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#1 Hum

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 22:20

A New Hampshire man who thought he had a decent ball toss says he lost his life savings—or about $2,600—playing a carnival game he claims was rigged.

Henry Gribbohm told WBZ-TV that he was attempting to win an Xbox Kinect at the Manchester carnival when things went awry.

The 30-year-old from Epsom, N.H., was playing a game called Tubs of Fun in which contestants toss balls into a tub, but the balls kept popping out.

“It’s not possible that it wasn’t rigged,” Gribbohm said. “You just get caught up in the whole ‘I’ve got to win my money back.’”

Gribbohm lost $300, WBZ-TV reports, "went home to get $2,300 more and soon lost all of that as well."

Manchester police are investigating the incident, and New Hampshire-based Fiesta Shows, which produces the traveling carnival, is pulling Tubs of Fun for the time being.

Gribbohm, who managed to win a stuffed banana with dreadlocks before dropping $2,600, says he's considering a lawsuit.

“For once in my life I happened to become that sucker,” Gribbohm said.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 22:25

Well if your life savings is only $2600, I can see how you might make a bad decision like that.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 22:32

He just now started to realized carnie games might be rigged?

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 22:39

Most games that involve somebody needing to throw something onto/into something else are rigged.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 22:40

This guy should never get into Korean MMO's.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 22:41

Well if your life savings is only $2600, I can see how you might make a bad decision like that.

My life savings is less than the initial 300 and I'm not that airheaded!

Gambling/prize games are not bloody likely to make you money whether the game is fixed or not.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 22:45

“For once in my life I happened to become that sucker,” Gribbohm said.


Yeah, once. Sure.

Although, if he successfully sues, he might end up with more than $2600. Maybe this is a cunning plan of his.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 22:52

this guys should had seen this http://www.bbc.co.uk...ammes/b006m8mf.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 22:59

He lost $300 when he could have simply just bought a kinect for that price?

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 23:01

He lost $300 when he could have simply just bought a kinect for that price?


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 23:01

At least he has a Banana with Dreadlocks.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 23:01

I don't understand how he could have thought getting the extra $2,300 would benefit him at all. Even if he won the Kinect, that would barely pay back the original $300. Its not like Vegas where you have the chance to win back everything plus more. There's a set limit to the prize. The most he should have even spent was the value of the Kinect, as winning it would at least have broke even.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 23:04

I don't understand how he could have thought getting the extra $2,300 would benefit him at all. Even if he won the Kinect, that would barely pay back the original $300. Its not like Vegas where you have the chance to win back everything plus more. There's a set limit to the prize. The most he should have even spent was the value of the Kinect, as winning it would at least have broke even.


I thought that was odd too, as will the Judge most likely. It seems he was going into this with full intent to lose all his savings and then cried when it happened.

It's pretty common knowledge that these games are rigged.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 23:13

Seems to me like it was his intent to lose the money.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 23:16

thats the stupid thing, he lost $300 trying to win an xbox kinect even if he won the xbox after spending $2000 hes still out of pocket by a ton of money. Doesnt make any sense



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