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Casinos can be fun places, with their bright lights, variety of games, and chances to win cash. Alternatively, they can be seedy, corrupt places run by sleazy con men. Either way, it can be interesting to have an episode that takes place at a casino.

If a character intentionally comes to the casino, then why they do so tends to vary. It may be because they need money, and they'll do anything to get it. Maybe they just came there for some casual card games. Maybe they know the casino is corrupt, and aim to shut it down.

Super Trope of Casino Park, the Casino Episode of Video Games. Related to Viva Las Vegas!, where the city is synonymous with casinos.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Strips 
  • The fourth chapter of British comic Axa has the heroine and her lover encounter a casino, still operating amid a Crapsack World. Axa's lover tricks her into using her jeweled sword as gambling stake, only to lose it. Axa has to fight in Gladiator Games to win it back.

    Literature 
  • Philo Vance: The Casino Murder Case isn't exclusively set at Kinkaid's Casino, but several major scenes take place there. Vance goes there in the second chapter because he got an anonymous letter warning him of danger to another patron.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • One episode of Airwolf has a mob-run casino seek to expand by muscling out local shops and marginalizing the townsfolk. When corrupt police won't help, More Dakka solves the problem.
  • Angel had two gambling-themed episodes, "Double or Nothing" (which involved gambling for souls, in a way that is very hard to reconcile with the treatment of souls in other Buffyverse works), and "The House Always Wins" (in which an evil casino turned out to be stealing its customers' destinies).
  • One Banacek episode is "A Million The Hard Way" in which a casino put $1 million in cash in a display case for patron to pose beside. The money disappears while an elderly couple are being photographed beside it.
  • Lie to Me: "Fold Equity" has the Lightman Group going to Vegas to investigate the disappearance of a finalist in the World Series of Poker. Cal's skill in reading people has actually gotten him banned from the city before, so he's forbidden from any gambling while he's there.
  • There was a second revival of Maverick from the early 1980s called Bret Maverick, including a two-part episode called "Faith, Hope, and Clarity" which involves the title character directing a sting to help the townsfolk get their land back from a guy that cheated them out of their land titles. The Massive Multiplayer Scam involves the townsfolk setting up a casino on the second floor of the local saloon, including knocking out walls between bedrooms to make a larger space.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: In "The Royale", the crew discover a replica of a 20th-century Earth casino on an alien planet. Turns out the aliens modeled it after a badly-written novel.
  • In the Scorpion episode "Shorthanded", a Las Vegas casino hires the Scorpion team to locate a flaw in its security—and then gets robbed while our heroes are still on the premises. When some of the missing money is planted in Walter's hotel room, he's arrested and the rest of the team falls under suspicion, so they set out to prove Walter (and themselves) innocent.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Crimestrikers episode seed "Shrunk and Disorderly" is set at the Bona Fortuno, Creaturia's largest casino. Several Crimestrikers, trapped in Incredible Shrinking Man mode, use their reduced size to wreak havoc as they avoid enemies who are hunting for them.

    Video Games 
  • Persona 5 has this in the form of Sae's Palace where she sees the Japanese court system as a casino where the game is rigged and the house always wins.
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police: "The Mole, The Mob, and the Meatball" in Season 1, where Sam and Max go to Ted E. Bear's Mafia-Free Playland and Casino, a casino-slash-Suck E. Cheese's designed as a rather half-assed front for The Mafia.

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  • In the episode "Casino, Cards, and Chaos" of SMG4's Mario Bloopers, Mario heads to a casino in desperate need for money. He doesn't do well on his own, but when he learns that Luigi has an innate power to win every game, Mario abuses Luigi's power and gets rich.

    Western Animation 
  • The episode "High Stakes Sonic" of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog has Robotnik build a casino where all the games are rigged, so that all the sheep villagers who go there lose everything and are forced to work for him as slaves. Sonic goes to the casino to stop him, and plays many of the games to help the sheep. Also, in this episode only, Robotnik has a new henchman, an anthropomorphic shark (as in "card shark") named Smiley.
  • Family Guy: One early episode involves a car trip to New York. When Peter desperately has to use the bathroom, they stop off at an Indian Casino where Lois gets addicted to Video Poker and ends up losing the car in a bet. The rest of the episode centers on Peter's attempts to earn the car back from the greedy Native American owners.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In one episode, the church is destroyed, so Marge, Reverend Lovejoy, Ned, and some other churchgoers start going to a casino to win enough money for repairs.
    • "$pringfield", has Mister Burns opening a casino, where Homer works as a blackjack dealer and Marge becomes addicted to playing slots.
  • In the South Park episode "Red Man's Greed", the entire population of South Park goes to a casino hold by Native Americans and lose all their money, the whole episode being a comedic reversal of America's western colonization.
  • The DuckTales (2017) episode "The House of Lucky Gander!" takes place in a casino in the city of Macaw, where the Duck family visits their Born Lucky relative Gladstone Gander. The place is run by an evil spirit who holds Gladstone prisoner and feeds on his good luck.

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