Have you ever envisaged entering ‘The Dream Factory’ , selecting your box and reliving the electrifying tension and tough decisions of Deal or No Deal? Well now you can. The Deal or No Deal online casino game follows the format of the famous TV game show, and you don’t even need to be a casino enthusiast to play. You just need to place your wager, choose your numbered box and play out the game, while waiting for that phone call from the mysterious banker.
While on the TV show, there are several theories about the algorithm that the Banker uses to select his offer, online, everything is decided by Random Number Generators (RNGs). But there’s not just the original online game – you can also find Deal or No Deal themed Slots, scratch cards and Bingo games online too, such is its popularity. In the Bingo game, if you’re lucky enough to win with a full-house, you’ll go on to play your very own Deal or No Deal board.
Let’s take a look on how Deal or No Deal has influenced all four corners of the globe.
Australian Deal or No Deal aired for a decade between 2003 and 2013, and was the first international version of the game show. The Australian version also used a number of special features to make the games more entertaining, including Fantastic Four, Double or Nothing and Mega-Guess. During its running, four contestants including one celebrity won the top prize of $200,000 – the first was Dean Cartechini, who rejected an offer of $102,500 and had a mere $5 in his other box, certainly spanking the banker.
The Brazilian show is known as Topa ou Não Topa and it’s still airing today, since its inception in August 2006. The grand prize is R$1,000,000 and it’s only be won once by a man named Paulo in April 2007. He rejected an offer of R$444,000 and had R$100 in his box. Brazil’s Deal or No Deal bears a similar resemblance to the US version, not only in terms of its set and the graphics, but it also uses 26 cases, which changed in value last year.
The original game, Miljoenenjacht, originated in the Netherlands and it was sponsored by the country’s postcode lottery. Unlike the format of many of the other variations found worldwide, the Dutch game show was based on Germany’s Die chance deines Lebens, and began with preliminary quiz rounds. Miljoenenjacht was created by John de Mol in November 2000 and is still running today, although there have only been two winners of the top prize. Arno Woesthoff was the biggest winner in worldwide game show history, winning Fl10,000,000 in September 2001, before the case game was introduced, while the 2009 winner won the top amount of €250,000.
UK game show fans will have fond memories of the Channel 4 programme, hosted by Noel Edmonds, which disappeared from screens in December 2016, after 13 years of fun. Over the course of 3,000+ episodes, there were seven winners of the top prize of £250,000 – the first was Laura Pearce in January 2007, and the last was Vikki Heenan in December 2016 on the final show. Alongside the usual format, there were also plenty of special editions, with seasonal themes such as Halloween week, the Banker’s Birthday week and Love week for Valentine’s Day, as well as celebrity versions of the show.
Đi tìm ẩn số is Vietnam’s answer to Deal or No Deal and literally means ‘Find the Unknowns’. The game originally followed the format of the Australian version, with 20 cases and the top prize of 50,000,000Đ, before changing to replicate the American game show – with 26 cases and the top prize doubled to 100,000,000Đ. Like the original Dutch game, there is a quiz round before the briefcase round as well, but it’s much shorter. Over the course of the 12 years that Đi tìm ẩn số ran, there were four winners of the top prize, two celebrities and two members of the general public.