Syndicated Deal or No Deal is the same game we all know and love, with a twist! The half-hour syndicated show clips along at a faster pace, with several game play changes that will hook viewers both new and seasoned.
: Howie Mandel
: Scott St. John
: September 8th 2008
: Weekdays (check local listings for times)
'Deal or No Deal' in Syndication - Overview:
Game play is basically the same as in prime time Deal or No Deal
. Contestants still choose a case to keep, then knock out dollar amounts on the big board by selecting a series of other cases to open. The goal is still to keep the high dollar amounts in play, eliciting larger offers from the Banker. The key to playing the game successfully still relies on knowing when to accept an offer and walk away.
22 potential contestants line up, holding numbered cases, where the models usually stand. Only two of the models - Patricia who holds case number 9, and Tameka who holds case number 21 in the prime time show – appear in this version. The models spin the Deal Wheel, which contains the numbers from 1 to 22, and drop a ball as the wheel is spinning. The ball lands on a number, and the contestant holding the corresponding case then gets to play the game.
Contestants chosen to play can either keep the case they've been assigned, or choose a new one to hang onto throughout their game.
The remaining potential contestants get to stay for the week and continue to have the chance to play the game, and new ones are brought in to take the places of those who are selected to play.
There are a few other changes that both speed up game play to fit the half-hour format, and add a different flavor to the show. These changes include:
- Only 22 cases are in play throughout the game
- There are no friends and family on hand for support
- Case selection goes from 6-5-4-3-2-1 in the prime time show to 5-5-4-2-2-1-1 in syndication
- The top dollar amount on the board is $500,000
- The Banker's offers are based mostly on how well he likes the contestant, rather than dollar amounts that have been knocked out
Just as the prime time Deal or No Deal has themed episodes and special events, the syndicated version will also have week-long themes from time to time. One such theme is a "Couples Week" where couples get to play the game together.