How I beat Shoemoney, John Chow, and Zac Johnson

September 24, 2008 Posted by Tyler Cruz

On the opening day of BlogWorld Expo – the 3rd day of our Vegas trip, was a really fun event hosted by MarketLeverage that was modified at the very last second.

Originally, Shoemoney had challenged John Chow to a Cashinator competition to see who could make more between them two, but John had surprising replied by declining – or to be more specific, rejecting – Shoemoney’s challenge because it would be too easy.

I was walking around BlogWorld somewhere when I received a message on my Blackberry with two words: cashinator showdown. I made my way over to the MarketLeverage booth to find out that John Chow, Shoemoney, Zac Johnson, and myself were all going to enter the both at once to see who could make the most money.

To top if off, we all agreed that the 3 losers of the competition would each have to give $100 out of their own pocket to the winner, as well as the money they collected from the machine. The total of all this would go to the winner, and he’d have to give it all away in a contest on his blog.

After we all went into the Cashinator at once, we then did a secondary individual challenge and added those winnings to our first grab to give each of us a final total.

You’ll note how was I resourceful by using what I had at hand to give myself an advantage. I was wearing a suit, so I took it off and put it back on backwards. This allowed me to use it as a net which really helped when the cashinator turned off and all he bills up top fell to the ground.

Check out the video below:

Never underestimate the underdog! Nobody ever suspected I might take it away…

The showdown was extremely fun and I’d like to thank MarketLeverage for hosting it and  Shoemoney and John Chow for letting Zac Johnson and I join in on their cashinator competition.

It was so fun that I’d like for MarketLeverage to consider doing similar fun competitions in the future. I know that I’d definitely like to participate in a future competition again.

The wad of cash was so big that my brand new fancy dancy money clip I just bought actually broke when I tried to stretch it to fit. Both Zac and Shoemoney paid me right away with a $100 bill each, but John paid me the following day… in a very unique way. But that’s a story for another post.

Stay tuned for more Vegas and Blog World posts soon!

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Posted: September 24th, 2008 under Videos  

37 Responses to “How I beat Shoemoney, John Chow, and Zac Johnson”

  1. Jay says:

    So, all that money is going to go to me, right? I mean, to your next blog contest that people can actually enter outside of your affiliate link? πŸ˜›


  2. Dang I so want to get all that money you won lol you did good job keep it up tyler!

  3. Andrei Buiu says:

    Well, John in his unique way payed you in $1 bills! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    FYI: If you will hold a contest and I win, I want that money stack with them $1 bills πŸ˜€

  4. Chris says:

    Nice one Tyler! Definitely keeping my eye out for your next contest…

  5. Muneeb says:

    Wow ! , Sounds like a great competition πŸ™‚

    I must say Tyler was lucky here as he got the area where the air use to push the money up i think that is the reason why he won the battle in the very first round. ( when 4 of them were in )

    Anyways, that was a total fun for me watching the vid, i’m sure blogworld expo includes 100s of these kind of competitions, and its good to see that you guys are having fun.

    Thanks to Marketleverage for hosting the competition.

  6. Clog Money says:

    Got any thing good planned for the money? Attend a rock concert perhaps πŸ˜‰

  7. zolar says:

    Nice way to win money from JOhn Chow and shoemoney…
    I hope I can enter the contest..

  8. Go figure – I was in the exhibit hall when I saw all John and Shoe going into the Cashinator, but didn’t feel like going over there since it was already a chaotic scene. Had no idea you were there until I saw John’s video the following day! πŸ™

    Hope you’re enjoying Vegas. Too bad we weren’t able to meet up..

  9. Thanks for being a willing participant at a moments notice for The Cashinator Challenge!

    It was fun to watch and we will definitely do other fun events like that in the future.

  10. Dina says:

    Hey Tyler- Congrats again on winning the challenge! We’ll definitely be doing more of them in the future, you just have to come to more shows. Good luck to all the participants of the upcoming contest!

  11. So when is this contest to win the money? I like how your teasing us by drawing it out.

    Are you seeing more readers or daily visitors because of it?

  12. Mike says:

    Tyler – great job buddy! It was great to meet you in person finally! Hope to see you at more shows in the future!

  13. Brad says:

    hhahah john and jemery had no chance.

  14. Major props to the underdog.

  15. That looked like a lot of fun. Good job beatin the ‘ole shoe. πŸ˜‰

  16. San Nayak says:


    I loved your trick for holding those dollars back in you and following the same trick by Chow lead him to be a looser as he was wearing a t-shirt.

  17. Zac Johnson says:

    Excellent BlogWorld recaps and posts you have here. It was great to finally meet you in person.

    Next year I will be ready with a suit jacket!

  18. Boring says:

    YAWN!! These posts just keep getting more stupid every day!

    • Way to go dude, it’s been 5 days now and Tyler hasn’t written any more posts. I think your insults are going to make him quit Blogging for good.

      Now what am I going to read? I know, why don’t you tell us what your Blog is so we can all read your stuff!


  19. Sohail says:

    No offence but I think you have written enough about BlogWorld Expo, It was good if you write everything in a post or two and move on. Anyways good kuck and hope to see some more useful content from you

  20. Web Freak says:

    Shoemoney and John chow are just two wh*res πŸ˜‰

  21. SEO Tricks says:

    Haha! It was fun watching it.. Congrats Tyler for winning the contest. πŸ˜€

  22. Mario Chase says:

    There is already people angry about you writing too much about BlogExpo?? hahaha.. funny. Just write about it.. it’s cool..

  23. Problogineer says:

    lol, cool video..

    Good work beating chow πŸ˜€

  24. BlogSavvy says:

    Great recap, the contest was a blast to watch, you had a great spot in the Cashinator. Looking forward to the contest.

  25. Laura says:

    LOL….. Good job!! Next time take a Top Hat…. Get more money that way. jk… What’s next…… JohnChows number 3 spot????

  26. Good for you tyler. What’s the next challenge gunna be!

  27. RMAC2 says:

    This whole event sounds like great fun and a great way to meet people in the blogging business, and what a better place than Vegas.

  28. Annonymous Coward says:


    Can you ask CD8470 how much of his campaign is actually profit?

    It’d be really interesting to know how much he is spending to make that money…

  29. Jay says:

    I should’ve gone to one of these… too bad I’ve been too damn busy! I would have smoked all of you guys! LOL!


  30. Calson says:

    The contest is really cool and gratz for beating other

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  32. There sure was a battle that occurred here, and victory is something that shouldn’t be forgotten. They are some large competitors that were there.

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  35. gurtey says:

    great victory..really..always difficult to beat someone like jeremy and john…and great contest..cheers


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