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skin game

1. slang A rigged or fraudulent gambling game. It turns out the "poker club" they'd been running was just a skin game to milk cash out of rich poker enthusiasts.
2. slang By extension, any swindle or con. He had this long-running skin game where he would convince rich, elderly widows to invest in insurance plans that actually paid into an offshore account he controlled. People are naturally suspicious of anything that challenges or contradicts their most strongly held beliefs, being quick to label such things as nothing more than skin games.
See also: game, skin

skin game

n. any swindle. (Underworld.) Spike was mixed up in a skin game for a while.
See also: game, skin
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"We're so proud of Vanessa Rowlett and Leigh Pomerleau for being finalists in The Skin Games," said Justin Dotterweich, CEO of ExPurtise[R].
ExPurtise[R] sponsored contestants used backbar products during the treatments for Skin Games competition and supplied home care products for the Contestant's Model to use in between professional treatments.
The Skin Games student category award honors current or recently graduated esthetic students achieving the best visible results for a model during an 8-week treatment regimen with their choice of professional products.
Each week until the #liveshow2017 the skin games, one of the players will be featured in a player spotlight.
"It's one of these banana skin games where we are expected to win and if we lose it will go down as a shock."
Atlanta, GA, August 05, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Alazim Agency Inc., an Atlanta-based mobile development agency, announced today the creation of Brown Skin Games, a new division dedicated to developing and distributing disruptive mobile apps targeting African-American and Hispanic mobile consumers.
Brown Skin Games' apps will feature diverse characters and themes representative of African-American and Hispanic culture.
In addition to producing culturally diverse apps, Brown Skin Games, which is staffed with a team of hipsters, hustlers and hackers, will also recruit and train minority mobile app developers.
"We are staffing our new division with young people who share the same vision and direction as Brown Skin Games, especially interns with an interest in graphics, technology and social media," Abdul-Malik continued.
Brown Skin Games is also seeking partnerships with key influencers having significant "social worth." These new games utilize the influencer as characters, sharing revenue in exchange for marketing to their social media followers.