The Essential Console Casino Games

Lists that measure the best or worst of any category are unquestionably subjective, but when it comes to the genre of classic casino console games there is clear consensus. Below you'll find the top three console gamblers, each of which should bring back a tinge of nostalgic glee. Of course, these titles are true classics and thus no longer available on modern consoles, so if you want to get your interactive casino fix you best do it online. 
This Super Nintendo classic took the player inside the legendary Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Based on your winnings, the player leaves in either a limo, Greyhound bus or ratty taxi cab. Games include blackjack, slot machines, roulette, horse racing, Keno, video poker and Red Dog, but whatever you do be sure and beware the $100 scratch-off tickets. If the scratch-off picture of a bomb is uncovered, the ticket is void and all winnings are null and void. 

A hallmark of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Vegas Dream offered gamers a look at the underrated old school downtown Las Vegas, featuring references to the Pioneer ClubBinion's Horseshoe and Glitter Gulch. Between rounds of play at the normal casino games, the player had random social interactions with various characters, such as business people, other patrons, or casino employees with varying impact on the mission. Vegas Dream also allowed the player to date and marry members of the opposite sex. Men married a woman named Ms. Sophie, while women married a gentleman named Mr. James. 

Casino Kid, often considered the best of the NES gambling games, takes place in the fictional town of Lost Wages, where the object is to earn lots of money and to defeat the evil King of the Casino. Games at the casino include blackjack and five-card draw poker. While the North American version uses parody names for the Lost Wages casino, the Japanese version uses the classic Golden Nugget name and the Las Vegas location. Additionally, the layout in the Japanese version is similar to an actual Vegas casino compared to the North American version; which looks more like a hotel lobby.
CASINO - 1978
The original console gambling classic, this Atari 2600 release is the true pioneer of digital casinos gaming. With technology that seems simple today, Casino's overhead perspective offered the player three card games to choose from: blackjack, five-card stud poker, and poker solitaire. Except for poker solitaire, each game always had the computer as the dealer, and bets were made by rotating the wheel on the controller and then pressing the button. While archaic by today's standards, the title remains such a classic that it was once brought back on the XBOX 360 as a download for its nostalgic appeal.
This gambling title on the original Sega Master System features a handful of basic casino games, but it is truly legendary for one reason: The Dino Gator. In one of the greatest "out of nowhere" gaming moments of all time, a player facing a long losing streak at the tables suddenly sees his game randomly cut to a shot of The Dino Gator (an alligator-dinosaur hybrid) as it runs through a grass field. And that's it. The scene is silent and only lasts a few seconds, but it remains a true "What the ---?" moment in the history of popular gaming. This game, rightly, invites you to come for the casino and stay for the Dino Gator.
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