I don’t understand people who think there is a system to Deal Or No Deal. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a game show in which the player systematically opens boxes, each containing a value between 1p and £250,000. One of those boxes belongs to the player, but it is unknown how much money it contains. Every few boxes, the anonymous “Banker” calls and tries to buy the box off the player, offering them money dependant on the values still in the game. They can either accept or reject the offer, and if they haven’t accepted one by the end of the game, they get whatever amount of money is in their box. A very simple format which, owing to the fact there is no possible way to tell what value is in which box, is based entirely on luck.
Despite this, people come on the show in droves with carefully plotted “systems” which they believe can help them ascertain where the big money is. It simply doesn’t work like that; each value is randomly placed in the boxes at the beginning of each game, and each player randomly selects a box to have as their own. I can’t see what part of that suggests that there would be a system.
Needless to say, each of these deluded hopefuls get their hopes and dreams of controlling the game completely crushed. Most of them realise there is no system as they play (which partially restores my ever-dying faith in human intelligence), but some finish the game still believing there is some way to “beat” the game, and that they somehow “fell short of the solution” (which promptly crushes any renewed faith). However, these people are the contestants who make the show most interesting to watch, albeit in that “circus freak show” kind of way which seems to be favourable these days.
There’s only one system that’s guaranteed to beat the show. It takes real skill though; you must conceal a weapon every time you enter the studio, and when you get your chance to play, use it to take Noel Edmunds hostage until you receive the £250,000. Of course with this method you’d probably be able to accumulate more winnings depending on your weapon of choice, but that’s up to you. However, you may end up spending those winnings on a darn good lawyer later on, so it has its flaws. I’m pretty sure Noel wouldn’t be too pleased about it either.