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$.01 is the lowest amount in the American version of Deal or No Deal.


  • 1 Winners
  • 2 Sellers
  • 3 Swappers (Daytime show only)
  • 4 Trivia

Winners [ edit | edit source ]

Three contestants have won $.01: One on the primetime show and two on the daytime show.

  • Heather McKee on the January 3, 2008 show (Million Dollar Mission; played with three $1,000,000 cases).
  • Cherise Matthews on the October 19, 2009 show.
  • Erica Kilcoyne on the January 14, 2010 show.

Sellers [ edit | edit source ]

Twenty other people have picked the $.01 case, but sold it for a greater value of money before it was won.

  • Eric Paulson, March 10, 2006, Deal for $19,000
  • Robin Mullins, September 18, 2006, Deal for $102,000
  • Jed Dodds, October 20, 2006, Deal for $172,000
  • Summer Andrew, December 5, 2007, Deal for $59,000 (Took her husband’s winnings of $74,000, as he was playing backstage and his winnings were kept secret until the end)
  • Anabel Gomez, February 20, 2008, Deal for $99,000
  • Allison Doheny, May 14, 2008, Deal for $32,000 and a $3,200 Martha Stewart fan package
  • Maurice Jones, September 15, 2008, Deal for $8,000 (Daytime show)
  • Maria Marcellas, November 7, 2008, Deal for $1,400 (Daytime show)
  • Tia Lampone, November 14, 2008, Deal for $300 ($2,000,000 top prize)
  • Andrew Harris, November 18, 2008, Deal for $10,000 (Daytime show)
  • Amanda and Lauren Foster, February 4, 2009, Deal for $58,000 (Daytime show, twins week)
  • Thomas Fritze, May 18, 2009, Deal for $220,000
  • Kalley Chen, October 9, 2009, Deal for $127,000 (Daytime show, the rest of the following sellers are from the daytime show as well)
  • Jenna Richardson, October 15, 2009, Deal for $9,000
  • Ann Langford, October 23, 2009, Deal for $150 (Halloween week)
  • Wise Haderi, January 26, 2010, Deal for $11 (Runner-up to lowest offer ever taken, second to only Brett Kurtz’s $8 deal on March 24, 2006)
  • Venise Fleurisma, February 16, 2010, Deal for $11,000
  • George Potts, May 4, 2010, Deal for $10,000
  • Lavern Allen, May 13, 2010, Deal for $19,000
  • Mark Halsel, May 25, 2010, Deal for $168,000 (Swapped out $500,000 top prize case)

In addition to this, contestant Emika Porter on the February 7, 2007 played a Double Deal game where all the amounts on the board were doubled, thus making the top prize $2,000,000. She sold her case #22 for $15,000, which held the lowest amount possible: $.02.

Swappers (Daytime show only) [ edit | edit source ]

An additional nine contestants on the daytime show were initially behind the $0.01 case, but swapped it out for a higher value.

  • Joseph Palatka, September 18, 2008, Won $21,000 (New case held $5)
  • Geri Mantuca, October 15, 2008, Won $55 (New case held $100)
  • Sabrina Baxter, November 5, 2008, Won $96,000 (New case held $500,000)
  • Perry Stalin, January 19, 2009, Won $19,000 (New case held $200)
  • Marcia and Melanie, February 6, 2009, Won $1 (New case held $1; twins week)
  • Dan Yandis, April 21, 2009, Won $41,000 (New case held $7,500)
  • Violetta Wright, May 7, 2009, Won $3,500 (New case held $300)
  • Kimberly Astrologo, September 17, 2009, Won $89,000 (New case held $2,500)
  • Tim Wilson, January 12, 2010, Won $5 (New case held $5)

$.01 is the lowest amount in the American version of Deal or No Deal. 1 Winners 2 Sellers 3 Swappers (Daytime show only) 4 Trivia Three contestants have won $.01: One on the primetime show and two on the daytime show. Heather McKee on the January 3, 2008 show (Million Dollar Mission; played with…

Deal or No Deal (USA)

Deal or No Deal (USA)


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  • 1 History
  • 2 Rules
  • 3 Set
  • 4 Game Board
  • 5 September 17, 2007 and August 25, 2008 changes
  • 6 2018 changes
  • 7 Sidegames
    • 7.1 The Green Case
    • 7.2 Double or Nothing
    • 7.3 Hershey’s Kisses 100th Anniversary $100,000,000 Spectacular
    • 7.4 Two Games at Once
    • 7.5 Winner Take All
    • 7.6 The Deal Wheel
    • 7.7 The Banker’s Challenge
    • 7.8 The Reindeer Game
    • 7.9 Happy New Year!
    • 7.10 Surprise Case
  • 8 Daytime version
  • 9 Reruns
  • 10 Trivia
  • 11 See also

History [ edit | edit source ]

Deal or No Deal began airing on December 19, 2005. The show was originally broadcast for ABC but they opted for a different show to fill in the gap. NBC then grabbed up the rights and broadcasted their first show. USA had followed many countries in producing its version notably the UK. Starting on September 8, 2008, a syndicated daytime variation of the show premiered. The final episode of the NBC primetime version aired on May 18, 2009. In February 2010, it was officially announced that the daytime version would be canceled in May due to low ratings. The final daytime episode aired on May 28, 2010.

The show got a revival on CNBC, premiering on December 5, 2018. Taping of the show began in July 2018 and concluded on August 11, 2018.

Rules [ edit | edit source ]

The 26 models of Deal or No Deal USA, during Season 4.

This 2005 excerpt of DOND USA shows model Dawn placing case #14 on the podium.

The show always began with 26 models walking down steps, with 26 briefcases in their hands and with Howie always saying his famous line to them, “Hello, ladies”, and they would reply with “Hi, Howie”. Host Mandel calls the name of a random studio audience member, who comes up to the contestant’s podium to start the game. This has been occasionally different. Whenever a special guest is playing, a higher top prize is being offered, or the Million Dollar Mission or Multi-Million Dollar Madness is going on, the contestants will come out of the Deal or No Deal vault instead, like crossover contestants (see below). On two occasions, Howie even went backstage to take a person thinking they would be in the audience to be the contestant. As Howie states at the beginning of a game, “There are 26 cases held by 26 lovely ladies. Each of them is holding a random amount of money. We don’t know what’s in any case, because they were placed there by a third party. We do know that one of those cases is holding/The amounts go from. $1,000,000, all the way down to a penny.” The contestant must choose the case that they think has the million. Then the model of the case picked brings the case down and hands it to Howie, who places it on the podium (although the first five episodes in 2005 saw the models place the case in the podium).

As shown, the models have suitcases. (In the photo, the models Aubrie Lemon and Kelly Brannigan)

The game has nine rounds, with the number of cases that need to be opened decreasing by 1 for each round. Howie tells each player, before round 1 starts, that “Whatever amounts we find in those cases is not in your case/Whatever’s in those is not in yours.”

Here is the order of the cases opened per round:

Round 1 6 cases to open
Round 2 5 cases to open
Round 3 4 cases to open
Round 4 3 cases to open
Round 5 2 cases to open
Rounds 6-9 1 case to open

At the end of each round, contestants receive an offer from the Banker, who, as stated above, “calculates the odds of having a lot of money in one’s case and tries to get the contestant out of here with as little money as possible.” The contestant then must decide whether to say “Deal” or “No Deal”; if they say “Deal”, they must press a flashing red button in a small case; if they say “No Deal” they must close the case and continue the game. If a contestant takes an offer, the rest of the game is played out to see what would have happened, except if time is running short, the player was not going to win much, or if only two cases are remaining at the time of the final offer. If a contestant turns down all nine offers from the Banker, Howie offers a swap between the final two cases. This final swap was never taken, although three contestants claimed they would have taken it had they gone all the way. All three of them would have ended up with one of the top two amounts. These rules were adjusted sometimes. The board was occasionally modified (see below) and on the show’s 200th episode celebration, contestants played Speed Deal or No Deal, where they chose all cases for a round at once, they were all opened right away, and they only had 20 seconds to decide to say “Deal” or “No Deal”. If time ran out, it was an automatic “No Deal”. The rest of the game also was not played out in that episode after a deal was taken and just showed what was in their case (although this did rarely happen on regular games). Unlike other versions of the show, like the UK and Australia for example, the US version features crossover contestants, whose names are called again after the models are introduced and they come out of the Deal or No Deal vault, an offstage set where Howie usually introduces the episodes. However, in the first five episodes in 2005, the crossover contestants simply come out of the audience, sitting in the front row for obvious reasons.

Set [ edit | edit source ]

The set has been changed a few times. The first set, used from December 19, 2005 to December 23, 2005, was used in CBS Television City in Hollywood, where other famous American game shows like “The $25,000 Pyramid” were taped. On February 27, 2006, a brand new set was built in the Sunset-Gower Studios and was used for the rest of the first season until June 5, 2006. On September 18, 2006, another new set was introduced, this time being in The Culver Studios, and was used for the rest of the primetime show and the first season of the daytime show. In July 2009, the Culver Studios set was shipped to Waterford, Connecticut in the Sonalysts Studio to reduce production costs. The set had to be scaled down to fit the studio and was filmed there until the show’s end on May 28, 2010.

For the show’s 2018 revival (which aired on CNBC), its first season was taped at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Florida.

Game Board [ edit | edit source ]

This is the game board at the start of the game

The board is quite simple. The money amounts range from $1,000,000 all the way down to $0.01. The background is black and orange with the money on gold bars.

The board has been different occasionally. The show’s second week from February 28, 2006, to March 3, 2006, saw the top prize increase by $500,000 for each show the top prize was not won, which eventually reached $3,000,000. As a joke, the $3,000,000 board also had the lowest amount possible being $.03. During the Season 2 premiere week in September 2006, a very similar variant was done. The top prize grew by $1,000,000 for each contestant rather than $500,000 for each day. And the top prize reached $6,000,000 there. To make room for more seven-figure prizes on these boards, $300,000 and $400,000 were removed and $200,000 was replaced by $250,000. On four occasions in Season 2, the amounts of the board were doubled (Double Deal). September 26, 2007, saw the debut of the Million Dollar Mission, where every time the million was not won, the next highest amount would be replaced with a million (I.E., for 2 million-dollar cases, $750K gets replaced by a million, 3 MDC’s, $500K gets replaced, and so on). The M$M was done four times from September 2007 to October 2008, which produced the show’s first two millionaires, Jessica Robinson and Tomorrow Rodriguez. From May 2007 to June 2007, the M$M came back under the name, “Multi-Million Dollar Madness”. During these shows, the contestant would be placed in a chamber where golden balls would float around. Each ball had a number from 2 to 13. A contestant had to grab one of these balls and whatever number it has will be the number of million-dollar cases in their game. Five contestants from November 2008 to December 2008 played with the same $2,000,000 board used in 2006 (The $2,000,000 had a whitish-yellow outline in Season 4). Sometimes, amounts are replaced with prizes, although these are usually gag prizes on the left side of the board. Thanksgiving 2006 saw $10 being replaced by a pumpkin pie and $25 by a turkey. Thanksgiving 2007 saw these prizes return, as well as gravy, which replaced $.01, cranberry sauce, which replaced $1, and stuffing, which replaced $5. On Christmas 2007, gag prizes were used again. $1 was replaced by coal, $5 was replaced by eggnog. and $10 was replaced by fruitcake. Gag prizes were also used in the Rockin’ 80’s special in January 2008, $1 was replaced by a scrunchy, $5 was replaced by hairspray, $10 was replaced by leg warmers, and $25 was replaced by a boom box. The only time a real prize was in play was on January 14, 2008, where a truck replaced the $50,000 spot. On June 12, 2019, the background was black with colors from a Monopoly board.

September 17, 2007 and August 25, 2008 changes [ edit | edit source ]

On the Season 3 premiere on September 17, 2007, the show saw a few major changes. The first and most noticeable change is that the interior of the cases was changed from blue to red. The original music used when cases were being opened were scrapped for three new pieces replacing it: One was used for rounds 1-3, one was used for rounds 4-5, and one was used for rounds 6-9. The set was also slightly modified, with three lights being added to the left of the gallery. These changes remained on the primetime and daytime shows until Deal or No Deal USA ended on May 28, 2010.

Also, at the beginning of Season 4 on August 25, 2008, the Banker’s Office was changed. Lights were added to the back and there was more room for the Banker to stand up and walk around. Also, Host Howie Mandel started wearing a tie, stating before the season premiere that, “I am so excited about giving away $1,000,000, I am wearing a tie.” But these changes were not seen on the daytime version as the season 3 set was used.

2018 changes [ edit | edit source ]

In 2018, coinciding with new episodes airing on CNBC, the Banker’s gender has been changed to female, and she now contacts the host via a smartphone. The contestant is given only one opportunity during the game to present a counter-offer after receiving an offer from the Banker. If the Banker accepts the counter-offer, the contestant receives that amount of money and the game ends. If she rejects the counter-offer, the game must continue into the next round and the option is gone. Howie often told the contestants about this opportunity by stating that “this is Deal or No Deal: 2.0”.

Similar to the syndicated series, there is no option to swap cases after the final round, when only the contestant’s case and one other are still in play. If the contestant rejects the Banker’s final offer, he/she receives the amount in the originally chosen case, plus any applicable bonuses.

Sidegames [ edit | edit source ]

Occasionally, Deal or No Deal or the Banker offers (or assigns) a side game during or after their regular game. Here are the side games the show has seen.

The Green Case [ edit | edit source ]

On the Thanksgiving 2006 special, a special GREEN case was brought out for Terra Walker’s game. What would happen is that if Terra could go through eleven cases without opening up the million, she would win what was in the case. Unfortunately, she knocked out the million on her third case.

Double or Nothing [ edit | edit source ]

On January 7, 2007 and January 21, 2007, Double or Nothing was offered to the contestant that night. Throughout the two shows, Howie claimed he would ask a question at the end of the show, but it was not deal or no deal, yet it could make them win $2,000,000. After the contestant finished their game, two giant cases were brought out on stage held by five of the Deal or No Deal models. Howie would explain that one case holds DOUBLE, and the other holds NOTHING and asks if they want to play. The two contestants decided not to play the game, but they played it out to see what would happen. When it was played, they would have to choose the left case or the right case (due to the fact that the cases were not numbered and had the Deal or No Deal logo printed on them). The five models then open the case (Howie does say all of their names) and then their winnings will double or go down to $0. The first contestant, Kathy Beck, won $99,000 but would have doubled it to $198,000 had she played. The second contestant, Angela Teta, won $1,000 and would have lost it had she played.

NOTE: The Australian version of the show, also had this special game.

Hershey’s Kisses 100th Anniversary $100,000,000 Spectacular [ edit | edit source ]

On November 16, 2007, in honor of Hershey’s Kisses celebrating its 100th anniversary, Howie claimed that a special game with a top prize of $100,000,000 will be played later in the show. Erin Kraft, had her game interrupted in the sixth round so the special game could be played. There were three teams of two chosen by a sweepstakes. Their colors were Gold, Red, and Blue, and they each had their own set of 150 cases. To win the $100,000,000, they had to pick two cases, and both of them must hold both halves of the Hershey’s Kiss for the $100,000,000 to be won. The 148 other cases will hold a “Not a Winner” sign. If the $100,000,000 was won by more than one team, it would have to be split. The three teams did not win the $100,000,000, as all the cases they chose held “Not a Winner,” but each team got a $100,000 consolation prize for showing up.

Two Games at Once [ edit | edit source ]

On December 5, 2007, contestant Summer Andrew claimed her husband was horrible at the Deal or No Deal Flash game on before beginning her game. The Banker called almost immediately and he said that because of mentioning her husband’s horrible skills at the game, he sent out a model to take him backstage and he would play the online game while Summer played the real game. At the end of the game, Summer would have to decide whether to take her winnings or her husband’s winnings. She, of course, won’t know what her husband wins. During her game, her husband’s board was displayed three times. Summer took the deal of $59,000. She then decided to take her husband’s winnings, and the model opened the case to reveal that her husband won $74,000, that’s what she left with.

Winner Take All [ edit | edit source ]

On December 10, 2007, February 7, 2008, and April 28, 2008, the games of the night were played under special Winner Take All rules. What would occur is that the contestants playing the special side game would come out of the vault (3 contestants on December 10, 2007 and 2 on February 7, 2008 and April 28, 2008) and Howie would explain the rules specifically that each will play a game and the other(s) will go backstage in separate rooms, not knowing what the contestant wins. The audience is also swapped out for each contestant so nobody knows what each player has won. At the end of the show, all the contestants reveal what they won, and the person that won the most won it all (I.E., that person won the total winnings of all the players (Their winnings + what the other player(s) won)). This made it possible to win up to almost $2 or $3 million (depending on the number of players). The first edition saw contestants Eric Serpino, Shalanda London, and David Vincent play the special competition. Eric won $50,000, Shalanda won $10,000, and David won $1, so Eric took home a total of $60,001. The second edition saw Jay Hughes and Kristine LeMieux play the game. Jay won $117,000, while Kristine won $121,000, so she took home a total of $238,000. On the final edition, which was also a Star Wars special, Star Wars fans Elyse McCrillis and Brad Flinchum played. Elyse won $13,000, while Brad won $196,000, so he took home a total of $209,000.

The Deal Wheel [ edit | edit source ]

On December 12, 2007, April 21, 2008, and April 23, 2008, contestants were forced to play a side game at the end of their game called the Deal Wheel, where they could double or triple their winnings, or lose half of it, allowing for a maximum prize of $3,000,000. The wheel had thirty spaces: 10 spaces had 1/2, 15 spaces had x2, and 5 spaces had x3. What would happen is that the contestant would spin the wheel, grab the golden ball from a nearby model, climb the stairs to the top of the wheel, and drop the ball to see what it lands in. During the ball drop, sound effects from the case openings are used. The ding used when a small amount is opened is used when the ball lands in x2 or x3, and the disasterous sound used when a big amount is opened is played when the ball lands in 1/2. The first contestant, Efren Afonte, halved his $296,000 to $148,000. The second, Anthony Moreira, doubled his $40,000 to $80,000. LeTia Soney doubled $15,000 and the value of her $5,100 Billy Blanks fan package to $40,200. Joseph Kobes tripled his $26,000 to $78,000. Tony Canastrano halved his $66,000 to $33,000. Finally, Jenna Steinhoff halved her $119,000 to $59,500. The Deal Wheel was reused in the daytime version, except it had numbers from 1-22 in random places. The two ladies, Tameka and Patricia dropped the ball in the wheel, and whoever’s number it lands on will be the contestant who plays for $500,000.

The Banker’s Challenge [ edit | edit source ]

In Seasons 3-5, the Banker’s Challenge was usually offered (and sometimes forced) to play. These challenges would usually give contestants bonus money that is theirs to keep no matter what, although this did not always happen. The first Banker’s Challenge appeared on February 11, 2008 (Million Dollar Mission game, she had 11 MDC’s). Contestant Tamika Kendall claimed she was like a princess, so the Banker said he would double the size of her $266,000 offer if she kissed a frog, a reference to the famous fairytale The Frog Prince. She declined, however, and said no deal to continue her game. Three days later, a contestant named Edward Tommasi claimed he would always use to take $5 bets on just about anything, so The Banker offered two of these bets. The first was to wear the same shoes as the Deal or No Deal models for the rest of the show. He did so and received $5 in bonus money. The Banker then offered another bet, which was to wear the same dress as the Deal or No Deal models, so he did so and won another bonus $5. He would take the deal of $131,000, bringing his total winnings to $131,010. (And ironically, his case had $5!) On April 7, 2008, The Banker offered a challenge to contestant Uchenna Emenaha. After stating that her brother wanted a new car, the Banker called before the game to give a challenge to win up to five new cars. All she had to do was keep the $1,000,000 case in play for the first five rounds to win all five. Each round she completed without hitting the million would guarantee her a new car, hers to keep no matter what. Unfortunately, she eliminated that on the VERY first case (#15). Two days later, The Banker offered Josh Akuna a chance to add up to $10,000 to his $143,000 offer. Because Josh said he was afraid of squirrels, as a squirrel attacked him while he was working on a telephone pole, The Banker placed three cards, respectively containing $1, $5,000, and $10,000, into a cage with the same squirrel that attacked him. Josh declined, and said no deal to continue his game. On April 16, 2008, The Banker offered a chance for contestants Trey Milburn, Ray Abboushi, Eric Cox, and Drew Hoffmann, who are fraternity brothers of Sigma Chi, a chance to add $30,000 to their $98,000 offer. What they had to do was pick up one of three placards from a pool of oatmeal. One had $10,000, one had $20,000, and one had $30,000. A fraternity brother from the audience did the job and picked up the $30,000 placard, increasing the offer to $128,000, which they took. On May 7, 2008, the Banker offered contestant Elaine Primeaux the chance to double the size of her $91,000 offer, sent out on a sign by a model, if she ate blood sausage, which she absolutely despised. She did so, but another model came out with a $91,000 sign double the size of the original one. On May 14, 2008, the Banker offered Allison Doheny a $10,000 bonus if she ate five Mopani worms. She did so and was guaranteed at least $10,000. She eventually dealt at $22,000 and a $3,200 Martha Stewart package, bringing her total winnings to $35,200. Season four saw the Banker’s Challenge become more common. It was offered to Koshka Blackburn on August 25, 2008, where if she turned down every offer, she would receive a $7,000 Broadway package. She did so and won that, as well as the $5,000 in her case, bringing her total winnings to $12,000. On October 3, 2008, contestant Tommy Knowlton said that he needed a new car. So the Banker offered a challenge where he could win a 2008 Smart Fortwo Passion, valued at $15,300. All he had to do to win it was open the door, sit in it, and close it. He easily did so and won the car. He took the deal of $448,000 later in the show, making his total winnings add up to $463,300. On October 22, 2008, the Banker offered a $10,000 bonus if contestant Richie Bell could keep his heart rate under 140 when he received, thought about, and decided what to do with his $261,000 offer. He successfully did so and won a bonus of $10,000. He also won $1 at the end of his game, bringing his total winnings to $10,001. On January 2, 2009, Mandy Quigley was offered a Banker’s Challenge for claiming she was afraid of heights, where she would be raised up on a harness where three cases holding $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 would be attached to ropes. Because of this, she could win up to a $16,000 bonus. She accepted, and successfully retrieved all three cases and won the whole $16,000 bonus. She took the deal for $35,000, making her total winnings $51,000. On May 4, 2009, David Lee was offered a bonus where he had to wear a styrofoam suit and retrieve two placards that read “BONUS” and “PRIZE,” where if he did so, he would win a bonus of $10,000. He accepted, and successfully got both to win the $10,000. He eventually took the deal of $14,000, making his total winnings $24,000. On December 5, 2018, Casey Heath was offered a bonus where she eliminated each member one at a time, where if she did so, she would win $5,000. She eventually took the deal of $103,000, making her total winnings $133,000. On December 19, 2018, the Banker offered a $10,000 addition to the offer, if contestant David Leeman cut his beard when he received it. He used his counteroffer for $100,000 and the Banker accepted it, making his total winnings $110,000. On January 16, 2019, contestant Bryce Gage said that he buy a new TV. So the Banker offered a challenge where he could win a 55″ HD-TV, valued at $699. All he had to do to win it was beat Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic and got the most baskets in thirty seconds. After the time is expired, he and Jonathan played to a 1-1 tie, and they both won the TV. He took the deal of $69,000 later in the show, making his total winnings add up to $69,699. On June 12, 2019, the Banker offered a Planet Fitness Black Card to everyone in the audience if contestant Jorge Montero could pedal on an exercise bike and maintained a speed of 100 RPM or more when he received and took the deal for $119,000. On June 19, 2019, Michael Chandler offered a Banker’s Challenge where he would match the Banker’s “champion” move-for-move. He successfully did so and used his counteroffer for $77,000.

The Reindeer Game [ edit | edit source ]

On the Christmas 2008 special, a special side game was played where the nine lowest amounts (from $0.01 to $200), had the names of Santa’s nine reindeer. If the contestant can find all the names, they win a bonus of $25,000. The names are tracked on a board placed above the supporter’s bench. The first contestants, the Calhoun family, took the deal of $107,000 when Rudolph and Vixen were still on the board. Their case held $5, which was the Vixen case (meaning it was impossible to get the $25,000 bonus). The next contestant, Matt Zedwick, had the reindeers in his game randomized into different cases, but they were still in the lowest nine. After the sixth round, he opened up all the reindeer cases and won the $25,000 bonus. A round later, he also took the deal of $202,000, bringing his total winnings to $227,000.

Happy New Year! [ edit | edit source ]

Very similar to the Reindeer Game, the Happy New Year! game, played on January 1, 2009, is the same thing, except the bonus is worth $10,000, and 9 amounts on the left side have a “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” placard on them. The first contestant, Brian Crowder, shockingly made an early deal at $234,000 leaving in two remaining HAPPY NEW YEAR! cases. He had $500,000 in his case. The next contestant, Tunde Oyene, had all the HAPPY NEW YEAR! amounts randomized for her game. She opened all of them by the fifth round and won the $10,000 bonus. She also went all the way and case #2009 was opened, revealing “CAR,” which was a 2009 Ford Flex, worth $45,190, bringing her winnings to $55,190. She also won $100,000 in her case, bringing her total winnings to $155,190.

Surprise Case [ edit | edit source ]

The Surprise Case game is a special side game played on February 6, 2019 and August 7, 2019. where you could win a $25,000 bonus. To do so, you’d have to find the prize before dealing. The first contestant to play the special side game was Missy Silverman, who found the prize in case #26 and made a deal for $165,000, bringing her winnings to $190,000. The second contestant to play the special side game was Andrew Shelton, who used his counteroffer for $310,000, which she accepted. The prize was in case #20.

Daytime version [ edit | edit source ]

In 2006, a pilot for a daytime version of Deal or No Deal was shot, which was hosted by Arsenio Hall, as Howie Mandel did not want to host the daytime version. Despite this, the daytime version debuted on September 8, 2008 with Howie Mandel as host. The daytime version was syndicated, meaning it was broadcast on various different channels throughout the country. It was also only 20 minutes long, while the primetime was 40 minutes long. The format of the daytime show was different than the primetime version and more like the UK’s. There were 22 cases held by the 22 contestants that week with amounts ranging from $.01 to $500,000. The contestants were chosen by two of the primetime show’s models, Patricia Kara and Tameka Jacobs, through the Deal Wheel. Patricia spun the wheel, and Tameka dropped a golden ball into the wheel where numbers from 1 to 22 were in the slots. Whatever slot matched the contestant’s case number were to be that day’s contestant. The contestant brings down that case and hands it to Howie, who places it on the podium. They do have the option to swap out their assigned case before the game begins, but because of this, they cannot swap it out at the end like on the primetime show. The contestants onstage then open up the remaining 21 cases. Here is the game board:

$.01 $1,000
$1 $2,500
$5 $5,000
$10 $7,500
$25 $10,000
$50 $25,000
$100 $50,000
$200 $75,000
$300 $100,000
$400 $250,000
$500 $500,000

A week of shows is taped in one night as five contestants play the game but is edited so there will be one contestant per day, completely abandoning the crossover contestants that the primetime show had. Due to a smaller number of cases, the number of cases that have to be opened per round is different than in the primetime show. Because of this, there are only seven rounds rather than the primetime’s nine. Here are the number of cases opened per round:

Rounds 1-2 5 cases to open
Round 3 4 cases to open
Rounds 4-5 2 cases to open
Rounds 6-7 1 case to open

For one week in October 2008, round 4 had 3 cases to open rather than 2, so there were only 6 rounds for the five games of that week. Also, Double Deal returned, doubling all the money, but the daytime version changed it from Double Deal Day to Double Deal Week.

$.02 $2,000
$2 $5,000
$10 $10,000
$20 $15,000
$50 $20,000
$100 $50,000
$200 $100,000
$400 $150,000
$600 $200,000
$800 $500,000
$1,000 $1,000,000

The daytime version occasionally had sponsored weeks where contestants opening the cases onstage could win money and a prize. During Evian week, a contestant with the Evian case would win $1,000 and a year’s supply of Evian water. Another example is Listerine week, where the contestant with the Listerine case would win $7,500 and a trip. There was also Splenda week, where if that day’s contestant opened the case, the next offer would have an additional $10,000 added to it (which made contestants immediately say deal if their board had less than $10,000 available). There were also holiday-themed weeks like Halloween Week and Holiday Wishes Week, the latter featuring a Sears case where an onstage contestant with that case would win a $10,000 Sears gift card. Afterward, Howie would ask what they would “wish” for with the gift card. From the show’s start on September 8, 2008 to its end on May 28, 2010, nobody won the $500,000 top prize. The biggest winner was Chelsea Drakes, who won $275,000 on the Friday episode of Baby on Board week on September 26, 2008.

Deal or No Deal is a game show presented by Howie Mandel. 1 History 2 Rules 3 Set 4 Game Board 5 September 17, 2007 and August 25, 2008 changes 6 2018 changes 7 Sidegames 7.1 The Green Case 7.2 Double or Nothing 7.3 Hershey's Kisses 100th Anniversary $100,000,000 Spectacular 7.4 Two Games at…