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    Gambling FAQ by dnextreme88

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    Gambling FAQ:
    Name of Game: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    Platform: PS2 / PC
    By: dnextreme88
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    1. Introduction.........................................................[Intro]
    2. Version History.......................................................[Hist]
    3. Copyright Information.................................................[Copy]
    4. Main Content
            A. Gambling Activities............................................[ACT]
                    - Blackjack...............................................[BLK]
                    - Horse Racing............................................[HRS]
                    - Pool....................................................[POO]
                    - Roulette................................................[ROU]
                    - Slots...................................................[SLO]
                    - Video Poker.............................................[POK]
                    - Wheel of Fortune........................................[WOF]
            B. Skill
                    - Gambling Skill..........................................[GMB]
                    - Luck Skill..............................................[LCK]
            C. Frequently Asked Questions.....................................[FAQ]
    5. Contact Information................................................[Contact]
    6. Permitted Sites......................................................[Sites]
    7. Credits...............................................................[Cred]
    1. Introduction [Intro]
    Welcome to my Gambling FAQ. In this FAQ, you'll learn how to play the various
    different games at the three enterable casinos in Las Venturas, as well as the
    ITB machines in Los Santos and Blueberry. I will also show you how you can tip
    the odds in your favour through other means.
    By following this guide and with a bit of luck, you should be on your way to
    earning millions in no time. Well, that's the idea anyway.
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is owned by Rockstar Games. All trademarks are
    subjected to Rockstar Games.
    Copyright (c) Rockstar Games.
    2. Version History [Hist]
    Version 1.0 - June 1, 2005
    = Submitted the FAQ.
    Version 1.1 - June 5, 2009
    = Added "Sites Permitted", "Outro" and "Credits" sections.
    = An important note was added to "Horse Racing" game, mentioning that all
    horses have an equal chance of winning on the ITB machines by a submitter named
    jlc_alt. Thanks!
    Version 1.2 - June 23, 2009
    = Added "About" section.
    = Renamed the following items:
            > "Outro" to "Closing" section.
            > "What you can do" to "List of Games" section.
    = A better information about the game "Wheel of Fortune" was now added thanks
    to a submitter named <T.Payne>. Thanks!
    Version 1.3 - Sep 19, 2016
    = Revival. Re-structured the document. Corrected some grammar errors.
    = Changed all section codes so that search is easier.
    = Renamed the following items:
            > "The Games" to "Gambling Activities" section.
            > "Gambling Skill" to "Skills" section.
    = Added "Luck Skill" sub-section under "Skills" section.
    = Added "Frequently Asked Questions" section.
    = Removed the following items:
            > "List of Games" section. Its content is placed in the "Gambling
    Activities" section.
            > "About" section. Its content is placed in the "Introduction" section.
            > "Closing" section.
    = Re-arranged the betting activities in "Gambling Activities" section in
    alphabetical order.
    = Re-arranged the betting payout in "Roulette" sub-section in increasing order.
    = Changed the description of "Wheel of Fortune" sub-section with better
    = Added betting denominations in "Horse Racing" sub-section.
    = Added gambling levels in "Gambling Skill" sub-section.
    3. Copyright Information [Copy]
    No part of this FAQ may be produced or published in any form or by any means,
    electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information
    storage or retrieval system without the permission in writing from the
    copyright owner.
    Copyright (c) dnextreme88
    4. Main Content
    A. Gambling Activities [ACT]
    There are many different gambling activities you can participate in throughout
    the state of San Andreas. When you start a new game, the only things you can do
    are pool and horse betting. My suggestion is that if you have an ounce of pool
    skill inside you, play a few games and get yourself a few grand to begin with.
    - Blackjack [BLK]
    Locations: Casinos.
    This is my favourite game and if you know how to play it, you can make some
    good money fast here.
    The goal is to try to get as close to 21 as you can, without going over 21
    (going "bust"). You begin by placing your bet, which can be anything between $1
    and $1,000,000 depending on your gambling skill and what table you're on (more
    on that later). Then the dealer will deal you 2 cards, both face up, and
    himself 2 cards: 1 face up, 1 face down. You then have 2 basic options, "hit"
    or "stick". How would you know which to choose?
            > HIT  : Choose this if you think that you can get away with another
                     card. Remember that the more times you hit, the higher the
                     chance of going bust, which loses the hand automatically.
            > STICK: Choose this if you think that your total is high enough to
                     beat the dealer.
    When you have stuck, the dealer will reveal his second card, and will then do
    the same, hitting until he either beats you, or goes bust. Note that the dealer
    will always stick when he reaches 17 or higher, and he will always hit on 16
    or lower. When deciding on whether or not you should hit or stick, it's
    important to consider 2 things.
    > Consider the cards you have compared to the dealer. For example, if you have
    a total of 16 and the dealer has a 9, it's wise to hit because the chances are
    he'll get a ten or a picture (as there are many more of them than there are
    ace-9's). However, if he has a 5, then you may want to stick and hope he
    doesn't beat you.
    > Consider what cards have been dealt recently. For example, if a lot of
    picture cards have shown in the last few hands, then chances are you'll be
    given cards of a lower value, so you may want to hit on higher numbers such as
    16 or 17 (depending on what the dealer has of course). 
    Depending on the cards you've been dealt, you may be given two other options.
    One of them is known as "splitting the hand". This option is only available
    if you've been given two cards of the same value (i.e. two 3's or two Kings,
    picture cards must also be the same). If you choose this option, the two cards
    will be "split", thus creating two hands. You'll be dealt an extra card on each
    hand, and you carry on playing as normal, taking each hand in turn. Splitting
    the hand gives you the chance of doubling your winnings, but be careful because
    you also double your bet, so you stand to lose more if it goes wrong.
    Whether or not you should split depends on which cards you've been given.
    Here is a quick reference as to when you should and should not split (you must
    have two of the same kind):
            > Aces - split (you'll only be given one extra card per hand).
            > Twos or Threes - split.
            > Fours or Fives or Sixes - don't split.
            > Sevens or Eights - split.
            > Nines - split (only if the dealer's card is nine or higher).
            > Tens - don't split (if the dealers card is not a ten or higher card.
                     If it is, then it's your choice).
            > Jacks or Queens or Kings - don't split.
    Another option you'll always be given is called "doubling". This is when you
    double your bet, but you'll only be dealt one extra card. It's only advisable
    to do this if your two original cards total 9, 10 or 11 and the dealer has a 5
    or 6.
    If you're dealt an ace, a ten or a high card, then it's known as a "blackjack",
    and you instantly win double your bet, unless the dealer has also been dealt a
    blackjack, in which case it's a "push" (a push is when you and the dealer both
    reach the same total, in this case, you don't win or lose anything). If the
    dealer gets a blackjack and you don't, you instantly lose.
    Note that there are no 5 card tricks on this variation of blackjack. Instead,
    you are only allowed a maximum of 5 cards in one go, although the number of 
    times when you need a 6th card will not be many.
    Well, that's the basics of blackjack. A mixture of doing the above and a bit
    of luck and you should be fine in no time. There are 4 different tables you can
    play at, differed only by the maximum you can bet on that table:
    > $100
    > $1,000
    > $100,000
    > $1,000,000
    - Horse Racing [HRS]
    Locations: Under the Mulholland Intersection, Blueberry and Downtown Los
    This is easy to learn, but relies mostly on luck to succeed, but not entirely.
    You start off with two choices to make, how much money to bet and which horse
    to bet on. The horses with shorter odds (lower numbers i.e. 2/1) have a better
    chance of winning. If your horse comes in first, you win your bet back plus
    whatever it's odds were as a multiple of your original bet. For example, if you
    bet $1,000 on a 5/1 horse and it wins, you win your $1,000 back plus an extra 
    $5,000, giving $6,000 in total. Anything other than a victory results in you
    losing your bet.
    Note that it's possible to cheat using the ITB machines to gain lots of money
    fast. All you need to do is go to a machine just after loading a game, bet the
    max on the horse with the longest odds, and if you lose, just reload again and
    you don't lose your money. This isn't something I do as I don't like cheating
    but I know that some people out there want good money fast and this is a good
    way of earning it. The different denominations you can bet on:
    > $5
    > $25
    > $100
    > $250
    > $1,000
    > $5,000
    > $10,000
    I received an e-mail that claimed that rather than the horses with shorter odds
    having more chance of winning, as happens in real life, all horses have an
    equal chance of winning on the ITB machines. If this info is indeed true, my
    suggestion is to always bet on the horse with the longest odds, that way you
    stand to win more money.
    Credit: jlc_alt
    - Pool [POO]
    Locations: Bars and The Casino Floor.
    This is the first game I played in San Andreas. There's a bar called "Ten Green
    Bottles" that's only a couple of block away from CJ's house in Grove Street
    that you can play. Just take the Greenwood car parked outside and drive it down
    the road and it will be on the right side after the bridge.
    There are 15 balls in this variation of pool: 7 "solids", 7 "stripes" and the
    black "8-ball". The first person to pot a ball will then have to try and pot
    all the remaining similar balls (e.g. if you pot a ball first and it's a solid,
    you have to pot the other solids, and the other player has to pot stripes).
    When you have done that, you need to pot the 8 ball to win.
    You remain at the table until you either don't pot a ball or you foul, then it
    is your opponent's turn. Ways of fouling include:
    > Not hitting a ball.
    > Hitting the wrong type of ball first.
    > No balls hit a cushion.
    > Potting the wrong type of ball.
    If you foul, then your opponent can place the white ball anywhere on the table
    and carries on playing. In some cases, you will incur an automatic loss in the
    following scenarios:
    > If you pot the 8-ball when you're not supposed to.
    > If you pot the white ball at the same time as the 8-ball when you're supposed
    - Roulette [ROU]
    Locations: Casinos.
    One of the most popular forms of gambling. Just pray that little white ball
    falls on the number you want. When you reach the table, you have a number of
    different places you can place your chips. They are summarized below:
    > Black or Red - pays 2 times bet.
    > Even or Odd - pays 2 times bet.
    > Low (1-18) or High (19-36) - pays 2 times bet (note that these are separate
    spaces to the low, med and high mentioned above).
    > Below a column - pays 3 times bet.
    > Low (1-12), Medium (13-24), or High (25-36) - pays 3 times bet.
    > Between two rows - pays 6 times bet.
    > Between four numbers (in a square, e.g. 1,2,4,5) - pays 9 times bet.
    > A row of three - pays 12 times bet.
    > Between two numbers - pays 18 times bet.
    > Single number (including 0) - pays 36 times bet.
    Note that if the ball lands on the green 0, then all bets lose except those
    placed on 0. Like Blackjack, there are 4 different tables you can play at,
    differed only by the maximum you can bet on that table:
    > $100
    > $1,000
    > $100,000
    > $1,000,000
    - Slots [SLO]
    Locations: Casinos.
    There isn't really a lot I can say about this. Just walk up to a slot machine,
    put in your coin and pull the handle. This is pure luck, so if you win
    anything, congratulations to you!
    Typically, this game does not pay out well, so don't come here looking to raise
    your bank balance.
    - Video Poker [POK]
    Locations: Casinos and some bars.
    The object of this game is to try and get the best combination of card values
    and/or suits. After you have placed your bet, you're dealt with five cards, you
    then have the opportunity of "holding" as many cards as you like, and the cards
    you do not hold are replaced by fresh cards. Your winnings (if any) are then
    calculated from the five cards you have.
    Above the five cards is a table showing you the different ways of winning:
    > Flush - all cards of the same suit.
    > Straight - run of cards in succession (e.g. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
    > Jacks or better - pair of picture cards or aces.
    > Full House - 3 cards of the same value and 2 cards of another value (e.g. 3,
    3, 6, 6, 6).
    > Royal Flush - 10, J, Q, K, A of the same suit.
    - Wheel of Fortune [WOF]
    Location: Casinos.
    This is a fairly simple game. You place your bet on a value and when the wheel
    stops and points to that value, you win your bet back times the value you
    placed it on. Betting value ranges from:
    > $1
    > $2
    > $5
    > $10
    > $20
    > $40
    You can bet on all 6 values. The wheel will stop at one value and if there's a
    bet on that value, you win it back times the value (which is a multiplier). For
    example, you placed your bet on a $20 value and the bet is $1,000. The wheel
    stopped at $20, you win $20,000.
    If you have more than 1 bet and the wheel stopped on one of it, you'll win the
    bet on that value only times the value and your bets on the rest are discarded.
    For example, I placed a $500 bet on a $2 value and a $800 on a $10 value. You
    betted a total of $1,300. The wheel stopped on $10. You won $8,000 but your
    total is $6,700 (deducted from your initial bet). To better show it off, here's
    a list of calculations:
    Let's assume that we currently have $2,300 in hand.
            $2 bet    : $  500
            $10 bet   : $  800
            TOTAL     : $1,300
    Our current cash should be $1,000. The wheel stopped on $10, we will look at
    the possible winning wages:
            $2 bet    : $  500 x  2 = $1,000
            $10 bet   : $  800 x 10 = $8,000
            TOTAL WAGE: $8,000 - $1,300 = $6,700
    A submitter named <T.Payne> provided me a better information about this game. 
    Here are his exact words in the e-mail I received from him:
    "There are 6 numbers you can bet on, 1,2,5,10,20, and the * which equals 40.
    However much you bet on a certain number you multiply that by the number you
    bet on, for example you bet 100 dollars on 10 so 10x100=1000 , so 1000 is what
    you earned. Also you are allowed to bet on more than one number (you can bet on
    all of them if you wanted) but its a little more complicated to understand. For
    example you bet 10 on every number and it lands on a star so normaly you would
    get 400 but since you lost the other five bets (which were all ten dollars) you
    lost 50 dollars so you would have earned 350. I hope you can understand what I
    was trying to say.
    - Also, if you bet 10 on all the numbers and it lands on a 5 you win no money.
    - Another thing, the smaller the number the more common it is on the wheel. 1
    is common, 2 is relatively common, 5 is still plentiful, and so on."
    Credit: <T.Payne>
    B. Skills
    - Gambling Skill [GMB]
    Your gambling skill is recorded in your stats page. The higher it is, the more
    you can bet at games such as Blackjack and Roulette. The only way of increasing
    your gambling skill is to gamble. The more you gamble and the higher your bets,
    the more it will increase. Note that this is probably the easiest skill to max
    out, a good solid 15-20 minutes of max betting should see the skill go all the
    way to the top.
    Not only does this skill determine how much you can bet, but it also tells you
    how much you can "borrow" from the casinos. If you go below $0, then your money
    indicator will turn red and into a minus figure. The casino will then send
    people to hunt you down and kill you whenever you're in Las Venturas and until
    you go back into the green.
    The number of people that are after you is determined by the amount you're in
    debt by. The maximum being 4 people if you have debts of over $1,000,000. Be on
    the look out for a black Vincent driving erratically. If you decide to fight
    them, they'll leave a lot of money when they die. Here are the different levels
    of each gambling skill:
    > Professional level - your maximum wager and the highest amount you can borrow
    from casinos increases up to $10,000.
    > Hi-roller level - your maximum wager and the highest amount you can borrow
    from casinos increases up to $100,000.
    > Whale level - your maximum wager and the highest amount you can borrow
    from casinos increases up to $1,000,000.
    - Luck Skill [LCK]
    Apart from your gambling skill, your luck skill plays an important role in
    gambling. Luck skill is related to your gambling skill. The higher it is, the
    more chances you have in winning. To increase your luck, you must collect the
    50 horseshoes that are scattered around Las Venturas. Each horseshoe adds up to
    your luck skill. Collecting all 50 nets you with 1,000 luck skill.
    C. Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]
    Q - What is the maximum gambling amount?
    A - The maximum you can gamble in any one go is $1,000,000.
    Q - How do I raise my gambling skill?
    A - All you need to do to raise your gambling skill is gamble, it's that
        simple. The more you gamble, the more you win. Plus, the higher stakes you
        gamble with, the quicker your skill will increase. It's possible to max out
        your skill in just a few minutes if you have the money (and the luck).
    Q - Which casinos in San Andreas can I gamble?
    A - Simply enter one of the three enterable casinos in Las Venturas. These are
        The Four Dragons (The Strip), Caligula's Palace (The Strip) or The Casino
        Floor (Redsands West).
    5. Contact Information [Contact]
    If you have any questions, suggestions or some corrections, feel free to e-mail
    me. My e-mail is
    Replace "[at]" with "@" and "[dot]" with "." (remove quotation marks). Please
    put the subject as "GTA SA: Gambling FAQ" to remind me that you are not spam.
    If not, the subject should be at least close to the previous one and I will try
    to answer you back.
    6. Permitted Sites [Sites]
    If you posted this on your website without my supervision, it is a violation of
    the copyright. The following sites have MY PERMISSION to post this FAQ to their
    If your site isn't listed above, email me first. Never and never post this FAQ
    on your site WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. It is something that you shouldn't do and
    you really shouldn't do after all.
    7. Credits [Cred]
    I would like to thank the following:
    To GameFAQs, SuperCheats and Neoseeker for hosting the FAQ.
    To Rockstar Games for making the game.
    To <T.Payne> for providing me a better information about the game "Wheel of
    To jlc_alt for mentioning that all horses have an equal chance of winning on
    the ITB machines in the game "Horse Racing".
    To you, as the reader.
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