"An arcade owner from somewhere in central California popped into Reddit late last night to confirm, in exacting detail, what everyone has long suspected: those goddamn claw machines do deliberately have a tissue-thin grip, even when you think you have it lined up directly over that plush toy and can’t possibly miss picking it up.
The machines have variable PSI strength settings for the claws, wrote TheDJTec. It’s designed so that they “pay out” (give you a toy) only as often as state regulations require.
I had no idea that there were state regulations concerning this kind of an amusement, but there are. The odds in California require a prize dispensed on one in every 12 tries. In Nevada (and in many other states) the odds are 1 in 15.”