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ThatDonGuy
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April 24th, 2017 at 6:35:43 PM permalink
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If you haven't already done so, this article about the man who got a perfect bid on the Showcase Showdown on the Price is Right is fascinating.

Drew Carey and the producers were worried that Terry Kneiss had cheated by having insider information from a disgruntled former CBS employee. But Kneiss claims that he simply did his homework and watched the show obsessively. He realized that the same prizes kept appearing on the show over and over, so the show was easy to beat. (Does Jeopardy! repeat their questions on multiple shows? I doubt it.)


The version I heard was, it wasn't a "former disgruntled employee," but someone from the TPIR fan website golden-road.net. I also heard that the same person played a part in both of the million dollar showcase wins on the prime time spectaculars, and it actually got to the point where they had somebody stand between him and the contestants during the showcase.

As for Jeopardy!, I think there was a question (well, answer) asked twice - and both times in Final Jeopardy; something along the lines of, "This seasonal company does most of its business from January through April." (The correct question is, "What is H&R Block?")
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April 24th, 2017 at 6:49:30 PM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy

As for Jeopardy!, I think there was a question (well, answer) asked twice - and both times in Final Jeopardy; something along the lines of, "This seasonal company does most of its business from January through April." (The correct question is, "What is H&R Block?")



If you didn't know it, that's the Final Jeopardy question Ken Jennings missed, and caused him to lose the game, after winning 74 games in a row.
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April 25th, 2017 at 12:29:14 AM permalink
It was the answer several times, but only once on Final Jeopardy http://j-archive.com/search.php?search=H%26R+Block&submit=Search
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April 25th, 2017 at 6:09:54 AM permalink
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If you didn't know it, that's the Final Jeopardy question Ken Jennings missed, and caused him to lose the game, after winning 74 games in a row.



Wow.

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Quote: reno

If you haven't already done so, this article about the man who got a perfect bid on the Showcase Showdown on the Price is Right is fascinating.

Drew Carey and the producers were worried that Terry Kneiss had cheated by having insider information from a disgruntled former CBS employee. But Kneiss claims that he simply did his homework and watched the show obsessively. He realized that the same prizes kept appearing on the show over and over, so the show was easy to beat. (Does Jeopardy! repeat their questions on multiple shows? I doubt it.)


On this past Fridays show, a couple missed by $8.



Earlier this year, I saw someone beat the other person by $1. If a tie occurs, I would hope they would award both showcases. I don't think it's ever happened though.
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April 25th, 2017 at 6:34:46 AM permalink
I haven't watched TPIR for years. Do you get some kinda bonus if you get the bid exactly right? If not, why would anyone with inside knowledge "guess" the exact amount? Why not be $80 off or something?
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April 25th, 2017 at 8:14:17 AM permalink
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I haven't watched TPIR for years. Do you get some kinda bonus if you get the bid exactly right? If not, why would anyone with inside knowledge "guess" the exact amount? Why not be $80 off or something?

No, no special bonus. If you're off by $100 or less, you win both showcases, but there is no other special bonus or reward if you get it exactly right.
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April 25th, 2017 at 8:31:08 AM permalink
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Earlier this year, I saw someone beat the other person by $1. If a tie occurs, I would hope they would award both showcases. I don't think it's ever happened though.


It happened once on the 1970s weekly syndicated version that Dennis James hosted (Barker took over after a few years), and yes, both contestants win their showcase.

In fact, on one CBS episode, Barker explained that, not only would both contestants win, but if they tied and were both in Double Showcase Winner range ($99 or less back then; $250 or less now), both would win both showcases (and then he a crack like "and we would be off the air the next day," although in reality, they probably would start using their harder games more often - "Stack the Deck again?"). There has been one instance that I know where both contestants were in Double Showcase range, but since it wasn't a tie, only the one whose bid was closer won.

Speaking of TPIR, it's almost a shame that the two gambling-based games - Hit Me and Poker Game (Card Game doesn't really count as "gambling-based") - are retired. Almost a shame. I liked Hit Me (which was blackjack, but the player's cards were based on prices of items), although it did have one strange rule; if the player's total was the same as or higher than the dealer's (since the player won ties), but the dealer had a soft 17-19, the dealer hit.
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April 25th, 2017 at 8:38:56 AM permalink
I don't recall the dealer hitting any hands 17 or higher on that game.
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ThatDonGuy
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April 25th, 2017 at 11:06:13 AM permalink
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I don't recall the dealer hitting any hands 17 or higher on that game.


I definitely do. The player had, I think, 19, and the dealer had A-7. Bob Barker said, "The house has the choice of making it 1 or 11, and since 11 would be a loss, the house makes it a 1, and hits", then took two more cards, ended up with 20, and the player lost.

There was a similar situation where Barker didn't quite understand the rules; the player had something like 15, and the house had 16. Barker tried to say that the game was over and the player lost, but then the producer said, "The house has to hit on 16 or less - you said so yourself at the start of the game,"
"But why would the house hit if it is ahead?"
"Because it has to."
"Okay - deal another card for the house"; the house busted, and the player won.
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April 25th, 2017 at 1:22:33 PM permalink
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I definitely do. The player had, I think, 19, and the dealer had A-7. Bob Barker said, "The house has the choice of making it 1 or 11, and since 11 would be a loss, the house makes it a 1, and hits", then took two more cards, ended up with 20, and the player lost.



I'd take a guess that that was Barker's mistake. I wouldn't be surprised if they gave that contestant the prize after the fact.
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