February 7, 2016

The Price is Right at Mystic Lake Casino

The Price is Right at Mystic Lake Casino
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for February 7, 2016

My old co-worker, Nicole, had an extra ticket for the Price is Right at Mystic Lake Casino and asked me if I'd like to go with her along with her and her brother and sister-in-law.  I said "Sure."  So on Friday night, we showed up 3 hours early to hopefully get the chance to have our names called to "Come on Down!"

Turns out, we weren't the only ones who wanted the chance to go on stage.  We ended up being among more than 2000 people in the audience and only 30 or so people had a chance to win prizes.  Still probably better odds than actually winning money at the casino.

We had plenty of time to kill before the show started since we showed up so early and claimed seats in the front row.  I made a new friend named Sheena who is a bar manager at a nice place in Hudson.  She didn't get on stage either, but we both had fun rooting on those who did.

This guy kicked off the show and played the Johnny Olson role of calling people to "Come On Down!"  I really would like to figure out where he buys his suits.

This nice lady did all the hard work during the games including flipping signs and moving the prizes around the stage.  I think she should have received more credit for being the true star of the show.

But this is the guy who was billed as the star of the show.  His name is Todd Newton and he is the actual host of Whammy on the Game Show network.  He was pretty funny and a good host, even if he didn't call me on stage to win anything.

The audience was totally into it.  It was fun watching people freak out and run down to the stage after their name was called.

They had a bunch of the games from the TV show, although the prizes weren't quite as lucrative.  This lady won $500.00 for punching her hand through some paper circles.

This lady was pregnant and won an espresso set.  Not sure if that will be good for the baby or not, but it's probably worth a shot.

This guy didn't have much luck with Cliffhanger sending the little dude plunging to his death rather than winning anything.

The big wheel looked like the same one on the show, although you didn't win $1000.00 on the first spin.  You had to hit it twice to win the big prize which kind of screwed this guy:

This guy was called out for being in a relationship for 5 years without being married.  The host called his girlfriend on stage who then revealed they have 6 kids living with them as well.  I'm sure she was pretty happy when he putted the ball into the hole and won them a brand new washer and dryer.  That's much better than a wedding ring at this point anyways.

Plinko appears to be the most popular game so they saved it for the end.  This guy did pretty good hitting the $500.00 slot on his first plink and won a few hundred more after that.

The showcase showdown is pretty much the same as on the TV show, although it's harder to win the car.  The bicycle and a trip to Las Vegas went to the winner who was closest to the total value without going over.  But she had to be within $100.00 to win the car and other prizes.  She wasn't unfortunately for her, but it looked like she got a nice bicycle.  

All in all, it was a pretty neat show.  Would I go again?  I doubt it. But it was fun to see once.

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