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(Some Guy)   Game Show Network begins episodes of Press Your Luck next week. Read about the man who cheated the show out of $110,000+ in an hour   ( gscentral.net) divider line
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Kat [TotalFark]
2001-09-01 09:48:06 AM  
"Larsen's episodes aired only once, on a Friday and Monday in June of 1984. "

how can it air once, twice?

other then that, nice article, smart fellow, 'cept for the fact he lost it all.
2001-09-01 09:51:23 AM  
Yeah, pretty cool story. But, umm, I don't think it's exactly movie material.
2001-09-01 09:56:20 AM  
The show originally was a half hour, and he played on for an hour. They had to split the tape into two shows in order to air it at the time. So, it only aired that one time. I don't remember the date, but I read that it did air as a re-run sometime later, as a full hour special. Late 90's, I think.
2001-09-01 09:58:33 AM  
The man had a mad skill but I agree Zeander, a movie?
Kat [TotalFark]
2001-09-01 10:02:31 AM  
hrmm, makes sense. Thanks!
2001-09-01 10:22:12 AM  
That guy's cool.

I feel sorry for Bill Murray.
2001-09-01 10:23:26 AM  
I saw it when it happened. I'm cool
2001-09-01 10:44:00 AM  
Good for him!
He beat the MAN at their own game.
2001-09-01 10:55:22 AM  
Show the farking whammies who's boss!

Once you know there's a patern, it's not hard to do what he did... i picked it up watching those clips. But that man was a farking genius to notice it.
2001-09-01 11:50:47 AM  
See, I always told my mom it would pay to watch TV..

There's my proof!
2001-09-01 12:20:03 PM  
zuh? flashing lights? makes me wish i had seen an episode of this gameshow so i know what the hell he did to win.
2001-09-01 12:24:57 PM  
I'm David Stanfill and I'm the GM at Rite Aid on Fairfax and Sunset in Hollywood.
If you have a v-d on your p-p let our Rx give you the best cream possible so it won't hurt when you pe.

Come on big bucks, no wammie just big bucsk... STOP!
You now have a V-D on your PEE-PEE!
2001-09-01 12:35:00 PM  
Feel sorry for Bill Murray?!?! Why? Every movie he's made that I've seen (and I think I've seen 'em all) has been well done. He even took one of the stupidest movie-concepts I've ever heard of ("Groundhog's Day"), and managed to make it into a money-making and very funny movie.

This role seems perfect for Bill, too. I mean, take a good look at this guy and tell me that Bill couldn't make this character interesting enuf to go see the movie.

C'mon, tell me....
2001-09-01 12:36:07 PM  
"Bill Murray couldn't make this character interesting enough to go see the movie."

There. I beat y'all to it.
2001-09-01 01:11:04 PM  
I remember catching that when it aired... I didn't watch it that much and I didn't know it only aired twice. Lucky me. It was pretty wild... I noticed there was a pattern too and I couldn't figure out why nobody had done it before him.
2001-09-01 01:40:09 PM  
I saw those episodes.
Can i be cool too?
2001-09-01 01:40:52 PM  
Yay. Another farkticle submitted. I rulez
2001-09-01 01:52:43 PM  
I remember those episodes - this guy was hitting $5000+Spin 's like there was no tomorrow, I love(d) that show. Pretty cool what the guy did.

I wonder what happened to the guy that programmed the light sequence originally.
Boss: "Are you sure 6 light patterns is enough?"
Programmer: "Oh yeah, Nobody'll ever figure it out."
2001-09-01 02:23:07 PM  
He got so much money they had to take out the dollar sign!

2001-09-01 02:40:25 PM  
Kgf likes to lick my nuts.
2001-09-01 02:57:00 PM  
According to the IMDb, Nicolas Cage is one of the producers of the movie. The horror!
2001-09-01 03:26:16 PM  
What I don't get is why CBS didn't want it shown in reruns. Look at Millionaire, trailer trash love that show because it has the magic number One MILLION Dollars (dr evil pinky nibble). Simple fact is that gameshows today are farking cheap. I saw a rerun of the price is right from the mid 50's (or about then), the format of the show was very different but one of the guests walked away with $14K in prizes. Based on some cheesey inflation calculator (using 1956 as the starting year) that works out to just about 90K in 2000 dollars.

In other words, advertisement space on a game show is more expensive today and the shows generate more revenue, but the players are getting less money (inflation adjusted) than they did almost 45 years ago.
2001-09-01 05:01:02 PM  
bill murray is my idol
2001-09-01 05:21:10 PM  
Verrrrrrry Intaresting!
2001-09-01 10:17:00 PM  
Who would ever hurt a wammy?
2001-09-01 10:30:06 PM  
It's not next week, the first episode came on today. I forgot how good this show is...
2001-09-01 10:34:01 PM  
First off, he didn't cheat anything, he just outsmarted them, there's a difference. Second, the author of that article is a moron: "At this point, any sane player would have passed his spins if he could, since the odds of hitting a Whammy after not seeing one for that long would be high."

This is written by someone who clearly doesn't understand probability. The odds on your 150th spin are exactly the same as on your first. People tend to look at it the wrong way, they look at from the perspective of "what are the odds of not hitting a whammy 150 times in a row" when you phrase it that way, the odds are overwhelmingly against you. But that's not the situation, he's already gone 149, so the odds of getting to that point don't matter, all that matters now is the odds of not hitting one on his next spin, which is exactly the same as your first (assuming they don't add more whammies the longer you go, which in this case they didnt).

Simplified: what are the odds of flipping a coin 4 times and having it be heads every time? (1/2)^4 = (1/16)

now, three coin tosses have already been done and all three were heads, what is the odds that the next one will be heads? the answer is simply (1/2) because the first three are irrelevant.

the statement should have read: "At this point, any sane player would have passed his spins if he could, since the game was easily won, and continuing to spin could cost him everything."
2001-09-01 10:43:56 PM  

One episode aired twice because it was an hour long, and they had to break one ep. into 2 parts (30mins each), one for each day (fri and mon).

Saving the world from stupidity
2001-09-01 11:18:59 PM  
all I can remember about this show was the "No Whammies" part... I prefer Classic Concentration with Alex Trebek... he'd dress so stupid on that show, in Hawaiian shirts or silk or something... not nearly as sophisticated as on Jeopardy!

2001-09-02 12:03:15 AM  
good for the dude... bad that he lost it all.. not as smart as he thought... eh?
2001-09-02 12:08:36 AM  
Do any Farkers have VHS of THROUT VERSUS NECK from G.S.N. from like 2 summers ago ?
Becca ....aaaahhhhh (drools ) hhhhhhhhhhh
2001-09-02 09:40:28 AM  
I loved Concentration.

I remember a few years ago that USA used to show a bunch of game shows every weekday afternoon after their morning of American Gladiators. They had Press Your Luck, Joker's Wild, Chain Reaction, and others. And they had game shows on the Family Channel like Tivial Pursuit and Name That Tune. And I haven't seen any of these on Game Show Network. Bring in these shows and get rid of that godawful Newlywed Game.
2001-09-04 07:43:07 PM  
Man, that is funny! What nimrod programmed that game board? Seriously. 6 light patterns, are you kidding me? HAHAHAHA....god bless that guy for making the network (and whoever programmed that board) look like the flaming idiots they are.
2001-09-04 07:47:50 PM  
WayToBlue, were you my Stat 550 teacher? Can we do some Poisson distributions next? PLEASE!!!!
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