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Fallout: New Vegas Gambling Guide: Best Strategies & Achievements

This guide goes over all the ins and outs regarding gambling in casinos. Including the best strategies, rewards, and achievements.

Caravan will NOT be covered in this guide.

Fallout: New Vegas Gambling Guide

Each casino has its own chips, this is purely visual – all chips can be used at all casino’s.
Chips can be bought and cashed out with NCR money, Legion currency, or Caps.

From 7 Luck or higher the odds will be in the Couriers favor when gambling. It is possible to increase the Couriers’ luck using the following methods:

  • Install Luck Implant at the New Vegas Medical Clinic (4.000 caps)
  • Intense Training perk and increasing Luck
  • Purchase Naughty Nightwear, at Mick & Ralph’s (200 caps)
  • Find Lucky Shades inside Caesar’s Legion Safehouse on a bed
  • Early Bird skill (+2 between 6am/12pm)
  • Completing the final quest for Lonesome Road and increasing Luck
  • Find “Blackjack” Courier Duster at the entrance of Canyon Wreckage after completing Lonesome Road and having a neutral or below reputation with Caesar’s Legion, Mr. House, and the NCR. (Yes-Man ending)

Using the Mear of Champions and Just Lucky I’m Alive skills is also possible but I would only use this as a last resort since it’s a huge hassle.

Slot Machines

Slot Machines are affected by the Luck stat.
7 Luck is the break-even point for Slots, with a Luck stat of 10 Slot Machines become a viable way to easily make money.

One Armed Bandit

  • Play 10 spins of Slots

Roulette

Roulette is not affected by the Luck stat, therefore I would not recommend playing Roulette as a reliable way of winning Chips.

Little Wheel

  • Play 10 spins of Roulette

Blackjack

Blackjack is THE way to win big in the Casino’s
Each casino has different rules when it comes to blackjack, but you won’t notice this too much if you use the strategy explained below.

After unlocking the achievements for playing Slots and Roulette I’d recommend sticking to Blackjack.

The Strategy

  • If your cards are < 10, keep hitting until near 21
  • If your cards are > 10, Double Down
  • If your cards are one 18, 19, or 20 Stay

Depending on your luck you can also choose to Double Down on 18

Double Down Achievement

  • Play 10 hands of Blackjack

The Vikki and Vance Casino

Blackjack, Roulette and Slots
Blackjack pays are 3:2, the dealer must stand on 17’s.

The Vikki and Vance Casino is the first casino the Courier will encounter on their way to The Strip, making it a worthwhile time investment to financially set the Courier up for their further travels around the Mojave Desert.

Rewards

  • 625+ chips: 20 extra Vikki and Vance Casino chips
  • 1,250+ chips: Stealth Boy
  • 1,875+ chips: Leather Armor – Reinforced
  • 2,500+ chips: Gambling ban

The Atomic Wrangler

Blackjack, Roulette and Slots
Blackjack pays are 6:5, the dealer must draw to 16.

Positioned in Freeside near the entrance to The Stip, the Atomic Wrangler is a perfect last stop to scrounge up the remaining caps the Courier needs to enter the famed New Vegas Strip.

Rewards

  • 1,250+ chips: Beer
  • 2,500+ chips: Whiskey, Dapper Gambler Hat
  • 3,750+ chips: Absinthe, Run & Nuka and Dapper Gambler Suit
  • 5,000+ chips: Gambling ban

The Gomorrah

Blackjack, Roulette and Slots
Blackjack pays are 3:2, the dealer must hit on soft 17’s.

The NCR’s favorite casino! The Gomorrah located on the New Vegas strip and run by the Omertas is the first high-roller casino the Courier will run into coming from Freeside.

Rewards

  • 2,250+ chips: 2x Brahmin Steak
  • 4,500+ chips: Mentat, Jet, and 2x Bottle of Wine
  • 6,750+ chips: Combat Armor – Reinforced
  • 9,000+ chips: Gambling ban, requirement for The Courier Who Broke the Bank achievement

The Tops

Blackjack, Roulette and Slots
Blackjack pays are 3:2, the dealer must stand on all 17’s.

Owned by the leader of the Chairman – Mr. Fancy-Pants himself: Benny, The Tops is a mainstay for wanderers seeking some easy fortunes on the New Vegas Strip.

Rewards

  • 2,500+ chips: Vodka
  • 5,000+ chips: Brahmin Steak and Wine
  • 7,500+ chips: High Roller’s suite key (opens High Roller Suite on the 13th floor)
  • 10,000+ chips: Gambling ban, requirement for The Courier Who Broke the Bank achievement

The Ultra-Luxe

Blackjack and Roulette
Blackjack pays are 3:2, the dealer must stand on all 17’s.

The Ultra-Luxe is the home of the White Glove Society, situated opposed to Vault 21 on the New Vegas Strip. It is the casino with the highest prize pool in New Vegas.

Rewards

  • 3,750+ chips: Atomic Coctail
  • 7,500+ chips: Brahmin Wellington
  • 11,250+ chips: Bon Vivant suite key (opens Bon Vivante suite)
  • 15,500+ chips: Gambling ban, requirement for The Courier Who Broke the Bank achievement

The Sierra Madre Casino

Blackjack, Roulette and Slots
Blackjack pays are 3:2, the dealer must draw to 16 and stand on all 17’s.

Part of the Dead Money DLC, the Sierra Madre (over)ran by Radroaches and Ghosts offers a well-deserved gambling break for the Courier. Unlike other casinos the Courier won’t be able to cash out with bottlecaps, instead cashing out with pre-war money.

Rewards

  • 2,500+ chips: Wine and Scotch
  • 5,000+ chips: Pre-war Parkstroller Outfit and Pre-war Hat
  • 7,500+ chips: Complimentary voucher (1,000 free chips)
  • 10,000+ chips: Gambling ban

The complimentary voucher must be redeemed before leaving the Sierra Madre.

The Courier Who Broke the Bank

  • Win 15,000 caps in The Ultra-Luxe and get banned from gambling
  • Win 10,000 caps in The Tops and get banned from gambling
  • Win 9,000 caps in The Gomorrah and get banned from gambling
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