GTA Online lets you spend real-world money to gamble in-game

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GTA Online will let players spend real-world money to gamble inside its new Diamond Casino & Resort area.

The title, part of Grand Theft Auto V and classified R18+ here in Australia, will let players spend real money to obtain in-game currency, which can then be used to buy casino chips for use with in-game versions of slot machines, Blackjack, Three Hand Poker or Roulette. While hitting it big at the in-game casino doesn’t mean you’ll be able to cash out and gain real-world money, you’ll obtain more in-game currency as part of the process.

In the midst of a worldwide debate that’s pondering if in-game loot boxes should be considered a form of gambling, this latest move by Rockstar is fairly cut and dry: in this case, gambling really is gambling.

Update: A Reddit thread tracking this addition to GTA Online has outlined the countries where the functionality is not available due to local law.

According to the post, those playing in countries such as Argentina, Czech Republic, Jordan, Portgual, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and more will not be able to access the various forms of gambling found within the content.

We’ll update you as we learn more about what this addition means for Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online within Australia.