Posted Nov 18th 2013 5:00PM
The Price is Right is well known for giving away automobiles as prizes. Whether for a well-placed Plinko chip or expertly valued Showcase Showdown, the allure of free cars has always been strong for this television game show going on its 42nd season.
Now hosted by comedian Drew Carey, The Price is Right is giving away dream cars all this week, significantly upping the ante from its usual four-wheeled fare with prizes like the Audi R8, Porsche 911, Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible, BMW 640i Convertible and Jaguar XK Convertible. Contestants will play a pricing game to win one, though the show is keeping secret which games will be played to win each dream car.
We also don't know which days of the week each car will be given away, so if you arrive at the show's studio in Hollywood tomorrow hoping to win the R8, you may wind up with an XK. All we know is that the Porsche 911 was today's dream car (and wasn't won), so that car's out of the running for the rest of the week.
You might need some help preparing to collect your dream car, so we found this excellent piece on Deadspin about how to score a seat on Contestants' Row. The secret to hearing Rod Roddy call you to come on down is acing your pre-show interview with the producers. Being over the top with enthusiasm appears to be the proven key.
Next, you'll need help winning, and for that we turn to Slate, which published a guide last week that uses game theory to help you win the show's pricing games. Sadly, Plinko is not one of the guide's 71 pricing games that benefits much from game theory – you just really have to know your prices, which in this case isn't hard since you're only after one of five prizes. You can look up their MSRPs on AOL Autos for help with that. But for other pricing games, using Slate's guide will give you a significant advantage, and in the case of a game like Now and Then, success is guaranteed 100 per cent of the time. Good luck!