- This article is about the British game show. For the Indian version, see PokerFace: Dil Sachcha Chehra Jhootha. For other versions, see list of international versions below.
|Created by||Ant & Dec|
|Presented by||Ant & Dec|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Running time||60mins (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||Gallowgate and Talkback Thames|
|Original release||10 July 2006– 3 March 2007|
PokerFace is a British game show broadcast on ITV, where one person is guaranteed to win £1 million. The show was created by Ant & Dec, who also host it. As implied by the title, PokerFace, is based on the bluffing aspect of poker games. The contestants do not necessarily need to get the questions right in order to win, and can bluff their way through the game and pressure their opponents into folding in order to win.
The show was originally going to be called The Con Test, but the name was changed just weeks before the show began. However, the Australian version is called The Con Test. Series 1 of the show was aired nightly for seven consecutive days (the seventh show being the final), whilst series 2 saw the show moved to a Saturday prime-time slot, lasted for seven weeks.
On each show, 6 contestants compete for a prize of £50,000 and a place in the £1 million final.
The show opens with "The Grilling". This is where the 6 contestants (5 in some versions) are introduced, and tell the other contestants about themselves. The viewers can see whether a person is telling the truth or not by the 'TRUE' and 'BLUFF' prompts on the screen. After all 6 contestants have been introduced and grilled, the game begins. Each contestant sits in front of a screen, and they can only see their own score.
In Round 1, there are 8 multiple choice questions with three possible answers, one of them being the correct answer, worth £500 each. Every contestant will have 5 seconds to lock in their answer. After the answer to each question is revealed, viewers at home can see which contestants got it right or wrong by a series of gold ticks and red crosses appearing on the pictures of each contestant. At the end of each round, viewers at home see the leaderboard, and more importantly, who's in last place. Ant & Dec then ask the contestants in turn how they think they did in that round.
After the round has finished, the face-off begins. The contestants stand in front of red buttons that rise from the floor, and a 10-second countdown starts. There are 2 possible outcomes:
- A contestant folds by pressing the button. They'll lose their place in the game, but take home with them their winnings.
- Nobody folds. The player with the least money will be removed from the game and they'll leave with nothing. If there is a tie at the bottom, then the person who answered their questions the slowest is out.
In either case, the losing contestant is briefly interviewed and asked to justify their decision. The contestant is then shown a leaderboard which reveals how the other contestants are doing.
There are 5 rounds in total. In each subsequent round, there are just 5 questions, but the prize money increases by £250 each round.
During the final, the £50,000 won in the heats was used as stake money, and the amount on offer per question was doubled. In the final of the second series, the final countdown for the £1 million face-off was also extended to 15 seconds.
- Sunday 16 July - Sarah Lang (also known as Sarah Price) - £1 million (her total from the questions was £84,500).
Sarah is possibly Britain's biggest game show winner in total, having also won £32,500 on The National Lottery: In It to Win It within the previous year. She also appeared on The Weakest Link and Wipeout in 2001, 19 Keys in 2003 and Didn't They Do Well in 2004.
- Runner-up - Julian Sperring-Toy - £0 - did not fold so lost £75,500.
- 3rd - Amy - £66,000
- 4th - Geoff - £59,500
- 5th - Bill - £54,500
- 6th - Kim - £51,000
The second series of PokerFace began on Saturday 20 January 2007.
The final aired on 3 March. The result was as follows:
The two eventual finalists, Dominic and Colin, were the first and last contestants to be introduced in the course of the heats - Dominic as the first person in 'The Grilling' of Show 1, and Colin as the last person in 'The Grilling' of Show 6.
Also, in both series, the winner of Show 1 has won the final. Both winners made it through their heat by making the other contestant fold when they should not have done, but have then won the finals outright.
|Country||Name||Host(s)||TV station||Regular top prize in local currency||Super final prize in local currency|
|Australia||The Con Test||Andrew G
|Brazil||O Jogador||Ana Hickmann
Wangpai die zhong die
a free trip to Antarctica (2013)
or a car (2014)
|Colombia||El Jugador||Andrea Serna
|RTL Klub||2,000,000 Ft||7,000,000 Ft (Sunday weekly final)
50,000,000 Ft (super final)
20,000,000 Ft (In the 2nd series, the game was only a week long with this prize in super final.)
|India||PokerFace: Dil Sachcha Chehra Jhootha||Sharman Joshi||Real TV||none||Rs. 10,000,000|
|Indonesia||Duel Poker||Charles B. Sirait
|Mexico||Doble Cara||Rodrigo Murray||Azteca Trece||MX$100,000||none|
Cathrine Riis Lilleaas
|Poland||Wielki Poker||Cezary Kosiński
|TVP2||50,000 zł||250,000 zł|
|Portugal||Jogo Duplo||José Carlos Malato
|Slovakia||Veľký hráč||Peter Kočiš
|Vietnam||Đấu trí||Nguyễn Tùng Chi
Lại Văn Sâm
- The UK show also aired on TV3 in Ireland.
- The UK original hosts Ant & Dec attempted to sell the show in the United States to ABC without success, according to an online article on A2 News Central's website that instead referenced the US launch of Wanna Bet?/You Bet! for the same network (a program they will host).
- Although, some versions have just one host on stage and the other host in the interview room, the Mexican and Indian versions are the only versions with only one presenter. "El Jugador" (the Colombian version) is the first version with two female presenters.
- The Hungarian version runs as a three-round tournament over six weeks. At the end of the sixth week, the six weekly winners compete in the super final.
- Poker Face programme description @ Fremantlemedia (via Internet Archive)
- The Con Test on Network Ten
- Wang Pai Die Zhong Die
- Wang Pai Die Zhong Die
- Wang Pai Die Zhong Die
- Pokerfejs on TV4.
- PokerFace at UKGameshows.com.
- Doble Cara on TV Azteca.
- Pókerarc on RTL Klub.
- Jogo Duplo on RTP 1 - Portugal.
- O Jogador on Rede Record.
- Vel′ký hráč on TV JOJ.
- Website of Ant & Dec
- PokerFace at the Internet Movie Database.