Show Info - 2000 Version
"Hello everyone, I'm Maury Povich. Welcome to the prime time return of one of the most controversial game shows in the history of television. Tonight, two contestants will step into sound-proof booths and battle for the opportunity to win the most money ever awarded on television. There is no limit as to how much you can win. In fact, our returning champion can literally take home millions and millions of dollars. So lets get started and make television history, with tonight's return of TWENTY ONE!"
With those words, the world was re-introduced to Twenty One. Just like in the 1950s, there are large amounts of money at stake. Winning $100,000 on Twenty One back in the 50s was quite an accomplishment, but today almost all Twenty One Contestants leave with at least that much money.
Isolated in soundproof booths, both players hear and speak only when instructed by the host to do so. Thus, he or she is unaware of his or her rival's score and must play a game of chance and intuition when deciding whether to continue playing.
A key difference between "Twenty One" and other game shows is that contestants can keep on playing, and keep on winning. The champion keeps winning money -- even multi-millions of dollars -- until he or she is defeated and retired by a challenger.
How the Game is Played
The Main Game
The object of Twenty One is to score 21 points as fast as you can. The contestant is given a category. Point values for questions range from 1, the easiest, to 11, the hardest. The questions have a number of multiple choice answers. The easier questions have 3 answers choices. The harder questions has 4 and even 5 choices. If the contestant answers the question correctly, those points are added to their score. If they answer incorrectly, they earn a strike. Three strikes and the contestant is out of the game. The contestant to score 21 points first is the winner. In the event that both contestants reach 21 points at the same time, a sudden death tie-breaker question will be asked to determine the winner.
Once per game, each contestant may take a "Second Chance" if they are stuck on a question, they may have their friend or family member join them on the show and help them answer their question. If they get it right, they earn the points. If they answer their "Second Chance" question incorrectly, they will receive two strikes.
After two rounds of questions, each player is given the opportunity to stop the game. If either player chooses to stop the game, the player with the higher score will win.
The Bonus Round
The winner of each game plays the Perfect 21 bonus round. The round consists of six True/False questions. The first correct answer is worth one point, the second two points, the third three points and so on. Each point is worth $10,000, so six correct answers will score 21 points (1+2+3+4+5+6=21) worth $210,000. After every correct answer, a player may stop and keep their winnings or play on. If they decide to play on and get one question wrong, they will lose all their winnings in the bonus round and the round is over. Players do not risk losing any money won in the main game when playing the bonus round.
Contestant winnings are based on the chart below:
If a contestant was to win seven games, they would play their eighth game for $25,000 and the cycle would start over.
A contestant's winnings are cumulative (For Example, A contestant wins 3 games. They would win $25,000+50,000+100,000=$175,000. That amount does not include any money that might have been won in Perfect 21!)
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