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Not all of us have the time or energy for a side hustle, even if we do like the idea of some extra cash. But there’s an alternative – competitive game apps that offer some entertainment along with the chance to win real cash (without the often-sleazy practices of online gambling).
If you love classic games, consider yourself pretty good at them, and don’t mind competing with other people around the world for the chance to win some money, you might want to try each of these apps!
These apps use the Skillz platform, which pits people playing around the world against each other for real-world prizes, including cash. Oh, and all these apps are free to get started, so you don’t have to worry about any downloading costs.
Bingo may not sound like a very competitive game, but this version adds plenty of features from popular mobile games, including an element of skill. The game focuses on speed and making the right selections at the right time to win real cash prizes. Fortunately, there’s a practice mode so you can learn the rules and get used to the movements on your mobile device. The only downside here is that the game uses Boosts to give players advantages, and you’ll need to learn how to use the Boosts to win, which removes some element of chance. But the games are quick, flashy, and easy to pick up for casual players, which is a big plus!
If a game of dominoes (Fives, to be specific) is more in your wheelhouse, this is the app for you. It also has an interesting competitive twist: One of the gaming modes pits you and another player in the same game versus the app’s AI. Whoever does best wins the round – and can win cash prizes too. But as with most of these games, be careful: You have to deposit some real money to participate, and if your games go poorly then you can lose more money than you win. Don’t put in more than you can afford, especially when you are first learning the game, its difficulty level, and how everything works.
This game is an interesting combination of solitaire and blackjack, where you stack a deck to either reach 21 or five-stack of similar cards. It’s also timed, which means you can potentially score bonus points if you finish the deck before your time is up. You win cash prizes by playing head-to-head games with others and seeing which side can score the most points.
How do you win money playing solitaire? With tournaments! It’s not quite like the traditional solitaire you may know – you get points based on how you play and the moves you make to ultimately complete the deck. When in a head-to-head match, both players start with the same deck, and the player that scores the most points wins. It’s an interesting approach that works quite well with touch screen controls and allows you to net a variety of real-world prizes.
Pool Payday is one of the fairest cash games around – you don’t have to purchase any boosts to keep playing or getting into games, and you can have winnings transferred right to PayPal whenever you want. There’s also a practice mode where you can play however much you want to learn how the game works and master its touch controls. Then, when you’re ready, you can play 1v1 with friends or jump into an online tournament to test your skills for real money.
Note that cash tournaments are heavily regulated in some areas – so you won’t be able to play for cash in some states, including Arizona, Louisiana, Tennessee, Connecticut, and others. Have fun!
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