Presumably, it was around here when production on the concurrent Syndicated version with Bill Rafferty began. Most likely no St. Patrick's Day references in this episode. Sandy vs. Colette match is underway, and Sandy eventually defeats Colette. Robert defeats Geanne, who leaves with $4,600. New match begins with Teresa as Marinea's opponent. Daryl wins $5,200 on the Money Cards (total $5,400), New match between Daryl and Estelle begins, Daryl busts on the Money Cards (first bust of the run) (total $5,600). Bob acknowledges at the beginning of this episode that the show had given away over $90,000 the previous week.
Two contestants compete against each other just like the older versions of Card Sharks.
The Money Cards board consisted of seven cards on three rows; three cards were dealt on the bottom two rows, and one card was dealt on the top row. Each player cuts two decks, one for the match and one for the Money Cards in case they make it there.
In the final week, the top four winners (Rayburn, Cullen, Trebek, and Clark) faced each other with a $25,000 bonus (won by Trebek) going to the winner's chosen charity. Control of the board is determined by asking a survey question similar to the surveys done on Family Feud. The contestant then guesses whether the next (face-down) card in the row was "higher" or "lower"; if correct, s/he can continue to guess the next card after that and so on (if both cards were the same, the guess counted as incorrect). Marinea defeats Mitch, and continues her run at the Money Cards, where she wins $5,200. Terry defeats Diane, who leaves with $8,800. Louise defeats Carlous, who leaves with $1,600. Each contestant had a standard 52-card deck; the ace ranked highest and the deuce (two) ranked lowest. Donna wins $3,400 for a second time in a row on the Money Cards, by way of ANOTHER push on the Big Bet, this time involving double threes.
Carlous defeats Renee, who leaves with $6,500. NOTE: Version 2.0 of the closing theme (first rerecording) starts on February 17, 1986. Tammie now plays against new challenger Varoujan. Valerie defeats Dee, who leaves with $15,200.
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Mark wins $7,000 on the Money Cards (total $7,200).
Dee defeats Diane, and wins $3,600 on the Money Cards. Card Sharks originally ran from 1978 to 1981 on NBC, 1986 to 1989 on CBS, and 2001 in syndication.
Ed plays a very short Money Cards - and busts with just two cards! The road to glory and riches begins with two players facing off in a head-to-head elimination race where the winning player claims a $10,000 cash prize and a chance to turn that amount into a life-changing payday. Upon reaching the final card, the contestant was required to wager at least half of their earnings; there was an occasional "25" or "75" at the end if a contestant had, at minimum, $50 or $150. There, contestants must guess if the next card is higher or lower than the previous one.
Jade defeats Teresa, who leaves with $18,300.
Cyndi wins another $2,800 on the Money Cards (total $8,800), Cyndi's new challenger, Susan, is visually impaired, and has a guide dog on the set named Dorsy (who also wears a nametag!).
Arnetta defeats Bill, who exits Studio 33 with just $300. Judy defeats Dennis, but wins only $300 on the Money Cards (Total: $500). Version 2.0 of opening theme starts this episode, and heard for the remainder of the series. Hosted by Joel McHale, Card Sharks is a suspenseful game, where a fortune can be won on the turn of a single playing card!