Vegas Stakes

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a game by HAL Laboratory
Genre: Simulation
Platforms: SNESSNES, GameBoy
Editor Rating: 7.3/10, based on 4 reviews
User Rating: 5.7/10 - 7 votes
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See also: Casino Games, Poker Games, Slots Games, Roulette Games
Vegas Stakes
Vegas Stakes
Vegas Stakes
Vegas Stakes

How about packing a casino into a home console? Vegas Stakes is a game that tests your might as a gambling pro without using any real money. It seems attractive to those that enjoy the thrills of the various casino games yet aren't on board with risking their hard-earned cash. This NES game has you covered as one of the pioneers of gambling games on home consoles.

Players can enjoy and showcase their skills in blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, and slot machines without ever having to set foot in the city of sin. Vegas Stakes attempts to curate the casino experience right at home. But can you replicate that environment on a console without all those blinding lights, noises, and interactions with fellow gamblers? Let's head to the tables to find out.

Vegas in a Box

So what can we say about a casino packed into a home console? Surprisingly, there is a genuine effort to make Vegas Stakes more immersive, bringing more than just various interactive casino games. There's an objective here, and you'll have to use all your numerical skills to achieve it. Players go to Las Vegas with $1000 to win $10 million, succeeding at your virtual venue's different tables and machines.

Realistically, winning $10 million with $1000 would be near impossible. However, these are video games we're talking about here! Vegas Stakes makes this wild dream possible, turning players into superstar gamblers across five different casinos. You'll interact with other patrons, carefully place wagers, and navigate through the labyrinth of games, where intricate actions could have polar impacts.

It's a surprise that Vegas Stakes is as immersive as it is, where we tend to see classic games like blackjack placed on consoles and not the whole casino experience. The challenge is great, but it's one worth undertaking. Winning puts you on a high, whereas losing makes you want to pick yourself up and try again. There's no casual enjoyment in between, probably like a real-life casino!

Vegas Stakes is an excellent representation of a casino on a video game, despite a lack of variation in games and limited interactions with other players. But it's a well-worth diving experience. You could spend hours honing in on your inner gambler with technically nothing to lose as you progress through the game. You could reach that $10 million mark!

Stakes on Your Plate

Vegas Stakes is an early pioneer of gambling games (without real cash) and takes the experience onto the home console. Even the branded Super Caesars Palace falls short of what's on offer in this title, where the former brings in higher levels of interactivity.


Despite that, eventually, players will tire of trying to reach a seemingly impossible $10 million; you'll initially find Vegas Stakes enjoyable. There are enough games to try and master a focus on interactions and visuals that stimulate the mind and soul. That's what a casino experience is all about, and it's right there at home. You'll get away with never having to go to Las Vegas.

Round-Up - Pros & Cons


  • A well-rounded casino experience on a console
  • Stimulating visuals
  • The added interactivity with other players is good


  • Limited interactions on the multiplayer and with other patrons
  • Gameplay eventually gets repetitive

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Vegas Stakes delivers Roulette, Craps, Slots, Poker, and Black Jack in true Casino style. Everything's here except the smoke.

Vegas Stakes is all about atmosphere. Graphics, sound, and even the game play set you right in the middle of a Las Vegas casino. Although the music is repetitive, you couldn't ask for a more loungy melody. The graphics are well detailed, with faithful renditions of craps tables, slot machines, and more.

ProTip: Don't try to bluff in Poker. Only a strong hand will take the pot.

The manual lays out the game rules so clearly that even first time gamblers will rule the roulette wheel. The games aren't watered down, and experienced gamblers will feel right at home.

Turn the Wallet in to the office, and you might be rewarded with $17,000!

Let's face it, if life's a crap shoot, this is a good place to practice.

Like Championship Pool, Nintendo gives casino life a great video game feel - and your adventures don't just stop in the gambling den! The incidents in the casino add much humor and great variety!

Vegas Stakes is a video game developed by HAL Laboratory and originally released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo. The player in the game go to Las Vegas to gamble and try to win $10 million at different casinos, where the player gambling in Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, Poker, and Slots.

The Game Boy version is compatible with the Super Game Boy, and features borders which use artwork from the SNES version.

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