People love exploiting loopholes, which makes sense considering anyone with even a fundamental understanding of 13th-century castles knows they're totally sick for ripping off a few arrows without exposing yourself to volley fire. Taking advantage of a more modern loophole to let you gamble with something other than your life: SkillBet.
Circumventing the government's definition of gambling as "risking something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance", SkillBet hosts Texas Hold 'Em "games of skill", pitting two players in identical matches against a CPU table so that the difference in outcome depends solely on the decisions each player makes, because maybe losing your money to chance is bad, but definitely losing it to a better player is totally fine. After buying some "$Tokens" (1 $Token = $1) via PayPal, you can opt for one of two game formats:
Live: If you & your opponent are both online, this real-time version has you each play a minimum of 30 identical hands, with the player who takes the larger pot in a given hand owed the difference between his haul and that of the loser. However, you can't win or lose more than each hand's buy-in, a fact sure to have losers totally $toked.
Challenge: This winner-takes-all venture gives your offline challenger 24hrs after you wrap your 30 hands to complete their own, but in this case the player with the most money at the end wins the entire game's buy-in, a fact sure to have losers feeling totally sick.
Published: May 14, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
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