One of the really interesting things that’s happened in the app economy is that it’s made games out of some money-making exercises. That is to say, it’s taken certain kinds of betting, speculation, and gaming and turned them into accessible and appealing apps that make it easier for people to play. The obvious warning here is that these apps are, for the most part, designed to outsmart you. You run the risk of losing money when you play any of these games, and it’s up to you to play responsibly and guard your own money. With that said though, some of these games can be a ton of fun, and if you get lucky or really know what you’re doing, they can make you money.
These are some of the apps and styles of apps we’re talking about.
Daily Fantasy Apps
Fantasy sports have been around longer than most people think – several decades in fact – but daily fantasy is still a relatively new phenomenon. There’s now a whole category of apps that provide these services however, all working with the same general structure. You buy into contests for a single day, weekend, or week of games in a given sport. You pick a lineup of players just as you would in ordinary fantasy sports. And you hope to win your money back and then some based on how well those players score in various statistical categories. It’s a very real way to make money on what’s effectively a game, and it also tends to skirt around gambling laws such that it’s legal in some places where ordinary sports betting wouldn’t be.
Sports Betting Sites
In places where sports betting is legal, these apps too can effectively function as money-making opportunity games. Online betting sites have taken over for land-based bookies when it comes to the most popular and easiest way to place bets. And most of the major sites have accompanying apps providing the same range of services. As with all the other activities described here it’s important to bet with caution, but you can, through an app, place money on a given sporting or event outcome with the hopes of earning back real cash.
We can more or less say the same things for casino games as betting sites. In many cases online casinos have replaced land-based casinos as the easiest and best ways to play real-money games, and most of them have their own apps. This means casino gaming – perhaps the purest form of money-making gaming opportunity – is widely available on mobile devices, where it’s legal.
Political Betting Services
In some cases, the same sports betting sites and apps mentioned above can actually provide odds and betting chances revolving around politics. As politics become more closely tied to public attention and discourse however – particularly in the U.S. – independent betting markets based on political events are emerging. In particular, a“stock market for politics” called PredictIt has emerged, and now has its own mobile app. This app, even where regular gambling isn’t legal, allows you to buy shares in a given outcome, and cash in on them if and when that outcome occurs. It’s more of an investment simulation than a game, but it can certainly be treated as the latter.