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HOW TO PLAY HEADS OR TAILS By April Brown Charity Auction World April Brown is a veteran auctioneer with over 22 years specializing in fundraising auctions.

The game of Heads or Tails can be played at any event where people gather to raise money. I play the game of Heads Or Tails as soon as I walk on stage and before I sell the first item. This game says “Hey people! We are here to have a good time! Let go of your inhibitions! Stand up! Let’s act a little silly together!” All you need is one coin, one or more prizes and an audience. The game is simple and easy to play and effortlessly creates free money. HOW TO PLAY HEADS OR TAILS The auctioneer or master of ceremonies script goes something like this: “We are going to play a game that the entire audience can participate in. For just $5 (or more) the winner of the Heads or Tails game will receive a gift certificate to El Gaucho’s Fine Dining for dinner for two. El Gauchos is located in downtown Seattle on 1st Avenue—the best steaks in town (note the plug for the donor). Please write your bid number on the form located at your table called Heads or Tails. This is an easy game to play. If everyone plays tonight we begin the live auction by raising $3000. Everybody stand up. Mike (the mc) is going to flip a coin, but before he flips, you must decide if the coin will come up heads or tails so... If you want to be HEADS - place your hands on your head. If you want to be TAILS - put your hands on your tail.” The auctioneer and master of ceremonies can demonstrate by going through the steps on stage. When the guests are in position, the Master of Ceremonies (Mike) flips the coin. If the coin comes up heads, the auctioneer exclaims, “Heads stands, tails sits down. Heads are still in the game!” “Okay everybody, will the next flip be Heads or Tails? You can switch if you want. Hurry up. Get your hands on your head or tail now! Mike, flip that coin!” The coin flip continues until the players are reduced to the last 2 or 3 players. Ask the remaining 2 or 3 players to finish the game

either on stage or in front of the stage. Award the winner the grand prize and give the losing player a gag gift as a consolation.

This game is one of those mathematical mysteries whereby the speed of the game is not determined by the size of the crowd. Whether the crowd measures 150 or 1500, the coin has never been flipped more than 8 times at one of my events. The Heads or Tails form is the first form picked up from the dining tables as the live auction is starting. Usually 100% of the guests stand and play this game but they often fail to write in their bid numbers on the form confirming their participation. It is imperative that the volunteers who pick up the form check that everyone has written in their bid number. The volunteer can hold up the form showing the empty slots and say, “Did everyone who played write in their bid number?� Next, pass the form with a pen around the table again before moving on to collect from other tables. Plays can also be sold during the silent auction. I even have some clients who charge all guests and then offer them a chance to opt out when they check out.

IMPORTANT - The Heads or Tails form represents uncollected cash. If they are forgotten, misplaced or illegible these donations will not be collected. These forms may be the only hard copy resource for recording the transactions, collecting the money and reconciling post auction. NEVER throw this form away!!!! Once the numbers have been entered into the software, rubber band the stack and place a sticky note under the rubber band with the words “Heads or Tails Forms Entered” and place the forms in the reconciliation tray.


The game of Heads or Tails can be played at any event where people gather to raise money. I play the game of Heads Or Tails as soon as I wal...