These guys figured out how to beat the "Deal or No Deal" arcade game


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All that to get a set of Jenga, which is available at any thrift store for $1.



Fra-gee-ly. Must be Italian


I was hoping to see a troll-headed pencil


I wonder how many tokens are needed for a Jenga set. Maybe they don’t show everything they bought on this particular video. By the way, other teenagers have done this over two years ago, here: and also here:


Entirely too fair for a prize redemption game, I’d say. I would have expected the game to give the appearance of shuffling, but assign the cases randomly.

See also the DS version, which uses the same random number seed every time the game is started and is thus largely broken.


I am very very surprised this works - I wouldn’t expect the animation to carry any information at all.


All that for a Jenga set… so how much time did it take them to figure that out?


While it’s nice to get a prize, a good hack is far more thrilling.


Well, I am sure that patch will be forthcoming.


Clever. I’m more surprised the shuffling actually plays fairly.


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I suspect it has to, to make this a game of skill, and not chance — avoiding gambling rules in the process.


As someone who worked in a casino, I’m surprised too. Rest assured, the casino version, and all other slot ‘games’ with these challenges are determined as soon as you get into it, i.e. your getting the same amount no matter which case/cup/fish you pick.

That’s what we’d tell customers if the screen was uncalibrated so they selected the wrong one, or if the physical reels messed up, “entertainment purposes only” :roll_eyes:



It’s the challenge, not the prize. But I was confused over the “videotape” of which was spoken. I saw no reels of tape or even cassettes.


Came here for Press Your Luck, was not disappointed. These computerised shuffling games seem to attract lazy and short-sighted programmers like toasters seem to attract crappy appliance engineers.


I’m always a little horrified by the waste of paper from spitting out all those tickets then inserting them into another to count them in places like that…

I’m pretty sure the tickets aren’t likely to be re-used. I just hope they’re at least sent for recycling.