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Lesser-Known Casino Games Around the World

By Jsbdsl @jonnyblair

Most of us are familiar with all the standard casino games in the form of Blackjack, Baccarat, Poker, Slots, Roulette, et al. These games are readily available at land-based casinos and online casinos everywhere. However, there are several gambling locales that provide a unique selection of gambling games – the likes of which you’ve probably never heard of. Fortunately, these weird casino games are available in the US, the UK, Europe, Australia, Asia and beyond.

Lesser-Known Casino Games Around the World

Outside the famous Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco.

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Lesser-Known Casino Games Around the World

The most popular games of all the casino games are slots, and you can find an abundant supply of great games at WinkSlots. These chance-based attractions feature classic slots, video slots, and progressive jackpot slots. While immersive, engaging and interactive, players may sometimes be on the prowl for other weird and wacky games. Online casinos are slowly adding weird casino games to their repertoire, but you’re more likely to find these zany titles at land-based casinos.

Is That the Call of the Wild I Hear?

There is one form of betting that you are unlikely to find anywhere else in the world – Bird Song Betting. Believe it or not, this is a real thing and it’s available at casinos in Belgium. The idea behind this form of betting is simple: Players place wagers on which bird in the cage will sing louder and for longer. That’s it. This betting option blends a player’s understanding of nature with a wager on a potentially lucrative little gamble. Belgian casinos routinely offer bird song betting to patrons, and it’s a great way to profit from your love of our fine feathered friends.

Let’s Go Pachinko!

Pachinko is one of the most popular betting games in Japan. In fact, this game skirted gambling legislation and masqueraded as a fun-filled gaming option where players win tickets that can be redeemed for prizes. So, what is Pachinko? Pachinko is similar in many respects to pinball and it is one of the most widely-played games in Japan. Remember that gambling in Japan was only regulated in 2016, meaning that all gambling-style games before then operated in a gray area.

Pachinko is bright, exciting, loud, and action-packed. Most Japanese players are well familiar with Pachinko – it is as popular as slot machine games are in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia. This Japanese variant of pinball utilizes mechanical gaming machines in an arcade-style setting, but now as a gambling device.

Lesser-Known Casino Games Around the World

The Random Dog Statue in Shibuya Tokyo Japan

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What Is Rodent Roulette?

For the animal rights activists and animal lovers everywhere, Rodent Roulette may not be the best option. While animals are not harmed during this game, they are used in this roulette variant. The idea behind Rodent Roulette is simple: a rodent – a gerbil, hamster, mouse, rat or any other creature that fits the rodent description – will be placed inside a box with a roulette wheel. Inside the roulette wheel, there are multiple boxes, each of which is numbered in the same way. Once the wheel start spinning, the rodent will walk around the roulette wheel and then determine which box it wishes to hide in.

Naturally, gamblers will place bets on the box that the rodent chooses, and the winner will be paid out accordingly. Once the roulette bets have been finalized and the winning box has been selected, another game of Rodent Roulette can begin in earnest. Where pray tell is this game available? The jury still out on precisely where players get to enjoy this game, but there are various Rat Race Roulette Games available at bingo halls around the world. This is a similar game where the rat will run around the roulette wheel and hide inside a slot.

Lesser-Known Casino Games Around the World

Pyongyang Casino.

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The Dreidel Game – for Real Money

Dreidels are popular during Hanukkah time. These fun-filled spinning tops feature 4 sides with Hebrew letters on each of them. During the holidays, families get together to play dreidel games with one another. Typically, people bet on the outcomes of dreidel spins, and prizes include chocolates, or little gifts. However, there is a weird and wonderful casino game which allows dreidel gambling. This cash game is enjoyed at isolated venues where small betting rooms will feature dreidel games for cash. There are 4 sides on each dreidel, including the following:

  • Nun – a.k.a. nothing – whoever spins this letter gets nothing out of it
  • Gimmel – this means everything, including whatever is in the pot
  • Hey – this stands for half of whatever is up for grabs.
  • Shin – when this letter lands, the player will be required to make an additional bet. If you have nothing more to add, you will exit the game, or another player can loan you some cash to throw into the pot.
Lesser-Known Casino Games Around the World

Outside the famous Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco.

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Are You Man Enough to Take on Ginger, or Are You Chicken?

Remember the iconic Back to the Future series of movies? Biff used to taunt Marty McFly about being chicken. Now, you get to determine whether you’re chicken or not in the chicken challenge at Atlantic City’s legendary Tropicana Hotel and Casino. The game at hand is Noughts and Crosses, and players are tasked with competing against the reigning champion named Ginger.

There’s only one thing to remember: Ginger is not a man or a machine – Ginger is a chicken. Atlantic City’s Ginger is world-famous. This chicken clucks about, outmanoeuvring all who bet against her. She’s a tactical genius, and a strategic champion. Ginger is renowned for preventing players from winning the $10,000 cash prize in Tic-Tac-To. She has been up and down the East Coast, the West Coast and everywhere in between. There’s no doubt about it: Ginger is no chicken when it comes to playing this great game.

Note: Sadly, Ginger has since passed on but her legacy shall endure for generations to come. Perhaps she inspired a generation of new chickens to take on mankind in Atlantic City casinos.

And there you have it! Some of the most weird, wonderful, wacky, and bizarre games you have ever heard of in a casino setting.

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