Last Updated: 14 Feb 2004
Facts In Brief


Andrew O'Keefe

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Deal or No Deal > 2003

Deal Or No Deal

200 contestants - whittled down to one - given one chance in 24 of picking up two million dollars!


The Dutch are responsible for this no-so-little creation; one person within an audience of 200 people is given a chance to vie for a cash prize of $2 million.

The audience is divided up into 2 even teams (Red and Blue) of 100 contestants. In the first round - they are asked to answer 3 multiple-choice questions by typing into a keypad. The total number of people you answered correctly are added to the team scored. The team with the lowest score after the 3 questions is eliminated from the game.

Each of the coloured teams are also divided into four teams of 25. In the second round - the four teams from the coloured group which won the first round play against each other in the same way - with the winning numbered team making it through to the following round.

The third round is known as the podium round - with the 25 contestants from the winning team, plus a randomly selected player from any of the other losing teams - getting the chance to work as individuals to acheive the highest score. A total of five questions are asked - with a correct answer giving a player a number of point equivalent to the number of contestants getting the question wrong (eg. if 10 players get a question right - they each receive 16 points [26-10=16]). The two players at the end of the podium round with the highest score face each other for the final elimination round.

In the elimination round - the compere issues a series of clue to the identity of an answer. The first player to buzzer in and provide the correct answer gets the chance to play for the multi-million dollar prize.

The second phase of the entire game sees the lucky individual contestant select a gold briefcase from one of 24 hostesses. Each case is numbered 1 to 24 - and contains a monetary amount ranging from 5 cents to the major prize - $2 million. The contestant can opt to keep the case in his/her possession, or perhaps opt for the cash offer presented to them by the resident "bank" at the end of a series of rounds. Once the case is chosen, the remaining 23 cases are handed to each of the other players from the podium round. The contestant is then asked to nominate a number of cases (6 in the initial round, 5 in the next, etc.) to be opened so that the monetary amount in those cases can be revealed. The podium player holding each nominated case is asked to hazard a guess as to the amount in their case - and if they're correct, they win a cash prize.

The number of cases to be revealed in each round is as follows:

Round 1 - 6 cases (correct guess: $6000)
Round 2 - 5 cases (correct guess: $5000)
Round 3 - 4 cases (correct guess: $4000)
Round 4 - 3 cases (correct guess: $3000)
Round 5 - 2 cases (correct guess: $2000)
Round 6 and any subsequent round - 1 case (correct guess: $1000)

The aim of the player is to hopefully not reveal the larger cash prizes. At the end of each round - the "bank" will offer the contestant a monetary amount to try and convince them to make a "deal" and quit the game at that point. The amount the contestant is offered is based on the odds that that player might have the $2 million in their possession (or some other large prize money amount). If the contestant believes that they are in possession of big bucks or that the deal the bank offer is not worth considering - they will say "no deal" and the game will move on to another round.

It's a high tension game that relies strongly on luck, timing and a great deal of courage. I find it a great deal of fun