In addition to many lucrative first-time deposit bonuses and free money promotions that New Jersey online casinos offer, every online casino in the state has some sort of frequent player point system to reward its loyal customers.
So, yes, you do get points in much the same fashion as you would while playing in any of the physical casinos located in Atlantic City.
However, most of the online casinos have separate programs from the frequent player points programs they offer in their live casinos. Keeping up with what’s going on at your favorite sites can be in your best interest.
Checking out NJ online casino forums, reading sites like this one, and just simply checking the sites for what’s new can help you keep your bankroll topped up.
Which points are worth more, live or online?
As with most promotions, if you were to ask which is better, the answer is: it depends. The number of points you accumulate while playing online varies greatly by the type of game.
Illustrating a typical online rewards program
One of our favorite rewards programs is the Golden Rewards Player’s Club offered at the Golden Nugget Casino, because once Golden Points are redeemed they are added directly to the patron’s cashable balance. At many other online casinos, this bonus money is still subject to playthrough requirements.
Golden Points are converted into cash at a rate of $1 per 100 points, or $0.01 per point. This is pretty much the industry standard. The major differences arise when you take a look at how points are acquired.
The Golden Nugget Casino allows players to earn points in a much larger variety of ways than many of their competitors.
- $100 wagered on slots will earn five Golden Points
- $100 wagered on table games, blackjack, roulette or video poker will earn one Golden Point
- Every day a real money wager is played: 10 points
- Every day the patron deposits between $50 and $99: 20 points
- Every day the patron deposits $100 or more: 40 points
As you can see, the points start piling up, and just to reiterate, once Golden Points are converted to cash they can be instantly cashed out of your account without any further restrictions.
With Total Rewards, all play goes to one program
We would be remiss not to discuss one of the best VIP programs offered both online and at live casinos. If you are looking for an online casino that offers a direct transference of online play to its brick and mortar counterpart, Harrah’s Total Rewards program is the right choice.
When you play at Harrah’s Online Casino, for every $20 you wager, you will receive one Tier Credit and one Online Reward Credit. Once you link your account, your Online Tier Credits will be automatically awarded to your Total Rewards account every month. You will then gain access to all applicable benefits at Total Rewards Atlantic City properties.
If you play enough at Harrah’s Online Casino to achieve Seven Stars status, you will receive a $500 celebration dinner, complimentary rooms, upgrades to the best available rooms at check-in, annual retreats to any Total Rewards resort or casino, invitations to events, and a congratulatory trip with Norwegian Cruise Line.
New Jersey online casinos offer many of the same benefits of playing in live casinos without the hassle of actually going to the Boardwalk to play. You will earn all sorts of outstanding rewards and comps while you enjoy gambling from the privacy of your home.
Online poker rewards in NJ
In many ways, if you are a poker player, online frequent player programs are better than they are for live play. Casinos are historically stingy with promotions for poker players, because, frankly, they don’t make enough money from poker.
Online poker is a different story entirely.
PokerStars in particular has a VIP rewards program that out-does the competition. Its VIP rewards program boasts six levels of VIP status that can be earned through competing in monthly or yearly VIP steps. The first five VIP statuses are achieved on a monthly basis (BronzeStar, ChromeStar, SilverStar, and PlatinumStar) whereas the last, Supernova, is achieved on a yearly basis.
A quick perusal of the PokerStarsNJ VIP Store will demonstrate the value of the VIP Club. You can pick up awesome PokerStars merchandise, purchase VIP cash rebates, and buy online tickets to the biggest and best poker tournaments New Jersey online poker has to offer.