Why is something like ESPN's Streak for the Cash not considered gambling under law? streak.espn.go.com/en. It is clear this is a game of chance due to ESPN purposely picking games that statistically are 50 50


You don't have to pay anything to participate.

The picks offered as part of Streak for the Cash are not statistically 50/50. There are often picks with vegas lines that correspond to 60-70% for one of the sides.

The test for whether something is a game of chance is not simply checking whether the options are 50/50.

  • so say you have a game where you get free coins everyday, but wager them with other people on either fantasy sports or just bets and if you get a certain number of coins you get a prize. Is this still considered gambling? You don't have to pay anything to participate @Dawn Feb 10 '16 at 22:17
  • See law.stackexchange.com/questions/7049/online-gambling-rules
    – user3851
    Feb 10 '16 at 22:21
  • Wait... but doesn't streak for cash offer a Cash reward for winning a certain amount of "games"? How is this not considered gambling? @Dawn Feb 10 '16 at 22:22
  • @dodgeroebuck You don't have to pay anything to participate.
    – user3851
    Feb 10 '16 at 22:24
  • but say you don't have to pay anything to participate in a game where you earn points but its for fantasy sports or some skill based game. Then you can spend those points on prizes like a Streak for Cash's Grand Prize thing. You technically aren't wagering anything of value. How is this considered gambling? Thanks for your help btw. I really appreciate it @Dawn Feb 10 '16 at 22:29

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