpot. However, from Season 2 onward there was a bonus prize awarded to the first player (if any) to make a 21 in the main game.



* LargeHam: Alfonso Ribeiro.

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* LargeHam: Alfonso Ribeiro.Ribeiro was ridiculously hammy.
17th Apr '16 3:42:17 PM themisterfree
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Martindale returned as host of the successor series, ''Las Vegas Gambit'', on Creator/{{NBC}} in 1980-81. A decade later, Bob Eubanks was the host of a ''Gambit'' pilot for Creator/{{ABC}} in 1990, with solo contestants and a different question format; ABC rejected it in favor of a ''Series/MatchGame'' revival. GSN attempted a revival in 2002 with three solo players and Ron Pearson as host under the name ''[[http://www.usgameshows.net/x.php?show=Casino Casino]]'', but turned it down for ''Series/{{Cram}}'' and ''Series/FriendOrFoe?''

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Martindale returned as host of the successor series, ''Las Vegas Gambit'', on Creator/{{NBC}} in 1980-81.1980-81 (following a 1979 pilot). A decade later, Bob Eubanks was the host of a ''Gambit'' pilot for Creator/{{ABC}} in 1990, with solo contestants and a different question format; ABC rejected it in favor of a ''Series/MatchGame'' revival. GSN attempted a revival in 2002 with three solo players and Ron Pearson as host under the name ''[[http://www.usgameshows.net/x.php?show=Casino Casino]]'', but turned it down for ''Series/{{Cram}}'' and ''Series/FriendOrFoe?''



** The 1979 pilot had "Gambit 6-Ball", where you played a giant skee-ball board, with 6 balls and tried to get two balls into up to 4 holes for various prizes. Roll into an Ace or Jsck hole, you get a car. Light up all the letters in "GAMBIT", you get $10,000. There were also two empty spots which made you lose a ball.



** Beginning in Summer 1975, the show instated a special rule where any couple who hit a two-card 21 at any time won a $10,000 bonus.

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** Beginning in Summer 1975, the show instated instituted a special rule where any couple who hit a two-card 21 at any time won a $10,000 bonus.
2nd Apr '16 2:40:53 PM Green_lantern40
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** In one of the episodes with the BK power chips, the question "If your husband is wearing undershorts marked ''Home of the Whopper'', which fast food restaurant did they most likely come from?" appeared in Round 1. Never mind that Burger King's never sold undershorts, and it's not quite sure how they got a BiggusDickus joke [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar by the censors]] anyway...

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** In one of the episodes with the BK power chips, the question "If your husband is wearing undershorts marked ''Home of the Whopper'', which fast food restaurant did they most likely come from?" appeared in Round 1. Never mind that Burger King's never sold undershorts, and it's not quite sure how they got a BiggusDickus joke [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar by the censors]] anyway...
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