In-Depth Guide to Playing Poker Inside Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 has been wildly popular since it’s release at the end of October in 2018.

The action-packed adventure game depicts 1800’s American West perfectly. It’s thrilled players with open-world mechanics since it’s release.

You can do so much in the game besides the main missions ahead of you. You can free-roam and play mini-games like Grab the Bag, Gold Rush, Stronghold, Shootout and many others. There’s something for the player who likes to casually gamble, too, like poker.

This article will detail to all poker lovers out there how to play poker from Arther Morgan’s perspective. One of the protagonists of the game.

You’ll learn about the exact locations where you can find the poker game and how you can beat your opponents. Doing this will unlock those much-needed achievements.

Off we go!

Where Can You Find Poker Games in RDR2?

Similarly to the first version of the game, poker in Red Dead Redemption 2 is found in a few places. Basically, there are five different places on the map you can find to play poker. These are: Blackwater, Flatneck Station, Valentine, Tumbleweed and Saint-Denis. Also, you can sometimes be allowed to play poker with a fellow gang member in different campsites.

Poker whilst in Valentina or Saint-Denis is available to play in the local saloons. To play a game at Flatneck Station you have to complete the Who Is Not Without Sin mission first. To play poker in Blackwater or Tumbleweed you have to have completed all the missions.

You’re able to play poker when the stations or saloons are open. If they’re closed and you’re there for a visit in the location, well, you’ll just have to wait until the morning.

During one mission, called A Fine Night of Debauchery, poker is actually obligatory. During the mission, you’ll be helped by a friend called Leopold Strauss, and he’ll signal to you what to do. You can opt to not take his advice and beat the game fairly and squarely on your own, which completes a Gold Medal Objective for the mission.

Rules in Red Dead Redemption 2 Poker

All poker games within RDR2 follow Texas Hold’em rules. If you’re not familiar with these particular rules then here’s a quick lesson:

  • Every player in a Texas Hold’em game is dealt 2 cards.
  • Following the first round of bets, 3 cars are placed face-up on the table
  • These cards are community cards that all players can use
  • After the second round of bets, a fourth card is placed face-up
  • The same process follows for the firth card
  • You will then have 4 options in every round of bets. You can Fold, check, bet or raise.

Card rankings within Texas Hold’em go like this:

  • High card
  • One pair
  • Two pairs
  • Three of a kind
  • Straight
  • Flush
  • Full house
  • Four of a kind
  • Straight flush
  • Royal flush

If you want to learn more about the poker rules in RDR2, you simply need to navigate to the main menu in the game, and select poker, found under activities in the help section.


Prior to each round, two of the players have to bet a nominal figure called the small and bid bling. The size of those blinds differ, dependent on the stakes at the table and can range from 4 cents to 10 cents in RDR2. The blinds will remain fixed during solo player mode, but they double after 5 rounds in a multiplayer setting. The buy-ins can range from $2.50 – $5.

In the game, poker has no betting limits. Meaning, a player may go all-in at any time they like during betting rounds. You’re allowed to quit any time you like and cash in any chips you’ve earned right up until then.

Poker Challenges

For a player to get an incentive to play poker in Red Dead Redemption 2, the game must set a few poker challenges. If completed, these challenges increase the player’s stats and allow you a stronger character.

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The first of these challenges is to win 5 poker hands. You can do this at any of the previously mentioned locations. You don’t have to win all 5 hands in succession, or in the same session. Simply win five hands in the course of one gameplay.

The second challenge is tricker. You have to bust a player in 3 different locations. To do this, it means you’ll need them to go all-in versus your hand, and lose. It doesn’t sound hard but often your opponent will fold if you’re playing too aggressively. So go in with a good strategy.

The final challenge is to win 3 poker hands in succession, You can do this in any of the locations, but you must do it in one sitting. It’s advisable not to be overly aggressive and perhaps announce all-in three times in succession and hope other players don’t call. Or, you can play the way you typically would and if you’re a good poker player you’ll have the challenge completed in no time.

Poker challenges are only a small part of a wider group of gambling challenges. There are ten in total. You can play Blackjack, Dominoes or Five Finger Fillet. All of which contain their own set of challenges.

Is the Poker in RDR2 Realistic?

When you know it’s only a mini-game, the poker you get in Red Dead Redemption 2 is surprisingly realistic. Not just the visual and the emotions of the characters, but the actual game itself is sophisticated. Better than some real single-player online poker games you get on casino sites.

Your opponents won’t be easy to beat, and some have a distinctive playing style that you’ll eventually notice if you play them long enough. Some characters are expressly aggressive and will often go all-in. Others might be cautious and you’ll notice them playing it safe.

In either case, the poker experience of playing in RDR2 is fantastic. If you’re a poker lover you’ll find it both entertaining and realistic.

Only on your first hand played in a mission named Who Is Not Without Sin is fixed. The game uses a Random Number Generator to ensure all outcomes are fair and random. If you’re losing, it’s not the games fault and in all honesty, you just need to get better at poker.

Can I Make Much Money Playing Poker in RDR2?

Short answer, no, not much. Poker in RDR2 is supposed to be for fun and completing a challenge. The stakes are far too low to win any actual substantial prizes. If you play for a long time your balance will accumulate, but it’d be a shame to get stuck in that one mini-game when the whole thing is so awesome.

It’s been deliberately done so good poker players don’t use it as an avenue to exploit the feature of the game and use it as a means of making money. The real purpose is to propel you through the story.


Although nearly two years old, Red Dead Redemption 2 is still much-loved and one of the best open-world games ever released. Considering the developers put a lot of time and effort into making the mini-game of poker so thrilling and realistic, you can definitely imagine how the rest of the game is!

If you’re into video gaming, Red Dead Redemption 2 comes highly recommended. As far as mini-poker games, hopefully, this article has given you some useful information and you can go and complete some challenges!