Carnival Secrets: How to Win at Carnival Games

Carnival Secrets: How to Win at Carnival Games

So, you have a new girlfriend and you want to impress her at the state fair by winning her one of those ridiculously gigantic stuffed animals that there's absolutely no use for. But, how? You can either walk in cold and lay down a small fortune, only to come home with a two cent plastic snake, or you can prepare, prepare, prepare.

There's a reason why people never win carnival games. They're rigged so the mullet-bearing carnie always comes out on top. That's right, they're purposely built to make you lose, time after embarrassing time. And, unless you know the secrets to each of the games, chances are you'll walk away with a little less pride and a lot less cash.

This is just the humiliation that author Matthew L. Gryczan is prepared to spare you with his book Carnival Secrets: How to Win at Carnival Games. Gryczan investigated these frustrating games through interviews with carnies, law enforcement agents and game manufacturers for a couple years as well as collecting his own statistics and measuring out to games to build replicas of his own. Then he took everything he learned through his study of the games and a boatload of practice on the ones he made himself and took it to the carnival circuit, boasting 10 big wins in the first year and a whole lot of money saved.

In Carnival Secrets, he shares what he learned about 35 different games, including winning game strategies and which ones to totally avoid. If you like carnival games but hate losing or have just always wondered how they work, this is an interesting and worthwhile read.