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:
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:
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