|Is betting on your skill the same as betting on your luck? This is the question that is causing controversy around the launch of Disney’s Skillgames, a site where players can pay to play games and win cash prizes.|
State legislation currently exempts such sites, on the basis that they are based around the skill of the contestant, rather than pure luck. Skillgames offers contestants an opportunity to pay entry for games that are based around their own knowledge or ability, such as arcade games, trivia quizzes and sports fantasy leagues.
Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Los Angeles, is intending to exempt these skill-based sites from his Internet Gambling bill, saying, “People are not wagering on these games as they would on craps or roulette.”
Sports fantasy leagues have been popular for years, and are available on a number of sites on the Internet, including ESPN’s website. Because the game is based on statistics rather than random number generation, it has avoided much of the restrictions placed upon gambling in the U.S.