In its 1974—76 incarnation, High Rollers featured a game
board of consisting of numbers, with each digit connected to a prize. A simple question was read, and the first of two competing contestants to sound a buzzer during or after the reading and answer the question correctly got control of play (a wrong answer gave the opponent control). The controlling player could elect to roll a pair of dice to match a digit on the board and claim the prize attached to it. However, once a number was rolled, it disappeared from the board, and a future roll of it during the round caused a contestant to lose that round and any prizes accumulated to that point. The first contestant to win two rounds got to play a bonus round just involving rolling the dice to remove all digits. Ruta Lee was on hand to cheer contestants on. Nearly two years after its first cancellation, the show got a revival with modified rules. Now nine digits from 1 to 9 lined up in three columns on the board, with at least one column able to be "cleared" by a high roll of the dice (e.g.,
a column with numbers 2, 4, and 6 could be cleared with
the roll of 12, since they totaled that amount).
Any column with all three numbers removed won a contestant the prize(s) underneath it, with one prize added to a column for each round no contestant won, up to a maximum of five prizes per column. Other rules remained intact, and the top prize m the bonus round was $10,000.
The show also aired in a nighttime weekly syndicated
version in 1974—75 with Trebek hosting and Elaine Stewart rolling the dice, and in syndication again in 1987 with Wink Martindale as host.
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