GTA 5 Online Casino Update: Release Date nears for Grand Theft Auto DLC with big changes? (Pic: ROCKSTAR / @GTAGFX)

GTA 5 Online fans are gearing up for Rockstar to drop a massive new update for the game and arguably one that's been in the making for the longest possible time.

Last week fans and leakers spotted some subtle changes to the game which hinted that the in-game Casino building could be set for a major overhaul

It's become something of a running joke that the Casino had displayed an 'Opening Soon' banner outside the unused building ever since Grand Theft Auto 5 Online launched in 2013.

But the key word here is 'had', because as of last week all that changed with a small GTA Online update released by Rockstar on the quiet

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"There were rumors that GTAO Next Update will feature the casino, I can confirm it," tweeted out infamous GTA dataminer TezFunz2

"Just now, [Rockstar] have updated the background script to set specific dates that will apply changes to the casino," he continued. "You'll notice changes happening near the casino as we move closer to release."

And it didn't take long before fans spotted that the banner was gone and construction materials have materialised in front of the Casino entrance. Some players have even noted that you can see some sort of interior, which was previously blocked off.

When is the GTA Online Casino DLC Release Date?

(Pic: @GTASeries)

At the time of writing Rockstar hasn't even acknowledged the Casino changes they've been subtly making to the game in the past weeks, let alone a release date.

That said we can have a fairly good stab at predicting when they might look to release this latest game-changing update to GTA Online.

Firstly, Rockstar tend to release new content drops on a Thursday. If you look at the past three weeks these updates have normally arrived every Thursday and you can continue to go back for weeks on end.

It's just when Rockstar likes to drop new content.

So it's possible that we could see this new DLC arrive as early as today, but if not we suspect we won't be waiting too much longer for the content to drop.

It's been, after all, over 6 months since the games last major expansion, which came with the GTA Online: Arena War update in mid-December.

Prior to that, we had the After Hours update released in July 2018 and before that Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series in March 2018.

Looking at 2018 on it's own Rockstar rarely went longer than 4 or 5 months before dropping another 'big' expansion.

Understandably Rockstar has been busy with Red Dead Redemption 2 and Red Dead Online since late 2018. It was only Mid May that Red Dead Online officially left it's 'beta' period.

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