Red Dead Redemption 2 Gambler Challenges guide: How to complete the whole set

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As is the Rockstar way, Red Dead Redemption 2 features dozens of mini games and pastimes broken away from the main portion of the open world, all as addictive and compelling as each other. The Red Dead Redemption 2 Gambler Challenges are just one way to test out your hand as a master player across the game's pockets of gambling tables and matches throughout the Wild West. 

The 10 challenges require you to complete each one on a consecutive basis, so you can't take them all on at once. However, given that the pursuit rewards players with exclusive in-game items, the gauntlet is worth the effort. Below, you'll find a detailed guide to the Red Dead Redemption 2 Gambler Challenges, with bespoke tips on finishing each one as they show up in your tracker menu. Best of luck out there, pardner. 

Gambler 1 - Win 5 hands of poker

You’ll not only need to know how to play Poker to complete this challenge, but know how to win, not to mention find a table to compete on with other characters in Red Dead Redemption 2. You can start your first match in an early story mission, Who is Not Without Sin, while other tables can be found in towns and saloons throughout the world, but you’ll need to chip in a few dollars for entry beforehand. 

Gambler 2 - In Blackjack, double down and win the hand 5 times

In Blackjack, doubling down means to increase your inital bet twofold, usually when the player is confident that their hand can win. Sit down at the Blackjack table at Saint Denis or Blackwater in Red Dead Redemption 2 to try it out for yourself. You’ll need quite a bit of money, especially if you don’t win the hand after doubling down, but once you understand the rules a bit more, you’ll have a good shot at completing this challenge over time. 

Gambler 3 - Win 3 games of Five Finger Fillet

You can play five finger fillet with several gang members at camp for a small entry fee of $1. To win, you need to beat your opponents record time at alternating the knife between your fingers by pressing the telegraphed buttons as quickly as possible. It may take a few tries, but you should have this challenge beat within minutes.

Gambler 4 - Bust one poker location out in each location (Flatneck Station, Saint Denis, Valentine)

Certain shops in Red Dead Redemption 2 will have illegal games of Poker running behind closed doors. You'll need to find these matches and bust them out by simply walking in on them in three of the named locations above. Beware, however, you may run into some hostile situations upon finding the culprits, so get ready for a fight (or a match of Poker). 

Gambler 5 - Win 3 rounds of dominoes without drawing any tiles against 2 or fewer opponents

To win dominoes, you need to get rid of all your tiles as quickly as possible, but will be forced to draw one whenever you can't play your turn. You can compete in rounds of dominoes with gangmates back at home camp, which is the best place to finish this challenge as the entry fee is only a single dollar. 

Gambler 6 - Beat the Blackjack dealer in two locations (Rhodes and Van Horn)

Find the Blackjack table in both the towns of Rhodes and Van Horn to begin this challenge. To beat the dealer, you'll need to place a bet and win the hand against them during each round, so make sure you have enough money to begin the gamble in the first place. 

Gambler 7 - Beat the five finger fillet player in every location (Strawberry, Valentine, Van Horn)

Five finger fillet requires you to press a series of buttons quickly in succession as Arthur navigates the knife between his fingers. To complete this challenge, you'll need to beat your opponent at every named location by besting their record times. 

Gambler 8 - Win three hands of Blackjack with three hits or more

A "hit" in Blackjack means asking for another card to add to your hand, which can be risky, as if you go over 21 then the dealer wins by default. Still, you'll need three rounds with three hits for this challenge, so it may take some time (and money) before this one is complete. Only ask for another card when your total number is low  enough to take the hit, and cross your fingers that the hit won't bring you over the 21 limit. 

Gambler 9 - Win three games of dominoes in a row

Simple and straightforward enough. Just keep playing dominoes back at camp as best you can untill you score a hat trick. If you're struggling for wins, use the in-game rulebook for advice on domino tips and strategis for securing a victory. 

Gambler 10 - Win three hands of Poker in a row

Just like Gambler 9, this challenge requires three consecutive victories of a single game type but, unlike dominoes, Poker is a lot harder to win when luck is such a big factor. Once you have enough money to play at least ten rounds or more in succession, join a lowball poker table like the one at Valentine and keep participating untill a hattrick comes your way. With that, the Gambler Challenge set will be done and dusted, and hopefull you won't have lost too much money along the way. 

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