Skill Games Betting

Published: 07/01/2013

Although there are many who believe all forms of gambling involve chance, and it is true that luck is a factor in almost all activities, there certainly are many games for wagering in which skill plays a much greater role. And when a game’s outcome is determined predominantly by the player’s level of skill rather than by chance, it can clearly be defined as a “skill game.”

Unlike casino games in which the House always has a built-in edge, the advantage in a skill game goes to whichever player has the most talent, experience and ability. That’s why a highly skilled player will always win over a less adept one in the long term. A good example of an activity that everyone acknowledges as skill game is chess. Less clearly defined are poker and backgammon.

Those who participate professionally in skill games may insist that they are not actually “games” at all. Instead, they should be referred to as “sports,” on par with golf, darts or bowling. Training, concentration, strategy and competitiveness are all factors that come into play.

On the Internet, many gaming web sites have segmented “Games” as a subset of their casino offerings, including scratchcards, quizzes and arcade games, which may not require much “sill” at all. But more and more dedicated sites are being established to cater specifically to players seeking to test their skills against one another in board games, card games and other contests.

Betfair, for example, has a gaming section called “Exchange Games.” There, players compete in traditional table games head-to-head rather than against the House, including blackjack, baccarat, Omaha Hi poker and “bulls-eye roulette.” Similarly, the site known as SkillBet pits poker players one-on-one in situations such that each opponent is dealt the same cards. They sit at identical tables and compete with the same computer players, so that the only factors determining who wins are the players’ decisions.

At, players participate in everything from Sport Games like 9-Ball Pool to Word Games such as Letter Swap. Visitors to the site are invited to play against the computer for free until they are ready to take on a human opponent. Thereafter, they may compete for can and prize in individual match-ups or in multi-player tournaments.

At the site known as WorldWinner, there are games based on cards, sports, game shows and words, among other categories. Those who love classic board games like Monopoly or Scrabble can find opportunities to test their capabilities against other players here. Some of the offerings, such as Bejeweled, Wheel of Fortune and Cubis will be very familiar to those who enjoy casino slots, but which can be enjoyed now not versus the game software but by confronting a real live human competitor.

DiceArena, as the name implies, focuses solely on skill games using dice. GameDuell, establishing in 2003, claims to have attracted over 80 million members for its proprietary games like Crazy Eights, Bubble Speed, Maya Pyramid and Jungle Jewels. And StarGames has old favourites like Solitaire and Yatzee.

More examples of skill games that can be played for cash via the Internet are Spades, Jurassic Golf, Toca Race Driver, Dominoes and (yes) Chess. In fact, almost any skill game that has been introduced for home play or on game machines like Playstation can be found somewhere in cyberspace as a betting version. Currently CasinoCity lists no fewer than 36 dedicated skill games venues for wagering online. As a gaming niche, there is incredible variety and serious cash to be had.

Published on: 07/01/2013

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