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April 23, 2019

Spring Into Action With The Best Online Slots Of The Season

Barbara Nathan April 23, 2019

Spring is all about starting anew. The balmy weather and beautiful sight of new flowers in bloom and trees that have been bare for so long finally showing their true colors have us up and about early in the day to take it all in.

We also feel more energized so we don’t really mind less enjoyable activities like filing our tax forms, spring cleaning, and decluttering.

Playing slots on our favorite NJ gambling websites is an enjoyable activity or at least it should be. So, with that in mind, if you’re tired of the same old slots and not having much luck with them either, now is the perfect time to spring into action and try some newer games instead.

I’m not suggesting that you give up those old favorites entirely. But a change in the routine and adding some other games to the mix, may be just what you need to start winning again. The three slots described below are a great place to start.

Shikibu by Konami

Whenever the Japan-based slot maker Konami comes out with a Japanese themed game, you know the symbols are going to look authentic. The game was inspired by a woman named Murasaki Shikibu, who wrote The Tale of Genji back in the 11th century.

But no need to know Japanese medieval history to enjoy this unusual slot. Stunning visuals, immersive gameplay, and rewarding twists and turns will keep you mesmerized to the screen for a long time.

Shikubu isn’t technically brand new since it was released in 2016. However, it wasn’t added on several NJ gambling websites like Resorts, Mohegan Sun, and PlaySugarHouse until April, 2019. So there’s a good chance, this game is new for you as well.

Shikibu has five reels, three rows, and 30 fixed paylines. Large symbols suggestive of good luck like a Geisha girl and turtle pop out at you against the gold background.

Wild symbol

The game’s NJ online casino bonus wild symbol is a golden lotus, and this is one symbol you definitely want to see. It can only appear on reel 3. But when it does, like all other symbols on reel 3, it comes in pairs, which creates many more winning combinations. On one spin, while betting $6 per spin in demo mode, the entire reel turned up wild! My $6 bet returned over $300!

Free games feature

If three or more Japanese letter character scatter symbols land anywhere on the reels on the same spin, it triggers the free games feature. You get to select which one of the following five options you prefer:

  • 20 free spins with a 2x, 3x, or 5x multiplier
  • 10 free spins with a 5x, 8x, or 10x multiplier
  • Mystery Choice: both the number of free spins and the multiplier are a mystery
  • 5 free spins with a 10x, 15x, or 30x multiplier
  • 3 free spins with a 15x, 30x, or 40x multiplier

If you want to play it safe, take the 20 free spins with a small multiplier. If you’re more of a risk taker, take 3 or 5 free spins with a big multiplier or the Mystery Choice.

THE STATS

  • Five reels/30 paylines
  • Bets: 45 cents to $22.50 (fine for small stakes players, but not a high rollers’ game)
  • RTP: 96.06 percent
  • Maximum payout: $600,000

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Tiny Treasures by High 5

Amidst the sea of slots with 40, 50, 80, or 100 paylines, Tiny Treasures is a rare find. But how could anyone possibly want to play a slot with only three paylines? Trust me, the Tiny Treasures slot game is anything but boring.

As soon as you get your first big win, which won’t take long, you will want to give a high five to anyone around you. Then it will be right back to the reels to try to keep the winning streak going.

Tiny Treasures has five reels and three rows, which also serve as the three paylines. The setting is a pretty flower garden, and each row is bedecked with a different color flower–yellow for the top row, blue for the middle row, and pink on the bottom.

The colorful array of flowers makes this game a perfect slot choice for spring. But it’s the added presence of fairies, who on every spin can either disappoint you or make your wishes come true, that makes Tiny Treasures the perfect antidote for all your cares and worries.

You’re immediately swept up in the magic of the moment. Nothing else matters but having one or more fairies lining up on the same row with large dollar amounts and turning those lofty figures into instant cash for you!

Tiny Treasures basics

The game’s only symbols are the fairy, the numbers 0-9, and the jackpot symbol. When the fairy appears, which isn’t always, it will only be on reel 1. Usually, she’s only on one row, but sometimes she’ll appear on two or all three rows.

In addition, on any given spin, a number may or may or not appear on any row on reels 2-5. When only one number appears on a row, it will be on reel 5. The next reel where a number might appear would be reel 4, and so on.

The more numbers you see on the same row, the bigger your win–if and only if the fairy, or even better, the jackpot symbol, shows up in reel 1 on the same row. The number displayed on the reels multiplied by your line bet is the amount you win.

It’s frustrating when you see a big dollar amount but no fairy or the fairy shows up on the wrong row. But Tiny Treasures, despite the name, is capable of delivering some huge payouts.

A couple of times my $2 line bet ($6 total) in demo mode returned over $200. However, it’s possible to win a lot more. If you hit the jackpot, you can win up to 10,000x your line bet multiplier!

THE STATS

  • Five reels/3 paylines
  • Bets: 60 cents to $60 (at Golden Nugget, may vary on other websites)
  • RTP: 96.0%
  • Maximum payout: $300,000 (at Golden Nugget)

MORE INFO

Available at Caesars, Golden Nugget, Mohegan Sun, Pala, PlaySugarHouse, Resorts

Mercy of the Gods by NetEnt

The last game in this trio of top slots to play this spring is a new progressive jackpot slot from NetEnt called Mercy of the Gods. It is so new, in fact–just released January, 2019–that for now, BorgataCasino.com is the only NJ gambling website offering it.

Mercy of the Gods takes you all the way back in time to ancient Egypt. The game has five reels, three rows, and 20 fixed paylines.

Much like other NetEnt online slot games, Mercy of the Gods offers many exciting extras that slot players love. For example, there’s a wild symbol, which can trigger respins and even become a walking wild, and also a scatter symbol. Three,  four, or five of the latter triggers 5, 8, or 12 free spins, respectively.

Gift of Wealth bonus game

The piece de resistance, however, is the Gift of Wealth bonus game triggered by three or more golden heart bonus symbols. This is your one shot at one of three possible jackpots: a Minor Jackpot, Major Jackpot, or mega-size Progressive Jackpot!

Exceptionally high RTP

Unfortunately, most progressive jackpot slots have a lower than average return to player (RTP). This is the price you pay trying to chase the big payout which, let’s face it, is very hard to hit.

Meanwhile, unless you’re careful, because the small payouts you do win are fewer and more far between than you’re accustomed to, depleting your bankroll is a real possibility.

This won’t happen with Mercy of the Gods, with an RTP of 96.64 percent or another similar progressive jackpot slot by NetEnt, Divine Fortune, with an RTP of 96.60 percent.

Two ongoing BorgataCasino.com promotions give you even more ways to win

As if all of the above aren’t enough reason to hurry over to BorgataCasino.com and put Mercy of the Gods to the test, here are two more. Throughout the entire month of April this casino is offering two great promotions centered around this slot game: a daily free spin and a $20,000 sweepstakes with 1,000 winners!

THE STATS

  • Five reels/20 paylines
  • Bets: 20 cents to $100
  • RTP: 96.64 percent

MORE INFO

  • Ancient Egyptian theme
  • Gift of Life Respins and Gift of Double Wilds
  • Gift of Wealth bonus game with a chance to win a Minor, Major, or Progressive Jackpot
  • Available at Borgata

If you would like to know more about Mercy of the Gods and also how to opt into the two special promotions on BorgataCasino.com, read here.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Basics & Beyond

Martin Derbyshire April 23, 2019

The first pitch in the 2019 Major League Baseball season was thrown out March 20. With that, the first full baseball season where anyone inside New Jersey can legally bet on Major League Baseball began.

Each of league’s 30 teams will play 162 games giving you literally thousands of opportunities to bet on baseball this year.

There are three basic baseball bet types available for each game:

  • Moneyline
  • Run line
  • Total

MLB moneylines

Moneyline betting on baseball is quite similar to other sports. NJ sports betting operators will post odds on each team in every game based on the teams’ chances of winning.

You simply pick the team you think will win and lay down a wager. If they manage to get the job done in that game you’ll get paid according to the odds set by the sportsbook where you placed the bet.

For example, on April 15 the New York Mets were at +100 visiting the Philadelphia Phillies at -114 on FanDuel Sportsbook. That means a $100 bet on the Mets would pay $100, plus your bet back if they win. In the meantime, you’d have to bet $114 on the Phillies to win $100 plus your bet back if they win.

MLB run lines

Baseball run lines are much like point spreads in other sports like football. The run line must be factored into a game’s final score when determining a betting winner.

Since the average MLB game is a pretty low scoring affair, run lines are almost always 1.5. Although, as the season rolls on you might find the odd 2.5 run line on games with a heavy favorite.

With a 1.5 run line you either bet that the favorite will win by 2 runs or more, or that the underdog will win outright or lose by only one run.

Betting on run lines effectively alter a game’s moneyline odds.

For example, on that April 15 Mets at Phillies game, PointsBet has the run line set at 1.5. The Phillies -1.5 is at +185 and the Mets +1.5 is at -210. The Phillies are a slight moneyline favorite, but when the run line is factored in the odds on the Mets are set as if they are the favorite.

As you can see, run line betting can be a way for you to get a better price on a moneyline favorite. But remember, the run line must be factored into the final score when determining the betting winner.

In other words, you’ll get a better price on the Phillies to win betting the run line, but they must win the game by two runs or more for your bet to pay off.

MLB totals

Totals bets on baseball games are just like totals in any other sport. You simply bet on whether the final run tally in a game will be over or under a total set by oddsmakers.

The odds on totals vary by game and operator, but you can expect to find anywhere from -105 to -120 on either side at most NJ sportsbooks.

MLB parlays

An MLB parlay is a single bet combining two or more basic MLB bets. Parlays pay better than individual bets, but you need to win every leg of the parlay to get paid anything at all.

Advanced MLB betting options

Most NJ sportsbooks also offer live in-play betting on MLB games. That means basic betting on lines that are adjusted as the action continues.

Most NJ sportsbooks will also offer more advanced betting options on MLB games including:

  • Doubles that combine two basic bets
  • Player props including things like which player will hit a home run or how many strikeouts each starter will throw
  • Inning by inning props and basic lines on the first five innings
  • Game props featuring alternatives to the basic lines and lines including things like which team will have the most hits

MLB futures

NJ sportsbooks also offer moneyline odds on who will win each MLB division, league, and ultimately the World Series.

These odds are adjusted for each team as the season continues. That means that as the season moves forward strong favorites are often established. For the most part, that also means that the price on these favorites is better the earlier in the season it is.

Basic MLB betting tips

The MLB season is a long one. That means anything can and will happen in individual games. However, trends often emerge. Hitters go on hot streaks and pitchers can dominate for long stretches throughout the year.

If you’re going to bet on baseball and want to do more than just throw darts at a board to make picks, it’s your job to identify these trends and take advantage of them.

Here are four basic baseball betting tips that might make that job a little easier:

Starting pitchers impact games

It’s important to be aware of a team’s rotation and who will be the next game’s starter because no one player impacts the game more. It’s so important most NJ sportsbooks will list the starter under the name of each team on the odds board. That’s tantamount to saying you’re betting on the starter as much as you are the team in any given game.

Hitters are streaky and it’s contagious

Look for teams that are on the verge of an offensive explosion. Pay attention to hitting statistics and identify the teams that are almost unstoppable at certain points in the season. Find two facing off against each other in games where they’re deep into the pitching rotation and hammer the over.

Watch the weather

You’re going to want to know when there’s a rain delay, but watching the weather can offer more than that. Balls fly out of the park on hot days but too much humidity can also make the difference between a fly ball out and a home run. A strong wind can have a major impact on home run totals as well. Look for ball parks that have a reputation for hosting high scoring games and bet on big run totals when the weather cooperates and low run totals when it does not.

Properly manage your baseball betting bankroll

The MLB regular season will run all the way to Sept. 29, so there’ no sense in blowing your entire bankroll on an early season sure thing. Especially since there’s really no such thing. Take your time and properly manage your betting bankroll throughout the season. That way you’ll still have something to bet when postseason baseball begins Oct. 1. Game 1 of the 2019 World Series is set for Oct. 22 and if the series goes seven games, Game 7 will be played on Oct. 30. It would be sure a shame to run out of cash before you get the chance to bet on that.

Where to bet on MLB games in NJ

Currently, there are 13 NJ gambling websites that offer sports betting where you can bet on MLB action:

Online SportsbookSports Betting Partner(s)Land-Based PartnerLaunch DateiOS?Android?
DraftKings SportsbookSBTechResorts ACAug. 6YesYes
BetStars NJNAResorts ACSept. 13YesYes
FanDuel SportsbookBetfair/IGTMeadowlandsSept. 1YesYes
Caesars SportsbookScientific GamesCaesars ACSept. 6YesYes
PointsBetNAMeadowlandsDec. 11YesYes
SugarHouse SportsbookKambiMonmouth ParkAug. 23YesYes
888 SportKambiCaesarsSept. 10YesYes
Golden Nugget SportsbookSBTechGolden Nugget ACFeb. 19YesYes
playMGMIGTBorgata ACAug. 22YesYes
William Hill NJNAMonmouth/Ocean ResortSept. 1YesYes
Hard Rock OnlineGiGHard Rock ACJan. 30YesYes
Resorts Online SportsbookSBTechResorts ACJan. 31YesYes
BetAmerica SportsbookSBTechGolden Nugget ACFeb. 2YesYes
bet365NAHard Rock ACUnknownLikelyLikely
Ocean ResortWilliam HillOcean Resort CasinoUnknownLikely Likely
Bally'sScientific GamesBally's UnknownLikelyLikely
Harrah'sScientific GamesHarrah'sUnknownLikelyLikely
UnibetKambiHard Rock ACUnknownLikelyLikely
TheScoreBet.WorksMonmouth2019PlannedPlanned
CG TechnologyStadium TechnologyMeadowlands2019ProbablyProbably

There are also 10 open land-based sportsbooks in the state taking bets on MLB games:

Casino/RacetrackSports Betting PartnerLaunch DateSportsbook Name
Monmouth ParkWilliam HillJune 14Monmouth Park Sports Book By William Hill
Borgata SportsbookIGTJune 14Borgata Race & Sports Bar
Ocean Resort SportsbookWilliam HillJune 28William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort
MeadowlandsBetfair/FanDuelJuly 14FanDuel Sportsbook
Harrah's SportsbookScientific GamesAug. 1Harrah's Sports Book
Bally's SportsbookScientific GamesJuly 30Wild Wild West Sports Book
Golden Nugget SportsbookSBTechAug. 15The Sportsbook
Resorts SportsbookSBTech; DraftKings/KambiAug. 15DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts
TropicanaWilliam HillOct. 25William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City
Hard Rock ACGiGJan. 30Hard Rock Sportsbook
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