History Series / PressYourLuck

8th Dec '16 1:33:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Michael Larson for beating the seemingly random Big Board, which nobody else had ever done before (save, according to recollections, a player on ''Second Chance'').
** There were other contestants waiting in the wings who also memorized the patterns, but Larson's reign resulted in an overhaul of the board's programming, so future savvy players had much lower odds of winning like Larson did.
27th Nov '16 11:02:08 AM Gimere
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* OutOfOrder: The 1985 College[[note]]April 1-5[[/note]] and Back-To-School[[note]]August 26-30 + 1 Unaired[[/note]] Weeks were respectively taped in between the tapings of the April 26 & 29 and August 21 & 22 episodes, despite carrying the respective sequential episode code numbers of #395-#399 and #500-#505.
16th Oct '16 5:00:28 PM Aspie1987
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*** '''Move One Space''': Used in #1 (R1 only), #9 (R2 only), and #14 (R2 only, although the pilot also had it at #14 in R1}[[/note]]). Allowed you to choose between 2/18 (#1), 8/10 (#9), and 13/15 (#14).

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*** '''Move One Space''': Used in #1 (R1 only), #9 (R2 only), and #14 (R2 only, although the pilot also had it at #14 in R1}[[/note]]).R1). Allowed you to choose between 2/18 (#1), 8/10 (#9), and 13/15 (#14).
6th Oct '16 11:48:54 AM tadaru
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* TheEighties: The show aired from 1983 to 1986, and some of the clothing and [[EightiesHair hair]] on contestants make it quite hard to miss.

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* TheEighties: TheEighties / UnintentionalPeriodPiece : The show aired from 1983 to 1986, and some of the clothing and [[EightiesHair hair]] on contestants make it quite hard to miss.
6th Oct '16 11:47:12 AM tadaru
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* FourIsDeath: Four Whammies and you're gone. Beginning September 17, 1984, special Whammy animations were introduced that would play anytime a contestant hit four Whammies. The first was a baseball umpire[[note]] He appeared directly in front of the contestant, and after a baseball sound effect, he yells "YOU'RE OUT!!!", with a SlasherSmile. Prior to this Whammy's appearance, other Whammy animations were used like normal when a contestant hit four Whammies, with at least one instance past this and ''Whammy!'' returning to that trend for elimination (no "You're Out" Whammies were used on Todd Newton's version) [[/note]], the second was a Whammy on a cruise ship [[note]] This is also one of the "remove score digit by digit going right" Whammies, and as the cruise ships sails across the money, the Whammy says "Hasta Luego! Arrivederci! Bon Voyage! That means goodbye! Hahahaha!" This was the elimination Whammy used on Creator/LeslieNielsen in Series/GameshowMarathon's version of ''PYL'', and since that was also the last Whammy of that game and no further ''PYL'' games have been played, it also makes it the last appearance of the Whammy on television to date [[/note]], and the third, appearing in 1986, was a barbershop quartet[[note]] This only began appearing on GSN recently, and featured three Whammies dressed in barbershop clothes like in opera plus a dog conductor character that may be Fang rising up from the bottom of the screen. Once they're in front of the contestant, they sing, "You're out. You're outtttt. You're outtttttt. You're outtttttttt." then shout, "YOU'RE OUT!" while turning to the screen. This Whammy was rarely seen due to being used in the last few months of ''PYL'''s run, which GSN did not have until recent years, and was the last elimination Whammy seen on the show prior to 2006's ''Game Show Marathon''[[/note]].

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* FourIsDeath: FourIsDeath / HaveANiceDeath : Four Whammies and you're gone. Beginning September 17, 1984, special Whammy animations were introduced that would play anytime a contestant hit four Whammies. The first was a baseball umpire[[note]] He appeared directly in front of the contestant, and after a baseball sound effect, he yells "YOU'RE OUT!!!", with a SlasherSmile. Prior to this Whammy's appearance, other Whammy animations were used like normal when a contestant hit four Whammies, with at least one instance past this and ''Whammy!'' returning to that trend for elimination (no "You're Out" Whammies were used on Todd Newton's version) [[/note]], the second was a Whammy on a cruise ship [[note]] This is also one of the "remove score digit by digit going right" Whammies, and as the cruise ships sails across the money, the Whammy says "Hasta Luego! Arrivederci! Bon Voyage! That means goodbye! Hahahaha!" This was the elimination Whammy used on Creator/LeslieNielsen in Series/GameshowMarathon's version of ''PYL'', and since that was also the last Whammy of that game and no further ''PYL'' games have been played, it also makes it the last appearance of the Whammy on television to date [[/note]], and the third, appearing in 1986, was a barbershop quartet[[note]] This only began appearing on GSN recently, and featured three Whammies dressed in barbershop clothes like in opera plus a dog conductor character that may be Fang rising up from the bottom of the screen. Once they're in front of the contestant, they sing, "You're out. You're outtttt. You're outtttttt. You're outtttttttt." then shout, "YOU'RE OUT!" while turning to the screen. This Whammy was rarely seen due to being used in the last few months of ''PYL'''s run, which GSN did not have until recent years, and was the last elimination Whammy seen on the show prior to 2006's ''Game Show Marathon''[[/note]].
24th Jun '16 1:54:52 AM WarioBarker
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** '''+ One Spin''': Awarded an extra turn. Round 2 had two spaces which always contained an extra spin, #4 ($3,000-$4,000-$5,000) and (from February 28, 1984 onward) #8 ($500-$750-$1,000), a fact which Larson exploited.

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** '''+ One Spin''': Awarded an extra turn. Round 2 had two began with just one spaces which always contained an extra spin, specifically #4 ($3,000-$4,000-$5,000) and (from ($3,000-$4,000-$5,000), adding #8 ($500-$750-$1,000) on February 28, 1984 onward) #8 ($500-$750-$1,000), a fact which Larson exploited.1984. Larson's strategy was basically built around hitting these as much as possible.



*** '''Move One Space''': Used in #1 (R1 only), #9 (R2 only), and #14 (R2 only [[note]]{the 1983 pilot also had it at #14 in R1}[[/note]]). Allowed you to choose between 2/18 (#1), 8/10 (#9), and 13/15 (#14).

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*** '''Move One Space''': Used in #1 (R1 only), #9 (R2 only), and #14 (R2 only [[note]]{the 1983 only, although the pilot also had it at #14 in R1}[[/note]]). Allowed you to choose between 2/18 (#1), 8/10 (#9), and 13/15 (#14).



*** '''Across The Board''' (R2 only): Debuted around March 10, 1986. Used in #17, took you to 8.
** '''Double Your $$''' (R2 only): Debuted March 8, 1984. Acted like a prize (removed once hit, replaced by another prize), briefly reappeared on December 4, 1985, and eventually left on the next episode. [[note]]{The last episode with $500 + ONE SPIN in #10 in R1, and 3 prizes in #10 in R2}[[/note]]

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*** '''Across The Board''' (R2 only): Debuted around March 10, 1986.1986, although it wasn't mentioned on-air until it was first hit on March 17. Used in #17, took you to 8.
** '''Double Your $$''' (R2 only): Debuted March 8, 1984. Acted like a prize (removed prize: removed once hit, replaced by another prize), briefly prize. Briefly reappeared on from December 4, 4-5, 1985, and eventually left on the next episode. for whatever reason. [[note]]{The latter was the last episode with $500 + ONE SPIN One Spin in #10 in R1, R1 and 3 three prizes in #10 in R2}[[/note]]R2.}[[/note]]



** '''$2,000 Or Lose-1-Whammy''' (R2 only): Debuted September 17, 1984 and originally seen in #16, but moved to #15 from February 5, 1985 to June 16, 1986. [[note]](Not used during the final Home Player Sweepstakes from October 21-November 26, 1985 {two episodes after it had ended}, because CBS ridiculously felt a contestant might pick the second option over $2,000. Of course, it didn't stop them from using it during the 2nd one.)[[/note]]

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** '''$2,000 Or Lose-1-Whammy''' (R2 only): Debuted September 17, 1984 and originally seen in #16, but moved to #15 from February 5, 1985 to June 16, 1986. [[note]](Not used during the final Home Player Sweepstakes from October 21-November 26, 1985 {two episodes after it had ended}, because 1985, as CBS ridiculously felt a contestant might pick opt to lose a Whammy if hit on the second option over $2,000. Of course, it didn't Home Player Spin. Didn't stop them from using it the space during the 2nd one.second Sweepstakes...)[[/note]]



* ConsolationPrize: In addition to the usual cache offered to losing contestants, the show had the occassional Home Viewer Sweepstakes, where, during the second round, the player in control during a pre-designated spin could win an identical prize for a home viewer. If the contestant hit a Whammy, the home viewer won $500 "courtesy of the Whammy", while the two other contestants received a "Whammy" T-shirt as a consolation gift.

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* ConsolationPrize: In addition to the usual cache offered to losing contestants, the show had the occassional occasional Home Viewer Sweepstakes, where, during the second round, the player in control during a pre-designated spin could win an identical prize for a home viewer. If the contestant hit a Whammy, the home viewer won $500 "courtesy of the Whammy", while the two other contestants received a "Whammy" T-shirt as a consolation gift.



** The last round of the German version had a car prize, which if hit resulted in that player winning the game ''immediately''.

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** The last round of the second German version had a car prize, which if hit resulted in that player winning the game ''immediately''.



** In the fall of 1985, Carruthers Company, feeling the show's demise was imminent, decided to have the last Sweepstakes go out with a bang, and instead of just 20 episodes, they had it go on for 5 more. At the end of the last episode, a special all-cash board was created, and all 75 cards were placed in a fishbowl with the PYL logo, and randomly drawn by the day's winner. Whatever amount the winner stopped at would then be multiplied by the total number of spins earned in round 2 (i.e. $5,000 X 20 = $100,000). In this case, the winner stopped at $2,000, which was multiplied by 18, resulting in a $36,000 win for the lucky home viewer, and a [[ConfettiDrop balloon and streamer celebration]] in the studio.

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** In the fall of 1985, The Carruthers Company, feeling the show's demise was probably imminent, decided to have the last Sweepstakes go out with a bang, bang: and instead of just 20 episodes, they had it go on ran for 5 more. 25. At the end of the last episode, a special all-cash board was created, and all 75 cards were placed in a fishbowl with the PYL logo, show's logo on it, and randomly drawn by the day's winner. Whatever amount the winner stopped at would then be multiplied by the total number of spins earned in round Round 2 (i.e. $5,000 X 20 = $100,000). In this case, the winner stopped at $2,000, which was multiplied by 18, resulting in a $36,000 win for the lucky home viewer, and a [[ConfettiDrop balloon and streamer celebration]] in the studio.



** Most prominently the Flokati Rug, the former TropeNamer[[note]] It was worth $350 and was only available in Round 1 [[/note]]. Whenever this was hit, Peter would go gleefully nuts, and told the contestant "once you find out what it is, could you send us a picture?" [[note]] The Flokati Rug was a Janis Imports rug that could be used anywhere in the house for "added comfort and warmth" such as in a bathroom or living room; it was actually won at least twice, with Peter [[LargeHam making the most out of the opportunity to publicize it]], and it may have also been a good-luck charm because both of these instances were won by contestants who eventually retired undefeated with over $50,000 cash and prizes including the rug [[/note]]

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** Most prominently the Flokati Rug, the former TropeNamer[[note]] It TropeNamer [[note]](it was worth $350 and was only available in Round 1 [[/note]]. 1)[[/note]]. Whenever this was hit, Peter would go gleefully nuts, and told the contestant "once "Once you find out what it is, could you send us a picture?" [[note]] The [[note]](The Flokati Rug was a Janis Imports rug that could be used anywhere in the house for "added comfort and warmth" such as in a bathroom or living room; it was actually won at least twice, with Peter [[LargeHam making the most out of the opportunity to publicize it]], and it may have also been a good-luck charm because both of these instances were won by contestants who eventually retired undefeated with over $50,000 cash and prizes including the rug [[/note]]rug.)[[/note]]



** A choice of a Mediterranean Cruise easily beats out a trip to Palm Springs (the cruise was the most expensive square they had [[note]] if the second place deficit was more that its value of $6,118 and the person trailing was on the last spin, they NEEDED one of the +Spins spaces to stay in the game[[/note]]).
** Double Your $$ (+ One Spin) when score is meager -- like $0 (in which case you only get the spin and the space is taken off; it originally had no extra spins attached to it, making it worth completely zilch with $0, one step above the Whammy).

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** A choice of a Mediterranean Cruise easily beats out a trip to Palm Springs (the cruise was the most expensive square they had [[note]] if [[note]](if the second place deficit was more that its value of $6,118 and the person trailing was on the last spin, they NEEDED one of the +Spins spaces to stay in the game[[/note]]).
game)[[/note]].
** Double Your $$ (+ One Spin) when score is meager -- meager, like $0 (in which case you only get the spin and the space is taken off; it originally had no extra spins attached to it, making it worth completely zilch with $0, one step above the Whammy).



* AprilFoolsDay: It wasn't aired, but the staff played one on Peter on Episode 150, taped on April Fool's Day 1984. You can see the outtake [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aFt52nArM4E here]], courtesy of Wink Martindale.

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* AprilFoolsDay: It wasn't aired, but the staff and contestants played one on Peter on Episode 150, taped on April Fool's Day 1984. You can see the outtake [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aFt52nArM4E com/watch?v=aFt52nArM4E here]], courtesy of Wink Martindale.Martindale's group.



** How about losing on the very last spin...'''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujqGOdSno_Y#t=23m16s by THREE DOLLARS]]'''''?
** Michael Larson's record breaking win turned into this, as he frivolously spent a lot of it on bad real estate deals and schemes including a $30,000 radio lottery involving dollar bill serial numbers that left him nearly broke, and the rest was stolen from his house when he left his remaining $50,000 lying around, with $5,000 in a closet taken by his soon to be ex-wife, who had had enough of Larson's behavior. All this by the end of the year in which he appeared on ''PYL'', and at the very least, the money was well gone by the time the show entered its last few months of broadcast in 1986. Plus he died of throat cancer while on the run, which Tomarken called "the ultimate Whammy".

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** How about losing on the very last spin...'''''[[http://www.'''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujqGOdSno_Y#t=23m16s com/watch?v=ujqGOdSno_Y&t=23m16s by THREE DOLLARS]]'''''?
DOLLARS]]'''?
** Michael Larson's record breaking record-breaking win turned into this, as he frivolously spent a lot of it on bad real estate deals and schemes including a $30,000 radio lottery involving dollar $1 bill serial numbers that left him nearly broke, and the rest was stolen from his house when he left his remaining $50,000 lying around, with $5,000 in a closet taken by his soon to be ex-wife, who had had enough of Larson's behavior. All this by the end of the year in which he appeared on ''PYL'', and at the very least, the money was well gone by the time the show entered its last few months of broadcast in 1986. Larson called up the show and suggested they do a Tournament of Champions, but the show declined (shame, that, since it might have helped boost their flagging ratings in '86). Plus he died of throat cancer while on the run, which Tomarken called "the ultimate Whammy".
9th Jun '16 9:17:56 PM JMQwilleran
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-->'''Whammy''' (''while pulled across the score display by his dog''): Hold it, Fang, hold it! Don't forget the moneyyyyyyyyyy!!!

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-->'''Whammy''' (''while (''[[DogWalksYou while pulled across the score display by his dog''): dog]]''): Hold it, Fang, hold it! Don't forget the moneyyyyyyyyyy!!!
23rd May '16 9:55:13 PM KaiYves
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* TheEighties: The show aired from 1983 to 1986, and some of the clothing and [[EightiesHair hair]] on contestants make it quite hard to miss.
21st May '16 8:51:52 AM erforce
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** Also played straight with the Whammy himself in an episode with "[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} WhammyBusters]]"; contestant Paul entered the second round with four spins, but didn't make a deal with the "[=WhammyBusters=]". Cue Paul getting Curb Stomped by the Whammy when he hits him on each of his four spins, resulting in him staying down for the rest of the game, which had no Whammies.

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** Also played straight with the Whammy himself in an episode with "[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} "[[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} WhammyBusters]]"; contestant Paul entered the second round with four spins, but didn't make a deal with the "[=WhammyBusters=]". Cue Paul getting Curb Stomped by the Whammy when he hits him on each of his four spins, resulting in him staying down for the rest of the game, which had no Whammies.
19th Apr '16 8:41:52 AM case
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* DynamicDifficulty: Occasionally, the light bulb on Peter Tomarken's podium would blink during a Q&A round. This was Peter's cue to go to the easier questions; the bulb would blink if the three contestants got a total of less than 10 spins by the 2nd or 3rd question.
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