Why I love “games of skill”

April 12th, 2011

Do you know the difference between “games of skill” and “games of chance”?

A game of skill requires entrants to use their mental or physical strengths and abilities to win a prize. Popular skilled competitions are 25 word or less answers, providing captions, or answering a question.

In these competitions, judges decide who wins the prize based on the entrants’ creativity, literary skills and entertainment value.  Chance has nothing to do with who wins.

But in games of chance, the winner of the prize is drawn at random from all eligible entries.  This means everybody who enters has an equal and fair chance of winning.  Of course, these are usually known as sweepstakes.

I love games of skill because when it comes to the odds of winning, skilled-based competitions usually have fewer entrants than games of chance.  This is because many people are deterred by the time it takes to competitions that require skill.

So even if I had the question asked, I will still enter a skill-based competition.  Why?  Because I love to win!!


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