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
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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.