…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. 🙂