Casinos cash in on popularity of TV game shows

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Trash TV avatar Jerry Springer is hosting the live version of "The Price Is Right" at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. Photo:

These are high times for fans of TV game shows as several area casinos are using them as part of their promotional efforts.

The fun begins Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal, as CBS3 is hosting contestant auditions for “Let’s Make A Deal.”

Two winning entrants will be flown to Los Angeles to be in the audience for an episode taping. One of the two will actually get a chance to schmooze on air with host Wayne Brady and to win prizes.

Then on Tuesday, the local Big Eye outlet is hosting auditions for “The Price is Right” at the Casino at Delaware Park in Wilmington.

The tryouts in the New Castle Room run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two people will likewise be selected to fly to L.A. and attend a taping session. One of the two will then win a bidder’s spot on Contestants Row and a chance to join Host Drew Carey for a spin of “The Big Wheel.”  

In both cases, you must be a legal U.S. citizen at least 18 to participate. Application forms and more info are available at

And if that isn’t enough, the live version of “The Price Is Right” returns to AyCee Sept. 13 for a four-week run at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. This time around, the master of ceremonies will be TV’s leading proponent of gentility, civility and intellectual parry-and-thrust, Jerry Springer.

Show times are 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is $30 and $25. For tickets, call 800-736-1420, or go to

 Movie premiere at Mount Airy

Saturday, Mount Airy Casino-Resort in Pocono Twp. is hosting a red-carpet premiere of the film, “Goat.”

The flick, which is scheduled to be released early next year, centers on the trials and tribulations of an ex-con (played by Bobby DeMeo, who co-wrote the script) who is forced to make crucial life choices upon his release from prison. It also stars Armand Assante, Ice-T and  Cathy Moriarty, and was directed by Paul Borghese (“Find Me Guilty”), who was DeMeo's co-writer.

The festivities are set for 7 p.m., with DeMeo, Borghese, Ice-T and others involved expected in attendance.

Incidentally, staging the event at Mount Airy was not a random decision: DeMeo, a New Yorker, owns a home in the Poconos, and some scenes were shot at the casino.

Tickets to the affair are $15 and can be had at

Artie for Artie’s sake

Less than two years ago, comedian Artie Lange hovered at death’s door after a suicide attempt. But things are obviously looking up for the former Howard Stern radio sidekick. He and fellow comic Nick DiPaulo have a nightly talk show on Sirius/XM (it’s heard locally at 10 p.m. on WIP-AM), and Lange is back on the road. Saturday, he returns to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa for a gig in the Event Center.

Show time is 9 p.m. Admission is $65 and $55. For tickets, call, 866-900-4849, or go to

Discount tickets on sale

Three of the Atlantic City casinos run by the Caesars Entertainment conglomerate are again offering tickets to selected events for $20.12 (plus various fees and taxes).

At House of Blues inside Showboat, the cut-rate concerts are those by Seether (Sept. 2); Creed (Sept. 7); Slash (Sept. 14) and Anthrax (Oct. 6).

Also included in the offer are various offerings at the “Sweat AC Health and Fitness Fest” set for Sept. 22 and 23, as well as “The Price Is Right” run noted above. However, to take advantage of the deal, you must buy your tickets in person at the HOB or Caesars box offices on Monday (Aug. 27).

Remembering Phyllis Diller

If you are going to be downashore Saturday and near a TV at 7 p.m., you should definitely check out this week’s edition of “Curtain Call with David Spatz” on WMGM-TV, Channel 40.

Spatz, the dean of AyCee entertainment reporters, will rerun his 1993 sit-down with comedy legend Phyllis Diller, who was in town for what turned out to be her final engagement in the gaming Mecca.

Diller died Monday at age 95.