Host: Alex Trebek, Wink Martindale
Models: Ruta Lee, Elaine Stewart, Leslie Uggams, Linda Kaye Henning, Becky Price, Lauren Firestone, KC Winkler, Crystal Owens
Announcers: Kenny Williams, Dean Goss
Produced by: Heatter-Quigley Productions (1978-80), Merrill Heatter Productions (1987-88)
In what is considered to be one of the biggest urban legends in the fandom, it is believed that Alex Trebek hosted the final 1980 episode of High Rollers under the influence. After considering some of the things he said during the course of the finale (Which included "Seven-ahhh!", "Stayin' alive with the Bee Gees", and "Many moon come - a niner"), it would hardly come as a surprise to us if it turns out he was sloshed during the last show.
Loogaroo Looks it Over
H-Q took their Gambit idea to the dice table, and wound up with a game that was actually better than Gambit. The Prize columns emphasized a more daring element to the competition, as it tempted players into knocking off small numbers to clear a column. Trebek (while sober) and Martindale both did a respectable job hosting.
There's one fault in each version that needs exposure, though. Near the tail end of the Trebek run, it appears that the prizes were swiftly becoming junkier and junkier. The prizes went from paintings and color TVs to African masks and musical dolls. And let's not forget the $10,000 fishbowl. The Martindale run suffered from horrible pacing - having different prizes for each game plus the mini-games occasionally played basically ground the show to a near halt. Some matches that were continued from the last show didn't even finish during the next episode!
Card Sharks (Trebek's version)
Gameplay: 3 pts.
Card Sharks (Wink's version)
Gameplay: 3 pts.