Beat the Banker - FAQ's

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Is a prize package included & how much?

Beat the Banker includes a prize package of up to $1800.

The current average prize package is $530. The low was $180 and the most given in one show was $1250.

This includes 3 players who will have a chance of getting up to $600 each as well as smaller prizes to audience members.

Pricing for Beat the Banker includes the prize package for all college events. To recieve a price quote please fill out the form on our contact page.

How many students play the game?

This is one of the most often asked questions. Please keep in mind that we are PUTTING ON A SHOW, not just playing a game.

People tune in to watch game shows on television every night with no chance at all of playing. They watch because it's entertaining and fun.

That being said...

The entire audience will have a chance to compete to open cases - that competition will lead to three people who will ultimately open cases.

Others will participate during the case opening as "case girls" or "case guys" and through audience participation.

What are your technical needs?

Gold Production Shows

Electrical: Our equipment can run off of regular household current. We ask that 4 outlets, on 20 amp circuits, be available for our exclusive use.

If these outlets are further than 30' away from the performance area then extension cords should be provided.

General Stage Lighting: A general stage wash is needed for the show. The lighting we carry is for effect and general illumination should be provided by the venue. Our Platinum level shows include full stage lighting.

Sound: We carry our own sound equipment for Beat the Banker. Nothing needs to be provided.

Video: We carry our own video equipment for Beat the Banker. Nothing needs to be provided.

Load in/Load out assistance: We have a LOT of gear to load in. It's all on wheels, so there's no heavy lifting. We don't require help, but we sure appreciate it when we get it and it puts our crew in a great mood for your show!

Platinum Level Shows

All of the above plus we strongly recommend a spider box or a direct power input as we will be drawing a lot of power. This is only for the platinum level shows as the lighting package is much more robust and intense.

How are people selected to play the game?

Everyone at your event will have a chance to play during the game through our group challenges such as "Your School Has Talent" and other ways to get everyone an equal chance to participate.

You can also do a drawing for the opportunity, or have people preselected - but we HIGHLY RECOMMEND using our time proven ways.

Another option is to use the opportunity to open cases as a reward for an on-going competition.

What level of production is Beat the Banker available in?

Beat the Banker is available only at the Gold and Platinum Levels. This is one of the few shows that we don't have Bronze or Silver versions of. We feel that for this game to feel fair and honest (which they always are) we have to have physical cases with us with actual amounts in them.

Gold Production Shows

All the bells and whistles of a TV Game Show.


  • Host
  • Technician
  • Huge Set
  • Intelligent Lighting
  • Player Stands
  • Briefcases & Stands
  • Music & Sound Effects
  • Full Sound System
  • Video Projection & Screens

Platinum Level Shows

Everything included in the Gold production PLUS...

  • Front of Stage Truss System to suspend lighting and video projection - giving cleaner lines
  • Enhanced Intelligent Lighting
  • General Lighting - an important distinction
  • Enhanced Sound System (when needed)
Can we get all inclusive pricing?

Of course. We list our prices plus travel and lodging, but we will give you a firm price for travel, and if you prefer we can even include the cost of the hotel.

You'll know exactly what your price is when you send back the contract.

We're all about being easy to work with.

Do you have insurance?

Of course. We are fully insured. We can add your event to our policy at no additional charge - so you're covered too.

How much time does it take to set up/tear down?

Gold Production Shows

Take about 3-3 1/2 hours to set up and about 60-90 minutes to tear down and load out.

Please take this into account when scheduling your facilities.

Shorter set up times (within reason) can be accomplished by us bringing in extra crew at an extra cost. Please inquire if you will need us to do this.

Platinum Level Shows

Take about 4-4 1/2 hours to set up and about 75-100 minutes to tear down and load out.

Please take this into account when scheduling your facilities.

Shorter set up times (within reason) can be accomplished by us bringing in extra crew at an extra cost. Please inquire if you will need us to do this.

These set up times assume easy access to the rooms, a loading dock and NO STAIRS. If we will need extra time to load in please let us know in advance.

How long does a show last?

Left to it's own devices our shows last between 60-90 minutes with an average of 70 minutes.

It will largely depend on the audience and the people playing the game. Some players take less time than others.

Can we customize the game or game play?

We can easily work with a specific theme for your event - if you can provide us the trivia questions.

We spent a lot of time working out all of the details of game play and have it worked out pretty well.

We are happy to work with you to figure out what will work best for your event if you have something special in mind

What size of performance area is needed?

Our shows are pretty big. So we do need some room. Though we do have a bit of flexibility these are our ideal space needs:

A stage or platform that is a minimum of 16' deep x 24' wide (preferably 28' or wider)

If a stage is not available we can work on floor level - just add about 4 feet to these dimensions.

Near the stage/performance area should be a place for two 6 foot banquet tables (we'll bring these) for our technician to set up.

This space should be indoors, or if outdoors this should be preapproved by our staff and it should be a covered area. Outdoor shows are not recommended for daytime events as even our very bright projectors get washed out in full sunlight.

We also need 10.5 feet above the stage for our full set - though we can make the set shorter if we need to. Again... just let us know in advance so we are prepared.

State Fees/Taxes/Permits

Some states such as California, North Carolina and Missouri (just a few that we know of) have "Out of State Entertainer" taxes or state income taxes that we don't have here in our home state of Texas.

Our contracts will always contain this wording:

SPECIAL NOTE: The agreed upon fee is the amount that should be paid to Game Shows To Go AFTER ANY FEES, STATE TAXES (income, performer or otherwise), Special Licensing Fees required by your state or other municipality or organization. There is no way for us to keep up with all 50 states and thousands of states and cities. The amount of the check written to Game Shows to go, after deductions should be (amount quoted for show). If the gross needs to be adjusted please do so to ensure the proper payment amount. Thanks for your understanding.

This seems to be the best way to keep our prices low and only pass along these costs to the states/people who charge them. Our fees usually include travel/lodging/prizes/promotional materials and many other expenses and that are not income.

Ways we can work around this are:

  • Add the amount expected to be deducted for these fees/taxes to the amount your check is requested for.
  • Subtract the amount of fees/taxes from the prize money we give at the show (if we are providing prizes).
  • Add a clause that says expenses of "up to <the amount of taxes/fees> will be billed after the show" and we'll bill you for that exact amount.
Are discounts available?

We fully participate in block bookings both through NACA and on our own. Check our calendar page to see when we'll be coming near you to save.

We give HUGE discounts to schools who work with us to create routes. Using Coop buying really helps everyone to win.

You can also get discounts by scheduling more than one show during the school year.






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