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Anyone who's ever dreamed of being part of a game show will have a chance to be a contestant this weekend, when every participant will win and one person might take home $100,000.

Tickets are available for "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows," an interactive show at the Deadwood Mountain Grand on Saturday that combines the best game shows of all time while welcoming 40 audience members on stage. In addition, those over the age of 55 are offered two free tickets to the show.

The show will blend elements of "The Newlywed Game," "Let's Make a Deal," "Card Sharks," "The Gong Show," "Name That Tune," "Love Connection" and "Family Feud." Every audience member will have a chance to be a contestant, every contestant will take something home, and there will be a shot at a $100,000 grand prize. As an added bonus, legendary "The Newlywed Game" host Bob Eubanks will run the show.

"I'm having way more fun with this than you're supposed to have at my age," said Eubanks, 78. "My theory in life is you have to take what you know how to do and apply it somewhere else, and nobody's gonna call me at my age, so we put this together."

Eubanks said that the event started as a different game show in the '80s in Branson, Mo., eventually moving to Las Vegas, and that it was brought back three years ago for shows at 15 to 20 casinos every year. Eubanks added that events like "Name That Tune" are tailored to every city, and that questions are funny, clean, and enjoyable for all contestants.

"Once you get dirty, there's only one place to go, and it's to get dirtier," Eubanks said. "On 'The Newlywed Game,' we pushed the envelope, but we never got dirty. I feel you don't have to do that. The show can be entertaining without it."

During the show's 1960s and '70s heyday, Eubanks learned that a good game show host listens and makes something out of what they hear from the contestants.

"A lot of comedians are thinking of the next funny line, where the host uses other people's words," Eubanks said. "You make something out of that. I figured out people don't want to know about you. They want you to know about them. Once I took myself out of the equation and made it about the couples, the show got funnier."

Eubanks did say that there were exceptions, citing Howie Mandel on "Let's Make a Deal" as a superlative comedian-turned-host. He also said that game show hosts are better suited to some shows than others.

"I couldn't do 'Jeopardy!' if my life depended on it," Eubanks said. "But I don't think Alex Trebek could do 'The Newlywed Game.' For that you need a rascal. Bob Barker was a rascal. I'm a rascal. Pat Sajak could be a rascal. I don't think Alex could be a rascal. But he's great on 'Jeopardy!'"

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Eubanks will be a happy rascal looking for 40 contestants in Deadwood, where he says questions like "What's your husband's most annoying habit?" play as well as anywhere else.

"I've discovered that all people can be funny," Eubanks said. "Sometimes shy people are funny, in-your-face people are funny. More than anything else, we want enthusiasm from contestants. If you want to be one, we want you to be one. One of them has a chance to win $100,000, and boy would we love to see them win it."

With all of that enthusiasm in the room, Eubanks said he'll be glad to make people laugh onstage and in the audience, his favorite part of hosting over 50 years.

"Ray Charles had a saying, 'I sing for free, they pay me to travel,'" Eubanks said. "Traveling is a pain in the patoot. Once I'm there, it's a kick in the pants. It's as far away from 'work' as it can be."

Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or at the Deadwood Mountain Grand casino. For more information, call 877-907-4726.

Contact Max B. O'Connell at 394-8427 or max.oconnell@rapidcityjournal.com

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