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Deal or No Deal Live: Overview
Designed in partnership with Endemol Shine, Deal or No Deal Live has been billed as ‘The world’s first 24 hour online live game show’. Based on the hit TV program of the same name, Deal or No Deal Live gives players the chance to try their luck, and test their mettle against the mysterious banker to maximise their winnings. Deal or No Deal has featured in several popular slots; now Evolution Gaming offers a live version, hosted by real dealers.
Deal or No Deal Live is played in three phases. The first two, Qualifying and Top Up, occur on an RNG powered wheel, while the third phase takes place in a live studio. Arranged in rows along the back of the room are sixteen cases containing hidden numbers. One is selected at random to be the lucky case which is placed at the front of the room. The room itself is not Evolution Gaming’s most attractive, but it is modern, bright, and does a decent job of recreating the Deal or No Deal setting.
Unlike many of Evolution Gaming’s live range, two dealers run the show on Deal or No Deal Live. Up front is the main host, who holds the mic and does all the talking, while the second host goes about the business of managing the cases. At the top, left-hand side of the screen is a chat box where players can communicate with the dealers who are willing to assist with queries. This is a mark of the professionalism you can expect to find when playing a live Evolution game, who always provide top-quality hosts to run the show.
Much of Deal or No Deal Live is played on two digital wheels, governed by a random number generator, rather than using a physical money wheel. Rest assured that due to licenses from regulators such as the MGA, UKGC, and the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, you can expect outcomes to conform to what Evolution claims. From a theoretical return standpoint, this means an RTP value of 95.42%. Bets start at 10 p/c per round, and players get to open lucky cases on any device.
Deal or No Deal Live: Features
At its core, Deal or No Deal Live offers the same format as the hit TV show, plus adds a few extra rounds at the start of each game. It might be a little confusing for fans at first, yet it’s quite simple once you have the hang of it. There are three stages to go through before you find out what is in the winning case.
The Qualification round is first, which takes place on a three-reel wheel-like device. Before spinning, players may choose one of the 16 briefcases to be the largest prize case. Alternatively, the default is set to box 16. Players then select one of three modes to spin the wheel on – normal, easy, or very easy. The easier the setting, the more each spin costs, but the more likely you are to qualify for the next round. When three gold segments line up on the wheel, players qualify for phase two. Each non-qualifying spin forfeits the bet while qualifying spins set the prize amount in each case.
Next is the optional Top Up wheel. Here players may choose to increase the amount of money in any of the briefcases by 5x to 50x their bet. You can repeat this step as much as you like within the set amount of time.
Finally, phase three occurs in a live studio where contestants are confronted with 16 briefcases containing hidden numbers. On the side of the screen, the 16 numbers and their corresponding prize values are listed. The objective is to open cases until two are left – hopefully they hold the largest prizes. Along the way, the banker makes offers which players can deal or no deal.
One of the hosts starts by opening three briefcases and the numbers they reveal are removed from the prize list. Then the banker makes their first offer, which is always lower than the top possible prize remaining. Players can accept (deal) and end the round, or refuse the deal to continue. This procedure is repeated two more times until just two briefcases remain. The banker makes one last offer, or lets players swap the cases if they so choose. Players can take the offer, or open the final box to win whatever is inside. Once concluded, players move back to the qualifying round to start the process again.
Deal or No Deal Live: Verdict
For the most part, Evolution Gaming has faithfully recreated the most exciting parts of Deal or No Deal in a live gambling environment. It might take a moment to get to grips with the first two phases of each game round before being fully confident of what’s going on. The rules are not complicated; it’s just the first two phases aren’t part of the show so they won’t be familiar straight away.
The rest of Deal or No Deal Live is very close to the show though, so fans will be thrilled to be in the middle of the action, rather than watching someone else take centre stage. There’s all the drama of opening cases one by one and the dilemma of whether to accept the banker’s offer or deny it. As to payouts, the biggest is 500x, which will need to be in one of the final cases to hit.
Deal or No Deal Live isn’t held in the flashiest room that Evolution offers, but it is clean and functional enough to host showdowns between you and the banker. Some of the personal connection between contestants and host is missing, but the trade-off for fans is they are the one who gets to sit in the hot seat.