Amazing Game Show Cheaters

Amazing Game Show Cheaters

– Could you spot a cheater on a game show?
– Let’s talk about that. ♪ (theme music) ♪ – Good Mythical Morning.
– As a kid, I was absolutely… – …obsessed with game shows.
– Yes. The great thing about them is that you
get to put yourself in the place of the contestant and say, “Ooh! Would I
get these right? Would I get these wrong? Would I win the big bucks? What would I
be willing to do to go all the way… – …to the cash top?”
– “To the cash top” is what they call it. – “To the cash crop.”
– That’s the official name. Well, lots of people have been willing to
go to great lengths to get to the cash… – …top, and maybe even too far.
– Mm! – That’s what we’re talking about today!
– Yes, I wanna take you to 2001. – Take me there.
– The British version of “Who Wants to… …Be a Millionaire?” in particular
Charles Ingram. He was a former major in the British Army, and then
he was a contestant in the hot seat on Millionaire. Now, he answered the first
seven questions right… – Hm, good.
– …amassing £4,000, but he already… …used two lifelines in the process
to get to this point. – Ooh, yeah. Not good.
– So, you know, not quite halfway there. Not lookin’ good. But he was rescued by
the end of that episode. ‘Cause they said, “Okay, come back
tomorrow, audience, and see… – Right. Cliffhanger.
– …how Charles the Major does.” – So he had some time to regroup.
– Yeah. And he did some strategizing, and
he came back the next day with a new plan to go all the way to the top.
Hopefully! So this is what I wanna do. I wanna play a montage of his final
answers for you and you and see if… – …you can identify his strategy, okay?
– Mmkay. I would’ve thought that it would be
Aristotle Onassis. – (someone coughs)
– Yeah. I’m gonna go for… – …Aristotle Onassis. A1 or Craig David.
– (coughs) – No, I’ll go Craig David.
– (Rhett) Okay. – (Link laughing)
– If I had to guess… – Has something to do with that woman.
– …take Cricket. – (someone coughs)
– I’m going to play Googol. – Yeah. Final answer.
– (announcer) Final answer? (Link) This is it, here.
This is the last one. – (announcer) You just won 1,000,000!
– (crowd cheering) – (Link) Yes! What a surprise!
– (announcer) 1,000,000! – (Link) Listen to what the host says.
– (announcer) You are the most… …amazing contestant we have
ever, ever had! – Yeah, you sure are.
– “You are the most amazing contestant… – …we have ever, ever had!”
– You and that woman you brought… – …with you. (coughing)
– (laughing) So, he was amazing… …because he was cheating.
Can you guess how, Rhett? – The coughing. That’s my guess.
– This episode never aired. – Mm.
– But this footage was used in… …a documentary, which I highly
recommend, look it up. It’s called “Major Fraud,” which documents this whole
thing, and that’s why the mix was altered for the coughs to be so loud. But yes,
he came back on day two and orchestrated a whole plan, where that woman who was
coughing and covering her face was… – …his wife. And then he also got the…
– Oh!. …help of a contestant who was waiting
in the wings named Tecwen. – (Rhett exhales)
– And the two of them would cough… whenever he would say the answer they
thought was correct. – That’s effective.
And he would read all of the answers and… – …then wait for the cough.
– I heard the cough. Yeah. Everyone started to hear it over
the course of the game, except for the host, who was so dialed in that he
never noticed and kept things going. – People cough. It happens.
– (Link) Here’s a picture of Tecwen. (Link in a nasally voice) “Hello,
I’m Tecwen. I’m willing to cheat for… – …someone else.”
– (Rhett laughing) I wonder what his… …agreement was: how much he was
gonna get. I don’t know, but at one point, Charles
forgot his system, and instead of reading every answer, so that he could
cough at the correct one, he just said, “I think it’s so-and-so.” And then Tecwen
was like (through a cough) “No!” – (laughing)
– He literally coughed, “No!” – You can hear it, audibly.
– Sometimes you have to do that… – …kinda thing.
– So the producers obviously caught on… …to this, and then they gave him a phone
call a few days later, and they recorded… – …the phone call. Let’s listen to that.
– (producer) I have to tell you that we… – …have suspicions from viewing the…
– Oh, really. …recording of last Monday’s, uh,
program. I’ve subsequently studied the… …tapes carefully. There were
irregularities during the taping of the… – …show in which you participated.
– Specifically coughing. – (Charles) Oh, good Lord, no.
– (producer) Because of that… …I have to tell you that these
suspicions have been referred to the… – …police. And thus…
– (Charles) Right. – The po-po?
– …we will not for the moment be… …airing the program or indeed
authorizing payment of the check. (Charles) Right. Yeah, well, I mean,
you know, I completely refute… – …that, obviously.
– (Rhett) Of course. (Charles) Good Lord, [inaudible].
All right, well, thanks for… – …letting me know. Cheers. Bye.
– (producer) Okay, thank you. – “Cheers. Bye.” (laughing)
– “Okay, thanks for letting me know. – Uh, you caught me cheating. That’s fine.”
– Sounds a little guilty to me. – (laughing) Yeah.
– That’s now how I would have denied… – …if I wasn’t doing it.
– Ya think? Just get off the phone as… …quickly as you can. He was found
guilty and fined £115,000. -Whoa.
– And he is now known around town… – …as the “Coughing Major.”
– Oh. That name sticks with you. But Tecwen testified that his coughing was
a combination of hay fever and… – …a dust allergy, And I believe it.
– (through coughing) No, it wasn’t. – (laughing)
– (through coughing) No, it wasn’t! – So top that one.
– Okay, you remember this show… – …Press Your Luck, from the ’80s.
– I love this show. You would play a game where you answer
questions, and you would win spins that you would get to take on the big
board. And when you got to the big board, you could win more spins and money,
or if you hit a whammy, you would… – …lose everything. So here’s how the…
– Yes. …game worked once you got to the
big board, just so you understand. – Go for it! Go for it!
– (male voice offscreen) Here he goes! Come on, big [bucks]. I need a 5000
and a spin for [Toby]. – Come on. Stop!
– (Link) He got it. – (crowd cheering)
– (Rhett) Look at that. – (Link) He got the 5000 and the spin.
– Come on again for Tommy. Stop! – (Link) Ooh! He got a whammy for Tommy.
– (Rhett) Whoa. Look how… …unhappy he is. Oh, thumbs down.
(descending tone) “I tried to do it for Tommy!”
Who’s Tommy? – Very, very dramatic.
– Is that his name? Probably not. That’s how the game
is played. – Mhm.
– But there’s a guy named Michael… …Larson who was an ice cream truck
driver from Ohio. – Okay.
– He played the game a little bit… …differently. Let’s watch Michael play
the big board. – (Link) He looks like an ice cream…
– (Rhett) Okay. 4000 and a spin. (Rhett) Yep. 5000 and a spin. – (Rhett) 1000 and a spin.
– (Link) Yeah! (Link stammering) Yeah! – (Link) Whoa! (clapping)
– (Rhett laughing) He’s so happy! – (Rhett) Keep going! Do it! Do it!
– (Link) Yeah. (Link) Press your luck! (Link) Stop! Stop! (Link) Go! go! Go! (Link) Gah! (laughing) (Rhett) Can you believe it? – (Link) I can tell you right now…
– (Rhett) $110,000! (Link) I did not see this episode, because
I would remember it. (Link) And I would act like that if
I were him, too. – Look at that.
– Celebration dance! – Okay.
– No whammies, no whammies, STOP! – Link, what did you think was going…
– STOP! – …on there?
– I think that his voice shook… …something loose and the whammies
couldn’t come. – (laughing) Yeah.
– It’s like, “STOP! STOP!” – That is exactly what didn’t happen.
– (laughing) Here’s what happened. So this ice cream
truck driver had been studying the big board for an extensive period of time.
And he figured out there were two squares that a whammy never showed up
on. And he also figured out there were… …five different patterns that you could
follow the highlighted box around. So he would sense which pattern it was
and he knew when it was gonna go to one of those two spots and he would
STOP! the board. And he did this… – …45 times in a row.
– 45 times in a row? Meanwhile, producers are backstage
freaking out. They can’t bankroll this… ice cream truck driver like this.
The only reason he ends up stopping… – We gotta STOP him!
– …is because he hit one of them that… …wasn’t one of the ones that he was
thinking about and he lost confidence. And so he stopped. He had more spins.
He stopped at 110,000. Okay. They figured out what he did.
They analyzed the tape. They realized… – …that he had figured out the pattern.
– Well, first of all, that’s not cheating. And they determined that it was not
cheating. – Yeah!
– He got to keep all his winnings. They went on to change the system so
that it couldn’t be gamed as easily. But listen to what Michael Larson ended
up doing. He ended up pressing his luck even further. This guy couldn’t get
enough. He goes back home. There’s a radio contest where you can win $30,000
if you have a matching serial number on a one-dollar bill that the radio
station is reading out. He gets all $110,000, after taxes, printed into
one-dollar bills. So he has bags of – one-dollar bills around his house.
– (Link) You’re kidding me. He’s checking the serial numbers
to win 30,000 more. Well, his last whammy was when he went to a Christmas
party and someone stole all of his money. Oh, no! That is horrible! Sorry, Michael. Now he’s also dead,
which is kind of a big whammy, but… I wonder what he would’ve said if he came
home while they were stealing the money. – STOP!
– Yeah, that’s probably it. All right, I got one for ya.
(announcer voice) “Terry Kniess! Come on down! You’re the next contestant
on The Price Is Right!” In 2008, he makes it to contestants’ row.
And this is no normal contestant. This guy is a veteran blackjack
card-counter. – Yes.
– He is a casino surveiller. And he is a former TV weatherman.
And you know what that means. He can forecast how cold it’s going
to be in the studio. – Patterns. Patterns.
– Oh. Yes. That too. First of all, when he gets down there,
everyone’s gotta bid on one item. It’s a grill. He guesses that it costs
$1175. Pretty exact bid. – And exactly right. Hm!
– Oh! – Raises a little suspicion.
– Lucky. Lucky. He then earns the right to go on stage.
he makes his way through The Price… – …Is Right to get to the very end…
– Showcase Showdown! …the grand finale where he’s pitted
against someone else. They present a whole bunch of prizes you can win,
but you’ve got to give the total price – of the total showcase.
– Without going over. Without going over. And if you’re within
$250, you win both showcases. – I love it.
– Now, this is the longest-running… …show in television history. But what
he did was amazing and outta nowhere. – Let’s watch the finale.
– (host) You’ve got the tailer, jukebox. You bid $23743. Actual retail price
$23743. You got it right on the nose. – What?! (bells ringing)
– Double showcase. – (Link) Right on the nose!
– That hasn’t happened since ’72… …or ’73. Right on the nose. He won
$56,437… – (Rhett) Drew Carey is very subdued.
– …in prizes today. – (Rhett) He was new at his job, I guess.
– Don’t forget to get your pets spayed… – …or neutered.
– (Rhett) What is that smile about? We’ll see you next time on
The Price Is Right. Bye bye. Listen, whenever I have a big milestone,
in my life where I do something amazing… – …I know who I’m not inviting.
– (laughing) – Drew Carey!
– “Ah, could’ve been anybody.” Listen, here’s the story.
The reason why… – “I hate my job.”
– It wasn’t that. He’s great at his job… – …and he loves his job.
– Mhm. But he was convinced that the guy was
cheating because it had never… – …happened, basically.
– (Rhett) Right. It’s impossible. And the producers were kind of having
a conversation backstage. But here’s the facts. He wasn’t cheating.
It was a combination of studying patterns and luck. He and his wife had
taped and reviewed every single night all the products and prices on
Price Is Right, and it turns out that they repeat them. And he remembered what
they were. And then when he got to the end, his wife’s in the audience saying
“23,000,” and then he just adds 743 because it’s their PIN.
That’s what he said. That’s quite a system. So there was some
luck involved. Some luck in it. But Drew Carey was
convinced that he was cheating and that he was cheating and that it would
never air. That’s why he was so subdued. But they did air it. They just buried it
in December when nobody watches Price Is Right as much. And then Price
Is Right had to change their whole system in the wake of Terry Kniess taking home
all that stuff, including a karaoke machine. Well, there you go. If you wanna win a
gameshow, study the patterns, drive an ice cream truck, and put
your PIN number in wherever possible. Peter Tomarken, give me a call. Big fan.
Have your pet spayed or neutered. Help control the pet population. Thanks
for liking, commenting, and subscribing. – You know what time it is.
– Hi, I’m Natalie. – And I’m Bobby.
– We’re from St. Olaf College. – In Northfield, Minnesota.
– (both) And it’s time to spin… – …The Wheel of Mythicality!
– You know, Peter Tomarken is dead. He’s not gonna be giving you
any shoutouts. – Yeah, okay. Then don’t call me.
– He’s also not on Twitter, but we are! @rhettandlink. That’s what we are
on Twitter. If you really like tweets… – …you should really follow us over there.
– And click through to Good Mythical… …More. Click the “i,”, because we’re
gonna find out the story behind Rhett’s vision quest in solitary confinement
on the desert. – But not before we have a prize winner!
– ♪ (celebratory fanfare) ♪ In the desert. Not on the desert.
Well, he was on the desert. – (Link) Congratulations to —
– (Rhett) Ashanen. You win… – …merch of the month: a GMM t-shirt!
– (both) Wooo! Congratulations! [Captioned by Kevin:
GMM Captioning Team]

Comments (100)

  1. Awww. Not American.

  2. "Press Your Luck" is about to make a return, this time on ABC in prime time on June 12.

  3. When the press your luck person (Michael Larson) was on his turn, the button was dying so Michael was doing CPR on it.

  4. Y’all have to watch the documentary the perfect bid on netflix! seems like terry was lying, it was actually another guy who studied even more who helped from the audience. Crazy!

  5. Hosts to hystircal

  6. A couple million dollars Won!!!! A couple million in debt.

  7. 6:18 "Gah, cuz of kawaii"

  8. That second dude just has The World

  9. 2:33
    Link: "Can you guess how Rhett?"

    Rhett: "The coughing."
    Me: (cough) (cough)

  10. Netflix has a documentary about this price is right episode. Worth the watch. There's more to this story.

  11. That is not cheating on Whammy.

  12. Watch the Netflix special about this. He didn't cheat


  14. One of my relatives went onto the price is right, and she won some stuff.

  15. Theodore is the man…

  16. My dad went on the price is right….but he wasn’t picked 🙁

  17. The reason why drew carey was so sad was because he thought the show was going to get shut down because someone beat the show

  18. pause at 0:41

    youre welcome

  19. but the second one isn't cheating

  20. The whammy guy was just actually paying attention to where the squares are going and he clicked on it so it didn’t actually count as cheating you counted as actually playing the game

  21. If you find a way to solve the system. TSS. Ok.

  22. 2016: ye
    2017: no
    2018: maybe


  23. If you find the pattern, it's not cheating because you learned how to win every time because they haven't thought about 2 spots being free win

  24. My name is Michael… Michael Luu 😀 (Im happy im not part of this!)

  25. The price is right "cheaters" story isnt right it was some one in the audiance told him the price because he knew it theres a nenflix documentary about it ( perfect bid )

  26. the price is right is NOT the longest running show in history

  27. The price is right story is not true. Netflix does a story on it. That guy that won didnt study anything.

  28. why cant the caughing guy just answer himself?

  29. 7:05 I’m sorry but I’m literally crying ???

  30. To me it seems Like the Game shows are cheating to me, someone is always smarter

  31. Lmao I was crying tears of laughter when link kept on imitating that press your luck guy.
    ??? STOP!!!!! STOP!!!!!???

  32. wait do they still have the prize moneys after they cheating?

  33. Morse code coughing

  34. If anybody’s watching this in 2019, go watch this Documentary called PERFECT BID, it really explained what really happened that day on TPIR

  35. If Michael Larson isn't a cheat! He only memorised the boards patterns, which isn't cheating just like card counting. If he had outside help, or some sort of device that helped him win then yes he would be a cheater.

  36. 2019 anyone if so,

  37. 6:55 I can’t stop laughing ?

  38. "Terry neese come on down your the next contestant on the price is right!" Sounded like Gaston from beauty and the beast

  39. Netflix the perfect contestant!!! Get all the real details.

  40. This was my first gmm video. Its dragged me along to watch all of their vids now.

  41. justice for ted

  42. I heard "Michael Larson" and I was like "Wait, Eyedea!"

    Props to anyone who knows Eyedea

  43. The way rhett said good mythical morning lol

  44. I literally just watched this Price Is Right episode today on Youtube!! I couldn't believe it was on the nose. Drew said it was the 1st time since 1972-1973.

  45. Rett.. how to be you??

  46. I saw a video of Rhett raging about his chair until he realizes that he was on camera so he was screaming at Jen because he realized that it was a prank.

  47. Can i have that gold top gibson on the wall

  48. Are all of the dislikes literally just because the second guy wasn't really a cheater, ffs they made one mistake on wordplay, that's like blaming someone for saying something, which they end up opposing but forget taking back, these mistakes happen, you idiots

  49. If the Major had mixed it up a bit with things like sneezing, belching, farting and swearing, he might not have gotten caught. lol !

  50. God bless spread his word!

  51. Here is something interesting I learned in German…

    Right in German is: Rechts
    Left in German is: Links
    Rhett sits on the right
    Link sits on the left

    Lets talk about that.

  52. If you pause exactly at 6:56 in the video it is a really funny moment.

  53. There is a whole documentary on Netflix about the Price is Right Guy. He never cheated and he played within the rules!

  54. 10:10 and look at that nose!

  55. the 2nd one

  56. 25k dislikes what… why :/

  57. Studying and beating the system is not cheating.

  58. First plain cheater the other twos really smart

  59. Micheal needs to be in a movie

  60. Why do I always watch gmm at night…

  61. Hii I love your channel I was thinking did you get your show idea from the red and green show? Plsssss respond

  62. This is the funniest GMM video for me i laughed hard on when link did the "staaap!!" "Staaaap!!!"

  63. The sign is the coughing

  64. Is the first one where that cough meme cough came from?

  65. Something humorous.

  66. For the who wants to be a millionare one, I knew the answer to last the question.

  67. God bless Drew Carey, he’s so much better at The Price is Right now, and was a god on Whose Line.

  68. Stfu and play the video

  69. Wait… you can call the police on people for cheating in a game????

  70. Terry also got help from a Price Is Right UBER Fan.
    there's a documentary about it on Hulu? I think. It's called 'The Perfect Bid' – The guy shows exactly what he did. 😀

  71. Anyone from 2019?

  72. There is a Netflix doc on the last guy more to that story. He had help with his bid.


  74. Watch Perfect BId on netflix. It explains the price is right scandal

  75. Game show strategists*

  76. Ice cream man = KARMA

  77. T-series just STOOP

  78. No one :

    Literally no one:

    Link: STAAWP

  79. So this was on my recommended…

  80. I saw the Millionaire one when it aired! They did air it but then it was pulled

  81. How can this video have 25k dislikes? Salty viewers out there lmao

  82. Uhh Link likes karaoke too much.

  83. Someone actually coughs*. Uhhhh I’m going to go for chicken nuggets

  84. I can't be 5 feet near children after a birthday party

  85. My friends sister goes to St Olaf…. frickin try hard school

  86. Why do I always watch Good Mythical MORNING at NIGHT

  87. so if you are smart and win without cheating the producers are up in arms lol

  88. Oh my gosh ? me and my grandma would watch who wants to be a millionaire every time I would sleep over. I didn’t even know about that first guy but it’s kinda brilliant if you think of it. I’m gonna have to ask my grandma if she knows about him because that’s hilarious. In true British fashion he just ended the phone call with “thanks for letting me know” ? I love it

  89. ‘The British Version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’
    The original who wants to be a millionaire

  90. Saying what Michael Larson did is cheating is like saying that actually knowing the answers for WWTBAM is cheating…

  91. Could you imagine if the guy bid 23744 and was 1 dollar over?

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