Unless you want to lose all of your hard-earned GTA$ at the tables of the GTA Online casino, Diamond Casino & Resort, keep this guide handy. We've collected everything you need to know about gambling, penthouses, missions and more to ensure that you have a pleasant stay at the Diamond... and don't end up with crippling your GTA Online character with gambling debts!
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Gaining Access To The GTA Online Casino
Like most DLCs since Further Adventures in Finance and Felony, to actually access the new content you'll need to make an initial investment of sorts. Previously, this involved buying specific properties like offices or bunkers, but you can't buy the Diamond this time around, no matter how many Shark Cards you've splurged on. Instead, players must buy memberships which give them access to the gambling opportunities at the Casino.
Standard Diamond memberships don't cost too much, but they also come with limited perks - you can only access the casino portion of the Diamond and even then, not all gambling activities. You will gain access to the Diamond's garage though, allowing you to store one car.
Instead, to access the Resort, the high-limit tables and more, you'll need a VIP membership, which is significantly more expensive.
This membership nets you a fancy penthouse which you can customize to your heart's desire, including with a personal spa, partying area, roof garden access, exquisite artworks and more. You'll also have the opportunity to try your luck as a real high-roller at the high-limit tables in the Casino, and insert coins again and again at the retro arcade.
The main attraction of getting a VIP membership, however, is gaining access to Missions.
Two kinds of missions will become available to you once you have a VIP membership. Co-op Missions follow a loose storyline involving a hostile Texan oil magnate trying to encroach upon Tao Cheng's business. Cheng, the owner of the Diamond, looks to his illustrious and infamous clientele to protect his business interests.
There are a total of six co-op missions, all of which pay out extra rewards the first time you complete them. The standard payout for completing a mission is GTA$ 11,000 - 15,000 depending on the time it takes, however you get an additional GTA$ 50,000 the first time you finish each one, which doubles up to GTA$ 100,000 on the last one.
The order of the co-op missions is as follows:
- Loose Cheng
- Strongarm Tactics
- Play To Win
- Bad Beat
- Cashing Out
If you host the co-op lobby and manage to complete all six missions in order, in one sitting, you'll get an exclusive "hidden" vehicle. The Enus Armored Paragon car is spawned at the docks if you are eligible, and cannot be acquired in any other way.
There is another bonus payout of GTA$ 500,000 if you manage to play through the six missions in order the first time you play them. If you play the missions but don't finish them in order, you won't have another chance to try for this bonus, ever. This adds on top of the other first-time completion bonuses, and the bonus GTA$ 50,000 gained from every mission completed without a death.
Note that co-op missions cannot be played solo. There is also no way to ensure that you are the host of the given session - it's a gamble!
In addition, to be able to progress within the co-op missions, the host must elect to do so. So unless you are hosting yourself, or get lucky with a competent host, you might be stuck repeating the same mission. Currently, there is no easy workaround for this.
You can keep retrying when joining missions to see if you get lucky by being the host. Keep in mind that to get the Host bonuses, you need to play through all six missions as host. If you've been playing through them but only Host the last one, for example, you don't get the Enus Armored Paragon.
The other kind of missions are Casino Work Missions, accessible by calling Agatha Baker. These are less lucrative than the co-op missions and lack the overarching storyline, but can be completed quicker and alone.
Once you become a member of the Diamond by purchasing a penthouse, you can call Agatha Baker for one of three things. These services are entirely free of charge. These are not available if you have a wanted level.
You can call Ms. Baker to request a vehicle to be spawned. The options are limited, with the Cognoscenti Cabrio, the Windsor, the Fugitive, the Super Diamond, the Dubsta, and the Feltzer - the fastest among the choices - being available. You don't need to own any of these vehicles to be able to order one.
The spawned car cannot be placed into a garage or insured and the game does not consider them personal or Pegasus vehicles giving them a new marker. The cars aren't stock, but carry certain upgrades such as bulletproof tires and performance upgrades.
Note that the cars are set to public access, so any other player can enter and steal the car if you're not careful. The vehicle will spawn right next to your character when called. If you enter a building interior the ordered car will automatically despawn. There is a 2-minute cooldown for using this service starting after the vehicle is spawned.
The limo service works in a very similar manner as the taxi service, but as mentioned previously, is free for penthouse owners. When called, the limo will spawn right beside the player and can be either white or black. When you sit in, the limo will automatically drive towards the Diamond, but you can also set a waypoint and it will drive you there.
The limo driver will not be intimidated by attacks or weapon use and will only exit the limo if it flips over. This feature makes the limo a perfect getaway vehicle if you need to escape from cops, enemies or other players. You can kill the driver and take the car, but it cannot be stored or tracked, and doing so will yield a wanted level.
You can give the driver various instructions, such as to speed up, slow down, or to stop entirely.
An additional feature of the Limo service is that when called from your penthouse's landline, or ordered from the Diamond's front desk, it can be used as a free fast travel feature instantly transporting you to one of the locations marked on the map below (made by @borqer):
You can also request additional missions from Agatha Baker, as mentioned above in the Missions section. These missions can be completed alone and take anywhere between 2 to 15 minutes to complete depending on which variant you get. You cannot choose the mission type, as that is randomly assigned.
The reward for successfully completing a mission is 5,000 Chips and GTA$ 5,000-10,000 depending on time taken. There are at least 14 confirmed mission variants. These jobs have a hidden 3 minute cooldown and the locations are randomized. Completing 50 Casino Work Missions will grant you a bonus of GTA$ 180,000.
- Safe Bet - Escort a security van to the Diamond from a random point on the map while defending it from waves of enemy attackers driving Kurumas and bikes.
- Bargaining Chips - Search through 5 zones each with a suspect for a thief who stole chips from the Diamond. The thief NPC cannot be locked on, but does not escape due to weapons fire. The Thief can be killed, which will give you a wanted level, or pressured into returning the chips. This can be the longest mission depending on how many areas you need to search before finding the thief, so it may not be worth doing.
- When the chips are down - Go to the mission area, clear out hostiles, use the provided sticky bombs to destroy supplies.
- Undisclosed Cargo - Take a corpse in the trunk of the provided car to a drop-off point. The route will be watched by unmarked police vehicles that will cause a mission failure if you attract attention.
- Recovery Time - Retrieve a vehicle from an impound lot by stealthly stealing the key, then driving the vehicle back to the Diamond. Even if you are not detected, taking the vehicle out of the lot will give you an automatic wanted level.
- Department of Defense - Protect the Diamond from attacking thugs, then tail their van to the gang leader. Make sure to stay far away from the van since the line of sight goes through buildings and the detection range is large.
- Lost in Transit - Track a stolen van by listening for gunshots, kill the hostiles, retrieve the van and drive it back to the Diamond while fending off waves of two attacking Kurumas.
- Severance - Go to the mission area, then chase down and kill the chip thief on a bike before he reaches LSIA. The bike cannot be locked on to, and the thief cannot be knocked off the bike. When you retrieve the stolen chips you get an automatic wanted level, which you need to lose, then return the money to the Diamond.
- Best Laid Plans - Prevent a heist in the Diamond. First you need to take out one of the heist crew members, steal his keycard, reach the mission area and kill the other heist members. Access the laptop, then travel to the marked locations to finish off the remaining enemies.
- Judgement Call - Intimidate a judge with a warning shot or by beating him up with a bat. You are given a suppressed pistol and a baseball bat for this mission. You need to approach the mission area and kill the guards stealthily - detection causes mission failure. You need to intimidate the judge several times and he will attempt to flee in a vehicle. This can be avoided to finish the mission quickly, but if he reaches the vehicle, you will need to chase him while being attacked by waves of two Kurumas. You need to cripple the wheels of the judge's getaway car and then intimidate him. Killing the judge causes mission failure.
- High Rollin' - Drive a limo with a VIP to the Diamond. Driving faster than 40 MPH will decrease the GTA$ reward of the mission.
- Fake News - Locate a News Rump Van in one of five marked locations. Once you find the van, tail it to the next location where a reported will get out. Knock out or kill the reporter, retrieve their wallet and leave the mission area.
- One Armed Bandit - Go to the docks and identify the objective container based on a code, which is being guarded by opponents. Deliver the container to the Diamond using the Skylift.
- Damage Control - Drive a Mule back to the Diamond within the allotted time. Triggers randomly when the player blacks out from Macbeth shots at the Casino Bar.
Gambling options in the GTA Online casino may not be available in your region. Certain regions will display a "This feature is not available for you" message when attempting to play a gambling mini-game. Some regions still allow the purchase of chips, so make sure to try using the complimentary chips first! Check our list of restricted countries below.
Of course, chances are you'll be spending most of your time in the Diamond at the tables. Gambling options are somewhat limited and you can only play against the house. The games are heavily abstracted to fit into the mini-game structure, so knowledge of the actual rules of Blackjack or Poker isn't necessary - the game contains a rundown of its own rules.
You'll be able to win additional chips, GTA$, and items at the tables and slots, but you'll also be losing a lot along the way, so make sure to gamble responsibly - especially if you're the kind of player that spends on Shark Cards.
The full selection of gambling options include Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Roulette, Slots, Lucky Wheel and Inside Track.
Gambling mini-games are played with chips and there are no opportunities to play against other players. Chips can be bought with GTA$, and they can also be cashed out as GTA$ when you're finished.
A Standard Diamond Membership, required to access the casino, will grant you 5,000 chips as a welcoming gift, and all players can claim 1,000 bonus chips daily.
The conversion rate is 1 Chip = 1 GTA$.
You can purchase a maximum of 50,000 chips every in-game day, which equates to 48 minutes in real-time. It is possible to circumvent this timer by purchasing the maximum number of chips, disconnecting your internet, reconnecting, and logging back into GTA Online. Your timer will be reset.
The version of Blackjack used in GTA Online has a few slight quirks. The dealer uses 4 decks with 80 face cards, and the decks are shuffled after each hand.
Counting cards seems to be a viable strategy in Blackjack, and can help you increase your win rate. Even using a basic strategy chart will help you get a bit of an edge, though the game is still weighed in the house's favor. Something that many players have noted and documented is that the house "cheats" in so far as the dealer will often have access to more 21 cards than should be possible, and pulls them up at the worst possible moments.
Nonetheless, a basic chart like this one, from Blackjack Apprenticeship, should help you out at the tables.
Three Card Poker
Three Card Poker is a simpler game, but the odds are also more in favor of the house. You need to get a 2 pair which consist of two 2 cards, a 3 pair consisting of three 3s, a straight which is a hand of a 5, a 6 and a 7, or a flush which is a 8, a 9 and a 10 of the same suit. The flush is the strongest hand.
The basic strategy here is quite simple, but as a result of the odds and simplicity of the strategy, its efficacy is also somewhat limited. Simply put, you shouldn't make pair plus bets in order to maximize your profits.
Statistically, an easy rule of thumb to follow is that you should fold hands that are weaker than a Queen, a 6 and a 4, and call with a hand that is equal to or stronger than that hand.
There's a lot less strategy involved in roulette than in the card games, if you can call these tips 'strategy at all'. This is one of those games where hunches or personal superstitions come into play. Some people always put on red, some always on black.
If there can be any actual tips for increasing your winnings, it would be to pay attention to how the results tally out and try to make an educated guess on what the next result will be.
Slots, Inside Track
We lumped these two together for a simple reason - there is absolutely no strategy involved, and it comes down to pure luck. Go with your gut, and bet low.
Previously, there was a glitch with the Inside Track horse racing that would enable you to increase your bet size in the background, while the race was running. If you horse won, it was as if you wagered the higher "secret" amount. If you lost though, you only lost your original wager (200 chips). It is now patched, but the steps were as follows:
- Select the horse you wish to bet on (#1 and #2 are always the favorites to win).
- Press and hold X (PS4) or A (Xbox One) on the increase bet arrow.
- Tap down on the digital pad while keep X or X held down to start the race.
- Keep either X or A held down until the race ends.
- Repeat steps 1-4.
Spinning the Lucky Wheel is an easy way to win if you are using a controller (including a PC controller). It works by rotating the left analog stick. The speed at which the wheel turns is directly proportional to how quickly you twist the stick, so with a bit of practice, you can win exactly what you want from the wheel. You can spin the Lucky Wheel once every real-time day.
It is possible to reset the timer by immediately disconnecting your internet after you spun the wheel. Note that this will allow you to spin again, but you won't retain your reward if done correct, because the whole point of the method is to prevent the servers from saving.
Lucky Wheel prizes include large sums of chips, a "mystery" reward which is undefined and even a free high-end vehicle, which rotates - both literally on a circular podium in the Diamond lobby, and figuratively, with a different vehicle being on offer each week.
There are over 130 possibilities when rolling a Mystery reward. So far, these have been confirmed:
- Grotti Turismo R
- Furore GT
- Infernus Classic
- Massacro (Race car)
- Tornado Rat Rod
- Issi Classic
- Jester (Race car)
- Pißwasser Dominator
- Burger Shot Stallion
- Super Diamond
- Cuban 800
- Redwood Gauntlet
- Lost Slamvan
- Cognoscenti Cabrio
- Heist Dinghy
- Rocket Voltic
- Convertible Rapid GT
- Coquette Classic
- Rapid GT
- Convertible 9F
- Schafter V12
- Virgo Classic
- FCR 1000
- Zombie Bobber
- Felon GT
- Merryweather Mesa
- Street Blazer
- Oracle XS
- Hot Rod Blazer
- Zion Cabrio
- Faggio Sport
- Blista Compact
- Carbon RS
- BF Injection
- Bati 801
- Bati 801RR
- Sabre Turbo
- Double T
- Tri-Cycles Race Bike
- Sanchez Livery
- Random RP
- Random GTA$
- Random Weapon
Keep in mind that currently, vehicles won from the Lucky Wheel are marked as fully insured, however in practice, they aren't - if the reward vehicle is destroyed, it's gone for good. It is unclear if this is a bug or a deliberate mechanic installed by Rockstar since winning vehicles is so easy. You can always buy insurance for any car won, though. Just note that cars won via the Lucky Wheel cannot be sold (well, technically they can, but only for GTA$ 0).
Countries Where Gambling Content Is Unavailable
- American Samoa
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cayman Islands
- Czech Republic
- North Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
Laws and regulations in the USA vary state-by-state. VPNs might help you in circumventing these limitations but we don't recommend doing it since it may result in account bans or more serious legal consequences depending on local laws.
The casino store is a new location inside the Diamond where you can purchase various items. New clothing items added to the game with this update are only available here, and you can also purchase decor for your penthouse using chips in the Casino Store.
Currently, the gross total for all artwork available in the Casino Store adds up to 3,926,050 chips. If the only way you acquire chips is by buying the hourly maximum (50,000), that means over 64 hours until you can buy them all - so you better start winning big!
If you've bought a VIP membership you'll have a personal Master Penthouse waiting for you at the top of the Diamond for any time you visit. The Penthouse acts as a property and spawn point and can be customized extensively. Pick your preferred décor and style, and pimp out your pad with a selection of fine art straight from the Casino store.
You can add modules to your penthouse as well, such as the personal spa with a stylist - this allows for character customization - or a partying area - this adds interactive objects to your penthouse which can be used to fool around with when you invite other players up. A fully upgraded penthouse decked out with everything will cost a total of GTA$ 6,533,500.
There are three pre-built Penthouse variations and a fourth that allows you to customize the penthouse to your own liking.
- Cash Pad: GTA$ 1.5million
- Party Penthouse: GTA$ 3.78million
- High Roller: GTA$ 6.5million (this variant is not available in regions where the gambling features aren't either)
- "Design Your Own": GTA$ 1.5million
- Color options: GTA$215,000 or GTA$ 258,500
- Pattern options: GTA$92,000 - GTA$ 210,000
There are several differences between the variations based on what modules they are supplied with. We strongly suggest buying the Design Your Own Penthouse, but we'll give you a rundown on the other options as well.
The Cash Pad is the "basic" penthouse which contains no additional modules at all. The Cash Pad also doesn't allow for later expansion via modules, unless you "renovate" it to become the Design Your Own variant. That means no garage, no spa, no party hub or any other module. You can, however, purchase artworks to decorate the penthouse with and can access customization options.
The Party Penthouse comes with the stock penthouse area, as well as the Lounge, Party Hub, Spa and Extra Bedroom. You cannot add other modules or remove these from your penthouse.
The High Roller penthouse contains all of the available modules but is locked to the most expensive pattern and color options with no way to change them. If you're just going to buy every module and the most expensive options, this is an easy one-click way to do so. It's important to note that this module is not available in regions where the gambling features aren't either.
The Design Your Own penthouse is the same as the Cash Pad in so far as it contains no modules. It does, however, give you the opportunity to purchase modules one by one, letting you customize what functionality your penthouse possesses. We don't really know why the Cash Pad even exists, since the two cost the same amount and the Cash Pad doesn't let you customize it later on, but there you have it.
If you bought the Design Your Own penthouse - as you should - you can purchase these modules individually.
- Lounge Area: $GTA 400,000 - Prerequisite for all other modules except Garage and Extra Bedroom, which can be bought without it
- Media Room: $GTA 500,000 - Allows you to view the short animated films that are played in the various cinemas around Los Santos
- Bar and Party Hub: $GTA 700,000 - Provides access to drinks, interactable items and the Retro Arcade with two exclusive games
- Private Dealer: $GTA 1.1million - Allows you to play casino mini-games in your penthouse, switch between Blackjack and Poker using the interaction menu
- Office: $GTA 200,000 - Includes a gun locker and computer. Note that you cannot manage your businesses from this office
- Extra Bedroom: $GTA 200,000 - Aesthetic, allows other player characters to sleep
- Garage: $GTA 800,000 - 10 slots
- Spa: $600,000 - Aesthetic.
You need to pay a daily utility fee of GTA$ 500 for owning a penthouse and an additional GTA$ 100 for every module.
A new set of hidden collectibles were added to GTA Online with this update. 54 vintage playing cards have been scattered across the game map in hard to find locations. Finding the cards will earn you RP and chips to be used at the casino.
Finding all 54 will unlock an exclusive High Roller Outfit and a special set of playing cards to be used by your dealer at the Diamond. You can also put the rare vintage cards on display in your penthouse as a trophy celebrating your achievement!
These playing cards also reward you with chips. Finding the first five will grant you 100 chips each, totalling at 500. From the fifth onward, each card will grant an additional 50 chips compared to the previous. This means the 6th card gives 150 chips, the 7th gives 200, the 8th gives 250 and so on all the way to the 54th card, which will reward you with a bonus of 2,550 chips. The total number of chips gained from cards is 66,650, worth the same amount in GTA$.
The map below will show you the locations where the playing cards can be found. Refer to our written descriptions for specific card locations - some are tricky to find even if you know the place. We also have a separate guide on finding all the collectible cards and unlocking the High Roller outfit here.
- Alamo Sea - At the pier, on a ping pong table.
- Burton - On a coffee table in a changing room at the Rockfort Plaza Posonbys.
- Chumash - On a table in front of Nelson's shop.
- Cypress Flats - On a table outside the Ammunation shooting range.
- Davis - On a shelf beside a radio on the Macdonald Street fire station.
- Del Perro Beach - At the kiosk next to the Hot Dog Stand at the end of the pier.
- Downtown Vinewood - On a blue table at the Pacific Standard Bank.
- El Burro Heights - On the table in the tattoo parlor.
- Grand Senora Desert - On the "L" of the Rebel Radio Station's signage.
- Grand Senora Desert - On the side of the road at the market location.
- Grand Senora Desert - On a red cart at the house near the industrial complex.
- Grapeseed - In the back office of the shop.
- Grapeseed - Inside the McKenzie Field hangar on a desk.
- Great Chaparral - On the porch of a house south of the Route 68 Church.
- Hawick - On a red tool chest in the garage.
- Little Seoul - On a bench at the tram station near Heli Tools.
- LS Intl. Airport - On a bench at the first floor entrance.
- Mirror Park - In the back office of the shop.
- Mount Gordo - At the campfire by the dirt trail.
- Murrieta Heights - In the backroom of the liquor store.
- Paleto Bay - On a windowsill at the cable car station.
- Paleto Bay - On top of an ATM across from the tattoo parlor.
- Paleto Bay - On a desk in LSC.
- Pillbox Hill - On a table outside the Ammunation shooting range.
- Pillbox Hill - On a bench near the eagle statue between the FIB and IAA buildings.
- RA Wind Farm - On the porch of a camper at the Hippie hangout.
- Raton Canyon - On the mountain over the train tunnel.
- Richards Majestic - On the wall in front of the Hot Dog Stand by the movie studio.
- Richman - On the head of a chess piece at the scaled-up chessboard.
- Richmen Glen - On the safe in the shop.
- Rockford Hills - On a shelf inside the building across from the Lifeinvader offices.
- Rockford Hills - On the couch in the garage of the Steele Way mansion.
- San Chianski Mt. Range - On the windowsill of a blue house.
- Sandy Shores - On the pool table in the Yellow Jack bar.
- Sandy Shores - On a red cart at the fire station.
- Senora Freeway - On a washing machine in front of the hardware store.
- Stab City - On a stage in the Lost Hangout.
- Strawberry - On a bench in the Vanilla Unicorn's second booth.
- Tataviam Mt. - On the front counter in Ammunation.
- Terminal - On a picnic table at the Jetsam building.
- Vespucci Beach - On a bench at the gym.
- Vespucci Canals - On a table in the barber shop.
- Vinewood Hills - In the middle shed in Madrazo's ranch.
- Vinewood Hills - In the parking lot restrooms of the Observatory.
- West Vinewood - On a courtyard chair of the Gentry Manor.
- Zancudo - In the discount store's changing room.
- Zancudo - In the north entrance booth of the Fort.
- Paleto Cove - On the wooden stairs' railing at the docks.
- Grapeseed - On a white table along the road.
- Senora Freeway - On a picnic table near the northern shop.
- Banham Canyon - In the back room of the second shop.
- Davis - In a booth at the Maze Bank parking lot.
- La Mesa - In a bus at the vehicle warehouse.
- Vinewood Hills - On a ping pong table behind a yellow house on Didion Drive.
New Vehicles and Prices
The Diamond Casino & Resort DLC added 6 new vehicles to GTA Online that are available from various in-game dealerships.
Southern San Andreas Super Autos
- Weeny Issi Sport - GTA$ 897,000
- Vapid Caracara 4x4 - GTA$ 875,000
- Weeny Dynasty - GTA$ 450,000
- Annis Hellion - GTA$ 835,000
- Zion Classic - GTA$ 812,000
- Bravado Gauntlet Hellfire - GTA$ 745,000
- Bravado Gauntlet Classic - GTA$ 615,000
- Vulcar Nebula Turbo - GTA$ 797,000
- Annis S80RR: GTA$ 2.6million
- Enus Paragon R: GTA$ 905,000
- Obey 8F Drafter: GTA$ 718,000
- Truffade Thrax: GTA$ 2.3million
- Vysser Neo - GTA$ 1,875,000
- Progen Emerus - GTA$ 2,750,000
- Ocelot Locust - GTA$ 1,625,000
- Benefactor Krieger - GTA$ 2,875,000
- Ocelot Jugular - GTA$ 1,225,000