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As an ardent gaming enthusiast, Barbara Nathan moved closer to Atlantic City to be closer to the legal New Jersey online gambling industry. An experienced professional writer, Barbara spends her spare time volunteering when she is not busy covering the NJ online casino industry.

About Barbara Nathan

As an ardent gaming enthusiast, Barbara Nathan moved closer to Atlantic City to be closer to the legal New Jersey online gambling industry. An experienced professional writer, Barbara spends her spare time volunteering when she is not busy covering the NJ online casino industry.

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Celebrate July 4th Weekend With A New Online Slot Jackpot

Barbara Nathan June 30, 2020
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The July 4th holiday weekend is right around the corner. Are you looking for a safe but fun way to celebrate with a bang but coming up empty? Have no fear.

Barb’s Best Bet is here to rescue you out of your doldrums, bring a big smile to your face, and show you how to let the good times roll. It’s the brand new slot game from Inspired Gaming called Book of Independence.

Meanwhile, the Atlantic City casinos will also be open again (finally) starting July 4th weekend but with many restrictions. Wearing a mask, maintaining your distance from others, and not being able to eat or drink inside the building might not be fun, but it’s for everyone’s safety.

Or stay safe at home and celebrate Independence Day and your independent spirit another way. Open Book of Independence and play online!

Introduction to Book of Independence

Book of Independence is a new video slot consisting of 5 reels, 3 rows, and 10 fixed paylines. The manufacturer, Inspired Gaming, isn’t a household name like NetEnt and IGT, but it is a reputable global games technology company that has been in the business of making online and mobile casino games since 2014.

If you usually play slots with 40, 50, or more paylines, you might not have realized that slots with only 10 paylines are still being manufactured, or mistakenly assume that you’ll be bored playing them. So let’s put that misconception to rest.

Book of Independence is the opposite of boring. All of the symbols celebrate Independence Day and what it means for Americans in a big way, and the rousing music accompanying each spin will make you feel like a patriotic parade is due to start any minute. You almost want to get up from your chair and start marching!

The only thing missing that would make the spectacle complete are fireworks. But maybe not–if the screen lights up with big winnings. All winning spins, even the small ones, are accompanied by a cascade of gold coins falling down from the reels.

Book of Independence bet range

Book of Independence is a slot game that should appeal to a very wide range of bettors. The minimum bet per spin is only 10 cents while the maximum is $50.

Those of you who are high rollers might think that a $50 maximum bet isn’t that much, but trust me—in this game, it is plenty. For starters, Book of Independence is a high volatility slot, so betting $50 per spin is only appropriate for those with a big bankroll and nerves of steel. Also, if you want the opportunity to up the stakes, even more, you can do so by activating a special Gamble feature, which I’ll describe later.

On the other hand, if you’re not a high stakes player, consider betting a little less than you usually do. That will help you preserve your bankroll longer in the event you don’t have good luck early on.

Alternatively, if you want to get a good feel for the game before you risk any money, you can play in demo mode, with the same 10 cents to $50 betting options that you have betting real money.

Book of Independence has an outstanding RTP—just what you want in an online slot

All games that meet my stringent requirements for Best Bet status must have a return to player (RTP) of 96 percent or higher, and Book of Independence, with a published RTP of  96.23 percent, is no exception. It is well above the average for NJ online slots.

The RTP is a useful estimate of a game’s probable rate of return over the long run, not necessarily how you well you can expect to fare in any given session. Your single session results could deviate markedly from what the RTP suggests in either direction.

But even so, because no one’s bankroll is unlimited, just in case you don’t have good luck early on, a higher than average RTP will help keep you in the game longer and lessen the likelihood of losing a big chunk or all of your bankroll. A high RTP is also associated with more frequent payouts even though most of them will be small.

Of course, you can still win on a slot with an average or below-average RTP, just as you can still lose playing a slot with a very high RTP. But if you play frequently, and particularly if you need to be mindful of your bankroll, you should grab every edge you can get and play only slots with a high rate of return.

But watch out for the high volatility

Another important consideration when deciding which slot to play is its volatility or variance. The manufacturer describes the Book of Independence as having high volatility. This means that during the course of your play, you should be prepared for big swings in your bankroll.

When I tried the game in demo mode, I once had 15 consecutive non-winning spins, and the same or worse could happen to you. I also had some big wins. If you get lucky and score a big win, I strongly advise locking in the win by ending the session then rather than continuing to play and more likely than not seeing all of your winnings evaporate.

What makes Book of Independence Barb’s Best Bet for July 4th

Despite the volatile nature of this game, it qualifies for Best Bet status based on its other attributes. Not only the outstanding RTP and wide bet range, but also and even more so, I chose this game because the theme and timing couldn’t be more perfect. During these difficult times, when it is so easy to become disillusioned, this game reminds us of the great things about our country that we can and should appreciate, yet does so in a highly entertaining way. Book of Independence is as American as Uncle Sam and apple pie.

Which NJ online casinos offer the Book of Independence slot game?

Book of Independence can be played either on your computer or on iOS or Android mobile devices. However, I was hoping that this game would be more widely available than it is. Only two NJ gambling websites offer it:

Alternatively, here are two other July 4th-related slots from IGT that you can play instead:

  • Fantastic Fireworks
  • Red White & Blue

Book of Independence symbols

This star-spangled salute to America contains nine regular symbols plus one additional special symbol that does double duty as both a wild symbol and a bonus scatter symbol, and all of them directly relate to the July 4th theme.

Regular symbols

The six higher-paying regular symbols, in descending order of value, are as follows:

  • American flag
  • Bald eagle
  • Star
  • Bell
  • Hat
  • Fireworks

And here’s another welcome change. There’s not a playing card in sight! Instead, the remaining lower paying symbols in red, white, and blue, respectively, are three letters—U S A!

Book of Independence Paytable

Winning combinations are formed in the usual manner. You need either two or more or three or more like symbols to appear adjacently on consecutive reels, starting with the reel furthest to the left.

The following paytable shows what you will be paid for each winning combination involving each symbol.

                                             Book of Independence Paytable

       Multiple of Bet Paid Out for Different Winning Combinations

Symbol

5

4

3

2

American flag

500 100 10 1

Eagle

200 40 4

1/2

Star

75 10 3

1/2

Bell

75 10 3

1/2

Hat 15 4

1/2

Fireworks

15 4

1/2

U

10 2 1/2

1/2

S

10 2 1/2

1/2

A

10

2 1/2

1/2

Wild symbol

The wild symbol is the Book of Independence over an American flag. It can appear on any reel during either the base game or the Free Spins, so you will encounter it frequently. It can substitute for all other symbols except the identical symbol when it becomes a bonus symbol instead and the specially designated expanded symbol during the Free Spins round. So even though the wild symbol has no monetary value on its own, it helps create and add to winning combinations with other symbols.

Bonus scatter symbol

The bonus scatter symbol is also the Book of Independence over an American flag. The way to tell it apart from the wild symbol is that you need three or more of them to appear anywhere on the reels. Once that happens, you trigger the potentially very lucrative Free Spins bonus round. As indicated below, your prize depends on how many bonus symbols—3, 4, or 5, land on the reels simultaneously.

  • 3 bonus symbols: Awards 10 free spins and 2x your bet.
  • 4 bonus symbols: Awards 10 free spins and 20x your bet
  • 5 bonus symbols: Awards 10 free spins and 200x your bet

 Book of Independence special features

 This game includes two special features: the just mentioned Free Spins bonus round and an optional Gamble feature.

 10 Free Spins, with one randomly assigned expanded symbol

 When the free spins start, one symbol is randomly chosen to expand vertically and add to your winnings.

Gamble feature

You decide if you want to play with this feature on or off. If you leave the Gamble feature on, after any winning combination with a payout equal to or greater than 5x your bet, you can use this feature to try to increase your winnings.

You will see two wheels and will be asked to pick which one you want to spin. The left wheel offers the chance to increase your winnings by 1/3, or double or triple your winnings. The right wheel gives you the chance to win up to 20 free spins.

If the pointer stops on the green segment, you win the cash prize or number of free spins indicated. You can then either end the Gamble feature and collect your winnings or keep going to try to win more. However, if the pointer stops on the red segment of the wheel, you lose all of your winnings.

Given the highly volatile nature of this game, if you decide to use the Gamble feature at all, I recommend that you be conservative. For example, after winning $400 on a $20 bet in demo mode, I spun the wheel once and doubled my win to $800 but chose not to try again.

 The bottom line: Book of Independence is a great online slot choice for July 4th

If you’re looking for a great way to stay safe but still have lots of fun on July 4th and beyond and maybe even win a nice pile of extra holiday cash, look no further than Book of Independence.

 

 

Everyone’s A Winner In The Golden Nugget $100K+ June Race!

Barbara Nathan June 19, 2020
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Many other races got canceled or postponed this year, but one group of races you can count on month after month never to get canceled are the Golden Nugget online races.

Since these races take place virtually on your computer or mobile device, you don’t have to travel anywhere. Physical fitness and athleticism are not required either. In fact, any registered Golden Nugget Online Casino player is welcome to participate.

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So as long as you have the interest, time, and bankroll, there’s no reason not to participate. See where these competitions against your fellow players take you.

On the TV show Survivor, the object is to outwit, outplay, and outlast your competitors. In the Golden Nugget races, all you have to do is outplay your competitors–or at least most of them–and you’re golden!

Golden Nugget offers a new race with new prizes every month

Every month–and June 2020 is no exception–Golden Nugget Online Casino holds a new monthly race.

While each month’s race also counts as a segment of the yearlong race for a shot at even bigger prizes, at Golden Nugget, there’s no need to wait till the end of the year to win big. Each of the 12 monthly races and 52 Weekly Missions comes with its own leaderboard and prize pool!

In other words, if you have what it takes, you can be a multiple times repeat winner. Otherwise, there’s an old saying that also applies. If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again.

But in this month’s race, “Everyone’s A Winner!”

For those of you who are new to Golden Nugget Online Casino or are not yet signed up but thinking of it, did you ever hear of a race where everyone’s a winner? Probably not, but Golden Nugget, a NJ gambling website known for being a trailblazer, it’s just another innovation among many.

What the term means here is that in addition to all of the prizes handed out at the end of the month to the top finishers, Golden Nugget guarantees you a prize just for participating.

Only a few of the monthly races include this feature. In fact, this is only the second time this year, the first time being the March race.

What’s especially great about the Everyone’s A Winner races is that you get to cash in no matter what day of the month you join in the fun. In order to have a realistic shot to win a prize based on your leaderboard ranking, you probably have to play every day starting on the first of the month or close to it. But this month, Golden Nugget is giving you another way to win.

For all of you veteran racers who know the drill, great. You could be on your way to winning two bonus money prizes. On top of what could be a huge bonus based on your leaderboard standing, you get a second prize just for participating!

As for the rest of you, even though June is more than half over, it’s not too late. The same secondary prize just for participating is waiting for you, too!

How to participate in the June “Everyone’s A Winner” race at Golden Nugget

The June race got underway on June 1 and concludes at 11:59 p.m. on June 30. Any registered Golden Nugget Online Casino player can enter at any time during the month.

Participation in previous races this year is not required. However, all of the points you earn this month will be added to whatever points you have already accumulated from the earlier races towards your grand total for the year.

If you have not already opted-in to the June “Everyone’s A Winner” promotion, you still can. Here is what you need to do.

  • Log into your GoldenNuggetCasino.com account as soon as possible.
  • Go to Available Bonuses and opt into the Everyone’s A Winner promotion.
  • Make a single deposit of $20 or more.
  • Start playing!

How to earn leaderboard points

The name of the game is to keep making deposits and playing all month long as often as possible and for as much as you can comfortably afford in order to keep racking up leaderboard points. As you can see from the table below, all of your online casino play or sportsbook wagers count, but the fastest way to earn points with your play is with slots. And each day that you deposit $50 or more, you earn leaderboard points even faster.

How much can you win?

The June race features all of the following:

  • $100,000+ in guaranteed bonus money prizes
  • A guaranteed prize of at least $1,000 bonus money to the top 15 players
  • A guaranteed top prize of at least $15,000 bonus money
  • Everyone, including those not in the top 15, who has opted in with a deposit of $50 or more and earns at least 50 leaderboard points will win a share of the prize pool!

The prize pool opened with $85,000, as compared to the $60,000 prize pool up for grabs most months. However, the prize pool for June has been increasing daily ever since and will continue to do so for the duration of the race.

By the end of the month, a prize pool of at least $100K is guaranteed. However, it could soar to as much as $116K.

Each day in June when at least one player wins $15K or more, Golden Nugget will add another $200 to the prize pool. However, each day in June when no one wins at least $15K, the casino will add another $1,000 to the prize pool.

Distribution of prizes

Since the size of the final prize pool is still unknown, the exact amounts of each individual prize have yet to be determined. However, all prizes will be in the form of bonus money, and depending on their end-of-the-month leaderboard ranking, the top 15 players this month are guaranteed to win at least the following:

 

Rank

Prize

1

$15,000

2

$10,000

3

$8,000

4

$7,000

5

$6,000

6

$5,000

7

$4,000

8

$3,000

9

$2,000

10

$1,500

11-15

$1,000

Once all of these guaranteed prizes are distributed, whatever bonus money still remains in the prize pool will then be divvied up equally among all eligible participants. In other words, the same 15 players will receive a second prize, but everybody else who deposited at least $20 and earned at least 50 leaderboard points will also receive that prize.

All prizes will be determined and distributed by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1.

Additional wagering requirements for clearing the bonuses

It would be great if after all the wagering you have done all month long, you could receive your prize(s) as immediately withdrawable cash. However, Golden Nugget will be awarding all prizes in the form of bonus money instead. So before you will be permitted to withdraw either the prize money itself or any additional winnings therefrom, you need to meet additional wagering requirements.

Those of you who are lucky enough to receive two prizes from this promotion will have two bonuses to clear. The rest of you will have one bonus to clear.

That’s the bad news, but here’s the good news. The additional wagering that the casino requires is very minimal.

First, you need to decide whether you prefer to accept your prize as a casino bonus or as a sports bonus. If you win two prizes, you can take one of each, if you wish, but you cannot combine both casino play and sports bets to clear the same bonus. You have up to seven days from the time you receive your bonus to clear it.

Casino bonus

If you choose the casino bonus, your best bet is to clear it with slot play. Choose any game or combination of games you wish, but try to stay clear of the 21 “excluded slots” (see the Golden Nugget NJ website for the complete list) so you only have to wager the bonus 1x. You still have 668 slots to choose from, so a good strategy would be to check the stats in the “i” tab on the game’s return to player (RTP) and only pick games with an RTP of 96 percent or higher.

If you clear the bonus with table games instead, the wagering requirement would jump to 4x the bonus. If you clear the bonus with any of the 21 excluded slots, you face a 5x bonus wagering requirement.

Sports bonus

If you choose the sports bonus, you also only have to wager the bonus 1x to clear it.

Other important information

See the Golden Nugget Online Casino website and my article on the January race for other terms and conditions relating to clearing these bonuses. Also, don’t forget that the Weekly Missions and 2020 Million Dollar Race are still ongoing, too. The casino website and my January article will give you the full lowdown on those competitions as well.

The bottom line: Is the Golden Nugget Online Casino June race worth your time?

All of the Golden Nugget races offer a great opportunity for those players who can afford them to vie for big prizes. However, you’re the best judge as to whether or not your preferred level of play would give you a realistic chance. If not, accept that fact. Do not increase your wagering to more than you can comfortably afford because of these races or any other promotion.

However, this month, Everyone’s A Winner so there’s no reason not to participate. As long as you can afford to deposit at least $20 and earn at least 50 Golden Points, a prize is guaranteed.

Also  if you clear your bonus with most slots or with sports bets, you only have to wager it once, which makes it a risk-free bonus.

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Ocean & Hard Rock Casinos Celebrate 2nd Anniversary With Giveaways Galore

Barbara Nathan June 18, 2020
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On June 27, two Atlantic City casinos–Ocean Casino Resort and Hard Rock Hotel & Casinowill jointly celebrate their 2nd anniversary.

Ordinarily, the occasion would be cause for both properties to hold big parties, just like they did last year to mark their first full year in Atlantic City. But under the present circumstances, you might not think that this latest milestone constitutes sufficient cause for celebration.

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Ocean Casino Resort & Hard Rock disagree. Both properties refuse to let the ongoing Atlantic City closures get in the way of their big plans for this big occasion. They not only want to toot their own horn over another successful year but, more importantly, show their ongoing appreciation for your patronage.

Above, all, the double anniversary seems as good an excuse as any for all of us to put our worries and concerns on the back burner and simply have fun. That’s why both Ocean Casino Resort and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and their online affiliates have decided to pull out all the strops to make their upcoming 2nd anniversary an event to remember.

You are all invited to participate.

What Ocean Casino Resort is doing to celebrate its 2nd anniversary

Many of you might have had important life events such as a milestone birthday or anniversary, bachelor or bachelorette party, or perhaps your son’s or daughter’s college graduation that you would have loved to celebrate in Atlantic City. And, of course, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations would all have been lovely, too. But this year, all plans of that nature had to be canceled or postponed. What a bummer!

Or maybe not. Ocean Casino Resort has come up with a great way to allay your disappointment and salvage the celebratory occasion to some extent.

Ocean Casino Resort 2nd Anniversary Social Sweeps

The casino will give away 100 free one-night stays at the Atlantic City resort. Players who missed celebrating a special occasion such as a birthday, wedding, or anniversary during the time the casino has been closed can share their story between now and June 20.

Send your story no later than June 20 to [email protected] for your chance to be a winner in this exciting giveaway.

Ocean will select 100 winners to each receive an overnight stay. One grand prize winner will win an “Ultimate Celebration” package including a two-night stay, round trip transportation, meals, and more.

Winners will be announced on social media on June 28.

The website doesn’t specify how soon after the Atlantic City property reopens, the winners must book their reservation or if there are any blackout dates. But rest assured, you will receive an ample amount of time to plan what should be a very memorable trip.

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What Hard Rock Casino is doing to celebrate its 2nd anniversary

While Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, along with the other eight AC casino hotels, remains closed, its online casino is still open 24/7 for your convenience (as are all of the other NJ gambling websites).

So, rather than postpone the anniversary hoopla until a later date, Hard Rock has opted to hold multiple celebrations online, starting now.

The diverse lineup of special offers kicked off on June 12. But the fun and excitement are just getting started.

So visit Hard Rock Online Casino today and every day this month and opt-in to all of the promotions that interest you. Free spins and double comp and tier points are yours for the taking, and you could win valuable prizes, too. You still have plenty of time to take advantage of all of the following:

  • Double Welcome Offer

New to Hard Rock Online Casino? Right now, while the casino is celebrating its 2nd anniversary, would be a perfect time to join.

First-time players who complete their registration and activate their online account will receive 100 free spins. Upon completing the verification process, the casino will give you 20 free spins per day over the next five days on designated slot games.

You will also receive a 100 percent deposit match bonus up to $2,000 on your first deposit.

  •  Mustang Giveaway

     Receive one free entry when you opt-in and additional entries based on deposits.

  • Double Daily Free Spins

Simply for logging in to your account, the casino will give you 20 free spins daily on any of four designated Rock N’ Roll themed slots.

  • Comp & Tier Points Get Doubled, Too

During the promotion, Wild Card Rewards members receive double comp dollars and double tier points for all online casino play.

  • $50,000 Leaderboard

Each day during the promotion, you get the opportunity to earn Leaderboard Points on a different designated game. At the end of the promotion, the top 200 players on the leaderboard will each win a share of the $50K prize pool. The player who finishes in first place will walk away with $15,000!

  • Grand Finale

Hard Rock could be saving the best for last. June 28 has been formally proclaimed “Hard Rock Day” in Atlantic City. For now, Hard Rock is keeping the final offer for its 2nd anniversary celebration under wraps. But as soon as we know more, we’ll share the details with you here on NJ Gambling Websites.

Meanwhile, Hard Rock is super excited to be able to bring you these offers. Lee Terfloth, Vice President of Online Gaming Products at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, had this to say:

“From big wins at the slots and tables, to ground-breaking innovations like Live Slots, the last two years have been extremely eventful for HardRockCasino.com. We could not be more proud to celebrate another year of Online Gaming here in New Jersey and this year we are pulling out all of the stops with a lineup of promotions that will definitely create more memorable moments for our loyal customers.”

 The culmination of the Hard Rock 2nd anniversary celebration should be epic.

 

 

Barb’s Best Bet: Play Divine Fortune–The Slot That Keeps Paying Jackpots

Barbara Nathan June 9, 2020
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Do you know which progressive jackpot has been hit on PA and NJ gambling websites more times than any other? In fact, this year alone, it hit three times in March and again in April and May. It’s a Divine Fortune Jackpot!

Especially now, in these uncertain times, a little Divine intervention would be a most welcome change in anyone’s life, just as it was for these winners.

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And the way this out of this world slot game has been gushing out mega-sized jackpots, not only recently, but frequently over the course of its online history, suggests the next time could be right around the corner. So what better time than right now, when online slot play is more popular than ever, to highlight Divine Fortune as this month’s Barb’s Best Bet!

Incredible but true: the Divine Fortune Progressive Jackpot was hit three times in March–and again in April and May

The first of the three progressive jackpots that were hit in March 2020 took place on March 15 when a NJ woman named Netty won $278,802.58 on a $2 bet on the NJ gambling website PlaySugarHouse.

The other two progressive jackpots were won by Pennsylvania players and, interestingly, both of those also occurred on SugarHouse Online Casino at PlaySugarHouse.com but at its PA online casino.

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On March 20, the slot made a $1 bettor $278,430.23 richer, and on March 29, another Pennsylvania man won $159,052.43 on the same slot game at the same online casino.

But lest you think that all of the Divine Fortune progressive jackpot wins have taken place at PlaySugarHouse, that’s not true. As long as you’re in the right place at the right time, a mega-size win on this online slot can happen anywhere. In April, good fortune was smiling down in a big way on two more NJ players at different online casinos.

A furloughed worker named Gary hit the progressive jackpot for $230,552.71 on a $5 bet at Hard Rock Online Casino.  Then a Rotogrinders contributor named Yisman won over $219,000 on a $3 bet while playing Divine Fortune on his mobile device at Betfair Casino.

The biggest Divine Fortune progressive jackpot ever

But wait–the best was still to come. On May 26, 2020, an Audubon, PA woman who was playing Divine Fortune at PlaySugarHouse on her mobile device hit the progressive jackpot for $533,239.70. It’s the largest jackpot paid to date on this game in either Pennsylvania or New Jersey, the only two states where Divine Fortune is currently available.

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By the way, the surge of progressive jackpot payouts reported lately is no fluke. PlaySugarHouse.com has only existed in Pennsylvania since the summer of 2019. Yet the Divine Fortune progressive jackpot has already been hit there 15 times.

In New Jersey, where Divine Fortune was launched in 2017, the game’s progressive jackpot has paid out more than $3 million.

It’s definitely not too late to get on the bandwagon.

Divine Fortune Basics

Divine Fortune is a video slot by the world-renowned online casino games manufacturer NetEnt. It consists of five reels, three rows, and 20 fixed paylines. So upon first glance, it might look quite ordinary. But as soon as you start playing, you will quickly discover that it is anything but.

Here’s what this unique but justifiably very popular slot has to offer that elevates it from the ordinary to the extraordinary:

  • Wide range of bet sizes appealing to all types of players
  • Intriguing Greek mythology theme
  • Falling Wilds with free re-spins
  • Wild on Wild feature where one or more reels turn completely wild!
  • Free Spins bonus round
  • Three jackpots, including a potentially life-changing progressive jackpot that hits frequently!
  • An exceptionally high RTP (especially for a progressive jackpot slot) along with medium volatility to keep the game affordable

The instantly recognizable Greek mythology theme is reflected in every aspect of the game, including the setting and soundtrack. An imposing statue stands on each side of the reels, and a Grecian urn has been placed just below the statue on the right side. The music complements the mood without being overpowering.

You don’t have to be a mythology buff to enjoy this game. But if you are, you will recognize that all of the higher paying symbols on the reels, starting with the snake-haired Medusa, are associated with Greek mythology as well. And the wild symbol, which plays a prominent role throughout, is the winged white horse, Pegasus. The scatter symbol (three or more of which activate the Free Spins bonus feature) is a fist holding a lightning bolt while the bonus symbol (three or more of which activate the Jackpot Bonus Game) is a golden coin.

A product of NetEnt one of the most trusted names in the business

As you can see, Divine Fortune is in many ways unique. That’s a quality that any frequent slot player looks for because let’s face it, even the most entertaining slots can grow tiresome if you keep playing them every day. Slot players crave variety and excitement, and Divine Fortune, especially with the added lure of a huge progressive jackpot waiting to be won, fulfills that craving in a big way.

But at the same time, Divine Fortune shares the same important qualities that characterize all NetEnt slots. The ability to combine the latest techniques in advanced, cutting edge online and mobile gaming technology to make every playing session highly entertaining is only one part of the formula.

NetEnt considers it no less important to create slots that will appeal to a very wide range of online casino players regardless of bankroll or playing style and give every player a more than fair chance to win.

Every slot game in NetEnt’s vast catalog has a return to player (RTP) of at least 96.0 percent, and some such as Divine Fortune has an RTP approaching 97.0 percent. These stats put NetEnt slots in the top echelon of NJ online slots.

NetEnt also manufactures top-quality table games for online and mobile casinos. It is no surprise that NetEnt has built a reputation as one of the leading providers for online casinos worldwide. It is no surprise either that many of the slots I single out as Barb’s Best Bets are NetEnt slots.

Exceptional RTP combined with a shot at a progressive jackpot–online slots don’t get better than this!

It’s highly unlikely you’ll go wrong playing any NetEnt slot. But what puts Divine Fortune in a class all by itself is not only its extraordinarily high RTP of 96.60 percent but also that a return to player of that magnitude exists for a progressive jackpot slot.

The RTP indicates the theoretically expected rate of return over many thousands of spins over a long stretch of time. So don’t be surprised if your results for a single playing session are quite different. Early on, you could be either a lot luckier or a lot unluckier than the RTP suggests.

Because everyone’s bankroll is to some extent limited, just in case you don’t get off to a good start, it’s always reassuring, especially if you’re a small stakes player, to know that the game has a high RTP. Frequent payouts, even if they are mostly small ones, can help you recoup or at the very least, minimize your losses.

Most progressive jackpot slots come with a below-average RTP and high volatility

The overwhelming majority of progressive jackpot slots only offer a mediocre RTP combined with high volatility. In exchange for the possibility of the elusive mega-size jackpot you’re chasing, the payouts in the base game will probably be quite a bit smaller and less frequent than you need them to be to stay ahead. In fact, huge negative swings are common, so if you’re not careful, you could deplete a big chunk or even all of your bankroll long before the slot has a chance to turn in your favor.

Divine Fortune offers way above average RTP and medium volatility

Divine Fortune is the exception because this progressive jackpot slot combines an unusually high RTP (even for non-progressive jackpot slots) with medium volatility. You will experience enough variation in results to keep you in suspense and maintain interest but not so much that relative to your bet size, you risk losing a fortune.

As long as you bet within your means, even if you don’t win, you shouldn’t have a problem. You can stay in the game for a reasonable length of time and have enough funds left over to try again.

Moreover, even though the manufacturer states that the likelihood of hitting the progressive jackpot increases if you make big bets, betting big is not a requirement, as some of the most recent $200K+ winners have proven.

Could the extremely high RTP and medium volatility combination help explain why players keep hitting the Divine Fortune progressive jackpot so frequently? Probably. It also explains why, even if you don’t win the jackpot, you can still be a big winner in this game.

Which NJ online casinos offer Divine Fortune?

 All of the following NJ online casinos offer Divine Fortune for both online and mobile device play.

Divine Fortune bet size

Divine Fortune can be played either in demo mode or for real money. The game offers a wide enough range of bet sizes to satisfy most players. You can’t alter the number of paylines, which remains fixed at 20. But you can adjust the bet level anywhere from 1 to 10 and the coin size to different denominations ranging from 1 cent to 50 cents.

Your bet size per spin is simply the coin size x the bet level x 20. The minimum bet per spin is a mere 20 cents, and the maximum is .50 x 10 x 20 or $100.

Divine Fortune symbols

Divine Fortune contains a total of 11 symbols. Eight of these are regular symbols. The remaining three special symbols include a wild symbol, scatter symbol, and Jackpot Bonus symbol.

Regular symbols

The four higher-paying regular symbols are recurring creatures in Greek mythology. In descending order of payout, they are Medusa, a Nemean lion, a Minotaur, and a  Phoenix.

The lower paying regular symbols are the playing cards J-A depicted with Greek lettering.

Winning combinations are formed in the usual manner. Three or more like symbols need to line up on consecutive reels horizontally or diagonally starting with the reel farthest to the left.

The following paytable shows the payouts for three, four, or five of a kind for each of the eight symbols.

                                         Divine Fortune Symbol Payout Values

 

Symbol

5 symbols

4 symbols

3 symbols

Medusa

600

80

20

Lion

400

60

18

Minotaur

300

50

15

Phoenix

200

40

14

A

80

18

7

K

80

18

7

Q

60

15

6

J

60

15

6

To determine the applicable payout for a given winning combination, simply multiply the number of coins displayed in the table by the product of your bet level and coin size.

Special symbols

Wild symbol

The wild symbol is the mythical winged horse, Pegasus.  By itself, it has no payout value. However, it can substitute for any other symbol except the free spins and bonus symbols to help form or add to winning combinations. It can also do a lot more.

At the very least, every wild symbol turns into a Falling Wild that moves down the reel one position where it remains for a free re-spin!

The Falling Wilds and associated re-spins continue until the last such wild symbol has dropped out of view.

However, before that happens, anytime another wild symbol lands directly over a Falling Wild on a re-spin, you trigger the Wild on Wild feature in which the whole reel turns wild!

Also, during the Free Spins bonus feature, all wild symbols automatically turn the entire reel wild!

Scatter symbol

The scatter symbol is a clenched fist holding a lightning rod. Three or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels will trigger the Free Spins bonus feature.

Jackpot Bonus symbol

The Divine Fortune Jackpot Bonus symbol is a gold coin.  As with the scatter symbol, one or two gold coins won’t help you at all. But if three or more land simultaneously, the screen will switch to the Jackpot Bonus game for a chance to win a Mini, Major, or Mega Progressive Jackpot!

Divine Fortune Jackpot – Special Features

Falling Wilds Re-Spins feature

As mentioned, this feature occurs automatically anytime at least one wild symbol shows up on the reels. First, any payments due you on that spin, with or without the help of the wild symbol, are awarded. Then the wild symbol moves down one place on the reel, where it remains for the ensuing free re-spin.

The higher the row on which the wild symbol first lands, the better, because the Falling Wilds feature continues until the Falling Wild symbol drops off the reels completely. Of course, new wild symbols can show up during the re-spins to become Falling Wilds as well. Therefore, the Falling Wilds Re-Spins feature can continue for quite a while.

Wild on Wild feature

Any Falling Wild can potentially lead to the even more lucrative Wild on Wild feature. During the base game, you will activate the Wild on Wild feature anytime a new wild symbol appears during a re-spin directly over an already existing Falling Wild. This is where a giant size white-winged horse will magically cover an entire reel!

But during the Free Spins bonus feature (unlike in the Falling Wilds Re-Spins feature), any wild symbol anywhere on the reels will activate the Wild on Wild feature immediately!

Free Spins feature

To activate the Free Spins feature and receive 5, 8, or 12 free spins, respectively, 3, 4, or 5 free spins scatter symbols must land simultaneously anywhere on the reels. This can happen either during the base game or during the Falling Wilds Re-spins feature.

Once the Free Spins feature is in progress, it can’t be retriggered. But that one drawback is more than offset by the fact that exclusively during the Free Spins, any wild symbol at all instantly becomes a Wild on Wild, rendering the entire reel wild!

So, in effect, you could wind up with many more free spins than the number initially awarded. During that time, ginormous winnings are possible.

Jackpot Bonus Game

The Free Spins feature is hard to top, but Divine Fortune offers one more feature that has that capability. It’s the Jackpot Bonus Game!

There is only one way to activate the Jackpot Bonus Game. Three or more gold coin Jackpot Bonus symbols need to land anywhere on the reels simultaneously.

Each bonus symbol you just collected gets a random coin win value of 10-200x your bet size before it is randomly placed on the reels.

You get three free spins to start. However, each time a Jackpot Bonus symbol lands, the multiplier is applied, and you receive three additional spins.

The Jackpot Bonus Game continues until either you win one of the three jackpots or have no more free spins remaining, whichever comes first.

  • If you fill one entire row with Bonus symbols, you win the Minor Jackpot: 20x your bet.
  • Or If you fill two entire rows with Bonus symbols, you win the Major Jackpot: 100x your bet.
  • If you fill all three rows with Bonus symbols, you can add your name to the growing list of players who have won the Divine Fortune Mega Progressive Jackpot!

How I fared playing Divine Fortune four times in demo mode

Betting $10 and $20 per spin during the first two sessions and then $50 per spin during the last two sessions, I finished way ahead all four times. As expected, the bigger bets produced bigger wins, but even betting just $10 a spin, I finished over $200 ahead.

In my third session, betting $50 per spin, I was down nearly $400 in the base game. But then I triggered the Free Spins bonus. What started out as five free spins multiplied into many more, and on one occasion, three reels turned completely wild simultaneously, culminating in a “super mega win” of $10,430!

During session 2, I triggered the Jackpot Bonus Game rather than the Free Spins but did not win a jackpot. (A jackpot is not guaranteed when you trigger this bonus, just the opportunity to try for one).

However, in session 4, though not until I had lost more than $2,000 of my hypothetical $5K starting stake, I triggered the Jackpot Bonus Game and won the Major Jackpot! If I had been making real $50 bets (which I can’t afford) instead of using play money, on top of the $10,000+ I would have collected in session 3, I would have won another $5,000!

The bottom line

Even with this game’s exceptionally high RTP and medium volatility, substantial negative swings are possible, as my playing sessions in demo mode illustrated. So it is important to go into this game adequately capitalized.

As long as you play responsibly, at a level you can afford, even if you don’t win, the chances are very slim that you will deplete your bankroll. But you might fare so much better. You might even win a Divine Fortune progressive jackpot!

 DIVINE FORTUNE STATS

  • Five reels, 20 fixed paylines
  • Bets: 20 cents to $100
  • RTP: 96.60 percent

 MORE INFO

  • Greek mythology theme
  • Falling Wilds with Re-Spins and Wild on Wild feature turning one or more reels completely wild!
  • Free Spins feature where every wild symbol turns the entire reel wild!
  • Three jackpots that are hit surprisingly frequently, including a mega-size progressive jackpot capable of paying well over $100,000!

At Borgata & BetMGM Online, June Is Busting Out With Bonuses!

Barbara Nathan June 2, 2020
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It’s the start of a brand new month, and NJ gambling websites are wasting no time announcing exciting new promotions guaranteed to make your upcoming visits even more enjoyable with a huge Borgata Bonus.

This article will tell you about the special offers for June at Borgata Online Casino and BetMGM Online Casino.

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What makes these exclusive offers a standout are two things. For starters, they’re easily accessible to all registered players. You don’t have to be a high roller to participate.

Secondly, none of these offers are one-shot deals. Each one is valid for a designated day or two days of the week only. But you can opt-in and take advantage of the same weekly offers again the following week and the week after that, and so on–all month long!

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Special monthlong June Borgata bonus offers 

Earn 2x IRPs at Borgata Online Casino on Book of Myths: Every Monday in June

How to participate

 Log into your Borgata Online Casino account every Monday in June.

  • Opt-in to the Multiplier Monday promotion.
  • Play the Book of Myths slot game.

Your bonus iRPs will be credited to your account at the end of the promotion period. They don’t count towards qualifying for the next loyalty tier level.

Play and Earn: Every Tuesday in June

Play any casino game on Tuesdays in June and earn up to $200 in Borgata bonuses!

Each new iRPs milestone you hit earns you additional bonus dollars.

How to participate

  • Log into your Borgata Online Casino account every Tuesday in June.
  • Go to My Promotions and opt-in to the Play and Earn promotion.
  • Play your favorite casino games.

As soon as you reach the first milestone of 100 iRPs, you will receive your first  Borgata Online Casino bonus of $5. However, as the table below shows, if you keep playing, you can earn a lot more.

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3000 iRPs $100 Bonus Dollars

Additional terms and conditions

The bonuses will remain in your account for two days and must be claimed within that time. Each bonus comes with a separate wagering requirement of 25x the bonus that must be completed by 11:59 p.m. the day after activating it.

However, Borgata allows you to have multiple pending bonuses in your account simultaneously. So you can still qualify for one or more new bonuses even if you haven’t finished clearing a previously awarded bonus.

You can play any game you wish, and all games count 100%. In addition, besides the iRPs you already earned qualifying for the bonus, you will earn more iRPs on all wagers to clear the bonus, including those made with the bonus money as well as your own money.

As with most NJ online casino bonuses, you can only clear one bonus at a time. Opting out, attempting to withdraw unavailable funds prematurely, or failure to complete the required wagering in time will result in your forfeiting both the bonus and any resulting winnings.

Spring Into Winnings: Every Wednesday and Sunday in June

Every Wednesday and Sunday in June, a guaranteed bonus is yours for the taking. All you have to do to get is opt-in each time and claim your click card.

Prizes range from $2 all the way to $1,000. Every card is a winner!

Are you eligible?

The only catch is you must meet the following two criteria to qualify for this offer.

  • You must be a registered Borgata Online Casino player who has made a deposit within the last 90 days.
  • You must have wagered real money on at least two of the last 14 days.

How to participate

Assuming you meet the two criteria, simply do the following to get each bonus:

  • Log into your Borgata Online Casino account every Wednesday and Sunday in June.
  • Claim your guaranteed bonus dollars click card.

Additional terms and conditions

Like the Play and Earn bonuses, the Wednesday and Sunday guaranteed bonuses also come with a 25x bonus wagering requirement that must be met by 11:59 p.m. the next day. All games count 100%. You will also earn loyalty points on all of your wagers.

Opting out, attempting to withdraw unavailable funds prematurely, or failure to complete the required wagering in time will cause you to forfeit both the bonus and any resulting winnings.

Special monthlong June offers at Bet MGM Online Casino

Spring Is Blooming: Every Tuesday and Sunday in June

This promotion is similar to the Spring Into Winnings promotion at Borgata Online Casino. But it is offered on Tuesdays and Sundays instead of Wednesdays and Sundays.

Every Tuesday and Sunday in June, simply log into your BetMGM account and opt-in to receive a click card awarding you FREEPLAY on the site.

The promotion page on the website doesn’t state the range for the FREEPLAY bonuses. But big or small, you’re entitled to them and they’re free, so you might as well get them. Every card is a winner!

Are you eligible?

This offer comes with the same two eligibility requirements as the Borgata Spring Into Winnings guaranteed bonus. However, only deposits and play on BetMGM.com count.

How to participate

 As long as you are eligible, here is what you need to do each time to receive your twice weekly FREEPLAY.

  • Log into your BetMGM Online Casino account every Tuesday and Sunday in June.
  • Claim your guaranteed FREEPLAY click card.

 Additional terms and conditions

BetMGM.com FREEPLAY can only be used on that NJ gambling website. It is available for use immediately and expires at 11:59 pm. the following day.

Before either the bonus itself or any winnings therefrom will become available for withdrawal, there is a wagering requirement of 6x the bonus amount iRewards points. All games count 100% towards meeting the wagering requirements.

Wi-Fi Wednesdays: Every Wednesday in June

Wager $50 or more on any casino game on your mobile device on Wednesdays to receive $10 in FREEPLAY each week.

How to participate

You can access this offer every Wednesday in June simply by doing the following:

  • Log into your BetMGM Online Casino account every Wednesday this month.
  • Go to the Promotions page and opt-in to the Wi-Fi Wednesdays promotion.
  • Use your mobile device to wager $50 or more on any casino game.

You will receive $10 in FREEPLAY immediately.

Additional terms and conditions

You can only use your FREEPLAY bonus on BETMGM.com. The bonus comes with an additional wagering requirement of 25x iReward points.

All games count 100%. However, you only have until 11:59 p.m. the following day to complete the wagering requirements.

Seal the Deal with another bonus every Monday at BetMGM Online Casino all year long!

This bonus is only for $5. Granted, it’s tiny, but before you dismiss it as a waste of your time, here’s what you need to know. Unlike the aforementioned weekly bonuses, this one doesn’t end the last week of June. It continues for the rest of the year!

How to participate

  • Log into your BetMGM Online Casino account every Monday.
  • Opt-in to the Seal the Deal promotion.
  • Wager $50 on any slot game on the same day.

You will receive $5 in FREEPLAY immediately. You then have up to three days from the day of activation to use your FREEPLAY.

The bottom line: Why the June bonus offers at Borgata and BetMGM Online Casinos are worth your time

There you have it–special Borgata Bonus and BetMGM Online Casino offers you can access over and over again on the designated days of the week all month long to take you through the end of June and possibly beyond. While all but the last offer are slated to end when the month is over, you never know. The casinos may extend them and offer the same or similar deals in July or even longer.

Individually, most of the bonuses are small, but don’t let that drawback deter you. They are still worth your time because you get the cumulative value that comes from being given a whole string of them one after another.

Another advantage to receiving frequent small bonuses over just a few large bonuses is that the wagering requirements become more spread out. There is less risk of overextending your bankroll by being forced to wager much more money than you may find comfortable to clear the bonus within the brief period of time allotted to you.

Lastly, both Borgata and BetMGM Online Casinos offer daily bonuses every Sunday through Wednesday. That’s four days in a row of bonuses–or a total of eight bonuses weekly if you play at both online casinos. And since both casinos participate in the M Life Rewards program, you will be racking up iRP points on all of your play on both websites.

So why not make Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday four fun days in a row and watch your online casino bankroll grow every week with up to eight guaranteed weekly bonuses!

Take The Borgata Online Casino Challenge: 7 Missions = 7 Bonuses!

Barbara Nathan May 28, 2020
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Whenever you play on your favorite NJ gambling websites, bonuses are one of the special perks that have you keep coming back for more. But this week, Borgata Online Casino has outdone itself.

Instead of offering just one bonus, you’re invited to enjoy a weeklong bonus bonanza! It’s not even a holiday, but for all of you Borgata players, it will feel like Christmas in May!

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How to participate in the 7 Bonuses for 7 Missions promotion at Borgata Online Casino

Here’s what you need to do to get started:

  • Log in to your Borgata Online Casino account each time you want to play during the 5/25-5/31 promotion period.
  • Go to My Promotions and click on the Unlock Your Bonuses promotion to opt-in to participate.
  • Wager the required amounts to unlock your bonuses!

This special promotion started on Monday, May 25 and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. It is open to all registered Borgata Online Casino players.

The casino is offering a total of seven exciting missions. Each one that you take on and successfully complete will unlock a new prize. All of the prizes are in the form of bonus dollars added to your account.

You can only qualify for any given bonus once. However, you can complete the missions in any order you wish. Also, the rules don’t state that you can only work on one mission at a time or one per day.

So if you didn’t start on day 1, no problem. Double up or triple up on a couple of days, if needed, and you can still complete all of the missions on time.

Or if you can’t complete all seven missions, that’s okay, too. Just complete the ones you can, and you will still receive bonuses for all of those.

In other words, it’s entirely up to you how many missions you want to complete and how fast as long as you complete them and clear the associated bonuses by Sunday night.

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The 7 Missions

Here are the 7 Missions and the 7 bonuses they unlock. As mentioned, you can complete them in any order you wish.

  • 1. Wager $10 on Book of Myths and get $2 Bonus Dollars.
  • 2. Wager $25 on Loot’En Khamun and the Dead Sea Scrolls and get $5 Bonus Dollars.
  • 3. Wager a minimum of $50 on Melon Madness Deluxe and get $10 Bonus Dollars.
  • 4. Wager a minimum of $100 on MGM Grand Millions and get $15 Bonus Dollars.
  • 5. Wager a minimum of $200 on European Roulette Pro or Black and Yellow Roulette and get $20 Bonus Dollars.
  • 6. Wager a minimum of $500 on Premium Blackjack Pro and get $50 Bonus Dollars.
  • 7. Unlock all 6 bonuses and you receive $10 additional Bonus Dollars.

If you do the math, you will see that in order to unlock all seven bonuses, you will need to wager a total of $885. In return, you will receive $112 bonus dollars. The return on your investment isn’t great from a percentage standpoint. But you do get to enjoy the cumulative effect of one bonus on top of another.

Additional wagering requirements and other important terms and conditions

Each bonus comes with an additional wagering requirement of 25x the bonus. You can choose any game you wish for this purpose. All games count 100%.

In other words, to clear the smallest bonus of $2, you only need to wager an additional $50. But to clear the biggest bonus of $50, you need to wager an additional $1,250.

The total amount you would need to wager to clear all seven bonuses comes to $2,800. It may seem like a lot, but even if you are not a big player, it is “mission possible” if you pace yourself.

Borgata Online Casino also allows you to have more than one active bonus in your account simultaneously. So you don’t have to wait until you have finished clearing a previous bonus to start working on qualifying for the next one. However, you can only clear one bonus at a time.

You have up to three days to clear a bonus from the time you receive it. However, keep in mind that the promotion period ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sun, May 31. So to be on the safe side, make sure that all of your bonuses are cleared by that time.

You will earn loyalty points on all of your wagers associated with this promotion, both in your play to qualify for the bonuses and your subsequent play to clear them. For the latter, all wagers count towards earning loyalty points, including those made with the bonus money as well as with your own money.

As with all bonuses at this casino, opting-out, attempting to withdraw unavailable funds prematurely, or failure to complete the wagering to clear a bonus on time will result in forfeiting both the bonus itself and any additional resulting winnings. 

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Why the Borgata Online Casino challenge is worth your time

This promotion has several great features working for you.

Multiple bonuses in succession

For starters, you get the cumulative benefit of multiple successive bonuses in succession. Your success in completing one mission gives you the confidence to take on another, and another, and another. Then before you know it, you will have completed all seven missions, or at least, most of them!

Also, as your bonuses keep mounting, so will your bankroll!

Flexibility

Another feature of this promotion that any player will appreciate is the amazing amount of flexibility it offers every step of the way. First, you have the flexibility to decide which missions to take on and in what order. Then Borgata offers you the additional flexibility to clear the bonuses playing any game or combination of games you wish.

Ordinarily, it’s hard to find a promotion that makes sense for any level of player. In many instances, the wagering requirements are so steep that for all intents and purposes, they are out of reach for all except the casino’s top players. In other instances, the bonus is so tiny that all but the smallest players will feel it is a waste of their time.

But this promotion checks all of the boxes. Seven bonuses can soon be yours for the taking, but you get to decide if you can handle the wagering requirements to get all seven. Or if not, you can still participate and qualify for some of the bonuses. In other words, this promotion offers something for everyone!

Great opportunity to earn extra loyalty points

Another big plus is that on top of all of the bonuses piling up in your account, you will earn extra loyalty points on all of your wagers, including those made with the bonus money!

Are you ready to take on this week’s challenge at Borgata Online Casino?

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Two New Easy-To-Play Online Casino Poker Games You’ll Go Wild For

Barbara Nathan May 26, 2020
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Not only now while Atlantic City casinos remain temporarily closed but previously when they were open, you could always count on NJ online casinos to serve you. Slots, online casino poker, other table games like blackjack and roulette, and even live dealer games are all available in many varieties.

But no matter how many hundreds of games your NJ gambling website offers, there is always room for more. If casino poker is one of the games you enjoy playing, you’ll be especially happy to know that SG Digital has just introduced two brand new online casino poker games:

  • Texas Hold’em Plus
  • DJ Wild Poker

Both games are easy enough for beginners to follow, but seasoned poker players will also enjoy them. And the betting range is wide enough to fit the bankroll and gambling preferences of anyone from casual low stakes players who wish to bet less than a dollar to high rollers.

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Which NJ online casinos offer Texas Hold’em Plus and DJ Wild Poker?

Since both games are new releases, other NJ online casinos that don’t offer them as yet might do so down the road, especially if customers show a big interest. Meanwhile, the following NJ online casinos offer both Texas Hold’em Plus  and DJ Wild Poker:

Or you can play DJ Wild Poker but not the latest version of Casino Hold’em called Texas Hold’em Plus at all of the following NJ online casinos:

How to play the online casino poker game Texas Hold’em Plus

Texas Hold’em Plus basics

If you’re a fan of traditional Texas Hold’em, you will have no problem at all learning the fundamentals of Texas Hold’em Plus since it’s essentially the same game. Even if you’ve never played Hold’em before, you’ll catch on quickly to this version of the game.

Texas Hold’em Plus is a fast-paced game. It gives you the chance to test your poker luck and skills without worrying about the opponent players’ hands. Instead, you get to play heads-up against the dealer.

Texas Hold’em Plus has a return to player (RTP) of 97.01 percent.

Minimum and maximum bets

You can play this game either in demo mode or for real money. If you’re new to Texas Hold’em or haven’t played in a while, you might want to try it in demo mode first to get a  better feel for the game. However, when you’re ready to play for real money, you can choose from a very wide betting range. The minimum bet is only 10 cents while the maximum is $100 or even higher, depending on where you play. For example, Golden Nugget Online Casino offers a $300 maximum bet.

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Types of bets

Ante and side bet

Each hand starts with your placing a mandatory ante bet.

At the same time, if you wish, you can also place an optional Plus side bet. The side bet can be either for the same amount or a different amount. It pays out when your two starting cards are a pair or Ace-King. The highest possible payout is 30:1 for a pair of Aces. But an Ace-King also pays nicely: 25:1 if suited or 16:1 if unsuited. However, a pair of 2s through 10s only pays 3:1.

The outcome of the side bet is decided independently of the main bet. In other words, you can win the side bet but lose the main bet, or vice versa, or you can win or lose both bets.

My advice is to forego the side bet because the house edge is higher than if you simply stick to the basic bets. However, if you want to place the side bet occasionally for fun,  I suggest a small wager for a fraction of your ante bet. For example, I tried it once in demo mode with a $5 ante and $1 side bet. I got AK unsuited and bet it all the way to the river. Both the hand and the side bet were winners, for a return of $61 on my $26 investment!

The flop, turn, and river

After you have placed your ante bet (and side bet if desired), you will receive two cards face-up and the dealer will receive two cards face-down. You must then decide whether or not your hand looks good enough to continue with it. If you like your chances, bet 2x the ante to see the flop (the first three community cards). Otherwise, fold your hand. When you fold, you forfeit your ante bet, but it’s often a better option than risking more money on a hand that has very little chance of winning.

Never fold your hand in this game after you see the flop. If you don’t like the flop, you can check and see the turn card (4th community card) for free, and check again to see the river (final community card) for free. However, if you have a good hand, keep betting. If you choose to bet, the cost before the turn and again before the river is the same as your ante bet.

Once all five community cards are on the table, the dealer’s two cards are revealed to determine whose hand is better, yours or the dealer’s.

If your winning hand is a straight or higher, you will be paid 2x your total bet including the ante. However, if your winning hand is ranked lower than a straight, the payout is 2x your bet not counting the ante plus your money back on the ante.

Of course, if you and the dealer have hands of identical value, the result is a push for the entire bet.

How to play the online casino poker game DJ Wild Poker

DJ Wild Poker basics

DJ Wild Poker is a form of stud poker The main difference between stud poker and hold’em is that there are no community cards in stud poker games. Seven-card stud used to be popular in Atlantic City, but it is very hard to find anymore. Maybe this game will be the start of a stud poker comeback in both online and land-based casinos.

DJ Wild Stud Poker is a form of Five-card stud rather than Seven-card stud, and like in Texas Hold’em Plus, there are no other players at the table–just you against the dealer.

Also, while being entertained by a live DJ  would make this fun game even more fun, that’s an option you might find in a party pit or outdoors at an Atlantic City casino but not online. The DJ in the game’s title refers to deuces and jokers, both of which are wild!

Each round is played with as 53-card deck with the extra card being a joker.

You can play one, two, or three hands at a time. However, if you can afford it, playing three hands is your best bet because it gives you three chances to get one or more wild cards while the dealer only has a single chance.

DJ Wild Stud Poker has a return to player (RTP) of 94.33 percent.

Minimum and maximum bets

You can play this game either in demo mode or for real money. The minimum bet (to start a hand) is 20 cents, and the maximum (at Golden Nugget Online Casino) is a whopping $1,350.

Types of bets

Prior to receiving your cards, both an ante bet and a blind bet (in the same amount) are mandatory. An additional side bet (in any amount) that you will get trips or better (which happens often thanks to the wild cards) is optional. You can win the side bet even when you lose your main bet (or vice versa).

Next, you will receive five cards face-up while the dealer will receive five cards face-down.

Look at your hand(s) carefully to determine if it’s worth playing or not. You have two options: bet 2x the ante if you wish to play your hand further or fold. If you choose to fold, you will automatically forfeit both the ante and blind bets.

It is important to note that this game can get expensive quickly, so make sure you are adequately capitalized. For example, with $5 ante and blind bets, if you play three hands a time, not counting the optional side bet, you will be risking a minimum of $30 and possibly as much as $60 on every hand. That’s why on hands you have little chance of winning, it’s best to fold and cut your losses rather than risk losing double.

DJ Wild Stud Poker payouts

See the paytable accompanying the game for the ante, blind, and play bets for different types of hands.

Side bets are evaluated separately but pay out more for natural hands of trips or higher than for those that use a wild card.

Tropicana Online Casino Proclaims May 22-25 Memorial Mayhem Weekend!

Barbara Nathan May 22, 2020
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Memorial Day Weekend just doesn’t feel the same this year with all of the Atlantic City casinos, restaurants, and many stores closed. But it’s still a holiday weekend, so instead of moping, check out the latest special promotion at Tropicana Online Casino.

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There might not be much going on at the beach or mall this weekend. But at Tropicana Online Casino, with 360 prizes, including two top prizes of $500 bonus money, up for grabs, your holiday weekend visit will be anything but dullsville. This NJ gambling website will be nonstop Memorial Day Mayhem all weekend long!

How to enter the Memorial Mayhem Weekend giveaway

In order to participate in this promotion, you must be a registered player at Tropicana Online Casino. You don’t necessarily have to live in New Jersey, but you must be physically situated in New Jersey at the time of your play.

However, like many other special promotions at this casino, the Memorial Day weekend prize draw is not open to results of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

How to get in on the Tropicana $10K Bonus Money Holiday Weekend Prize Draw

If you are eligible to participate, the way to earn entries for this exciting prize drawing is the same as with other Tropicana Online Casino drawings. No deposit is necessary. All you have to do is log into your account and play your favorite real money games, as usual. It’s as simple as that!

The period for earning entries started at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22. But it doesn’t wrap up until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 25. So you have plenty of time.

Every $50 that you wager on any given promotion day will earn you one drawing entry, up to a maximum of five entries per qualifying day on any day when you wager $250 or more.

Therefore, if you play on all four days of the promotion and bet $250 each day, you will receive 20 entries, which is the maximum number possible.

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Absolutely! If you can’t afford to or don’t wish to wager $250 each day, no problem. As long as you can bet at least $50 on at least one day of the promotion, you will be entered into the drawing. Keep in mind that in a random drawing like this, anything can happen. And in this case, 360 names will be drawn. So even if you don’t have a lot of entries, you still have a very good chance to win.

Also, do the math. As you will see from the accompanying prize distribution table, only 60 prizes are for $50 bonus money or higher. All of the remaining prizes are for only $10 or $20 bonus money. And, like all Tropicana Online Casino bonuses, the bonuses are sticky. As soon as you wager the bonus money once, it disappears and you can only keep the resulting winnings, not the bonus itself.

So the bottom line is that it is simply not worth it to overbet your bankroll when earning entries for this promotion. If betting $250 or more each day is what you do ordinarily, fine. But if not, your best bet is to scale down.

But each day you play, be sure to bet at least $50 since wagers from one day cannot be carried over to the next day.

How much can you win in the Tropicana Memorial Holiday Weekend prize draw?

On Tues., May 26, Tropicana Online Casino will hold a random drawing among all valid entries to determine the 360 prizewinners. The following table shows how the prizes will be distributed.

 

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Additional wagering requirements for the bonus

All winners will be notified via email and can expect to see the bonus money credited to their account within three business days of the drawing.

You then have up to 30 days to wager the bonus 1x on any game of your choosing.

As soon as you do so, any resulting winnings will be yours to keep. However, as with all other bonuses, both at this online casino and sister NJ gambling website Virgin Online Casino, you will not get the opportunity either to withdraw the bonus as well or continue wagering it. As soon as you wager the bonus once, it’s removed from your account permanently.

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The restrictive nature of this casino’s bonuses limits the amount you can win. So unless your bonus is big to begin with, your winnings, if any, will almost certainly be modest. But in another respect, this type of bonus is much more player-friendly than traditional bonuses. Instead of having to wager the bonus many times and risk your own money doing so, you only have to wager it once, and it’s entirely with the casino’s money!

More good news is that as soon as this promotion ends, Tropicana Online Casino will have another bonus offer waiting in the wings for you to snap up!

On that note, I wish all NJ Gambling Websites readers a safe, happy, and WINNING holiday weekend.

Caesars $55K Bonus Play & Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament Seat Giveaway

Barbara Nathan May 20, 2020
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How to participate in the Caesars Online Casino Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament and bonus play giveaway

This special promotion got underway last Friday, May 15. But if you haven’t opted in yet, you still can. You have two more days to earn entries for the upcoming drawing before the promotion period closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.

You can earn entries in both of the following ways:

  1. Log into your Caesars Casino & Sportsbook account and opt-in to the promotion.

Earn one drawing entry for each day during the promotion period that you do the following:

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 Grand Prize

 The Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament will take place at Harrah’s Resort on March 13-15, 2021.

A Caesars Interactive Entertainment representative will contact the three winners. Once notified, the winners will have three days to complete the required documentation and claim their prize. Players who have already received a seat in the Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament by any other means will not be eligible for a second seat.

Bonus play prizes

The bonus play prizes range from $10 all the way to $500. But before the bonus money itself along with any additional winnings therefrom will become available for withdrawal, the player must complete the following wagering requirements:

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  • All other games: 25x bonus

Players have up to seven days from the time they receive the bonus to complete the wagering. Sports wagers don’t count.

As with other bonuses, canceling the bonus, attempting to withdraw unavailable funds prematurely, or failure to clear the bonus on time will result in forfeiture of both the bonus and any resulting winnings.

Why the Caesars Bonus Play and Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament Giveaway is worth your time

This is a promotion in which any registered Caesars Casino & Sportsbook player can participate. No deposit is necessary, and you can play as little or as much as you like on any game of your choosing. Because you will earn Online Tier Credits 10x as fast with slots, we advise you to focus on slot play. However, to maximize your likelihood of winning, choose slots with an RTP of 96 percent or better.

Of course, with only three Grand Prizes being awarded, the odds are stacked against you as far as that prize is concerned. But for the 3,138 bonus money prizes the opposite is true. Regardless of whether you are able to rack up a lot of entries or only a few, you have an excellent chance of winning something. Besides, with the luck of the draw, anything can happen, including winning a big prize despite not having many entries.

So as long as you are going to play at Caesars Online Casino anyway during the promotion period, opting-in to this giveaway should be a no-brainer. However, as I tell participants in any prize giveaway on any NJ gambling website, don’t overbet your bankroll and play more than you would otherwise just to earn extra drawing entries. Bet with your head, not over it.

Atlantic City Casino News: April Was The Cruelest Month By Far

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Atlantic City Casino News: April 2020 marks the first full month that the Atlantic City casinos remained closed due to the coronavirus. But it probably won’t be the last.

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Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. However, the Atlantic City casinos have not received the green light to open them in time for what under better circumstances would bring huge crowds to the shore.

It is highly unlikely they will be allowed to open in time for the following weekend either.

Ever since Gov. Murphy ordered the closure of all nine Atlantic City casinos on March 16, they have remained closed.

AC casino shutdown reduced NJ casino gambling revenue to all-time low

According to the latest figures from the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), as reported in a 5/13/20 article on PressofAtlanticCity.com, the total casino revenue for April amounted to only $82.6 million.

  • This represented a 68.9% drop from the April 2019 casino gambling revenue of $265.4 million.

Online gambling in NJ saved the day

The reported gaming revenue for April came almost entirely from online gambling.

  • In fact, internet gambling produced $80 million in revenue that month.
  • That figure represented a nearly a 119 percent increase over the April 2019 online gambling revenue of only $36.6 million.

The tremendous surge in online casino gambling revenue is not surprising. For now, it remains virtually the only legal gambling option available. Not only Atlantic City casino gambling but also both retail and online sports betting have come to a virtual halt.

Sports betting: down but not out

An interesting fact has come to light with regard to sports betting. Many people have such a compelling urge to gamble they will wager on almost anything.

  • $54.5 million in sports wagers, generating $2.6 million in revenue, came from online betting in April on events involving such sports as Russian ping pong, Belarussian soccer, and European darts!

The previous April, when NJ sportsbooks offered full-scale sports betting, NJ players placed sports bets amounting to nearly $314 million.

Jane Bokunewicz, the coordinator of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality, and Tourism at Stockton Unversity, hopes that Major League Baseball can resume this summer.

As Bokunewicz points out, even if it is played to empty stadiums, “it will give sports bettors something on which to wager. Since approximately 85% of sports bets in New Jersey are booked online, this will be a small boost for the casinos that have online sports betting.”

AC casino gambling revenue for April easily eclipsed previous record low, in March

The extent to which both the local economy and the Government of New Jersey depend on steady revenue from the Atlantic City casinos was already apparent in March. With the land-based casinos open for only the first half of the month, March revenue decreased by 44%.

The previous record low revenue occurred in November 2012 when the casinos remained closed for nine days in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. However, 15 days of closed casinos in March caused the old record to be shattered.

Unsurprisingly, the figures for April, with no land-based casino revenue coming in at all, proved much worse. Even perennial market leader Borgata reported a revenue drop for April 2020 compared to April 2019 of 72.9 percent.

The only casino which emerged relatively unscathed was Golden Nugget because it runs the most successful online casino.

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