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Weekend Replay: Big Money on Dutch “Deal or No Deal”

We haven’t taken a look at a show abroad in a while.  Let’s visit the Netherlands and their version, the original version, of Deal or No Deal.  It’s been on the air since 2000 and it’s still going strong.  They found the formula to make it work: make it a big event show, make the money huge (but still never give away anything out of the ordinary), and air it only a few times a year to make people watch.  It’s why, even though I can barely understand what they are saying, it’s hard to not get wrapped up in the fun and drama.

This clip is from last weekend’s episode.  You’ve never seen anything like this in the format before.  The top prize of five million euro is still there along with one and two million.  He’s only been through two rounds and eleven cases removed.  What will he do with a 125,000 offer?  You don’t need to understand Dutch to feel the emotional pain you’re about to go through.

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18 responses to "Weekend Replay: Big Money on Dutch “Deal or No Deal”"

  • R.V. says:

    Scared money don’t make money. He got scared – and he didn’t make much money (relatively speaking).

  • Jay says:

    I would never take a deal that early. But, even so, if I had 2M and 5M still on the board, I still wouldn’t take the deal. If the worst I got was 2M, I would be OK with that.

  • George S. says:

    Obvious 125,000 is quite a bit of money and at that stage of the game it isn’t taking a deal. Especially considering he had 5 amounts higher than his offer. And if it plays like US deal he would’ve only had to open 4. I could understand if the 5M was gone but at that point I would’ve continued to play and it seemed like a majority of the audience would’ve went as well. Oh well though.

  • Artemis says:

    There’s one detail that’s missing to those who don’t speak Dutch:

    He pressed the button by accident.

  • Scott says:

    NBC should bring back Howie and Deal or No Deal…

  • CouponBoy says:

    Ironically enough that is the 3rd worst Deal on Deal or No Deal internationally, with the top prize being sold for just 2.5% of its value, and the WORST Deal in international Deal or No Deal history was also made this week in the UK, with the contestant selling the £250,000 for just £5,000. And honestly, considering how cautious the Deals have been on that version of the show lately (i.e. someone dealing £3,000 on a £10 / £3k / £5k / £10k / £15k five box), it was to be expected. The U.K. version of the show needs to make some serious changes in its dynamic if it wants to last past 2014.

  • ooboh says:

    Wow. After doing the conversion, five million euros is almost seven million dollars. And 125,000 euros is about $160K. So, really, he dealt at 160K when he could’ve walked out with 7M.

  • Christobal says:

    Anyone who know this game knows he Deal far too soon. That was not a good deal at all. But hey $125k is nothing to cry over. Here in America it’s more than double the average American makes in a year after taxes. So enjoy the money.

    • Josh says:

      It’s €125,000, which is about $170,000 US. Still, quite a lot of money. ;)

    • In the U.S., the mean household income is about $60,000 but is boosted because the top earners earn magnitudes more than the average or bottom earners.

      The median income, which is a more reliable measure because it is not prone to people “throwing the curve” with low or high scores, is about $51,000. Split that household into earners, and the average is around $28,000.

      That means the €125,000 prize comes out to about 6 years of the typical American’s salary.

  • aaron says:

    I hate to say this, but he obviously had no clue how the game was played, (either that or he was just too nervous, but why would his hand have been anywhere NEAR the button if he knew it was the wrong thing to do.

  • Squared Eyes says:

    In a news report tonight, the contestant and his lawyer are taking legal steps vs Endemol and the notary. According to them, the producer has changed the rules of the game after the recording and airing of this particular episode. They state that a line has been added to the official rules: ‘if a contestant wants to deal, he needs to press the red button and ends the game immediately’.

    The lawyer stated that he demands the 5 million minus the 125.000 euro. Endemol and the notary have denied all charges and bending the rules in their favor.

    • Aaron says:


    • CouponBoy says:

      On the UK version, every time a contestant Dealed or No Dealed and didn’t mean to say it, the Banker gave them the opportunity to revise their decision. In fact, this September a lady No Dealt £17,500 on a 1p/£100,000 finish by accident, as she didn’t quite understand how the Banker’s Gamble worked. The Banker gave her the chance to revise her decision, and this time she kept the £17,500, missing out on £100,000 in her box. It is completely inconsistent to allow her a 2nd chance but not that guy, so I hope that guy wins the case.

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