The first rule of “Deal or No Deal”….

…thou shalt not deal when the top value is still on the board.  (There are exceptions.  None of them are relevant tonight.)

Proof: Tonight’s 2-hour deal, where not one, but two contestants left $1,000,000 on the table.  They took safe deals of $99,000 and $81,000 (and I’ll get back to THAT musclehead in just a minute) and left a fortune behind.

I assume you’ve watched Deal or No Deal… you know the round structure.  Well, until tonight, NOBODY took a deal before the 4th round (“3 cases to open”, ending with 8 cases to play).  Tonight, the contestant who looked like the mutant child of wrestlers Bill Goldberg and Roddy Piper panicked and took $81,000 after the third round.  Among the 11 cases still in play when he dealt out were $300,000, $400,000, and $1,000,000.  As always, they played the game out, and the magnitude of his mistake was apparent quickly.

So here’s the point.  If I *EVER* get on “Deal or No Deal”, I will not deal until the $1,000,000 case is off the board (or one of those exceptions comes up, like it’s a $1,000,000 or $1 coinflip)… and if I renege on this promise, please feel free to call me a dirty rotten coward. 🙂


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