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    Hi-Low Game Show

    The Hi-Low Game Show is a fun, simple game that provides contestants with the opportunity to win big money by correctly guessing whether cards will increase or decrease in value. It has been played over the last several years at the different Isle of Capri Casinos, and Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk is set to play host to Hi-Low Game Shows the first three Fridays of June.

    The rules of the game are simple as players are provided with the first card and an amount of money right off the bat. They then need to guess if the next card to be overturned will be higher or lower than the previous one. Correct answers allow the player to continue and to keep winning money. Ties are awarded in the favor of the player, and aces are deemed to be the highest cards possible.
    Since there are exactly six cards below eight and six cards higher than eight, the optimal strategy is pretty simple if the most recent card that was overturn was not an eight. For example, if the card was a four, the next one would be higher in most scenarios. Meanwhile, if it was a king, the succeeding card will most likely be lower. However, you never know when an ace may follow a king or when a two will be on the heels of a three.
    If the first card that is presented is an eight, guessing higher or lower is a 50-50 proposition. However, if other cards had been played prior to that point, and they are mostly higher or lower, selecting the opposite direction is the right move.
    The Hi-Lo Game Show has existed in various forms over the last several decades. Two of these are related to poker: Seven-Card Stud High-Low and Omaha High-Low. These were developed in 1903 and the 1990s, respectively. The ultimate goal in these games is to get the best and worst hands possible. With straights and flushes allowed for the low, an ace-to-five hand is the best one possible. In fact, a straight flush ace-to-five hand would win both the high and low portions of the pot in nearly all cases.
    Additionally, a game show with the name, “High Low,” was broadcast live on NBC in 1957. On this show, three celebrities were asked to predict how many correct answers they would provide to a multiple-choice question. The contestant then decided whether he or she wanted to attempt to meet the high bid and triple their winnings or the lowest one and double them. If the player was successful, opportunities to keep playing or to step away were provided.
    The Hi-Low Game Show will take place at Black Hawk Isle from 5 to 10 p.m. on June 6, 13 and 20. Participants can win up to $1,000 apiece if several consecutive high-low selections are provided accurately.

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