Every weekend you will find a slew of special promotions on NJ gambling websites.
However, when it comes to knock your socks off giveaways that are so over the top, you wonder how this casino can keep offering them, the one place that stands out from the pack is Golden Nugget Online Casino.
This weekend is no exception. Or maybe it is because even Golden Nugget Online Casino admits that the grand prize now up for grabs is one of the largest weekend giveaways ever.
One player will drive away in a 2019 Ford Mustang valued at $28,355!
But this is not an all or nothing giveaway by any means. In addition to the new car, Golden Nugget is giving away $10,000 in bonus money, and 499 players will all win a piece of it!
How to participate in the Golden Nugget Mustang and bonus money giveaway
Even with the huge number of prizes, this giveaway definitely favors big players over small players. The more you play during the Aug. 22-25 promotion period, the more entries you earn into the drawing and the better your chances.
The period for earning entries started on Thursday, August 22 but continues all weekend long till 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 25. So you still have time. In fact, on Sunday, players earn twice as many entries for the same amount of wagering as on the other days. So Sunday is definitely the day to make playing your favorite Golden Nugget online casino games your priority.
If you have already started earning entries into the Mustang giveaway, great. But if not, here’s what you need to do ASAP.
- Log into your Golden Nugget Online Casino account.
- Claim the offer from Available Bonuses.
- Start playing!
For every $100 wagered from Aug. 22 through Aug. 24, you will earn one entry into the drawing.
For every $100 wagered on Sunday, Aug. 25, you will earn two entries!
Keep in mind that “weighted wagering” applies.
How the prizes will be distributed
All winners will be contacted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 27. The following table shows how the prizes will be distributed.
|1st Place||Ford Mustang|
|3rd to 4th||$500 Bonus|
|5th to 10th||$100 Bonus|
|11th to 30th||$50 Bonus|
|31st to 110th||$25 Bonus|
Golden Nugget Weekend Giveaway terms and conditions
The grand prize will consist of a 2019 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Coupe or comparable vehicle. However, any extra costs such as license and registration, taxes, delivery, insurance, and vehicle maintenance are not included and are the winner’s own responsibility.
Alternatively, the winner has the option to exchange the car for a $15,000 bonus with a wagering requirement of 1x the bonus.
Bonus money prizes
Players who win bonus money have up to seven days to complete the following wagering requirements:
- Most slots: 1x bonus
- Video poker, blackjack, roulette, and other table games: 4x bonus
- Excluded slots*: 5x bonus
Sports bets don’t count.
As with all bonuses at this casino, prior to clearing the bonus within the seven days allotted time period, both the bonus money itself and any additional winnings associated with it will remain frozen in your account. However, if you have other funds in your cashable wallet unrelated to the bonus and would like to withdraw those, you can. Upon completion of the required wagering, the bonus together with your winnings from wagering it (or whatever you have left of this money) will become available to you as well.
On the other hand, opting out, attempting to withdraw unavailable funds prematurely, or failure to complete the wagering requirements in time will result in forfeiture of both the entire bonus and any resulting additional winnings.
Watch out for the 21 excluded slots
*Golden Nugget offers one of the largest collections of slots of any NJ online casino. In fact, as of this writing, this casino is home to 575 slots. So if you decide to clear this bonus with slots, you have plenty of great choices.
More great news is that all but 21 of these games count 100 percent. And for this bonus, you only have to wager it once, which makes it a no-risk bonus.
However, we recommend that you steer clear of the 21 “excluded” slots (see the Golden Nugget website for the complete list), as those slots only count 20% towards clearing the bonus. The reason for the higher wagering requirement is probably their superior return to player (RTP). However, Golden Nugget offers many other slots with a higher than average RTP that count 100% towards clearing the bonus. You can identify them easily by clicking on the slot’s “i” tab. Those are the slots you should play when you have a bonus to clear.
Golden Nugget weekend giveaway pros and cons
This promotion is similar in format to many other giveaways at Golden Nugget Online Casino. Therefore, the same comments I have made regarding what’s great and not so great about this casino’s past promotions also apply here.
What could be better
Let’s start with a brief summary of the features of this promotion that could be better.
The giveaway strongly favors high rollers
No deposit is required to participate and, at least in theory, in order to participate and have a chance to win a prize, all you need to wager is $100. But don’t take that to mean this giveaway is for everybody because it clearly is not.
The problem is that Golden Nugget has chosen not to place any cap at all on the number of entries per player. So there is nothing to stop players who are capable of betting many thousands of dollars per day from doing exactly that to amass as many entries as possible. That does not bode well for smaller players. Of course, in a random drawing, anything is possible, and the fact that there are 500 prizes and no player can win more than one prize also helps. But even so, players who can only afford to bet $100 or a very small multiple of $100 over the entire weekend are probably wasting their time.
Overabundance of very small bonus money prizes
If you look at the distribution of bonus money prizes, you will see that while a few of them are substantial, the overwhelming majority are tiny. 469 of the 499 bonuses are either $25 or $10. That’s a very small return after wagering hundreds of dollars—and for many players, thousands of dollars—to earn entries. That is all the more reason not to wager more than you can afford during the entry earning period. Small players should wait until the casino offers a 100 percent or 50 percent deposit match bonus instead.
Great features of the Golden Nugget Mustang bonus money giveaway
On the other hand, this promotion has some great features going for it, too. If it didn’t, I wouldn’t be wasting my time and yours telling you about it.
- Opportunity to win some fabulous prizes
- 500 winners—many, many more than in most NJ online casino drawings
- Even if you don’t win, it’s a great opportunity to rack up lots of Golden Points playing your favorite games.
- Very reasonable wagering requirements for clearing the bonus
In other words, if you think you can do enough wagering this weekend to have a realistic shot at winning, go for it. There might even be a brand new Ford Mustang in your future!
Every so often, Virgin Casino holds a special drawing where players can win always appreciated bonus money simply by playing select NetEnt games.
Sometimes the games are slots and sometimes they are table games, but either way, what is great about these promotions, apart from the prizes, is that they highlight some of the best games that NJ gambling websites have to offer.
This week NetEnt slots take center stage. In fact, Virgin Casino offered the identical promotion in April. I described it in my April 3 article on another website, njonlinecasinobonus.com, so some of you may have seen that article and participated. But even if you haven’t, this week you have another chance. Once again, $2,000 in bonus money is up for grabs and 70 lucky players will all get a piece of it!
How the $2,000 NetEnt prize draw at Virgin Casino works
The current promotion began on Monday, August 19 and continues all week long until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 25. Each day that you wager $50 or more on any of the 10 included NetEnt slot games, you earn entries into the upcoming drawing. So ideally, you would have started playing and earning entries since day 1, Monday. However, even if you start today, you still have a good chance to win a prize.
You need to wager at least $50 on any given calendar day during the promotion for that day’s play to count. However, if you wager more, you can earn additional entries. For every $50 wagered on any included game on the same day, you earn 1 entry into the drawing, up to a maximum of five entries per day if your play totals $250 or more.
The maximum number of entries anyone can receive is therefore 35. But if you can’t earn that many, don’t worry about it. The winners will be chosen by a random drawing, where anything can happen, and with 70 prizes being awarded, you have a good shot at winning even without the maximum number of entries. However, keep in mind that you can’t carry over your play from one day to the next so you won’t earn any entries on a day when you don’t wager at least $50.
Are you eligible?
This promotion is open to registered Virgin Casino players only. Living in New Jersey is not a requirement as long as you have access to the NJ VirginCasino.com website and are in New Jersey at the time of your play. However, residents of the following locations are excluded from participating: New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
What games are included in the Virgin Casino NetEnt prize draw promotion?
The same 10 NetEnt slots games that counted in the April giveaway are the ones you can choose from for this giveaway, too. Here is the complete list.
|Finn and the Swirly Spin™|
|Guns N’ Roses Video Slots™|
|Dead or Alive™|
|Coins of Egypt™|
You are free to choose any game or combination of games you wish from this list. If one or more of these games are already a favorite of yours, you might want to play it again. Or if you prefer, you can mix up your play and try something new. It’s entirely up to you.
How much can you win?
This is not the type of drawing that is going to make anybody rich, but with 70 prize winners, there’s much less chance of going away empty-handed than with most drawings.
In any case, you won’t have to wait long to find out. On Monday, August 26, Virgin Casino will hold a random drawing from all of the eligible entries to pick the 70 winners. All prizes will be in the form of bonus money credited to the player’s account and will be either $50 bonus dollars or $20 bonus dollars, as indicated below.
|# of Winners||Prize|
|20||$50 Bonus Money|
|50||$20 Bonus Money|
Winners will most likely see the money in their account within 24 hours thereafter. But allow for up to three business days in case of technical difficulties.
Bonus Money wagering requirements
Unless you are brand new to Virgin Casino, you probably already have the full lowdown on the wagering requirements for clearing the bonus money being offered in this promotion. They are exactly the same as for any other bonus you might receive in the course of your play on VirginCasinoCasino.com or sister NJ gambling website TropicanaCasino.com.
You have up to 30 days to wager the bonus 1x on any casino game you wish. Then, whatever you win as a result is yours to keep and spend as you please. However, forget about doing likewise with the bonus itself. As soon as you finish wagering it once, win or lose, the casino removes the bonus from your account permanently. But if it’s any consolation, there will be plenty of other bonuses coming your way because Virgin Casino continually comes up with new bonus offers.
Virgin Casino NetEnt Prize Draw Pros and Cons
This promotion shares the same not so great features that, unfortunately, prevail in most other Virgin Casino offers. So let’s summarize those negatives quickly so we can turn our focus instead to what is great about the Virgin Casino NetEnt Prize Draw.
What could be better
There are two problems here. For starters, you can only bet the bonus once. So if you win, you can’t press your luck and try to win more. Traditional bonuses are completely different because in order to clear the bonus, you have to keep betting it many times. If your luck turns bad, it can be tough on your bankroll, but if the reverse is true, there is the potential to get a nice win streak going and turn a huge profit.
The second problem is you can’t keep the bonus, only your winnings, if any, from betting the bonus. Having the bonus money stripped from your account cuts significantly into the amount of profit you can make.
Reduced chance to win due to the likely huge number of entries
Yes, this drawing will have 70 winners. But there will be many times that number of entries, not only because almost any player can qualify, but most participants will have multiple entries rather than just one, and many players will have 35 entries
Offsetting great features
Now we will tell you why you should overlook these shortcomings and participate in this week’s NetEnt giveaway.
It’s a promotion any player can afford
Some NJ online casino promotions may sound great on paper, but once you get past all the fine print and fully understand the deposit and wagering requirements, your opinion might be different. However, this offer from Virgin Casino is the type of promotion any player can afford. If it’s not convenient for you to make a deposit this week, no problem. No deposit is required. Can you afford to bet at least $50 on slots at least one day this week? If you can, you can participate in this offer. And if you win a bonus money prize, you only have to bet the bonus once–with the casino’s money! That’s as little wagering as you’ll ever be asked to do to clear any NJ online casino bonus!
Reasonable cap on the number of entries per person
Of course, you can improve your chances of winning in the drawing with more entries, which you can get by wagering more than $50 per day. But unlike in some drawings, where there is no limit to the number of entries a given player can earn, this one has a cap of five entries per day based on $250 or more in wagers. In other words, high rollers who can afford to bet thousands of dollars per day, won’t go into the drawing with a prohibitive advantage over everybody else. All players have a fair chance to win a prize.
Bonus is just big enough for you to feel it’s worth playing for
Both a $20 bonus and a $50 bonus would have to be considered small, but they are not so tiny, even after the bonus is taken away and only the winnings remain, that you will feel that your play was a complete waste of time.
No risk bonus
We mentioned your being limited to only betting the bonus once as a negative factor because it denies you the opportunity to capitalize on a winning streak. But there’s a positive aspect, too. You can’t possibly lose any of your own money clearing the bonus. Instead, the casino is giving you a free shot to bet the bonus once and try to win with it. If you don’t win, it’s the casino’s money you will have lost and not your own so you are no worse off than just before you got the bonus. But you could win. Either way, it’s a no-risk bonus!
Excellent opportunity to play some great NetEnt slot games
As if all of the above reasons aren’t enough to convince you to participate in this promotion, I have saved the piece de resistance for last.
Even if you play at Virgin Casino frequently, there are probably many games you haven’t tried yet, including some of this casino’s best offerings. If you enjoy playing NJ online slots but have been down on your luck lately, a likely reason is that you haven’t been playing the right games. NetEnt slots offer some of the highest returns available to NJ online casino players. In fact, every slot released by this top-of-the-line manufacturer has a return to player (RTP) of 96 percent or better.
I even singled out two the 10 slots on this week’s list—Finn and the Swirly Spin and Berry Burst–as Barb’s Best Bets on this website. Check out what I had to say about these outstanding slots and take some spins on them this week.
High returning slots like these can be beneficial to your bankroll in two ways. One is a higher probability of winning, than with other slots, not necessarily every time you play, but over a period of time. The other nice feature is that even when you don’t win, you are unlikely to experience huge losses, so your bankroll lasts longer.
NetEnt slots are also very entertaining, so any slots you choose to play this week to earn drawing entries could become your favorite games, if they aren’t already. And given their exceptionally high rate of return, for extended play, they make a perfect choice.
I will end this article going out on a limb in predicting that your best chance to be a big winner participating in this promotion is not with a bonus money prize, but simply playing NetEnt slots.