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Casinos are coming to Grand Theft Auto Online


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Cass Marshall is a news writer focusing on gaming and culture coverage, taking a particular interest in the human stories of the wild world of online games.

A new Grand Theft Auto Online announcement just hit Rockstar’s Twitter, and it looks like fans will be getting a long-time request fulfilled: in-game casinos. Casinos have been tricky to pull off, especially since players can purchase in-game cash with real-world money, but it looks like Rockstar has found a solution to let players enter, and likely even own and operate, their own casinos.

While we don’t know exactly how the casinos will end up working, they will likely serve as another business for players to run, along with car dealing, nightclubs, and drug running. Casinos may also allow for some fun hangout opportunities with friends in-game. In Red Dead Online, players can sit down and play poker with either a pre-existing party or in the open world with random players. It remains to be seen whether that will be possible in Grand Theft Auto Online, but I hope it is — I found a round of poker with strangers in St. Denis to be surprisingly fun.

More information on casinos will likely arrive in the weeks to come, and we’ll get answers to these questions. For now, we can celebrate knowing that another arena of vice and excess is on its way to the world of Grand Theft Auto.