What are the most popular gambling games in Asia?

()Wherever you are in the world, or whatever casino you are in, much of the activity that you will see will be familiar. Many of the games are the same the worldover, and the gambling industry has become fairly international in the way it operates and the way it markets itself to its gambling clientele no matter where they are from.

However there are still some regional and cultural variations that are interesting to observe.

In this article we take a look at the most popular gambling games in Asia – some you will no doubt be familiar with, others you may not yet have come across.

The countries within the Asian region are home to some of the world’s biggest populations as well as some of the world’s most enthusiastic gamblers research indicates that people in Asia are around ten times more likely to gamble than people in other parts of the world, so it’s no wonder that some of the biggest casinos in the world can be found here.


This old card game that was originally developed in Italy, and then adapted and popularised in France around 1490, is also surprisingly popular in Asia. This is one of the biggest card games that you will seen played in the casinos of Macau where eager gamblers place their money on the hand of cards held by the player or the banker trying to determine which will have the highest score or whether it will be a tie.

Sic Bo

This is a dice game that originated in China. It is a game that is played with three dice. One of the challenges with playing this game is that there are a huge range of variations effectively each casino will offer different bets and payouts, so it can be a bit confusing to the uninitiated.


This classic game is played with dominos but it is more like a card game than the way that western dominos is played. The rules are similar to the card game rummy. Widely believed to have been invented by the philosopher Confucius, Mahjong is a game that is a deep part of Chinese and Japanese traditional cultures.

Pai Gow

This is another domino game that is believed to be one of the oldest known casino games dating back to the Song Dynasty around the year 1000AD. Traditional Pai Gow is not to be confused with Pai Gow Poker that is widely played in the United States.


One of the world’s most popular bingo or lottery games, the slow pace and easy scoring of Keno seems to make it particularly popular in Asia. Keno cards are marked prior to a round and as the numbers are called, players tick off the correctly guessed numbers. Each round takes approximately ten to fifteen minutes to play.

If you are planning a trip to Asia, then checking out the casinos and gambling culture of this part of the world is bound to have been of interest.


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