Second guessing every decision

Deal or No Deal South Africa


Part game show, part psychological thriller, Deal or No Deal is the ultimate stomach-knotting test of nerves.



Genre: Game Show
Aired: 2008
Season: 2

Deal or No Deal is the most flexible game show ever invented. It can play as a primetime 90 or 60-minute weekly special, or as a slot-winning 30, 40, or 50-minute daily stripped runs. The secret to the show's success is in its dramatic finale.

In the exhilarating end game, the contestant faces 26 cash boxes, containing cheques varying from a measly amount to millions. Without knowing the content of each box, he picks one, his to keep no matter what. The box stays sealed, as do the 25 remaining ones that are divided amongst other contestants. Who's holding the jackpot? Does the winner's box contain a stingy sum or an absolute fortune? Nobody knows.

One by one, the finalist chooses six boxes, revealing cheques of different values. As each one is opened, the likelihood of the finalist having a high valued cheque in his own box decreases or increases. Now, an unseen opponent, the Banker, offers the player an amount of money in exchange for his cash box. Does he strike a deal with the Banker, or does he keep playing?

The contestant knows that as long as the big cash box hasn't been opened, the Banker's offers will only get higher and higher. As he continues to play, fewer boxes will remain and so he will receive even more offers from the Banker.

What if he accidentally opens the jackpot box? In that case, the Banker's offer drops dramatically. But what if the jackpot is in his own box? Is he cool enough to go all the way and find out, or does he play it safe and make a deal?