I don't usually watch Deal/No Deal. I like some of the interesting math or dilemmas it brings up, but the show itself is monotonous. As Host Howie Mandel himself says "we don't ask you a bunch of trivia questions, we just ask you one question: DEAL or NO DEAL!" Here is a scenario I saw recently where I thought the contestant made the obviously wrong choice.
- There are two numbers left on the board: $1000 and $200,000.
- She is offered a $110,000 deal.
- She has mentioned that $110,000 is about 5 times her salary (so this amount of money would make a huge difference in her life).
- Usually in this show you have the audience yelling `NO DEAL! NO DEAL!' This time the audience, including her mother, her sister, and some friends, were yelling `TAKE THE DEAL! TAKE THE DEAL!'. While this is not a reason to take the deal, note that the decision to say NO DEAL is NOT a `caught up in the moment' sort of thing.
- If she takes the deal, the worst case is that she gets $110,00 instead of $200,000.
- If she rejects the deal, the worst case is that she gets $1000 instead of $110,000.