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These are the 4 Weirdest Casino Games Around the World

Zoltan Tundik

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If you’re a fan of the traditional table games like craps, poker, roulette, blackjack, or even machine games like video poker and slots, and you think that you’ve played all the casino games out there — boy, do we have news for you. There is a whole host of strange, confusing, and bizarre casino games out there, as varied as people on the planet.

Playing to win big and hitting the jackpot is always fun but with these off-the-wall games, participating or even spectating might give you the same thrill. It’s not always about winning, sometimes it’s just about fun and that’s certainly the case when you look at the games we found.

#1. Belgium Birdsong (Belgium)

Birdsong is an extremely popular betting game in Belgium. A perfect match for gamblers who can’t get enough of birdsong and bets, this game features a number of songbirds in cages around the casino floor. After scoping out the birds for a bit, players place bets on which bird they think will sing the longest and loudest.

Next, it’s time to wait patiently for the birds to sing their song. It’s not clear how they are coerced into doing so in-turn but once they do, bets are tallied, and winners are called. Whichever birds sing the loudest, longest, or both are the winning birds and bets on those birds win the wager.

It is extremely rare to find this game in any land-based casino outside of Belgium and certainly not online, but within Belgium, it’s become quite a gambling craze.

There are, however, opponents to the practice of this game as well. Animal rights activists contend this game is harmful to the foul involved and have called for its elimination. Either way, it’s certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience if you do get to see it.

#2. Rodent Roulette (Worldwide)

Another no-no for animal lovers on our list is a crime against our little furry friends: Rodent Roulette.

Rodent Roulette? What on Earth are we talking about here? This game, also known as Race Race Roulette or Mouse Roulette, is a bizarre “spin” (see what I did there?) on the original game of roulette. But instead of the traditional variants of European or American roulette, the only choices here are what type of rodent goes in the middle of the wheel.

The most popular version of this game is Gerbil Roulette in which bets are placed in the usual way before a gerbil is placed in the center of a roulette wheel. When the wheel is spun, the gerbil will inevitably hide in one of the colored and numbered boxes. Whichever one he chooses is the winning bet.

This game has also sparked controversy for animal cruelty, sparking protests at many locations where the game is played throughout the years. It’s not clear that the rodent ever gets physically hurt, however, he may be a bit dizzy by the end.

#3. Dreidel (Worldwide)

Also known as sevivon in Hebrew, dreidel is a game that’s been played for two thousand years in the Jewish community. Traditionally played during Hannukah with family and friends, the wagers and winnings were usually raisins, pennies, chocolate, or matchsticks.

Before the game begins, everyone gathers 10-15 “chips” before the first person spins the dreidel. There’s no limit to how many people can play, and the only rules are as follows.

  • Nun – translates to “nothing”, therefore the player gets nothing.
  • Gimel – means “everything”, so the player gets everything in the pot.
  • Hey – means “half”, meaning that the player gets half of the pot.
  • Shin – translates to “put in”, meaning that the player needs to make an additional bet in the pot.

Whenever the pot is emptied, every player must contribute a set amount. Any player that cannot contribute after landing on a “shin” or after a fellow player lands on a “gimmel” loses.

Now, the game involved cash rather than odds and ends, it’s enjoyed by many groups of people around the world. Dreidel even has its own major league tournament in New York City.

#4. Tic-Tac-Toe Chicken (Atlantic City)

The last game on our list is even stranger for the mere fact that it has its own mascot! If ever you take a trip to the Tropicana Hotel in Casino in Atlantic City, be prepared to challenge the great “Ginger” to a head-to-beak match of Tic-Tac-Toe (or Naughts and Crosses).

Also known as the “Chicken Challenge,” this is no simple game of Tic-Tac-Toe. After making your mark on the board, you must wait patiently for Ginger to peck around her cage for a bit. Ultimately, she’ll press a button that determines where her “X” or “O” will be placed on the grid. If you win, the cash prize is a substantial $10,000!

Think it’s easy? Think again. Ginger has been known to destroy her opposition, defeating almost everyone she’s ever played. But if you have the “pluck,” you can certainly win big.

This particular match-up has also ruffled the feathers of animal activists due to the involvement of an animal in a casino game. But Ginger is a popular icon and travels around the United States, wowing audiences with her spectacular record.

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As you can see, there are some odd games out there for players to try their luck. There are plenty more too, these just happened to be our all-time favorites. So, if you ever get the urge to play something a bit more offbeat, now you know where to look.

 

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Affilka enters into partnership with ProperSix Casino

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Affilka, an Affiliate Marketing Platform developed by SoftSwiss inked a deal with a third-party brand ProperSix Casino. Now SoftSwiss will be providing its state-of-art services to the newly-launched online crypto casino brand.

An affiliate program of ProperSix Casino will be powered by Affilka, providing its users with a unique combination of transparency and functionality including an extremely flexible commissions constructor aimed at optimising marketing expenses.

A new crypto casino ProperSix is entering the market, giving players the chance to play various games online by using their cryptocurrencies. Customers will be able to play with ProperSix tokens or other most known cryptocurrencies, including BTC, ETH and USDT. With the casino having just been launched, 30 new and original games are ready for players from around the world. With many different bonus systems that help achieve the highest payouts, the luckiest players are sure to win big.

Furthermore, after an increasingly effective integration process with Affilka, the client decided to expand the area of cooperation between SoftSwiss and ProperSix by also signing a deal with SoftSwiss Game Aggregator. The project is bound to be fully integrated later in Q2 and will provide ProperSix Casino with a cost-effective, yet very efficient one-stop-shop solution with a wide portfolio of game providers that are constantly replenishing.

Anastasia Borovaya, Product Owner of Affilka commented on this event: “Affilka may be a newcomer among affiliate marketing software providers in the iGaming industry. Yet it keeps on proving itself as a reliable, secure and very strong and cost-effective tool for iGaming operators. We’re super excited to launch this project alongside ProperSix and are looking forward to very productive cooperation!”.

Richard Haverinen, CEO of PROPERSIX OU noted: “ProperSix is proud to announce that it will be collaborating with SoftSwiss Game Aggregator to ensure the best user experience and many more games to get jackpots in. Furthermore, Affilka by SoftSwiss will ensure reliable, safe and trustworthy operation along with high load resistance. The Online Casino is already live, so people are already purchasing ProperSix tokens and getting ready to see if they will be the ones to get the biggest payouts”.

 

 

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SoftSwiss is an international tech company supplying widely acclaimed, certified software solutions for managing iGaming operations. SoftSwiss holds a number of gaming licenses, providing a “one-stop-shop” white label casino solution by taking care of all technical, legal, and financial processes on behalf of its customers. The company has a vast product portfolio, which includes an Online Casino Platform, Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, an Affiliate Platform, and a recently launched sportsbook platform. In 2013 SoftSwiss was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimized online casino solution. The company has thus been regarded as the leading technical expert when it comes to the use of cryptocurrencies in online gaming.

About ProperSix Casino

New crypto casino ProperSix is entering the market, giving players the chance to play various games online by using their cryptocurrencies. Customers will be able to play with ProperSix tokens or other most known cryptocurrencies, including BTC, ETH and USDT.

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OneTouch and BWG launch epic quest for lost love in The Maiden & The Swordman

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Mobile-first games developer OneTouch has partnered with Big Wave Gaming (BWG) to launch The Maiden & The Swordsman, a stunningly designed, graphic rich slot that sees players join the game’s hero in his quest to find his true love.

The five-reel, three-row, 50-line slot follows the journey of the Swordman as he battles the elements to reach his beloved Maiden uncovering huge wins and a treasure trove of bonus features along the way.

If players reveal three or more scatters they are rewarded with an unlimited number of free games, or up to 10 free games including a unique ‘nudge’ feature that could turn wins into even bigger prizes. Players’ fortunes can improve further if they uncover the Wild waterfall symbol that takes over the reel and can lead to even larger potential pay outs.

OneTouch has experienced huge success and growth with its cutting-edge mobile-first slots, tables games and live casino products in 2021, alongside the signing of several landmark commercial agreements and partnerships including with Relax Gaming that has integrated its suite of games and provides OneTouch with access to its host of tier-one operators.

Petra Maria Poola, Head of Business Development and Operations at OneTouch, said: “The Maiden & The Swordman is a beautifully designed game and we’re delighted with the results of our partnership with BWG. Players will revel in going on an epic journey across a mysterious land, packed with adventure, with our two central characters and discover hidden features and bountiful prizes along the way with the potential to pick up massive wins.”

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Latvian Parliament Rejects Amendments to the Law on Gambling and Lotteries

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The Latvian parliament has decided to reject amendments to the Law on Gambling and Lotteries. The proposed amendments would have been used to limit gambling in the country.

These amendments were developed by members of the New Conservative Party and KPV LV. Saeima deputy Juris Jurašs urged other members of the parliament to support this legislative draft, commenting that about 80,000 people in Latvia suffer from gambling addiction and for 15,000 of them this problem is severe.

He believes the proposed amendments would become a small step towards forming a healthier society.

“Gambling halls in Latvia are a lasting disease that certain people rich, it needs to be treated,” he said.

Jurašs stressed in particular that the gambling situation is critical. After the parliament had rejected the legislative draft Saeima deputy Krišjānis Feldmans from New Conservative Party wrote on his Twitter profile that Attīstībai/Par! political party is a plague for Latvian politics, commenting how the party voted against limiting gambling.

35 Saeima deputies voted in favour of passing the draft to the Budget and Finance Committee, 15 voted against and 27 deputies abstained. And so the legislative draft was rejected somehow.

The annotation mentions that the purpose of the proposed amendments is limiting the number of gambling locations in Latvia and reducing the negative effect gambling has on public health and people in general.

The legislative draft explains that people who participate in gambling and lotteries are subjected to an excessive addiction risk. Gambling addiction or a pathological need to engage in gambling is characterised with frequent gambling episodes, which quickly become the person’s main point of interest, impacting his or her social, professional, and family values, as well as negatively impacting his or her finances.

According to the study performed by SKDS in 2016, 26% of respondents who engaged in gambling in the past 12 months admitted having situations when gambling took over so much of their life that the outside world ceased to exist to them for some time.

The legislative draft also proposed making it so that casinos would be permitted only in four or five-star hotels in Latvia.

The annotation mentions that studies show that localization or limitation of gambling halls and casinos is one of the ways to limit and reduce problematic gambling habits.

It was also planned to impose a limit on open hours of gambling halls.

Deputies also proposed prohibiting alimony avoiders from engaging in gambling. The Maintenance Guarantee Fund Law already provides multiple restrictions for debtors to motivate them to fulfil their duties – pay alimony and provide their children with finances.

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