GTA Online Casino Update Ill-Gotten Gains
The Casino in GTA 5's Los Santos.Rockstar Games

Rockstar may finally open the doors to one of GTA Online's casinos this week, according to fan theorists who have linked the impending Ill-Gotten Gains downloaded content (DLC) to the anniversary of the opening of a casino that inspired one of the game's buildings.

The GTA Online Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 DLC will be released on Wednesday 10 June. This rang a few alarm bells with fans given that Rockstar typically releases its updates on Tuesdays.

This prompted YouTuber MrBossFTW to do some research. He found a link between the DLC's release date and the opening of the Hollywood Park Racetrack – which opened 10 June 1938. That real-world building served as the inspiration for GTA 5's Vinewood Racetrack, which includes a casino.

The casino has been part of the game since its initial release in 2013, but has remained locked off to players pending a future update. Bolingbroke Penitentiary was another area that remained off limits for a long time, prior to this year's Heists update that included a mission set in the prison.

Rockstar has never made any promises to open a casino up in GTA 5 or its online counterpart, but its presence was noticed instantly by players. In 2004's GTA: San Andreas, Rockstar included casinos in its Las Vegas-inspired Las Venturas city, so it would be ground trodden before by the developers.

Given the lack of any promises the date could well just be a coincidence, or Rockstar having fun at the expense of their most ardent fans. We will find out when Ill-Gotten Gains rolls out on 10 June.