I ask coz there's some really interesting opinions already shared...Dan seems to remotely remind me of the way KP would approach his own game for example...he wouldn't be a gambler, nor a cautious player, he'd simply make the decisions based on the board and the offers in terms of the average.
Until the day I had my game. My way of playing the game was always going to be sensible, but not to be taken advantage of. My box has a value, I will walk out at any stage it is met. I have no sentiment for any values, the bankers words mean nothing and the stage of the game is irrelevant. If the risk is greater than the reward, I bow out. Whether that be for £200 or whether I turn down £30k because it doesn't meet my valuation. This number was not all math though. I take my circumstances into consideration. If the money gets above £35k and the offer looks a little weak, I will play it a little more safe as we get higher up the scale.
This is how I thought until the day of my game. I will leave it up to you to summise whether I stuck to this or whether I deviated from my master plan.
Thats the quick version, below is some rubbish I started typing that didn't actually answer your original question, ha ha ha.
I will be careful not to spoil anything, Si I'll tell you what I was thinking from the day before I went to Bristol to the last point you saw, i.e Anns game.
Before I went down to Bristol, it was about 18 months since I last watched the show in full. I had just graduated at the time and the stats/probability/offers side of the game really fascinated me (even though the "I've got a feeling about this box...." annoyed me). I applied because I hadn't got a job yet so i thought, "what the hell, why not!, it's was money". I've never applied for anything else and had no burning desire to be on TV.
6 months later, I started to get phone calls from DOND and they sugested a week that I couldn't make because I was going on holiday to speak to wedding planners in Vegas. They were cool and said they would try and find another time. They found another timeslot and it didn't come into fruition for some reason (although a little annoyed, I bit my lip), the same happened again and on the 4th time, it finally happened.
As soon as I got to the green room, I was greeted with Kerry, who had just won her £35k, understandably bubbly in the circumstances, she was really nice and welcoming to me and Mel (contestants are brought to the studio in groups of 6, Me, Mel, Del, Sally, Amrik and Ash). We saw Eddies game in the green room and then went out to the pub. We introduced ourselves and then got on the booze. From this point, everything went in a direction I didn't expect.....
I'd always assumed that all the contestants seemed a bit OTT in the way that they cared so much about all of these strangers that they had just met, but it was clear after one night that the producers are really good at getting a nice mix of people. As cheesy as it is, of all the 60-70 people I met, about 65 of them were absolutely amazing people. Everyone is very welcoming and the mood is fantastic. Being part of a pub that has 40-50 hopeful. optimistic people was really special. This was particularly weird for me as I'd just seen this whole experience as a way to come in, have a bit of fun and make some money. I thought I would end up laughing at all the affection and gushing that everyone seemed to do on the show, but even a massive cynic like me could understand it within a day.
By my first show, I wasn't really nervous. It was actually really calm. I had already had a few nights out with these people by now (I went on 5th out of 6) and my first game was Carls. This was nice because he was one of the people who I'd got to know quite well. Everyone is really good at putting newbies at ease. First few games were a case of just getting through them without saying anything stupid. Then there was Trevs game. I really liked Trev and this was the first game that I could fully enjoy (someone I knew well and I'd had a few days under my belt). By now, the games meant quite a lot and I went into another stage where the games started to mean a lot to me and I were more happy to show it and speak up.
Every game from this point until Anns game had the same feel about it. We used to say that as soon as you have done 15-16 games, you are "in the zone". By now I'd done 7 I think. I wasn't anywhere near the zone, so all my thoughts were firmly on the contestant in the seat.
Now, beyond Anns game (again, no spoilers) All the people left in the game were ALL (without any exception) people that I really cared a lot for. so from Anns show to my 15th (not really a spoiler, everyone gets 15.....or do they?) it was more of the same. Giving impartial advice, caring a great deal about the player and having the confidence to speak up a little more. All of these games were great, because you are not on the radar and you know your name is not going to come up so for 100% of the game, you are tuned in.
I'll not give away how many shows I did, but I near the end, I needed to have my show. I was really pumped up for it. I felt I'd given my input and was really ready for my turn. The couple of shows before mine were a little disappointing because I'd pumped myself up for it and when it wasn't me, I was a little gutted to be honest. When it finally was me, I was over the moon. I couldn't wait. I'd expected that this would be my show (I won't say why though.....).
Wow, that is a long post.....