Known as one of the best video games to come out in years, Red Dead Redemption 2 thrives on its depth. The game simply offers an incredible variety of experiences, and it keeps getting better through new patches and updates. One can revisit Red Dead Redemption 2 for the fourth or fifth time and enjoy a totally fresh experience.
That experience can consist of just about anything. But one of the features that best shows off the depth and attention to detail in Red Dead Redemption 2 is the in-game poker scene. This is far from the first game to include poker as a side hobby; it is in fact not even the first (or second) Rockstar game to do so. But poker in Red Dead Redemption 2 is a bigger experience than in any other game we can think of — which is why we’ve written up some tips on how to master the scene.
Know the Locations
One of the things that make Red Dead Redemption 2’s poker scene so special is that there are several places to play across the game map (as opposed to just one card hall or casino). Specifically, if you’re interested in the in-game poker scene, you’ll want to try your hand at the tables in Valentine, Saint Denis, Blackwater, Tumbleweed, and Flatneck Station.
Manage Your Funds
It’s crucial to remember that your gambling activity matters with regard to your player’s cash. One of the keys to winning at poker in real life is to manage your bankroll effectively. This means understanding that it takes money to make money in poker, and also recognizing (and planning for) the fact that sometimes you take a loss even if you play well. It’s not fun to go broke in Red Dead Redemption 2, so be sure to know your budget heading to the tables. Understand what you can afford to gamble, how much you can afford to lose, and so on.
Acquire “The Gambler”
As you may well know if you’ve played Red Dead Redemption 2, “The Gambler” is considered to be one of the best outfits you can acquire for your player. It’s sort of a classic Old West look, consisting of a checkered jacket and red vets and shirt, with a dark cowboy hat of course. It’s a pricey item a the Rhodes general store in the game. Now, we should note that this outfit does not enable you to cheat at poker, as its counterpart in Red Dead Redemption did. But it still conveys that you mean business, which projects certain confidence when you dip into Red Dead Online poker.
Speaking of which, you should be sure to try playing online too! Red Dead Online is a smooth and robust multiplayer experience, and where poker is concerned it enables you to play and gamble against other gamers in real-time.
Complete The Gambler Challenges
This goes a little beyond the poker scene. But if you really want to master said scene, you should consider fulfilling the “gambler challenges” throughout the game as well. This is a sort of sequence of side challenges within the game. They include winning five hands of poker, winning five blackjack hands in a certain way, winning three times at a five-finger filet, and more. Basically, the idea is to show proficiency in all of the game’s various gambling activities, beginning with poker. It’s a fun goal to pursue.
Check all of these boxes and you’ll have enjoyed yet another facet of this endlessly brilliant game.