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JanuaryEdit

NOTE: During the first month of the run, the change card rules in the Money Cards were slightly different.
A player could change the same card 3 times if they so desired. This generated a lot of wins over $10,000.

Also, during the first week of episodes, the copyright date shown during the closing credits was 1985. It is believed that the first week of tapings occurred in December 1985.

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
001 1/6/1986 Daryl Mitch
  • Daryl wins $5,200 on the Money Cards (total $5,400)
  • New match between Daryl and Estelle begins
002 1/7/1986 Daryl Estelle
  • Daryl busts on the Money Cards (first bust of the run) (total $5,600)
  • New match with challenger Tony begins.
003 1/8/1986 Daryl Tony
  • Bob Eubanks' birthday was that day, though not mentioned on air.
  • Daryl wins $7,400 on the Money Cards (total $13,200)
004 1/9/1986 Daryl Jim
  • Jim is wearing his lucky shoes.
  • Jim defeats Daryl, and wins $2,100 on the Money Cards (total $2,300)
005 1/10/1986 Jim Christine
  • Jim and Bob swap shoes at the Money Cards.
  • Jim busts in the Money Cards (total $2,500)
  • New challenger Erica is Jim's next opponent.
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
006 1/13/1986 Jim Erica
  • Jim wins $10,400 on the Money Cards (total $13,100)
  • Susan is now JIm's new challenger.
007 1/14/1986 Jim Susan
  • Jim wins $18,800 on the Money Cards. (total $32,100)
  • Betsy is Jim's new challenger.
008 1/15/1986 Jim Betsy
  • Jim wins $4,000 on his final Money Cards, and retires with $36,300 (first five-time champion)
  • Two new challengers, Diana and Joe play a fresh match.
009 1/16/1986 Diana Joe Diana wins $15,200 on the Money Cards (total $15,400)
010 1/17/1986 Diana Ed
  • Diana leaves the show with $15,400.
  • Ed plays a very short Money Cards - and busts with just two cards! (Total: $200)
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
011 1/20/1986 Ed Mary Lee
  • Ed leaves with a paltry $300.
  • Mary Lee wins $2,400 on the Money Cards (total $2,600)
012 1/21/1986 Mary Lee Chris
  • Mary Lee leaves Studio 33 with $2,700.
  • Chris wins a whopping $28,000 on the Money Cards! (total $28,200)
013 1/22/1986 Chris Laura Chris wins big again! Another $22,400 on the Money Cards! (total $50,800 in just two trips to the Money Cards!)
014 1/23/1986 Chris Lori
  • Chris exits the studio with $50,800
  • Lori becomes champion, and wins $12,600 on the Money Cards (total $12,800)
015 1/24/1986 Lori Kelly Lori retains her championship title, wins $24,000 on her second trip to the Money Cards (total $37,000)
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
016 1/27/1986 Lori Michael
  • Bob acknowledges at the beginning of this episode that the show had given away over $90,000 the previous week.
  • Lori departs with $37,100, and new champion Michael wins $22,200 on the Money Cards (total $22,400)
017 1/28/1986 Michael Cindy Michael wins $12,000 more on the Money Cards (total $34,600)
018 1/29/1986 Michael Trish Michael wins only $1,000 on the Money Cards (total $35,800)
019 1/30/1986 Michael Carol Talk about deteriorating luck - Michael busts on the Money Cards! (total $36,000)
020 1/31/1986 Michael Cyndi
  • Cyndi defeats Michael, and Michael leaves with $36,000.
  • Cyndi wins $5,600 on the Money Cards (total $5,800)

FebruaryEdit

NOTE: As of February 1986, contestants can change only one card per line in the Money Cards. Plus, the contestant podiums now have "X" indicators installed, used to show if a player has won a game. Also, as of February 1986, when a contestant busts on the Money Cards, instead of displaying "$0" on the scoreboard and like in the original, the word "BUST" is shown.

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
021 2/3/1986 Cyndi Jeff
  • Cyndi wins another $2,800 on the Money Cards (total $8,800)
  • Cyndi's new challenger, Susan, is visually impaired, and has a guide dog on the set named Dorsy (who also wears a nametag!)
022 2/4/1986 Cyndi Susan
  • Susan defeats Cyndi, who leaves with $8,900.
  • On the Money Cards, Susan bets a lot of money on a nine, and wins her bet! Susan wins $16,900 on the Money Cards (total $17,100)
023 2/5/1986 Susan Jean
  • Jean defeats Susan, who leaves with $17,100, and Bob kisses her goodbye.
  • Jean wins $12,950 on the Money Cards (total $13,150)
024 2/6/1986 Jean Durand
  • Durand defeats Jean, who leaves with $13,250.
  • Durand wins $8,000 on the Money Cards.
025 2/7/1986 Durand Julie
  • Bob makes a reference to Duran Duran.
  • Julie defeats Durand, who leaves with $8,300.
  • Julie plays the Money Cards, bets all her money higher than the queen, and surprisingly wins. Julie wins $800 on the Money Cards (total $1,000)
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
026 2/10/1986 Julie Jodi Julie retains championship title, wins $10,800 on the Money Cards (total $12,000)
027 2/11/1986 Julie Tammie
  • Tammie defeats Julie, who leaves with $12,100.
  • Tammie wins $9,600 on the Money Cards (total $9,800)
  • Tammie now plays against new challenger Varoujan.
  • Varoujan wins the first $500 bonus of the series for an exact guess for a survey question.
028 2/12/1986 Tammie Varoujan Tammie remains champion, wins another $13,800 on the Money Cards (total $23,800)
029 2/13/1986 Tammie Amy
  • Amy defeats Tammie, who leaves with $23,900.
  • Amy wins $4,200 on her first trip to the Money Cards (total $4,400)
030 2/14/1986 Amy Desmond
  • Valentine's Day 1986, and Lacey and Suzanna both kiss Bob on the cheek at the beginning of the show.
  • Amy retains her championship title, but only wins $600 on the Money Cards (total $5,200)
  • Amy wins another match as the show is finished taping.

NOTE: Version 2.0 of the closing theme (first rerecording) starts on February 17, 1986

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
031 2/17/1986 Amy Kay
  • Amy starts the show winning $6,400 on the Money Cards (total $11,800)
  • Amy wins another match, and wins another $8,200 on the Money Cards (total $20,200)
032 2/18/1986 Amy Ed
  • Ed defeats Amy, and leaves with $20,200.
  • Ed wins $4,000 on his first trip to the Money Cards (total $4,200)
033 2/19/1986 Ed Kim
  • Kim wins $500 for exact guess on a survey question.
  • Ed retains his championship title, and goes to the Money Cards, where he busts (total $4,400)
034 2/20/1986 Ed Geanne
  • Geanne defeats Ed, who exits with $4,400.
  • New champion Geanne plays the Money Cards and wins $4,300 (total $4,500)
035 2/21/1986 Geanne Robert
  • Robert defeats Geanne, who leaves with $4,600.
  • Robert takes on the Money Cards and wins $6,400 (total $6,600)
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
036 2/24/1986 Robert Jeanette Robert wins a paltry $200 on the Money Cards (total $7,000)
037 2/25/1986 Robert Catherine Robert wins $1,500 on the Money Cards (at least it's better than $200) (total $8,700)
038 2/26/1986 Robert Sandra
  • Robert wins $4,800 on the Money Cards (total $13,700)
  • Shelly defeats Robert at the end of the taping, and Robert exits with $13,700.
039 2/27/1986 Shelly Jonathan
  • Shelly wins $8,400 on the Money Cards.
  • Jonathan defeats Shelly, who leaves with $8,600.
  • Jonathan wins $2,800 on the Money Cards (total $3,000)
040 2/28/1986 Jonathan Therese Jonathan continues his run and wins $2,800 on the Money Cards (total $6,000)

MarchEdit

Version 2.0 of the opening theme and Version 3.0 of the closing theme begins on March 3, 1986..

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
041 3/3/1986 Jonathan Nadia Jonathan continues his run, and wins $10,500 on the Money Cards (total $16,700)
042 3/4/1986 Jonathan Renee
  • Renee defeats Jonathan, who leaves with $16,700.
  • Renee plays the Money Cards and wins $6,200 (total $6,400)
043 3/5/1986 Renee Carlous
  • Carlous defeats Renee, who leaves with $6,500.
  • Carlous wins $1,300 on the Money Cards (total $1,500)
044 3/6/1986 Carlous Louise
  • Louise defeats Carlous, who leaves with $1,600.
  • Louise plays the Money Cards and wins $16,400 (total $16,600)
045 3/7/1986 Louise Steve
  • Steve defeats Louise, who leaves Studio 33 with $16,600.
  • Steve ends up winning just $800 in the Money Cards (total $1,000)

During March 10 to 21, 1986, Bob Hilton fills in for Gene Wood as the announcer.

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
046 3/10/1986 Steve Beth
047 3/11/1986 Steve Mickey Steve's New challenger, Mickey, is actually a female.
048 3/12/1986 Mickey David
049 3/13/1986 Mickey Doreen
050 3/14/1986 Mickey Susan
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
051 3/17/1986 Dennis Judy
052 3/18/1986 Judy Connie
053 3/19/1986 Judy Sid
054 3/20/1986 Sid Marilyn
055 3/21/1986 Marilyn Pete

Gene Wood returns to the mic on March 24, 1986.

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
056 3/24/1986 Pete Faith
  • Faith defeats Pete, who leaves with $7,500.
  • Faith makes Card Sharks history by winning $29,000 - the most money ever won in the Money Cards in all the incarnations of Card Sharks combined!
057 3/25/1986 Faith Tony
058 3/26/1986 Tony Elaine
059 3/27/1986 Tony Jennifer
060 3/28/1986 Tony Susan
061 3/31/1986 Mark Lisa

AprilEdit

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
062 4/1/1986 Lisa Mary
063 4/2/1986 Mary Lauren
064 4/3/1986 Lauren Chuck
065 4/4/1986 Chuck Diane
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
066 4/7/1986 Diane Terry
067 4/8/1986 Terry Nancy
068 4/9/1986 Nancy Sandy
069 4/10/1986 Sandy Collette
070 4/11/1986 Sandy Pom
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
071 4/14/1986 Sandy Janice
072 4/15/1986 Sandy Elias
073 4/16/1986 Frank Marybeth Frank becomes the champion, and busts on the Money Cards.
074 4/17/1986 Frank Susan
  • Frank continues his run, and wins $7,350 on the Money Cards (total $7,550).  BUT...
  • It was announced that Frank was deemed ineligible, and he would be stripped of his winnings.
075 4/18/1986 Frank Tracy Frank continues his run as champion (but not for long), and wins $10,400 on the Money Cards (total $18,150), which he won't be getting.
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
076 4/21/1986 Ray Maureen
  • Match with two new players starts, due to the ineligible Frank.
  • Maureen becomes the new champion, and wins $2,000 on the Money Cards.
077 4/22/1986 Maureen Mark
  • Mark defeats Maureen, who leaves with $2,300.
  • Mark wins $7,000 on the Money Cards (total $7,200)
078 4/23/1986 Mark Jill
  • Jill defeats Mark, who leaves with $7,300.
  • Jill wins just $800 on the Money Cards (total $1,000)
079 4/24/1986 Jill Bill Jill wins $3,800 on the Money Cards (total $5,000)
080 4/25/1986 Jill Dee
  • Dee defeats Jill, who exits with $5,100.
  • New champion Dee wins $10,600 on the Money Cards (total $10,800)
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
081 4/28/1986 Dee Diane
082 4/29/1986 Dee Valerie
083 4/30/1986 Valerie Marinea

MayEdit

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
084 5/1/1986 Marinea Mitch
085 5/2/1986 Marinea Teresa
  • Marinea continues her run, and wins $2,000 on the Money Cards
  • Former Press Your Luck contestant Chris Kaas starts his run.

Bob Hilton fills in for Gene Wood again.

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
086 5/5/1986 Marinea Chris
087 5/6/1986 Chris Mary Ann
088 5/7/1986 Chris Carol
089 5/8/1986 Carol Bob
090 5/9/1986 Carol Jeanne

Gene's again back on the job.

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
091 5/12/1986 Jeanne Susie
092 5/13/1986 Susie Craig
093 5/14/1986 Susie Donna
094 5/15/1986 Donna Reggie
095 5/16/1986 Donna Jayne
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
096 5/19/1986 Donna Greg
097 5/20/1986 Donna Linda
098 5/21/1986 Linda Herb
099 5/22/1986 Linda Jason
100 5/23/1986 Linda Barbara

Bob Hilton fills in for Gene Wood yet again.

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
101 5/26/1986 Linda Arnetta
102 5/27/1986 Arnetta Bill
103 5/28/1986 Bill Sylvia
104 5/29/1986 Sylvia Laura
105 5/30/1986 Laura Richard

JuneEdit

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
106 6/2/1986 Richard Frankie
107 6/3/1986 Richard Cheri
108 6/4/1986 Richard Chris
109 6/5/1986 Richard Nancy
110 6/6/1986 Cathy Susan

Gene Wood returns to the mic, and Bob Hilton doesn't fill in for Gene until some months later.

Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
111 6/9/1986 Cathy Dave
112 6/10/1986 Dave Dinah
113 6/11/1986 Dave Dee Dee
114 6/12/1986 Dee Dee Chip
115 6/13/1986 Chip Sandra
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
116 6/16/1986 Sandra Betty
117 6/17/1986 Sandra Buzzy
118 6/18/1986 Buzzy Jill
119 6/19/1986 Buzzy Eileen
120 6/20/1986 Buzzy Kate
Ep. # CBS Airdate Red Player
(Champ)
Blue Player
(Challenger)
Notes
121 6/23/1986 Steve Teresa
  • Teresa wins $15,600 on the Money Cards (total $15,800)
  • Teresa starts a new match with challenger Stacey.
  • Teresa defeats Stacey at the end of taping.
122 6/24/1986 Teresa Jade
  • Teresa wins $2,200 on the Money Cards (total $18,200), and then faces new challenger Jade.
  • Jade defeats Teresa, who leaves with $18,300.
  • On his first trip to the Money Cards, Jade wins $8,400 and celebrates his win so excitedly, he attacks Suzanna and Lacey! (total $8,600)
  • Speaking of Lacey, that is the name of Jade's new challenger.
123 6/25/1986 Jade Lacey
  • Jade defeats Lacey, and eventually busts on the Money Cards (total $8,800)
  • New match between Jade and new challenger Laura begins.
124 6/26/1986 Jade Laura Jade defeats Laura and eventually wins $3,600 on the Money Cards (total $12,600)
125 6/27/1986 Jade Peri
  • Jade defeats Peri and wins another match.
  • Jade wins $6,000 on the Money Cards
  • Michelle defeats Jade, who leaves with $18,800.
  • Michelle is off to a bad start - she busts on the Money Cards (total $200)
126 6/30/1986 Michelle Parker Michelle does a lot better in the Money Cards this time - she wins $7,500 (total $7,900)

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