Run time
30 Minutes
Tom Campbell

Gambit (1985) was an unsold game show pilot. It was similar to that of the future Catch 21.

Game FormatEdit

Main GameEdit

This version featured three contestants to start the show, but the objective is that same. The object of the game was that of blackjack: come as close to 21 as possible without going over (or "busting"). As in blackjack, the cards 2 through 10 were worth their face value; face cards (Kings, Queens and Jacks) counted as 10 and an Ace could count as either 1 or 11.

Round 1Edit

In round one, each player was dealt a "free card" to start off. Then, host Campbell asked a series of multiple choice toss up questions. Answering a question correctly won the right to either take the next card or pass it off to an opponent. This process continued until either a player reached 21 or a player went over. Either way, the winner of the first round won a bonus prize, and the player in second place was allowed to continue on. The player who either bust or had the least amount of points was eliminated.

Round 2 (Beat the House)Edit

In round two and just like before, a free card was dealt to both players and to a rack next to Tom. Again, players would be asked multiple choice questions and correct answers earned control of the card. However, in this round, a player not only had to beat their opponent, but also the "house" (the hand managed by Campbell). The house would take a card if it had 17 points or fewer, but would never pass a card to a player. If a player reached 21 or beat both the house and the opponent, s/he wins the game and moved on to the bonus. If the house beat both players, Campbell asked a sudden death question to determine the winner.

Bonus Round (Double Blackjack)Edit

The player would play two separate hands of blackjack, starting with a free card in each. One at a time, the player would draw cards off of the deck and place them into either of the two hands. The player won $25 a point per card on the board. Getting a single 21 won a special prize (a trip to Holland on the pilot), and getting a double 21 was also worth a new car.

See AlsoEdit

Gambit (1979)
Las Vegas Gambit
Gambit (1990)

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