History Series / Gambit

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...
6th Mar '16 9:31:34 PM MusicManSamwise
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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]], one of the few black game show hosts, 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]], one of the few black game show hosts, 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.
18th Jan '16 2:25:31 AM Gimere
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* GoldenSnitch: A score of 21 was an instant win, awarding $500 plus $500 for every show (every game on the NBC version) not won. This was also picked up in the endgame.

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A score of 21 was an instant win, awarding $500 plus $500 for every show (every game on the NBC version) not won. This was also picked up in the endgame.




* 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...but 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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\n* 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...but 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.
24th Oct '15 10:55:07 AM Gimere
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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 by the censors anyway...
* TitleDrop: You didn't hit 21 on ''Catch 21'', you "catch 21 exactly".

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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 censors]] anyway...
* TitleDrop: You didn't don't hit 21 on ''Catch 21'', you "catch 21 exactly".
23rd Sep '15 3:38:03 AM StFan
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18th Aug '15 10:07:32 AM Gimere
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MerrillHeatter-Bob Quigley GameShow which premiered on Creator/{{CBS}} in 1972, on the same day as ''Series/TheJokersWild'' and ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. Two couples played blackjack while answering knowledge questions asked by host Wink Martindale. Very few episodes are known to have survived.

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MerrillHeatter-Bob Creator/MerrillHeatter-Bob Quigley GameShow which premiered on Creator/{{CBS}} in 1972, on the same day as ''Series/TheJokersWild'' and ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. Two couples played blackjack while answering knowledge questions asked by host Wink Martindale. Very few episodes are known to have survived.
30th Jun '15 7:37:05 AM DrSlide
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** 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]].

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** 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.
27th Jun '15 12:33:30 PM Gimere
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MerrillHeatter-Bob Quigley GameShow which premiered on Creator/{{CBS}} in 1972, on the same day as ''Series/TheJokersWild'' and ''ThePriceIsRight''. Two couples played blackjack while answering knowledge questions asked by host Wink Martindale. Very few episodes are known to have survived.

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 ''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 ''Cram'' and ''Series/FriendOrFoe?''

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MerrillHeatter-Bob Quigley GameShow which premiered on Creator/{{CBS}} in 1972, on the same day as ''Series/TheJokersWild'' and ''ThePriceIsRight''.''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. Two couples played blackjack while answering knowledge questions asked by host Wink Martindale. Very few episodes are known to have survived.

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 ''MatchGame'' ''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 ''Cram'' ''Series/{{Cram}}'' and ''Series/FriendOrFoe?''



** Around May or June 1981, this was changed to the Gambit Galaxy the former ''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]].

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** Around May or June 1981, this was changed to the Gambit Galaxy the former ''HighRollers'' ''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]].



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