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I see this meta post

But does this make all casino style gaming on topic here? There is an Expert Casino Gaming and Gambling in Area 51, but it isn't gaining much traction.

  • Your link is broken. – murgatroid99 Jan 14 '15 at 18:28
  • Link fixed. Thanks @murgatroid99 – Brian Robbins Jan 14 '15 at 18:57
  • OK, now I'm not exactly sure what you're asking about. That post says that dice games are on-topic. Card games are obviously on topic. – murgatroid99 Jan 14 '15 at 18:59
  • Sports betting, horse gambling, keno, roulette. Any of those. – Brian Robbins Jan 14 '15 at 19:42
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    @murgtroid99 Read the first sentence as "I see this meta post and it doesn't cover the topic I want to ask about as specifically as I would like so please don't confuse this as a duplicate question." and the post makes a little more sense. – Rainbolt Jan 16 '15 at 15:52
  • Thanks for that clarification Rainbolt. That's exactly what I was trying to convey. – Brian Robbins Jan 16 '15 at 16:39
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That question/answer specifically means that tabletop dice games on topic; what you're asking about is not just dice games. The full version of the criteria it mentioned for board/card/dice/tabletop games on topic here:

  • Be playable on or around a table
  • Have objective rules of play and win conditions
  • Offer dynamic challenges, either through other players, randomization, or both
  • Be playable by hand, by human players implementing all of the rules

A game must meet all of these in order to be on topic.

Sports betting and horse gambling most certainly do not meet these criteria. It sounds like keno uses a computer, so it's also off topic.

Roulette... could I guess be on topic? It fits all the criteria. I don't think it sounds like a terribly interesting game - you're not making really meaningful decisions - but the criteria don't require that. See also Are questions about “games” that require no decision-making acceptable? - it's asking about games like Candyland, which we've decided are fine.

So in the end, a lot of the popular gambling games are on topic here - because they have a board/card/dice game component in addition to the fact that people wager money on them. But wagering money on something doesn't make it into a board game; gambling in general is not on topic here, and if you want to talk about that, you'll want to support that proposal you mention.

  • I agree that roulette isn't incredibly interesting. I guess the others could fall into the dynamic challenge aspect (randomization). – Brian Robbins Jan 14 '15 at 21:50
  • @BrianRobbins Edited to clarify a bit. The others may perhaps have a dynamic challenge, but they aren't playable by hand around a table. Roulette does seem to be on topic - I was pointing out that the main reason it seems like it might not be (not interesting) is not actually a criterion, so it's fine. – Cascabel Jan 14 '15 at 22:23

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