Retro consoles – best gambling games

Hard Rock Casino PS2

Real money gambling is now a favourite pastime among console video gamers. This piece takes a look at some of the older gambling games on retro consoles that made waves during the early days.

“Casino” for Atari

Created in 1978, this was the first gambling type game made for the home. It was developed by Bob Whitehead. In this game it was possible to play with up to four players. It featured a number of card games, including 5 Card Stud Poker, Poker Solitaire and Blackjack. The gameplay provided gamers with a view that looked like an overhead shot of a real card table in a Las Vegas casino.

“Vegas Dream” for Nintendo (NES)

Vegas Dream allowed gamers to enjoy a wide range of casino games. This included Blackjack, Roulette, Keno, Poker and some Slots. It was launched in 1990. Players could play against themselves, a computer or against their friends. Most of the games on Vegas Dream can be found on online casino game portals today, like those listed on

“Hard Rock Casino” for Playstation 2

This was one of the best games on the Playstation 2 console. This extremely fun game featured all the traditional Las Vegas style games, beautifully accompanied by popular rock music. It was the perfect way to feel like you were experiencing the thrill of gambling live in Las Vegas. Players could play against other people and change their hairstyles, and even clothing; a truly feature packed casino game for the era.

“Stacked” for X-Box       

Launched in 2006, this one is one of the more recent in this list. It is a great multi-table gaming system with emphasis on poker. The popularity of high stakes poker around the mid-2000s can be traced in some part to this game; although million dollar prize pools also helped!

In the game, it was possible to play a master poker game against seven professional players. You could play regular games against your friends if you weren’t up to the pro poker moves.

Vegas Party” for Nintendo Wii

Wii Vegas Party was popular because it was geared to be family friendly. The game featured 15 different mini games. Playing through each mini game unlocked extra game levels. The game was lauded for its stance of being vocal against introducing children younger than 13 to anything to do with gambling.

“Golden Nugget Casino” DS Nintendo DS

Handheld gaming consoles also had gambling games. The updated Game Boy in the Nintendo DS system of 2005 was a great hit. Golden Nugget was the gambling game of choice. Players were able to enjoy a good number of table casino games; the Roulette was really fun. The game was feature packed and had an interactive screen that allowed people to place bets, collect winnings and roll the dice.

When you need a break from Fall out 4 and Call Of Duty: Black Ops III, jump on to one of these retro games and you will love the old school gameplay and graphics!

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