Four of the World’s Weirdest and Wackiest Casino Games

rouletteIf you think about it, the whole idea of casino gambling is a bit strange. You’re basically paying a bunch of strangers money for the privilege of playing games that you are likely to lose on. On the back of your head, you know that you’ll lose most of the time, but you still push one bet after another in the hopes of hitting a jackpot.

We all know what the common casino staples are- roulette, poker, blackjack, slots, craps, keno. But do you know that there are other, rather, more “pointless” games that you can play in many casinos in the world? Here are some of the strangest and weirdest casino games that will leave you speechless:

1. Rodent Roulette

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Roulette using rodents! Or any variety of small animals thereof. The most common variant usually involves the use of gerbils; first, the gerbil is placed in the middle of a roulette wheel-like platform (with numbers on the outer “spokes”), and then the gerbil is let out. Whatever number the gerbil touches first is considered as the result of the “spin.” This game sounds very novel but hasn’t really caught up with the mainstream public due to animal abuse issues and the fact that some dealers have found a way to game the system by marking wanted numbers with ammonia on their fingertips (male rats are attracted to the scent of ammonia).

 

2. Dreidel

Dreidel is a Jewish gambling spinning top, commonly played during the holiday of Hanukkah. It is also played a lot by Jewish children, often in exchange for chocolate coins called “gelt.” The dreidel is simple enough to play; the top has four sides- nun, gimel, hei, and shin. All players place their bets in a communal pot and one person gets to spin the top. Rolling a shin means that the player has to add more chips to the pot, nun means that he does nothing on the turn, hei means that he gets half of the pot, and gimel means he can take the whole amount that is currently in the pot.

 

3. War

Yes, that card game that you played when you were six has already found its way to casinos. At its core, casinofied-War is possibly one of the simplest card games that you will ever play in your life. First, you place a bet, then the dealer gives you one card, while the dealer gets his own card. When you get the higher valued card, you win that turn. A loss or a tie means that you need to give to hand the dealer money. What War lacks in complexity, it makes up for the immense amount of nostalgia that you’ll get whenever you play it.

 

4. Birdsong

The game is exactly what its name implies. Popular among Belgians, this game involves betting on the loudness of birdsong. Birds are placed in separate cages, while bettors place their bets on the birds that they think will sing the loudest.