Spin-Off Information

Spin-Off is an American game show created and produced by Nick Nicholson and E. Roger Muir for CBS in 1975 that was based on the dice game Yahtzee. The series was hosted by Jim Lange and announced by Johnny Jacobs. The show replaced The Joker's Wild on CBS' daytime schedule and debuted on June 16, 1975, but was cancelled on September 5, 1975. Spin-Off originated in Stages 31, 33 and 41 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California.


Two couples, one pair being the returning champions, competed. The couples answered questions to spin a series of five "spinners" "? rapidly-changing eggcrate readouts that flashed numbers from 1 to 6 at the rate of 17 digits per second "? to build a Yahtzee-type hand.

With each correct answer, each spinner randomly flashed the numbers rapidly and were stopped by pressing a button. The couple could keep the hand shown, or reject some or all of the numbers and earn up to two opportunities to improve the hand (but must gain control with a correct answer). If the couple kept the hand, the opposing couple had one chance to better the hand. The couple with the top hand received one of the following payoffs:

Hand Award
One Pair $50
Two Pair $75
Three of a Kind $100
Straight $125
Full House $150
Four of a Kind $175
Five of a Kind $200 + bonus prize
The first couple to amass $250 (originally $200) won the game and advanced to the Super Spin-Off bonus round. Both couples kept their money and bonus prizes.

Super Spin-Off

In the Super Spin-Off, the winning couple had up to three tries to build the best hand possible. Couples had to work one spinner at a time, with up to three chances to change each number in sequence, but they could not go back and change numbers that were already frozen. Rewards were paid for higher hands:

Hand Award
One Pair $250
Two Pair $500
Three of a Kind $1,000
Full House $1,500
Four of a Kind $2,500
Five of a Kind $5,000
The $10,000 was only awarded for a consecutive straight. Any other kind of straight (e.g., 3-4-5-1-2) did not count, as it was not five consecutive numbers from left-to-right.

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