by Chris Bodenner
For a fascinating story of someone who refused to be controlled, check out This American Life's profile of Michael Larson, the man who cracked the code of Press Your Luck by memorizing its patterns for weeks on end.
(The video is ten minutes long, but I couldn't keep my eyes off. If you're not familiar with the game, all he had to do was slip up once, hit a "whammy" tile, and lose all of his earnings - ultimately more than $100K. And Larson was unemployed with little money to his name.)