Biggest Game Show Cheaters Ever Caught

Biggest Game Show Cheaters Ever Caught


A good game show is a well-oiled, million-dollar
machine, built to ensure both fun and fairness. But with tons of cash on the line, some contestants
just can’t resist the urge to find a way to beat or cheat the system and win big. Here are a few of the biggest game show cheaters
in history… or at least the ones who were caught. Charles Ingram Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? really wants contestants to win, since it’s
just good TV to see a regular Joe get rich. Even with multiple lifelines available to
contestants for especially difficult trivia questions, that just wasn’t enough for disgraced
Army Major Charles Ingram, who appeared on the British edition of the show in 2001. According to Vice, Ingram stationed two people
in the audience: his wife, Diana, and his friend, Tecwen Whittock, both former contestants. As he carefully read off each of the four
multiple choice answers out loud, he’d listen for a cough, which was allegedly a signal
from his plants as to which answer was the correct one. Using this ridiculous method pioneered by
cheating high school students, Ingram actually won the million-pound grand prize. The scheme was ultimately discovered and all
three were found guilty of, quote, “procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception,”
or, in simpler terms: fraud. All three received suspended prison sentences,
and were fined a combined total of 55,000 pounds… which Charles allegedly never paid. Ingram was also stripped of his title by the
Army Board, after 17 years of service. As if that weren’t enough bad karma, Charles
Ingram later slipped on an apple while mowing his lawn and cut off three of his toes. Sorry, Charlie. Adriana Abenia In 2014, Spanish model Adriana Abenia appeared
on Pasapalabra, Spain’s version of Password. Abenia’s blatant cheating scheme occurred
during a segment where she had to listen to song clips and identify the name and performer. The game had barely started when the host
and other contestants noticed that she kept looking at a phone she had hidden in her lap. She’d been using the music identification
app Shazam. She was called out on it right on the show,
but everyone just laughed it off. The host, Christian Galvez, even said that
she deserved a special prize for cheating so brazenly. A few days later, Abenia made her intentions
clear, saying, “No one told me that [I] could not cheat.” “You also have to understand that it was to
help someone else. I’m very altruistic.” Khaled El-Katateny Millionaire Hot Seat is an Australian spinoff
of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and in 2014, a cocky 19-year-old law student named
Khaled El-Katateny appeared on the show and racked up winnings of $100,000. “Where’s the cellophane?” “Where’s the cellophane? I want the cellophane.” “What was that?” “I want the cellophane.” “Nah, you only get that for $250,000.” After the show aired, he told the media that
he cheated — sort of, saying, “I didn’t play the game — I played the man.” Huh? According to El-Katateny, he claimed to nail
correct answers to the questions not through knowledge, but by watching the body language
of host Eddie McGuire as he read off the multiple choice possibilities, admitting, “If you look at it, you see me working Eddie
McGuire. I’m reading every single subtle thing about
his face.” He also watched the studio audience behind
McGuire to see which choice made their faces light up. In the end, El-Katateny got to keep his money,
because utilizing a poker strategy for a trivia game technically isn’t against the rules. When asked about his plans for his “winnings,”
El-Katateny simply said, quote, “I didn’t win anything — I earned it.” Terry Kniess The Price is Right seems like a difficult
game show to win because it involves guessing the, quote, “actual retail price” of items
— which never seems to be anywhere near what you’d see at an actual retail store. So, when Terry Kniess put in a bid of $23,743
during a “Showcase Showdown” in 2008 — and hit the prize’s retail price exactly — it
defied all of the odds. How’d he do it? “Hasn’t happened since ’72 or ’73. Hit it right on the nose.” Esquire’s profile of Kniess revealed his secrets:
the man is an analytical genius. Kneiss has been both an expert blackjack player
and an award-winningly accurate meteorologist. “I’m Terry Kniess, you might be better off
sitting at home and roasting your nuts on an open fire than going out on the road tomorrow.” Kniess told Esquire that he and his wife recorded
episodes of The Price is Right every day for four months, then memorized the prices of
all the items the show used, and frequently reused, in the Showcase Showdown segment. From there, it was just basic math. It wasn’t even a new strategy. “How did you you settle on $21.40.” “I seen that on here last week and that’s
what it is. I watch you every day!” Host Drew Carey floated another theory: in
the audience during the taping was Ted Slauson, a regular Price attendee and one-time contestant,
who had also amassed an encyclopedic memory of showcase prices. Carey and show producers seemed to think that
Slauson colluded with Kniess and used hand signals to tell him the perfect price, an
allegation that both men deny. Kniess got to keep his winnings, because despite
their suspicions, the show couldn’t prove he did anything wrong…other than being real
good at math. “Get those nerds!” “Nerds!” “NERDSSS!” Korilla BBQ In 2011, the NYC-based food truck, Korilla
BBQ, was eliminated from The Great Food Truck Race, a reality show competition in which
hopeful street chefs compete for a grand prize of $50,000. The team with the lowest sales gets eliminated,
hence Korilla’s desperate, if not ill-conceived attempt at staying alive with some bogus profit. “Unfortunately, one of you guys tried to cheat.” “It was clear you put $2,700 of your own money
in the till.” The owners of the Korean-Mexican fusion truck
maintained their innocence, despite a confidentiality agreement that barred them from speaking out
in too much detail. Food Network originally only said that the
team was eliminated from the show after making, quote, “an unfortunate decision.” It wasn’t until a 2016 interview with KoreanAmericanStory.org
that Korilla BBQ owner, Eddie Song, finally cleared up what really happened. Apparently, the team decided to get creative
when facing the challenge of not being able to sell meat while competing in Memphis. Song and his crew, quote, “formed a little
partnership with one of the top Memphis-style BBQ” joints, and ended up selling empty tortillas…
and sending their customers elsewhere to get free meat. Ultimately, they bent the rules and got busted. The Twenty One gang While most game show cheats are simply over-eager
rogue contestants, the scandal surrounding the 1956 game show Twenty One involved the
show’s producers — and served as the basis for the 1994 movie, Quiz Show. According to Charles Van Doren’s New Yorker
account of the scandal, producers Al Freedman, Jack Barry, and Dan Enright colluded with
contestants Herb Stempel and Charles Van Doren in some carefully choreographed high-stakes
game show drama. After around six weeks of coached-winning
for Stempel, the show saw a dip in ratings, possibly due to the unlikable nature of the
quirky New York postal clerk. Enter Charles Van Doren, a handsome English
professor from Columbia University, and son of a prominent poet. He was similarly coached, and after some staged
episodes that ended in ties, Van Doren eventually overtook Stempel. Both contestants walked away with a bunch
of cash, and ratings were up. Win-win, right? Wrong. No one believed Stempel’s claims about the
plague of game show fixing until a notebook full of future quiz answers was found on the
set of a completely different game show. Stempel testified to a grand jury, which eventually
led to congressional hearings, and an amendment to the Communications Act of 1934, making
it officially illegal to fix quiz shows. It didn’t much matter, because the networks
were so spooked that they abruptly cancelled many of their primetime game shows anyway. “We’re looking for nuts, now. We’re looking for nuts. NUTS!” Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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100 thoughts on “Biggest Game Show Cheaters Ever Caught”

  1. i would always say you should never ever cheat..but if you can figure out how to cheat a gameshow then more power to you.

  2. The coughing one should've only used that technique once.
    They could've doubled their prize money

    And there would not be any proof because it only happened once!

    Greed took them down.

  3. Why do ppl compete for 50k? Takes almost half in taxes, then split it among your team…..leaves you enough to pay for your clothes, alcohol, and whatever else the show didn’t pay for.

  4. Geritol used to sponsor game shows and even talent shows on television.  I'm a very old guy.  I could use some of that Geritol.  What ever happened to it?

  5. I've suspected for decades that games shows are fixed to favor the most attractive female contestants.

  6. Game shows in the philippines are all cheats. They control the spin and all those stuff. Once in a while they mess up, but no one really cares. The fucking host decides if he likes the contestant or not.

  7. This dude looper really trying to defamate people who used actual strategies that professionals like poker players used to win . Absolute shame

  8. The price is right one was NOT cheating. An audience member who had been going to the price is right for years would memorize most of the prices and would shout them out to people to try and help them. This was ENCOURAGED in the original The Price Is Right show headed by Bob Barker and the original producers. As long as one wasn't referring to a written list or getting the prices from insider information, you could shout out the prices from memory to contestants. This is was Ted did that day for this other guy. It was within the rules.

    Watch the Netflix documentary "The Perfect Bid." It tells the whole story.

  9. Terry is full of shit. He had help from Ted Slausen. Ted fed Terry’s wife the price. He was highly skilled. Documentary on Netflix called Perfect Bid.

  10. wow this video is disgraceful. the price is right one in no way should be on this list. they played the rules, and only memorized prices (which is what you are measured on). as for hand signals? have you not seen the show? it is part of the game for the audience to shout out and use hand signals to the people on stage. get fucked.

  11. I don't think taking answers from someone in the crowd is cheating. It's not like the crowd has the card full of answers. If the audience members do not work for the show and do not have the answers in front of them, then what's the problem?

  12. I think the only real cheat here is this channel to much talking and dont even show the footage we dont give a shit about ur opinion just show the footage

  13. Eddie McGuire does have a huge set of tells – they are especially obvious watching him on TV. al Katateny is a very cool operator and in no way a cheat.

  14. The price is right one… the guy at the podium is a liar. There’s a Netflix doc on the guy who made that number happen. He’s sitting in the front row. He studied all the answers for years and attended a ton of shows. The guy who won takes credit for it and pretends that he came up with that number himself, but if you’ve seen the doc it’s very clear who the real brain behind that was. Side note: the producers are okay with people studying the prices. It’s not cheating to watch the show

  15. 2:36 That shouldn't even be here, that is fair game, he was just good at it.

    Also he wasn't even caught, more like bragged about it later.

  16. Studying prices, body language, and facts is cheating now.
    Communism: Its an even playing field for everyone.

  17. Sooo 🤔 … I STUDY 📗📖 for a MATH TEST learning , memorizing equations ,
    times tables , division charts , square roots ..etc Because math is apart of life and
    learning is KNOWING PATTERNS & REPETITIONS ✍📄✏ —> I then take said test …
    get a 100% all correct answers 😁 A + … By your logic *I CHEATED? 😲😬
    Get real 🙄 SOMETIMES HARD WORK PAYS OFF an you get LUCKY ~ 😈🔺🦋

  18. Ummm watch "The Perfect Bid" on Netflix….Kniess had help but took credit for himself. Slauson helped many people over the years. Slauson was not a cheater, he had memorized the items' prices. Slauson did not deny helping Kniess in the documentary and he helped the other showcase bidder also. 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

  19. Most of those were silly or "rule bending" or advanced strategies. But you put the only one that was blatant cheating at number 10.

  20. I don’t think that studying up is cheating. I’d say it’s refreshing rather than the constant random that is normal people would guess!!😂😂😂

  21. (not my comment) i wish the audience would have caught along to the coughing scandal and started coughing at every answer to confused him

  22. The perfect bid on The Price is Right was not cheating. Source: Drew Carey himself, in an interview on the Kevin Pollack Chat Show. For a long time TPIR's prizes were the same year after year, and fans simply remembered what their "actual retail price" on the show was. One such fan got into a taping, and was shouting out the actual prices throughout the entire show (which is perfectly within the rules and encouraged by TPIR producers). There was absolutely no cheating involved (although Carey did claim the fan was part of a group of disgruntled fans who weren't happy with changes made to the show since Carey replaced Bob Barker, but that's still not cheating). Afterwards, TPIR producers made sure prizes weren't static, and has even manipulated the "actual retail price" ever since by adding/subracting different options to the vehicle/trip packages.

  23. Seems to me that some trivia game shows need a one way mirror like in a police interrogation room. That way the audience sees but the player can't see the audience.

  24. I remember beating Psycho Mantis in his own game, by switching from player 1 to player 2, he had no clue that I cheated.

  25. Lol the third one aint cheating. Its a bit like that person who scores the highest in exams by looking for clues in the question and eliminating options as opposed to having any knowledge

  26. khalid el-katateny was not cheating…. that's so not cheating. in fact, thats goddamm clever. shame on the producers for hiring such a weak host

  27. Terry didn’t get that answer because of his own knowledge!!! He was getting the answer from the guy Ted slauson who had watched the show for ages since he was young and he gave um the numbers

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