WorldWinner.com is a skill-based gaming website that allows you to compete against other people for real money. It is legal in the United States due to these being contests of skill and not of luck. You can play in heads-up matches against other people or participate in large tournaments for cash prizes. To date, World Winner has paid out more than $1.5 billion in winnings.
The games list at WorldWinner includes a variety of arcade-style games, card games, sports games, strategy games and word games. Familiar names such as Bejeweled 2, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Tetris, Spades and Scrabble all have a place in the WorldWinner.com library. You can play all these games for fun or for real money.
Is WorldWinner Legal?
WorldWinner is legal in the United States and Canada (except Quebec) thanks to its classification as a skill games website. US law allows people to play real money games over the internet as long as these games are classified as skill-based and not based on chance.
However, several US states do not allow even skill games to be played for money. Below is a list of states from which WorldWinner.com cannot accept customers.
Restricted States: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee.
How WorldWinner.com Works
You can play both real and play-money games on WorldWinner by visiting the website and signing up for an account. Once you have an account, you can try the play-money games first to acquaint yourself with the rules and get comfortable with playing against other people. If you want to play for real money, you can visit the account area to make a deposit and fund your account.
WorldWinner.com accepts VISA, MasterCard and PayPal. They only allow deposits of $5, $10 or $20 at a time. After you deposit, you can test your skills in the games area. Each game can be played against a single person or in a tournament-format with multiple people. The rules of each game vary, but the goal is always the same: to get a better score than your opponents.
If you win a game, World Winner will credit your account with the winnings. Most games are only played for a few dollars, but they do occasionally host larger games with higher payouts. If you win money, you can withdraw your winnings and go have fun with the extra cash.
Types of Real Money Games
The real money games at World Winner are organized into categories. Each category offers a different type of games that relies on a unique skillset. Some games test your mental agility, others test your vocabulary while others require you to be quick with the mouse.
Here’s a look at all the games they have on offer.
|Arcade Games||Card Games||Game Show Games|
|Bejeweled 2||Spider Solitaire||Wheel of Fortune|
|SwapIt!||Solitaire Rush||Super Plinko|
|Big Money||Solitaire Tri-Peaks|
|Tetris Burst||Catch 21|
|Bejeweled Blitz||Pyramid Solitaire Adventure|
|Vegas Nights 2|
|Strategy Games||Word Games|
|Angry Birds Champions||Scrabble Cubes|
|Mahjohngg Dimensions||Trivial Pursuit|
Clearing up WorldWinner and GSN Confusion
I had a hard time at first figuring out how WorldWinner and the Game Show Network (GSN) were related. They operate on two different websites, both offer games and sometimes while browsing one website you find yourself randomly redirected to the other. I think I’ve finally got a hold of it all now and would like to explain what’s going on here to anyone else with the same question.
If you sign up for an account at WorldWinner, that same account also exists at GSN.com. You can log in to either website and you’ll stay logged in whenever you switch between each site. One account; two websites.
Update: Since this review was originally published, WorldWinner has rebranded itself a bit to more clearly differentiate itself from GSN. However, both sites are still interconnected and one account can be used to log in to either site. You can also switch between sites using the tabs located near the top. For example, when you’re logged in at WorldWinner.com, you can click the “GSN” tab to visit GSN.com and still stay logged in.
Pros and Cons
WorldWinner.com does some things very well and others not so well. This website has a lot of potential but I’d like to see it improve some key areas before I endorse it 100% to my readers. Here’s a look at what’s good and bad about World Winner.
WorldWinner.com is a decent real money betting website. It does offer some unique games and could be fun to play from time to time just for the sake of variety. However, the high rake, dated software and limited number of active games will most likely prevent you from ever making this a serious passion.