If you own a working television then you can’t have failed to notice a massively popular programme entitled Deal or No Deal. Hosted by Noel Edmonds, the show sees a contestant choose which order to open a series of 22 identical red boxes, each of which reveals a cash amount from just 1p right up to £250,000. The contestant attempts to beat the banker and walk away the highest amount of money possible. Players can either accept a deal from the banker or turn down the deal to win the amount shown in the final box opened. The aim is to win the highest amount of cash possible, while the banker tries to give away as little as he can.
Deal or No Deal has been on our screens since 2005 and is aired on Channel 4. The programme, made by production company Endemol, is based on a format from the Netherlands. It has spawned an equally popular bingo game inspired by the show’s lasting appeal.
Obviously Deal or No Deal inspired bingo does, by its nature, vary a little from the source material but the two formats do have a lot in common. The bingo version is based around a 90- or 75-ball game. At the beginning of the game 22 of the bingo numbers are randomly assigned to red boxes with a cash value. Players will each be given one box. Each time a number with a box allocated to it is called, the corresponding box is opened to reveal an amount. It is then removed from the prize board. If a player wins with a full house then they must decide between accepting a deal from the banker or turning it down and taking the unknown amount they have inside their box.
If you’re new to the game or are of an indecisive nature then you can call on the rest of the players to vote on whether you should accept the banker’s deal or not.
Deal or No Deal Bingo has its very own website, which is a great place to start and get used to playing. However, the game is also available to play at most sites on the Virtue Fusion network. This includes some big names such as Sky Bingo, Gala Bingo and Mecca Bingo.
One of the main advantages to playing on the dedicated Deal or No Deal Bingo site is the presence of a progressive jackpot. If the winner of the full house finds a special token inside their box then the progressive jackpot can be claimed. The winner will receive 50% of the jackpot amount, while the other players will receive a percentage based on the number of tickets they had in the game. This means that you don’t have to be a winner to take home a decent amount of cash.
If you’re looking for an entertaining bingo game with a bit of a difference and an extra chance to win then Deal or No Deal Bingo could be perfect for you.