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Michael Larson on Press Your Luck At Steve's request, here's a compilation of Michael Larson's spins during his remarkable appearance on Press Your Luck in June 1984. Larson had studied numerous hours of Press Your Luck videotapes before becoming a contestant on the show. He figured out there were only five variations of the board and no whammy ever appeared in the fourth spot from the left on the top row nor the middle spot on the right side. Note that Larson hit a whammy on his first 'spin' because he wasn't sure how quickly his stops would register. Once he got the hang of it, though, he was almost unstoppable. CBS was so embarrassed by the situation that the network only aired the Larson episodes once (on June 8 and 11, 1984)--and even refused to let the Game Show Network air them until very recently.
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Added: 1st December 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Steve on 2010-12-01 
The credit for this great find belongs all to you Lava! I did not know about this until you brought our attention to us today. Great piece!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-12-01 
Actually I thought this incident was better known that it is. I remember reading an article about it in TV Guide shortly after it occurred in 1984. Larson explained exactly how he beat the computerized system. At the time I remember thinking, 'Smart guy!'
Posted by: eric1957 on 2010-12-01 
Michael Larson was the Ken Jennings of that time.
Posted by: Pfc on 2010-12-02 
Smart!
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