New Grand Theft Auto V Casino Not Available in Certain Countries

  • Players are met with an error message when they try to gamble in-game
  • They can still enter the Grand Theft Auto V casino and buy a penthouse 
  • Some are using VPNs to bypass their country's gambling laws
  • Players cannot exchange in-game currency for real-world currency
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The recent Grand Theft Auto V update has seen players from a long list of countries unable to gamble in it.

Details of these limitations

The recent update to Grand Theft Auto V, which brought an online casino into the game, is not allowing players from a lot of countries to gamble.

The update has been long anticipated by the player base. Many of them were left disappointed by the fact that they could not access it because of gambling laws in their respective nations.

At the Grand Theft Auto V casino, you can play poker, blackjack, and slot machines as well as bet on virtual horse races. But players from the following countries cannot access this online casino at the moment:

Afghanistan, Algeria, American Samoa Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Brunei, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Malta, Malaysia, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, and Venezuela.

Players can enter the casino building regardless of where they are accessing the game from. They can interact with others in the facility and even purchase one of the casino’s in-game penthouses.

However, if they try to gamble with the virtual GTA money, they will be met with an error message saying “This feature is not available for you”.

Bypassing the ban

Some of the nations listed have legal online gambling, but licenses are a must. The Grand Theft Auto V casino certainly throws up a lot of issues regarding potential legal restrictions in countries across the world.

Some players are using virtual private networks (VPNs) to bypass this ban.

The developer of this game, Rockstar, did not take any chances with countries that have strict gambling laws. 

Some players are using virtual private networks (VPNs) to bypass this ban. However, as online gambling is illegal in a lot of countries, it could lead to harsh consequences down the line if these people get caught. 

Gambling uncertainty

There is a grey area when it comes to gambling on the latest GTA V release. Players use the in-game GTA currency to place bets in this casino. While you can earn this currency through your activities in-game, you can also use real-world money to purchase it. However, there is no monetary value attached to it, as there is no way to exchange the play money back for real currency. 

Gamers encountered a similar issue on another Rockstar title, Red Dead Redemption, when poker was added to the multiplayer game. However, this was a much less significant update compared to the GTA V one.