Gaming Side Hustles of 2021

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All those times you’ve clocked in playing games on your phone can now be profitable. You’re not wasting time if you’re making money at the same time. *taps temple

You can do it with games that pay you to play.  So if you want fun games and apps that pay you to do what you probably do already every day, then this list is the place to start.

And yes, we know 2021 is still young but these are our favorite gaming side hustles so far! Take advantage of being able to earn cash from multiple apps and try them all to see which ones you like best. There’s nothing better than getting paid to have fun.

1. Spin to Win - Earn Coins to Build Adventurous Villages (And Raid Others)

Note: You can’t make any money off this game but we’re adding it in just because it’s fun and a good way to distract yourself when you want to.

Coin Master is a free casual game that’s amassed over 81 million downloads and has earned the rep of being one of the most interactive games on the market.

Spin to earn coins, chances to raid other villages, and build up your own village to move to the next level. There are over 200 uniquely themed villages to build including Steampunk Land, LA Dreams, Magical Forest, Hell’s Village, and more. Pets can also be raised to help you get more coins.

When you need a little break from the real world, head into Coin Master to play for free!

2. Play 3 Minute Games & Win Cash Over $1,000 Every Day

When you’re looking for more games to play that could actually be productive to your wallet, check out Pocket7Games on iOS which despite the name, actually has 9 different classic games to choose from.

Bingo Clash is the most popular, followed by Solitaire!, Bubble Shot, 21 Gold, Block Blitz, 2048 Blitz, Dunk Shot, Bubble Gold, and Cube Blast. Easily switch between games to play for fun or for cash against real players 1v1 or in a group.

Every day over $1,000 free cash is awarded to players who join the free entry events. You can also win Amazon gift cards, and tech prizes like Xbox, AirPods, iPads, and more. Never be bored with plenty of surprise events and activities that give free cash plus earn up to $40 per friend you invite to play Pocket7Games!

More than $70M in prizes have already been rewarded so get in on your share of the fun. Note that cash games are not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, TN, VT.

3. School Competitors in Solitaire and Ca$h In

Solitaire Cube | Peyton Goen

When you’re looking for something to do at home, check out Solitaire Cube, which is like regular Solitaire, except you get to play for real cash.

The game matches you with players of the same skill level, so all is fair. You could win some serious cash and prizes, like Katie N. who took home $380,984 as one of the Top 10 Solitaire Cube players! Even casual players like Amanda, a stay-at-home mom from IL, won a 55″ TV, $6,000, and was able to recarpet her home.

It’s easy to start:

  1. Tap now to download from the Samsung Galaxy Store
  2. Follow the instructions on screen to install
  3. Open the app and play!
  4. Practice playing for free and when ready, play for cash!

So if you think you can handle playing some Solitaire Cube to win legit cash, definitely download this game for free to play on your Samsung.

Cash tournaments aren’t available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, TN, IN.

4. A Pool Hall In Your Hands - Play Anytime & Anywhere for Cash

Chalk up that virtual cue stick, it’s time to play some pool…online.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a pool shark or pool guppy, you’ll enjoy sinking trick shots and using the on-screen physics guidance in Pool Payday iOS to play pool and win some cash!

You can play against others around the world in real-time with sync mode, where you and your opponent will take turns (just like in real life) or offline, where you have the whole table to yourself and your objective is to rack up as many points as possible. If you have more points than your opponent at the end, then you win! Play for prizes or cash on your iPhone.

Extra points are rewarded for speed, trick shots, and called pockets. You can deposit as little as $2 to start playing for real money, and there are always bonus cash opportunities to get even more value. Currently, there is a $4,000 prize pool tournament you can get in on!

Cash tournaments are not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, IL, IN, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, and TN but can still be played for free.

5. School Competitors in Solitaire and Ca$h In

When you’re looking for something to do at home, check out Solitaire Cube on iOS, which is like regular Solitaire, except you get to play for real cash.

The game matches you with players of the same skill level, so all is fair. You could win some serious cash, like Katie N. who took home $380,984 as one of the Top 10 Solitaire Cube players! Even casual players like Amanda, a stay-at-home mom from IL, won a 55″ TV, $6,000, and more prizes.

You can deposit as little as $2 to start playing for real money, and there are always bonus cash opportunities to get even more value. Currently, there is a $350,000 prize pool tournament you can get in on!

So if you think you can handle playing some Solitaire Cube to win legit cash, definitely download this game for free for your iPhone. 

Cash tournaments aren’t available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, TN, IN.

6. Not Your Grandma’s Bingo - Play Anywhere for Cash

Classic bingo is a game based on both luck and skill since it takes strategy to beat the odds of the house and the players around you.

However, you can ditch the paper sheets and giant stamps in favor of Blackout Bingo on iOS, a fast-paced and competitive bingo game that you can play anywhere on your phone. And even against your friends virtually.

2 minutes. That’s all you need per game where you play against another person around the world. Everyone sees the same card and balls so by daubing (tapping the number) fast and correctly, you’ll get bonus boosts for more points! Tap the incorrect number and points will get docked so don’t get sloppy!

This easy-to-learn game is awesome for killing time and earning cash all at once, anywhere which is perfect for home.

You can play for free on iPhone against real people for prizes or switch over to cash games to win…cash! Cash game winners can win up to $1,000 or more in mini-tournaments.

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, and TN.

7. Play B-I-N-G-O for Up to $25,000 C-A-S-H!

When you think of bingo, you probably envision a room full of seniors stamping number cards. In other words, not terribly exciting.

But Bingo Clash on iOS, is the free modern version where you can play on your iPhone, and win big with cash and real-life prizes. There are daily cash prizes as well as weeklong tournaments with prize pools that can go up to $25,000! You can also win items like iPads, kitchen appliances, LEGO sets, other electronics, even cars!

You play against other people of similar skill in 1v1, tournaments, or multiplayer. It’s fair play as everyone gets the same card and the same numbers called out, but it’s how fast and accurate you are that will declare the winner!

Pro-tip: Don’t hit the Bingo button until almost the end of the game to rack up bonus points!

Play cash games for the bigger prizes but note that they aren’t available in these states AZ, AK, CT, DE, LA, MT, SC, SD, TN, and VT. However, Bingo Clash iOS is free to play, is fun, and you could win cash/prizes, so check it out!

8. Play Football Squares Anytime For Free to Win Huge Prizes

We’re all missing attending live sporting events and parties but this free football squares game is making it a little easier – and rewarding. Over $275,000 has already been won this season.

Super Squares® is the world’s first Predicter Squares™ game and works well when you’re watching or listening to a live game. Just check-in before regional Sunday games and national evening games to play! You earn points by predicting outcomes, matching squares, rating sponsor ads, and answering a couple of quiz questions related to the ads.

It’s free to play but the prizes are real. The sponsors (you’ll see their ads in-game) help pay for the massive prizes. For instance, $480,000 is up for grabs this tournament, along with two never-been-awarded Rivian® Electric Adventure Vehicles valued at $80,000 each.

“Super fun free game to play to win prizes. Rate 2 ads, answer 3 Predicter questions about the game, and that’s it” – Mark Giannini

Friends can play along with you and you can even join or create a SkyBox, which is a private leaderboard to compete head to head. There are also VIP Skyboxes where radio and Twitch personalities will host special contests!

9. Play Solitaire to Win Cash. No Longer a Single Player Game.

Less than a few minutes. That’s all you need to win real cash when you play Solitaire Cash, a fun Solitaire iOS game with a modern twist.

It’s like regular Solitaire but you compete against other players at the same skill-level as yours to see who can solve the deck the fastest, and for cash! Play in groups of 5 or more and the top 3 for each game wins.

Players have already won thousands of dollars! Solitaire Cash is free to download and play on iOS but cash tournaments are specifically not available in AZ, AR, IN, IA, LA, ME, MD, SC, MT & SD.

If you like playing quick games for chances to win cash with no ads, check it out.

10. Fun Times in 3 Minute Increments – A Classic Game for $

3 minutes.

Make as many 21s as you can within that time or until you run out of moves.

That’s the basic gist of 21 Blitz for iOS, a modern take on a classic game where you’re no longer just playing against the dealer but with actual people around the world.

It’s fast-paced and it basically does all of the math for you. This game is great for killing time and earning cash all at once which is perfect for home!

You can play for free on iPhone against real people for prizes or switch over to cash games to win…well, cash! Cash game winners can win up to $7,000 or more in the mini-tournament.

Cash tournaments not available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, TN, IN.

11. Play Dominoes With Anyone to Win Cash

When you’re looking for a different type of puzzle gaming experience that’s not just swapping candies or jewels around, check out  Dominoes Gold for iOS, where you can play the classic board game for cash prizes.

The game follows the popular “Fives” rulebook where you match the ends of the domino tiles and make the ends of the board a multiple of 5. Any leftover tiles after a Domino will be counted as points for the winner of that round.

There are daily domino tournaments up to $6,000! Play for free on iPhone and when you’re ready, switch over to cash tournaments to get serious prizes. Memories of slamming chips down at your family’s house will come rushing back.

Cash tournaments not available in: AL, AR, AK, CT, DE, FL, LA, KY, MA, MT, NJ, NY, OK, PA, SC, SD, or TN but you can still play for prizes if you’re in these areas.

12. Satisfyingly Pop Bubbles to Make Cash

Who loved popping bubble wrap growing up? I still do.

So when the classic bubble game is shortened to 3-minute games to pop as many as you can, it’s exhilarating. Bonus points for clearing the whole board!

Check out Bubble Cash for iOS where you can go on a popping frenzy against real players online to win actual cash. Drop a bunch of bubbles at once and get those high-scoring combos.

Play for free on iPhone, and then switch over to cash games whenever you want. Seriously though, cash game winners can win thousands of dollars…by popping bubbles. Take part in thrilling raffles to win BONUS cash on top of your regular winnings. Plus, enjoy extra rewards every day.

Just note that cash tournaments aren’t available in AZ, AR, IA, LA, MD & SC but everywhere else is fair game to win actual money!