Despite being nearly a decade old, Grand Theft Auto Online (GTA Online) remains one of the franchise’s most compelling releases. Since its original release in 2013, this Rockstar Games title continues to draw in players, with around 153, 000 concurrent players on Steam. Given this highly active player base, GTA developers regularly introduce new updates. One of the most successful to date was the grand opening of the highly anticipated GTA Diamond Casino & Resort. Since its doors first opened in 2019, the online casino remains one of GTA Online’s most popular attractions.
Outfitted with glamorous cars, luxurious penthouses, and a bunch of table games and slots, the Diamond Casino & Resort is also a fantastic way to earn yourself some GTA$. That said, because this is a casino, the odds aren’t necessarily in your favour – unless you use this nifty poker hack, that is.
How to ‘Hack’ GTA Online’s Poker
1. Familiarise yourself with poker
For starters, you have to familiarise yourself with the poker played in-game. In GTA Online, the casino’s preferred poker variation is 3-card poker. Fortunately, it’s relatively simpler than the super popular Texas Hold’em variety. In a nutshell, the rules of 3-card poker revolve around (you guessed it) receiving only three cards instead of the typical five or seven. After the dealer and players have been dealt their three cards, players decide if they want to fold or continue on. Players who choose to continue with their cards must double their bet which means the pot grows fairly quickly. From there, players go through more or less the same routine of placing ante wagers, adding pair-plus bets, and hoping for a strong hand.
2. Get Yourself a Penthouse
Now that you’ve got the basics down, let’s get to the first part of the hack. Since the Diamond Casino has a cap on bets, unlock the Penthouse first. You can choose to purchase the Penthouse either by visiting the Diamond Casino main desk or by visiting the casino resort’s website on the phone. Fortunately, there are a bunch of suite options so you can choose a penthouse that best suits your budget. Keep in mind, though, that since it is a penthouse you’ll still need at least GTA$1.5 million. Once you’ve got your penthouse, though, you’re now privy to a slew of perks. This includes the ability to place max bets in the casino.
3. Override the Casino System
Since you can now place bets of up to GTA$105,000 per hand, you can start stacking the pot in your favour. After you’ve checked your cards, decide if you want to push through or fold. Using poker basics (or a quick online search) you can determine whether you should fold or push through and bet. Once you’ve placed your bets on a hand you like, it’s time to crash the game – literally. Leave the table and head for a closet. Here, you can change your outfit. By doing this, it forces a save, which means all the chips will stay with you. Next, head back to the table and repeat the process. Place a max bet, try to increase the pot to several hundred thousand in under five hands, then leave the table. This way, you’re increasing and saving the chips under you. If you do lose, though, you can close the game before re-entering at your last checkpoint. From here you’ll see all your lost chips are back.
If all goes according to plan, you can earn up to a couple of million in just an hour or two. At the end of the day, GTA Online’s casino is a great way to immerse yourself in another crazy world. Since the GTA franchise is ramping up to be one of the most revamped games ala The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, there’s always a chance that the Diamond Hotel & Casino will have newer and more exciting stakes coming soon. Until then, the casino’s poker is a fun and easy way to fatten up your wallet. It’s a perfect way to finance yourself just in time for the game’s newest online update. May the odds be in your favour.