Deal or No Deal

Published: 07/01/2013

The wildly popular television game show called “Deal or No Deal” made its debut in 2005 with Noel Edmonds as host. From the outset, the show captured the imagination of the viewing public. Edmonds has fondly named loyal followers of Deal or No Deal the “Red Box Club,” which today includes more than four million viewers.

It comes as no surprise, then, that software developer International Game Technology contracted to create a slot version of the successful game—Deal or No Deal – The Banker’s Riches. In late 2011, it began appearing in online casinos as Bet365, soon followed by scratchcard and instant win versions to meet the high demand for more ways to play.

The Deal or No Deal slot game follows a standard 5-reel, 20-payline format. Betting denominations range from £0.01 to £0.25 per line, which makes for a maximum wager of £5.00. The amount of the wager may be adjusted using the arrows beneath the second reel. Clicking on Max Bet will activate all 20 paylines, although it will not affect the amount wagered per line.

The basic symbols used on the reels are cards, Jacks through Aces, worth line multipliers of 5X through 100X for winning combinations of three or more matches per active payline. The Jack also pays 2X for just two matches and it is the only symbol to do so.

Other symbols appearing on the reels include the Coffee Cup, Ledger Books, Game Table, Banker’s Seal and the Banker himself, reaching for the phone in silhouette. These symbols pay out from 5X to 500X for three or more matches. The very highest payouts are awarded for catching three or more matching Red or Orange Mystery Boxes. They pay from 250X to 2500X times the payline wager. For all winning combinations, the symbols animate by rotating.

There is also a wild symbol on the reels—the Deal or No Deal Neon Logo. It substitutes for all symbols except the Telephone Scatter. When one or more wild Neon Logos appear in a winning combination, the highest win is paid and any number of wilds doubles the value of the prize awarded for the payline.

Catching three or more Telephone Scatters on the reels in any position will randomly activate one of the game’s three Bonus Features. The most common of these is the “Banker’s Best Offer.” The player will be offered up to ten cash amounts, one by one. If the player accepts any of the offers by pressing the “Deal” button, the cash is awarded and the bonus ends. Clicking on “No Deal” will reveal the next offer. If none of the first nine offers is accepted, the tenth offer is automatically paid out and the Bonus ends.

The second most common Bonus is called “The Reel Banker.” The player receives unlimited free spins, accumulating whatever amounts are won in winning combinations on the paylines. However, as soon as the Banker symbol appears anywhere on the middle reel, the Bonus ends.

The most lucrative of the Bonus Features is “The Jackpot.” It resembles the game as it is played on television. If the player wagered the maximum 20 lines when the Bonus was triggered, the top cash value for The Jackpot is the progressive jackpot indicated at the top of the screen. If fewer than 20 lines were played, an alternative cash prize can be won.

To begin The Jackpot round, the player chooses a “Lucky Box” from among those pictured on the screen. Then, other boxes are opened one by one to reveal cash amounts. After six boxes have been opened, the Banker makes the player an offer for the Lucky Box. The player may accept the offer by clicking on “Deal” or reject it by clicking on “No Deal.”

The player may reject up to four offers. If the “final offer” is not accepted, the player has the opportunity to swap the Lucky Box for another box on the table. The object is to end up with the box containing the progressive jackpot amount. Note, too, that the progressive can only be won through the Bonus Features mode.

Published on: 07/01/2013

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