GTA's casino finally arrives in Los Santos this summer, after being left an untouched part of the GTA 5 map for almost six years. Following a quiet six months for GTA Online updates, it promises to add a lot to the game: new shopping opportunities, 'first-class entertainment', and table games.
Below, we've collected everything we know about The Diamond Casino & Resort, which is the official name of GTA's casino. That includes the release window, what you'll be able to do in the casino, and its long history as an unused building in GTA 5.
GTA's casino has a release date of this summer
The Diamond Casino & Resort – a brand-new luxury destination and the largest mass entertainment complex of its kind in Southern San Andreas – opening its doors to one and all later this summer.https://t.co/VJFampsWor pic.twitter.com/9SGWcOyHhdJune 20, 2019
In announcing the opening of GTA's casino on June 20, Rockstar offered a release window of 'later this summer'. That means it'll likely arrive any time between now and the end of August, or at a push, in September.
GTA's casino will feature table games, entertainment and gaming facilities
"With something for everyone, The Diamond Casino & Resort will feature lavish amenities, exclusive shopping, first-class entertainment and state-of-the-art gaming facilities," said Rockstar's late June announcement of the casino's opening. Expect bars, lounges and table games, as well as some kind of concierge and valet service (don't expect tips from us). The casino will likely be a high-end social space where you can gamble—what's unclear right now is what you'll be able to play there, how you'll spend to participate, and how it'll reward players.
More GTA 5 and GTA Online
Will you be able to spend real money on Shark Cards, then gamble that directly as in-game currency? That's the mindset that the word 'casino' puts you in. But in Rockstar's Red Dead Online, the in-game cash currency is used to play games like poker, whereas the premium currency, gold, is not.
It's possible the casino will have its own currency, then, to stop any ludicrous real-world spending. We've seen Rockstar dabble with this in the Arena War update from late 2018, which introduced Arena Points. Not much about winnings is really alluded to in the information Rockstar has released so far. Mention is made of "the exhilaration of spinning the Lucky Wheel for a chance at life-changing prizes," which suggests some kind of mechanism for payouts, and prizes that might be more than just money. There's not much more to draw from on that side of things, though—we'll have to wait and see.
"First-class entertainment" makes us think of live bands, or comedians, like those seen in GTA 4. GTA's After Hours update added real-world DJs to the game, so it makes sense that Rockstar would push further in that direction with a casino setting, which tend to attract big entertainers in real life. Again, though, there are no more specifics to go on just yet.
In terms of the 'table games' on offer, poker is a well-liked part of Red Dead Redemption 2 and its online component, and it seems likely it'll be a part of the Diamond Casino too. This resort is described as the "largest and most extravagant addition to the sprawling metropolis of Los Santos". So expect there to be more to it than just gambling. The proximity to Vinewood Race Track also suggests horse racing could be a part of it.
GTA casino location: here's where you can find it on the map right now
When the update launches, you'll almost certainly be able to find the casino on the map with an icon, but if you want to check out what it looks like right now, head to the point above. It's right next to Vinewood Racetrack, so you can't miss it. You'll see some construction work going on around it.
GTA's casino has been in the game since 2013
GTA 5 is almost six years old, and the casino has been a lingering question mark since the game's initial 2013 launch on old-ass consoles. Previously, an 'opening soon' sign led a lot of people to believe it was teasing some eventual content update—GTA dataminer Tez2 apparently found references to a casino heist as far back as 2015, back when we still thought GTA 5 singleplayer DLC was a possibility. It was only in early June 2019 that players started to notice cosmetic changes to the casino, with an official announcement on June 20th that it's coming to GTA Online.