Proposed features/Gambling/2009

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Gambling services
Status: Proposed (under way)
Proposed by: Rasher
Tagging: gambling=*
Applies to: node, area
Definition: Locations for gambling of any kind. Alternative tagging scheme in proposal
Rendered as: Rolling dice.png
Drafted on: 2009-08-29
RFC start: 2010-03-23

This proposal is coordinated by user kslotte with approval from proposal author.


It appears that currently there's not much mapped in the way of gambling locations. Even bookmakers maintain a rather weak presence with less than 40 occurrences according to tagwatch. Considering the abundance of gambling, pretty much the world over, I think this could be affected by the lack of documented tagging standards.

Suggestion 1

My original idea was to propose the gambling=* key, to be use in conjunction with amenity=gambling. These values could be also used with other tags, if gambling is not the primary function of the location. Such as amenity=restaurant, gambling=slot_machines.

Suggestions / corrections welcome.

If a place offers multiple different types of gambling, you may use a semi-colon separated list as the value (but consider if the place is really a casino). This approach use same logic as Key:cuisine for restaurants.

Suggestion 2

An alternative way to render gambling opportunities is with the use of separate key:value combinations applied to a feature mapped with either an existing tag (such as amenity=cafe) or to a new amenity=gambling feature. These could include the following:

Gambling value types

  • Betting (covers bookmakers and betting exchange)
  • Casino
  • Table card games
    • Australian Pontoon
    • Baccarat
    • Blackjack
    • Blackjack switch
    • Caribbean Stud Poker
    • Casino Hold'em
    • Casino war
    • Chinese poker
    • Fan-Tan
    • Faro
    • Four card poker
    • Let It Ride
    • Pai gow poker
    • Poker
    • Pyramid Poker
    • Red Dog
    • Spanish 21
    • Teen Patti
    • Texas Hold'em
    • Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker
    • Three card poker
    • Two-up
  • Table dice/tile games
    • Chuck-a-luck
    • Craps
    • Pai Gow
    • Sic bo
  • Random number table games
    • Big Six wheel
    • Roulette
  • Electronic gaming
    • Pachinko
    • Slot machine
    • Video poker
    • Pusher game
    • Electronic Roulette
  • Payazzo
  • Bingo
  • Keno
  • Dead pool
  • Lottery
  • Pull-tab
  • Scratchcard
  • Mahjong
  • Card games
    • Liar's poker
    • Bridge
    • Basset
    • Lansquenet
    • Piquet
    • Put
  • Carnival games
    • High striker
    • Skee ball
    • Razzle
    • Whac-A-Mole
    • Ring Toss
    • Dart
  • Coin-tossing
  • Dice-based games
    • Backgammon
    • Liar's dice
    • Passe-dix
    • Hazard
    • Pig
    • Mexico

Feel free to fill in missing and/or correct the list. Wikipedia used as source, where an article has to exist to meet criteria for listing.

Currently in use

betting shops A.K.A. bookmakers

There is not an awful lot, really. Updated October 2011.


A rolling dice: Rolling dice.png

Open questions

  • Which tagging scheme is better? Proposal 1 or Proposal 2? This should be decided before going in depth with the finer points of tagging.
  • leisure=gambling or perhaps amenity=gambling?

See also