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The Poker variant that Skillbet.com offers isn’t totally new. Under the name Duplicate Poker it was already played in 2007 according to wikipedia. A website offering Duplicate Poker closed down in 2008. However, Skillbet brings back the idea in a very innovative way and adds social components. You can sign in with your Facebook account and challenge your friends. As there are only two people competing each other, the risk of cheating is reduced to zero. Although the guys at Pokerfuse are not convinced that it is a 100% Skill Game (they argue, that there can still be short-term-luck), some law experts like Chuck Humphrey are sure that Skillbet.com is legal: “It’s not poker… it is a game of skill… They’ve eliminated the element of chance,” Humphrey said in an Interview with the Denver Post. We at pokerapps.net do not want to comment on the legal part. But we like Skillbet.com a lot. Playing against a computer and comparing your play with your Opponent’s is fun. Less experienced players might also learn a lot about their play and improve their skills while playing at Skillbet.com.
If you want to play Skillbet.com on your Android Device (or PC or Mac), simply register at Skillbet.com(you may use Facebook or fill out a registration form). When logged in, you can click on Cashier if you want to make a deposit. Skillbet offers a 100% Bonus up to 100$ on your first deposit. A click on “Play now” opens the Lobby in a new Browser Tab. Look out for a Table with Status “Play now” to start instantly (or join an empty table and wait for an opponent). Double-Click on the status button and the table opens in a new tab. You and your Opponent play 30 hands. If you performed better than your opponent, he will pay you the difference between the two stacks – if you lose the comparison, you pay. During the minimum required 30 hands you cannot win or lose more than your Buy-in.
An alternative to the live games available at the Lobby are the challenges, where you play the 30 hands first and see the result when you opponent has finished the 30 hands as well. You can even challenge people who have not yet signed up at Skillbet.com. Invite your friends via Facebook or eMail and skillbet pays 10$ to the winner.