The Casino

Ah, the casino... a chance to triple your money, and have fun while doing it. Or go home completely broke, and have fun while doing it.

If the characters visit Las Vegas, there will definitely be at least ONE of these, and someone will probably go home broke, either due to strange House Rules or legitimate bad luck. (If the story takes place in Europe, substitute Monte Carlo for Las Vegas.)

In video games, this is sometimes a Minigame Zone, but not always. Only if you can play it's a Minigame Zone. It could be both, if you can play the games there, but have to bring down The Mafia too.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In the episode of Cowboy Bebop where Spike meets Faye, a casino chip with a microchip in it is to be exchanged in one of these. For added fun, it takes place in a casino/space station shaped like a roulette wheel.
  • In Descendants of Darkness, Tsuzuki actually had to pretend to be a dealer on a cruise ship's casino in order to investigate murders.
  • Rosette and Chrono first meet Azmaria in a casino owned by her adoptive father in Las Vegas (Atlantic City in the anime).
  • City Hunter has at least one storyline centered on underground casinos in Tokyo.
  • From the same author, Cats Eye has a storyline where the owner of the targeted painting also owns at least three underground casinos.

Fanfiction
  • The Peony Pavilion Resort and Casino is where the action of the Hell Casino/Maifya Arc of One Piece: Parallel Works takes place. However, at this casino, the biggest winners are forced to prostitute themselves under orders by the Dragon Lady. If they don't comply, they will be killed.

Film

Literature
  • Vampire Academy:
    • Rose, Lissa, Eddie Castile, Victor Dashkov, Adrian Ivashkov, and Robert Doru spend time in various Las Vegas' casinos in Spirit Bound. They do not have much time to enjoy the sights are they are hunted down by Dimitri the Strigoi and his subordinates.
    • The same book establishes that there is a Moroi-owned casino in Las Vegas, called the Witching Hour. It figures out again in the plot of Last Sacrifice. Eric Dragomir met his mistress Emily (Mastrano) there, fifteen years before the events of the book.
  • In "The Theft of the Cuckoo Clock", Nick Velvet is hired to steal a broken plastic cuckoo clock. What makes the theft challenging is the clock's location: inside the manager's office at the centre of a well-guarded casino.

Live-Action TV
  • In Heroes, there's Linderman's casino, and it's a plot point for much of the first series.
  • These pop up pretty frequently in CSI.
  • As well as the series Las Vegas, which is set in one.
  • The episode "Double Down" in NUMB3RS revolves around card counting in a casino. Larry is revealed to be a former card counter, and he, Charlie, and Amita gamble at a casino.
  • The Hustle take down a Vegas casino for $5 million in "Big Daddy Calling" after the owner has Albert roughed up.
  • The first half-season of Mr. Lucky takes place largely in (and/or aboard) these.
  • In Criminal Minds Reid goes undercover, and fails to blend in, at a casino looking for an Unsub after proving his experience by being banned from casinos in three cities.

Music
  • Viva Las Vegas, of course.

Pinball

Video Games
  • Pokémon Red's Game Corner, while a Minigame Zone, is also the front for Team Rocket's base of operations.
  • Baccarat in SaGa Frontier. At least three characters go there during their quests, but none of the games can be played
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, there's the Pianta Parlor, owned by the mob. E Rating, indeed.
  • Glittertown/Neon City in Wario Land Shake It is this kind of area, with multiple casino type areas in two levels set in an extremely obvious fictional pastiche of Las Vegas especially given that you go through a couple desert levels first.
  • The third mission in Bonanza Bros. takes place in a casino. Depending on whether or not you're playing a Bowdlerized version, either the Casino Executives are corrupt and you're stealing evidence, you're testing an elaborate security system, or it's just a straight-up heist.
  • In Action Doom 2: Urban Brawl, as you're riding an elevator upwards through the corporation building and punching out everyone you meet along the way, one of the floors you come upon is a casino, complete with snazzy casino music and mini-games to play.
  • Sonic Adventure's third stage is casino themed, but the focus is on pinball, with Sonic as the ball. The main wagering you do is hoping to collect 100 rings in a game to avoid being dumped into the sewer, and one pinball game has a slot bonus, where one set of symbols (Dr. Eggman's face) will steal all of your rings.
  • The Fallout series has several of these starting with Gizmo's casino in Junktown and The Hub's Maltese Falcon in the first game
    • Fallout 2 has several casinos in New Reno run by rival crime families.
    • Fallout: New Vegas naturally has a few casinos in that city. Plus one in Primm.

Webcomics

Western Animation
  • Detentionaire has The Hydra, owned by a man known only as The Serpent. Since the characters are in High School, they're a little more concerned with the secret submarine base hidden beneath it than gambling.