Last Updated: 29 Jan 2006
Facts In Brief


Andrew O'Keefe

Produced by: Southern Star Endemol

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(17 Jun 2004)

Deal or No Deal > 2004-2005

Deal Or No Deal

A new daytime version with 150 contestants - whittled down to one - given one chance in 24 of picking up $200,000!


A new, shortened weekday version was adopted - to partner up with "Wheel of Fortune" in the pre-news timeslot.

The audience is divided up into 6 even teams (3 Red and 3 Blue) of 25 contestants each. At the start of the game - one team is chosen randomly and they go on to play the podium round. These 25 contestants, plus a randomly selected player from one of the other teams (who wins $500 automatically) - vie as individuals to answer 3 questions correctly in the quickest time to make it to the main game.

The main game plays in the same way as the original version - which sees the lucky individual contestant select a gold briefcase from one of 24 hostesses. Each case is numbered 1 to 26 - and contains a monetary amount ranging from 5 cents to the major prize of $200,000. 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: $1000)
Round 2 - 5 cases (correct guess: $1000)
Round 3 - 4 cases (correct guess: $1000)
Round 4 - 3 cases (correct guess: $1000)
Round 5 - 2 cases (correct guess: $1000)
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 major prize 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.