If you’re planning a special party – it could be a birthday, anniversary, housewarming or…well, who needs an excuse to throw a party? – then a gambling theme is always sure to be a winner. and you
With a few fun tweaks, you can create a Las Vegas-style casino with a difference, and incorporate cool elements that’ll have your guests in stitches (and mild discomfort, in some cases, which is hilarious for everyone else).
You don't have to visit a casino to replicate its thrills. Here are a few ideas which could help your next party be the one that’s reminisced about for years to come.
It’s an oldie, but a goodie. And for adults only.
Based on the classic roulette wheel, a shot is linked to each number on the board. The player spins the wheel, and whichever number the ball lands in they have to drink the associated shot.
It’s a fun game because everybody starts to get suitably merry after a few rounds, and there’s that sense of jeopardy when a variety of drinks are used – especially ones that nobody wants to drink, e.g. tequila on the zero or chilli vodka on number 13.
Shot roulette is an easy game for party-starters to create, too. All you’ll need is a roulette wheel and ball (these are cheap enough to buy in ‘travel size’), and the numbered felt upon which players traditionally place their bets.
If you don’t want to ruin your game table, you can always draw a grid featuring 37 numbers (38 if you’re playing in America, of course). And get ready to redraw it, as there are likely to be spillages!
Chase the Ace
This is a fun card game that, whilst technically not played in a casino, still creates plenty of laughs and that edge-of-the-seat nervousness that really does make for the best party games.
The premise is simple, even if the name is something of a misnomer. Players are dealt one card only, and the idea is to not end up with the lowest value at the end of a round’s trading. You can stick if you have a high card, or trade with the person sitting to your left.
The game continues until the last person, who by now presumably has an A or another low-value card. At this point they can stick with what they have, or pick the top card of the deck. If they reveal an A they gain immunity, and any other value card becomes theirs for the round.
At this point, every player reveals their card and the lowest number is the loser. This individual could be forced to undertake a forfeit if you so wish, but all-in-all it’s a fun game for kids and adults alike.
Similar to Shot Roulette, a classic drinking game revolves around the roll of two dice, similar to a game of craps, with each combined score connected to a specific drink.
If you want to take things to the next level, there is a devilish way in which you can do just that...
Most gamers know that ‘snake eyes’, i.e. rolling a double one, is the worst throw in craps. So why not punish the player in the most spine-tingling way possible by making them take a bite of a raw chilli (obviously not a Naga or a Scotch Bonnet)?
It adds a fun fear factor, and it’s always nice to see your close friends in mild discomfort (or is that just me?).
Here’s a fun way to enliven lengthy games of poker. Assuming the notion that the majority of people are too shy to sing karaoke when completely sober, how about introducing a sing-song as an act of punishment to your game?
You can make somebody sing for all kinds of reasons: running out of chips is the most obvious reason, but also players on the right side of a bad bet can be made to serenade their opponents; perhaps Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ would be an appropriate choice of tune?
The beauty of this party game is that it can be modified as you wish: if you want a high-stakes, rapid-fire game of poker, how about penalising all players who fold preflop by making them belt out a burst of Dolly Parton?
All of the above gambling-themed party games are oriented towards adults, of course, but there is a chance to introduce the kids to casino games in a fun way, too.
Blackjack is the perfect avenue. Not only does it help with their counting, you can also reward them with chocolate poker chips that are readily available online. You can also pay out in chocolate and sweeties for successful spins of the roulette wheel and, for the older kids, winning Texas Hold’em hands.