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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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123456789A    4,708

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

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+warwagon    9,650

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

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+jamesyfx    352

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

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astropheed    1,757

This guy should never get into Korean MMO's.

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dwLostCat    982

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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compl3x    6,252
?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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n_K    1,640

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

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Praetor    987

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

:laugh:

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McKay    3,695

At least he has a Banana with Dreadlocks.

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LightEco    140

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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astropheed    1,757

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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+exotoxic    430

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

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psionicinversion    180

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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perochan    149

i guess his woman wasn't satisfy his own banana lol

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theyarecomingforyou    9,094
It's pretty common knowledge that these games are rigged.

That's irrelevant - it's illegal to rig such games and people shouldn't have to worry that they are being ripped off.

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astropheed    1,757

That's irrelevant - it's illegal to rig such games and people shouldn't have to worry that they are being ripped off.

People should always worry that they are being ripped off, usual consequence in neglect of that is -- shock and awe -- being ripped off.

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SupportGeek    172

Guy could have bought 26 Kinects with that money and saved the headache. :rolleyes:

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Growled    3,880

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

I can't feel too sorry for them since he left and got more money and came back.

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adrynalyne    7,865

Don't let this guy go to Vegas. He will come back with half his organs missing.

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moloko    185

I went to the world fair a few years ago.. In Hong Kong. Played the gun pellet game. First game found that the gun was shooting to the left. Re-zeroed my mark and after that I kept winning. After 5 games the guy would not let me play any more. won 5 large bears. gave 4 of them to passer bys with kids.

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MRM316    13

After losing the $300, why wouldn't he just spend the $100 and buy a Kinect instead of wasting his money. Idiot...

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matt4pack    55

If you look at his pic this story isn't surprising. As an added bonus it looks like he's added to his gene pool.

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SiCKX    373

That's irrelevant - it's illegal to rig such games and people shouldn't have to worry that they are being ripped off.

Oh look what the ignorant righteous train brought.

We should all hug and share the love.

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