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$3,900,000 dollars.

That’s how much one Harvard sophomore made playing games on her phone in a single year.

Jennifer Tu (known in the eSports world as HestiaX) won a whopping $3.9 million in 2019 and $5.3 million in the past 5 years just by playing phone games.

“I never imagined that I’d become one of the top mobile gamers in the world,” said Tu in an interview with Venture Beat.

So how did she manage to pull it off? By playing the right games. Solitaire, to be specific.

Papaya Gaming (a Tel Aviv startup), has transformed classic games like Solitaire and Bingo into free, skill-based apps that, surprisingly, dole out real cash prizes as high as $83/game.

Solitaire Cash (their most popular offering) has skyrocketed in popularity over the past year, and is now the #1 free Casino app in Apple’s App Store.

How it works

  • Users play speed solitaire head-to-head against another online player.
  • Whoever solves their deck fastest and in the least amount of moves wins the game – and a cash prize.
  • Each game takes about 2-3 minutes.

Players are matched up based on skill-level, so even new players are on a level playing field.

Most players (90%+) start by playing free games, and work their way up to cash games as they gain experience.

It might sound like a big leap from $83 to the $5.3 million that HestiaX has won, but if players are successful, winnings can add up fast.

Papaya also caters to fans of other game genres: Bingo Cash (a similar app) allows players to try their hand at speed bingo.

Though Bingo traditionally is a luck-based game, Papaya has cleverly changed the mechanics to turn bingo into a skill-based puzzle game.

Whether you’re a seasoned player or a newcomer, Solitaire Cash offers tons of money-making potential. The app is currently free to download in the app store.

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