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October 3rd, 2019 at 6:58:28 AM permalink
I've been wondering about the optimal strategy for the Race Game in the Price is Right, assuming you had no knowledge of the values of the prizes. For those not familiar with the game, it is explained and shown in this video.


Direct: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5jAXcqzCCk

In my strategy, assign the prizes letters, say A, B, C, and D. Then number the positions. A pattern will represent which position to put which prize in. For example, 3421 would mean put prize A in position 3, B in position 4, C in position 2, and D in position 1. The history column shows a record of how many you got right, starting with the first turn.
History Play First turn 1234 0 2143 0,0 3421 0,0,0 4312 0,0,2 3412 0,0,2,0 4321 0,2 2341 0,2,0 4123 0,2,1 2413 0,2,1,0 3142 1 1342 1,0 2431 1,0,0 3124 1,0,0,0 4213 1,1 1423 1,1,0 2314 1,1,0,0 3241 1,1,0,0,0 4132 2 2134 2,0 1243 2,1 1324 2,1,0 4231 2,1,1 1432 2,1,1,0 3214

The next table shows the probability of the number of turns needed to win. As you can see, a win is always guaranteed within five turns.

probability 4.2% 16.7% 33.3% 37.5% 8.3% 100.0%
Turns count
1 1
2 4
3 8
4 9
5 2
Total 24


The average turns needed is 3.29167.

The question for the forum is can you find a better strategy? It would be very easy to find ones that are equally as good. My strategy just takes any combination that might win.

The question for the poll is how would you play the Race Game?
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October 3rd, 2019 at 8:12:28 AM permalink
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The question for the poll is how would you play the Race Game?



First, I would only care about going on the show when Holly Hallstrom was there and in her prime. But that out if the way....

What I did not see, and I am kind of working on a project as I do this, is that one part of this is distance. 3-4 is further than 1-2. Thus one should make as few trips to 3-4 as possible.

I would put them out A-B-C-D. And see how many I got right. Then I switch A-B and see if I improve. If so then I switch C-D. If not then I switch B-C. Then if I improve I switch C-D. If not then A-D. Something like this. Idea switch 2 at first then keep trying to narrow it down.

Then I would try to get a date with Holly.

Here is one thing, how many trips do you think a person would be able to make?

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October 3rd, 2019 at 9:51:47 AM permalink
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Here is one thing, how many trips do you think a person would be able to make?



Most make three but some get off only two. It's worth noting that if you're in the middle of a round when time runs out, Bob lets you place any tags still in your hand.



Holly was my favorite of the classic three too. A blonde, brunette, and a red head. The blonde was Diana, right? I can't remember the brunette's name.
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October 3rd, 2019 at 10:50:32 AM permalink
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Most make three but some get off only two. It's worth noting that if you're in the middle of a round when time runs out, Bob lets you place any tags still in your hand.



Lots seem clueless as to strategy IIRC. They used to do season tix for LA based teams. The strategy there was put the lowest price on the Rams/NFL as they had just 10 games. (I assume included exhibition season.) Then make a guess as to the NHL/NBA/MLB. Bob would tell losers this after.



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Holly was my favorite of the classic three too. A blonde, brunette, and a red head. The blonde was Diana, right? I can't remember the brunette's name.



The "classic" Barker's Beauties were:

Janice Pennington, who handed Bob the mic at the opening
Holly Hallstrom, who we all know
Diane Parkinson, the other Blonde

A few years back I was waiting for a Doc appt and TPIR was on. They had a male model! What is this world coming to?

Wiz, if you did not see it yet there is (or was) a Netflix video called "The Perfect Bid" or something like it.
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October 3rd, 2019 at 1:51:56 PM permalink
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Wiz, if you did not see it yet there is (or was) a Netflix video called "The Perfect Bid" or something like it.



That has been discussed here a few times.

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October 3rd, 2019 at 2:11:58 PM permalink
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A few years back I was waiting for a Doc appt and TPIR was on. They had a male model! What is this world coming to?





Do you mean him?
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October 3rd, 2019 at 2:23:47 PM permalink
I think I like Bob with white hair better—it gives him a more distinctive look.

Barker's Beauties, on the other hand—flawless!
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October 3rd, 2019 at 2:40:43 PM permalink
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Do you mean him?



Don’t remember. I just shook my head and moved on. Male models on TPiR is just wrong.
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October 3rd, 2019 at 3:08:50 PM permalink
I remember when Dian posed for playboy and she was on Geraldo I think and he asked her why she posed? She quipped,'the price was right'....lol But yea, definitely all 3 were beauties.
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October 3rd, 2019 at 3:18:19 PM permalink
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I remember when Dian posed for playboy and she was on Geraldo I think and he asked her why she posed? She quipped,'the price was right'....lol But yea, definitely all 3 were beauties.



Yeah, but now it's male models?? Gimme a break!

That game was best when they had some old woman in her 70's trying to run to and fro. They rarely call elderly people to contestants row now because the demographics of the audience and who they pick for them to see has changed. F.Y.I., the selection isn't random. The contestants are carefully chosen before they are even let into the studio.
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