Grand Theft Auto has captured the hearts, minds and gang-based fantasies of millions of gamers across the globe. The franchise sits as one of the most played games of all time, with GTA: Online attracting upwards of 33.8million players. Over the past few years, we’ve seen countless updates, from new weapons and vehicles, to new locations, events and more, each offering impressive additions to the overall gameplay.
The latest addition comes in the form of a fully-fledged and playable in-game casino, complete with tables, slots and more. Here’s what we know so far.
What We Know
The popularity of in-game gambling has been growing as of late, with table games in particular garnering attention thanks to the poker addition to Red Dead Online’s poker tables. It was only a matter of time before the gaming industry’s most controversial saga got it’s very own in-game gambling opportunity.
GTA: Online opened the doors to the Diamond Casino & Resort on July 23rd, boasting plenty of games to get involved with, including three-card poker, roulette, blackjack, horse racing and of course, plenty of slot machines. This brand-new building replaces the existing shell in the Los Santos area, that previously teased a potential casino to come. It now sports a classy, modern exterior and an interior to match, with seamless integration in the surrounding area.
Players buy chips with their in-game cash, but for those who are short, that cash can be bought with real money. You’ll need to use $500 of that in-game cash to get a membership, after which you have unlimited access to the standard casino features. Those with some money saved up can even purchase one of the Casino’s lavish penthouses, fitted with everything you could want in a living space, including:
- Master Bedroom
- Spare Bedroom
- Bar & Party Area
- Arcade Games
- Office Space
- Media Room
- Lounge Area
- High-Security Penthouse Garage
- Option To Purchase VIP Memberships
The new update has also brought with it a lavish casino store, six new cars, new race tracks and new missions, as well as a few extra collectables – there are 54 old-school playing cards dotted around in-game, that can be gathered together and traded in for casino bonuses.
The Rough With The Smooth
As with any gambling-related feature in games today, this new release has stirred up controversy. So much so, in fact, that 50 countries have already gone as far as to ban the act in-game, including Algeria, the Bahamas, Argentina, China, Iceland, Greece, South Korea and more. Players in these countries can still enter the casino, purchase a penthouse, get involved with missions and take advantage of the other DLC, but aren’t able to put their chips to any other use.
There are reports that this can be bypassed by a VPN, but it’s certainly opened up discussion as to whether this is considered a legitimate form of gambling. There’s no need to spend real money on in-game cash or chips, but the ability to do so gives these features monetary value. It can’t be exchanged back to real cash either, but for some countries, this is more than enough.
For those who have access to the gambling aspect, there has already been high praise for the new update, and honestly, we can’t wait to try our hand at a game or two ourselves.