Deal Or No Deal The Big Draw is an exciting new game by Playtech which you’ll find in the live casino area at Playtech powered bingo and casino sites. Not to be confused with the similarly named Evolution game, it’s a bingo influenced version of Deal or No Deal with a live host and an optional side game that is even more like bingo.
With most bingo games, once you’ve bought your ticket the game unfolds automatically and there’s little scope for interaction; one of the reasons for the enduring appeal of the Deal Or No Deal bingo games is that they do include some interaction, both for the winner (who has to decide whether or not to take the Banker’s Offer) and for the rest of the players (who have the opportunity to cast votes to help the winner decide).
Deal Or No Deal The Big Draw involves quite a bit more player interaction than that, as there’s decisions to be made about extra stakes at various points as well as about whether and when to accept the Banker’s Offer.
How To Play Deal Or No Deal The Big Draw
To participate in a round of Deal Or No Deal The Big Draw, the first step is to buy your ticket, choosing a stake level from 10p to £50 . The ticket consists of 15 numbered cases, each containing one of the 16 amounts of cash (stake multiples ranging from 0.1 to 20) displayed at the sides of the play area. The 16th case is yours – you’ll get the opportunity to open it later if you eliminate enough cases to qualify for the Banker’s offer.
You’ll then have the opportunity to add to your stake in either or both of these ways:
Boost the prizes. Each boost is priced at the same level as the main draw ticket. Choose one of the 16 prizes to be boosted and open one of the 5 cases to see whether the amount that gets added is 5x, 10x, 30x, 50x or 100x stake. You can boost as many prizes as you like in the time while you’re waiting for the game to start (around a minute, plus any time remaining in the previous game if you didn’t participate or didn’t play to the end).
Buy cards for the Mini Draw side game. This is a bingo style game played on 3×3 cards with the aim of completing horizontal, vertical and/or diagonal lines. You can buy 4,8,12 or 20 cards with the same available stake levels per card as in the main draw (10p – £50) and you don’t have to pick the same card price as your main draw ticket price. Prizes range from 2x card price for one line up to 1000x card price for full house.
Once the game starts, the initial draw takes place using a lottery style machine containing 60 numbered balls. 20 balls are released to start with and as they tumble down the tube, any cases with corresponding numbers are opened and the amounts revealed are marked off as the host does live bingo calls. If you bought cards for the Mini Draw the numbers are marked off there too and you’ll be credited with any wins.
To win anything in the main draw you must qualify for the Banker’s offer by opening 7 or more cases to move along the track in the bottom right hand corner of the play area. The more cases you open, the bigger the prize multiplier gets, up to a maximum of 25x for opening all 15 cases.
If you’ve opened enough cases as a result of the first 20 calls to reach the Banker’s Offer space on the track, you’ll be presented with the Banker’s Offer and three alternatives:
Deal – take the offer (which ends the round for you)
No Deal – open your own case instead and collect the prize inside (again this ends the round for you)
Extra Balls – pay to release another 5 balls in the hope of opening more cases (the amount you pay varies and is consonant with the game’s RTP)
If you don’t choose any of them (and you only have 15 seconds to choose, so pay attention) you’ll be awarded No Deal – the contents of your own case.
If you haven’t opened enough cases to qualify for the Banker’s Offer, the only choice available is Extra Balls and if you don’t choose it within the 15 seconds the game round ends for you.
Extra Balls can be chosen up to 3 times (unless you’ve already opened all 15 cases, of course) bringing the total number of balls released up to 35 of 60. Extra Balls apply to the main draw ticket only, not the Mini Draw.
After all 35 balls have been released the Banker’s Final Offer is made to anyone still in the game who qualifies. Again, there are three alternatives:
Deal – take the offer
No Deal – open your own case and collect the prize inside
Switch Case – if you haven’t opened all the cases on your ticket, choose one of the remaining ones instead of your own case and collect the prize inside
In our opinion Deal Or No Deal The Big Draw is a great addition to the DOND canon.
It’s an absorbing game with lots going on.
The RTP of 95.28% for the main game and 95.38% for the Mini Draw is way, way better than any regular bingo game.
We also like the way that the balance between the Deal Or No Deal part of the game and the bingo part of the game can be fine tuned by changing the number of cards you buy for the Mini Draw and the stake level relative to the main draw ticket.
As far as entertainment value for money goes, that’s a lot of entertainment for just 10p if you go for the lowest stakes. Although it costs extra to buy cards for the Mini Draw and/or to buy Extra Balls, the amounts involved aren’t huge; be aware, though, that if you boost some of the prizes that will have an effect on the cost of Extra Balls as well as on the overall size of your stake.
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