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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, but hey, Viva Las Vegas! If the story takes place in Europe, substitute Monte Carlo for Las Vegas.

In video games, this is sometimes a Minigame Zone if you can play the games there, but not always. One could also have to bring down The Mafia there too.

For where the gambling isn't actually legal and licenced, see Illegal Gambling Den.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Cat's Eye has a storyline where the owner of the targeted painting also owns at least three underground casinos.
  • 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.
  • One Piece Film: Gold is set to take place on a cruise liner which houses what is virtually the city of Las Vegas in it.

    Comic Books 
  • In Chassis, Elizabeth Tall Mountain is the owner of the Dream Catcher Casino on the Algonquin reservation. The casino is the sponsor of her 'nephew' Mark Little Crow: the first Native American Aero-Run racer.

    Fan Works 
  • In FREAKIN GENSOKYO, Yukari has a casino of her very own, the Golden Grin.
  • 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.
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    Film — Animated 
  • In Cars 2, the Lemons actually use an old casino in Italy as their evil lair.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Dortmunder: In What's the Worst That Could happen?, the final crime in the escalating series of crimes committed by Dortmunder in his attempts to regain his ring is an Ocean's Eleven style heist on Max Fairbanks' casino in Las Vegas.
  • Lerch's casino from The Grey Automobile, designed in Art Nouveau style.
  • As mentioned above, the James Bond series of books is heavily associated with the depiction of casinos in spy novels.
  • 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.
  • In River of Teeth, Corrupt Hick Travers runs an entire chain of casino boats on the Harriet, including pleasure barges where his guests can rest from losing all their money.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Barbary Coast, secret agent Jeff Cable operates out of a secret room inside his friend/unwilling ally Cash Conover's Golden Gate Casino.
  • 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.
  • These pop up pretty frequently in CSI.
  • Dempsey and Makepeace: In "Lucky Streak", Dempsey happens to be present at a casino when it is robbed and a security guard murdered.
  • In Heroes, there's Linderman's casino, and it's a plot point for much of the first series.
  • The Hustle take down a Vegas casino for $5 million in "Big Daddy Calling" after the owner has Albert roughed up.
  • Las Vegas is set in one.
  • The first half-season of Mr. Lucky takes place largely in (and/or aboard) these.
  • 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.
  • Whodunnit? (UK): "Adieu Monsieur Chips" is about the murder of a casino manager and the theft of a large amount of high value chips from his office.

    Music 

    Pinballs 

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Rocket Age the Rocket Cat nightclub in Emancipation, Mars, has a secret casino hidden in the back, available by invitation only.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Borderlands 3 DLC "Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot" takes place on the titular Handsome Jackpot, a Space Station casino resort that was run by Handsome Jack until his death at the end of Borderlands 2.
  • Grand Theft Auto:
    • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has three accessible casinos in Las Venturas, with the Traid-run (and player-run) Four Dragons Hotel & Casino, the Mafia-run Caligula's Palace, and a smaller unnamed casino. One of the main mission strings in Las Venturas involves robbing Caligula's.
    • Grand Theft Auto V has an non-accessible casino at the Vinewood Racetrack; in some of Trevor's switch scenes, he can be seen being thrown out of the casino either for cheating or not wearing pants on the casino floor. In 2019, the casino was updated to the Diamond Casino & Resort in the titular update for Grand Theft Auto Online, which adds in a fully player-accessible casinonote . The follow-up update even allows the players to rob the casino.
  • Fat Cat's Casino from Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, which is based on the TV series episode, "Adventures in Squirrel-Sitting". The boss is one of Fat Cat's henchmen, who tosses coins from a slot machine.
  • The first disc of Countdown Vampires is set in a horror-themed casino hotel known as "The Desert Moon".
  • Pictured above is the casino from Cuphead, owned by the Devil himself, thus making it "The Devil's Casino". The plot of the game kicks off due to a bet the Devil makes with Cuphead and Mugman, which they lose. The penultimate boss against the Devil's right hand man, King Dice, takes place in the casino.
  • Dungeon Keeper 2 has a casino as one of the rooms you can add to your dungeon. It will allow you to attract rogues into your army of minions, and can be set to either generous or rigged, depending on if you want happier minions or more money to spend.
  • 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.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, there's the Pianta Parlor, owned by the mob.
  • The Golden Grin Casino in PAYDAY 2. Your mission is to rob the place blind, but you can also play the slots while you're there.
  • The climatic sixth Palace in Persona 5 takes the form of a casino. In order to reach the palace's treasure, you need to accumulate coins at the casino's various games. The problem is, that most of the games are rigged, forcing you to cheat back in order to progress. Palaces are Mental World versions of real places. The real building that the casino represents is the courthouse, making it both an In-Universe and out of universe Take That! to the Japanese legal system.
  • Pokémon Red and Blue'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.
  • 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.
  • One of the mid-tier locations in The Swindle is the Casino district. It introduces a fascinating new variety of murderbots to make your life harder.
  • 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 Yakuza series features several backalley casinos with both Western and Japanese games.

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    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.

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