Three contestants one a returning champion competed in this game of strategy. The game consisted of two rounds, each with two parts. In the first part of each round, host Tomarken read a toss-up question; the first to signal is given a chance to answer. That response, plus two other possible answers are then listed, with the other two contestant then given a chance to choose from the three listed answers. A correct answer earned the first contestant three spins and his/her opponents one spin each. Four such questions were played; the players used the spins to accumulate cash and prizes on an 18-space board. One contestant at a time is in control of the board; he/she stopped a randomly-flashing cursor by pressing his signal device (and usually the scream "STOP!"). The contestant wins whatever appears in the lit space a cash amount, a prize, perhaps an extra spin or other action space ... or it could be a Whammy, which caused the contestant to lose all he/she had accumulated in that ... Written by
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The theme used in the show's pilot is titled "Flash", composed by Keith Mansfield. The series theme is a loosely-based remix, composed by Lee Ringuette and credited to Score Productions. See more »
[commenting on a game in which all three players had $0 at the end of the show]
For the first time in the history of "Press Your Luck," all three players come back next time!
[referring to one contestant]
And Joe, it's all your fault!
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For as long as I can remember, this was one of my all-time favorite shows. I used to get a big laugh out of the Whammies taking all the contestant's money because each Whammy had a different look and said something really funny. One that always sticks out in my mind was the Whammy that was dressed like Elvis and how he broke his hip dancing. That was a hoot! I even used to do the whole "c'mon, big bucks, c'mon, big bucks" routine along with a contestant, much to my mom's annoyance 'cause this was pretty much at the bottom of her list of favorite shows. I'm just glad that it's found a home on Game Show Network where a whole new generation can hope that they won't lose all their money.
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