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Game Shows and the Gambling Commission

annerimmington
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Game Shows and the Gambling Commission

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2113217/Deal-No-Deal-faces-Gambling-Commission-probe-TV-game...
Let`s face it there aren`t many game shows that DO involve an element of skill.   I can think of only a handful including Countdown (is that classed as a game show), Weakest Link and The Chase (the chasers providing the skill)  where the contestants are supposed to have  good general knowledge (but judging by some of the contestants I would say that is debatable)!!!       I couldn`t imagine my teatime Deal or No Deal being taken off air - I`m addicted to it  Sad      Quite possibly the worst game show (and hopefully it won`t be returning) is Red or Black - whoever came up with that idea needs sacking (I did hear it was Simon Cowell ?)
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Midnight_Caller
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Re: Game Shows and the Gambling Commission

I would have thought that veas Game shows would have a gambling licence, if thay do not have a gambling licence it is Time to call Time on veas Game shows.
198kHz
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Re: Game Shows and the Gambling Commission

Since a contestant can only leave the studio richer, but never poorer, I fail to see what business it is of the gambling commission.  Crazy
Not young enough to know everything
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Re: Game Shows and the Gambling Commission

@4C I have to agree with you there.  People poking their noses in where they are not wanted.
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Re: Game Shows and the Gambling Commission

Surely, gambling implies that a contestant would need to pay for a stake at odds in the outcome of the show. I suppose dedicated gamblers may be tempted to have a go but I suspect there would be few who would take part under those circumstances. Contestants who "gamble" winnings they have won during the course of the programme** would not be in the same position since they started with nothing and the worst they can do is return to their status quo.
** "Play your cards right" being an example. But there are others. 
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Re: Game Shows and the Gambling Commission

If what I read in the Sunday papers is to believed (!) the "logic" was along the lines that the DOND contestant chose a box containing the promise of an unknown amount  at random but then "gambled" that.
I don't accept that TV game shows totally lack skills. Some require a lot more than others but even multiple choice when one doesn't know the answer can utilise some skill in estimating the more probable answer.
There is no skill in winning a prize in DOND (at least 1p is guaranteed). There is skill in evaluating whether the banker's offer is a good one given the amounts yet to be revealed.
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Looks like another quango suitable for being scrapped by Mr Cameron has just brought itself to light  Crazy
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