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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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Barb’s Best Bets: Top 10 Gambling Movies That You Must See

Barbara Nathan October 15, 2019

Every year movie critics weigh in on what they consider to be the top 10 movies of the year. While the lists are not identical, the differences are usually in where a particular film ranks in the top 10 rather than whether or not it should be included. Here I am offering a much more specific list of what I consider to be the top 10 gambling movies–not for any particular year, but for all time.

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Keep in mind that this list is purely subjective. I have found other lists of top 10 gambling movies online, which I have looked at for comparison purposes, only to discover that each list is different. We all have our own personal preferences that not only reflect our different tastes in movies, but different interests and reactions when it comes to gambling and how we like to see it portrayed in films.

Furthermore, I have not even attempted to rank the films individually on relative merit from 10th place to first place. But I didn’t want to simply list them in any random order either. So, as explained below, I am organizing my top 10 gambling films into two broad categories. Then, within each category, I list and briefly describe the applicable films chronologically from the earliest release to the most recent.

Why movies about gambling are so popular

I know a few people who condemn gambling in any form and vehemently preach against it at every opportunity. But whether you love gambling, loathe it, or are basically neutral, it is never going to go away.

The activity, in one form or another, has been deeply ingrained in human nature since the beginning of time. Modern conveniences like the Internet and online and mobile gambling only make indulging in it easier.

So considering the enormous popularity of gambling, it is no surprise that it is prominently featured in many films, some of which you have undoubtedly seen.

I was asked to compile a list of the top 10 movies about gambling, which I am providing here. However, with so many worthy possibilities to choose from, it was no easy task. Also, if you disagree with any of my choices or think that one or more movies that are not on the list should be, I am not surprised. My own personal distaste for excessive violence and a barrage of strong language has meant excluding some films that others might have included, while other films that captured my fancy might not do the same for you.

I am not a professional film critic. Some of the films made the cut primarily because they are highly entertaining. Others relay an important message that every gambler needs to hear about the pitfalls of gambling when it becomes excessive and takes control over one’s life. The first category, which includes six films, is The Lure of Gambling. The second category, which includes four films, is The Dark Side of Gambling.

Six must-see gambling films that convey the lure of gambling

People gamble for a myriad of reasons. But regardless of whether it’s the fun and excitement, need or desire to win, pure greed, or some combination thereof that’s the prime driving force for a given individual, the lure of gambling is undeniable.,

Realizing that NJ Gambling Websites readers comprise a very diverse group of gamblers, I chose six gambling films that I think will have mass appeal. All of them present the activity in a positive light. Whether your preferred form of gambling is on casino games, poker, sports, or horse racing, these films are enjoyable to watch.

But you’re more than just a spectator; you’re rooting for the characters you want to come out on top and maybe even identifying with them. Even the roguish characters have an admirable gutsiness about them that can be intriguing and captivating.

Presumably, one of the main reasons you gamble is for entertainment. So an entertaining film about gambling, like any of the following, wins an enthusiastic thumbs up from me.

The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

This film tells the story of a famous poker player back in the 1930s–well before your time. There’s a good chance you haven’t seen the film either since it’s more than a half-century old. But it’s just as relevant for anyone aspiring to be a better poker player today as it was to an earlier generation of players.

The late Steve McQueen starred in the movie as the up-and-coming young poker player Eric Stoner, aka “the Cincinnati Kid.” Stoner wants nothing more than a chance to play against and beat one of the best players of his time, Lane “The Man” Howard (played by Edward G. Robinson).

A friend arranges a private game, but another player who lost heavily to Howard previously has the cards fixed against him. The Cincinnati Kid objects because he wants the chance to beat Howard fair and square.

I won’t spoil the suspense as to what happens as the big game plays out. To find out, you will have to rent the movie and watch.

What makes this gambling movie relevant

As any poker tournament player learns the hard way, starting hands that look like that don’t have a chance sometimes win. Meanwhile, hands that look like “monsters” can turn into costly losses at the river to an even bigger hand. Sure it’s frustrating to have your Aces cracked when a player with 7-2 off-suit pairs both cards or when your full house loses to a bigger full house or a straight flush. But that’s poker.

The Sting (1973)

The 1973 movie The Sting is another one where gambling (poker and horse racing) are featured prominently. Yet there was no gambling at all when the people responsible for making this film picked Paul Newman and Robert Redford to play the starring roles. With a dynamic acting duo like that, how could the film not be a winner?

Then cast them as two con men, one a small-time grifter, Johnny Hector (played by Robert Redford) and the other the experienced pro, Henry Gondorff (played by Paul Newman) and make their mutual target a powerful crime boss.

After inadvertently making the crime boss a victim in a small street con and getting caught, the boss had one of Hector’s friends killed. So Hector, eager to avenge his friend’s murder, enlists the help of Gondorff, who is a master con artist, along with a bunch of other con men who also despise the crime boss.

That’s all I am going to tell you about the plot. But trust me. You will need to pay close attention from start to finish. This action-packed movie manages to throw in so many exciting twists and turns, it’s a nail-biting thriller from start to finish!

What makes this gambling movie relevant

The Sting was nominated for 10 Oscars and won seven, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screen Play. it was also selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Kenny Rogers in The Gambler and its four sequels (1980-1991)

Whenever the song or film title The Gambler is mentioned, one name immediately comes to mind: Kenny Rogers. Right now you are probably singing the words to the chorus of this familiar song to yourself. But on the off chance you have forgotten them, here they are:

“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em,

Know when to fold ‘em,

Know when to walk away,

And know when to run.

You never count your money

When you’re sittin’ at the table.

There’ll be time enough for countin’

When the dealing’s done.”

No matter how many times you have heard Kenny Rogers sing this tune, it never gets old. So if you enjoy the song, but have yet to see the five made for TV gambling movies it inspired, by all means, do so.

Rogers plays high stakes gambler Brady Hawkes in all of the films. In the first film, he is traveling by train from El Paso to Yuma because his young son, who is being raised by his stepfather, needs his real father’s help. But much of the film is focused on his adventures on the way.

Of course, a gambler’s life is one adventure after another up until the day when he or she finally packs it in. So the saga continues.

Here is the 1980 film that got the ball rolling and, in chronological order, the four sequels:

1980: The Gambler

1983: The Gambler: The Adventure Continues 

1987: The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues

1991: The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw

1994: The Gambler V: Playing for Keeps

What makes this gambling movie relevant

Unfortunately, for all of the Kenny Rogers fans out there who never got a chance to see him perform live, you won’t get that opportunity. Due to health problems, he had to cancel the last few concerts on his 2018 farewell tour, and he won’t be performing live ever again.

But you can see him for a lot less money by renting any or all five made for TV films in The Gambler series.

Rain Man (1988)

This classic movie will mesmerize you from start to finish. But it is especially enthralling for anyone who enjoys playing blackjack.

How blackjack differs from other casino games

An important difference between blackjack and most other casino games is that not just luck, but also skill, is a major determining factor in a player’s ability to win. More specifically, proper use of an advanced technique known as card counting can actually give some players a small edge over the house. This advantage does not guarantee winning, by any means, but does increase the likelihood of winning.

When the distribution of cards remaining to be dealt favors the house, the skilled card counter either won’t bet at all or only bet minimally. When the reverse is true, the skilled card counter will bet heavily.

Rainman’s amazing card counting skills

Rain Man is a story about Raymond Babbitt, the autistic savant older brother of Charlie, a selfish car dealer. At the start of the film, Charlie (played by Tom Cruise) receives some unsettling news. He learns that his father from whom he was estranged, has died but bequeathed virtually all of his multimillion dollar estate to the institution where Raymond (played by Dustin Hoffman), a brother that he didn’t even know existed, lived.

Charlie wants an equal share of Raymond’s inheritance. But when his effort to get it fails, he moves on to Plan B. Raymond displays some of the typical symptoms of autism like rigid routines and lack of emotion. However, he also has a photographic memory and amazing counting skills, which Charlie gets wind of and decides to use to his own advantage.

Charlie is $80,000 in the hole for Lamborghinis for his customers that his creditors have seized because he failed to make the required down payments. So he takes Rain Man with his to Vegas to help him win the money at blackjack. Much to Charlie’s delight, Raymond takes to card counting like a duck to water. Eventually, the two brothers are thrown out of the casino, but not before they win $86,000, more than enough to cover Charlie’s debt.

Afterwards, Charlie decides to make up for lost time and have a good relationship with his brother. Raymond returns to the institution and Charlie promises to visit him.

What makes this gambling movie relevant

Rain Man was the recipient of four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor in a Leading Role awarded to Dustin Hoffman.

However, watching Raymond’s exploits in the casino is more entertaining than it is educational. The statistical advantage to be gained by counting cards as depicted in the film, is greatly exaggerated and has no resemblance to reality. Moreover, today’s blackjack games employ “countermeasures” designed to further minimize that advantage. In most online blackjack games, the cards are reshuffled after every hand, making card counting, in effect, impossible. In Live Dealer Blackjack, the cut card is placed in the middle of an eight deck shoe, which makes card counting a waste of time since half of the cards are never dealt.

In Atlantic City, card counters can’t be barred like they can in Nevada casinos, but that doesn’t mean that they can bet whatever they please for as long as they please and expect to get away with it. A number of years ago, a very large and somewhat eccentric fellow whom the Atlantic City local card counters called Rain Man would stand behind a blackjack table and keep track of the cards. Then, when the count got high enough, he would raise a pencil high up in the air, and his partners would descend on the table like vultures to place $500 bets. They were lucky if they got to play one hand before the pit boss yelled “Shuffle!”

 Seabiscuit (2003)

All forms of gambling have their share of improbable upsets. But some of the most exciting and memorable are in the world of thoroughbred horse racing.

The 2003 film Seabiscuit, directed by Gary Ross and starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, and Chris Cooper, was based on the best-selling novel by Laura Hillenbrand: Seabiscuit: An American Legend.

It’s surprising that a film about this spectacular racehorse was such a long time in the making since his racing career dates back to the 1930s, the end of the Depression Era. However, for readers of NJ Gambling Websites, here’s the good news. The next best thing to seeing the horse at the racetrack is now an option.

Seabiscuit’s heartwarming rags to riches story

The film tells the heartwarming true story of how three men, all down on their luck, meet and make it their joint mission to turn an equally unlikely prospect, a lightly regarded colt named Seabiscuit, into a champion racehorse. For Charles Howard, an automobile mechanic, life is especially tough, as he is trying to cope with both his only child’s death and the end of his first marriage. Howard, who is determined to find new meaning to his life, decides to enter the horse racing business. He buys Seabiscuit and finds a horse trainer and jockey who want to work with him, as they are not in a good place in their own lives either.

The problem is that the undersized, temperamental Seabiscuit, despite an excellent pedigree for racing, has a reputation for being “incorrigible.” But the new trio working with him, remain undeterred, see the horse’s potential, and are excited by the challenge.

Turning him into a winning racehorse is a long grueling process, but once Seabiscuit achieves success in minor races, Howard and his team have their sights set on bigger goals.

One of their dreams is for Seabiscuit to run against Triple Crown winner War Admiral. At first, War Admiral’s owner wants no part of it, but eventually, he gives in, and the highly publicized race occurs. More importantly, Seabiscuit’s amazing rags to riches story and improbable rise to fame captured the hearts of the whole country.

What makes this gambling movie relevant

Seabiscuit achieved his fame in the 1930s, when we weren’t around to see it. Yet anyone who has ever been down on his or her luck or is acquainted with someone who is can relate and cannot help but be inspired, whether a gambler or not. And for horse racing fans, getting to watch facsimiles of Seabiscuit’s races in the film and see how they play out is thrilling.

Meanwhile, the bettor in me couldn’t help but wonder what the odds were on Seabiscuit and how they must have shrunk as his fame skyrocketed. I would have also liked to see folks at the racetrack placing their bets.

But Seabiscuit is not a film about betting. It is a film about gambling because it shows how having a winning attitude and believing in yourself and your goals can make overcoming enormous odds possible.

21 (2008)

This is another film about card counting. 21 is based on the true story, as related in the best-selling book Bringing Down the House, about a group of students, mostly from MIT, who became a formidable blackjack team. Visiting Las Vegas on weekends over an extended period of time, the team won millions of dollars.

As pointed out in an article on, much of what is shown in the movie is pure fiction rather than an accurate portrayal of what really happened. For example, the romance between two team members and one player carelessly losing $200,000 in a single session, never occurred outside of the film.

Another type of incident portrayed in the film that never happened with the real team was team members being beaten up by casino security guards. This was Hollywood’s fabrication designed to make the visual effects more graphic and nothing more. This is not to say, however, that the casinos were not onto the MIT team and didn’t use other countermeasures against them. But strong-arm tactics like beating the bloody daylights out of a player is not something that today’s legitimate casinos do.

What makes this gambling movie relevant

Anyone with an appreciation for the game of blackjack, and especially those who have dabbled in card counting, will find this film, despite its many flaws, fascinating. The film shows that becoming a proficient blackjack player is a lot more difficult than one might think.

On the other hand, the real MIT blackjack team was active in the early 1990s, and playing conditions have changed since then. Winning significant sums of money while remaining undetected for an extended period of time is much harder now.

The likelihood of an individual player today duplicating anything close to the success of the MIT team is extremely remote. See my relevant comments with regard to the film Rain Man because they also apply to this film.

Four must-see gambling movies about the dark side of gambling

People love to gamble, so it is only natural for Hollywood to focus on the glitz and glamour, often to the exclusion of gambling’s darker side. Here are four gambling movies that provide a chilling reminder of what can happen when gambling spirals out of control or the need to obey the law and do what is morally right pales compared to the lure of big money.

The Gambler (1974, 2014)

The original 1979 version stars James Caan, Paul Sorvino, and Lauren Hutton. Axel Freed (played by James Caan) is a Harvard-educated English literature professor with a gambling addiction.

Despite his gambling becoming more and more out of control, Axel somehow manages to keep it a complete secret from his family and girlfriend for a long time. But that changes when he loses $44,000 to his bookie. His mother bails him out, but instead of paying off the debt, he goes to Vegas, where he wins more money, only to lose it back again on more basketball bets.

When loan sharks come to his house in the middle of the night threatening to beat him if he doesn’t pay up, his girlfriend is disgusted. But this time, Axel’s family refuses to give him a dime, so he arranges with one of his college students, who happens to be the school’s star basketball player, to shave points on a game.

The plan works. But Alex’s insatiable need to tempt danger soon gets him into more trouble, and this time he gets seriously injured in a fight.

What makes this gambling movie relevant

Keep in mind that this movie was made back in 1974. Fortunately, both casino gambling and sports betting are now legal in New Jersey, and for the latter, all betting is up-front. You can only wager money that is in your wallet or in your NJ online gambling account.

So while it is certainly possible to bet a lot more than one can afford and even lose the rent money, at least one doesn’t face the added pressure of owing additional money to shady characters after the fact.

Even in 1974, when outside of Nevada, both sports betting and casino gambling were illegal, the portrayal of bookies and their bosses using strong-arm tactics to threaten or actually beat up non-paying customers is more Hollywood fiction than reality.

However, the film contains some memorable classic lines, to which any gambler can relate. One of Axel’s friends comments “Jeez, Axel, I have never seen such bad cards.” In another segment, Axel can’t understand how he could have lost so many basketball bets because when he checked the scores on the radio while the games were still in progress, his teams were winning. His bookie then asks him: “Where have you been? Siberia? Those where half-time scores!”

By the way, there is a 2014 remake of this film with Mark Wahlberg as Axel Freed, which I have not seen. I recommend that anyone who is currently gambling or considering it see at least one version of this film.

If you have a gambling problem, help is a phone call away

Legal gambling within one’s means, whether done solely for recreation or as a way to try to augment one’s income, is both exciting and fun. But when done to excess, it ceases to be either.

If you or anyone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER. Help is available 24-7.

Indecent Proposal (1993)

Financial worries can be the downfall of many couples, even those starting out in a healthy relationship. Indecent Proposal is a film about a married couple on the verge of losing their house. They are so desperate for money that they can’t think rationally. They make one reckless decision after another.

David (played by Woody Harrelson) is an architect, and his wife Diana (played by Demi Moore) is a successful real estate agent. The two of them were high school sweethearts who have been together ever since.

But when the recession hits them hard, instead of tightening their belts and trying to make their dwindling bank accounts last longer, they take their last $5,000 and head for Las Vegas. After a disastrous run at the craps tables, a billionaire they had never met before (played by Robert Redford) makes them a tempting offer–a million dollars in return for one night with Diana.

David and Diana accept the offer. The decision ultimately costs them their marriage.

What makes this gambling movie relevant

When people are desperate enough for money, they can succumb to all sorts of aberrant behavior they would not otherwise engage in, often with dire consequences.

Indecent Proposal received mixed reviews from the critics. However, it is worth seeing as a reminder that gambling is far from being a sure thing and definitely not a recommended way to deal with financial problems.

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story

Winning the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event even once is many aspiring poker players’ ultimate dream. However, the odds stacked against it are enormous. Stu Ungar and Johnny Moss were the only two poker players to date to win three WSOP Main Event tournaments.

The 2003 biopic entitled High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story depicts the fascinating but tragic story of a man who sought fame and fortune, achieved it, but couldn’t handle it, and ultimately lost everything.

Michael Imperioli plays the poker legend as the viewer gets an in depth look at this hard to believe but nevertheless true story. Stu Ungar’s whole life was a precarious roller coaster ride. But the rise from teenage card shark to world-class poker player was only one part of it. Another was his reckless racetrack gambling and chronic drug abuse.

Despite having won an estimated $30 million at poker, when Stu Ungar’s life abruptly ended in 1998 at age 45 in a cheap Las Vegas motel room, he had no assets to his name.

What makes this gambling movie relevant

The short, sad life of poker legend Stu Ungar is an extreme example of a man who was seemingly invincible at poker but anything but in his ability to manage other aspects of his life. Most of us will never become world-class poker players, much less win the WSOP Main Event. But what matters far more than any bracelet, or adoration of fans is the peace of mind that comes from leading a life with a sense of purpose and balance.

Molly’s Game (2017)

Molly’s Game is another film about gambling based on a true life story. The 2017 film starring Jessica Chastain, which I saw in Philadelphia, was based on Molly Bloom’s memoir with the same title.

What makes Molly’s story different from those in the other films I have described in this section on the dark side of gambling is that what got her into trouble was not her own gambling, but running illegal underground poker games.

Prior to her involvement with illegal gambling, Molly Bloom had career aspirations that were both lofty and legitimate. She was a world-class skier training for the Olympics, but a serious injury ended her skiing career permanently.

Then, instead of attending law school as planned, she moved to Los Angeles and got a job as a cocktail waitress. She then met a real estate developer who hired her initially as his office manager, but later to help run his underground poker games. Molly became so good at it, she started running her own game.

What makes this gambling movie relevant

Since running high stakes underground poker games for personal profit is clearly against the law, it was only a matter of time before someone squealed and Molly Bloom was arrested.

Even though she was able to avoid jail time, the record of her criminal activity will affect her for the rest of her life.

Furthermore, long before her arrest, she was putting her life in danger with her use of illegal drugs and association with unscrupulous people.

For anyone tempted to get involved in the illegal gambling scene in any way, including patronizing these places as a customer, Molly’s Game will hopefully serve as a stern warning not to do it.

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Barbara Nathan October 10, 2019
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Better yet, for the entire month of October, all of the special daily offers are repeated each week. So if you miss out on a particular offer one week, you can still claim it the following week. And previous week’s offers that you claimed and liked will be available for you again the following week, too.

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As you can see from the above chart, in order to qualify for more than the very meager bonus of $5 (which is probably a waste of time), the casino requires a substantial amount of wagering. Therefore, I recommend this promotion for big bettors only who can afford to play at the very high level needed to earn the second and third bonus. For those who have their sights set on the maximum reward on all three days that this promotion is being offered, before the weekend is over, you could be looking at up to $390 in bonus money. But that’s if and only if you are prepared to wager more than $33,000!

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Additional wagering requirements for the bonus

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Like the Wednesday and Sunday bonuses, this Saturday bonus is a guaranteed mystery bonus, too. It could be small, medium-size, or big. There’s no way to know until you open your special card and see. But instead of being required to wager the bonus 15X, you only need to wager it once, and as soon as you do, both the bonus and any additional money you may win betting it are yours to keep. And because you are making this wager with the casino’s money and not your own, not only is the Saturday bonus a guaranteed mystery bonus. It is also a no-risk bonus!

Earn 2x iRPs playing Space Wars at Borgata Online Casino every Monday in October

If you love playing NJ online slots haven’t been having great luck with them lately, maybe it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and see where a new adventure into the unknown takes you. Are you game to start exploring the far reaches of the galaxy? For Borgata players, there’s no better time than Mondays in October because every time you play the NetEnt slot game Space Wars, you earn 2X iRewards.

If you have been following my Barb’s Best Bets columns on NJ Gambling Websites, you already know that many of the featured games are from NetEnt, a name that is synonymous with top quality NJ online slots. With five reels, 40 paylines, nonstop excitement, a bet range of 40 cents to $200, and a return to player (RTP) 96.75 percent, Space Wars offers everything a player of any bet size could want from an online slot. Brace yourself for a wild ride and possibly even some out of this world winnings.

How to opt into this Borgata NJ bonus

Space Wars is worth your time even without a special bonus offer. But as long as Borgata is sweetening the pot with 2X iRewards, by all means, grab them. Here’s how.

  • Log into your account every Monday in October.
  • Go to the Promotions tab and opt in to the Multiplier Monday promotion.
  • Play the slot game Space Wars online or on your mobile device to earn 2x iRPs.

Play and Earn up to $200 every Tuesday in October

Last, but certainly not least, if you’re a Borgata online player and would like to see your bonus dollars really add up, simply log into your account every Tuesday in October and let the fun and games begin.

The more iRPs you earn, the bigger your Borgata NJ bonus, up to $200!

How to participate in the Tuesday Play and Earn promotion at Borgata Online Casino

It would be a shame to miss out on this easy opportunity to earn valuable bonus dollars on top of your iRPs. So don’t forget to do the following each Tuesday in October before you start playing:

The following chart shows how many iRPs you will need to earn to receive each of the five bonus rewards.


Points Required  Bonus Dollar Reward
100 iRPs $5 Bonus Dollars
300 iRPs $10 Bonus Dollars
500 iRPs $10 Bonus Dollars
750 iRPs $25 Bonus Dollars
1500 iRPs $50 Bonus Dollars
3000 iRPs $100 Bonus Dollars

You can earn the iRPs playing any game you wish. As soon as you play enough to reach a given bonus threshold, the applicable bonus dollars will be credited to your account automatically. Then continue playing if your goal is to earn the next bonus.  In order to receive the maximum bonus dollar reward possible of $200, you need to reach all five iRP levels. However, additional wagering requirements apply, as described below, before you will be permitted to withdraw the bonuses along with any additional winnings therefrom.

Wagering requirements for the Tuesday bonuses

The casino is giving you two days to activate each bonus you receive and until 11:59 p.m. the day after activation to meet the additional wagering requirements of 15X the bonus.

Keep in mind that you can have more than one active bonus in your account at the same time. However, you can only clear one bonus at a time.

All games count towards both earning the Tuesday bonuses and clearing them. Also, on top of all of the iRPs you have earned to get each bonus, the required wagering to clear each bonus will earn you additional iRPs.

As with all other bonuses at this casino, opting-out, attempting to withdraw bonus related funds before they become available, or failure to complete the required wagering on time will forfeit your right to both the bonus and any additional winnings associated with it.


Whether you choose to play at Borgata Online Casino every day this month or not, it’s nice to know that any day you want to play there is a new bonus waiting for you. Each day of the week, it’s a different offer, and while you can only access any given offer once per week, it’s repeatable the following week. As long as you don’t get carried away and you play in accordance with what your budget and time limitations realistically permit, the October daily bonuses offer a great opportunity to give any player’s online gambling account a welcome boost.


Caesars Online Casino Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament Seat Giveaway

Barbara Nathan October 7, 2019
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If you’re a NJ online casino slot player, your ultimate dream is probably the same as that of any slot player–to become an instant millionaire!

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Caesars Casino & Sports will give 12 lucky players a greater chance to make that dream a reality by winning a free seat at the 2020 Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament Finale at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Even if you don’t win a million bucks in the tournament, if you win this Caesars Online Casino grand prize, you’ll still have the time of your life.  Along with the slot tournament entry, the fabulous Las Vegas getaway includes round trip airfare for two plus three nights at Caesars Palace.

More about the 2020 Millionaire Maker Finale Slot Tournament at Caesars Palace

This event will take place on March 12-14, 2020 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Participation is by invitation only. You cannot buy your way into the tournament. However, you can win an invitation through a Millionaire Maker Event being offered by a Caesars Rewards brick and mortar facility, website, or mobile app or through Facebook or Twitter.

All finalists will receive $1,100 airfare credit, a hotel stay of three nights at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino, and one entry into the Millionaire Maker Finale Slot Tournament, where they will compete for a share of $1,062,500 in cash prizes.

The top 30 participants (those who spin the reels the fastest) will be awarded prizes as follows:

1st Place – $1,000,000*
2nd Place – $25,000
3rd Place – $10,000
4th Place – $5,000
5th Place – $2,500
6th – 20th Places – $1,000
21st – 30th Places – $500

*The top prize winner will have the option to receive the payment either in annual installments or as a discounted lump sum. All prize winners will be required to file the necessary tax forms.

How to participate in the Millionaire Maker giveaway promotion at Caesars Online Casino

Clearly, the free Las Vegas vacation and free entry into the tournament are worth playing for. So if you’re an NJ online casino player and/or sports bettor and Caesars is one of your favorite NJ gambling websites, don’t miss out on this opportunity. The name of the game is to improve your chances of having your name picked in the drawing by logging into your account daily throughout the monthlong promotion period.

On many days, simply logging in will suffice. You will receive a drawing ticket for that day even if you don’t play. But on certain designated days, you can earn extra drawing tickets based on your play. Those are the times when it would be to your advantage to play as much as you can afford and as often as possible.

Any registered Caesars Online Casino player with access to the Caesars NJ gambling website can participate in this promotion. The period for earning entries started on Tues., Oct. 1 and continues through the entire month of October, ending at 11:59 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 31. So even if you didn’t opt-in and start collecting entries on day 1, you still have plenty of time.  There are also ways to earn additional entries, which we will list for you below.

More reasons why you should participate

But first, there is another thing you should know. Many of you might be skeptical about participating either because you have had bad luck in other drawings or you don’t like your chances in this one. Even though the free trip to Las Vegas and entry into the upcoming Caesars Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament sound great, only 12 online players can win it. But maybe you’ll change your mind now that I clue you in on another important fact.

Far from the top prize being the only prize you can win in the giveaway, there are hundreds of other prizes up for grabs. 580 non-winners of the Vegas trip will win from $25 to $500 in bonus money!

How to earn a free entry every day even before you play

Earning one free drawing entry every day couldn’t be easier.



Each day in October that you follow this procedure, you will receive one entry into the Nov. 5 prize drawing.

In addition, if you have already linked your Caesars Rewards account to your Caesars online account, you will automatically receive one additional entry. If not, link the two accounts now, so you can get this additional entry as well.

How to earn extra entries during Millionaire Maker Multiplier Week: Oct. 17-23

 October 17-23 is Millionaire Maker Multiplier Week. That’s when Caesars Casino & Sports is challenging you to step up your play, and if you’re smart you will.

  • Earn 1 additional drawing entry for every 20 online Tier Credits you earn playing slots.
  • Earn 2 additional drawing entries for every 20 online Tier Credits you earn betting on sports.

Every $10 on either type of wager earns you 1 online Tier Credit.  So in order to earn 20 Tier Credits, you need to wager $200. If you wager $200 on slots and another $200 on sports, you will earn the maximum of 3 additional drawing entries. Given that you have a whole week to do so, it should not be too difficult.

How to earn more extra entries during Millionaire Last Call: Oct. 29-31

October 29-31 represents the home stretch, your last opportunity to maximize your chances in the drawing. So here’s your challenge. It’s tougher than the Millionaire Maker Multiplier Week challenge, so only attempt it if you think you can afford it.

  • Earn 5 additional drawing entries for every 50 online Tier Credits earned playing slots.

Keep in mind that you only have three days, not seven, to earn the 50 Tier Credits, and to do so you will need to wager $500. Are you up for the challenge?

Distribution of prizes

Tuesday, November 5 is Election Day. But for players at Caesars Casino & Sports, the winners of the various political races won’t be the only outcomes of interest being decided that day. November 5 is also the day when Caesars will hold its big drawing and determine who each of the 592 lucky prize winners will be, including the 12 who will win the grand prize worth $2,000.

The following matrix shows exactly what each prize consists of and how many players will receive it.

Prize Matrix:

No. of Winners Prize Estimated Total Value
              12 ·         1 entry into the 2020 Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament

·         3 night stay at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

·         Round trip air for winner and guest from the closest continental airport near winner’s home

·         Estimated prize value: $2,000



                5 $500 Casino Bonus Play $2,500
              25 $250 Casino Bonus Play $6,250
              50 $50 Casino Bonus Play $2,500
            500 $25 Casino Bonus Play $12,500
Total: $47,750


Terms and Conditions

No player can win more than one prize. All prizes are subject to the following terms and conditions.

Grand Prize

All grand prize winners will be contacted by a Caesars Interactive Entertainment representative. They will then have three days to complete the required prize documentation and claim their prize. Failure to do so within that time frame will result in their forfeiting the prize, whereupon Caesars will draw a replacement winner.

Players who have already received a seat into the Millionaire Maker Finale through other means will not be eligible for another seat. However, no cash alternative in lieu of this prize (or any other prize in this promotion) is available.

Grand prize winners will be responsible for reporting winning this prize as taxable income on a 1099 form.

Bonus money prizes

All bonus play prize winners have up to seven days from the time the bonus money is credited to their account to meet the casino’s additional stipulated wagering requirements. Players may clear the bonus with any game or combination of games they wish, but not sports bets. Depending on the type of game selected, the wagering requirements are as follows:

  • Slots: 5X bonus
  • Video poker: 10X bonus
  • All other games: 25X bonus

While this wagering is still in progress, both the bonus money itself and any additional winnings therefrom will remain temporarily unavailable for withdrawal. Players will have full access to this money (or whatever is left of it) as soon as the bonus is fully cleared, provided it hasn’t expired. Canceling the bonus, attempting to withdraw unavailable funds prematurely, or failure to complete the wagering on time will result in forfeiture of the bonus and any additional related winnings.

Summary and conclusion

As someone who loves to gamble, there are other ways you can get lucky and win a million dollars–or lesser but still sizable sum of money—without participating in the Caesars Millionaire Maker 2020 Seat Giveaway. For example, you could win a mega-size prize on a progressive jackpot machine or in the lottery. But while either is possible, it’s highly improbable, and while chasing the elusive jackpot you could lose a lot of money.

This promotion is a better alternative because anyone who wants to can participate, whether you’re a big player or not, and have a fair chance to win big time. You can earn entries simply by logging into your account, and while you can earn more entries by participating in the two special challenges that Caesars is offering, doing so is optional.

The challenges are reasonable, so meeting them should be within many players’ budget and comfort zone. But if you decide they are not for you, no problem. Your odds of winning a prize, even a free trip to Las Vegas and a shot at a million dollars, are still good.

However, even if you don’t win any of the top prizes, there are plenty of lesser prizes, and there is not a shabby one in the bunch. All of the prizes in the Millionaire Maker Finale are in cash, and the smallest amount is $500. The smallest bonus money prize that 580 non-winners of the trip to Vegas could win instead is $25, but some lucky players will win $500 in bonus money.

Most NJ online casino promotions come with a few not great features, but not this one. If you’re a Caesars Online Casino player, participating in the Millionaire Maker 2020 Seat Giveaway promotion should be a no-brainer. 



Earn A Piece of $10,000 In This Week’s Virgin Casino Slapshot Sharepot

Barbara Nathan October 2, 2019
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October is the month when you can enjoy all four major professional sports at once. In fact, Wed., Oct. 2 marks the start of the 2019 NHL season.

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Here in New Jersey, if you’re so inclined, you can bet on these games, and you don’t even have to leave home, as 16 NJ gambling websites currently offer that option. But whether you’re a hockey fan or not, if you’re a Virgin Casino player, you’ll be a fan of the Slapshot Sharepot that the casino is offering this week.

Fun, exciting, easy to enter, and everybody’s a winner

Think back to the many times you entered a drawing at a NJ online casino, imagining yourself the lucky winner of a vacation getaway, car, or cash, only to walk away empty-handed. Virgin Casino Sharepots are a different and fairer way to earn rewards for your play. Instead of you and hundreds of other players all hoping for the luck of the draw, everybody who participates gets something extra.

I won’t lie and tell you that your Sharepot prize is going to be spectacular. But as long as you meet the very reasonable requirements for entering, you’re in the Sharepot, which means you’re guaranteed to win a piece of it. No deposit is required. Simply play your favorite Virgin Casino games, as usual, and wager at least $50 on at least one qualifying day.

The number of tickets you earn based on your play during the promotion period will determine what your share of the Sharepot will be. So if you play more than the minimum, you will earn more tickets and receive a bigger share of the Sharepot, which is only fair.

But there is also a cap on the number of Sharepot tickets any individual player can earn, and no one is under any pressure to wager any more than he or she can afford. Furthermore, the Slapshot Sharepot, like many others at Virgin Casino, includes $10,000 in bonus money. So there’s plenty to go around for any player of any bet size who wants a piece of it.

How to participate in the Slapshot Sharepot at Virgin Casino

If you have been playing at Virgin Casino a while and have been following my posts on NJ Gambling Websites, the material in this section should already be very familiar to you. Perhaps you have already taken advantage of such promotions as the Ice Cream Sharepot in July and the Primetime Sharepot that Virgin Casino ran last week. The only thing that’s different this time is the name of the promotion and the period for earning tickets. Otherwise, the way it works and all of the terms and conditions are almost identical.

The period for earning tickets for Slapshot Sharepot started at 12:01 a.m. on Mon., Sept. 30 and continues until 11:59 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 3.

How to earn Sharepot tickets

Like the Primetime Sharepot and the Ice Cream Sharepot before that, the Slapshot Sharepot will be divvied up based on play over the four-day promotion period. The more you wager on each day of the promotion (up to the specified maximum), the more tickets you earn and the bigger your share of the Sharepot.

The most tickets anyone can earn is five per day, or 20 for all four days combined.

Last week, in the Primetime Sharepot, Virgin Casino raised the wagering requirement for earning each ticket from $50 to $100. That meant, in order to earn the maximum of 20 tickets, instead of only having to wager $250 per day ($1,000 total) one had to wager $500 per day ($2,000 total). I criticized that move because it entailed more wagering than many players could probably afford. It might have limited some participants to only wagering the minimum (or a small multiple thereof) and getting a very small share of the Sharepot.

Well, here’s some great news. Virgin Casino has restored the previous wagering requirements for this promotion. Now you will earn one Sharepot ticket for every $50 you wager on any given promotion day, up to a maximum of five tickets if your day’s wagers total $250 or more.

If you can’t play the maximum, no problem

The change back to the previous wagering requirements should make the Slapshot Sharepot a lot more affordable. However, keep in mind that you cannot carry over one day’s play to the next day. So you still need to wager at least $50 on any one day for that day’s play to count.

If you started playing and earning tickets on Monday this week (before this post was published), great. But if not, don’t worry about it. If you start your qualifying play a day late (Tuesday), you can still earn up to 15 Sharepot tickets.

Also, the beauty of this promotion is that it lets you adjust the amount of your qualifying play to what works for you. So if earning five tickets per day would entail more wagering than you can afford or have time for, you can scale down, knowing that you will still receive your fair share of the Sharepot. Play as often as you can and for as much as you can comfortably afford. And if that means having to settle for a smaller share of the Sharepot than other players, so be it. Don’t put yourself in a position where you might put your bankroll in jeopardy.

How Virgin Casino will determine each player’s share of the Sharepot

As soon as the earning period for the Slapshot Sharepot ends, Virgin Casino will evaluate each participant’s play to determine how the $10,000 prize pool will be distributed. All prizes will be in the form of bonus money credited to the player’s account.

The math is somewhat complicated, but that’s for Virgin Casino to handle, not you. You won’t know ahead of time what your bonus will be, but rest assured that you will get a bonus and it will be a fair share based on how your play compares to everyone else’s.

Here, step by step, is what Virgin Casino will do on Friday, Oct. 4 to determine each participant’s share of the Slapshot Sharepot.

  1. Count the number of Sharepot tickets (1-20) each participating player has earned.
  2. Get a grand total of the number of tickets that all participants combined have earned.
  3. For each individual player, divide the number of tickets that person earned by the total number of tickets earned by everyone combined.
  4. The result is each player’s percentage of the Sharepot. Multiply that percentage by $10,000 (the total amount of bonus money in the Sharepot ) to get the amount of bonus money going to each player.

For example, let’s say you earn 15 tickets and all of the players combined (including you) earn 7,500 tickets. Since 15 is .20 percent of $10,000, your bonus is equal to $10,000 multiplied by .0020, or $20.

When will you get your bonus?

Although the period for earning Sharepot tickets ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, Virgin Casino will need the following day to tally up the results and compute everybody’s share. Therefore, you should see the bonus money in your account within 24 hours thereafter. But allow up to three business days in case of technical difficulties.

Slapshot Sharepot bonus wagering requirements

Every time an existing player at Virgin Casino or sister NJ gambling website Tropicana Online Casino, receives a bonus, whether it is from a Sharepot or any other source, the terms and conditions remain the same.

You have up to 30 days to wager the bonus 1x on any game of your choosing. As soon as you complete this very minimal wagering requirement, you are free to withdraw any resulting winnings. But unfortunately, that is all that the casino will let you withdraw. The bonus money itself is not yours to keep then or ever. As soon as you wager it once, the casino removes the bonus from your account and you never see it again.

Virgin Casino Slapshot Sharepot pros and cons

This promotion shares the same advantages and disadvantages as this casino’s many other Sharepots. First, we will describe what could be better. Then we will conclude with a summary of the various positive features that make this offer a good one in spite of the shortcomings.

What could be better

Sticky bonus that you can only wager once

Unlike a traditional bonus that needs to be wagered many times over, this Virgin Casino Sharepot bonus, like all others at this casino, is sticky. You can only wager it once, and that’s it. While the very small wagering requirement saves you money if you are losing, not having the option to capitalize on a possible winning streak by wagering the bonus any further significantly limits the amount you can win. Not being able to keep the bonus along with your winnings further reduces the amount you can win.

Strong likelihood of only a small bonus

Bonuses like this, which you can only wager once and where you can only keep your winnings (if any) and not the bonus itself, need to be larger than traditional bonuses to give you a reasonable opportunity to win any amount worth mentioning. However, with the strong likelihood that hundreds of other players besides you will also qualify for a piece of the Sharepot, individual shares will probably be small. This will be especially true if you’re a small player and don’t have as many tickets as most of the other players.

Virgin Casino Slapshot Sharepot great features

Appeals to all types of players

One problem that small players have with many NJ online casino promotions is that they are priced out because the deposit and wagering requirements are too high for them. No one should have that problem here since no deposit is required at all and the wagering requirements are very reasonable, too.

As long as you are able to wager at least $50 on any game on at least one of the four days of the promotion, a piece of the Sharepot is guaranteed. Then when you get your bonus, your out-of-pocket cost is zilch since you only wager the bonus once—with the casino’s money, not your own.

On the other hand, it is to your advantage to play more than just the minimum so you can earn more Sharepot tickets and get a bigger share of the Sharepot. Now that Virgin Casino has lowered the wagering requirements for each ticket from $100 back to $50, it will be easier for many players to earn the five tickets per day maximum. As long as you can afford to bet $250 per day, this is what you should do.

An individual cap of five tickets per day and 20 for the promotion

Those who play more should be duly rewarded, so using the amount of play as the yardstick for determining your share of this Virgin Casino Sharepot is completely fair. But the whole point of a Sharepot is to allow any participating player to share in the bounty. If the casino set no limit on the amount one could wager and the number of tickets earned as a result, as some other NJ online casinos do with their drawings, the distribution of prizes would be greatly skewed. The biggest players would hog the lion’s share of the pie and leave everybody else with virtually no chance to receive more than crumbs.

It is to Virgin Casino’s credit that it limits each individual player to a very reasonable five tickets per day based on a total wager of $250. Of course, anyone who wants to can wager more than $250 per day. But by placing a cap on the number of tickets you can be awarded, everybody benefits and nobody gets left out.

Added allure of a mystery bonus

Virgin Casino is promising a bonus to every player with one or more Sharepot tickets. So obviously, if you’re going to be playing there this week anyway you should participate in this promotion.

But what you don’t know ahead of time is what your bonus will be. Even if it only turns out to be a small amount, the fact that it’s a mystery makes participating fun and exciting.

Risk-free bonus

Even though you can’t keep the bonus–only your winnings, if any, from betting it once–what is nice about this offer is that even if you don’t win, losing your own money is impossible.

That is not the case with traditional bonuses because the wagering requirements are typically much steeper. Since the bonus money itself probably won’t be sufficient, much more often than not, players won’t be able to clear the bonus without dipping into and possibly losing their own deposited money.

However, with a risk-free bonus like this one, the worst that could possibly happen is you lose the casino’s money betting the bonus, so your own bankroll stays the same as it was just before you got the bonus. But you could get lucky and win.

So go ahead and give the Virgin Casino Slapshot Sharepot a try. A risk-free guaranteed mystery bonus is waiting for you!


Virgin Casino Primetime Sharepot Has Bonus Rewards For Everyone

Barbara Nathan September 24, 2019
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Now that the Prime Time Emmys awards show has just aired, many worthy performers went away empty-handed.

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But this week, that won’t happen to you if you’re a Virgin Casino registered player and participate in the perfectly timed brand new Primetime Sharepot that only this NJ gambling website is offering.

TV stardom is not required, nor is any other special talent or claim to fame. This promotion is simply Virgin Casino’s way to thank its players for their loyalty by once again loading a Sharepot with $10,000 bonus money and giving all of you an opportunity to grab a piece of it.

How Virgin Casino Sharepots work

All of the NJ online casinos give existing players frequent opportunities to earn bonus money. However,  Virgin Casino and its sister NJ gambling website, Tropicana Online Casino, are the only two that offer Sharepots.

What makes Sharepot offers unique is that they open the door for all active players to reap the rewards. Each Sharepot includes a certain size designated prize pool (usually bonus money). But in this instance, any eligible player who wants to earn a piece of it can. You don’t have to do anything special or different.

Simply play your favorite online casino games, as usual, and your bonus is guaranteed.  No deposit is required, and the minimum play requirements are sufficiently reasonable for even the smallest bettors to participate.

You don’t have to rely on the luck of the draw to see whether or not you get a bonus either. As is only fair, the casino will divvy up the Sharepot up based on each participant’s amount of play during the promotion period. No one knows ahead of time what their individual share will be.  The biggest shares will go to those with the most play and the smallest to those who only play the minimum. However, everyone is guaranteed to get something.

How to participate in the Virgin Casino Primetime Sharepot giveaway

In July I told you all about the special Ice Cream Sharepot that Virgin Casino was offering in honor of National Ice Cream Week. This time, the inspiration for the Sharepot is the Prime Time Emmys. However, the spotlight is on you because you’ll be the one who receives a reward.

Like the Ice Cream Sharepot, the Virgin Casino Prime Sharepot has been pre-loaded with $10,000 in bonus money. All you have to do to earn Sharepot tickets and get a piece of the pie is play. The period for earning tickets runs from Mon., Sept. 23 until 11:59 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 26. The more days you play during the four-day promotion period and the more you wager each day (up to $500) the more tickets you earn and the bigger your share of the Sharepot.

How much do you need to wager for each Sharepot ticket and how many tickets can you earn?

For every $100 that you wager on any one of these days, will earn one Sharepot ticket, up to a maximum of five if your day’s wagers total $500 or more.

The maximum number of tickets you can earn is therefore 20. However, instead of earning one Sharepot ticket for every $50 wagered on any given day, as for the Virgin Casino Ice Cream Sharepot, you will need to wager $100 to earn each Sharepot ticket.

Play as often as you can this week, but only what you can afford

You don’t have to play all four days of the promotion to qualify for a piece of the Sharepot. However, it is to your advantage to do so since Virgin Casino counts each day’s play separately. You cannot carry over a previous day’s play to the next day.

Furthermore, as long as you wager at least $100 on any game or combination of games on at least one day of the promotion, Virgin Casino guarantees you a piece of the Sharepot. But obviously, if all you play is the minimum, your share will be very small.

On the other hand, to earn the 20 tickets maximum, you would not only need to play all four days of the promotion but wager at least $500 per day for a total of $2,000. Don’t do this unless this is consistent with your usual level of wagering and you can comfortably afford it.

No promotion, no matter how big the prize money, is worth jeopardizing your bankroll for, so keep that in mind while you participate in this promotion. And in this Primetime Sharepot, even though the total prize pool of $10,000 is a lot, all rewards are in the form of non-redeemable bonus money, not cash, that many people will be sharing. So individual shares will almost inevitably be small. No one is going to wind up with a windfall.

Your best bet is therefore to play as often as possible (ideally all four days) but only to the extent you can afford.

How Virgin Casino will distribute the Primetime Sharepot bonus money

Unlike a deposit match bonus, where each player knows ahead of time exactly what his or her bonus will be, with Sharepots you won’t know (and neither will the casino) until the promotion is over. That’s when Virgin Casino will calculate each person’s play compared to everyone else’s and what share of the total will go to each participant.

Here in a nutshell what Virgin Casino will do to determine what your bonus (and that of every other participant) will be.

  1. Count how many Sharepot tickets (1-20) each participating player has earned.
  2. Get a grand total of the number of tickets earned by all participants combined.
  3. Calculate each participant’s percentage of the Sharepot by dividing whatever number of tickets he or she earned by the grand total.
  4. Multiply each player’s percentage of the Sharepot by $10,000 (the total amount of bonus money the Sharepot contains). This will indicate the amount of bonus money that each player will get.

For example, let’s say you earn 15 tickets and all of the players combined (including you) earn 6,000 tickets. When you multiply .0025 by $10,000, you get $25, so $25 is the size of your bonus.

When will you get your bonus?

On Friday, Sept. 27, Virgin Casino will determine exactly what each player’s share of the $10,000 bonus money Primetime Sharepot will be. Then expect to see your bonus credited to your account within 24 hours (or if there are technical difficulties, within three business days, at most).

Wagering requirements for the Virgin Casino Primetime Sharepot bonus money

The wagering requirements and other terms and conditions for the Primetime Sharepot bonus money are exactly the same as for any other bonuses existing players receive from (or

You have up to 30 days to clear the bonus. Simply wager the bonus 1x on any game you wish. All games count 100 percent.

As soon as you complete the required wagering, you will be permitted to withdraw any resulting winnings. However, you will not be able to withdraw the bonus money itself then or ever.

Obviously, if you win, it would be nice to be able to wager your bonus again to try to increase your winnings. This is something you not only can readily do with traditional bonuses, but have to do, in order to satisfy the wagering requirements. However, at Virgin Casino, you don’t have that option.

Like all other Virgin Casino bonuses, the Primetime Sharepot bonus is a sticky bonus that the casino takes away from you as soon as you wager it once.

Virgin Casino Primetime Sharepot pros and cons

Virgin Casino claims that it is offering the Primetime Sharepot as a way of saying thank you to its players. That may be, but also keep in mind that in only letting you bet your bonus once and then taking it away from you, it is doing so for its own benefit, not yours. In fact, all NJ online casinos create bonus offers that, in one way or another, ultimately favor their own bottom line. That is the main reason they offer them.

What features of this promotion could be better

$100 (vs. $50) wagering requirement to earn Sharepot tickets

Sharepots are intended to be fun promotions encouraging widespread participation. Increasing the wagering requirement to earn each Sharepot ticket from $50 to $100 will make it difficult for some players to earn more than the minimum number of tickets or close to the minimum. As a result, they will only qualify for a tiny share of the Sharepot.

Sticky bonus

Yes, it’s true that it’s a lot easier to clear a bonus that you only have to wager once than one that you need to wager over and over again many times. However, what is nice about the latter type of bonus is that if you’re lucky, you can win a lot of money in the process. Then, as soon as you have completed all of the wagering, not only whatever you have left of your winnings, but also the bonus itself, is yours to keep. With this bonus, neither of those highly advantageous features is available to you.

The bonus might be too small to give you a meaningful size win

After you bet the bonus a single time, you can only withdraw your winnings (if any) and not the bonus itself. Therefore, in order to have more than a very remote chance of better than a trivial win, the bonus needs to be larger than a traditional bonus. However, with hundreds of other players also receiving a piece of the Sharepot, individual shares will most likely be quite small, especially for those who haven’t played enough to earn more than a few tickets.

Virgin Casino Primetime Sharepot great features

Now I will mention several great features of this promotion. They are what makes this promotion, in spite of all the aforementioned drawbacks, still worth your time

Easy to access and affordable to most players

This is the type of promotion that will appeal to a very wide range of players. Small players will appreciate being able to get a bonus based solely on play and not contingent on making a deposit. While playing enough to earn the maximum number of tickets will reward you with a bigger share of the Sharepot, if that is more than you can comfortably afford, no problem. Simply scale down your play to what you feel you can manage. As long as you wager at least $100 on one day of the promotion, you will still get a bonus.

More great news is that once you get the bonus, it is completely risk-free since you will only be wagering it one time.

On the other hand, if you can afford to earn the maximum of 20 Sharepot tickets, go for it. No one will get a bigger share of the Virgin Casino Primetime Sharepot than you.

Reasonable cap on the number of Sharepot tickets per person

Instead of allowing players with deep pockets to accumulate an unlimited number of tickets, like many prize drawings at NJ online casinos do, Virgin Casino limits each player to only five Sharepot tickets per day. Players who typically wager more than $500 per day can still do so, of course, but their piece of the Sharepot will not increase further. By placing a cap on the percentage of the prize pool any given player can receive, all participants can get their fair share. No one gets left out

What gambler doesn’t love a guaranteed mystery bonus?

Whenever you enter a drawing, winning anything is far from guaranteed. In fact, much more often than not, only a very small percentage of all of the people entering win a prize. However, in this promotion, everyone who wagers $100 or more on at least one of the four days is guaranteed to get a piece of the Sharepot bonus money.

What you won’t know, however, is how much your bonus will be. There is a good chance it won’t be big, but because the amount is a mystery, playing and seeing what happens is still fun and exciting.

What gambler doesn’t love a risk-free bonus?

Lastly, once you get your guaranteed bonus from the Primetime Sharepot, you’re home free. Since you only have to wager the bonus once, clearing the bonus costs you nothing. Instead, Virgin Casino is giving you a free shot to wager the bonus and try to win as a result.

If you don’t win, no harm done. Your online casino bankroll will be exactly what it was before you got the bonus. However, you could win–both in your play this week to earn tickets for the Sharepot and again in betting the bonus money.

So go ahead and take advantage of this Primetime Sharepot offer at Virgin Casino. It’s not the type of promotion that is going to make you (or any other player) rich, but as a fun way to reward yourself with a risk-free guaranteed mystery bonus, this promotion is a winner.


NBA Betting At The NJ Golden Nugget Sportsbook Is Finally A Go!

Barbara Nathan September 18, 2019
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Avid NJ sports fans who have waited for months for football season to start are now reveling in the action. But before you know it, there will be even more games to bet on. The 2019-2020 NBA season is right around the corner.

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Ready or not, the regular NBA season tips off Oct. 22. But one NJ sportsbook that will be more than ready is Golden Nugget.

Better late than never. When Gov. Murphy signed the bill into law on June 11, 2018 allowing sports betting at authorized sites in New Jersey, Golden Nugget faced certain restrictions that did not apply elsewhere.  That placed it at a huge disadvantage. The problem was that Tilman Fertitta, the owner of Golden Nugget Atlantic City, also owns one of the NBA teams, the Houston Rockets.

Last year Golden Nugget could not take wagers on any NBA games

A specific provision in the NJ law forbade team owners from either placing or accepting any bets on any games involving their sport. Therefore, not only the Golden Nugget sportsbook in Atlantic City, but also its online and mobile affiliates, could not offer any betting on the NBA at all.

The parent company of Golden Nugget, Landry, Inc., raised strong objections. It argued that Golden Nugget’s Nevada sportsbooks were only barred from accepting bets on games involving the Houston Rockets, not other NBA teams. Nevertheless, the inability of Golden Nugget to accept any wagers on professional basketball games from NJ bettors continued for the entire 2018-2019 season through the playoffs.

Golden Nugget sportsbook in NJ lost a lot of business as a result

The ban on all NBA betting significantly impacted Golden Nugget sportsbook’s bottom line. Customers who bet on multiple sports like the convenience of one-stop shopping. Unless a difference in lines favors doing otherwise, the rationale is why split the action when you can place all of your bets, watch the games, and cash your winning tickets at the same location., which originally partnered with Golden Nugget, saw the writing on the wall and got out in the nick of time, Last October PlaySugarHouse dropped Golden Nugget as its NJ online sports betting licensing partner and switched to Monmouth Park instead.

That left Golden Nugget itself and its online licensee BetAmerica as the only affected NJ sportsbooks. Golden Nugget was the only Atlantic City casino sportsbook affected by the betting restriction.

According to General Counsel for Landry, Inc., Steve Scheinthal:

“It was like going into a boxing ring with one arm tied behind your back. You just can’t compete that way. It gave everyone a year’s head start on us.”

Among NJ sportsbooks, Golden Nugget has lagged way behind most of its competitors

Golden Nugget sportsbook, like all other NJ sportsbooks, was open daily from its inception. It also offered a full slate of betting options on other sports like college and pro football and college basketball, just to name a few. But because both football and college basketball overlapped with the first half of the NBA season, besides taking in zero revenue from NBA bets during that entire time, Golden Nugget also lost a lot of potential revenue from other sports.

NJ sports betting revenue latest reports for 2019

In fact, Golden Nugget, the same NJ gambling website which consistently leads all others in casino gambling, has lagged far behind most of its competitors in sports betting revenue.

According to a September 12, 2019 article on, at Golden Nugget and BetAmerica online sportsbooks combined, the total sports betting revenue for August amounted to only $181,427. In comparison, digital sportsbook leader–the two Meadowlands affiliated sites FanDuel and PointsBet–reported combined revenue of $9,268,586. The year to date differences is no less dramatic: $50,864 vs. $6,718,601.

Meanwhile, the Golden Nugget sportsbook in Atlantic City took in only $263,030 in August and only $483,096 for 2019 to date (Jan.-Aug.). The Meadowlands, on the other hand, took in $2,597.973 in August and $17,095,266 for January through August. Out of a total of 10 NJ retail sportsbooks (eight at Atlantic City casinos plus Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands), Golden Nugget sportsbook trailed all but one in year to date revenue. Only Harrah’s made less money from sports betting.

NJ sports revenue for 2018

However, the summer is a relatively slow season for all sportsbooks. So a much more telling indicator of the adverse effect that not being able to take NBA bets has had on Golden Nugget would be to look at the revenue reported by different NJ sportsbooks during peak betting periods in 2018.

For example, in December, 2018, besides the NBA, NJ sportsbooks were taking bets on football, college basketball, and hockey. Yet the Golden Nugget Atlantic City sportsbook only generated $82,532 in revenue. Sports betting revenue at the Meadowlands for the same period totaled $3,577,177.

Golden Nugget did not launch its online sportsbook until Feb. 19, 2019. But among retail sports betting operators, it ranked dead last.

During the 2019-2020 basketball season, Golden Nugget can finally start taking NBA bets in NJ

Now Golden Nugget and its many loyal Atlantic City and NJ online and mobile players can breathe a big sigh of relief. On Fri., Sept. 13, Gov. Murphy signed a bill that will allow both the Golden Nugget sportsbook in Atlantic City and its online and mobile affiliates to accept bets on all NBA games that don’t include the Houston Rockets.

The response from Steve Scheinthal, general counsel for Landry, Inc. was immediate and enthusiastic. Scheinthal had this to say:

We’re grateful and appreciative that people eventually realized this was an overreaction. It allows us to compete.”

Not much can be considered a sure thing in the uncertain world of sports betting. But with most NBA games no longer off limits, it’s a slam dunk that in the months ahead, revenue at Golden Nugget’s NJ sportsbooks will go way up. We expect that Golden Nugget will be most eager to capitalize on its new NBA betting options with special early season promotions specifically for this sport. We will highlight the best of them here on NJ Gambling Websites.


Fall Frenzy Of Bonus Offers At Tropicana Online Casino

Barbara Nathan September 17, 2019
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Anytime a NJ gambling website gives you a chance to win bonus money in a drawing on top of whatever you might win simply by playing, the incentive to put Lady Luck to the test becomes even greater. This week Tropicana Online Casino is ready to show you that playing there does indeed offer “the fall of more” by letting you earn entries for two big bonus giveaways at once.

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To start you off, Tropicana is holding a smoking hot Fireside Giveaway with a $10,000 in bonus money prize pool. But that’s not all. Wouldn’t it be great to win a share of $2,000 in bonus money prizes in another NetEnt sweepstakes, too? Well, this week you can. It’s not often that a NJ online casino has two big giveaways going on at the same time, but this week  Tropicana has outdone itself by offering you exactly that.

Tropicana Online Casino Fireside Giveaway – Mon., Sept. 16 – Thurs., Sept. 19

How to earn entries

What do you do when it’s too nippy outside for a suntan, but not quite chilly enough to cozy up by the fire? If you’re a Tropicana online casino player you improvise and heat things up racking up as many entries as you can in this week’s Fireside Giveaway!

It’s easy because all you have to do is play your favorite games as usual. However, along with the Trop Points you earn automatically, now your play earns drawing entries, too. Every $50 that you wager on any game on any given day of the promotion earns you one entry into the upcoming drawing (capped at five entries per day for a total amount wagered of $250 or more).

The entry earning period started Monday, Sept. 16 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 19. Therefore, to earn the maximum number of 20 entries, you would need to play all four days of the promotion and wager $250 each day. If you missed day 1 and start the second day, you can still earn 15 entries.

What you can win

On Friday, Sept. 20, Tropicana Online Casino will hold a random drawing among all eligible entries. This will determine the distribution of the $10,000 in prizes. All prizes will be in the form of bonus money, and 300 players will all get a piece of it. The following table shows how the various prizes will be distributed.

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As the table shows, the prizes range from $10 in bonus money all the way up to $500 in bonus money. While winning one of the top prizes is a longshot (only 10 players will win a bonus of $100 or more), the distribution of the remaining prizes is more than fair. 100 players, the same number of people who have to settle for the bottom prize of only $10 bonus money, will win $25 in bonus money. And almost as many people (90) will win $50 in bonus money.

In other words, instead of the overwhelming majority of prizes being for the smallest amount, as is usually the case, only one-third of the prizes are for the smallest amount.

Awarding of prizes

The 300 players who win bonus money in the Fireside Giveaway can expect to see the bonus in their account within 24 hours of Friday’s drawing. However, in case of technical difficulties, allow for up to three business days.

Bonus money wagering requirements

Some NJ online casinos not only vary the wagering requirements for clearing their bonuses for different games, but also for different promotions. So to make sure you know exactly what the casino is asking for in each instance, you need to read all of the fine print carefully. But not Tropicana Online Casino. All bonuses awarded to existing players at this casino and also at sister NJ online gambling website Virgin Casino, work exactly the same way.

You have up to 30 days to wager the bonus 1x on any game. As soon as you do, any resulting winnings, but not the bonus money itself, are then yours to keep. That’s because it’s a non-withdrawable bonus. You only get to wager it once.  Then it’s gone, and you never see it again.

Tropicana Online Casino NetEnt Sweepstakes – Mon., Sept. 16 – Sun., Sept. 22

A NetEnt Sweepstakes is the second big giveaway that Tropicana Online Casino is offering this week.

If you have been playing on and/or for any length of time, you have probably noticed that both casinos frequently offer special prize giveaways featuring NetEnt games. The terms and conditions are the same as in the casinos’ other giveaways. But instead of your being able to play any game you wish to earn entries for the drawing, only select games from NetEnt count. Sometimes they are slots, and sometimes they are table games. Either way, it’s a great offer because you find yourself playing some of the best games in the casino. This time NetEnt slots take center stage.

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Some online slots give you a better chance to win than others, and NetEnt slots rank among the very best. That’s why these games are worth playing anytime, whether the casino is specifically promoting them or not.

NetEnt is a leading manufacturer of online slots that provides top quality games to online casinos around the world. With their tremendous variety of themes and wide range of accepted bet sizes, NetEnt slots offer something for everyone. NetEnt slots are also highly entertaining, with non-stop action and bonus features galore. But beyond all that, their consistently superior return to player (RTP) of 96 percent or higher puts NetEnt slots in a class by themselves.

Of course, when one of your favorite NJ gambling websites sweetens the pot with $2,000 in bonus money and you can be one of 70 lucky players to win a piece of it, you have yet another compelling reason to play these games. All of this week (Monday through Sunday) you have that chance. You would be foolish not to take advantage of it.

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This promotion is identical to the one which Tropicana Online Casino offered May 20-27, which I described in my May 21 post on But as the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So this week, Tropicana is repeating the offer.

The same 10 NetEnt slot games that counted towards earning entries for the May sweepstakes count towards earning entries in this week’s sweepstakes, too. Here’s the list.


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Gonzo’s Quest™
Finn and the Swirly Spin™
Guns N’ Roses™
Dead or Alive™
Coins of Egypt™
Double Stacks™
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How to earn entries into the Tropicana Online Casino NetEnt sweepstakes

The period for earning entries for the current sweepstakes started Monday, Sept. 16, the same day as the entry earning period for the Fireside Giveaway. However, instead of the promotion period ending on Thursday, you have all weekend—up to 11:59 p.m. Sunday night–to rack up more entries.

Simply play any one or more of the above-listed NetEnt slots as often as you can. Each day during the promotion period, you will earn 1 entry for every $50 wagered, up to a maximum of five entries if you wager $250 or more.

In other words, if you started your play on day 1 (Monday) and wagered at least $250 on any of these games that day and then do likewise on all six remaining days of the promotion, you will earn the maximum number of entries possible, which is 35.

However, if that is more play than you can afford or have time for, don’t worry about it. In a random drawing, anything can happen, and given that in this one, 70 players will win prizes, one of them can certainly be you even if you don’t have anywhere near the maximum number of entries.

What can you win?

On Monday, Sept. 23, a random drawing will take place including all of the eligible entries to decide the 70 winners.

20 players will each win $50 in bonus money, and 50 more players will each win $20 in bonus money.

All winners can expect to see the bonus money in their accounts within 24 hours of the drawing (or at most within three business days in the event of technical difficulties).

Bonus money wagering requirements

The same wagering requirements and terms and conditions that Tropicana Online Casino has delineated for bonus money won in the Fireside Giveaway and all other promotions also apply in this NetEnt giveaway.

Why all Tropicana Online Casino players should participate in both of this week’s giveaways

Excellent chance to win

Unlike certain other types of bonuses like deposit matches and playback bonuses which, as long as you qualify, are guaranteed, the bonuses being offered in this week’s promotions are not guaranteed. Instead, the luck of the draw will decide if you win or not.

Therefore, even if you play enough to earn the maximum number of entries, there is still the possibility that you won’t be picked for a prize. Conversely, players with relatively few entries might not only be winners in the drawing, but top prize winners.

In any case, with a total of 370 prizes up for grabs in the two giveaways combined, you have to like your chances. That’s a lot more prizes than you will see in most drawings on NJ gambling websites.

Adaptable to all types of players

In the Fireside Giveaway, you are free to select any game you wish. In the NetEnt giveaway, you can pick your favorites from 10 diverse slot games. Also, in both promotions, you are free to decide how much you want to play and for what stakes.

If you’re a small player and wagering $250 per day every day is not something you do ordinarily, no problem. As long as you wager at least $50 on at least one promotion day, you’re good to go. On the other hand, if you can handle the $250 quota, your odds of winning a prize improve. No one participating in the drawing will have more entries than you.

No deposit is required either. So as long as you have enough money in your account to play at your usual level, simply use that. And you definitely won’t need a deposit to clear the bonus money, as you will only be wagering it once–with the casino’s money, not your own.

In short, both promotions can be adapted to fit a wide range of bankrolls and playing styles.

Reasonable cap on the number of entries makes both giveaways fairer

Some players can undoubtedly afford to wager much more than $250 per day. If that’s what they want to do during this week’s promotions, that’s fine. However, unlike in some drawings where they would be free to amass so many entries that other players would have virtually no chance, limiting the number of entries to five per day based on $250 in wagers helps give all participants a fair chance to win. The biggest players still earn the most entries (as they should), but not so much more that the promotion would be a waste of time for smaller players.

Despite the sticky bonuses, many prizes are big enough to produce a profit anyway

The one major weakness of this promotion is that you can’t keep the bonus. As soon as you bet it once, win or lose, Tropicana removes it from your account. However, the good news is that many of the bonuses are substantial enough to give you a good chance for a lot more than just a negligible win even after the bonus is taken away. In fact, for 1/3 of the winners in the Fireside Giveaway, the bonus amount is $50 or greater. 20 of the 70 winners in the NetEnt giveaway will get a $50 bonus as well.

No-risk bonus

Yes, it’s true that only being able to bet the bonus money once instead of over and over again, as you would with traditional bonuses, limits the amount you can win. But here’s the flip side. Because you only get to bet the bonus once, you can’t possibly lose any money. Instead, the casino is staking you, and you don’t have to put up any more of your own money at all.

Most NJ online casino bonuses come with wagering requirements that are much steeper. So unless you are incredibly lucky early on, the only way to clear the bonus would be to use your funds, too. And losing that money is entirely possible. By contrast, the worst that can possibly happen with these Tropicana bonuses is that after betting the money once, you don’t win, but even then, you don’t lose any money. Your bankroll stays the same.

Good chance to win simply by playing even if you don’t win in the Tropicana drawings

Lastly, by playing only high returning games during the promotion period, you improve your odds of winning just by playing even if you don’t win a prize later in the drawing. In the Fireside Giveaway, you are free to select any game you wish, while in the NetEnt Giveaway, you’re playing some of the highest returning slots in the house. Two of the slots, Finn and the Swirly Spin and BerryBurst were even featured on NJ Gambling Websites as Barb’s Best Bets.

Better yet, you could win during your playing sessions and win again in the two drawings. So enter both today, if you haven’t already. With 370 chances to win, the Fireside and NetEnt giveaways that Tropicana Online Casino is offering this week are also Barb’s Best Bets.

Sports Betting Fever in NJ And Other States Is Spreading Like Never Before!

Barbara Nathan September 13, 2019
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What a difference a year makes!  Since the historic repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) on May 14, 2018, legalized sports betting has grown by leaps and bounds.

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Previously, Nevada had a virtual monopoly on legal sports betting. Besides Nevada, only three other states (Delaware, Oregon, and Montana) were exempt from PASPA, but unlike in Nevada, their sports betting options were extremely limited.

Everywhere else in the US betting on sports was completely illegal. So individuals who wanted to bet had to rely on proxies, local bookmakers, or offshore gambling operators.

As of this writing, legalized sports betting is up and running in 13 states, five more have already passed the needed legislation but sports betting has yet to be launched, and many others are considering legislation.

Current status of legal sports betting in the US

States where legal sports betting is now available

All of the following states now offer full-scale legalized sports betting, including wagers on the outcomes of individual games. They are listed below in the order in which the option became available. Of the 13 states, full-scale sports betting predated the repeal of PASPA in only one–Nevada.

State                         Date Launched


Delaware                   June 5, 2018

New Jersey               June 14, 2018

Mississippi               August 1, 2018

West Virginia           August 30, 2018

New Mexico*            October 16, 2018

Pennsylvania            November 16, 2018

Rhode Island            November 26, 2018

Arkansas                    July 1, 2019

New York                   July 17, 2019

Iowa                            August 15, 2019

Oregon*                      August 27, 2019

Indiana                       September 1, 2019

*Limited to certain tribes

States that have passed legislation and sports wagering should launch soon

Since the following five states have already passed the required legislation, it’s just a matter of time before full scale legalized sports betting should be up and running there, too.

  • Tennessee
  • Montana
  • Illinois
  • North Carolina
  • Washington, DC

In Maine, legislation passed in both houses, but the governor elected not to sign it, so sports betting is on hold there for now, as it is in other states which have introduced legislation, but it has yet to be approved.

In any case, there is no denying that sports betting fever across the US is growing at an incredibly rapid pace.

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Legal betting on sports is expected to draw 15% of Americans during the 2019 NFL season

The September 4, 2019 issue of The Press of Atlantic City reports the results of a national survey conducted by Money Consult Online for the American Gaming Association August 7-12, 2019. The sample consisted of 11,000 adults from different states.

Over 38 million Americans and nearly 1.6 million New Jersey residents indicated that they expected to place sports wagers during this centennial season of the NFL.

This number would presumably be even larger if legalized sports betting were currently available in more states. 24 percent of those surveyed indicated that they would probably wager on NFL games if legal and convenient in their home state.

Here are some other telling findings from the August, 2019 survey:

  • 9 million Americans said that they would place bets at a retail casino sportsbook—an increase of nearly 1.2 million from 2018.
  • 75 percent of the sports bettors said they were more likely to watch a game they have wagered on.
  • 28 percent said they would be more likely to attend a game they have wagered on.
  • 51 percent said they were more likely to watch pregame data and commentary on a game they have wagered on.
  • 63 percent said they would be more likely to watch a game with their family and friends if they had a wager on it.

Keeping the regulated sports betting industry safe and viable

The enthusiastic manner in which Americans are embracing legalized sports betting is most encouraging to everyone involved in or affected by the industry. But at the same time, as the legal market continues to grow, implementing appropriate safeguards is a must.

As Bill Miller, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association points out:

“During this centennial NFL season, more Americans than ever before can wager on football in safe, well-regulated environments.

 It is clear that as jurisdictions enact policies to provide a legal alternative to the dangerous illegal market, consumers follow suit and seek the protection they deserve….

 As the legal market grows, it is imperative for gaming and adjacent industries to focus on implementing and promoting legal sports betting responsibly to protect consumers and ensure the viability of legal markets to the continued detriment of illegal operators.”

NJ sports betting: Start of NFL season packs Atlantic City sportsbooks

According to published reports, 80% of NJ legal sports wagers take place in online and mobile sportsbooks. But judging by the packed sportsbooks in Atlantic City casinos all over town on Sunday, Sept. 8, the first Sunday of the regular season of the NFL, one would think otherwise.

From the Boardwalk to the Marina, all nine Atlantic City sportsbooks (Borgata has two) were filled with players eager for action, hoping to kick off the 100th season of the NFL on a winning note.

The crowds included not only large numbers of seasoned bettors but also many newcomers to sports betting.

According to a Sept. 9 article in The Press of Atlantic City, one Atlantic City casino sportsbook manager commented that he had never seen so many first time players. “A lot of $10 and $20 bets, but people are really into it.”

Pointing to the casino floor, which was also packed, and a bar with nowhere near enough seats for the huge crowd, the sportsbook manager added: “You can see what it’s doing for the restaurants and bars and casino.”

Bally’s Wild Wild West held its Grand Opening party the same day

Probably the sportsbook with the most excitement–and also pandemonium–on Sunday, Sept. 8 was Bally’s Wild Wild West. The reason was the huge party there to celebrate the “grand opening” of that much heralded 15,228 square-foot sportsbook—the largest in Atlantic City (after the fact—the new sportsbook actually debuted in June).

Unfortunately, despite 200+ seats, it was standing room only for those who didn’t have reserved seats and arrived late. Former Eagles players Chris Long, Hollis Thomas, and Fred Barnett were on hand to meet and greet fans, take pictures, and sign autographs. Also, the first 200 people to place a bet of $100 or more received an NFL throw as a thank you gift.

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NJ sports betting results for August

Football season has only begun, but already there is every indication, at least in NJ, that September, 2019 will set a new record for sports betting in the state. Meanwhile, the data showing the revenue for NJ sports betting in August are now in and indicate a whopping 115 percent increase in sports betting revenue for August, 2019 compared to August, 2018.

NJ sportsbooks—digital and retail combined—generated $11.26 million in revenue in August, 2019, with nearly $6.7 million coming from DraftKings.

Conclusion: Legal US sports wagering is growing by leaps and bounds

 In the little over a year since the Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting in May, 2018, legal sports wagers in the US have already amounted to more than $10 billion.

This fall and in 2020 as more states continue to jump on the bandwagon, these figures are going to skyrocket even more. How much more I wouldn’t venture to guess. Picking the winners of the weekly contests is challenging enough. But what an exciting time it is for sports bettors in New Jersey. As always, NJ Gambling Websites will continue to keep you informed on all of the latest developments.

Everyone’s A Winner In the Golden Nugget Online Casino September Race

Barbara Nathan September 13, 2019
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The fact that Golden Nugget Online Casino is packed with over 600 great games (633 as of this writing) is certainly one of the reasons for its tremendous popularity. But it isn’t the only one. Whatever level of player you are, everyone’s a winner at Golden Nugget.

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Golden Nugget is the only NJ gambling website that offers weekly, monthly, and year-end races where you go for the gold by competing against other players. The object is to try to rack up as many Golden Points as possible by making deposits and playing your favorite NJ online casino games. All registered players are eligible to compete. Those who play often enough and big enough will each win a prize.

How far can you climb up the Golden Nugget leaderboard this month? You won’t know until you try. But don’t put it off because right now the September race is on!

2019 Million Dollar Race

It’s great that all year long Golden Nugget Online Casino players can compete for bonus money prizes in weekly and monthly races. But ultimately, all of you who are entertaining the idea of winning a supersize prize should set your sights on the 2019 Million Dollar Race Grand Finale, as that’s where the big money is at.

The top 50 players on the leaderboard for the entire year will share a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000!

In many prize drawings, the bottom rung prizes are so tiny, players see them as a waste of time, but not this time. Players who finish in 21st through 50th place will receive $1,200 in bonus money. And, of course, from that point on up, the prizes keep getting even more spectacular.

It will take a lot of play to snag the third place, second place, or Grand Prize. But take a look at what Golden Nugget will be giving the three top winners.

  • Third place: A year of Fine Dining or $12,000 in bonus money!
  • Second place: A Vegas Dream Vacation for the winner and 10 friends or $18,000 in bonus money!
  • Grand Prize: A year-long lease on a Rolls Royce or $36,000 in bonus money!

Third place, second place, and Grand Prize winners who choose to take bonus dollars in lieu of the other prize will receive the money in monthly installments. Otherwise, all bonus money prizes will be given out in one lump sum.

All year-end bonus money prizes come with the same wagering requirements and other terms and conditions as the bonuses awarded in the weekly and monthly races.

Everyone’s a Winner at Golden Nugget Online Casino in September

Win your share of a $75K prize pool

Every month of the year, Golden Nugget holds a new race with a guaranteed prize pool of at least $50,000. However, during some mystery months, Golden Nugget increases the prize pool to $75K or $100K. September just happens to be one of those mystery months. On day 1 (Sept. 1) Golden Nugget loaded the prize pool with $75,000 instead of the usual $50,000, and that’s just for starters. By the end of the month, the size of the prize pool could amount to a lot more.

Whatever leaderboard points you earn will be doubled

Your September play also counts extra, so those of you with a shot at winning one of the year-end prizes should take note. Just like in August, all leaderboard points that you earn from your play in September will be doubled. Players earn double points again in October and November, and triple points in December as the 2019 Million Dollar Race gets closer and closer to the finish line.

Top prizes for the top 15 players plus additional prizes for everyone

The September race is special in yet another way. Golden Nugget Online Casino holds a new race every month, but it’s been a while since the promotion included the Everyone’s a Winner feature. Now, for September, 2019, it’s back and here’s how it works.

After each day of the monthlong promotion period when one or more players win $15,000 or more, $200 will be added to the pot. But after each day when no one wins $15,000 or more, $1,000 will be added to the pot.

At the end of the month, the entire pot will be divvied up. First, the top 15 players on the leaderboard will each receive a designated fixed prize based on their respective rankings. Then the remainder of the prize pool will be distributed among all eligible participating players. All prizes will be in the form of bonus money credited to players’ accounts.

How to participate in the September race at Golden Nugget Online Casino

All of the monthly races start on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month. But if you haven’t opted in yet for September, you can still do so. Just keep in mind that you will be competing against other players who have been earning Golden Points from the beginning of the month, so you will need to step up the pace if you hope to catch them. But the good news is that in this race, everyone’s a winner. So even if you don’t finish in the top 15, you’re still in the money.

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

  • Log into your account.
  • Go to Available Bonuses and opt into this month’s race.
  • Make a single deposit of at least $20.
  • Earn at least 50 Golden Points playing your favorite Golden Nugget online casino games

 Distribution of prizes

As mentioned, all prizes will be in the form of bonus money. The following table shows what each of the top 15 players will win as their initial prize. They will also receive a secondary prize, as will everybody else. However, the amount will depend on how much more gets added to the $75,000 starting prize pool, so it won’t be known until the end of the month.

Rank              Prize

1                      $10,000

2                      $  7,500

3                      $  5,000

4                      $  4,000

5                      $  3,500

6                      $  2,500

7                      $  2,000

8                      $  1,500

9                     $   1,250

10                   $   1,000

11                    $     750

12                    $     600

13                    $     500

14                    $     350

15                    $     250

After the above amounts are subtracted from the prize pool, the remainder will be divvied up among all eligible participating players.

Bonus money wagering requirements

All bonuses will be awarded by 5 p.m. Wed., Sept. 2. Players will then have up to seven days to meet the stipulated wagering requirements. The bonus can be used either for casino play or sports wagering, whichever the player prefers.

Casino play

  •  Most slots: 1x bonus
  • Video poker, roulette, blackjack, and other table games: 4x bonus
  • Excluded slots*: 5x bonus

*Out of the 585 slot games that Golden Nugget Online Casino currently offers, the overwhelming majority of them count 100 percent towards clearing the bonus. So all you have to do to clear the bonus is wager it once. That makes it a no risk bonus. The casino is staking the entire wager, so you can’t possibly lose any of your own money.

However, the remaining 21 slots only count 20 percent towards clearing the bonus. So the amount you have to wager if you choose any of these “excluded” slots jumps to 5x the bonus. See the casino website for the list of these 21 slots. We recommend that you hold off playing them until you don’t have a bonus to clear.

Sports bets

 The wagering requirement for clearing the bonus with sports bets is 1x the bonus.

Additional terms and conditions

Before you start your wagers to clear the bonus, you will need to decide which one of the two types of bonuses you want: the casino bonus or the sports bonus. You cannot combine the two or switch to the other once you have made your selection.

Golden Nugget is giving you up to seven days to clear the bonus from the time you receive it. Prior to completing this wagering, both the bonus money itself and any additional winnings resulting from it will remain temporarily unavailable for withdrawal. However, you still have access to other money in your cashable wallet that is not related to the bonus.

Canceling the bonus, attempting to withdraw unavailable funds prematurely, or failure to clear the bonus within the allotted seven days period will result in forfeiture of both the bonus and any additional associated winnings.

Golden Nugget Weekly Missions

The monthly race isn’t the only one that is currently ongoing for Golden Nugget Online Casino players. Every week you can compete in a new Weekly Mission, too!

What the Weekly Missions entail

As with the monthly races, the weekly races are also competitions to try to rack up as many Golden Points as possible. Keep in mind that the weekly races take place every week of the year, so there are a total of 52. Each weekly race starts on Monday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

However, an important difference from the monthly races is that the weekly prizes are not guaranteed. Golden Nugget will only award them when the total number of Golden Points earned by all of the participants combined amounts to at least the designated Community total. Whenever that number falls short, the prize pool for that week is rolled over to the following week.

For those weeks when there is no rollover, the top 400 players will share a $3,000 prize pool. With a rollover, the amount by which the prize pool is increased will depend on the number of consecutive weeks in which the weekly prize pool was not awarded.

How to participate in the Golden Nugget Weekly Missions

You don’t necessarily have to play every day, but it’s best to start at the beginning of the week (Monday). If you wait until midweek or later to start playing, other players will have probably already registered an insurmountable lead. Also, before you start your play on any given day, don’t forget to opt into the promotion so you will get full credit for all of your play.

You must earn a minimum of 50 Golden Points over the course of the week to be eligible for a possible prize. Players can earn a maximum of 100 points per day and 700 per week.

Awarding of prizes

On the Tuesday after each week in which the number of Golden Points earned by all participating players combined equals or exceeds the indicated Community total, prizes will be awarded to the top 400 players. A random drawing will determine how these prizes will be distributed. For all prize pools consisting of the standard $3,000, individual prizes range from $2 free play to $500 free play. Prize amounts will increase whenever the prize pool is larger due to a rollover.

Additional wagering requirements

All players who are entitled to a prize will receive it by 5 p.m. on the same day as the drawing. See the above section pertaining to the wagering requirements and terms and conditions for bonuses won in the monthly race. They apply to all bonuses awarded in the Weekly Missions as well.

Are the weekly challenges, monthly races, and year-end Million Dollar Race for you?

Golden Nugget is well known for its love of grand scale promotions, and these races are a perfect example. Everything about them screams “bigger is better.” But, of course, since both your odds of winning a prize and the size of the prize are predicated on how many Golden Points you earn, the only way to win big is to bet big.

In other words, these promotions are not for everyone. If you’re new to Golden Nugget Online Casino or if this is the first time you’re thinking about entering these races, first make sure that you can afford the level of play required for a realistic shot at winning. Don’t be misled by the meager $20 deposit requirement for the monthly races or 50 Golden Points minimum for either the monthly races or Weekly Missions. If all you play is the minimum, you will be wasting your time, as you will have zero chance of ranking on the leaderboard.

Before you start, check how many points the leaders have. If you think you can earn anywhere near that many, go ahead and enter. If not, follow the races from the sidelines (the leaderboards are updated daily) and take advantage of other special promotions at Golden Nugget like 50 percent and 100 percent deposit match bonuses and double Golden Points on the Game of the Week.

On the other hand, the September monthly race is special because you don’t have to rank among the top players on the leaderboard to win a prize. So this is the rare time when I would make an exception and recommend this promotion enthusiastically and unequivocally for all Golden Nugget players, including those who only bet small amounts. Why? Because everyone’s a winner!

Ocean Casino is Having a Football Tailgate Party and You’re Invited!

Barbara Nathan September 6, 2019

Ready or not, football season is here so it’s time to make the most of it. Why settle for watching a couple of games on TV at home when you can have so much more fun in Atlantic City, where the action will be nonstop all weekend long at nine sportsbooks.

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One celebration you definitely shouldn’t miss will be happening Saturday, September 7 at William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino Resort. It’s a party so big it will go on all day into the evening and extend to the entire property.

Kick off the 2019 fall football season with a property-wide Ocean Casino Resort tailgate party

Sports fans have been waiting a long time for this exciting weekend, and it’s finally here. It’s the second weekend of the 2019 college football season, but the opening week of the regular NFL season, so it’s the first full weekend of football this fall, and that means game on.

Football Kickoff at William Hill Sportsbook Sat., Sept. 7 all day

Last Saturday’s card was nothing compared to the full slate of college football games on tap for Sat., September 7. The first game between Pittsburgh and Ohio kicks off at 11 a.m. and the last between Minnesota and Fresno State doesn’t get underway until 10:30 at night.

Of course, William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino Resort offers betting lines on all of the games, and not just point spreads, moneylines, and totals, but props and in-play betting, too. You can read my review on NJ Gambling Websites of this exemplary full-service sportsbook here.

The sportsbook offers plenty of comfortable seating, but a huge crowd is expected, so plan accordingly. If you want to bet any of the Saturday games or place advance bets on Sunday and Monday NFL games, I suggest you arrive early so you will face shorter lines and get a good seat. With so much action going on, surely you will want to watch multiple games at once, and at William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino, you can. You can also bet the games online or on your smartphone or at the self-service kiosks in the sportsbook.

By the way, everyone who places a bet at the William Hill Sportsbook on Sat., September 7 will receive a free T-shirt!

Lots of food options–and you don’t even have to leave the sportsbook

When the William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino Resort first opened, it offered beverage service but no food service. So hungry sports fans had to exit the premises and eat elsewhere on the property. Giving guests plenty of great dining options has always been a priority at Ocean Casino Resort and with the recent addition of new eateries, even more so. Everything you could possibly want from a snack to a world-class dining experience is available.

But even so, if you’re watching a game you have bet on, you probably want to see the game in its entirety. Football games are generally at least three hours long, so if you’re making a day or night of it at the sportsbook, you are bound to get hungry. But on the other hand, in stepping away for a half-hour or longer to eat, you miss a lot of the action. The obvious solution is to offer not just beverages but food, too, in the sportsbook itself, and that’s exactly what William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino Resort now does.

So settle down on a comfortable armchair or sofa or, if you prefer, at a round table or at the bar, and let your friendly server take your order and bring you food and beverages directly to your seat. You don’t have to go anywhere. You can take a look at the all-new food and beverage menu here.

If you’re coming with a group, sooner or later all of you are bound to get thirsty, too. No problem. You can order a bucket of Bud Light for only $30.

Or for the ultimate sports viewing experience for yourself and up to 10 guests, call 609-783-8491 ahead of time to reserve a Skybox Suite. You must be 21 or older, and there is a $1,000 food and beverage minimum.

Alternatively, if money is tight and just a quick bite will do, on Sat., Sept. 7, William Hill Sportsbook will be selling $2 hot dogs all day.

Cheer for your favorite teams at an evening pep rally 

I know it will be hard to tear yourself away from all the action, but 7 p.m. Saturday would be the perfect time to take a short break and head for the Fire Pit @ Lobby Bar. More giveaways will be handed out, and you’ll get to enjoy a live band and watch the Atlantic City Blackjack Cheerleaders perform as you cheer on your favorite football teams.

Take a peek outside, too. See the iconic ball on top of Ocean Casino Resort lit up as a football!

Return on Sunday for more football action and check out the new Sunday Funday spot, Topgolf Swing Suite

Ocean Casino Resort boasts the largest indoor Topgolf Swing Suite in America. But every Sunday during football season, it will do double duty as the in-place to watch the games. With 22 screens, you can easily catch all of the action. Take advantage of food and drink specials, too, and try your hand at other fun activities like pool, foosball, virtual football, golf, baseball, or hockey, and even zombie dodgeball.

Other great places for football fans to eat and drink on game days

Lastly, if you’re looking for other good food and drink options at Ocean Casino Resort on game days and evenings that won’t break the bank, here are a few suggestions, including several brand new eateries.

Villain & Saint: Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays throughout the football season

  • Draft Specials – $5 Coors Light, Blue Moon, Down East Cider, Carlsberg and Yards Philly Pale Ale
  • Bottled or Canned Beer: $5 -Coors Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Bud Lite and PBR
  • $5 Wine – Vista Point White Zinfandel, Vista Point Chardonnay, Vista Point Merlot, and Vista Point Cabernet
  • $5 Shots -Cruzan Rum, Seagram 7 Whiskey, Canadian Club, Seagram Extra Dry Gin, and Sauza Blue
  • $25 Beer Buckets (5 bottles of Corona, Corona Lite, Heineken, Heineken Lite
  • Food Specials – $1 James River Oysters, $1 Korean Fried Chicken Wings and $5 Loaded Nachos

District Bars + Restaurants

  • BoardWOK: Traditional Szechuan and Cantonese dishes
  • Seaside Deli: All of your deli favorites like pastrami, turkey, and corned beef sandwiches
  • District Grille: Burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and more
  • Simply Salads: Made-to-order salads using the freshest locally sourced ingredients
  • Scoops: Ice cream, of course

Whatever else you have planned for the first full weekend of the 2019 football season, don’t miss the September 7 tailgate party. Everyone is invited.


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