Welcome to donduk. A refuge for those who enjoy Deal or No Deal, the hit Channel 4 gameshow hosted by Noel Edmonds. The award winning gameshow Deal or No Deal has become a big hit for Channel 4 and marks a sensational return to our screens of Noel Edmonds.

Deal or No Deal is enjoyed my millions of viewers daily, where the contestants battle with The Banker to try and win a jackpot of £250,000. Here at donduk you will find full daily reports of each show, as well Deal or No Deal news and specials. Deal or No Deal although initially appearing very simple in format of just opening a few boxes for the chance to win some big money prizes, actually has some potentially complex decisions to be made at points throughout the show, the contestants occasionally try complex or simple gameplay in an attempt to give them an edge in beating the Banker.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Numbers Blunder?

On March 4th The Mirror Newspaper reported that a technical hitch with DOND's computer could have cost it millions.

Headed: DONE DEAL
Numbers blunder nearly cost Noel hit show millions

Here is the link to the article if you wish to read it in full.

"The popular Channel 4 show is supposed to be a game of chance with players picking random numbers to open a series of boxes to win cash prizes.

But a technical glitch meant just five sequences kept cropping up and eagle-eyed fans could have spotted the pattern and made up to £250,000 each. One has cropped up 10 times since January 23 and another nine times. "


"Producer Glenn Hugill said: "This could have cost us millions in prize money if it had continued undetected because we don't analyse the distribution of numbers and the contestants often do. This is incredibly embarrassing." "

"There are 51,090,942,171,709,440,000 possible sequences in which they could be opened. But the computer repeated patterns for weeks before it was spotted.
For example, in one sequence already repeated several times, prizes appear in ascending boxes in this order: £50k, £10, £3k, £100k... "

What I don't quite follow is how you & I could have profited. I guess they mean that the contestants taking part at the time could have realised what amounts were in which boxes and deliberately chosen the box with £250,000 in it. But even then they would have had to be picked for the "hot seat" for that show.

2 comments:

Ben Moor said...

or left it till last and hoped they get offered the swap.

Mister Al said...

The contestants have no control over what amount is in their box, but if they know where the big money is they can avoid opening those boxes, ensuring the Banker offers them a large amount.

You don't have to have a large amount in your box to win big.