Awantura o kasę
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|Awantura o kasę|
|Presented by||Krzysztof Ibisz|
|Theme music composer||Jan Cyrka|
|Country of origin||Poland|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||208|
|Running time||45 minutes (without adverts)|
|Original release||4 November 2002|
Awantura o kasę (Brawl about money) was a Polish game show hosted by Krzysztof Ibisz. It aired from November 4, 2002 to February 25, 2005 on the Polish station Polsat. In 2005 ATM Grupa sold a license of the format to New Zealand using the title Cash Battle.
Three teams compete: blue, green and yellow. Each team started the game with 5,000 zł. They bid on questions coming from categories chosen by a wheel spun by the host. The team that gave the highest amount of money to the pool answered the question. If their answer was correct – they took money from the pool; if they were wrong – the pool carried over to the next question. After six questions, the richest team moved to the second round. (If the last question was answered incorrectly, the team with the highest total automatically won the pool.) Each auction always began with 200 zloty being deducted from the team bank account to start with, and the teams began bidding from there.
A team automatically answered the question if they bet their entire bank account ("va banque"), or if their bid was higher than another team's total in their bank account.
A team who bid everything and answered a question wrong was automatically eliminated from the game. In the event this only left one team, the winning team automatically took all the money in the pool.
The New Zealand version used orange instead of yellow to mark the third team.
Some questions include audio and video clips to accompany the question.
End of Round
All teams go home with any money in their bank account if they have any money.
The team that won the first round and the team that won the prior episode (Champions) played using similar rules. The Champions team began the round with the score that won first round on their first episode.
The team with the highest score won the game and would play in next episode as Champions. They remained on the show until they were defeated.
Passing of the Hats
The Champions team always wore traditional graduation cap and gown outfits. When a challenging team won a match, the departing Champions traditionally took off their hats and placed them on the heads of the new Champions.
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- Hint (only in the first round)
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It includes 4 possible variants of answers, of which 1 is correct. After choosing category "Hint", hint can be bought on auction (but unlike other auctions, money bid by teams was removed from play instead of being added to the pool). A hint could also be bought after reading the question for price told by the host (bargaining was allowed).
If the hint was chosen on the wheel of categories, the team that won it via the auction was allowed to call for it without the need to bargain with the host. If the team wanted a hint after the host asked the question, they'd have to ask for it before their minute to answer the question expired (letting the minute expire ran the risk of getting the question wrong, since the host would then prompt the team for an immediate answer), and then bargaining started. Once the host approved an amount, he read the four choices, and the minute-long timer restarted.
1 vs 1
This phase involves one player from each team. They choose the category by taking turns eliminating categories from the list. After reading a question, the first to press the button answers the question. If they answer correctly, the team wins 1,000 zloty (500 from each team), while the opponent is eliminated (goes to the "dugout"), and the losing team plays shorthanded. In case of a wrong answer, the answering player goes to the dugout, and the pool carries over to the next question. If neither player presses button within a minute, both of them are eliminated, and the pool carries over to the next question.
A player in the dugout can be bought out in any moment by their team via bargaining with the host (in a way similar to asking for a hint).
Inside the black box can be anything - cash, cars, airline tickets or even joke prizes such as pickles. The money can be a large amount such as 10,000 zloty, all the way down to just 1 zloty (referred to by the host as a "symbolic buck"). The teams hold an auction for it in the event the host's wheel stops on the space. The contents of the black box are revealed at the end of the show. Like during a hint auction, money bid by teams is removed from play. The team can also play "va banque" (bet everything) and get a black box, surrendering the game.
If the black box has cash, the cash is added to the team's cumulative total, but prizes are not mentioned in the total (i.e., a team's winnings might be spoken as "76,500 zloty in cash plus 1 automobile.")
Since the first episode didn't have a proper returning champion, the Champions team was made up of previous jackpot winners from the previous game show Zyciowa szansa (the Polish version of the then-popular international game show It's Your Chance of a Lifetime, also hosted by Krzysztof Ibisz). Clips from that show were played during the player introductions, as well as showing the grand total amounts won.
Krzysztof Ibisz is also credited with calling the show "the most unpredictable game show in Poland."