Wheel of Poker

[Studio Audience] {Shouting in unison} “Wheel… of… Poker!”

[TV Announcer] “Ladies and gentlemen, Prince Manhattan and Donna Doubletree.”

[PM] “Welcome to Wheel of Poker…! So glad you could all join us today. Everyone leaves a winner on Wheel, not like in a poker tournament.”

[PM] “Our first toss-up is a Phrase. It’s worth $1,000. Buzz in as soon as you know the answer.”1

A

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R

H
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N
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H
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P
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R

{Bing!}

[PM] “Peter.”

[Peter Kent] “A chip and a chair.”

[PM] “That’s all you need!”

A
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D
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[PM] “Peter Kent from Joliet, Illinois. You’ve won the thousand bucks! I hear that your father used to have an interesting job.”

[PK] “You may know of Joliet Prison from its role in The Blues Brothers movie or as the set for Prison Break. Well, my dad used to be a warden there. He would threaten to lock me up there if I misbehaved. Made sure I knew that I could steal pots, but I better not steal pot.”

[PM] “Next, Clark Stark from Menlo Park. At least your parents have a sense of humor.”

[CS] “We named our brown dog Bark and our black cat Dark, but they wouldn’t let me have a shark. By the way, the town is actually called Edison, New Jersey, but I attended Menlo Park Elementary School and shopped at Menlo Park Mall.”

[PM] “And Tony Parker from Parker, Texas. Are your parents friends with Clark’s? No relation to the basketball player, I presume.”

[TP] “No genetic relationship, but we we were born on the same exact day.”

[PM] “Do you get a lot of phone calls and mail for him?”

[TP] “Very little; most people probably try to contact him through the Spurs, and Parker is a suburb of Dallas, almost 300 miles from San Antonio. I wouldn’t mind accidentally getting one of his paychecks.”

[PM] “Okay, time for the second toss-up, a Quote to decide who’s going to win $2,000 and start the first round.”

B

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Y
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Y
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E

Y
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O

Y
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O

Y
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Y
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{Bing!}

[PM] “Clark.”

[CS] “May the flop be with you.”

[PM] “Correct, from that Jedi of Poker, Doyle Brunson. He may be old, but he can still kick your butt.”

M
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T
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F
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B
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U

{A video plays describing the featured prize, which a player can win by landing on the Prize wedge and solving the puzzle.}

[TV Announcer] “All totaled, a prize package worth $4,920.”

[PM] “The category for this round is Before & After:”

[PM] “Clark, the wheel is yours. Well, not literally. Just give it a spin.”

[PM] “$350.”

[CS] “‘T’.”

[PM] “Two ‘T’s.”

{Bing! Bing! Donna reveals the two ‘T’s next to each other in the middle of the bottom row. Clark spins again.}

T
T

{Honk! Honk!}

[PM] “Half a car. Pick up that license plate.”

[CS] “‘R’.”

[PM] “One ‘R’.”

R
T
T

{Clark thinks for a moment then spins. The wheel slows down on One Million, rotates into Bankrupt, but just makes it over to the next wedge.}

[PM] “$400.”

[CS] “‘N’.”

[PM] “A pair of ‘N’s.”

R
N
T
T
N

[CS] “I’d like to buy a vowel. An ‘I’.”

[PM] “Cyclops. One ‘I’.”

R
I
N
T
T
N

{Clark smiles then spins again.}

{Honk! Honk!}

[PM] “The other car half. If you’re handy with tools, you may be able weld those two halves together.”

[CS] “‘G’.”

[PM] “One ‘G’.”

R
I
N
G
T
T
N

[CS] “I’d like to buy an ‘O’.”

[PM] “One ‘O’.”

R
I
N
G
T
T
O
N

{Clark appears to know the answer but spins again.}

[PM] “$500. Sorry, you can’t win one and a half cars.”

[CS] “‘D’.”

[PM] “Three ‘D’s!”

D
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G
D
D
T
T
O
N

[CS] “Drawing Dead Button!”

[PM] “Dead on. ‘Drawing Dead’ and ‘Dead Button’. You just got yourself $3,500 and a new car worth $25,000, which we promise to deliver in one piece.”

D
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[PM] “The second puzzle is a Movie Quote. Tony, you’re under the gun.”

[PM] “$600.”

[TP] “A ‘T’, please.”

[PM] “Two ‘T’s.”

T
T

[TP] “I’d like to buy an ‘I’, please.”

[PM] “One ‘I’.”

T
T
I

{Tony looks surprised as he spins again.}

[PM] “$700.”

[TP] “An ‘H’, please.”

[PM] “Two ‘H’s.”

T
H
T
H
I

[TP] “I’d like to buy an ‘A’, please.”

[PM] “Bullets. Two ‘A’s.”

A
T
H
A
T
A
H
I

[TP] “I’d like to buy an ‘E’, please.”

[PM] “One ‘E’.”

A
T
H
A
T
A
H
I
E

{Tony reluctantly spins again.}

[PM] “$700.”

[TP] “An ‘N’, please.”

[PM] “Two ‘N’s.”

A
T
H
A
T
A
N
H
I
N
E

{Tony spins and lands on Bankrupt. A slide whistle plays and Tony loses his $3,450.}

[PM] “Sorry, bad beat.”

{Peter spins.}

[PM] “$800.”

[PK] “‘Y’.”

[PM] “You are too wise for me.”

A
Y
T
H
A
T
A
N
H
I
N
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Y

{Peter spins again.}

[PM] “$500.”

[PK] “‘M’.”

[PM] “M & M.”

A
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M
A
N
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M
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Y

[PK] {Speaking in a bad Russian accent.} “Pay that man his money.”

[PM] “Indeed, and we’ll pay you your $2,600 for solving that puzzle. I’ll personally kick in another 200 if you never do that impression again.”

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{A video describes the third round bonus prize. It’s a week-long trip to Las Vegas, show tickets, meals, and other goodies worth a total of $5,000.}

[PM] “The category is Title and Author:”

[PM] “Peter, you get to spin again.”

[PM] “$900.”

[PK] “‘B’.”

[PM] “There’s one ‘B’.”

B

{Peter spins.}

[PM] “$800.”

[PK] “‘Y’.”

[PM] “Two ‘Y’s.”

B
Y
Y

[PK] “I’d like to buy an ‘E’.”

[PM] “Five of a kind.”

E
E
E
E
B
Y
Y
E

{Peter spins.}

[PM] “$500.”

[PK] “‘T’.”

[PM] “Tea for two. Two ‘T’s.”

E
E
E
T
E
B
Y
T
Y
E

{Peter spins.}

[PM] “$400.”

[PK] “‘S’.”

[PM] “One ‘S’.”

E
E
E
T
S
E
B
Y
T
Y
E

{Peter spins.}

[PM] “Free Play. You can guess a consonant for $500 each or take a vowel for free.”

[PK] “I’ll take an ‘O’.”

[PM] “Four ‘O’s.”

E
E
E
T
S
O
O
E
B
Y
T
O
Y
E
O

{Peter beams, then spins.}

[PM] “$900.”

[PK] “‘M’.”

[PM] “Mmm mmm good! Three ‘M’s.”

E
E
M
E
T
S
O
O
E
B
Y
T
O
M
M
Y
E
O

[PK] “Elements of Poker by Tommy Angelo.”

[PM] “Excellent answer. Excellent book. Excellent payout of $6,350 plus the $5,000 trip!”

E
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M
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O
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P
O
K
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B
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[PM] “$3,000 toss-up for the next spin. The category is Rhyme Time:”

&

U
&

U
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T

U
R
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T

U
R
&
T
N

{Bing!}

[PM] “Peter.”

[PK] “Burn and turn.”

[PM] “Burn and turn and earn $3,000!”

B
U
R
N
&
T
U
R
N

[PM] “You get to spin first. The category is Same Name:”

&

[PM] “$650.”

[PK] “‘T’.”

[PM] “Trip ‘T’s.”

&
T
T
T

[PK] “I’d like to buy an ‘E’.”

[PM] “Two ‘E’s.”

E
&
T
T
E
T

[PK] “I’d like to buy an ‘I’.”

[PM] “A set of ‘I’s.”

E
I
&
T
I
T
I
E
T

[PK] “And an ‘O’.”

[PM] “Quad ‘O’s.”

O
E
O
I
&
O
T
I
T
I
O
E
T

[PK] “I’ll spin.”

{Slide whistle plays.}

[PM] “Sorry, that’ll cost you your turn and your $1,200.”

{Clark spins.}

[PM] “$800.”

[CS] “Show me a ‘B’.”

[PM] “Bingo bango bongo! Three ‘B’s.”

O
B
E
B
O
I
&
O
T
I
T
I
O
B
E
T

{Clark thinks for a moment then spins again.}

[PM] “$5,000!”

[CS] “‘N’, please.”

[PM] “Four ‘N’s!”

O
B
E
B
O
I
N
&
O
N
T
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N
T
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O
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B
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[CS] “I’d like to solve the puzzle… Probe, Blocking, and Continuation Bet.”

[PM] “It’s a safe bet that you just won another $22,400 for a total of $50,900! Clark, you’re today’s Wheel winner!”

P
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[PM] “Please spin the bonus wheel to find out which envelope you’ll be playing for.”

{Clark spins and hands the envelope to Prince.}

[PM] “Your bonus puzzle is a Person:”

[PM] “We’ll spot you the ‘R’, ‘S’, ‘T’, ‘L’, ‘N’, and ‘E’ because we like you so much.”

{Bing! Bing!}

L
E

[PM] “Please give me three more consonants and a vowel. You’ll have ten seconds to solve the puzzle after all those letters are shown.”

[CS] “I’ll take a ‘D’, ‘C’, ‘K’, and ‘A’.”

{Bzzz!}

L
E

[PM] “Glad that helped so much.”

[CS] “Puzzle? Puffle? Pimple?… Wiffle? Waffle? Baffle? Bumble? Bubble? Bubble Boy!”

[PM] “Yes! Less than a second before your hand was going to get mucked.”

B
U
B
B
L
E
B
O
Y

[PM] “Let’s see what’s in the envelope… $50,000! $100,900 isn’t a bad day’s work. Thanks for playing Wheel of Poker!”

[TV Announcer] “Wheel of Poker is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game in the App Store.”

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Jeopokerdy!

{Jeopokerdy! intro theme song plays…}

[TV Announcer] “This is Jeopokerdy! Let’s meet today’s contestants. A poker pro from Portsmouth, New Hampshire,… Adam Wigginton. An amateur from Twin Falls, Idaho,… Pierce Bailey. And our returning champion from San Ramon, California,… Carter Hu, whose two-day winnings total $60,000.”

[TV Announcer] “And now, here is the host of Jeopokerdy!, Donald Cammron!”

[DC] “Welcome back to Jeopokerdy!, where your poker knowledge can win you cold, hard cash without risking any of your bankroll.”

[DC] “Today’s Jeopokerdy! categories are:”1

HOMOPHONES HOLE CARD HANDLES MAIN EVENT CHAMPS AUTHORS WHO SAID IT? QUEENS OF POKER
$200 $200 $200 $200 $200 $200
$400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400
$600 $600 $600 $600 $600 $600
$800 $800 $800 $800 $800 $800
$1000 $1000 $1000 $1000 $1000 $1000

[DC] “In the Homophones category, we’re looking for answers with two words that sound the same. Carter, the board is yours.”

[CH] “Authors 6.”

THIS POKER PRO DOLED OUT HIGHER LEVEL ADVICE IN “ACE ON THE RIVER”

[DC] “Carter.”

[CH] “Who is Barry Greenstein?”

[DC] “Right…”

[CH] “Queens of Poker 8.”

THIS WOMAN BECAME THE FIRST FEMALE TO CASH IN THE WSOP MAIN EVENT IN 1986

[DC] “Adam.”

[AW] “Linda Johnson.”

[DC] “Incorrect…”

[DC] “Carter.”

[CH] “Who is Wendeen Eolis?”

[DC] “Right…”

[CH] “Homophones 6.”

BACK TO BACK'S FIBERS

[DC] “Carter.”

[CH] “What is Flack’s flax?”

[DC] “Yes, for Layne’s linen.”

[CH] “Who Said It? 1,000.”

[DC] “That’s the Daily Double.”

[CH] “I’m all-in.”

[DC] “For 3,000 then…'”

THIS TEXAN SAID, “YOU CAN SHEAR A SHEEP MANY TIMES, BUT YOU CAN SKIN IT ONLY ONCE.”

[CH] “Who is um, um, Amarillo Slim Preston?”

[DC] “And you’ve doubled up…”

{Carter builds his lead to almost $15,000 as the Jeopokerdy! round ends. After a commercial break, the next round begins.}

[DC] “Today’s Double Jeopokerdy! categories are:”

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR 80s RUNNER-UP ANAGRAMS CATCH PHRASES WINNING HANDS NBC
HEADS-UP
NOVEMBER NINE
$400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400
$800 $800 $800 $800 $800 $800
$1200 $1200 $1200 $1200 $1200 $1200
$1600 $1600 $1600 $1600 $1600 $1600
$2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000

[DC] “In the 80s Runner-Up Anagrams category, we’re looking for players who finished second in the WSOP Main Event in the 1980s. Pierce, since you’re in third place, you get to select.”

[PB] “Catch Phrases for 400, please.”

PASS THE SUGAR

[DC] “Carter.”

[CH] “Who is Joe Hachem?”

[DC] “Good on you.”

[CH] “NBC Heads-Up 12.”

THIS DANCING WITH THE STARS CHAMPION RUSHED PAST DAVID WILLIAMS IN THE FIRST ROUND IN 2011

[CH] “Pierce.”

[PB] “Who is Emmitt Smith?”

[DC] “Yes.”

[PB] “Catch Phrases for 800.”

ALL YOU CAN EAT, BABY!

[DC] “Carter.”

[CH] {Wipes sweat from his brow after having pressed his buzzer a thousand times during the show.} “Who is Men Nguyen?”

[DC] “Indeed.”

{Adam and Pierce barely stay alive to get to Final Jeopokerdy!, so all that remains is to see how much Carter will add to his winnings.}

[DC] “Today’s Final Jeopokerdy! category is:”

ROUNDERS

{Another commercial break lets the players jot down their Final Jeopokerdy! wagers.}

IN THIS CASINO, MATT DAMON’S CHARACTER, MIKE MCDERMOTT, GOES TOE TO TOE WITH JOHNNY CHAN, BLUFFING HIM OUT OF A POT WITH RAGS

{The Jeopokerdy! song plays as the contestants write down their final questions.}

[DC] “Pierce, you wrote… ‘What is the Taj?’. That’s right! And your wager was… $1,800, doubling your total to $3,600 and moving you into second for the moment.”

[DC] “Adam, you put down ‘What is the Taj Mahal?’. Good. Your bet of… $2,600 also doubles you up. You now have $5,200.”

[DC] “Carter, you answered ‘What is the Trump Taj Mahal?’ That was indeed the full name of the casino when it opened, and you wagered… $27,400. Added to your $32,600 brings you to a nice, round $60,000 and doubles your three-day total to $120,000! We’ll see you back tomorrow, Carter.”

[TV Announcer] “Jeopokerdy! is brought to you by THETA Poker Pro, the strongest, fastest, and most configurable Texas Hold ‘Em game in the App Store.

Footnotes:

  1. You can read through all 61 clues in the game quickly at my Jeopokerdy! page or play a game with one or more players with the Jeopokerdy Round and then the Double Jeopokerdy and Final Jeopokerdy Rounds (apologies for the incorrectly implemented Daily Doubles; BYOJeopardy only has one Daily Double in the Double Jeopokerdy round, and the Daily Doubles have their own categories instead of using the column’s category).

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Who Wants to Be a Poker Millionaire?

[Host Don March] “Welcome to the very first episode of Who Wants to Be a Poker Millionaire? We’d all like to build our poker bankrolls up to a million dollars, but our show’s contestants have a chance to do it much more quickly. Correctly answer a mere fifteen questions, multiple choice, no less, and you can walk away with an oversized piece of cardboard that says you’ve won a million dollars! You can’t cash it, actually getting the money will require more of your time in paperwork than the game lasts, and the government will want its share, but it’s all worth it in the end.”

[DM] “Millionaire has always been a natural fit with poker, especially as we’ve returned to the original primetime Millionaire rules. The payout ladder looks like a blind schedule, with the stakes increasing as the event goes on. The game is like a freezeout at first, since busting out leaves you with nothing. But later on it’s also like a ring game where you can cash out whenever you want.”

[DM] “I’m sorry if you were hoping we’d bring back the Fastest Fingers contest. Some of these poker players can do chip tricks like you would not believe, so I’m not trusting them not to game a Fastest Fingers round. Nope, the contestants you’ll see here have earned their way onto our show by winning incredibly complicated preliminary rounds using just their brains, their cell phones, and their right pinky toes. And maybe we really liked their backstories. Hey, we’ve got ratings to worry about; you worry about your own problems.”

[DM] “So, without further further ado, from India via Parsippany, New Jersey, please give a warm welcome to Jagadeesh Visthunaisamy, who totally made my day when he told me I could simply call him JV!”

{Applause dies out as Jagadeesh settles into the hot seat.}

[DM] “JV, how does it feel to be the first contestant on a brand new game show that may not make it past the end of sweeps week?”

[JV] “It’s totally cool. I’ve always wanted to be a Bollywood star, but Hollywood will have to do.”

[DM] “Uh, you do know we’re in New York City, right? Actually, to save production costs, the studio was moved a few blocks into Harlem. We’ve already lost a few people on the streets, but hey, we need to do what we can to thin the contestant herd.”

[JV] “The Big Apple is great! Reminds me of my little hometown of Mumbai, the City of Dreams.”

[DM] “I’m glad you’re already used to the overcrowding, noise, and pollution… I hope you’ve been dreaming about correctly answering fifteen increasingly difficult questions. You have three lifelines to help you out: Fifty-Fifty, Ask the Audience, and Phone-a-Friend. Are you ready to play Who Wants to Be a Poker Millionaire?”1

{Jagadeesh gives two thumbs up.}

[DM] “For $100:”

What Texas Hold ‘Em starting hand is nicknamed “Snowmen”?
A: Pair of Threes B: Pair of Eights
C: Pair of Jacks D: Pair of Kings

[JV] “That question makes me feel like set-mining… with my Pair of Eights.”

[DM] “And you hit your set for $100! Nice start. For $200:”

What casino hosted the entire World Series of Poker from 1970 to 2004 and the end of the Main Event in 2005?
A: Binion’s Horseshoe B: Dunes
C: Sands D: Stardust

[JV] “They had that million-dollar horseshoe, which might be an auspicious omen for me. Binion’s. Final answer.”

[DM] “That’s a ringer for $200! On to your $300 question:”

What poker player is nicknamed “Clever Piggy”?
A: Allen Cunningham B: Daniel Negreanu
C: Jason Mercier D: Jonathan Little

[JV] “I love wordplay. For example, my last name anagrams to ‘Humanity Visas’.”

[DM] “Don’t you think you might have made a bad career choice becoming a programmer then?”

[JV] “I try to use my visa as much as I can. And my Visa card, too.”

[DM] “And I take it, you’ve already discovered the answer to the $300 question?”

[JV] “Allen the Cunning Ham. Final answer.”

[DM] “Shrewd answer. You’ve got yourself three Franklins. Next up, for $500:”

Whose Fundamental Theorem of Poker first appeared in print in 1983?
A: Amarillo Slim Preston B: Dan Harrington
C: David Sklansky D: Mike Caro

[JV] “Well, I’ve read books by all of them except Preston, and Sklansky’s definitely one of my favorite poker authors. He’s the guy. C. Final answer.”

[DM] “Fundamentally correct. You’ve won $500. Remember, if you miss this next question, you go home with squadoosh.”

[JV] “Can I have the hot seat as a consolation prize if I get it wrong? As much as I like my Herman Miller Aeron, this chair totally rocks.”

[DM] “Actually, it’s not a rocking chair, but I get what you mean. We still need it, but when this show crashes and burns, look for it during our going-out-of-business sale. Now, for $1,000:”

How many times does a player need to bust his or her opponent to capture the NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship?
A: 5 B: 6
C: 7 D: 8

[JV] “It’s set up like the NCAA Final Four tournament before they added those silly play-in games, so that’s six rounds… But wait, the Heads-Up finals are best of three, so that’s seven games instead of six. C. Final answer.”

[DM] “The check you take home today will now have at least four digits to the left of the decimal! To double your money to $2,000:”

What female was the last woman standing at the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event, busting out just one place after her boyfriend?
A: Amanda Musumeci B: Breeze Zueckerman
C: Erika Moutinho D: Leo Margets

[JV] “I remember watching that on ESPN. They were at the same table for a while, which caused a bit of a stir. The answer is C, Erika Sands nee Moutinho.”

[DM] “Mazel Tov! Erika and Doc Sands pocketed nearly a quarter million dollars each for finishing 29th and 30th. You can beat that all by yourself if you can answer eight more questions correctly here. For 4,000 smackeroos:”

What poker pro played two years in the Canadian Football League?
A: Doyle Brunson B: Jack Straus
C: Russ Hamilton D: T.J. Cloutier

[JV] “That’s a tough one.”

[DM] “Did you play sports growing up in India?”

[JV] “Yes, I played cricket. When I came to America, that helped me quickly pick up baseball.”

[DM] “Were you a hitter, like Jason Varitek or Joey Votto, or a pitcher, like Jose Valverde or Justin Verlander?”

[JV] “A pitcher. I wanted to be Johnny Vander Meer, who threw back-to-back no hitters, but ended up like John Van Benschoten, who had a career ERA over 9. Apparently, you’re not allowed to bounce the ball over the plate in baseball.”

[DM] “Fortunately, your hardball skills won’t be needed today. Which poker player do you think played football?”

[JV] “Brunson played basketball and ran track. Straus was a tall guy, so if he did any sports, it would have been basketball. Hamilton’s pretty big, so I suppose he could have played linebacker. But I’m pretty sure the answer is Thomas James Cloutier.”

[DM] “Is that your final answer?”

[JV] “I’ll go with Cloutier. Final answer.”

[DM] “Congratulations, JV! You’ve earned a promotion to the varsity! Cloutier played tight end for the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts, scored a touchdown, and even returned a kickoff. Onward to $8,000:”

Who was the first amateur to win the World Series of Poker Main Event?
A: Chris Moneymaker B: Hal Fowler
C: Mansour Matloubi D: Sailor Roberts

[JV] “Well, Moneymaker’s the obvious answer. He was the first online satellite winner to win the Main Event. I think Roberts was a pro. I don’t know anything about Matloubi, but if he was the first amateur winner, I’d expect him to be more famous. Fowler’s the one I’m wondering about. I recognize the name…”

[DM] “Did you have the chicken parm for lunch?”

[JV] “I’d like to use my Fifty-Fifty lifeline.”

[DM] “Computer, please remove two of the incorrect choices.”

Who was the first amateur to win the World Series of Poker Main Event?
A: Chris Moneymaker B: Hal Fowler

[JV] “Okay, that didn’t help at all. But I’ve read the Moneymaker book, and I can’t believe I wouldn’t know if he were the answer. By process of elimination, the answer must be Fowler. B. Final answer.”

[DM] “Elementary, my dear JV. You’ve got a thousand snowmen. For $16,000, risking seven thousand to win eight:”

What World Series of Poker Main Event champion turned to poker when he lost his job in the stock market crash of 1987?
A: Chris Ferguson B: Erik Seidel
C: Jim Bechtel D: Robert Varkonyi

[JV] “Jesus is a computer guy like me. Seidel might be right. Bechtel I barely remember. Varkonyi did something with money after going to MIT.”

[DM] “Probably made lots of it. I would have gone to MIT, but they wouldn’t even let me apply when I couldn’t spell it.”

[JV] “Seidel or Varkonyi. Let’s ask this incredibly smart audience here.”

[DM] “Okay, audience, please enter A, B, C, or D on your keypads, preferably not with your toes.”

{Audience voting sound effects play as the camera pans the crowd.}

8% 50% 12% 30%
A B C D

[DM] “Well, half the audience thinks it’s Seidel. Almost a third like Varkonyi. And the rest probably just hit the wrong button by mistake.”

[JV] “That’s good enough for me. Seidel. Final answer.”

[DM] “And the audience is right!”

{Jagadeesh waves to the audience in appreciation.}

[DM] “You have one lifeline left as you go for the guaranteed $32,000:”

What World Series of Poker Main Event winner’s eleven appearances on The Tonight Show during the following year greatly helped popularize poker?
A: Amarillo Slim Preston B: Doyle Brunson
C: Johnny Moss D: Puggy Pearson

[JV] “Well, that was before I started following the World Series of Poker.”

[DM] “That was before you were born.”

[JV] “Brunson’s been great for the game more recently, but I believe the first ambassador of poker was Thomas Preston. A. Final answer.”

[DM] “Pay the man, Shirley! You can’t walk out of here with less than $32,000 now. Here’s your $64,000 question:”

Who won the only World Series of Poker Main Event final table that was played outdoors?
A: Brad Daugherty B: Jack Straus
C: Jim Bechtel D: Stu Ungar

[JV] “A hundred degrees in the sun in Vegas. Who’s brilliant idea was that?”

[DM] “I voted against it, but do they ever listen to me? Actually, I heard it was only 98 degrees. I might even prefer to listen to that boy band in the air conditioning than play Hold ‘Em in the scorching heat.”

[JV] “I’m going to have to use my last lifeline.”

[DM] “Who would you like to call?”

[JV] “Vijay, my brother.”

[DM] “You’re JV and he’s Vijay? Is he your evil twin?”

[JV] “He’s my older brother, but he can be evil some of the time. After he taught me how to play Hold ‘Em, he won my allowance from me for four straight months.”

[DM] “Great to know there’s no sibling rivalry in your family. Please get me Vijay on Skype.”

[DM] “Vijay, Don March here on Poker Millionaire. Your little brother could use a little help from you. A little payback for all the money you took from him. You should see the question and four answers on your screen.”

[VV] “Yes, I see it. And I know the answer. But it’s gonna cost you, JV… Just kidding. It was Stu Ungar. The last hurrah of his life.”

[JV] “Thanks. I owe you.”

[VV] “You sure do.”

{Skype call ends.}

[DM] “Vijay sounded pretty confident that the answer was Stu Ungar.”

[JV] “I trust him. Stu Ungar. Final answer.”

[DM] “And you’re four away from the million, minus whatever Vijay collects for his services. For $125,000:”

What network was the first to broadcast the World Series of Poker Main Event on television?
A: ABC B: CBS
C: ESPN D: NBC

[JV] “ESPN didn’t even exist until the late 1970s. NBC has the Heads-Up championship now, but I don’t think they did any poker before that. ABC had the Wide World of Sports. And CBS had their Sports Spectacular. As much as poker would have fit in with ‘the agony of defeat’, I think I remember some old clips on YouTube from CBS, so I have to go with them. Final answer.”

[DM] “You’ve got your eye on the prize! You’ve won eight bits, eight really big bits. Now, for a cool quarter of a million dollars:”

What poker pro’s given first name is actually Thuan?
A: David Pham B: John Phan
C: Kenny Tran D: Scotty Nguyen

[JV] “Before the choices appeared, I was thinking of Tuan Le, but that wouldn’t be a $250,000 question, would it?”

[DM] “It will during celebrity week.”

[JV] “Thuan Pham. Doesn’t sound right. Thuan Phan. Almost exactly the same. Thuan Tran. That’s a tongue twister. Thuan Nguyen. Sounds like Gone With the Wind. And it sounds vaguely familiar. Scotty Nguyen. Final answer.”

[DM] “For the win! Well, for a quarter million bucks at least. Two more questions for the win… For half a million macaroons:”

Who was the first player to lose a million-chip pot at the World Series of Poker?
A: Bob Ciaffone B: Erik Seidel
C: Frank Henderson D: Humberto Brenes

[JV] “I know this one! Ciaffone is the guy who gave us Robert’s Rules of Poker. And while Erik Seidel was losing his job in 1987, Ciaffone was losing the chips that helped Johnny Chan win his first Main Event belt. Frank Henderson is the guy who eventually finished second, but it was Ciaffone who gave him the commanding heads-up lead. Bob Ciaffone. Final answer.”

[DM] “Bob, Bobby, Rob, Robby, Robert, Roberto, Right-o! You just won a half million dollars!”

{Don tantalizingly shows oversized cardboard check to Jagadeesh. Jagadeesh reaches up and pretends to grab for it but sits back down.}

[DM] “You probably haven’t even seen a million rupees before, but since this is the poker version of Millionaire, here’s what a million dollars looks like…”

{An assistant ostentatiously dumps a million dollars in stacks of bills onto a table on the set.}

[DM] “No lifelines left, but you can still walk away for half a million, which isn’t half bad. My ex-wife would know all about that. JV, are you ready for jubilant victory or will you be joylessly vanquished?”

[JV] “I’m ready to go for the jugular vein!”

[DM] “Then, for one million only slightly inflated U.S. dollars:”

Which California technology company was Barry Greenstein a key early employee of?
A: Adobe B: Autodesk
C: Sun Microsystems D: Symantec

[JV] “Sweet! I’ve got an Ace up my sleeve, since I’ve read Greenstein’s Ace on the River, so I know he worked for a California technology startup. The company was founded a couple years before he joined, but in 1984, the Robin Hood of Poker was writing word processing software for Symantec. Final answer!”

[DM] “Jagadeesh Visthunaisamy, you can buy all the antivirus software you want now, because you’ve just won a million dollars!!!”

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Poker Family Feud

[TV Announcer] “Coming Up Next: Poker Family Feud,… Who Wants to Be a Poker Millionaire?,… Jeopokerdy!,… and Wheel of Poker.”

[LL] “What station is this?” inquired Leroy the Lion. “The poker version of the Game Show Network?”

[RR] “Yep, it’s the Poker Game Show Network!” confirmed Roderick the Rock. “Our cable system has a gazillion channels, so I wasn’t totally surprised to find a channel with nothing but poker-themed game shows: PGSN, channel 8773.”

[LL] “So, poker player polls for Family Feud, poker trivia questions for Millionaire and Jeopokerdy, and poker-related phrases for Wheel?”

[RR] “I assume so. Haven’t seen most of the different shows yet, but that’s how all the ones I’ve watched have worked.”

{Theme song finishes playing.}

[Poker Family Feud Host Abe Chaplain] “Thanks for coming to our little soiree, everybody. From Las Vegas, Nevada, please welcome back our returning champions, the Munson family!… And from Santa Monica, California, it’s the Herringbone family!”

[AC] “The Munsons and Herringbones will be playing today to try to win over $20,000. I know, that’s less than Hoyle tips the bellhop, but we’re on a limited budget here.”

[AC] “Give me Hoyle and Stan, and let’s get the cards in the air, I mean, let’s get ready to rumble!”

[AC] “100 poker players were surveyed. Top 5 answers are on the board… Name an overused poker expression that you never want to hear again.”

{BUZZ! Abe looks at Stan Herringbone, who has buzzed in first.}

[SH] “That’s poker!”

[AC] “Show me ‘That’s poker!'”

{BING! The board shows “That’s poker!” for 16 points}

[AC] “That was the third most popular answer.”

[AC] “Hoyle, you can control the board if you can give me one of the top two answers…”

[HM] “Ship it!”

[AC] “Show me ‘Ship it!'”

{BING! The board reveals “Ship it!” for 23 points}

[AC] “Number two! Hoyle, you can play or pass.”

{ROUND 3, later in the show after the families have split the first two rounds}

[AC] “Denise and Ruiz. Come on down! You’re the next contestants on… Oops, sorry, wrong game show.”

[AC] “100 poker players were surveyed. Top 5 answers are on the board. Values are doubled… Name something that people do at the table that annoys you.”

[DM] “Complain about their bad luck.”

[AC] “Show me ‘Complain about their bad luck’!”

{BING! The board shows “Bemoan bad luck” for 76 points}

[AC] “That was the number one answer! Denise, you can play or pass.”

[DM] “We’ll play!”

[AC] “Okay, Rod, four answers left. Name something that people do at the table that annoys you.”

[RM] “Slow the game down”

[AC] “Show me ‘Slow the game down'”!

{BZZZ!}

[AC] “Sorry, that’s not on the board. First strike.”

{ROUND 4, later in the show after the Munsons have won the third round}

[AC] “Let me have Rod and Garrett. Wait, that didn’t come out right.”

[AC] “100 poker players were surveyed. Top 3 answers are on the board. Values are tripled… Name something you’d say after busting out of a tournament on a bad beat.”

{BUZZ! Abe faces Rod Munson.}

[RM] “!@#$%^&”

[AC] “Can you say that on this television network? Apparently, poker content only gets us a TV-PG rating, while ‘!@#$%^&’ would earn us a TV-MA, so that’s going to be bleeped out. Nevertheless, show me ‘!@#$%^&’.”

{BZZZ!}

[AC] “Sorry, ‘!@#$%^&’ is not on the board, or ‘@#$%^&!’ or ‘#$%^&!@’ for that matter. Garrett?”

[GH] “Well played, sir.”

[AC] “Why thank you. I love a man who appreciates my !@#$%^&-ing jokes.”

[GH] “No, I mean that’s my guess, ‘Well played, sir’.”

[AC] “I knew that… Show me ‘Well played’!”

{BING! The board has “Well played” for 39 points}

[AC] “The bronze medal is good enough. You can play or pass.”

[GH] “We’ll pass.”

[AC] “Okay, Munson family, if you can come up with the other two answers on the board, you’re today’s champion.”

[AC] “Camella, name something you’d say after busting out of a tournament on a bad beat.”

[CM] “Nice hand.”

[AC] “Show me ‘Nice hand’!”

{BING! The board shows “Nice hand” for 120 points}

[AC] “Numero uno. Just one more answer for the win. Mikhaela, name something you’d say after busting out of a tournament on a bad beat.”

[MM] “Um, how about ‘That stinks’?”

[AC] “Show me ‘That stinks’.”

{BZZZ!}

[AC] “That stinks. But it’s only one strike. You’re still ahead in the count. What do you have for us Hoyle?”

[HB] “I say this every time, well, except when I win, ‘Good luck, everyone’.”

[AC] “Show me ‘Good luck, everyone’!”

{BING! The board reveals “Good luck, everyone” for 96 points}

[AC] “And the Munson family has done it again. Thank you for playing, Harringbone family.”

{After a commercial break}

[AC] “For our fast money round, we asked 100 poker players and tallied their responses. Please put 20 seconds on the clock. Hoyle is safely out of sight and sound; Rod, you get to go first.”

[AC] “Name the hole cards that you’re most likely to bust out of a tournament with.”

[RM] “Aces.”

[AC] “Name your least favorite World Series of Poker Main Event champion.”

[RM] “Jamie Gold.”

[AC] “What is the most times you’ve reentered a rebuy tournament?”

[RM] “Five.”

[AC] “Name the most obvious way to tell that a player is bluffing.”

[RM] “He won’t look you in the eye.”

[AC] “Name your favorite Hold ‘Em starting hand.”

[RM] “Aces.”

[AC] “Turn around, Rod. I said, ‘Name the hole cards that you’re most likely to bust out of a tournament with’, and you said, ‘Aces’.”

{BING! Board shows “Pair of Aces” for 52 points.}

[AC] “Number one answer. But you already knew that unless you flunked first grade math yesterday.”

[AC] “I said, ‘Name your least favorite World Series of Poker Main Event champion’, and you said, ‘Jamie Gold’. Smarmy guy, and I don’t even know what ‘smarmy’ means.”

{BING! Board shows 21 points.}

[AC] “I asked, ‘What is the most times you’ve reentered a rebuy tournament?’, and you replied, ‘Five’. Not your night, eh?”

{BING! Board shows 11 points.}

[AC] “I said, ‘Name the most obvious way to tell that a player is bluffing’, and you said, ‘He won’t look you in the eye’.”

{BING! Board shows 19 points.}

[AC] “And lastly, I said, ‘Name your favorite Hold ‘Em starting hand’, and you said, ‘Aces’. But didn’t you just say you always busted out with those? Oh, never mind.”

{BING! Board shows 32 points.}

[AC] “Number one answer. 135 points so far. Well done, Rod.”

[AC] “Hoyle, you’ve taught your son well. You only need 65 more points to be able to afford another couple Main Event buy-ins… You have 25 seconds. Are you ready?”

[HM] “I was born ready.”

[AC] “Name the hole cards that you’re most likely to bust out of a tournament with.”

[HM] “Pocket rockets.” {ATTT-ATTT!} “Cowboys.”

[AC] “Name your least favorite World Series of Poker Main Event champion.”

[HM] “Russ Hamilton.”

[AC] “What is the most times you’ve reentered a rebuy tournament?”

[HM] “Five.” {ATTT-ATTT!} “Six.”

[AC] “Name the most obvious way to tell that a player is bluffing.”

[HM] “He gets all quiet.”

[AC] “Name your favorite Hold ‘Em starting hand.”

[HM] “Ten-Deuce offsuit.”

[AC] “Turn around, Hoyle… I said, ‘Name the hole cards that you’re most likely to bust out of a tournament with’, and you said, ‘Cowboys’.”

{BING! Board shows ‘Pair of Kings’ for 21 points.}

[AC] “I said, ‘Name your least favorite World Series of Poker Main Event champion’, and you said, ‘Russ Hamilton’.”

{BING! Board shows 19 points.}

[AC] “I asked, ‘What is the most times you’ve reentered a rebuy tournament?’, and you replied, ‘Six’.”

{BING! Board shows 7 points.}

[AC] “I said, ‘Name the most obvious way to tell that a player is bluffing’, and you said, ‘He gets all quiet’.”

{BING! Board shows “Quiet” for 17 points and an updated total of 199 points.}

[AC] “And finally, I said, ‘Name your favorite Hold ‘Em starting hand’, and you said, ‘Ten-Deuce offsuit’.”

{BZZZ! Board shows 0 points. Audience groans.}

[AC] “Uh, Hoyle, we weren’t looking for your favorite hand, you know. But 199 points at five dollars a point gets you another $995. You guys are just going to have win a couple more pots in tonight’s cash game. Congratulations, and you’ll have another chance next time on Poker Family Feud!”

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