Archive for December, 2007
Triple Play: Laura lost; Chevy Cobalt ($15,515), Pontiac Vibe ($18,195), and Ford Escape
Cliffhangers: Yvonne wins (24 steps); Living Room Group
Check Game: Gay wins (Check for $2500); Trip to New Orleans, Louisiana ($3000)
Showcase Showdown #1: Laura wins with $1.00 ($1000)
2 For the Price of 1: Robert wins (chose middle number); Freezer ($579) and All Terrain Vehicle
Money Game: Tristan wins $186; Dodge Ram ($23,911)
Most Expensive: Alyssa lost; Grill, Wine Cabinet, and Desktop Computer (Most Expensive)
Showcase Showdown #2: Robert wins with 95 cents
Showcase: Robert wins; “The Priceleones” Showcase, Pair of Surfboards, Violin, $3000 in Cash, and Dodge Caravan; Bedroom Group, Security System, and Trip to China ($49,397 in prizes)
Eazy Az 1, 2, 3: Shawn lost; Pair of Banjos, Sofa, and Desktop Computer
Cliffhangers: Dwayne wins (17 steps); Trip to New York, New York
Any Number: Greg wins; Chevy Impala ($22,540)
Showcase Showdown #1: Greg wins with $1.00 ($1000)
It’s In the Bag: Michael wins $8000
Money Game: Kevin wins; Chevy HHR ($18,584)
Barker’s Bargain Bar: Narineh wins; Pair of Chairs and Motorcycle (Bargain of $2000)
Showcase Showdown #2: Narineh wins with $1.00 ($1000)
Showcase: Narineh wins; Sound System, Power Scooter, and Ski Boat ($41,398 in prizes)
Card Game: Maria wins; Chevy HHR ($17,795)
Switch?: Erica wins with a “switch”; Sofa and Motorcycle
Shell Game: Deborah wins (Ball Under Shell #3); Outdoor Projector and Inflatable Screen
Showcase Showdown #1: Erica wins with 95 cents
Squeze Play: Cynthia wins (removed “2”); Trip to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil ($7646)
Ten Chances: Mark wins (8 Chances); Weather Flashlight ($80), Chest ($850), and Ford Focus ($15,630)
Hi Lo: Marrium wins; Spa
Showcase Showdown #2: Marrium wins with 95 cents
Showcase: Marrium wins; Dining Room Group, Fruit Baskets, and Grand Piano ($33,279 in prizes)
Immediately upon receiving his cordless microphone, Drew greeted the audience and was ready to see the first Item Up for Bids today. Maria decided to put her Card Game ace aside until she made her final decision, when she simply said “$400” in addition to her bid for the Chevrolet automobile. Erica, “the future Mrs. Carey”, as Drew joked, witnessed a successful exchange of prices in “Switch” without the accident our host feared. Deborah, who was mistakenly called “Marrium” by our host at the Shell Game counter, is the proud owner of an Outdoor Project and Inflatable Screen based on her reaction when the prizes were revealed. Unlike the first time, Drew corrected himself on camera when he called Deborah “Maria” at the beginning of Showcase Showdown #1. At first, Mark was unaware of the “0’s” importance in Ten Chances, but he used his later chances wisely and became the proud owner of the Ford automobile. He placed his arms on the car while facing the audience, including members chanting “Mark”. This sort of pride was enough for Drew to remind viewers again that more of the show is coming up next. Marrium made today’s show perfect, as Drew anticipated after the first half of the show. Drew identified the “Lo” row’s items by brand name. Today’s Showcase featured “E. L. T.: The Extra Large Terrestrial”, a Trailer, and a Grand Piano. We end today’s show with Marrium and her crew celebrating with her new Dining Room furniture.
Barker’s Bargain Bar: Mardi lost; Arcade Game and Grill (Bargain of $1000)
3 Strikes: John wins (1 Strike); Chevy Corvette ($52,134)
Coming or Going: Kirstie wins by “Going”; Trip to Canada ($4523)
Showcase Showdown #1: John wins with 95 cents
Make Your Move: Nikki wins; Dining Room Table ($814), Board Game ($23), and Sauna ($3050)
Dice Game: Marlene lost (rolled first “1”); Dodge Dakota ($21,155)
Secret X: Michael lost (X at the Bottom); Pair of Motorcycles
Showcase Showdown #2: Marlene wins with $1.00 ($1000)
Showcase: John wins; “Marginally Known Authors” Showcase, Football Equipment, 52-inch TV Set, and Boat ($89,168 in prizes)
Lucky 7: Mitchell lost; Ford Mustang Convertible ($25,466)
Plinko: Kristy wins $30,100 with 5 Plinko chips
Clock Game: Betty lost; Refrigerator ($749) and Beanbag Chairs
Showcase Showdown #1: Kristy wins with $1.00 ($1000)
Double Prices: Bonnie wins; Snowmobile ($7998)
One Away: Carly wins; Chevy Impala ($22,135)
Pick A Pair: Sean wins (Cough Drops and Peperocini Cost $2.15); Bedroom Group
Showcase Showdown #2: Bonnie wins with 80 cents
Showcase: Bonnie wins ($44,594 in prizes); Range, Small Trailer, and Ski Boat
Money Game: Frances wins; Chrysler PT Cruiser ($18,325)
Magic #: Daryl lost (Magic Number $1339); Elliptical Trainer and Hot Tub
It’s In the Bag: Kelly wins $16,000
Showcase Showdown #1: Daryl wins with $1.00 + 65 cents ($1000)
Freeze Frame: Victoria lost; Bed ($3947)
Card Game: Steven wins ($2000 card); Pontiac G6 ($20,665)
Squeeze Play: Michael lost (removed “3”); Catamaran ($4395)
Showcase Showdown #2: Michael wins with 95 cents
Showcase: Double Overbid; 32-inch TV Set, Motorcycle, and Dodge Caravan; Christmas Decorations, Living Room Group, and Trip to Norway
Have gotten some e-mails on this subject, so figured I’d share some juicy mathematical (if not common sensical) knowledge.
Assuming the Big Wheel is random and you can’t control where your spin lands– at what amounts do you stay, and what amounts do you spin again? – Various readers
Here’s the easy-to-follow cheat sheet:
Player 1: Spin again if your first spin is .65 or less. The reason for this being is that for both of the remaining spinners to lose to you, they need to spin less than .65 on their first spin, and then more than .35 on their second spin– this will happen 33% of the time. At .65, the odds of you spinning between .05-.35 are greater than (albeit slightly) 33%, so this is the breakeven value.
Player 2: Spin again if A) you have less than Player 1 (Duh!), B) you spun .50 or less regardless of what player 1 spun, or C) you have tied player 1, but have .65 or less. A is self-explanatory. You can’t win finishing 2nd place. Choice B just means that the third spinner has a 50/50 chance of finishing higher than .50 (counting one spin, or a combination of 2). Therefore, if you are at .40, say– you have a 60% chance of improving your score without going over. If you stay, the odds are greater than 50% than the third spinner will pass you, meaning you should spin again and try to decrease their odds of beating you. Choice C means while you might spin into a tie, you need to consider the third spinner’s prospects for beating you. For example, if you tie at .65, the third spinner has a 35% chance of beating both of you. Now, while 33% < 50%, (the aforementioned break-even point for spinner #2) you also have to consider the prospect of a spinoff, which you are still 50% to win, even if the third spinner still fails to top you're current score. So at the magical .65 value in a tie, you are 33% to win, and have a 33% chance to spin higher. Hence the break-even point.
Player 3: Spin again if A) you are losing (another duh!), B) if you are tied with one person at .45 of less, or C) in a three-way tie at .65 or less. Point B means that you have a 50/50 chance of winning a spin off, but for every tie you have less than .50, you have a greater than 50% chance to improve your score (and break the tie) so you might as well take your chances spinning again. Point B essentially says the same thing, but in this case you’re only a 1 in 3 chance to win a random spinoff, so if you are in a three-way tie at less than .65, you might as well spin again since the odds of you breaking the tie without going over are > 33%.
So for the Cliffnotes version:
- Spin again if you are .65 or less.
- Spin again if you are losing to spinner 1.
- Spin again if you beat spinner 1, but are still .50 or less.
- Spin again if you are tied with spinner 1, but are .65 or less.
- Spin again if you are losing to either previous spinner
- Spin again if you are tied with one spinner at .50 or less.
- Spin again if you you are in a three-way tie at .65 or less.
Pushover: Andra lost; Trip to Aspen, Colorado ($4850)
Plinko: Bernice wins $12,600 with 5 Plinko chips
Lucky 7: Sean lost; Jeep Wrangler ($22,479)
Showcase Showdown #1: Bernice wins with 95 cents
Race Game: Nanci wins; Adult Tricycle, High Chair, Grandfather Clock, and Treadmill
Pick A Pair: Benjamin wins (Cough Drops and Fruit Bowls Cost $2.15); Living Room Group an Plasma TV
Dice Game: Debra lost (rolled a “5”); Pontiac G6 ($21,251)
Showcase Showdown #2: Nanci wins with $2.00 ($11,000)
Showcase: Nanci wins ($48,854 in prizes); Laptop Computer, Trip to Tokyo, Japan, and Travel Trailer
Last evening, The Price is Right Live! was held at Foxwoods for the final time in the current run. Yours truly was able to attend. Here’s a quick review for those of you who are considering making the trip down to see the show in Vegas or Atlantic City (or whatever casino/resort it’s coming to next!)
After dinner, we got into the registration line around 5:15. The tickets say to wait in line at least two hours beforehand, but we found the registration line moved quickly and was (relatively) sparse when we arrived. While some versions of TPiR Live! select contestants based on pricing games played during registration or in the theater; this one only required us to fill out a slip of paper, which we then turned in at a registration table where we got our price nametags.
We went right to the line waiting for the doors to open (seating was general admission) and here’s where the 2 hour thing is key. People who want good seats (first 7-8 rows) come early! We were well back in line, and while we actually had seats pretty close the stage (fifth row back) we were up against the right wall. It was either that or middle about 20 rows back, and we wanted the “close” feel. Just be careful– if you are too far right, the announcer’s podium might obscure your view (this happened with people in rows in front of us). Until the show started (around 7:15) big TV screens showed Price trivia, facts, and play-along games. Immediately before the show, a few set workers got some fans in the mood by leading the wave and dancing the Cha-Cha around the theater. Local talent is usually used for announcers, I’m going to be honest, I forgot who announced ours, other than he was from Manchester, CT. He came out and ran down some of the rules and explained how the show would work. Roger Lodge (of Blind Date fame) hosted the show and came out to much fanfare; through the big doors like Drew Carey currently does.
The show is actually much closer to the TV show than I thought. Music, cues, games, etc. was all the same, all the way down to the flashing light border when contestants were called down to Contestant’s Row. I assume many of the props used are former pieces off previous season’s of the show. The turntable and some of the walls looked like pieces from the last three or four seasons of the Hollywood version of the show.
Couple nuances. One, they called down four new people before EVERY pricing game (as opposed to four at the beginning and one every game after that). Two, the prizes were much smaller than on the the TV show (expected). Bidding prizes were anywhere from $60-$220, with stage prizes generally totaling $250-$1000, I’d say. Contestants did have a chance to win up to $2,400 playing It’s In The Bag and $2,500 playing Plinko, although they only won $600 (guy stopped even though he would have won $2,400 had he risked it and kept going) and $750 respectively. Only five pricing games were played (as opposed to six on TV) and the Big Wheel was only spun once (after the third game) and involved three people being called randomly to spin it– the person who “won” got $250, and if they got a dollar, would have had a chance to spin for $1000. The Showcase also was different– two people were called down to the stage and shown one showcase (that had a watch, a refrigerator, a massage chair, and trip, and a Honda Fit). Both contestants had to bid separately on the same showcase. The person who came closest without going over won the trip– if someone came within $100 without going over they won the whole kitten caboodle. Of course, both people double overbid in spectacular fashion (ARP was $20,000 and change, one guy bid $21,000+ and some woman bid $26,000+).
Race Game – won (two sets of exercise equipment, and microwave, and a prize I’m blanking on.
It’s In The Bag – $600 won, stopped after getting first three right– would have been correct on last two if he went on (for $2,400)
Cliffhangers – won- refrigerator. Contestant made a couple ridiculously good perfect guesses, including an egg cooker being $44, and a radio being $70– maybe these prizes have been given away before and someone in the audience helped her our?
Big Wheel – no dollars, winner spun $.85
Hole in One or Two – Also played for a prize I’m blanking on (stereo?), the woman got up the third closed line, but whiffed on both putts (Roger made the inspirational putt, but not from the back like Bob did).
Plinko – contestant won 4 chips, $750.
Showcase – a watch, a refrigerator, a massage chair, and trip, and a Honda Fit, but both contestants overbid. Unless the contestant was within $100 of the ARP, they only won the trip.
Couple tips if you want to see it.
1.) Get there a couple hours early if you want REALLY good seats. If you’re indifferent, you can come a little later.
2.) Make sure all your information is legible on the forms you turn in.
3.) Keep in mind that between games, prizes such as slot vouchers were given out, so even if you don’t get called down, keep an ear out for your name.
4.) If you do get called down, don’t go down the sides of the theater, run to the middle set of steps– make sure you stand up when they call your name and wave your arms so the camera will pan to you!
5.) Prizes in Contestant’s Row are cheaper than TV! Don’t be fooled into bidding $700 every time. $1 bids won 3/5 IUFB (Items Up For Bids)
6.) Expect the show to run about 2 hours from advertised start time.
7.) Enjoy yourself! Have a good meal before of after, and play some cards/slots/whatever you want while you are there!
Some pictures (sorry for lack of quality):
Cover Up: Sara lost; Ford Mustang ($22,734)
Punch A Bunch: Stephanie wins $500 with 2 punches
Coming or Going: Christine lost by “Going”; Bed ($3205)
Showcase Showdown #1: Christine wins with 65 cents
That’s Too Much: Adrian wins; Chrysler PT Cruiser ($18,470)
Grocery Game: Steven lost (Total $21.82); Grand Luxe Express
Barker’s Bargain Bar: Georgia wins; Pair of SCUBA Equipment and Bar Set (Bargain of $1000)
Showcase Showdown #2: Georgia wins with 95 cents
Showcase: Christine wins ($26,347 in prizes); Cellular Phone, Home Gym, and Dodge Ram