This is the first part of our series of short tips on winning at the funfair. There is no way to guarantee a win, but there are tips to increase your chances.
The hoopla is one of the oldest games on the fair. Basically you need to throw a ring over a cube. The cube usually has a prize on the top which you win. The first thing you need to be aware of is that the ring must go completely over the cube. It must pay flat on the table to count as a win. Many people don’t read the rules and think just getting it over the prize is good enough.
Can It Be Done
Now popular opinion is that the rings are not big enough to go over the blocks. To be fair, this is a false belief. If you ask the operator, he will usually demonstrate that it can be fitted over. There is however one point to be aware of. The blocks with the expensive prizes on tend to be fractionally larger than the blocks with the cheap prizes. This ensures that whilst it is possible to win, the odds are much easier on the smaller blocks. This allows enough prizes to trickle out to let people see you can win, but prevents the operator being bankrupted by someone winning say a Nintendo playstation every 5 minutes.
Billy Butlin, the man famous for starting the Butlins holiday empire actually used to operate this type of game on the funfair, but he had many more of the smaller blocks than was standard so that prizes were being won at a much greater rate, he discovered that the increase in custom more than offset the higher operating costs.
How Can I Win
So is there anything you can do to increase your chances of winning. Only really 2 things, aim for the smaller prizes as it will be easier to win them, When you throw the ring, flick your wrist so that the ring is spinning. What this can do, is catch the edge of a block, then as it continues to spin it works its way into position to drop over the block and win.