Gambling

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Gambling is the wagering of money on an event with uncertain outcomes with intent to win additional money.

GTA Vice City

The ability to wager money is first introduced in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, when the player must pay entrance fees for Vice Street Racer events, with a set limit on how much he or she can bet, and perform well enough in the races to break even.

GTA San Andreas

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas more activities were available that the player can take part in to wager money on in order to gain more money if the player wins the activity or lose the money wagered if the player loses the activity. With it's expansion in GTA San Andreas the chances of losing/winning are more probable.

Gambling skill

In GTA San Andreas, the player can increase the gambling skill of Carl Johnson by spending money at the casinos. The skill increases by 1 for every $100 spent up to a maximum skill of 1000. There are certain activities that bars the player from playing due to a low gambling skill, such as the Wheel of Fortune, which only allows those who could at least wager a maximum of $10,000.

Percentage Skill level Max wager or borrow
1 Gambler $1,000
5 Professional $10,000
10 Hi-roller $100,000
100 Whale $1,000,000

Debt

When the player runs out of money (having $0), the player can borrow money from the casino when playing at a casino table (an amount of borrowed money corresponds with the player's wager on the table), leading to a negative money value. The amount allowed to borrow in each round at the table is based in how high the gambling skill is; the higher the skill the more is allowed to borrow. Borrowing money puts the player in "debt", resulting in the player receiving phone calls from the loaner about returning their money once the player leaves a casino.

If the player fails to repay their debt after a significant amount of time, the player will be persistently attacked by four shotguns and M4s-armed gunmen in a Sentinel whenever they are in Las Venturas, until they repay their debt.

Activities

Casino-based

Name Image Description
Blackjack Blackjack-GTASA.jpg In-game the actual rules of blackjack apply except for splitting. The goal is to get as close to 21 as the player possibly can. Each two players start out with two cards. After the cards are dealt they are given the choice to either hit (receive new cards) or stand (stay with the cards in their hands). If one goes over 21 then they are bust.

Acquiring a blackjack (an ace, and a card equivalent to 10) will award the player with double the payout, but if the casino gains a blackjack normal payout occurs. Receiving five cards without going over 21 still works. Also sometimes what is called a push can occur, when both players have the same number amount in cards and both get their money back.

Roulette Roulette-GTASA.jpg Rules for roulette are similar to rules in the real version. Players place chips on numbers, as well as number sets, number pairs, odds or evens and red or black. if the ball lands on the number, nunber set, pair, or color you chose you gain a payoff on your money. Each choice has a certain "Multiplier" with the green 0 having the highest payoff.
Slot machines Slotmachine-GTASA.jpg Slot machine are another source of gambling. While pretty standard, the slot machines can give the player a range of currency from a small amount to a substantial amount. The price to play a certain machine can vary. The amount of money the player can attain depends on the symbols. Playing these do not increase the gambling skill.
Video poker Videopoker-GTASA.jpg Video poker follows conventional poker rules where the player's winning is dependent on the final combination of cards they have in hand. When the player begins a round, they are given a set of five cards, which they can choose to retain ("hold") for the second deal; cards that are not held will be exchanged with other cards in the second deal. If the final set of five cards contains any poker hands listed on the screen, the player receives a win consisting of the wager multiplied (between 1 to 4000) depending on the poker hand and the amount wagered.
Wheel of Fortune WheelofFortune-GTASA.jpg As in roulette, you put money on spots on a board. However, here you can only pick from 5 spots- $1, $5, $10, $20, and the star. The payout for each space is shown by the dollar amount (the star is $40)—the dollar amount is the payoff for each dollar wagered—for example, betting $1 on the $20 spot and winning will give $20. Once done betting, the wheel will be spun. If the wheel lands on the space bet on, the player will earn money. If not, the player loses the money bet.

Miscellaneous

GTA Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, scratch cards are available for purchase with the posibility of winning anything from money to food (health) and weapons. However, due to scratch cards having a minimum prize that is worth the buying prize of a scratch card, there is generally no significant drawback buying scratch cards.