GTA Online’s casino update launches July 23. The update is about the opening of the Diamond Casino & Resort in Los Santos. Rockstar has revealed more information about the long-teased update via a separate website, a first for GTA Online expansions. The update sounds ambitious and potentially very expensive, with slot machines, horse track betting, custom penthouses, VIP memberships, and more.
The update adds a brand new location to the game. According to the official Diamond Casino website, the new resort will offer many different table games, including blackjack and poker. Players can also hit various slot machines, which seem to be based on in-game TVs and movies. Rockstar has also included a reference to an older GTA game, with players being able to bet on horse races via a service called Inside Track. This service and the ability to bet on horse races was first seen in GTA San Andreas.
Players will also be able to buy a penthouse, which will offer various upgrades, including a private cinema, a guest room for friends, and even an arcade. These penthouses will be located at the casino. Players who have linked their Rockstar Social Club account to a Twitch Prime account will receive a Master Penthouse for free, as well as some other rewards and discounts.
The casino update will also add casino chips to GTA Online. This is confirmed on the website under the casino store tab. Players most likely will earn chips via gambling and casino events and will be able to spend them on clothing, decorations for their penthouse, and other cosmetics. These chips will most likely be the main currency in the casino.
Rockstar hasn’t said if chips will be purchasable with real money, but in Red Dead Online, players gamble with in-game cash that can only be earned by playing the game, not by microtransactions. Given internet gambling laws, it’s likely Rockstar will employ the same method in GTA Online. This way, players can’t spend real money or win fake money that is worth real cash in the casino. We’ve reached out to Rockstar for clarification.
Rockstar has been teasing the casino for a while, and it’s something players have wanted since GTA Online’s launch. While things in the casino update sound exciting and fun, they also sound extremely pricey: A private arcade, artwork, fancy clothing, and personal cinema certainly won’t come cheap. Hopefully exploring the casino and playing some games won’t cost an arm and a leg.