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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.


PokerFace is an ITV game show, where one person is guaranteed to win £1,000,000. The show was created by Ant & Dec, who also host it.

PokerFace, as implied by the title, 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 7 consecutive days (the 7th show being the final). Starting with series 2, the show was moved to a Saturday prime-time slot, lasted for 7 weeks.

Format

On each show, 6 contestants compete for a prize of £50,000 and a place in the £1,000,000 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 only they can see their 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 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 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.

Series 1

Winners

  • Monday 10 July - Camille Patron
  • Tuesday 11 July - King Ilantada
  • Wednesday 12 July - Ryan Saldana
  • Thursday 13 July - Mariah Sabino
  • Friday 14 July - Raiza Ruiz
  • Saturday 15 July - Asher Serrana


Final winner

  • 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 £32,000 on a National Lottery game show "In It To Win It" within the previous year. She has also appeared on The Weakest Link, "19 Keys" - Five, 2003, "Didn't They Do Well?" - BBC One, 2004 and Wipeout - BBC One, 2001. [317579]

  • Runner-up - Julian Sperring-Toy (£0 - did not fold so lost £75,500)
  • 3rd - Amy £68,000
  • 4th - Geoff £59,000
  • 5th - Bill £56,000
  • 6th - Kim £51,000


Series 2

The second series of PokerFace began on Saturday 20 January 2007.

Winners

Show Date 1st Amount 2nd Amount Folded? Decision
1 20 January Dominic £12,750 Antonia £14,000 Yes
2 27 January Del £13,750 Daniel £12,750 Yes
3 3 February Shane £14,750 Hilda £11,750 Yes
4 10 February Victoria £14,250 Georgeia £14,250 Yes
5 17 February Andy £15,500 Donna £14,500 Yes
6 24 February Colin £19,250 Philippa £19,250 Yes


Final

The final aired on 3 March. The result was as follows:

Position Name From show Amount Folded? Decision
1st Dominic 1 £76,000 No
2nd Colin 6 £73,500 Yes
3rd Andy 5 £65,000 Yes
4th Victoria 4 £63,000 Yes
5th Del 2 £55,500 Yes
6th Shane 3 £53,000 Yes


Notes

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.

International versions

Country Name Host(s) TV station Regular top prize in local currency Super final prize in local currency
The Con Test Andrew G
Brigitte Duclos
Network Ten $50.000 none
O Jogador Ana Hickmann
Britto Junior
Rede Record R$50.000 none
El Jugador Andrea Serna,

Claudia Bahamon
RCN $200.000.000 none
PókerArc István Vágó
Balázs Sebestyén
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.)
PokerFace: Dil Sachcha Cherha Jhootha Sharman Joshi Real TV none Rs. 10.000.000
Doble Cara Rodrigo Murray Azteca Trece $100.000 none
PokerFjes Øyvind Fjeldheim
Cathrine Riis Lilleaas
TV2 KR100.000 KR1.000.000
title unrevealed TBA TBA TBA none
Wielki Poker Cezary Kosiński
Paweł Burczyk
TVP2 50.000 250.000
Jogo Duplo José Carlos Malato
Ana Galvão
RTP1 10.000 50.000
PokerFejs Gry Forssell
Adam Alsing
TV4 KR200.000 KR1.000.000
PokerFace Ant & Dec ITV £50.000 £1.000.000
Đấu Trí MC Tùng Chi
Lại Văn Sâm
VTV3 60.000 none






  • 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.


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