Posting this for anyone who may be new to the Skill Gaming Scene and wondering what it truly is.
Skill gaming is usually played in one of four ways:
1. Puzzle games where logic and math skills play the biggest factors. Like Bejeweled and Connect Four
2. Arcade games are usually puzzle based but require equally quick reflexes with the mouse and/or keyboard. Like Pac-man, Billiards and mini-golf.
3. Word games testing your spelling. Games like Scrabble.
4. Quiz games testing your knowledge about something.
When you give a game a time limit like most arcade games, along with in game bonuses and such. You can make a nice score table for people to play against each other, that is based on skill. Since you can make sure both/all people playing that game for money play that same exact game with same conditions, this isn't considered gambling by the USA and Paypal.
Unlike the poker sites there is no laws to avoid provided you aren't in 16 different states in the USA, as they have state laws saying it is gambling according to them.
Those states are...
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Vermont.
There are a few REALLY big skill gaming sites, along with plenty more for Americans to take advantage of with the largest having 50K+ people online at a time.
The three largest are: (in the USA)
King.com (Free games calender, Huge site, Lots of ways to compete.)
Worldwinner.com (You can even earn a kick back threw another site playing here)
Gameduell.com(Free Games calender)
The list of games is endless but here's a few examples:
Card games- Any! Solitare, Gin, Spades, Hearts, Pyramid,
Scrabble and word games
Wheel of fortune
What types of tourneys there are:
Most Skill Gaming sites do Head to Head battles, You each pay a entry fee, most sites have tourneys starting at under a dollar. The two people play the same game, with the same game conditions, the higher score wins the money after the site takes a small fee for the sites upkeep/hosting.
Most sites also offer larger Jackpot tourneys sometimes above $10,000, where any number of people can play and the tourney ends on a given date/time. Everyone pays the same entry fee and it goes into a prize pool which is split amongst the top finishers for the tourney. Again everyone plays the same game with same conditions so everyone has a level playing field. Most of these tourneys also have a buy-in starting at a dollar with larger buy-in tourneys once you get more experienced. Usually a top 3 finish in these types of tourneys get's you a nice three or four digit pay day.
About Deposit and withdraw.
All sites have a min deposit and min withdraw amount so they aren't doing 100's of 50 cent transfers. This is usually $10 at the low end, and never more then $25. All accept Paypal if they are US friendly. Some also offer credit card,money transfers and other online payment processors for funding and withdraws.
Pay to play every time?
Most sites have a free play option so you can learn the game, practice and get better with out risking anything. Some will even give you some free money to play with, but will require a deposit before they let you cash out the free money.
You can easily play with 100's of games for money with a single $20 deposit on most sites if you spend just a little time practicing.
If it's based on skill, how do I stand a chance as a newb?
All sites implement some kind of ranking system based off your past performances in each individual game on their site. Your rank determines which opponent(s) your against when you play. As the site will pair you with someone from the same rank/skill level as you.
For each game you play on a site, it will keep a running tally of how you do in that particular game title while you play there. When your in the top X% of that particular ranking, the site will move you up one rank to keep you playing against roughly same skilled people as you.
Each site has it's own system they use, most are fairly simple to understand and a simple read through will be enough to understand it.
Final Thoughts about Skill Gaming online.
Skill Gaming is a a realistic money maker. But it's based off skill, if your unwilling to practice. Your not gonna win. You can make some nice extra income off it. But w/out devoting lots your computer time to playing games and becoming masters at them, you are not gonna make a living doing it.
Ranking systems usually put a "limit" to the profitability of only playing one or two games on one site. Eventually you will be playing fellow Masters at the game, and it becomes ever harder to win. But good thing about this, is your ranking is only one site. If you become really good at one version of a game good chance you can find same game at another site where your skills transfer easily. So play around a few sites and a few games to maximize your profit.
Understanding that the games you play are based on skill with little luck involved is key in not getting frustrated or overly confident. With anything where you risk money, never risk more then you can afford to lose.