04/07/14 3:03 pm EST
On a recent cruise to Mexico, I played this game while waiting for a spot to open at one of the blackjack tables. I should’ve never gone near this machine. It took my soul.
The quick premise: a bunch of bundled wads of a hundred ones and a three pronged crane. For one dollar, you receive one try to wrap the crane around one of the wads of cash and return it to the drop zone.
While waiting for another showdown with that snake in the grass black jack dealer, Godwin from Zimbabwe, I tried Cash Crane for the first time. Fool’s gold, I secured one of the bundles with the crane and everyone in the casino began to shout. The crane was maybe four inches away from the drop zone when the bundle came loose and clanged off the side of it. Everyone lost their minds as though I just missed the game winning jump shot in game seven of the NBA finals. A group of people shouted “Feed the machine”. Another group chimed in, “Everyone wins at Cash Crane”. After that, I was hooked for the entire week and the truth is, no one wins at Cash Crane.
It is a one in a thousand chance. Kind of like the odds of selecting a productive player in the 2013 NBA draft.