ups the ante

Think you're better than the next guy at Counter Strike: Source or Half-Life 2: Deathmatch? There's a bunch of gamers out there who're betting you're not.Tournament.comis moving into the final stages of beta testing for its competitive gaming service today and is offering $20 of credit to new players that sign up.

Does getting $20 dollars for scoring frags sound too good to be true? It is. The $20 you receive won't be available for you to cash out from your account until you've put your money where your mouth is and bet at least $20 dollars once the service goes live later this May.

Testers who already signed up for the initial beta won't be eligible for the $20 credit as they've already been receiving $1 for every match they've played till now.

There are a lot of legal grey areas regarding online gambling and it's illegal in some states. But the money men and lawyers upstairs seem to have it all worked out as most states make an exception for games of skill. According to their website's FAQ these are " where the outcome is decided by the skill of the individual as opposed to Casino games, such as roulette, where the outcome is decided by chance."

If you think you've got what it takes to hustle the best fraggers out there, head over toTournament.comand start memorizing those maps.

May 2, 2007