Kim Kardashian’s Penchant for Poker Inspires Game Developers
June 15, 2020 1:28pm
When you live the majority of your life in the spotlight, the general public gets to know a thing or two about your likes and dislikes. Kim Kardashian West (KKW) is the ultimate reality TV star, which means we know more about her than most. For example, during her interview with Ellen, Kim K revealed she’s not too hot on the baby name Chicago. Jo was a frontrunner during the decision-making process, but Kim and Kanye eventually opted for Chicago. Why? She’s not too sure but what’s done is done.
KKW Becomes a Poker Princess
We also know that Kim doesn’t like red carpets and, in one episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians (KUWTK), she revealed her hatred of mustard, cilantro and blue cheese. Of course, on the flipside, Kim’s love of fashion is there to be seen by all. As well as sporting the best outfits in town, she has her own shapewear brand known as Skims, as well as KKW Beauty and KKW Fragrance. Something Kardashian fans might not know about is Kim’s love of casino games. Although she’s far from a card shark, she enjoys a round or two of poker.
In Season 15 of KUWTK, she was given a lesson with the pros. Alongside with Kris Jenner and the rest of the crew, the show’s stars learnt from the likes of Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Hellmuth. Kim, however, decided to take her cues from a mentalist. Whatever tricks he taught her seemed to have paid off as KKW has been spotted at a variety of charity poker events in recent years. Is she able to see into her opponent’s souls and read their minds? Probably not. However, she does seem to have developed a love for cards and casino chips. For the super-fans, this unexpected interest has been the inspiration for a spinoff.
Glu Gets Creative with Kim K Game
With online pokie games all the rage, Glu Mobile picked up on Kim’s casino interests to create a unique gaming experience. Part of the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood mobile game, the casino add-on sees you take control of a world of slots, blackjack and roulette. When you purchase the Monaco Casino business (within the game), your job is to make sure patrons get as much enjoyment out of poker et al as Kim does. Of course, the aim of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is also to make shrewd business moves. In this regard, purchasing the casino is certainly a good idea because, in the real world, online betting is worth more than $50 billion (according to Statista).
Part of the industry’s success is down to diversity. As you start to learn more about pokie games, you’ll see that they come in all different shapes and sizes. Video pokies are the most prominent type of slot because they allow developers to indulge their creative side through animations. That’s led to a wealth of weird and wonderful games, including one based on Kim. Available for iOS and Android, the free-play slot takes inspiration from the online casino industry (see video above).
What’s more, it’s another example of how the reality TV star’s profile has been used to create a popular game. We can then link this back to Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. With a slot made in her honor, it makes the casino add-on even more relevant. Of course, we don’t know if Mrs Kardashian West would ever buy a casino in real life. But, it’s another example of how her public image and our knowledge of her interests have inspired creative types. By latching onto KKW’s love of poker, the developers at Glu have added an extra dimension to the game. In turn, they’ve given hardcore fans something else to get excited about when it comes to the Kardashians.