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Plinko's 40th Anniversary
« on: January 03, 2023, 01:26:30 PM »
On this day in 1983, The Price Is Right debuted its most famous and well-known game: Plinko.

While it does get mixed reactions within the Price community (like the all-Plinko disaster of a show back in 2013), one cannot deny that it has become a staple of the show. The game celebrated its 35th anniversary with a special playing in which the middle space became $35,000, and I'm somewhat surprised the show didn't do the same this year.
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Re: Plinko's 40th Anniversary
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2023, 03:33:36 PM »
Mercy! It doesn't seem like it has been on 4 decades already. Wow. This game has been very popular in a lot of people's hearts. Myself included.

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Re: Plinko's 40th Anniversary
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2023, 05:01:29 PM »
The game celebrated its 35th anniversary with a special playing in which the middle space became $35,000, and I'm somewhat surprised the show didn't do the same this year.

Well no, it wouldn't make much to have the middle slot be $35,000 on the 40th anniversary.  ;-)

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Re: Plinko's 40th Anniversary
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2023, 07:49:42 AM »
Plinko has been played on its anniversary six times since it's debut, 1985, 1991, 1996, 1997, 2013, and 2018. The eighth anniversary playing is perhaps the next most significant since it was the playing that was believed to have introduced its current color scheme. That said, even though there has never been a perfect playing on a TV version, two known perfectos for road shows still lead many to believe that the impossible is still possible. The home game that utilizes other pricing games to win chips is a very fun idea, and even the digital gambling platform Stake, with numerous configurations shows that there are many that are willing to risk for the big jackpot even if they have never seen a single show, let alone a taping. 
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Re: Plinko's 40th Anniversary
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2023, 01:35:10 AM »
I personally enjoy watching pinko but I do understand it is random and  even though possibly fun might not be the best game to play if you want to actually win. even though like we said before it is mixed it seems every time we think it will not work for this game it does. I was looking months ago on forum (I do not remember if it was here or on game show forum) and ran into one from the 2000s talking about if it it work as a game show (they were referring to a talk show that had it.) of course the person said it was just a segment but the Game show world somehow proved it does work apparently as 'the wall'. (I have been wanting to say something about the post but was not going to neo post.) I think it was called 'pinko as a show'. makes me wonder what will happen next.

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Re: Plinko's 40th Anniversary
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2023, 10:25:11 PM »
two known perfectos for road shows still lead many to believe that the impossible is still possible.
I find that interesting.  Is the road version the same height as the studio prop?  If it's shorter, I imagine it would be easier as there are fewer pegs for the chip to take a couple bad bounces away from center.
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Re: Plinko's 40th Anniversary
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2023, 08:28:10 PM »
I find that interesting.  Is the road version the same height as the studio prop?  If it's shorter, I imagine it would be easier as there are fewer pegs for the chip to take a couple bad bounces away from center.
Plinko follows a normal distribution when chips are dropped.  A shorter board would give the contestant an extra advantage because a normal distribution may not be possible, and I doubt the live show is willing to give away more money than whatís intended based on how the game was designed.  If anything, the board looks skinnier based on a random Google search, but that could be camera angle.

I think what helps the live show is that itís played more often.  The CBS version has 80-something games to rotate through, so Plinko may not get played except once every week or two.  Live show seems to have less games, but played more often.  If the CBS version played Plinko everyday, we may have seen a full win by now, but that would be boring seeing the same game everyday.

Getting 5 chips is also necessary for a full win; anything less makes it impossible.  Barker-era seemed to go easier on the pricing game portion because maybe they understood the odds were already low for a full win.  Carey-era, at least when he started, seemed to make the pricing portion very difficult, which threw any perfect-win scenario out the window.

The other thing is that, because it follows a normal distribution, placing chips in the center guarantees you the highest odds of winning the full amount but also the highest chance to walk away with $0.  A contestant may not wish to lose Plinko on national television and may opt instead to place their chips at the edges.  That increases their odds of winning something but decreases their odds of winning it outright.  You can easily see a contestant doing that if they place their first few chips in the center and hit 0ís.  Odds are, theyíre going for a corner next to at least try and walk away with something.
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