11 Tips for Beating a Claw Machine

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11 SECRETS TO BEAT THE CLAW MACHINE AND GET THE BEST PRIZES!

Claw Machines. You can find them everywhere from arcades to carnivals to bowling alleys. It looks so easy to just maneuver the Claw to grab that cute prize. But most of the time, it’s the Machine that’s doing the grabbing by taking your hard-earned dough. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your odds. Here are some of our favorites:

1. EXAMINE THE CLAW MACHINE PRIZE PIT

If the Claw Machine prizes are packed like sardines, they may be impossible to reel-in. Best to either find another Machine or another game.

2. BEWARE OF THE CLAW MACHINE GREENBACKS

Experts tell us that if dollar bills are wrapped around the prize, it is almost impossible to get. That’s not always the case, but it’s wise to keep this in mind.

3. WATCH SOMEONE ELSE PLAY THE CLAW MACHINE

Many Claw Machines have a 15 or 30-second timer. By timing the person ahead of you, you can determine how long you have to pluck a prize.

4. KNOW WHAT PRIZE YOU WANT

That Claw Machine timer is ticking so you don’t want to waste a moment deciding on what you want. You’d think this would be obvious, but it can’t hurt to be reminded.

5. YOU MUST HAVE A SOLID GAME PLAN

In a 15-second Claw Machine, a general rule of thumb is 10seconds to maneuver the claw and 5 seconds to grab your prize.

6. TIME IS MONEY (Or at least a Stuffed Animal)

If you have 30-second Claw Machine, the pros recommend spending 10 seconds to maneuver, 10 seconds checking the boundaries of the claw, 5 seconds for perfecting, then the last 5 seconds dropping the Claw.  For a 45-second claw machine…well, you do the math.

7. BRING A CLAW MACHINE WINGMAN OR WINGWOMAN

Ask him or her to watch through the sides to see if the claw is directly over your prize. You’re going to be more precise and save a lot of time if one person maneuvers the Claw while the other does the navigation.  Of course, they’ll probably want a piece of your winnings.

Claw Machine Wingwoman
Claw Machine Wingwoman

8. BUDGET FOR SEVERAL PRACTICE ROUNDS

Practice makes perfect when it comes to the Claw Machine.  Almost no one succeeds at first, so use it as a learning experience. Then again, if you can’t reel in a winner after several tries, then it’s probably time to admit defeat.

9. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CLAWS

Four-pronged Claws are ideal for grabbing around the chest area of a stuffed animal.  The trick is to maneuver the Claw so the four prongs are positioned both above and below the arms with the central part of the claw close to the neck or high chest area.

10. WHAT IF THE CLAW ONLY HAS THREE PRONGS?

Then instead of positioning two of the prongs above the arms, position them around either the left or right arm.  The experts suggest having the Claw at an angle so it covers the entire chest area of the stuffed animal.

11. HOW TO NAB A ROUND OBJECT

Let’s use a small basketball as an example. First, make sure other basketballs do not surround it. They will often rotate the Claw on its way down, causing to miss the ball you want. Once you find your target, do your best to aim the center of the prongs in the radius center of the basketball. It’s not easy to directly center the claw, but it gives you the best shot to haul the sucker in.

Hopefully, these Useless Knowledge tips will help you Claw your way to success.  But keep in mind, the main job of these Claw Machines is not to just award cute stuffed animals.  The Claw Machine was designed to separate you from your money.  Good Luck!

 

 

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