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Split Decision was a super-confusing pricing game which offered a car and a three-digit prize worth between $300 and $999.

GameplayEdit

  • The contestant was shown a row of eight digits, which represented the five-digit price of the car and the three-digit price of the other prize. The prices were in order within the string, but not necessarily side-by-side, so the contestant had to pull three digits down from the first row to leave the car's price in the top row and the other price in the bottom row. Doing so won both prizes.
  • The contestant was given a 20-second time limit in which to attempt to find the correct prices. When the clock started, the contestant had to pull three numbers from the top row down and press a button to stop the clock. The prices were checked, and if they were not correct, the numbers were reset, and the clock was started again for the contestant to repeat the process. If the contestant did not find the correct prices when the clock hit zero, they did not win the prizes.
  • The clock was removed from the game on May 24, 1996 (#9995D), and the contestant was instead simply given three chances to guess the correct prices. After only two playings under this format, the original format returned on June 5 (#0023K) and lasted until the game was retired.
  • Toward the end of the game's life, if the contestant did not pull down the three correct digits for the smaller prize, Bob Barker left the digits as they were and did not reset them. This proved to help the contestants more than starting from scratch and resulted in a slightly better win percentage before the game's retirement in 1997.

HistoryEdit

  • November 21, 1995 (#9742D) was the time that Split Decision received its first win.
  • One notable playing occurred on May 16, 1996 (#9984D). During that playing, two numbers fell off their markers (the second on the last attempt) and during one attempt the clock froze. After the first number fell off, Barker attempted to replace the number. When that failed, he threw the number out onto the stage to laughter. Unfortunately, the game ended in a loss. The clock also froze once on the first playing and on one playing from April 8, 1996 (#9931D).
  • Another playing occured on November 18, 1996 (#0141K) where contestant Teresa was confused on how to play this game, pulling down four numbers and trying to get help from Bob on pushing one number back, spending 16 seconds on her first attempt. She did, however, manage to win the game.

TriviaEdit

  • The most number of times this game was played in any season was 26.

RetirementEdit

  • Split Decision was retired due to its confusing rules. Throughout its one and a half seasons in the rotation, the game's win ratio was 50%. For the time that it appeared, the game was played more frequently than Any Number, another game that uses the same prize combination; however, unlike Any Number, both prizes can be won.

Foreign versionsEdit

  • On the UK's Bruce's Price is Right, it was played using seven numbers as it was played for a four-digit car and a three-digit prize. In this version, the top price represented the three-digit prize and the bottom price represented the car; therefore, the contestant had to pull the four numbers down in the price of the car.

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