“Poker players might argue that there isn’t much skill involved in bingo, but that’s the way the law sees it.”
Online gambling exists in a bit of a gray area at the moment, and is even illegal in some jurisdictions. But one company is hoping that its new online gaming product will offer players a safe (and popular) alternative.
Bingo.com has just announced the test launch of a new pay-to-play online bingo game that gives players a chance to win real money. But pay to play sounds a lot like gambling. So how does the company stay on the right side of the law? By calling bingo a game of skill.
The Bingo.com site was launched about a year and a half ago and quickly become one of the most heavily trafficked sites on the web, with more than 750,000 members. Play has been free (there will likely still be free games alongside pay-to-play games), and there are a wide variety of themed bingo games to choose from.
Up to this point, Bingo.com has rewarded winning players with Bingo Bucks. These Bingo Buck have no cash value, but could be redeemed for retail goods through a partnership with GiftCertificates.com.
But the introduction of pay-to-play games and real-money prizes has changed that, and in the process made the site appear – at least in passing – like a gambling site. That’s where the all-important ‘skill’ aspect comes into the equation.
Casino games and Situs Judi Bola gambling itself are by definition games of chance – the outcome depends on luck. Several states and countries are trying to ban, or have banned, online casinos that offer games of chance.
But according to Bingo.com, the games it offers depend on skill rather than chance. That means bingo isn’t gambling, and therefore can’t be illegal (in most jurisdictions, anyway. But that’s another article.) The issue of pay-to-play and any similarities to online gambling become moot points now that these aren’t games of chance.
Poker players might argue that there isn’t much skill involved in bingo, but that’s the way the law sees it. And that’s what Bingo.com is banking on.
The big difference between online casino games and games of skill, from the player perspective at least, will be the reward. Casinos offer better payouts than games of skill because games of skill have maximums on winnings; skilled players would clean out operators if there weren’t limits.
Bingo.com’s beta tests are being conducted by a select group of players and will last for a few weeks. Other companies have also launched similar products, but only time will tell if games of skill are the way of the future.
Now, if someone could just convince the politicians that Blackjack was a game of skill…
Aspinalls.com Launches Big-payout Slots
from Aspinalls.com – As part of its commitment to providing its members with the ultimate gaming experience, Aspinalls.com has launched two big-payout slot machines at its Caribbean Casino. This brings the total number of games at Aspinalls.com’s Caribbean and London Casinos to an impressive 26.
‘Tropical Paradise’ is a 5-reel slot machine with stakes ranging from $0.05 to $0.25 per line, offering a maximum win of over $60,000. ‘The Magnificent Sevens’ is a 3-reel multi-payline slot machine, with a maximum payout of $20,000, and players can bet on up to 5 lines with a maximum stake of $5.
Aspinalls Online plc, which takes one of the world’s great casino names onto the Internet, is the first online-only casino business to be publicly traded.
Russell Foreman, CEO of Aspinalls Online plc, said, “We believe in offering our members an unrivalled choice of casinos and games, supported by superb customer service, first-class promotions and incentives and a valuable loyalty program.”
Until August 7, all new members who register and download the Aspinalls.com software will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win an exclusive VIP trip for two to Las Vegas, worth over $21,000. In addition, every new member who deposits and plays his or her first $50 will automatically receive a pair of designer cufflinks in the form of silver-plated playing dice, worth $70.
Potential players simply need to log onto Aspinalls.com, download the Caribbean or London Casino and register for free membership of Aspinalls.com. The software can be downloaded directly from the site or installed from a free CD-ROM.