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Would you believe someone won $380,934 playing games on their phone?
According to this app, one of its top performers Katie Nguyen did just that¹.
There's actually an app that pays you to play card games like Solitaire and FreeCell to win money.
While unemployment hits record highs, there are people who are harnessing the power of technology for a chance to win money playing classic games like Solitaire.
Solitaire Cube is an app for the phone designed by Tether Studios and part of the Skillz eSports platform of games. It works just like regular Solitaire games except on this app you compete against others for cash, and the game moves much faster.
Users enter tournaments against other players, with winners taking home cash prizes. Solitaire Cube hosts tournaments from $1 all the way up to thousands of dollars per entry.
To begin, players are matched to those with similar skills so you actually have a chance to beat your opponent in a fair match.
How does Solitaire Cube work?
Solitaire Cube is available on iOS and Android. You’ll automatically be set up with an account to start playing some practice games, which will gauge your skill levels.
You’ll play as you would in traditional Solitaire, creating rows of ascending cards except in this version the cards do not need to be in the same suit unless you have selected the Ace card foundation. You’ll have 5 minutes set on a timer to complete your game. The game will alert you if you run out of moves, giving you a chance to end your game and receive bonus points. If you win your game in less than 5 minutes, you’ll receive bonus points, earning more the faster you win.
Free games (practice league)
Free games can be found in the Practice League. Here, you can build your skills by playing as many free games as you’d like. My first practice match didn’t go so well. As the app kept reminding me, not all games can be won and I got stuck and had to finish. I did get bonus points for finishing early. My second-place showing earned me one Ticketz and 25 Z Coins. With this winning I had enough to continue: 1 Z Coin was required to enter another game, where I would compete to win 2 Z Coins.
As the game is powered by Skillz, you’ll receive its virtual currency known as Z Coins and rewards Ticketz for wins. Use your Z Coins to play in more matches for free and collect your Ticketz to redeem for real prizes like home goods, clothings, electronics and more. I was eyeing the Cuisinart Fondue Pot, which required 1.9 million Ticketz to redeem — it was going to take me a lot of games to get to that prize!
The only problem playing the free version is if there are not other people at your level playing when you are playing. After my second game I had to wait for player to be matched to my game, so I didn’t immediately win or lose. I was stuck again and ended my game quickly, but my eventual competitor could also get stuck and end with less points earned from moving cards. I could enable push notifications to get an alert when my game was complete. However, I was able to continue playing in more competitions.
Real money games (pro league)
If you want to win real money, move into the Pro League. This requires a cash deposit to enter tournaments where you will compete with other players, winners win the pot. You need to ante up to compete and then use your skills to outwit and outplay the other competitor to win.
Solitaire Cube gives you a free cash bonus just for signing up and making a deposit. For example: if you deposit $50, they will match you and deposit an additional $50.
As a Rookie, there is a $1 competition so you don’t have to join big games,
Keep an eye out in the app for any deals they have going on! When you decide to deposit some cash, you could get your money doubled!
It’s absolutely fee to play Solitaire Cube without entering competitions. It will take some time to earn Ticketz for wins but for anyone already spending lots of time playing games on their phones that don’t offer prizes, it’s a good idea to switch.
The minimum deposit to have on your account is $10, but the cost of entry per game may be as low as $1.
The app accepts transfers via credit card, Apple Pay, and PayPal.
Solitaire Cube features
Of course the best feature is an opportunity to win real money. Katie Nguyen¹, for example, found out how real it is when she won nearly $400,000. This may not always be the norm, however. Real earnings will likely be smaller but it is very possible to win a couple hundred dollars to thousands a week, depending on how much you play and how skilled you get.
The swag prizes available work just as they would if you were in an arcade. The smallest prizes aren’t going to be too interesting but the bigger prizes on the top shelves will be — it’s just going to take a lot of play to get there. Still, with the hours of CandyCrush I’ve played without any prizes, I am up to the challenge.
Now here's where the Ticketz turn into free money: You can receive bonus cash for your Ticketz, which help you enter competitions for real cash.
20,000 Ticketz = $1
35,000 Ticketz = $2
80,000 Ticketz = $5
150,000 Ticketz = $10
280,000 Tickets = $20
1,250,000 Ticketz - $100
Who is Solitaire Cube best for?
I'm always playing Solitaire when I'm waiting around, like getting an oil change or sitting at the airport, and for anyone else killing time on their phones, why not earn some coin while doing it?
Those looking for extra cash
While you might not be able to quit your day job, you could earn enough to to splurge on a nice dinner and drinks. And if you become really skilled, you might be able to earn even more.
Solitaire Cube vs. competitors
A similar real-cash and real-prizes Solitaire game is Solitaire Cash, also available only on iOS. This game is offered by Papaya Gaming and instead of winning Ticketz it offers gems and works similarly.
Another game by Skillz provides a spin on Bingo where you can also win free prizes and enter big tournaments for real money. Blackout Bingo works similarly where you can play for free and earn Z Coins and Ticketz or, for real money prizes, you can compete in cash tournaments.
Swagbucks is another way to earn money on your mobile device, although it's not offering fun games.
Is Solitaire Cube really free?
Yes! You do not have to enter any paid competitions to play.
Can I win real money playing Solitare Cube?
Yes! And even better, the game doesn’t trap your winnings in a never-ending system, instead allowing you to cash out at any time and have your funds transferred directly into your PayPal account. The game, however, charges a $1.50 fee to withdraw balances under $10 so be sure to withdraw when you’ve gone over that limit.
Where can I play?
You can play for fun anywhere. But as of now, cash tournaments are not offered in the following states²: AZ, AR, CT, DE, IN, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, and TN.
Who shouldn't use Solitaire Cube?
The app is not yet available for Android users.
The bottom line
If you love card games like Solitaire and Freecell, this is going to be right up your alley.
One of our team members is a huge Solitaire fan, and it’s hard to get him off of his phone at some points.
We definitely recommend you at least download the Solitaire Cube app and see what it’s all about.