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Card Sharks
Nice car for 1986!

AND, IF YOU PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT, YOU CAN WIN THIS BEAUTIFUL PONTIAC SUNBIRD CONVERTIBLE!

AND NOW, THE HOST ON CARD SHARKS,

BILL RAFFERTY!


BROADCAST HISTORY: Sep. 1986 - Sep. 1987, Syndicated
HOST: Bill Rafferty
CARD DEALERS: Lacey Pemberton, Susannah Williams
ANNOUNCER: Gene Wood
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jonathan Goodson, Chester Feldman
PRODUCER: Mimi O'Brien
DIRECTOR: Marc Breslow
SET DESIGNER: Dennis Roof
MUSIC: Edd Kalehoff
ORIGINATION: CBS Television City, Studio 33
PACKAGER: Mark Goodson Productions


Card Sharks is a game in which two contestants compete to clear a row of cards by predicting whether each card is higher or lower than the one that precedes it. This syndicated version was a companion to the CBS daytime version hosted by Bob Eubanks. Both shows were remakes of the 1978-1982 NBC daytime version, hosted by Jim Perry.
The Dealers!
The Contestants!


THE MAIN GAME

The two players each play from a regulation (though awfully large) deck of 52 playing cards (plus some extra prize cards). The champion plays the red deck; the challenger plays the blue deck. Five cards from each deck are dealt to their respective rows.
In order to control the board, the players must answer one of three types of survey questions: One player must give a numerical answer, and the other must predict whether the actual answer is higher or lower. If the second player is correct, he has control. Otherwise, the first player takes control.
The base card of the player in control is revealed, and he has the option of changing it with the next card off the top of his deck. He then predicts whether the next card is higher or lower. If incorrect, all overturned cards except the base card are removed, and his opponent gets to play her cards, but cannot change her base card. If correct, however, he may continue on to the remaining cards or freeze; if he freezes, his current card is protected and becomes his new base card. Play ends when either player freezes or if both players miscall. The empty spaces are filled with the next cards off the top of the decks, and another question is played.
Listen to a player run the board!
Also mixed in the deck are prize cards, including various prizes such as cash ($500), trips (Waikiki), and furniture (an oak day bed). Whenever one of these cards is discovered, it is removed and replaced with the next card from the deck, and play resumes as normal. A player can only win the prizes he discovered if he wins the match.
Game play continues until one player turns over all 5 cards in his row successfully. If no winner has been determined by that point, the fourth question becomes the "Sudden Death" question. Whichever player wins the sudden death question has the option to play his cards (with the option of changing the base card) or passing to his opponent (who cannot change). If a player completes his row, he wins the game and $100. If not, his opponent wins the $100. The second game of the 2-out-of-3 match is then played, and the winner also receives $100.
If necessary, a third tiebreaker game is played, with only three cards on each row and a maximum of three questions. Whoever wins the game goes on to the Money Cards for a chance to win up to $32,000 and a new car.


MONEY CARDS

The Money Cards were played like the cards in the main game, but the player was given money to bet. The player started with $200 on the first card, and played 3 cards. The final card in the row was moved up to the next row, and another $400 was given to bet with. Minimum bets were $50, and the final card on the second row was moved up to the top row for the Big Bet, where at least half the money must be wagered. The player had at his disposal three Change Cards; he could substitute any one card per line with any of the three Change Cards.
This table indicates the possible maximum winnings on each card
$16,000 $16,000 x 2 = $32,000
$1600 + $400 = $2000 $2000 x 2 = $4000 $4000 x 2 = $8000 $8000 x 2 = $16,000
$200 $200 x 2 = $400 $ 400 x 2 = $800 $800 x 2 = $1600
Shown here is Tami Wintrode, one of the more interesting (and spunky!) players on Card Sharks. I don't blame her for her bet, but what rotten cards!
$5,000 higher than the four?
NO!
Hidden in the Money Cards deck are three jokers (a fourth one is given free at the outset), and if they are found, they are used in the car game. In the car game, the player places the jokers on any of 7 cards, only one of which says "CAR". If a joker is placed on the card that says "CAR" the player wins the car. In any event, the player returns to meet a new champion.

If you have any questions, comments, contributions, suggestions, or corrections for the Bill Rafferty Card Sharks Page, please direct them to ccnelson@arn.net; your feedback is very much appreciated!

THIS IS GENE WOOD, SPEAKING FOR THE BILL RAFFERTY

PAGE,

A CALEB NELSON PRODUCTION


OTHER CARD SHARKS RESOURCES:
King Stylus's Card Sharks Page
David Livingston's Card Sharks Page
Some information is courtesy of The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows, Second Edition.
Sounds and pictures from "Card Sharks" are 1986-1987 The Card Sharks Company.
No challenge to ownership is implied.
Original content of this page 1998 Caleb Craig Nelson.
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