Game of Skill Law and Legal Definition

Game of skill refers to any game, contest, or amusement of any description in which the designating element of the outcome is the judgment, skill, or deftness of the participant in the contest and not chance. In a game of skill, outcome is determined mainly by mental or physical skill, rather than by pure chance. They are a means of exploring one's own capabilities. These types of games encourage the player to look at, understand, and experience things. For instance, building sets, card games, educational games, letter games, play by mail games, mind sport, mathematical games, puzzles, guessing games, pencil and paper games, solitaire, and word games are games of skill. Games of skill do not fall within the prohibition of the gaming laws.

The following is an example of a case law on game of skill:

Game of skill refers to any game, contest, or amusement of any description in which the designating element of the outcome is the judgment, skill, or adroitness of the participant in the contest and not chance. [Wedges/Ledges of California v. City of Phoenix, 24 F.3d 56, 63 (9th Cir. 1994)]