Grand Theft Auto's Casino Uses Real Cash

Grand Theft Auto's Casino Uses Real Cash
Players can buy casino chips using real currency, but they can only cash them in for in-game money.

(CCM) — A new casino has opened in the popular Grand Theft Auto video game which allows players to buy chips using real money, according to a BBC report.

The catch is that although the chips can be bought with real money, they can only be cashed in for in-game dollars, but not converted back to real U.S. or other currency. Instead, winnings can be used within the game to buy items such as cars and weapons, or to gamble on slot machines, roulette, or poker.

In countries where gambling is illegal, players have reported that they can walk around the casino but they are denied access to the gambling tables themselves, according to the report.

Since 2013 players have been able to top up their in-game wallets with real money, but this is the first time that they have been able to use real money to buy gambling chips. Since the chips cannot be converted back to real cash the game is unlikely to fall foul of gambling rules.

In some video games a "black market" enables players to sell in-game items for real money, the report says, but since GTA items are tied to players' accounts this makes it much more difficult to sell them on one of these markets.

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