Rockstar Games have announced that the Diamond Casino & Resort is set to become an accessible venue on Grand Theft Auto Online, a move that has been keenly awaited by players. The Diamond is likely to open its doors as part of a significant update to GTA Online and promises to be one of the most glamorous venues in San Andreas. The date of that update is yet to be announced, but Rockstar launched its promo for the Diamond with the declaration that the casino is “coming soon”.

Players of GTA Online have been faithfully following the construction of the Diamond in the game’s virtual world, with each new development to the building site sending anticipation levels that bit higher. Rockstar’s official announcement states that the Diamond will be a “luxury destination” with “first-class entertainment and state-of-the-art gaming facilities”. Given the extent of the world of GTA Online, it’s surprising that it’s taken this long for a casino to open.

While the overarching narrative thrust of GTA V focused on heists, vehicles and the relationships between old gang members, the game also gave players a chance to find entertainment in unlikely forms. Players could enjoy some respite from the main mission with a spot of darts, a round of tennis or even a session of yoga. At last, casino games will be added as a playable activity to GTA Online.

Classic casino games made an appearance in GTA San Andreas, with players having access to blackjack, roulette and slots. However, the absence of casinos in GTA V and GTA Online was conspicuous, given their natural fit in the world of San Andreas. The Diamond will provide a welcome new attraction to GTA for rookie and veteran players alike. 

The Diamond’s opening stands out in an era when real-life physical casinos are becoming rarer, due to the accessibility and choice of online casinos. Despite its name, online casinos like All Slots offer a diverse selection of classic games, including blackjack and roulette. You can find out more about All Slots in online reviews, although details about the Diamond are currently harder to come by. However, it is clear is that the Diamond will offer a selection of games similar to All Slots, ranging from table games to roulette.

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The Diamond will not only be convenient for GTA Online players, but it should also offer a more faithful recreation of casino gaming than any other mainstream title in recent years. Given the depth of detail in GTA Online, this is no surprise. Rockstar Games have form for successfully integrating casino games into unrelated titles, with Red Dead Redemption 2 setting ten gambling challenges for players chasing 100% completion.

Those tasks ask gamers to try their hand at games such as poker, dominoes and blackjack, with players having to meet certain objectives to progress to the next stage of the Gambler Challenge. It will be interesting to see if there are special incentives added to the Diamond to give a sense of progression, or whether the casino will operate in a normal fashion to grant players with total freedom.

As a venue in GTA Online, there will probably be more than meets the eye to the Diamond. What is certain is that the Diamond will become a hub of entertainment in southern San Andreas for players of GTA Online. Fans will be listening keenly for further Rockstar announcements that tie down the Diamond’s grand opening, as that will be one of the most prestigious events in San Andreas this summer.