Launching on itv in mid 2012, Tipping Point is a gameshow based on the popular “coin pusher” arcade game that many of us played as youngsters and continue to play once a year with 2p coins (10p if you’re feeling flush!) at arcades during UK seaside holidays! Hosted by Ben Shephard and aired on daytime television in the afternoon, the Tipping Point itv show got mixed reviews.
For viewers, the Tipping Point competition is another opportunity to win big money by submitting the answer to a simple question aired on the show. Weekly and bi-weekly cash prizes of £10,000 and £20,000 were offered over the 20-episode July launch.
For viewers, the Tipping Point competition is a free* chance to win some easy cash. We post the latest Tipping Point competitions here so you can find them easily & enter online. *online entry via the itv.com competitions form is free – phone/sms entries incur a cost
(If no recent Tipping Point comps are available we’ll list some other itv competition for you to enter!)
Similar to other itv competitions, a question is announced during the show with multiple choice answers and a large cash prize on offer. Viewers can then enter the competition via telephone call, sms text message or online via the itv.com website. Entering online is the only free method as phone calls and text messages are premium rate, costing over £1 per entry. The competition has not been running long enough to establish a general format; cash prizes so far have been offered weekly but announced daily, with three entries being allowed per phone number. At itvcompetitions we publish the question and answer, alongside information as to how many times you are allowed to enter and thus maximise your chances of winning….all for free!
Rather than 2p or 10p, the coins are worth £50 each. In the original game each player is given three coins and in a “fastest finger first” manner, press their buzzer to answer a question. If they answer the question correctly, the contestent can choose to play themselves (put one of their coins into the coin pusher) or they can choose another player to play instead. Their decision is based on whether they think the machine will play out or not; if it is at the Tipping Point – it’s a gamble. However if they press the buzzer and answer the question incorrectly one of their coins is placed in a penalty pot (which is up for grabs at the end of the round).
There is then a round of rapid fire questions for each individual contestant, each correct answer wins them a coin…they then use these coins to try and win more coins by pushing the machine to the tipping point! There is then an “back and forward” session between the final two players, whereby coins can be won or lost – the winner progresses to the jackpot final.
You’ll probably need to watch the show to understand the final round, however this will give you the general idea…
A large “Jackpot” counter is dropped into the machine. If the player gets it out (by entering coins into the coin machine and pushing it to the tipping point) the competition is over and they win £10,000. The contestant gets to answer 6 questions and choose a difficulty level of 1,2 or 3. If they answer a level 1 correctly they will earn 1 coin, level 2 gets them 2 coins and level 3 gets them 3 coins with which they can play (an incorrect answer gets zero coins).
Each regular coin that comes out of the machine is worth £50 and (assuming the jackpot coin has not came out) the winner is give the opportunity to walk away with the coin value as a cash prize or to gamble for the full £10,000. The gamble gives them three more coins…but if they fail to reach the tipping point they loose they walk away with nothing.
Success in the first series was pretty high; of 20 episodes only one person walked away with nothing whilst 5 (25%) managed to walk away with £10,000 by winning the Tipping Point competition jackpot.
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