Skill-Based Gambling

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Poker is the most popular kind of skill-based gambling where players compete against each other, rather than the house dealer. In skill-based games, players benefit from having prior experience playing the game. Techniques and strategies can be employed and it is possible for some playing styles to be successful more than once when playing the exact same players.

It’s important to remember, however, that skill-based gambling is still gambling and therefore the outcome of the game is ultimately out of each player’s control.

Poker players can get themselves into trouble by over estimating their skill level and underestimating the skill level of their opponents. Players also get into trouble by over estimating the degree of control they have over the outcome of the game, given they have no control over what cards they are dealt, what cards their opponents are dealt, and what decisions their opponents will make.

Because of the uncertain outcome in all forms of gambling, including skill-based gambling, it’s important that players are informed about responsible gambling strategies to ensure gambling remains a safe and fun activity.

Responsible Gambling Tips and Strategies

Examples of Skill-Based Gambling

Race and Sports Betting Activities:
  • Horse Race Betting
  • Sports Betting
Players use their knowledge about the sport, the athletes, the horses, etc. to place their bet.

Of course, once a bet has been made, the outcome cannot be affected and becomes the result of chance. Additionally, the same knowledge is being used by other bettors, and bookies (bookmakers) to determine the payout odds.

Casino Games / Activities:
  • Poker
  • Blackjack
  • Pai Gow
  • Texas Shootout
Players can use betting strategies and techniques to try and win a hand, or gain an edge. For poker, these strategies and techniques may be based on other players’ decisions and behaviour.

Strategies and techniques do allow for more player control than in games of pure chance, but the outcomes of wagers still remain uncertain. While there are strategies and techniques that can help, there is no system that can be used to win every hand, or eliminate house advantage.