You may enjoy playing roulette and other casino games at home with your friends and family. That will be especially true during the Christmas holiday and throughout the winter party season. If you regularly play online roulette, why not extend that fun to an adult drinking game inspired by the roulette wheel? Read on to find out just how much fun you can add to your seasonal celebrations with a game of shot roulette.
Roulette drinking game
This version is just like any game of roulette in New Zealand, or indeed any online roulette game you may have played. But the ‘twist’ which turns it into a party game is that drinks are the win for every player. You can choose to use only alcoholic drinks in your game of shot roulette, or can up the chance factor by splitting the contents of the glasses 50/50 between alcoholic and soft drinks.
However, if you want to make this game suitable for a children’s party, then just adapt the basic roulette idea – which kids will love – but just use 100% of soft drinks instead.
How to play shot roulette
This game is very similar to versions of the ‘spin the bottle’ party drinking game where shot glasses are set up in a circle, the bottle is spun, and the player must down whichever shot the bottle points to as it comes to rest.
In shot roulette in NZ (and elsewhere), you simply play roulette as normal, but every number slot on the wheel also has a numbered shot glass placed beside it. Visually, this gives a roulette wheel surrounded by an outer circle of numbered shot glasses. Every party member is allocated one of the roulette wheel numbers. Then, whenever the wheel spins in normal game rounds, whatever numbers come up, the partygoer with the corresponding digit must empty their own shot glass before the wheel spins again!
As a result, New Zealand roulette players may get lucky if they place their bets on the right numbers. But just as importantly, all of your party guests are likely to get to down a few drinks during the evening. So shot roulette effectively turns into a game where, no matter where the roulette ball lands, absolutely everyone wins. And that’s just the sort of game you need to get your guests into a party and/or festive mood.
If you have more guests than numbers available, simply double up. That means some guests will share the same roulette wheel number slot, and your outer ring of shot glasses will be doubled, or even trebled, depending on the size of your party.
What you need to play shot roulette
To maintain the authentic feel of a game of roulette, you will need a live spinning roulette wheel. In addition, you will need a supply of shot glasses and some sticky labels with numbers that correspond to the slot numbers on your wheel. It’s also a good idea to keep some spare glasses available after the game starts. Then, when new guests arrive you will be able to pour extra shots and include them in the game without having to wash up to get clean glasses.
It would (just about) be possible to base your version of shot roulette on an online roulette game instead of a live wheel. But that would probably remove some of the fun and feel of live participation for your guests. However, there are commercial shot roulette sets available which would save you the trouble of creating a home set up just for use during parties.
Extending the idea to other casino games
Drinking shots as part of a NZ roulette game is an easy concept to grasp. After all, you don’t want anything complicated to get in the way of the fun. So the basic idea can easily be extended to other games involving numbers: dice games, card games and some board games can be adapted as party/drinking games with very little trouble. And again, there are commercial versions which do just this.
In addition, other standard games can gain a new dimension in a party context where drinks are included in play. It takes little imagination to see how adding alcohol and changing the name slightly – for example, ‘Wheel of Misfortune’ and ‘Tipsy Tower Block Stacking’ – might liven up even the dullest party!