Monday, February 29, 2016

Win Place Show (1978)

Win Place Show (1978)


6.39706 out of 10 with 34 ratings
Board Game Rank: 9027


A horse race game with a difference.

Each player is dealt 7 horse cards at the start of the game. Based on the numbers these cards, which affect which horse will move, the player then places up to four bets. Each bet is worth one chip, and all similar bets go into a common pool. A player plays a card for the horse he wishes to move and rolls the dice to move the coloured horse played. This continues until three horses have crossed the finish line. Whoever bet on the winning horse shares in the "win" pool: the second horse, the "place" pool; the third horse, the "show" pool: the first and second horse (in order), the exactor pool and the first second and third horse (in order), the triactor pool. Any odd chips remain for the next race.

Because this is a 'closed' system (each player starts with only 10 betting chips), every time someone wins a chip, someone else will be down one.

The winner is the one who has the most betting chips at the end of 10 races.

  • Designer: G. E. Volrath
  • Publisher: Copp Clark Publishing Company
  • Year Published: 1978
  • Number of Players: 3 - 8
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 8
  • Playing Time: 60
  • Category: Racing
  • Mechanic: Betting/Wagering, Hand Management
  • Family: Sports: Horse Racing
  • Alternate Names: Win Place Show


9 out of 10

7 out of 10
A good betting game probably best with multi-players. Some people may get burned out on the fact that you have to play six full races for a complete game. Double down and the addition of the odds values makes for a very intelligent event.

8 out of 10
Used to play this game at my grandparents house with my uncles and cousins. We had a great time placing bets and seeing the races play out. Horse racing is somewhat popular in my family so this is a natural extension to help pass the time on a lazy Sunday afternoon!

Very interesting game. I'm usually not into themes, but this one plays so much like real horseracing, that I find the theme exciting. I also enjoyed owning and moving horses, as the race phase adds some strategy.

6 out of 10
I bought this for my mom when I learned just how much she loved to watch horse races, and dressage competitions. Though I don't play it anymore, I lost it and several other games when I moved from TEXAS to georgia, but when I did, I always knew that mom was playing with me.

4 out of 10
Far too limiting of movement to be much of a game.

8 out of 10
Good fun, not too serious.
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