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Hosts
Jeff Maxwell & Debbie Sue Maffett
Model
Cynthia Brooks
Announcer
Don Helvey
The Dealer
Tom Bronson as "Dirty Harry"
Broadcast
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Syndication: 9/7/1987 - 10/2/1987
Packager
Knight Productions

"Welcome to Shopper's Casino, the game show where everybody wins. You, the home shopper, could save up to 40% on the items offered. And now, our hosts, Debbie Maffett and Jeff Maxwell!"

Shopper's Casino was a short-lived home-shopping game that is generally considered to be one of the worst and most bombastrous disasters ever made.

Gameplay[]

Two contestants compete in a series of casino games for points and prizes.

Game #1: Blackjack[]

The object of the game is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over, which is considered a bust. Standard casino Blackjack rules apply. Ties went in favor of the contestant(s).

Game #2: Roulette[]

The contestants bet "odd", "even", "red", or "black" (no exact numbers). Should the ball land on 0 or 00, the point value was doubled and the winner got another spin.

Game #3: Chuck-a-Luck[]

Chuck-a-luck is a casino game played with three dice inside a spinning cage. The contestants wagered if the total number would either be "12 or more" or "9 or less". (It is not known what happened if the result was 10 or 11.)

The above games were played twice each, and winning a game awarded a prize and its value in points (rounded down to the nearest dollar in all cases). There was also a Bonus Bell which, when it went off, doubled the point value for the current game. The player with the most points went on to the Big Wheel.

Bonus Round: Big Wheel[]

The winning contestant spun a wheel consisting of various colored spaces. Whatever color it landed on awarded the player its corresponding prize.

Home Viewer Interaction[]

The prizes the contestants played for were also available to viewers, who could purchase the item at a discounted price by calling the displayed phone number.

There was also a phone game where a viewer would play a few games by phone and possibly win prizes, with Jeff or Debbie making the bets for him/her. This was a source of contention among those who remembered watching the show, as they claimed the "home viewer" in one episode was too clear to have been speaking by phone and was very likely in the studio. The existing episode appears to confirm that this was the case.

Music[]

John Veith

Stations[]

Boston - WHSH
Chicago - WGBO
Dayton - WRGT
Philadelphia - WPHL
Grand Rapids - WUHQ
Rochester, NY - WUHF
San Francisco - KICU
Portland, OR - KPDX

Rating[]

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Inventors[]

Maryse & Bob Knight

Trivia[]

Host Jeff Maxwell, played Igor Straminsky (or Private Igor) from the TV series M*A*S*H.
Hostess Debbie Sue Maffet was a model on the unsold pilot Lucky Numbers hosted by the late Alex Trebek in 1985.
The show's airing frequency was apparently left to individual stations to decide, with all known examples ranging between 2-4 times per week.

Links[]

Shopper's Casino induction at Game Show Garbage
Shopper's Casino @ Terrible TV Shows Wiki

YouTube Videos[]

The full September 7, 1987 premiere (Maryann vs. Rich)
Another copy of the above episode (has complete opening but no commercials)

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