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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, May 09, 2006

Room 101 (£101,000 that is)

A total stranger walks up to you in the street and gives you £101,000, just like that.

But before you walk off to the travel agents with an enormous grin on your face, he makes you an offer. He'll toss a coin, and if it's heads he'll give you £250,000 instead, or £20,000 if it's tails... or if you like you could just walk off with the £101,000. What do you do, punk? WHAT DO YOU DO??

Well myself and pretty much everyone I've asked would take the £101,000... but not poor Morris on Saturday night. In what must be the best episode of DOND yet, in a haze of unaccountable faith in his box, he tossed that metaphorical coin and sadly came off worst.

What would you have decided to do? Put yourself in Morris' shoes, and these are the options before you, in what I'd perceive to be descending order of preference:
A) Refuse The Banker's offer and win £250,000
B) Accept The Banker's offer and see £20,000 in your box
C) Accept The Banker's offer and see £250,000 in your box
D) Refuse The Banker's offer and win £20,000

This sums up the conundrum that many of the contestants go through. In Morris' case, what would be worse - actively losing £81,000, or not winning an extra £149,000? Morris clearly saw option D) as preferable to option C), and when the dust settles, I hope that his thought process was simply "If the worst thing that happens to me today is winning £20,000, then I'm not doing too badly."

In terms of game history however, Morris was always onto a "sticky wicket" (even though he stuck to his soccer metaphor throughout the game!) Only 10 players in 161 games (less than 7%) have ever truly "Beaten The Banker", i.e. won more money than The Banker's highest offer, and with Gaz last week being the biggest ever winner in this respect, it may have been too much to expect 2 winners of that magnitude in one week.

His appalling verses notwithstanding, Morris brought a lot of people a lot of enjoyment, and let's hope that was worth that £81,000...


Pinwiz said...

Here's the way I look at it. Morris was risking 81,000 to win 149,000. He was getting almost 2:1 payback on a coin flip. If you're a gambler, that almost irresistable. I cheered him on to end, and I do think he made the right choice as long as there were not other pressing expenses.

Adie said...

Absolutely Pinwiz, but the biggest factor here (for me) is that this was presumeably a one-time-only opportunity for Morris, and he turned down a certain "life-changing sum" (I think £101,000 qualifies) to take the chance of winning £250,000, with the downside being a far from life-changing £20,000. Yes, as a gambler it was a good chance to take, but as a bloke with wife, kids & a mortgage, I'm not so sure... all power to him regardless!

Ìain said...

I like to think that I would have done exactly what Morris did, but I am really not sure I would have had the guts at the end to make that last call. He knew exactly what he was doing, he was risking the farm, and he stayed with his convictions all the way. In my days in the RAF and the police, having the right guy to protect my back was priority number one - I would have been very happy with Morris.