Evolution Deal or No Deal Live is an entertainment show that brings the experience of the iconic TV show to your computer or mobile device, and just like the players on TV, you’ll get to make choices to keep the briefcase or accept the Banker’s offer.
This Evolution game was the first live dealer entertainment show to offer 24/7 access. The game was unveiled in 2019, and Playtech came out with its version a year and a half later.
The live element is the game’s presentation; the rest is all RNG. You’re playing against a computer, which randomly chooses the briefcases to discard and, ultimately, the box number that will win.
But you get to choose if you want to accept the Banker’s offer or keep playing, which is the thrilling part of this game.
Apart from qualifying to play the Evolution Deal or No Deal Live, players can also increase the money in any or all of the briefcases by gambling on a wheel whilst also deciding which briefcase will become the high-value one.
Banker deals and briefcase swaps entice the player with in-game decision-making, which adds to the gambling element of the game.
The choice for the player is quite simple – Take a deal that’s been offered, or hold out for a bigger prize if the highest value box remains at the end.
I have to say I was a bit confused to start with about how to play Deal or No Deal Live. It took me a while to figure it out.
There are three elements to the game:
The first two require you to make bets, and you control the bet amount. The amount you bet directly affects the final amount in the boxes.
The higher your bet, the higher the box values will be.
The best way to describe this is like playing a Slot and hoping for 3 Bonus Symbols to drop in.
Before you start spinning, you can select one of the briefcases to be the high-value box. The default is box 16.
You can set the wheel to one of three modes which increases your chances of qualifying.
The initial bet directly corresponds to the amount that’s placed in each of the 16 briefcases. The briefcases are numbered 1 to 16. The higher the bet the more money is initially placed in the boxes.
Failed qualification spins do not contribute to the money in the boxes. It’s money lost.
At this stage, you’re able to top up any of the briefcases for your game.
Just click on the case you want to put more money in.
Then select your stake amount – this adjusts the prize amounts on the wheel.
Spin the wheel, wherever it stops the value is added to the case you selected.
Repeat if you wish!
The objective of this part of the game is to win the money in the last briefcase or take one of the banker’s offers.
Three briefcases are opened by the assistant, which reveals three numbers. The cases corresponding to the numbers are removed from the prize board.
The dealer makes his first offer – you can Deal (take the offer) or No Deal to play on.
The process is repeated for the next two sets of 4 cases. Each time the banker will make an offer.
When the last two briefcases remain, the Banker makes his final offer and then offers you the choice of swapping cases.
You make your decision to take his offer or take one of the boxes.
That’s the end of the game round.
Once you’ve taken the Dealer’s offer or the last box, you can return to the qualification process to try again.
I’ve played many game rounds and came away from the game with a small profit once I realised the game’s pitfalls.
My strategy for the game then became quite simple. If I was made an offer and it gave me a profit, I took it.
There are some specific things you need to do if you’re going to play Deal Or No Deal.
Warning! – The game is a potential money pit.
There are two stages during the game where you add money. Keep track of what you’re adding to assess your total investment in the Deal or No Deal Live game against the offers you’ll get.
To get a large payout, you must have added large amounts of your money.
There is no guarantee that you’ll win a big prize at the end of the game. The only guaranteed payout you can receive is from the Bankers’ offer.
If the dealer’s offer at any stage is more than 2x what you’ve bet, you should seriously consider taking the offer.
However, if many red boxes remain, you may wish to stay in the game and have a chance for a better offer.
Waiting for the last box to be good is a huge gamble.
The qualification process is gambling. You’re making a bet in the hope you’ll qualify. If you don’t, your bet is lost, and you must try again.
You can “Buy” part of the qualification by buying rings to shortcut the process. You still have to gamble at an increased stake, but you have a better chance of winning,
It can become expensive if you’ve “bought” some rings and don’t qualify in the next few spins.
The optimal Return to Player for the whole game is 95.42%.
Quite frankly, that says it all for me.
I prefer to play Roulette with an RTP of 97.30% — or the best of them all, Blackjack, at 99.5%.
Even playing these two, you can lose, so imagine what your long-term prospects are with Evolution Deal or No Deal Live!
Evolution Deal or No Live can be played on all mobile device types. There’s no app to download; you fire up the game in your browser, and the software takes care of the rest.
In my opinion, landscape mode is the better of the two formats. However, the portrait layout suits one-handed play on a phone.
It’s all down to personal preference. Mine is a Desktop/Tablet every time.
It’s not often I don’t like a game, but when that happens, I’m happy to explain why. I’m not going to sugarcoat this.
I DON’T like Evolution Deal or No Deal, and here’s why!
Although the concept is clever, the game is neither entertaining nor a gambling game – there are better options if you want both.
Evolution Deal or No Deal Live is successful on television due to the banter between the presenter and contestants. As a viewer, you build a personal affinity with the player in the hot seat as you learn more about them.
You get none of this with this game.
The anticipation and build-up to the opening of the boxes have been lost with the Evolution version. The case opening now feels like a functional process that has to be gone through to get to the last box rather than the most exciting part of the TV show.
The game rounds last about two minutes, with the qualification process taking the same time. If you qualify near the end of the two minutes, it doesn’t leave you much time to top up any boxes.
The game’s overall pace is OK for what it is, but I doubt anyone will get the gambling buzz from playing at this pace.
The goal of a 500x prize is very difficult to achieve. While it should feel attainable, there were no hints that it was, so I didn’t feel any anticipation.
Deal or No Deal Live may appeal to new players seeking something different, but not many will keep coming back.
It may be a good acquisition tool and will probably make Evolution and the casinos a lot of money.
In my opinion, as playing experiences go, Evolution Deal or No Deal Live, unfortunately, misses the mark.
To win at Evolution Deal or No Deal, forget about playing for entertainment. Focus on taking the first offer above the amount you’ve invested in the game. Don’t be duped into gambling for more. Bank it and get ready for the next game round.
Why would Evolution Deal or No Deal be rigged? The game has a published RTP of 95,42%. So you already know you will lose in the long term. It’s not worth the supplier trying to cheat you as they are already guaranteed a profit from the game. The question is, how much are you prepared to lose before realising this?
Evolution Deal or No Deal Live can be played at most casinos with Evolution Live Casino Games. Be careful to only play at the ones I recommend. I play at the ones I recommend to keep track of their performance.
In simplistic terms, there are three sections to the game.
If you’ve noted what you’ve spent so far, take the offer if it’s more. The alternative is to wait until the last box is revealed. Do you want to take that chance?