How to Turn Your Luck around in Plinko

The Plinko game is one of the most iconic parts of the Price is Right game show, and millions of people tune in to see someone win thousands of dollars with this quirky game every day. 

Canadians love playing Plinko, but it definitely takes some practice to win. The rules are simple, but there’s actually a little bit more than meets the eye when it comes to playing Plinko effectively and winning more money than you put in. Here are some tips on how to play Plinko like a pro, no matter what day it is.

Practice Makes Perfect

To start, find a good spot on the board. Your first few shots should be an even split between high-risk and low-risk bets. 

This will help you learn the pattern of the game and figure out where you want to go from there. As soon as you’ve got an idea where you’re going, start taking bigger risks. If it pays off, keep doing it until someone knocks you down!

Read the Rules

The object of the game is to drop a disc with a point value on it from the top of the peg board. The disc will fall down and bounce off pegs until it finally falls into one of several slots. If you’re lucky, your disc will end up in the $100 slot; but more likely, you’ll land in a slot worth less than what you put in. You can only play three discs per turn. 

The Angle Is Everything

The goal is to use the little red puck, shaped like a Christmas tree ornament, and bounce it off the pegs that are mounted on a metal board. The winner is determined by which peg the puck lands in.

Start Small, End Big

The goal of the game is to drop a puck onto one of 10 pegs and watch it slide down the board, hopefully hitting as many other pegs on the way down as possible. All of the pegs are worth different points, with $100 being awarded for every peg that drops after being hit by the first. The player with the most money in their bank wins!

  • Keep your hand steady and don’t jerk it back like you’re playing darts;
  • One-third of people tend to use their right hand when performing fine motor tasks, but because Plinko involves precise movements, it’s better if you use your left hand;
  • Know how hard to throw: A good rule of thumb is about five inches from your fingers to the plunger.

Additionally, if you live in Alberta and love Plinko, you could play it in real life while helping the environment!


Plinko has been around since the early days of The Price Is Right and remains one of the most popular games that reflects Chaos Theory. Whether it’s your first time playing or you’re just looking to sharpen your skills, follow these tips to dominate at Plinko and make sure that no one can beat your score! And if you’re interested in the game, read more about its 9 secrets.