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Japan has considerably strict gambling laws, only allowing games originating in Japan such as Pachinko. With that said, Japan is moving to allow for more casino-based games to be played, and have started by easing restrictions and legalizing the following games inside of Japanese casinos. Although not fully decided yet, legalization of these games seems to be just around the corner. Let’s take a look at the games that will be legalized inside of casinos. We should also note that online variations of this (electronic games) will also be legalized.

Baccarat (2 Variations)

Baccarat is a card game that you will soon be able to play at casinos in Japan. It is a comparing card game where the player and banker (dealer) compare the cards to see who has the most value. There are three outcomes of Baccarat: Player, Banker, or Tie.

Baccarat will soon be widely available in Japanese casinos, as this is also a game listed in the 9-main games that will be legalized in Japan.

Blackjack (4 Variations)

Blackjack is a card game where you are dealt a hand of two cards, and you are playing against the dealer (or the house). The aim of the game is to get as close to 21 (or 21 – by combining the card value) without going over, but more than the dealer.

Although the variations of blackjack have yet to be disclosed, there is a good chance that blackjack will be completely legalized in Japan allowing for many people who may play this behind the scenes to play inside of a casino.

Poker (8 Variations)

Poker is a multiseated game that has several variations as standard. Poker is a broad term for “card game”. Specifically, poker is any of a number of card games in which players wager over which hand is the best, which is then ruled by whatever the game rules are for that variation of poker.

This is also set to be legalized in Japan following the new rules change. The variations of poker are yet to be released publicly, but may already be released in native Japanese language.


Roulette is the gambling game in which a small ball is spun or dropped on a revolving wheel with numbered components. These numbers usually range from 0-36 with three color variations being red, black, and green. Roulette has several bets you can place, from the color it will land on to the number, from 2x odds to 36x odds.

Roulette is set to be legalized as a fun game to play that not many people will have had the chance to experience in Japan as it is completely illegal in its current state. There is no knowledge if these rules will be changed and changes to the typical roulette wheel will have to be made, but this is one of the biggest games to be legalized in Japan.

Sic Bo

Sic Bo is a dice type game. With three dice, a dealer rolls the three dice and there are multiple bets a player can make. These include having a specific number on one of the dice, small or big numbers, or combined total of all three dice. This game is quite fun, but can look confusing when first playing.

Sic Bo is played frequently in Japan, but this is currently Illegal. Going forward, Sic Bo will be able to be found within a casino, no matter where you go.


Craps is a simple game, and the fundamental idea is that two dice are rolled on a table. If the numbers are 7 or 11, the player wins. If the outcome is 2,3, or 12 – the bet loses. A draw results in a point, which is essentially a bet that keeps going until one of the outcomes is found.

Craps is likely to be the first one on the list to be legalized out of all of them, as it requires very little effort or funding to start – as all it needs is two dice.

Casino War

Casino war is a casino table game based on the game of war. Similarly, to baccarat, you play against the dealer and go to war for the highest card that is dealt to you. This game is also on the list to be legalized in Japan.

If casino war was to be released in Japan legally, there will be some issues with casino play time, as this game is often a long-lasting and time-consuming game with more than a few players on a table.

Pai Gow

Pai Gow is a Chinese gambling game, played with 32 Chinese dominoes. Instead of cards, dominoes are used as this is a type of poker.

Pai Gow is usually played on fancy tables, so you will be sure to see these when walking on the casino floor when this is finally all legalized.

To Sum Up

In conclusion, if the new Japanese casino regulation passes and the mentioned games are allowed to be played in public, there may be specific restrictions in place limiting players and or play time on these games. Casino regulation is something that takes time and a lot of consideration from the regulating bodies to get to a position where all parties are happy – and this is something seen from the risk averse casino regulation in the United States all the way across the globe to Japan. We’re sure whatever happens, you’ll be able to enjoy these games on the casino floor in Japan at some point in the not too distant future.

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