Fans of blackjack, roulette and poker are not hugely well catered for by the PS4 yet. Last year, rumors about the mysterious Vinewood Casino in GTAV began to circulate. It’s a large building on East Vinewood, easy to find if you aim for the racetrack. Tantalizingly, while it’s securely locked up, there’s a sign saying “opening soon” above the doors. The question is, will those doors open at some point?
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The ability to gamble would seem to slot into any number of GTA storylines pretty easily, and previous versions of the game including Vice City and San Andreas have allowed players to wager “money”. Those of us who can’t wait will have to stick with the Casino Games Euro Palace and other online sites offer, but for now here’s a look at some of the current and past PS games that have included table action.
Hard Rock Casino
Hard Rock Casino, released in 2006 for the PS2, was a somewhat poorly received attempt to cram as many casino games onto a disc as possible. Blackjack mode isn’t bad, and you may find it helps you to improve your strategy, but overall the game feels a little thrown together, and there’s not enough dialogue between the virtual gamblers to make you want to keep the sound on. Graphics are basic, which is a shame as a slick-looking virtual casino might have compensated for shortcomings in other areas.
Poker Night 2
Poker Night 2 for the PS3 was an improvement, and a good way of learning the basics of Hold ‘Em before graduating to real-money play. A nice touch is the ability to play against characters from other games, including Ash from the one based on “Evil Dead” threequel Army Of Darkness. A snarky dealer, known as GLaDOS (for Genetic Lifeform and Disc Operating System) ups the entertainment value, and there are plenty of bonuses and achievements to unlock. There were reports of glitches and freezes while playing the game on the PS3, but reviews generally were positive.
World Series Of Poker
More realistic PS3 gambling was made available by the World Series Of Poker franchise. In the 2008 version, you could find yourself playing against Phil Hellmuth, currently holder of 13 WSOP bracelets and winner of nearly $18m in real-life play. There are also a multitude of cheap, Vegas-themed PS2 games still available, often not of great quality, but the real question remains – why would you play slots on a PlayStation if you can’t win any money? For now, those of us who enjoy the excitement of casino games will have to stick with online casinos.