The Weirdest Casino Games on Earth

The universe of casino games goes far beyond the conventional and familiar games you know well and might play on a regular basis. In the various corners of the globe, consider these seven prominent casino games for a fresh twist and something new when you consider what games you might want to play and how you might want to seek original entertainment.

Dreidel

Dreidel

This is a treasured game in the Jewish community, and if you study it, you will realize that it is a common communal activity in and around Hanukkah, which is coming up shortly during the holiday season. This game has a four-sided spinning top. A typical wager in the game when made in a family setting involves small change or knick-knacks or other very modest items. When this family game is moved into a casino setting, the stakes are – of course – money.

Players put their wagers into a pot in the middle of the table. Each player spins the dreidel once.

The four sides of the top are labeled “nothing,” “everything,” “half,” and “put in.” The player spinning the top will win none of a given bet if the “nothing” side comes up. The player will win “everything” if that side comes up. The player will win “half” if that side comes up. The “put in” side of the four-sided top means the player must put another bet in the pot. When the whole pot has been cleaned out by a given winner (or combination of winners), that betting round has been concluded. Then a fresh round can start.

Rodent Roulette

Rodent

Yes, you did read that right. This is creepy but real: A rat, mouse or gerbil is placed on a roulette wheel and can hide in or behind various numbers. If the rat/mouse/gerbil hides in the number a player bet on, the player wins the bet and gets the payout from the bet. The use of live animals has been a source of controversy in recent years.

War

War

War is a game many card players have engaged in from a young age. You get into it before you’ve learned any other major game as all you have to do is flip a card and whoever has the highest card wins. However, that simplicity is what’s made it popular in casinos around the world too.

The casino version of war is found in physical casino facilities and online as well. The aim of the game is to be dealt a higher card than the dealer but, in this version, it can be more than a head-to-head showdown as up to eight can play. There is a tie bet in which the player and dealer have the same rank and it’s important to note the rules of the tie as they can vary. Sometimes, a tie is a tie and you get your stake back whereas other casinos might take a little house edge for themselves.

“Surrendering” in casino war offers a player the ability to be paid back half of a bet if similar cards turn up. On the other hand, one can double a wager, which represents “going to war.” There are slight tweaks and variations of this game available to add a few more layers of complexity but generally speaking, these are the rules of the game.

Tic-Tac-Toe Chicken

Ginger the chicken

This is particular to Atlantic City, New Jersey. In a casino in Atlantic City, one can play tic-tac-toe with a chicken named Ginger. Sound bizarre? It surely is but it’s been a selling point that’s drawn many patrons to the casino to try it out.

All of this goes down at various casinos as Ginger is a traveling act. He’s carried around in a golden cage with four handlers assisting with the movement. After all, Ginger is royalty, so he must be carried everywhere.

The game itself involves you stepping up to a computer screen to play against the chicken. You make your move and then the chicken pecks at something on their end to make their selection. Sometimes the chicken wins (and that’ll hurt your self-esteem losing to a chicken) but usually, the humans either win or tie with the bird.

For the most part, this isn’t a game where you actually bet; it’s mostly to get people in the door. If you win, you’ll usually get a slots credit and if you lose, there will be some consolation prize.

Birdsong

Several birds are placed in cages. They are expected to sing in the presence of gamblers. Anyone who plays this game can wager on which bird will sing the loudest or the longest. The concept isn’t complicated; figuring out which bird will sing in a certain way? That’s the trick.

Fan-Tan

Fan Tan

This is a Chinese casino game played on a table with a cup, beads, and some other small objects. This game dates back to the 1800s.

The purpose of the game is to accurately pick the number of beads there are on a table after removing groups of four in stages. A dealer will make an announcement. Players will bet on any of four numbers (or combinations) on the table. The dealer will take the cup and cover 60 of the 200 total beads. Then the remaining beads will be sequentially removed. Then the cup is taken away as well. The beads will be separated into groups of four. From this sequencing, one of the four groups will represent the winning number.

Pachinko

Pachinko

This is a Japanese video casino game played on slots, which involves some pinball principles. Near pins and blockers on the screen, there are small balls which a player can aim at specific holes to make a payout which provides more steel balls. In the Japanese community, these games are addictive (in a good way) and a lot of fun to play. However, that popularity hasn’t spread around the world – especially in Las Vegas, where you’ll have a really tough time finding this game.

Given the strict gambling rules in Japan (this type of gaming for cash was prohibited until recently), the balls would then be exchanged for prizes. In today’s versions, you’ll be able to earn cash or earn cash in an indirect way.

Dave Golokhov

Dave Golokhov

For nearly two decades, Dave Golokhov has been working with his passions in the mainstream media as well as the sports betting realm. Some of the highlights include hosting several radio shows on Sirius Satellite Radio, television appearances and interviewing hundreds of high-profile stars like Shaquille O'Neal and Floyd Mayweather. Dave is also the founder of WERSTARS, a website app to save and the moments of your life.

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