Grand Theft Auto V players have been exploring Los Santos for nearly two years, but Rockstar continues to add new content to keep the experience fresh. Free packs of weapons, clothing and vehicles for GTA Online are the norm, but there’s a rumour going around that much more might be unlocked later this week.

YouTuber MrBossFTW did some sleuthing to find out a historical connection to this week’s Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 DLC package. With a focus on prosperous lifestyles built on illegal activities, that content drop prompted many fans to wonder whether the Los Santos casino might be about to re-open its doors once again.

While the casino has been in the game since GTA V launched back in 2013, it’s been closed with an ‘opening soon’ banner placed outside since that time. Players have often wondered whether it would ever make good on that promise, with some speculation asserting that it might be one of the locations used in the title’s often-rumored story DLC.

However, given that there’s no confirmation that such an expansion is even in development, other fans came to the conclusion that the casino might be opened as part of a smaller portion of DLC, much like how the game’s prison came to be utilized in the recently launched Heists.

Further credence to the theory the casino might open this week comes from the aforementioned historical context; the combo casino and racetrack in Los Santos is based off the real-life Hollywood Park Racetrack — and it was opened on June 10, 1938.

Could Rockstar be about to celebrate the building’s 77th birthday be re-opening its virtual twin? That might well be the case, especially given that this week’s update is set to fall on a Wednesday rather than the standard Tuesday. All signs point to something outside the ordinary being in the works.

This is still a rumour at present, even if the evidence backing it does seem rather convincing. Despite that, fans are already discussing what exactly they’ll find inside the casino, whether it be new gambling minigames or just a new environment to explore.

Either way, it’s a testament to the game that its community are still so eager to find new areas of the map this long after its initial release. We’ll keep you posted on the legitimacy of this rumour when Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 releases this Wednesday.

Grand Theft Auto V is available now for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

Source: YouTube – MrBossFTW