Share Your Feedback
skip to page content

Skill-Based & Chance-Based Games

We all know that gambling involves risk. For some, that’s what makes it fun. But it’s important to know that at its most basic, gambling is based entirely on the unpredictability of the outcome. So what roles do chance, player skill, and knowledge of the games play?

Chance-Based Games

All the lucky charms in the world won’t affect the results of games of chance. Every roll, throw or spin has an equal chance of winning or losing. It doesn’t matter if you just lost three times in a row, or 40 times. The odds of winning don’t change. The only thing you can control is how much you bet, how often you play, and for how long. That’s why many players set a limit beforehand — it’s the best way to keep chance-based games fun.

Some examples of games based on chance include slot machines, baccarat, craps, roulette, keno, lottery, scratch tickets, and bingo. For some slot machines, bonus games may be offered where players have a chance to influence the bonus prize amount by interacting with an arcade-style video game. While skill may play a factor in the outcome of the bonus prize, chance still plays a big part. 

Skill-Based Games

For some games it is possible to improve your chances of winning by learning more about the game or by developing skills as a player. This is because players must make decisions that can affect the outcome of the game. For example, there are different strategies for playing blackjack. If you understand blackjack strategy, you can improve your decision-making and your chances of winning.

But don’t be fooled, chance still plays a big part. No matter your skill level, you still can’t control the hand you’re dealt. The best players in the world know when it’s time to fold.

Games that fall into this category include sports betting and card games like poker, online poker and blackjack.

One More Thing

Many casino games are designed to provide an advantage to the house, sometimes called “house edge”. Players may have the possibility of a short-term payoff, but the house has a predictable, long-term advantage. So winning is statistically possible, but the odds favour the house.

Examples of BCLC Games

Slot Machines

 Chance

 Knowledge of the game

 Element of skill

Learn more about this game ›

 

Poker

 Chance

 Knowledge of the game

 Element of skill

Learn more about this game ›

Sports Betting

 Chance

 Knowledge of the game

 Element of skill

Learn more about this game ›

 

Blackjack

 Chance

 Knowledge of the game

 Element of skill

Learn more about this game ›

Lotto 649

 Chance

 Knowledge of the game

 Element of skill

Learn more about this game ›

 

Scratch & Win

 Chance

 Knowledge of the game

 Element of skill

Learn more about this game ›

 

BCLC

Publications Library

  • gamble-with-gs-cover

    Gambling with GameSense

    The more you know, the better equipped you are to keep it fun.
     

  • gs-blackjack-how-cover

    How the Games Work - Blackjack

    Also known as 21, Blackjack is a popular casino card game in which players compare thei...

  • gs-ultimate-holdem-how-cover

    How the Games Work - Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em Poker

    In Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em, players do not compete against each other. Instead, they ar...

  • gs-make-sense-cover

    Want to make Sense of it all?

    The more you know, the better equipped you are to keep it fun.
     

  • gs-4-card-poker-how-cover

    How the Games Work - Four Card Poker

    In Four Card Poker, you receive five cards to make your best four-card hand. There are ...

  • gs-holdem-omaha-how-cover

    How the Games Work - Texas Hold ’em, Omaha & Seven Card Stud

    Learn the differences of the variant games of Poker, including Texas Hold ’em, Omaha an...