Games Of Chance VS Skill - Based Games—what Every Player Should Know
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Did you know that gambling is comprised of two (2) major categories. The first group is comprised of games, which are purely based on luck such as keno, for example. Meanwhile, the other group features games, which are based on one’s skill such as poker.

However, the problem lies with the perception that all games, as long as there are stakes involved, are immediately dismissed or described as luck-based. This is an overt generalization and clearly shows the lack of understanding between the above-mentioned gambling categories.

Such perception should be readily rectified in order to help the players prepare and strategize. Likewise, this would aid the movements and advocacies, which call and rally for the legalization of online gambling.

Just recently, there have been proposals to categorize poker as a game of skill, rather than dismissed it as a mere card game. The proponents of such movement, indeed, have valid arguments since poker takes more than luck in order to win. Until now, the case still awaits its final verdict.

Indeed, the above-mentioned occasions demand a more comprehensive discussion of the matter.

What are the factors that you should consider in differentiating luck and skill-based games?

Luck-based games are also considered as games of chance. This means that the outcome largely depends on a randomizing tool such as a roulette wheel, cards and dice. Slot machines use random number generators (RNG). Lottery and bingo utilize drawn balls. In other words, the games of chance do not give the players the opportunity to take control or rather, influence the results. If they insist in doing so, they will be guilty of fraud. Online casinos, which resort to this kind of practice is often described as “rogues.” If the machines are tampered, they are referred to as “rigged.”

Meanwhile, in games of skill, this means that the outcome is influenced by the player’s skill. The skill can be both mental or physical. Take for example the case of fantasy sport. At a glance, it looks like the players just randomly select the athletes that will form their team. But the truth is, they (bettors) do thorough research. The same thing goes for sports betting. Punters do not just bet on their favorite clubs, they go into the nitty-gritty of the match prior to placing their wagers. Poker, as well as blackjack can be considered as a skill game since it requires the thorough understanding of the game.

Card counting, which is the legal way of beating the house in blackjack is a concrete proof that it requires top-notch skills.

Evidently, every player who wants to engage in online gaming or gambling needs to determine if the game that they are interested in is a skill game or a game of chance. As mentioned, it helps them strategize and plan. Thus, they create more winning opportunities instead of harbor a series of frustrations and disappointments.


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