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There is something very tempting and appealing about betting. Even I, one of the most rational people I can think of, like a throw of the dice now and then.

Why is it? Is it the excitement? The unpredictability? Perhaps the most appealing thing about betting is to let things depend on chance, maybe fate. And we just love to be lucky. We love to win.

For some of us there’s a reason we want to win. The reason is made of paper and we pay our bills with it. It’s the thing we like to call money.

But we all know how uncontrollable people are as a race – when people feel lucky, they start to act like it. If you can win once, you can surely win twice, right?

Sadly, a lot of people don’t realise until it’s too late that it doesn’t work this way.

As MakeUseOf is all about the ‘free’ (we don’t even want you to pay for software, never mind taking a second mortgage on your house), we will focus on fun-betting today. Below is an in-depth review of dotblu, and if you scroll further down you’ll find two other great betting websites.

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All F, no $

The concept behind free betting is pretty self-explanatory. You can bet, win or lose and in many cases even earn ‘points’ or a reputation. What you will not be doing is putting your hard-earned money into it.

Because you can’t harvest anything without any seeds, you won’t score the big bucks from this form of betting. Some sites do allow you to earn small amounts (which they can give because of partner projects with premium askers), but we will not be going into any detail about that. All featured websites will be for fun and no gain.

dotblu – An In Depth Review

Some of you might know this site under the name of BluBet, a fun betting site that has been around pretty long. If you don’t want to miss out on interesting sites like these that don’t reach the frontpage, you can subscribe on this page.

Recently, the name was changed to dotblu, along with a few interface changes.

After you’ve made an account, you’ll be able to rate the questions themselves and vote on them.
The two major bet types are majority wins and predictions.

These majority wins-questions are most of the time opinion-related questions, based purely on ‘why’, and ‘should’. The answer that wins with the most votes is then decided a winner. While betting, you’ll have to think past your own opinion and try to guess where the overall opinion lies.

Predictions are a whole other principle. Questions or statements about future conditions are made. You’ll have to guess what ‘will’ be. The results are therefore not based on the audience, but on (future) facts.

Other betting modes include ‘poll challenges’, in which you learn to guess the mainstream opinion and ‘speed betting’.

There’s also a possibility to embed bets on your webpage, as shown below.

But how does it roll?

Each user gets assigned a number of “BluBucks”.  This is virtual money that he or she can master. You spend these BluBucks by answering questions. When a question ends, the pot gets divided amongst the winners.

You can also spend BluBucks in various ways. One is to customize your dotblu world, some personal space on the site. You can buy cars, bikes, houses and backgrounds worlds!

Another way to spend your money is to buy presents (beers, chocolate, or perhaps a hug), to send to your friends on dotblu, and various tools. These tools allow you to interact with the other users in a different way, like giving the first 8 people who respond on your question a slice of pizza.

Other Great Betting Sites

Of course this isn’t the only good site. See the list below for other great fun betting sites.

Long Bets

A nice, simple site where you have to vote on statements to be true or false. These bets can extend very far into the future and each side is always supported by a very thorough argument.

This is for the more in-depth betting. Read the arguments and weigh them against each other. Which one will prevail?

Hubdub

Here you’ll have to predict all kinds of issues concerning world news. It also works with virtual money to bet, and allows you to bet in degrees, from ‘not really sure’ to ‘certainly’.

A very interesting website, certainly try-worthy.

Do you use these sites? If so, how do you like them? Do you know of any other fun betting sites?

  1. Sarah
    November 6, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    I just signed up for Hubdub yesterday after coming across them on Twitter and am already finding it pretty addictive. It's fun but I don't feel too guilty about it because I tell myself I'm learning stuff too! (that's my excuse anyway!). I've never used dotblu but might try it out too.

    • Simon Slangen
      November 7, 2008 at 1:54 am

      Why feel guilty? :-D

  2. Destry - US Political Category Editor - Hubdub.com
    November 7, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Thought you might like to read one of the earlier blog posts on Hubdub, is good source to determine your addiction level.
    blog.hubdub.com/2008/02/28/top-ten-ways-to-tell-you-are-addicted-to-hubdub/

    • Simon Slangen
      November 7, 2008 at 10:06 am

      This reminds me… Mad Magazine once wrote a ‘X Ways to See if You’re Addicted to Gaming” article. (”When you meet a nice gal, you ask her what level she is” :-D )

  3. The Windows Fix
    November 6, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I've always tried to get into these, but never have. I'll have to check them out and see if I can get hooked.

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