TL;DR An evening in the Casino with some friends could cost you half a months wages, SEGA confirms there are no alternatives, the greed is EA level at this point.
As some of you may know (and many do not) the Casino in PSO2 was available to all and could be played via Casino Coins acquired through Passes which were given out upon login once per day, alongside the Extreme Quest Pass.
This is no longer the case as Casino Coins cannot be obtained via this method any more, instead they are only available via a paid (with real money) option, which involves exchanging AC Scratch Ticket items.
This effectively makes the Casino a paid feature that involves genuine gambling but without any real world value pay-out.
With the launch of NGS many players have called SEGA "greedy" and "desperate for money" due to their hard doubling down on cosmetic scratches and bonus items rewarded for doing scratches worth upwards of around £75, €80, $90 etc.
I reached out to the support team to confirm whether there was an alternative available, their response is below confirming this is now restricted to paying customers only.
Lets break this down a little, I'll be using GBP because that's my native currency, also note that I'm not using bundles or the 450 CC item because this alone puts the point across, saving £0.10 isn't a saving.
100 AC is £0.79
One AC Scratch Ticket item costs 200 AC
This means it would cost £1.58 for per AC Scratch Ticket item which works out to 50 Casino Coins.
Here's Arkuma Slots:
To have enough coins to play Arkuma Slots, I'd need 500 which would translate to:
£7.90 = 1000 AC = 5 AC Scratch Ticket Items = 250 Casino Coins. (not including the 450 option)
Double this to get enough for 500 and it means one game of Arkuma Slots costs £15.80, you can fail within the first few stages and you get nothing in return whatsoever, roughly an hours wage for many (more for some across the world) for less than ten minutes of so-called entertainment.
I recently failed three plays in a row due to bad luck (is it really bad luck?) which would put me out of pocket by £47.40 for less than 15 minutes of so-called gameplay.
Other games cost varying amounts, Rappy Slots is between 1-5, whereas Mesetan Shooter is 100 CC for Bronze Mode or 200 CC for Silver Mode.
For fun you can work out the value of my current wallet which is 39,245 CC. It's not great.
Nobody really wants to spend hard earned money on these arguably low satisfaction games with no real pay-out to speak of, especially where there's a complete loss option, and I doubt players will be doing this as it seems like a complete waste of money to spend half a month's wages on Arkuma Slots for maybe a couple of hours, but the fact that SEGA even suggests this is how they intend for us to play their in-game Casino games strikes me the wrong way entirely and makes me reconsider my support for this series, a game I've been playing for almost ten years at this point.
I wanted to see what other players thought about this move, as it certainly doubles down very hard on their recent changes to a more paid