The Bet-Losing Machine

  • Added:  4 days ago
  • After over 4 months of building, and 297 fails, the Bet-Losing Machine is finally here! It's my largest, most complex machine so far, and it lasts for almost 3 minutes! I hope you guys like it!

    Behind the Scenes:

    Time taken to build: over 4 months (February through June)
    Number of fails: 297
    Favorite trick: shifting autotilt zigzag board
    Most failed trick: triple autotilt

    Normally I would put some interesting information, or my overall detailed thoughts about the machine here, but I actually already said most of that in the Behind the Scenes. So if that's something you're interested in, I highly recommend watching that. Don't let the fact that it's 20+ minutes deter you!

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Comments: 66

  • TheInvention11
    TheInvention11 4 days ago

    This is the perfect example as to why your machine style is the best. The way you manage to make these insane tricks and somehow still connect every trick together without missing any empty space, and make every trick lead perfectly into the next is beyond anything I can even comprehend. It's one thing to make cool tricks, but being able to connect every section together like pieces of a puzzle is a skill no builder has aside from you. Hands down the best machine I've ever seen. Man it's gonna be impossible to even come close to matching the level of this with my next machine

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 4 days ago

      Thank you so much! I think that's a really interesting way to describe this machine, but not really any of my others. In other words, I think you nailed what distinguishes this machine from, say, the R&L Machine. Instead of 3 main idea tricks, there are 10 smaller tricks, but they're all combined and connected in such a way so that everything just seems like one long trick.
      Oh, and you absolutely will come close to matching the level of this with your machine. You blow me away with everything you make. There is no way your next machine won't be just as impressive as this.

  • ANJet 09
    ANJet 09 4 hours ago

    WOW. That machine was so cool. The tricks worked really well. All of that was definitely worth it

  • Esther Morris
    Esther Morris 21 hour ago

    Another amazing machine!! I challenge you to go vertical!!! Build the TALLEST machine!

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 20 hours ago

      Esther Morris Very true. There certainly is the potential (and potential energy) for some things I've never tried before. The main challenge is finding supports study enough to hold everything up.

    • Esther Morris
      Esther Morris 20 hours ago

      Yeah but think of all that free gravitational potential energy you could harness!

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 21 hour ago

      Esther Morris Ooooh, my single greatest weakness: height. That is actually a good idea though, and it would make for a good challenge. Glad to see you commenting on my videos, I smile every time I see that you have!

  • DominoERDMANN
    DominoERDMANN 2 days ago

    Omg, this is the best machine I ever saw!!! I don't have enough words to describe how awesome it is ;-) I really love your style of building, there is never an empty space left. This video definitely deserves more views and you deserve at least 10k subs ;-)

  • penguinexpress12
    penguinexpress12 3 days ago

    I like the part where the machine does the thing.

  • Hevesh5Extras
    Hevesh5Extras 3 days ago

    This is really quite something, Lyle. AMAZING machine!! This had so many surprising tricks and it just kept going on and on! You definitely have the most complex style of them all, and it's really impressive how you can make it compact at the same time :)

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 3 days ago

      Hevesh5Extras Thank you so much! Those are the exact qualities that I hope people notice about my machines. So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Aidan's Machines
    Aidan's Machines 3 days ago


  • Destructotz Gaming
    Destructotz Gaming 3 days ago

    seriously, this is one of the best chain reactions I've ever seen. And your editing is so good, I can't find it as a screenlink.

    KGIANT DOMINO 4 days ago

    that is sooo cool !

  • Flash Domino
    Flash Domino 4 days ago

    No words, Lyle. Four months of work is astounding and you hyped up and advertised the video perfectly. I was happy to video call you when I watched the video because it definitely made me more into it. Everything I said during the call still stands, even after watching this over and over :D Also, one more thing I noticed... across both tables, maybe less than twenty objects ever hit the ground :O That is efficiency right there.

    Please lose more bets. The community will be all the better for it xD

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 3 days ago

      Flash Domino Yes! One of the things I paid close attention to for this machine was not having many of the balls fall off the table. It definitely decreased reset time (which was around 30 minutes for the entire machine anyway) and helped me not lose things. Also, at least half of the dominoes that fall off the table are attached to something that doesn't fall off the table, so it ends up swinging from the side of the table. This also made resetting easier since I didn't have to track down where each domino bounced off to.

  • DominoJOJO
    DominoJOJO 4 days ago

    Awesome! that was awesome!
    I am not the biggest machines fan, but this machine was the beste I have ever seen!
    I like the edit, too. At first the one taker to see, that everything works and then the detailed perspectives. 👍👍

  • FullPowerDomino
    FullPowerDomino 4 days ago

    Wow this machine is sooo good! I have no words for it! ^^

  • Jdman1699
    Jdman1699 4 days ago

    There's just something I don't fundamentally understand about your machines: How do you get stuff to move the way it moves. There's no other machine builder that I've seen who can get the components in their machine to move in such a satisfyingly perfect way. To be honest, I'm kind of suspecting wizardry.

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 4 days ago

      Jdman1699 Yeah, that's something I really like about this machine. The way that all the motions look really clean and polished and elegant. Using wizardry actually really helps with that.

  • StickTrickDominoDude

    IDK if you've noticed but my ability to comment good comments has disappeared for some reason. So I'll say this in the best way I can. You amaze me. Your ability to take these materials and visualize these crazy ways to make them move and help each other is amazing. This machine clearly has a lot of steps and sometime soon I will count them to find out just how big of a machine this is. This only reiterates what I previously said, and it's that you are the best machine builder when it comes to skill in construction. You know your materials well and are able to do endless amounts of insane things with them. I already told you what my favorite tricks were so I'll leave it at that.

    • Vibhanshul Bisht
      Vibhanshul Bisht 4 days ago

      StickTrickDominoDude i also lost ability to give good comments because of i see lack of videos and growing age. I want my ability to be back for this machine.

  • Domino King
    Domino King 4 days ago

    I'm gonna say this in the most simple way I can. your a god

    • PiGi Dominoes
      PiGi Dominoes 3 days ago

      His 'a god' what? Oh, that's not what you meant? Not my fault you use the wrong form of "You're" <3

  • MrDominoMan
    MrDominoMan 4 days ago

    This is one of the most impressive things i've ever seen. It's just amazing how much stuff is being re-used in the contraption, and how frickin' long it is! I especially liked the big knex-wheels ;) Big thumbs up man, this needs to go viral!

  • teddytron2000
    teddytron2000 4 days ago

    Wow! That was definitely your best machine ever, and it might even be one of my top 10 favorite machines of all time! Every idea blew me away! I will never understand how you're able to even think of such epic ideas! I hope this video goes viral!

  • SNS Gaming
    SNS Gaming 4 days ago

    OH MY GOSH! My favorite trick had to be the card-sliding tilt table. I seriously dont think any machine could get any better than this!!! Excellemt job man!

    BWRGM 4 days ago

    Wowowowowow. I love all the flipping, turning, rotating, moving tracks. I know track tricks arent the coolest things anymore but they are still great in my book. Also your use with the gears is SO GREAT it makes me want to buy them. My one question is how did you get the balls to roll on the thing at 1:04? Anyways great machine and you have successfully have gotten me to want to get started on my CCC clips!

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 4 days ago

      +BWRGM Nah, track tricks are still cool! As long as you do ones that nobody has ever done before. To answer your question, the balls are released at the top of the track and they are going straight and fast enough that they are able to stay on the expanding ruler without falling off.

  • Aidan's Machines
    Aidan's Machines 4 days ago

    best. machine. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aidan's Machines
    Aidan's Machines 4 days ago

    did the last table ever fail

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  • KS Dominoes
    KS Dominoes 4 days ago

    Absolutely breathtaking... you're not even human at this point. This is honestly sorcery!

    • KS Dominoes
      KS Dominoes 4 days ago

      My favorite part has to be the knex gears with rotating track.

  • TheVarietyGuy
    TheVarietyGuy 4 days ago

    Well everyone said a 2 table machine would be better for you, and they were right!! That was insane! I loved every single trick and just the size and scope of everything was amazing!!! I can't even pick a favorite trick.

    • TheVarietyGuy
      TheVarietyGuy 4 days ago

      jackofallspades98 oh and a collaboration with Chase 😉

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 4 days ago

      +TheVarietyGuy Yesssssss

    • TheVarietyGuy
      TheVarietyGuy 4 days ago

      jackofallspades98 yeah man! New machine in progress as we speak!

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 4 days ago

      +TheVarietyGuy Thank you so much! I know it's a lot to take in, but that's how I felt about Machine Wars when I first saw that. I'm looking forward to your upcoming projects, by the way. Hopefully you have something coming up soon. I've been waiting a while for some TVG awesomeness!

  • Austrian Domino Art

    That was AMAZING Lyle!!!

  • DaksDominos
    DaksDominos 4 days ago

    Ok, so the whole time I'm like whaaaaaa how are these tricks even possible?!?! Then as I am recovering from being awestruck all of a sudden I'm like THERE'S A SECOND FREAKING TABLE?!?! This machine was INSANE! One of the best machine I have ever seen! Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go watch it again to understand how these tricks worked...

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 4 days ago

      Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! I love how people are devoting a ton of time to pause and rewatch this machine and figure out the puzzle of how the machine works!

  • Sirgabealot G
    Sirgabealot G 4 days ago

    I was so excited to see this machine since I saw the first picture of just the tables on Twitter. So then last week, when I saw the release date on your Twitter, I waited in anticipation for the release of the video and then the second that it was 1:00, I refreshed my subscription list and was so excited to see that your machine was out. Yet I was still even more blown away than I expected. This was absolutely incredible. So, I really need to give you props for this. This is one of the greatest machines that I have ever seen in my life without a doubt. There was so much to this machine that amazed me. Even watching it over and over again, there are still new things that I didn't notice before. The swinging track at the beginning was insane, the track trick with the cup was insane, the shifting autotilt trick was insane...every single trick was insanely amazing and beautiful. I love this style of building and I really think that you should make a machine with THREE tables, lol. I mean, this is ridiculously amazing. This machine is too impressive to be expressed with words.

    So, I wish you the best of luck going to college! Where are you going? Please continue to build machines as much as possible! I really look forward to what you'll build next! Again, amazing job!

    Also, I think I'm coming to ISM again this year :D

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 4 days ago

      Thank you! I'm glad I was able to exceed an expectation that was already "I expect this to exceed my expectations." You also managed to list my top 2 tricks, so I'm glad that people like the tricks that I like!
      I will be going to Hampshire College next year. I will try as best as I can to continue building, but I will see what I can do when I get there.

  • Shenanigan S
    Shenanigan S 4 days ago

    Please, PLEASE...
    Let this go viral!

  • cwdreactions
    cwdreactions 4 days ago

    Okay I just wanted to say that I have been waiting on this FOREVER AND I AM SO HAPPY WITH WHAT I GOT. This is quite honestly your best machine yet and maybe ever because I'm not really sure how you could possibly top this. This video took me 11 minutes to watch because I kept on doing instant replays XD I also noticed something about this video and ultimately about your style. I'm not completely blown away by every single trick in the machine, just some of them, but you made the rest of the clips so enjoyable to watch by the genius aspect of them and also how well built and thought out they were. That is a HUGE advantage when it comes to your style because it shows that you can captivate an audience all the way through.

    My favorite tricks in this video were obviously the unexpected ones, but more specifically the k'nex structures that had moving parts with it and changed the outcome of the next step. A lot of stuff in this machine shocked me due to the fact of reusing a lot of stuff from the previous step, such as using the same ball that triggered it instead of changing to a different ball. Things like the weighted track lever that folded down to be used as a track by the ball that triggered it in the first place or the falling block that had a ball run on it on two sides. The way things moved and functioned really stuck out tome about this machine.

    Okay, top 5:

    5. 5:42
    4. 3:14
    3. 3:23
    2. 5:55
    1. 5:23

    Question: Which trick failed the most? Whether it be in the testing stage or the filming stage. Doesn't Matter.

    Seriously incredible job man.

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 4 days ago

      I always like your comments because they go into a lot more detail than just "I like this trick and that trick." You pointed out something about this machine that I hadn't really thought of before. You mentioned that there were a lot of tricks in this machine that used the same ball for multiple things. I think that's because the paths for each ball were (on average) longer than they were in previous machines. Each ball has a longer path to take before it's done being used. As a byproduct of that, the ball does more things. The yellow soccer ball on the first table, for example, rides down the track dominoes, then hits the balance swing, then rolls back across the balance swing, then triggers the lever to collapse the track dominoes, then falls into a little K'nex tire, which is later pushed over by the marble falling onto the lever.
      And what you said about not every trick being a showstopper, I think you are exactly correct. A lot of the tricks in this machine aren't "main idea" tricks, but more like a step above a connection in terms of complexity. In other words, a lot of the tricks in this machine are more complex that traditional connections, but less complex than a main idea. An interesting consequence of that is that I don't have all that many "connections" for tricks. If I need to move a track, or release a ball, etc., the motion that does that is often part of the actual trick, and it's not done as a "connection."
      And in response to your Top 5, I would say my order for those tricks (from worst to best) would be #1, #4, #2, #3, #5.
      And my Top 5 would be:
      5. 5:09
      4. 5:31
      3. 3:48
      2. 3:23
      1. 5:42

  • 八木克磨
    八木克磨 4 days ago

    I think that had trouble very much.
    It'll be also expected from now on👍😆

  • DrComplicated
    DrComplicated 4 days ago

    I don't even know what to say, that was beautiful. I expect only 2 table machines from now on.

  • DominoPerson 5
    DominoPerson 5 4 days ago

    This is CRAZY! I really appreciate how you didn't give up and just screenlinked it.

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 4 days ago

      Screenlinking was never even a consideration. I would have done 1,000+ fails before even thinking about screenlinking.

  • berlagawesome
    berlagawesome 4 days ago

    No joke, this takes the cake for the best chain reaction machine I have ever seen.

  • Sprice Machines
    Sprice Machines 4 days ago

    I like the part with the giant gears rotating the track and the colorful domino track

  • Michael Mullen
    Michael Mullen 4 days ago

    Once I make my YouTube debut, I plan to make something in your honor because you deserve it after building this!!

  • Sirgabealot G
    Sirgabealot G 4 days ago

    Wow! Just wow! That's all I have to say for now. I'm going to watch the BTS and then I'll write the rest of my comment afterwards.

  • BB 5 bucks
    BB 5 bucks 4 days ago

    Great machine I love 10/10 I like the loopy part and the opening tilt tricks and the gear segment

  • TyDominoGuy
    TyDominoGuy 4 days ago

    absolutely incredible! my favorite part was the tilting zigzag board made of cards. overall incredible, and possibly your best machine!

    • jackofallspades98
      jackofallspades98 4 days ago

      TyDominoGuy Thank you so much! That's my favorite trick, too!

  • Sirgabealot G
    Sirgabealot G 4 days ago


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