Pole Chudes - Russian Wheel of Fortune

"...In the Land of Fools there is a magical field, called the Field of Wonders... Dig a small hole there, say 'Krex, fex, pex' three times and put a golden coin in the hole, then cover it with soil and sprinkle it with salt, water it well and go to sleep. Next morning a small tree will rise from the hole, but instead of leaves it will have gold coins... "

Alexei Tolstoy "The Golden Key"

Probably, this fairy-tale had given the name for a Russian version of Wheel of Fortune which is called to be Pole Chudes (the Field of Wonders if to translate the name into English): the concept of the game is the same with its American variation but some small differences are present of course.

Pole Chudes had been extremely popular in 1990s but the 21st century did not leave this super roulette derivative without any attention too. The host of this show was Leonid Yakubovich assisted by a model and PR manager Rimma Agafoshina.

The Object

The goal of a player is to guess a puzzled word and get as much points as it is possible with the help of horizontally located big wheel which determines the prizes a contestant can receive.

How to Play

One game consists of 3 rounds and a final: 3 people take part in each round and a final is played by 3 winners of 3 previous rounds. The winner of a final has a choice whether to play a super-final or not: s/he can refuse and take all his/her won prizes or have a risk to get something more or lose everything.

Step by step

  1. The host ask a question and players should answer it by guessing a puzzled word.
  2. One by one players spin a wheel (it is called "drum") where different spaces are located: it can be spaces which give points to a player or some special things, such as:

0 - it is like "Lose a Turn": all points won stay with a player but the next player gets a chance to spin a wheel

Chance - a player can call to any viewer and ask him/her for help: this viewer can call the word itself or just a letter; if the answer is correct, the viewer gets a prize and a player becomes a winner.

X2 - if a player guesses a letter, all his/her points are doubled.

Bankrupt - a player loses his/her points and the next player spins the wheel.

+ - a player has a right to open one letter.

  1. When only one player is left after his/her winning at a final s/he changes all his/her points for different prizes and chooses whether to play a super final or not.
  2. Super final: the host asks a question and a player can call only 3 letters which s/he believes can be present in a puzzled word. After that a player has only one minute to think and call the word. If the answer is correct, a player gets all his/her prizes won during a game and a super prize (which is determined by the wheel beforehand). If a player does not call a word, s/he loses all his/her prizes.

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