Money Drop Live is a new and unique live game show from Playtech Live Casino. It is based on the very popular UK TV show, The 100k Drop also known as the Million Pound Drop Live.
What’s unique about this online live game is how you build a winning balance and then go through a game round to see how much you can keep!
The game is all about risk and reward. The Money Drop Live can be played really conservatively where you are almost guaranteed that you’ll win some money each game round.
Or you can play taking more risk, which gives you the chance to walk away with the most money.
The biggest win possible is 5000x, but you’ll need luck and some balls to be able to achieve this.
Money Drop Live uses a 54 section big wheel, covered in fifty-one Multiplier sections and three Card Clash sections, as the way to qualify for one of 8 Money games.
Depending on where the wheel stops you’ll be playing with 8x up to 5000x your bet, the objective being, to keep as much money as you can during the money drop game rounds!
In this article, I will explain how to play Money drop live, discuss some of the different strategies you can use, as well as demonstrate how to play in a short video.
Let’s start with a brief explanation of how Money Drop Live works.
Unlike most gambling games where you start with nothing and build up to a win, Money Drop Live works in reverse. You win a chunk of money, based on your bet and the sector the wheel stops on. Then you go through some challenges to see how much money you can keep.
A Big wheel is used to select the multiplier, the value of your money pot and the game you’ll play to see how much money you can hold on to.
The Money Drop game round makes use of 4 platforms A-D. Depending on your risk appetite, you can distribute your cash across up to 4 of the platforms. A Random Number Generator decides whether to drop the cash on up to three of the platforms. The money remaining on the last platform is either won or goes forward to the next drop round where the process is repeated. If you’ve chosen a platform that remains you have won that sum of money.
Not all the money drop games have the same number of drops. The higher the value of the multiplier the more drop rounds there are, and therefore the more difficult it will be to keep hold of all the cash!
The Cash Clash Game uses a card deck to determine the multiplier of 5x thru to 1000x that will be applied to your bet amount for a straight-up win.
Boosters can randomly be triggered for some of the game multipliers and the 8x Quick Drop game. Multipliers can be doubled and the number of safe zones can be extended up to two zones across all the multiplier options and the 8x Quick Drop game. Both of these enhance the potential payout opportunities.
The Winning Zone Side Bet is available to play by watchers of the game or players that have lost all their money during the drop rounds.
The wheel consists of Fifty Sectors, with Fifty-one containing multipliers and 3 containing entry to the Card Clash game.
The wheel is used as the mechanic to enter the game rounds.
Betting on all sectors of the wheel will guarantee you a winning sum of money to enter one of the money drop games or the card clash game.
The wheel is spun by a presenter/game host, with the direction of spin alternating between each game round.
For interest, the wheel is made by TCS John Huxley, the same people that make the wheels for Dream Catcher, Spin A Win, Crazy Time and Adventures Beyond Wonderland.
The Money Drop consists of four platform zones. The objective is to place a pile of money on one or more zones and hope they don’t get dropped during the money drop. Money that remains is either yours to keep or goes forward to the next drop round depending on the game you’re playing. Once all Drops have been completed the money remaining is yours to keep.
Having a playing strategy will be key and I’ll discuss that a bit later on in the article.
Prior to the Drop rounds, the game will randomly double some of the multipliers and also increase the safe zones for the 8x one drop and multipliers from one to two.
There are three sectors on the wheel that will give entry to the Card Clash game.
The game is played with a shuffled deck of 52 playing cards.
There are two playing positions, Blue and Pink.
You select one of the playing positions.
There are three rounds.
The dealer will deal one card to the Blue position and one to the Pink. The position that has the highest card wins and a multiplier is awarded to the position.
The dealer continues the same process for two more game rounds.
At the end of the game, you are awarded the multiplier that your playing position has achieved.
It is possible for your playing position not to win.
The Winning Zone Side bet is available to players who are either watching (not placed the main game bet) or players that have lost all their cash during the drop rounds.
Just select a chip from the chip tray and place it on one of the Drop Zones. If you guess the winning zone you’ll win.
Each of the money drop live game rounds is played in the same way. The only difference will be the number of Drop rounds and with the 8x Drop, the number of zones you can choose to place your money on.
Remember, the objective is to try and retain as much money as you can. How you behave and play is really down to your attitude to risk and desire to win!
On entering the money drop you’ll be presented with four zones A-D. You need to pick the zone that you think will not be dropped. Any money on zones that are dropped is lost.
You can divide your money up and place some on each zone. If you do that you’ll be guaranteed to keep some of your money.
You can choose how much to leave on a zone by sliding your finger or mouse up or down a ladder.
Alternatively, you can select the game to choose for you. On selecting the Auto Stack option you’ll be asked to choose how many zones you want to cover.
The game will select the zones and divide the money in the most optimum way across them.
Autoplay can be used to repeat the same bet for a fixed number of game rounds.
This ensures that you don’t miss a game round.
With Autoplay, you can still manually choose the zones your want to play and distribute your money accordingly.
Alternatively, you can let the game do it all for you. The game will always pick all zones when it can – so it doesn’t take unnecessary risks or gambles with its choices.
The game does record some statistics about the game. They are limited though to the results of the spin of the wheel.
If you want to know which zones did or didn’t drop each game round, I’m afraid you’ll have to keep a note of those yourself.
Before I jump in to discuss the playing strategies for Money Drop Live, I want to talk about the psychology of Money Drop Live.
The clever thing about this game is, you’re presented with a potential big win for a relatively low stake, that you have to try and keep hold of.
It can be a BIG number, just imagine you bet £1 and get the 2,500x sections on the wheel with a double – that’s £5000 for a £1 bet!
What the game makers want is for you to take chances and risks to keep as much as you can, rather inevitability most of the time you’ll lose.
If, for example, you played the three drops and covered all 4 zones each time, you’ll win 78x your bet. Now that is some return when you’re playing a £1 bet. Yes, it’s not 5000x, but it’s a profit.
The canny player will keep doing this on every game round and build a nice profit overall. The player chasing big wins will mostly lose.
My advice is not to look at the big flashy wins, but to think about the multiplier you need to end up with to be in profit at the end of the round.
Let’s discuss some playing strategies for Money drop live.
There are two aspects to this.
There are eight different bets you can place.
Placing a bet on All positions will guarantee you’ll enter one of the bonus rounds.
The choice is simple, do you do this, or do you select only one or some of the betting options?
Let’s look at the statistics. The bet position with the highest probability of being hit is the 8x Quick Drop, which has a 37.03% chance of being picked.
The next is the 15x (20.37%) and then the 30x (11.11%). All these are one drop game rounds, so you have a higher chance of walking away with something – but you’ll have to take a more risker approach when it comes to picking zones to place your money on.
Picking only some of the positions to bet on, will lead to losses, because the wheel may not land on them, therefore you won’t get the opportunity to try and keep your winnings by playing in one of the game rounds.
The question is, will this strategy of having some losses be offset by the wins you do get? My answer is Yes, BUT, it’s a boring way to play, you won’t get any wins greater than 30x, the average is likely to be around 5x. It’s a win. Play this if you are ultra-conservative.
My Top tip is to BET on ALL positions.
There are three strategies you can adopt when playing the money drops rounds.
Let’s explore each one to see what this means.
With a Conservative strategy, you should be looking to stay in the game during each money drop. The way to do this is to cover each of the zones with money. You can share the money out evenly or use autoplay to select the most optimum amount for each zone. Pay attention to how much you bet overall, as that should be the minimum payout you should aim for.
It will be easy to get a payout with the higher multiplier games and will be more difficult with the 11x and 8x Quick Drop games. You may have to gamble a bit and select fewer zones – maybe 2 or 3, to distribute your money across.
To try and win the whole of the balance you have been given requires you to bet on just one zone for each money drop.
You have a 25% chance of picking correctly each time. The question is, do you think you can be lucky up to 3 times in a row?
Personally, I think not, but for the one and two drop games, it might be worth trying.
The success of this will be low but will be popular with Vips and High rollers.
With the hybrid strategy, you do a bit of both. Try and keep in the game in the two and three drop games by spreading your money across three or 4 zones.
On the last drop, cover just one or two zones.
You’ll get more success with this strategy than the All-In strategy. You’re likely to lose more times than with the conservative strategy and may struggle to break even without a good win.
The RTP for Money Drop Live is different for each of the betting segments.
The RTPs range from 94.40% to 96.48%, which for a live game is not brilliant and is more akin to a slots machine payout.
The volatility of the game is almost player-controlled, as you can decide how much risk you want to take on each game.
It’s possible to play conservatively and get a good turnover of your bank balance, giving many hours of play if that is what you are after.
On the flip side, you can do your money very quickly, by taking an aggressive betting stance.
Taking a look at the data in the table, the best return is from the Card Clash game, with a 96.48% RTP. You’ve got a 5.55% chance of getting this on a spin of a wheel, so it won’t come in that often.
The best sector to bet on is the 8x Quick Drop, with a 37.03% chance. The RTP is not too bad, coming in at 96.02%
The worse bet to place, on paper, is the 2500x Game round, which has a 1.85% chance of landing and an RTP of 94.40%.
|Multiplier Game||Number of Drops||Occurrences|
on the Wheel
|8x||1 (1 Zone Choice)||20||Red||96.02%||37.03%|
|Card Clash (5x – 1000x)||n/a||3||Silver||96.62%||5.55%|
Money Drop Live was released in Beta form on the 23rd of June 2021 at Betfred and was available at other live casinos shortly after.
This live dealer game is almost played in reverse. You are given some money upfront, which you then have to try and keep hold of, by playing in a money drop game. The aim is to keep as much money as you can!
Money Drop Live uses a large wheel to decide which money drop game will be played next. Players place bets on the sector they think the wheel will stop on. Those who have picked correctly are given a chunk of money (based on their bet amount and the multiplier for the game). Players try to keep their money by avoiding the money drop zones, or in Card Clash, picking the side that will win the most hands.
The highest multiplier available is 5000x your bet. Wins may be capped at £500,000, but that is down to the online casino and how much risk they want to take.
Money Drop Live has an RTP of between 94.40% and 96.48%, depending on which money drop live game round you play.
You can play at all Playtech Live Casinos – the game is listed under Entertainment Games in the live casino lobby.
Money Drop Live is available at all Playtech Live Casinos.
You’ll find it listed in the Game Shows Lobby or under New Games in the live casino main lobby.
Money Drop Live by Playtech sort of turns gambling on its head, by initially giving players a sum of money, which they then have to try and hang onto during several money drop games.
The psychology of playing this game is very different from other gambling Entertainment game shows. In those you build up to a win, in Money Drop Live, you try and hang on for dear life!
Having played the game quite a bit I would say it’s more suited to the conservative gambler, as they will have a better gaming experience. Playing sensibly is more likely to yield results.
High Rollers and Vips are more likely to take a risker approach, will probably lose a bit more, but have the odd spectacular win.
So as a game I think it will deliver on both levels.
I found that I used autoplay quite a lot and used the Auto Stack feature when I fancied a bit of a gamble or wanted to cover all zones. I found the RNG to be reasonably fair in its allocation and had some successes when I chose to gamble. On the flip side I went rogue a few times and won, so mixing it up seems to work for me.
The studio presentation is really good.
Money Drop Live is a straightforward game, it’s fairly simple and repetitive in nature, so doesn’t take too long to get the hang of.
It reminds me a bit of Deal or No Deal, where you have to qualify to play in the game rounds, with the gambling on which boxes to open being replaced by the live money drops.
I did feel the game lacked skill. Decision making is pure luck, but the good thing is the risk and volatility of the game is controlled by how you choose to play. So it’s possible to turn up the excitement levels when you want.
Money Drop Live is a refreshing change, the reverse behaviour is unique and maybe something that catches on in future games.