We are all familiar with classic casino games – ones you can expect to find in any brick-and-mortar establishment. While some people like to keep it simple and play those traditional games in an online or live casino, what about those with a low attention span or who prefer something more exciting? Here we list some of the world’s weirdest and most wonderful offerings.
The phrase goes It’s not over until the fat lady sings, but what about the fat bird? A popular game in Belgian casinos sees punters place a stake on singing birds. No, this isn’t a joke. A group of birds in cages take it in turns to sing. Players place their money on which bird they think can sing the loudest and for the longest time. The performing passerines do their thing, and the winner is announced. We guess this gives a whole new meaning to the avian term warbler!
Also known as birdcage, although it doesn’t feature birds, Chuck-a-luck is a variant of Sic Bo. The game is played using three standard dice, kept in an hourglass-shaped device made from metal wire which resembles a birdcage. Players place bets on what they believe will be the final combination of the dice when rolled. It’s a game of chance, with a high house edge, due to the sheer number of combinations that the dice can land on. Odds vary from 1:1 to 30:1, depending on the wager placed. With fewer betting options than Sic Bo, consider Chuck-a-luck as a simpler alternative.
If you crave simplistic games with few rules, then the Money Wheel is for you. Also known as Spin a Win, Big Wheel, or Big Six – do you remember the 1980s and ’90s TV show Wheel of Fortune? Well, it’s much the same as that. Envisage a big wheel, standing upright, split into several equal segments with differing odds. The dealer spins the wheel and when it stops, the top segment indicated by a flexible marker is the winning slot.
If you’re familiar with the classic French game, you’ll have no problems getting the hang of this alternative. Rodent Roulette is much like the traditional casino offering, with the bonus of a rodent. The rodent, most often a gerbil, replaces the ball and it scuttles around the wheel before choosing a pocket to hide in. Much like standard Roulette, if your number comes in, you are a winner. What started out as a carnival game ended up in some strange casinos around the world.
A game you’re likely to remember playing as a child, War has made its way to casinos, where you can play for real money. Another game that’s easy to understand, it’s also easy to beat the dealer. Played with six decks of cards, both the player and the dealer receive a single card and whoever’s card is higher wins. If there is a tie, either the player can surrender and lose half their bet, or go to war, which means they must double their stake. If the player chooses the latter, the dealer discards the next three cards before dealing with a further card.
There you have it, some of the weirdest games you’ll find. Developers that cater to online audiences need to introduce new games and variations of the classics all the time. But for brick-and-mortar casinos, this is a little bit more difficult. Why not consider one of these crazy alternatives next time?