Will table games be better in new Rockstar installments?

By William Davis


Sep 14, 2023

Reading time: 3 min

Rockstar has an impressive list of titles and franchises under its belt, with the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and Red Dead Redemption series being the obvious two. Whether you’re a fan or not, if you’re a gamer, you most definitely have heard of these prolific titles.

By 2010, Rockstar had already released plenty of highly-rated Grand Theft Auto games. But this same year saw the release of something new. Something innovative. A (pretty much) Wild West version of GTA: Red Dead Redemption (2010). Unsurprisingly, Red Dead Redemption was a huge success. So the second game, which acted as a prequel of sorts, came as no surprise, either. And, with the groundbreaking success of GTA 5 Online (2013), there were high hopes for Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) Online (2018). 

Sure, it resonated well with fans. However, the issue was that it felt somewhat empty compared to GTA 5 online content, especially on its release. That isn’t to say that RDR2 online isn’t packed with possibilities – you can become a hunter and explore the Wild West, hunt down dishonorable players, and even indulge in some classic gambling games like poker and blackjack.

Red Dead Redemption 3

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Okay, hold your horses. This isn’t an official announcement, but fans have strongly hinted at a Red Dead Redemption 3. What that will entail exactly is up for debate. But will this next installment have an online setting? It’s very likely, and we think there are a few ways they could up the ante with their online gambling modes. After all, gambling was a popular activity during the time period of these titles, and these modes in RDR2 online only scratched the surface of what Rockstar Games could improve upon. 

Grand Theft Auto 5

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We’re mentioning GTA 5 because the large casino update in 2019 added plenty more content for players to indulge in. It has and continues to be rich with content – a different affair than what RDR2 online has to offer in terms of casino-related activities.

In GTA 5, players have more gambling games to choose from, including a free spin on the Lucky Wheel every day – this helps players win in-game items to enhance their experience further. Inevitably, casino games have evolved from what was once available in the early 1900s. But there’s still more RDR3 online could offer in this area – taking inspiration from how well-structured content adds variety and adding this to the upcoming online mode, whenever that’ll be.

Table games content in Rockstar games

RDR2 online had blackjack and poker featuring prominently. Brilliant. However, a whole host of games were popular during this era. There was Faro, a banking game including cards. There was also Chuck-A-Luck, a game of chance involving three dice. Introducing these once widely-played gambling games can offer something exceptionally unique for players – they may even discover a new game they will grow to love.

There could be more incentive for players who choose to dive into this content, too. In GTA 5, players can purchase gambling-related properties – this is absent from RDR2 online. Adding this into RDR3 online could contribute to that overall sense of achievement players like to feel. Players might be more inclined to try out these casino games by offering free spins (just like in GTA 5 online), much like you see in today’s online casino setting with free spins and no deposit bonuses.

If and when RDR3 online releases, it’s safe to say that more could be done, especially when it comes to the casino setting. More fleshed-out content improves the experience for players – something that could be adapted from what’s already worked in GTA 5 online, as well as what’s used in today’s online casino setting.