Wouldn’t These Fictional Games Make Great Casino Games?

These Fictional Games Could Be Fun Casino Games - MGJ
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Could you imagine playing Gwent or betting on Podracing at a casino?

Today, there’s a huge number of slots and casino games you can play at a casino or a wide range of sports and other markets you can bet on at a sportsbook. That said, how many of these are inspired by fictional games played by characters in your favourite books, comics, video games, TV series or movies? I doubt you can name one.

Six Fictional Games I Think Would Make Fun Casino Games


Where it’s from: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (video game)

What it is: Gwent is a turn-based, competitive card game played between two players. Each player has a hand of 10 cards, selected from a 25-card deck. Each deck belongs to one of six factions, each faction offering a different playing style.  Players play one card each turn. Each card has the potential to have more than one special ability (e.g. spells). Ultimately, it’s a skill-based game with some bluffing and careful deck construction. Each game typically lasts 2 to 3 rounds, with the player who has the most points on the board winning a round. The player who wins two rounds wins the game.

Chocobo Racing

Where it’s from: Final Fantasy VII / FFVII (video game)

What it is: It is a race where chocobos, a breed of fictional flightless birds, race for victory. The yellow-feathered avian and domesticated creatures are both chicken- and ostrich-like in appearance and function somewhat like horses in the final fantasy game franchise, and are used as mounts, for pulling carts or for racing. Chocobo racing in Final Fantasy VII is a mini-game that can be accessed in the Gold Saucer and takes place on a fantastical racetrack. The player can bet on any of the chocobos racing. Different coloured chocobos have different attributes that can give them advantages during the race. Players can also capture chocobos in the wild and raise them in the chocobo farm. Feeding chocobos on the farm special greens and breeding race-winning birds together improves player stats, including speed, stamina and intelligence.

How I think it could work as casino games: Chocobo racing was made for gambling. I mean, come on, you actually bet on the race in the FFVII game! In the real world this would be fun to bet on in the same way fantasy sports are. It could also be a slot game. Different coloured chocobo could represent different bonus symbols (scatters) and landing 3 or more of the same colour could activate a mini-game where the coloured chocobo you triggered is the one that races in the game and has a certain special features (e.g. multipliers, sticky wilds, respins, etc.).


Where it’s from: Star Wars (TV/movie)

What it is: It is a gambling card game in the Star Wars universe that has numerous variations. Most of the variations include a hand called “Sabacc”, which is nearly impossible to beat. It is typically a high-stakes game, with the goal (of most versions) being to win the pot by having a hand with a total value closest to 23, but not higher (not unlike blackjack where the goal is to have a hand that totals no more than 21). A typical sabacc deck has 76 cards (60 distributed in four suits and 16 additional cards). All cards have a specific value.

How I think it could work as casino games: Naturally, this would make a great casino card game as it already factiously exists as a gambling card game. It could be offered as a computer-based RNG format video Sabacc game, as a live casino game or in a land-based casino, just like blackjack or poker.


Where it’s from: Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (movie)

What it is: A dangerous speeder racing sport in which repulsocrafts called “Podracers” – small one-person hover crafts propelled by large enginescompleted multiple laps on a racetrack, moving at hazardous speeds, with the main objective being to win the race by crossing the finish line first. Bets were commonly placed on these races.

Fun fact: In the Star Wars universe, podracing is already a game heavily associated with gambling. In Star Wars: Episode One, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn makes a bet with Watto, wagering his podracer against Anakin Skywalker (Watto’s slave). His podracer wins (piloted by Anakin), resulting in Anakin’s freedom. The force-sensitive Anakin was one of the only humans capable of podracing, as the sport required racers to have extremely fast reaction times in order to compete.

How I think it could work as casino games:
This would probably work best as a fantasy sport or a virtual race that can be bet on at a sportsbook. Then again, it might also be a nifty tournament-style slot game where you earn points the more you play (not the more you spend) and rank on a leaderboard.

Also, I want to mention that in my imaginary podracing gambling game scenario all podracers (humanoid and non-humanoid) are consenting adults. There are no slave or kid character podracers in this game.

Pai Sho

Where it’s from: Avatar: The Last Airbender(animated TV series)

What it is: It is a board game played between two players. The board is large and circular in shape. It is split in as many as 12 sections and divided into a grid of coloured squares (either 10×10 or up to 18×18 squares). The game pieces are round tiles, and each tile has a different image. Each player receives a certain number of tiles, which are placed and moved around the board. The goal of Pai Sho is to move tiles around the board to create “harmonies” or specific arrangements to earn points.


Where it’s from: Harry Potter (book series)

What it is:
It’s a team sport played by witches and wizards in the Harry Potter universe. Two teams of seven players compete to obtain the most points. Each team has three Chasers, two Beaters, the Keeper, and the Seeker. All players ride broomsticks. The Chasers try to score goals with the Quaffle and the Keeper’s main job is to defend the goal. The Beaters bat the Bludgers away from their teammates and toward opponents, while the Seeker’s task is to locate and catch the Golden Snitch. Catching the snitch wins the Seeker’s team 150 points and ends the game. The team with the most points at the end wins.

What fictional games do you think would make interesting/fun casino games?

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While I’m fairly confident that none of the fictional games I mentioned above would ever be something that would be offered in a legitimate casino or sportsbook (online or land-based) – due to obvious reasons like the cost of obtaining the rights to offer these games and the fact that most would attract minors (a big no-no) – it’s still fun to imagine playing Gwent in a casino and betting on a podrace.

What about you? If you could choose any fictional game that you’d like to see offered as online casino games or at a sportsbook, what would it be?

Until next time, good luck and have fun.

Mia 👩‍💻

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One response to “Wouldn’t These Fictional Games Make Great Casino Games?”

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    I’m glad you are. 😀

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