|It’s the television card game that everyone can play ...|
| William Sydnor Jr. provided the
|| Art James and Mary Lou Basaraba
were the hosts of this Canadian game show in the early 1980s. It
was distributed in Canada by CTV and in the United States by
Metromedia. I am trying to port this game to either TNT
Basic or Stencyl.
Two contestants, a man and a woman, competed in three rounds to build the best possible poker hands using a standard Anglo-American deck of 52 cards. Only 16 cards were in play in each round. In this poker variant, straights and flushes were not considered valid hands. The payouts were:
The first round was called “Five-Card Draw”. At the start of the round, four of the 16 cards were shown briefly to the contestants. Each player, in turn, called three cards. Finding a pair or better allowed the player to keep those cards and try to complete the hand.
The second round was one of the following:
The third round was “Wild Card”. This round added one to three jokers to the deck, making five of a kind possible, again paying off at $300.
Whenever a card was exposed, the player in control had to make a decision: Accept the card and continue playing, or reject the card and let the opponent play. Play continued like this until one player’s hand was completed. After this, the other player had to complete his or her hand at once with whichever cards he or she chose from those still on the board.
At the end of each round, the players received money for their hands, and the player with the better hand received a $50 bonus. Both players kept the money credited to them. The player with more money after three rounds advanced to the bonus round.
The Super Pay Cards! bonus round was played in three stages. In each stage, the player was shown a number of cards for the same number of seconds: stage 1, four cards for four seconds; stage 2, eight cards for eight seconds; stage 3, 12 cards for 12 seconds. Mary Lou held the same cards in her hand; the contestant picked a card and tried to remember its location on the board. Finding the chosen card was worth $50 at stage 1, $500 at stage 2 and $5,000 at stage 3.
| I have seen the following episodes of Super
Pay Cards! on YouTube:
Super Pay Cards! was produced by Nick Nicholson and E. Roger Muir in association with Champlain Productions. I do not know who owns the format at present.
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