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Ian Turpie
John Deeks
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Ian Turpie's Press Your Luck Board
Seven Network: 1987–1988
Grundy Organization

Press Your Luck was a short-lived Australian version of the American game show of the same name. It ran on the Seven Network for a brief period from 1987-1988, and was hosted by Ian Turpie with John Deeks as the announcer.


The game was played in two halves and each half had two parts. The first part was the Question Round and the second part was the Big Board.

Question Rounds[]

In the question rounds, Ian asked four questions one at at time. On each question the first contestant to buzz in had a chance to answer. The answer they gave became the first of three answers for their two opponents to choose from. A correct buzz-in answer was worth three spins while a correct multiple choice answer was worth one spin. In the event a contestant who buzzed in first ran out of time, that contestant had to sit out the rest of the question while the other two contestants played the multiple choice part of the question. In the event that no contestant buzzed in when time ran out, all three contestants played the multiple choice part of the question. 20 spins were available in each question round, but the highest one contestant could earn was 12 spins.

The Big Board[]

When the question round was over, the contestant island turned around for the contestants to see the big Press Your Luck game board. Sans-serif typefaces were used for all wording and numbers featured on the Board..

The board consisted of 18 squares with the show's logo in the centre. On the board were thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, plus Whammies. The contents of every square rotated every 0.7 seconds, as there were three slides in each square.

In the first round the contestant with the fewest spins went first while the contestant with the most money (or the contestant with the most spins if all three contestants tied at the end of round one) played last in round two. In either round in case of a two- or three-way tie, the contestant at far left went first.

The contestant in control of the board played as many of their spins as they liked. On each spin, lights around the game board's spaces flashed around the board, and the contestant stopped the board by hitting their button and by yelling "STOP!". When the board stopped, if the contestant hit a dollar value it was added to their score; if they hit a prize, it was credited to that player and its value was added to their score and that prize would be replaced with a new prize. If at any time the contestant hit a Whammy, they lost all their money up to that point, and hitting four Whammies took that contestant out of the game. Upon hitting a Whammy, a short cartoon was presented in which the Whammy would mock the contestant and take away their money in many ways possible; sometimes the cartoon would show the Whammy being crushed, flattened, hurt or otherwise humiliated in different ways. After the cartoon, a Whammy card would pop up in front of the contestant.

If a contestant Whammied out, their scoreboard was turned off and the remaining spins were discarded.

In the first round, if a contestant hit two Whammies, Ian always reminded that player of the danger of picking up a third Whammy (often suggesting they pass their remaining spins).

In addition to the cash and prizes, some of the cash squares on the board were paired up with extra spins ($???/$?,??? + ONE SPIN). Each time one of those squares was hit, the contestant's spin total was frozen and the money attached to that spin square was added to their money total.

At some point during a contestant's turn, if that contestant feared that they were about to run into the Whammy on the next spin and/or decided to stop pressing their luck, that contestant would pass their spins to the player in the lead, or if they were in the lead had to pass them to the second-placed player. If the other contestants shared the same score, the passing contestant would choose who would receive the spins. The contestant with the passed spins would have to take all the spins until they either hit a Whammy (at which point the remaining passed spins would be transferred from the Pass column to the Earn column) or had run out of those spins, and each time the passed contestant hit money plus a spin, the spin just played was transferred to the Earn column.

Special Squares[]

In addition to the cash (with and without additional spins), prizes, and Whammies, there were other squares on the board that affected gameplay.

  • Big Bucks – The most important square on the board always seen in square #12, which if hit, transferred that contestant to the amount showing on square number 4. This inspired the catchphrase, "Big Bucks, No Whammies."
  • Directional Spaces – Where the light around the square containing it would be moved to another square.
    • Go Back/Advance Two Spaces – Where the light moved two squares away from it/them.
    • Move One Space – The contestant had a choice between the two squares touching it.
  • Lose a Whammy or $200 + One Spin – So-called because whenever it was hit, the contestant had a choice to either add $200 and a spin to their money total or drop one of their Whammies. The earlier choice was completely important, and beneficial for contestants when they were in danger of whammying out of the game. Upon losing a Whammy, the appropriate Whammy card dropped back down into the contestant's desk.

The contestant with the most money at the end of Round 2 won the game. Championship players stayed on the show until they were defeated or won five days in a row, which won them a brand new car.

Board Layout and Values[]

The Big Board was laid out in a rectangular shape with eighteen lighted squares on the edge of the Board.

Round 1 had dollar values ranging from $30 to $490 (with some prizes exceeding the top amount), while Round 2 had dollar values ranging from $100 to $4,000.


For reference to the listed Round values, Square #1 is on the top-left of the board.

Square #1 Square #2 Square #3 Square #4 Square #5 Square #6
Square #18 Square #7
Square #17 Square #8
Square #16 Square #9
Square #15 Square #14 Square #13 Square #12 Square #11 Square #10

Round 1[]


  1. All slides listed below are in value order, then alphabetical order if a special square.
  2. Listed slides were used in all episodes except where noted otherwise (1987 Round 2 values are to be confirmed)
Square # Slide 1 Slide 2 Slide 3
1 $125 Move One Space Whammy
2 $215 $225 Prize
3 $65 $150 Whammy
4 $250 $350 $490
5 $100 Prize Whammy
6 $110 $240 Go Back Two Spaces (1987)
Lose a Whammy or $200 + One Spin (1988)
7 $150 Prize Whammy
8 $50 $100 $115
9 $115 $200 Whammy
10 $30 $175 Prize
11 $70 $210 Advance Two Spaces
12 $150 Big Bucks Whammy
13 $70 (1987)
$70 + One Spin (1988)
$100 (1987)
$100 + One Spin (1988)
14 $30 Move One Space Whammy
15 $200 $230 Prize
16 $50 $100 Whammy
17 $65 Prize Whammy
18 $30 + One Spin $65 + One Spin $100 + One Spin

Round 2[]

Square # Space 1 Space 2 Space 3
1 $350 Move One Space Whammy
2 $300 $410 Prize
3 $200 $400 Whammy
4 $1,000 + One Spin $1,500 + One Spin $4,000 + One Spin
5 $275 Prize Whammy
6 $350 $410 Lose a Whammy or $200 + One Spin
7 $400 Prize Whammy
8 $150 + One Spin $350 + One Spin $500 + One Spin
9 $100 $550 Whammy
10 $250 $395 Prize
11 $150 $400 Advance Two Spaces
12 $300 Big Bucks Whammy
13 $350 $400 Prize
14 $400 Move One Space Whammy
15 $200 + One Spin $300 + One Spin Prize
16 $100 $350 Whammy
17 $150 Prize Whammy
18 $150 + One Spin $450 + One Spin $750 + One Spin


Prior to this, there was an Australian version of Second Chance which was also based on a short-lived American version. The Australian version ran on Network Ten in 1977, and was hosted by Earle Bailey and Christine Broadway.


Based on the American game show of the same name by Bill Carruthers

YouTube Links[]

NB: Where full episodes or episode fragments are listed, the contestants' names are listed from left to right; the right-most contestant is the returning champion in that episode.

Short Promo for PYL with Ian Turpie
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ADS7 - Press Your Luck Promo
Press Your Luck promo (BTQ-7, 16/9/87)
Partial clip of contestant interviews - Sue (?) vs. Bruce vs. Denise
Full episode - Anna vs. Peter vs. Debra
Full episode - Nola vs. Mario vs. Anna (not the same Anna from the episode listed above)