Most Claw Machines Are Rigged & the Owners Can Control the Odds of Winning

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You know the machine whereby you have to put a one-dollar coin in to have a try at grabbing a soft toy with a claw?

The official name for the machine is called a claw crane, though many of us would just call it a claw machine.

Highly popular in the early nineties in Singapore, it is still available in arcades, usually played by dating couples.

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If you’ve come to our app daily (you really should because Facebook doesn’t allow any app to be opened direct from their browser), you’d have known that recently, someone from Taiwan caught an iPhone XS but it turned out to be merely a box with chocolates.

Now that’s downright cheating, but it makes you wonder: how about those with soft toys?Are the machines rigged?

Fun (and Sad) Fact: Some Machines Can be Rigged

If you’ve played it before, you’ll know how frustrating it is: the grip of the claw seems weak most of the times, but all of a sudden, it seems to have taken some steroids and is able to grab well. Some people would attribute everything to skill and experience, but here’s the revelation that will shock you: it’s never about you, the player, but about the owner of the machines. While the player’s experience does play a part, the involvement isn’t as much as how the machine is being configured. Yes, here’s the shocking part: some machine can be configured to let the owner decide whether there would be more winners that day, or less winners.

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