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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.

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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Golden Nugget Online Casino Has Great Holiday Giveaways For Everyone

Barbara Nathan December 2, 2018 0 comments
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If Golden Nugget Online Casino is one of your favorite places to play in New Jersey, you probably already know that this is a site that consistently goes all out with its special promotions and giveaways.

I was going to say that the start of December is no exception, but I actually have to amend that statement. With Christmas only a few weeks away and the festive spirit of the holidays already in full force, Golden Nugget’s largess is more evident than ever.

The proof is the multiple special offers you can access right now.

In this article, I will tell you about two of them. The first is a 100 percent deposit match bonus offer that Golden Nugget calls Weekend Booster. It’s for this weekend only. The second promotion called the Big Holiday Giveaway is ongoing from Dec. 1-23.

Golden Nugget’s Weekend Booster

This weekend, Golden Nugget Online Casino is offering a special promotion that’s somewhat out of character for this NJ gambling website whose promotions are often geared primarily toward high rollers.

For a change of pace, low rollers now also have a chance to boost their online account.

It’s a simple but solid dollar for dollar deposit match offer that any player can afford, and this weekend, with the holidays rapidly approaching, the timing couldn’t be better. The promotion started on Friday, Nov. 30 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

Here’s what you need to do to access your bonus:

  • Log into your GoldenNuggetCasino.com account anytime during the Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 promotion period.
  • Go to Available Bonuses and claim the Weekend Booster
  • Make a deposit of $20 or more.

The casino will immediately match your deposit with a bonus in the same amount up to $25.

You can only claim the offer once and it must be with a single deposit.

What size deposit is best?

While you can deposit as little as $20, this is a rarely offered 100 percent bonus, so you might as well grab every last dollar you can. By all means spring for the extra $5 in order to get the maximum bonus the casino is offering. Deposit $25, get $25.

It’s as simple as that.

Of course, there’s nothing to stop you from depositing more than $25 if you so desire. But keep in mind that the size of your bonus will not increase. The only reason to even consider depositing more money is if your account balance is running too low for comfort and you absolutely need more money to make your customary wagers.

Otherwise, limit your deposit for this offer to exactly $25, no more and no less.

Wagering requirements for the bonus

The rules concerning the wagering requirements and other terms and conditions for the Weekend Booster bonus are no different from most other Golden Nugget Online Casino bonuses.

Before you will be permitted to withdraw the bonus, deposit tied to the bonus, or any resulting winnings, you will need to meet the casino’s wagering requirements. Depending on your game choice, here is the amount you will need to wager:

  • Most slots: 10x bonus
  • Excluded slots* and all other games: 50x bonus

*If you decide to clear your bonus with slots, the overwhelming majority of the Golden Nugget slots still count 100 percent. However, the casino has designated 21 slots as “excluded slots” that will only count 20 percent. Therefore, instead of only having to wager the bonus 10x, the wagering requirements for these slots jumps to 50x the bonus, the same as for games other than slots.

The likely reason for the increased wagering requirements for these slots is their higher than usual rate of return. Many of these slots are by NetEnt.

But interestingly none of the five permitted Christmas-themed NetEnt slots in the second promotion featured in this article, all with a 96 percent RTP or better, made it to the excluded list. So go ahead and clear the bonus, if you wish, with one or more of those five NetEnt slots.

For the complete list of the 21 excluded slots that only count 20 percent, see the Golden Nugget website.

If, as recommended, you take the maximum bonus of $25, your wagering requirements for all slots but the 21 excluded ones will be $250. The wagering requirements for all other games will be $1,250. You have up to seven days to complete the wagering.

Other important terms and conditions

As with any other deposit match bonus received from this casino, while the bonus-related wagering is still in progress, the bonus, deposit tied to the bonus, and any resulting winnings will be temporarily locked into your account.

However, you will still be able to withdraw winnings from wagers made with funds from your own cashable wallet not related to the bonus.

Then, as soon as the bonus is fully cleared unless the allotted time period has expired, your deposit, bonus, and bonus-related winnings (or whatever is left of this money) can be withdrawn as well. On the other hand, opting out, attempting to withdraw unavailable funds prematurely, or failure to complete the wagering in time will result in forfeiture of both the bonus and any resulting winnings.

Why the Weekend Booster is worth your time

Many of you might feel that a $25 bonus is too small to be worth your time.

While I agree that $25 is a small amount for a bonus, especially for those whose average wagers are for much more, the offer is still excellent. No NJ online casino bonus gives you more bang for your buck than a 100 percent bonus. So for that reason alone, whatever the amount, and whatever size player you are, I recommend taking full advantage of the offer every time.

However, for anyone with a limited bankroll and playing for relatively small stakes, saying yes to this offer should be a no-brainer. With many other promotions out of your reach, you may have a very long wait for another opportunity of this caliber to boost your online account.

Furthermore, the wagering requirement of just 10x the bonus for most slots is very reasonable, and keep in mind that you can take up to a full week to clear the bonus. Surely you can afford to deposit $25 and over the course of seven days wager $250 (less than $36 per day), but what you can’t afford to do is procrastinate.

After this weekend, the offer will be history, so get your Weekend Booster from Golden Nugget Online Casino today!

NetEnt Big Holiday Giveaway at Golden Nugget online

The second special promotion I am going to tell you about that’s ongoing at Golden Nugget Online Casino is the NetEnt Big Holiday Giveaway.

As you probably know, when Golden Nugget holds a giveaway, more often that not, it’s on a grand scale. Lots and lots of prizes, some of them huge, are what you can expect, and this one certainly qualifies. The total prize pool is an incredible $200,000!

If only you can get a piece of it. Well, you can, and this article will tell you what you need to do to have a shot. But first, you need to know two big differences between the NetEnt Big Holiday Giveaway and most other Golden Nugget giveaways.

The difference from other giveaways

One major difference between the Big Holiday Giveaway and various other giveaways you may have entered on GoldenNuggetCasino.com is that this one is not being sponsored by Golden Nugget but by NetEnt, the manufacturer of many of the slot games that the casino offers.

As such, the promotion is not being offered exclusively to Golden Nugget players but to players at casinos around the world.

Accordingly, the total number of participants hoping for a piece of the prize money will be much larger than in giveaways specific to Golden Nugget. But the total number of prizes is also much larger. When most NJ online casinos hold drawings, typically there are only a handful of prizes given out. Golden Nugget has held bigger sweepstakes, sometimes with as many as 500 prizes.

But that doesn’t even come close to this giveaway with 5,854 prizes!

Another way the Big Holiday Giveaway is different is that instead of most of the prizes being in the form of bonus money credited to the player’s account, all prizes are in the form of withdrawable cash.

As with many other drawings, first you need to play to earn entries, but instead of having to do more wagering, like you do to clear a bonus money prize, there are no additional wagering requirements. That translates into no further risk to your bankroll.

How to participate in the Big Holiday Giveaway

The entry earning period for this promotion started Saturday, Dec. 1. But if you missed the opening day, don’t worry because you have plenty of time. The promotion continues until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23.

Basically, what you need to do during the three week time period is play designated NetEnt slot games as often as possible. All of these slots have a Christmas theme, so playing them will perform double duty by helping you get into the holiday spirit. Here’s what you need to do to get started:

  • Log into your GoldenNuggetCasino.com account during the Dec. 1-23 promotion period.
  • Go to Available Bonuses and opt into the NetEnt Slots Big Holiday promotion.
  • Choose any of the five permitted games listed below and start playing.

Game                                                                         RTP

Fruit Shop Christmas Edition                                96.70%

Secrets of Christmas                                                 96.29%

Flowers Christmas Edition                                      96.30%

The Legend of Shangri-La, Jingle Spins               96.59%

Berry Burst                                                                  96.56%

How to earn entries into the drawing

For every $20 that you wager on any of these games on given day during the promotion, you earn one entry into the drawing at the end of the week. The maximum number of entries any one person can earn on one day is capped at 50 (for players who wager $1,000 or more).

On the Monday following each week of the promotion (Dec. 10, 17, and 24), a separate drawing will be held from all eligible entries for that week. Winners will have their cash prize credited to their account the next day.

What you can win in the Holiday Giveaway

Each successive week of the promotion, more money will be added to the prize pool and a greater number of prizes will be awarded. The smallest prize all three weeks is only $10, and unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of prizes are for that amount. However, some of the prizes are much larger. The top prize, won by three people each week, is $2,000 the first week, $3,500 the second week, and $5,000 the third week.

Individual players cannot win more than one prize per drawing, but those who win a prize one week are not excluded from winning a prize again another week.

Why the NetEnt Slots Big Holiday Giveaway is a great offer

During the course of your online casino play, it’s rare indeed that you will come across a giveaway of anywhere this magnitude. Altogether, over the course of the three weeks of the promotion, 5,854 prizes will be awarded totaling $200,000 in cash!

So as long as you are going to be playing online anyway, it certainly makes sense to earn as many entries as you can for each of the three prize drawings.

A promotion for any type of player

No deposit is necessary and how frequently you play and how much you wager is entirely up to you. In fact, this is the type of promotion that makes sense for any level of player. If you like to bet big and can afford it, then it probably makes sense to maximize your chances by betting $1,000 each day to earn 50 entries per day.

Typically, the prize drawings at Golden Nugget have no cap at all on the number of entries, so I was glad to see a cap in this instance, albeit a high one. Also, if wagering $1,000 per day is impossible for you, no worries.

Simply play at your usual betting level. The minimum you can wager on any given day for it to count is only $20.

Keep in mind, too, that there will be three random drawings so anything can happen, including a person with only a few entries being picked as one of the top prize winners.

No additional wagering requirements for prize winners

Another feature of this promotion that you’re sure to like is that the prizes are awarded as cash rather than bonus money. So once the money is in your account, it’s yours to do with as you like immediately. No additional wagering is necessary.

The opportunity to enjoy and possibly win big playing NetEnt slot games

Last, but certainly not least, win or lose, this promotion will introduce you to some great slot games you probably haven’t played before.

Earlier in this post, along with the names of the five NetEnt slots that can earn you entries, I listed their return to player (RTP). These percentages are what you can expect from NetEnt, but way above what you will find for most online slots.

In other words, the slots you will be playing for your chance to win a prize in the giveaway are among the best slots available to NJ players. There’s a good possibility of being a big winner in this promotion, simply playing NetEnt Christmas themed slots.

Want to know more?

You can find more information about this exciting holiday promotion in a separate article I wrote for NJ Online Casino Bonus. You can read the article here.

In addition, over the course of the next three weeks, I will be offering my own take on the five featured NetEnt slots. The reviews will be included in upcoming Barb’s Best Bet articles here on NJ Gambling Websites.

Finding A Balance On Legal Sports Betting Vs. Protecting Game Integrity

Barbara Nathan November 29, 2018 0 comments
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This is Part 2 in a two-part series about the Status of Legal Sports Betting in the US. For Part 1, click here.

Now that expansion of legal sports betting seems inevitable, legislators and sports leagues alike face some major concerns.

These were discussed at length at the second annual US Sports Betting Summit taking place on Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.

Chief areas of concern for sports betting

In Part 1, we highlighted four concerns that any state offering or planning to offer legal sports betting needs to address going forward:

  • Whether Nevada and New Jersey are good models for other states to emulate
  • The rate at which gross revenue from legalized sports betting should be taxed
  • At what point in the legalization process online and mobile sports betting should be made an option
  • Protecting sports integrity

Here in Part 2, the focus will be specifically on protecting sports integrity.

US sports betting and integrity of the game

As expected, the speakers at the Washington sports summit offered somewhat divergent views, depending on whether they were weighing the situation from the perspective of government, sports betting operators or the leagues.

However,  all sides agreed that the increased visibility and accessibility of sports betting would necessitate taking strong proactive measures to continue to protect the integrity of sports.

The relationship between leagues and sportsbooks

What the sports leagues want

All of the panelists representing professional or collegiate sports leagues stressed the need for sports betting operators and the leagues to work closely with one another.

Dan Spillane, the senior vice president of league governance and policy for the National Basketball Association (NBA), stated that proper training should be provided for anyone involved in professional or collegiate sports in the rules they need to abide by.

The training should include both videos and written materials to best ensure that all of the rules regarding inappropriate conduct are fully understood.

Spillane stressed the need for sports leagues and betting operators to work together to “rule out misconduct and keep things clean.” He would like to see the leagues monitor bets and be on the alert for irregular betting patterns or any unwanted activity on the part of “betting insiders.”

He also indicated that it is important to avoid incidents indicative of a breach of proper conduct before they happen Otherwise the infractions could be seen as evidence of sports programs not doing their job properly.

Jeffrey Stonebreaker, vice president of safety and security for Major League Soccer (MLS), agreed with Spillane on the need for the leagues to monitor betting activity to protect the integrity of the sports.

He also called for background checks to weed out those with a history of criminal activity.

Namia Stevenson, associate general counsel for the NCAA, stated that there needs to be a “sharing of information” between sports betting operators and the leagues. She wants to see federal legislation that would require sports betting operators to cooperate with the leagues.

Concern for players’ rights

On the other hand, Clarence A. Nesbett, general counsel for the NBA, said it is important to protect the rights of the players.

He is worried that some players could wind up facing numerous investigations, not necessarily warranted, where they would have to defend themselves. He fears that 25 percent of players of foreign nationality would be especially vulnerable. For this reason, he favors federal regulations regarding proper conduct rather than leaving the rules up to individual states.

Nesbett further indicated that he is in favor of paying royalties not only to the leagues but also to the players.

Dealing with problem gambling

Another area of concern that was brought up at the sports betting summit was that the increased accessibility of sports betting would create an increased incidence of problem gambling.

According to Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, sports bettors are more likely to have a gambling problem than any other type of gambler.

Yet, 20 percent of the states have no funding in place at all for treatment programs for those with a gambling problem. He would like to see federal legislation enacted that would require 1 percent of revenue from sports betting to be said aside for this purpose.

Whyte expressed fear that without such provisions, there could be a consumer backlash against legal sports betting.

Stevenson is in favor of national legislation that would make 21 the minimum age to bet on sports legally. This would help reduce the incidence of out of control underage sports betting.

The future of US sports betting

Clearly, as legal sports betting continues to expand, legislators, sports betting operators, and the various sports leagues will all have a lot of work ahead to ensure that it works smoothly, as intended. The extent to which the federal government needs to be involved is still up for debate.

However, this much is certain. In order for legal sports betting to work as it should, the integrity of the sports cannot be compromised. If sports betting can help bring much-needed money to the states offering it and simultaneously offer quality entertainment and potential profit for those who can use the option responsibly, I foresee a very bright future.

How Legal Sports Betting Is Catching Fire In The US And The Issues At Stake

Barbara Nathan November 28, 2018 0 comments
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This is Part 1 of a two-part series on the Status of Legal Sports Betting in the US.

As several states have already taken advantage of the option and an increasing number of other states are considering doing likewise, legislators are grappling with important decisions on the best way to proceed. There is also growing concern about the possible effect wide-scale legalized sports betting will have on the integrity of the various sports.

These were the topics discussed at the second annual US Sports Betting Policy Summit on Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C. I thought the varying points of view would be of interest to NJ Gambling Websites‘ readers.

Where legal sports betting is happening in the US

Previously, Nevada was the only state that offered legalized sports betting on a full-scale basis. Three other states — Delaware, Montana, and Oregon — were also exempt from PASPA, but legalized sports betting in those states was extremely restricted.

However, now that PASPA is no longer an obstacle, legalized sports betting has expanded to multiple states.

As of this writing, full-scale sports betting is available, though to a greatly varying extent, in eight states:

  • Nevada: Full-scale sports betting has been legal for decades.
  • New Jersey: Sports betting available at seven casinos, two racetracks, and via mobile sportsbooks.
  • Delaware: Expanded sports betting now offered at the state’s three casinos.
  • Mississippi: Available at 10 casinos, but no mobile sports betting as yet.
  • New Mexico: Available at Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel as a result of a tribal gaming pact with the state.
  • Pennsylvania: Available at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racetrack and conditionally approved at Rivers, SugarHouse and Parx casinos with an application pending from Valley Forge.
  • West Virginia: Offered at Hollywood Casino and expected at four other casinos.
  • Rhode Island: Launched Nov. 26 at Twin River Casino.

Two other states now have legislation permitting sports betting, but the option is not yet available.

  • Arkansas: Approved in the November election for four casinos.
  • New York: Law passed in 2013 for four locations, but regulations incomplete.

Other states headed in the direction of legal sports betting

These 17 states are currently working on legislation that will allow sports betting:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Washington

States that currently offer very limited sports betting

These two states continue to offer the same very limited legal sports betting as before due to being exempt from PASPA.

  • Montana
  • Oregon

However, additional legislation would have to be passed to start offering full-scale sports betting. So far, no action has been reported in that direction.

States that still prohibit all forms of sports betting

The remaining states have no plans in the works to legalize sports betting. There are laws on the books specifically prohibiting full-scale sports betting. Since no bills have been introduced as yet to repeal or amend these laws, the prospects look dim for legal sports betting.

Concerns about legal sports betting

On Nov. 15, I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C., to attend the US Sports Betting Policy Summit, jointly sponsored by Sportradar, Revolution and Spectrum Gaming Sports Group.

The discussion focused on the efforts toward legalization of sports betting in various states so far and state legislators’ and sports leagues’ mutual concerns with protecting sports integrity.

The following is a summary of the important points raised at the summit and the different approaches the participants recommend for implementing legal sports betting while at the same time addressing their concerns.

Is Nevada still a good model to emulate?

Art Manteris, vice president of race and sports operations at Stations Casinos, feels Nevada offers an excellent model for other states to emulate.

He pointed out that legalized sports betting has worked well there for more than 50 years and that their sports betting industry is highly regulated and conforms to the strict policies of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

On the other hand, Stanton Dodge, chief legal officer for DraftKings, finds New Jersey might serve as an even better model.

He praised New Jersey for having done a commendable job in building an “open, competitive and mobile market” within a very short span of time. He also had the highest praise for the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) in facilitating the entry of DraftKings back in August.

A dissenting position was taken by Ohio State Senator Bill Coley. Coley cautioned against focusing too heavily on what another state has done. He pointed out that while Nevada had a “great model for its time,” modern technology now poses new challenges in eliminating illegal gambling.

Coley also said that each state would have to decide who its sports betting operators would be — i.e., casinos, racetracks or huge corporations. Also, sports betting could be offered at a variety of places, but they wouldn’t have to be rolled out all at once.

Brandt Iden, a state representative in Michigan, concurred. He pointed out that every state is unique, so simply copying Nevada or New Jersey might not work.

Importance of setting the right tax rate

A lot of careful thought needs to go into deciding at what rate revenue from sports betting should be taxed. Obviously, a state needs to collect enough tax money to have a meaningful impact.

However, the tax rate shouldn’t be set so high that the sportsbooks can’t make a profit.

Coley agreed with the other speakers at the summit that a very high tax rate across the board on sports bets was not the answer. However, he also suggested that revenue generated from longshot “sports entertainment” bets with a very high payout could be taxed at a much higher tax rate than other sports bets.

Stanton Dodge countered with the opinion that a tax rate that’s too high would drive away customers to the illegal market.

Presumably, casinos facing a very high tax rate might compensate by offering less attractive odds, spending less on marketing and technology, and offering sports bettors fewer amenities. This would, in turn, create the right conditions for illegal bookmakers to flourish and for customers to frequent them if they feel they are receiving better treatment there.

Pennsylvania off to a slow start

Pennsylvania provides a good example of a state where sports betting is now legal but making slow strides. Experts believe that the high tax rate has a lot to do with it.

PA not only imposes a $10 million fee for sportsbook operators to get a license but a whopping 36 percent tax rate on gross revenue. This is huge compared to the tax rates in New Jersey and Nevada. The Nevada tax rate for legalized sports betting is only 6.5  percent and in New Jersey, it is 8.5 percent for casinos and racetracks and 13 percent for online sports wagering.

The combination of both the hefty licensing fee and the inordinately high tax rate has to be a big deterrent in getting sportsbook operators to want to do business in Pennsylvania. In fact, William Hill USA, which currently operates not only many Las Vegas sportsbooks but also three in New Jersey, is not even considering expanding to Pennsylvania. Dan Shapiro, vice president of business development at William Hill US, admitted that “with a 36 percent tax and a $10 million licensing fee, there are other states that are more interesting to us. it’s not something we’re looking at seriously right now.”

Even the NFL has urged the Pennsylvania state legislature to reconsider its present tax rate because it is making it too difficult to compete against illegal bookmakers.

Online and mobile sports betting

Another matter up for discussion at the sports betting summit was once sports betting in a state gets the green light, at what point should legal online and mobile sports betting be offered.

Should states start by offering just on-site sports betting and online and mobile sports betting later or should those options be available from the get-go? This was a decision where the panelists clearly had dissenting opinions.

Coley advocated for limiting sports betting initially to brick-and-mortar locations. He stated that adding online and mobile betting to the mix would complicate the task and require extensive algorithms to track at different levels.

Dodge disagreed, saying that online and mobile gambling is important because it offers customers better protection. It also helps identify players who might have a gambling problem.

Iden felt the same and said that in Michigan they hope to have the governor sign a bill for online sports betting by 2019.

Protecting sports integrity

Another issue of concern to the panelists at the Washington sports betting summit is the degree to which legal sports betting needs to be regulated to ensure integrity.

Coley would like to see tighter regulations to stop illegal operators and “keep out criminals.”

However, Manteris cautioned that overregulation and too many constraints could backfire and drive bettors back to illegal local bookies or offshore sportsbooks.

A lot more on this topic of what steps should be taken to protect sports integrity, including involvement by the sports leagues and possibly the federal government as well, was discussed by other conference participants.

Part II of my series on the Status of Legal Sports Betting in the United States will summarize the key points mentioned.

Start Your Holiday Season Celebration Early With A Caesars 100 Percent Bonus

Barbara Nathan November 17, 2018 0 comments
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Have you been impatiently waiting for the next opportunity to double your deposit with another 100 percent bonus?

If you’re a CaesarsCasino.com player, the short wait is now over. The 100 percent bonus is back again!

Caesars’ 100 percent bonus up to $50

It goes without saying that anyone who is a registered player at Caesars Online Casino has a lot to be thankful for — not only during the holiday season, but year-round.

Between hundreds of slots and table games, round-the-clock online and mobile NJ sports betting, Total Rewards credits on all of your play, and week after week of some of the best promotions on NJ gambling websites, there’s little not to like.

And this weekend, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, Caesars is bringing back one of its top special offers — a dollar for dollar match on your deposit up to $50!

If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

Those of you who read my weekly articles telling you about different promotions know that I describe the offers exactly as they are. I don’t simply highlight what I think is great. I also won’t hesitate to bring up the various ways in which a given promotion falls short.

However, this particular offer for a 100 percent bonus at Caesars, exactly as it stands now, gets my enthusiastic stamp of approval.

If you play on CaesarsCasino.com frequently, this 100 percent bonus is quite possibly one of your favorite special offers there, too. If it looks familiar to you, another reason could be that I have highlighted either the same or a very similar promotion before on this website multiple times, including as recently as mid-October.

In fact, Caesars had the identical Deposit $50, Get $50 offer in October. Now the casino is giving you another opportunity to double your deposit in the same easy way this weekend.

How to access the Caesars online casino bonus

This offer for a 100 percent bonus up to $50 is available from Friday, Nov. 16 through Monday, Nov. 19. You can only claim the offer once, and it is valid on one deposit only, up to $50. Here are the steps you need to follow to receive your bonus.

  • Log into your CaesarsCasino.com account (or create one) anytime during the Nov. 16-19 promotion period.
  • Click on My Account and then on My Bonuses.
  • Enter the code Get50. Then click on Get Details.
  • Look under Available Bonuses and locate the offer for 100 percent Deposit Match.
  • Click on Deposit next to the bonus. Then make your deposit and claim your bonus.

Pick whichever of the four days (Friday-Monday) is most convenient and make your qualifying deposit then. As with all other Caesars Online Casino promotions, deposits made at the Caesars Atlantic City casino cashier’s cage or via PayNearMe don’t count.

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Deposit $50 to get the maximum bonus

As long as you make a single deposit during the promotion period of at least the minimum qualifying amount listed on the marketing collateral, you will receive your bonus.

However, I strongly recommend that you take full advantage of the opportunity Caesars is giving you with this 100 percent bonus. Therefore, you should deposit $50 to get the maximum bonus and not a dollar less.

Of course, you could deposit more than $50, but I don’t recommend that either. Keep in mind that if you deposit more, you will not get a bigger bonus since this bonus is capped at $50. Consequently, any deposit over that amount will negate the best feature of this promotion–the casino’s willingness to match your deposit dollar for dollar.

So unless you’re a big bettor and absolutely need more money in your account to make your usual size wagers, you should limit your deposit at this time to $50 exactly.

Wagering requirements for the bonus

As mentioned, the current offer is identical in every respect to the 100 percent deposit match offer that Caesars had for you in mid-October. That means the wagering requirements for clearing the bonus are also the same. They are repeated below for your convenience.

  • Slots: 5x bonus + deposit
  • Video Poker: 10x bonus + deposit
  • All Other Games: 25x bonus + deposit

If, as recommended, you deposit $50 so you can get the maximum bonus of $50, here is the total amount you will have to wager, depending on your game choice:

  • Slots: $500
  • Video Poker: $1,000
  • Any Other Game: $2,500

You have up to seven days to complete the wagering.

Other terms and conditions

The seven days that the casino is giving you to clear the bonus should suffice for most players. Meanwhile, until all of the required wagering is completed, you will be temporarily unable to withdraw any part of the bonus, deposit tied to the bonus, or resulting winnings.

However, as soon as the bonus is fully cleared, assuming the seven day time period has not expired, all of this money (or whatever is left of it) will become available.

Canceling the bonus, attempting to withdraw unavailable funds prematurely, or failing to complete the required wagering within the allotted time frame will result in forfeiture of both the bonus and any resulting winnings.

How this 100 percent bonus from Caesars stacks up

Here is the good and the bad for the bonus:

The only negative: wagering requirements based on both the bonus and deposit

If you play on other NJ gambling websites besides Caesars, you are probably accustomed to wagering requirements that are a multiple of only the bonus. The deposit doesn’t enter into the equation at all. That’s the way most deposit match bonuses work, at least in New Jersey, and you probably wish Caesars would have the same policy.

However, at Caesars Online Casino, the wagering requirements for virtually all deposit match bonuses, including this one, are an equal designated multiple of both the bonus and deposit combined. Obviously, this inclusion of the deposit along with the bonus, favors the casino rather than the player since it increases the wagering requirements.

However, percentage of the deposit match matters

It doesn’t look like Caesars is going to drop the deposit multiple part of the wagering anytime soon. However, you can limit the extent to which you are negatively impacted. Only accept 100 percent deposit match bonuses and pass up lower percentage match bonuses from this casino, especially, those for less than 50 percent.

The lower the percentage match, the greater the wagering requirements and the greater the extent you will need to risk your own deposited money to meet them.

For this bonus, the wagering requirements are doubled

Because this is a 100 percent bonus, the wagering requirements are exactly double what they would be otherwise given the same multiple of the bonus by itself without the deposit. For example, if you play any slot game to clear your $50 bonus, instead of only having to wager $250 (5x the bonus), you have to wager $500 (5x the bonus plus 5x the deposit equal to the bonus, or in other words 10x the bonus).

This isn’t great, but it’s also not terrible. But look what happens when the percentage of the deposit match bonus is not a full 100 percent. With a 50 percent deposit match bonus, including the deposit triples the wagering requirements over what they would be otherwise. If the deposit match bonus is only 25 percent, the wagering requirements become 5 times as high.

In this case, although the wagering requirements are twice what they would be with the same multiples of just the bonus,  they are still similar to what you would be facing elsewhere. That’s because other casinos tend to use higher multiples of the bonus, for example, a 10x bonus wagering requirement for slots and a 50x bonus wagering requirement for blackjack.

Why this is still a great bonus offer

Fortunately, this offer is great in multiple respects otherwise. So if you can handle the wagering requirements, no worries. All together, these great features more than offset the one negative.

A big enough bonus to matter, but still affordable for smaller players

Some players might be disappointed that the bonus being offered this weekend isn’t larger. However, $50 is still a respectable size for a bonus, and together with your own deposit, you have an extra $100 in your account, which is a nice chuck of money.

At the same time, if you are a small player, it has to be frustrating to have to pass up some of the best offers you see, for no other reason than that the deposit and/or wagering requirements are too high. On the other hand, a bonus that’s so tiny, it’s almost certain to be a waste of time is no better. This bonus is a happy medium–big enough to be meaningful to you, but also not out of reach of what you can afford.

Great bang for your buck

Most deposit match bonuses are for percentages that fall far short of the full 100 percent you are getting with this bonus offer. We are delighted to see that Caesars, one of the few NJ online casinos that is offering dollar for dollar deposit match bonuses at all to existing customers, is now doing so on a regular basis.

Bigger doesn’t always mean better when it comes to bonuses. Low percentage deposit match bonuses of any size increase the need to rely on your own money to clear the bonus, and that means greater risk to your bankroll.

No deposit match bonus in New Jersey gives you better bang for your buck than a 100 percent bonus.

Up to a week to clear the bonus

Even with the increased wagering requirements due to the inclusion of the deposit, the total amount you need to wager remains reasonable. In fact, it is probably equal to or less than at most other NJ online casinos. You also have up to seven days to complete the wagering, which is plenty of time.

Conclusion on the Caesars bonus

Based on all of the foregoing, by now it should be abundantly clear that this offer to deposit $50 and get $50 is outstanding. Whatever size player you are, if you’re a registered player at Caesars, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of this opportunity.

When I introduced you to the same offer last month, I speculated about what might be repeatedly prompting such a spectacular show of generosity from Caesars Online Casino and suggested that popular demand might have a lot to do with it. Now, with Thanksgiving coming up, maybe it’s also Caesars’ way of thanking its players for their loyalty by doing something especially nice for them in return.

Now the ball is in your court to show your appreciation with your response. A massive turnout will make it clear that you love getting these bonuses and want more, more more. Also, if you think it’s too early to start celebrating the holiday season, it’s not. And there’s no better way than with this 100 percent bonus.

FanDuel Teams Up With The NHL, NJ Devils For NJ Sports Betting

Barbara Nathan November 15, 2018 0 comments
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Closely following on the heels of the official partnership between the NHL and MGM Resorts that was announced Oct. 29, the NHL teamed up with FanDuel.

On Monday, Nov. 5, at a press conference in New York, FanDuel and the NHL announced a new partnership. FanDuel will become the official daily fantasy sports and sports betting partner of the NHL. In a separate deal, FanDuel also teamed up with the New Jersey Devils.

What the FanDuel NJ sports betting deals mean

FanDuel-NHL partnership

FanDuel will now be able to offer its customers exclusive NHL content and prizes. Imagine this: You could be the lucky winner of a VIP experience at the NHL Winter Classic or NHL All-Star Game.

In fact, FanDuel will soon announce a brand new “Skate to the NHL Winter Classic” contest, which eligible customers can enter daily. What’s at stake is clearly worth playing for. It’s a VIP trip to Notre Dame Stadium for the New Year’s Day 2019 NHL Winter Classic where the Chicago Blackhawks will face the Boston Bruins.

FanDuel-New Jersey Devils partnership

Fans attending New Jersey Devils home games will see the FanDuel logo prominently affixed to the ice. This will give the brand even more exposure and undoubtedly attract more hockey bettors to the site. Fans at the Devils home games will also be able to get messages from FanDuel and have access to the FanDuel betting app.

The NJ Devils will also promote the FanDuel brand on social media and other digital platforms.

The NHL and sports betting

At one time all of the major sports leagues — including the NHL — were vehemently opposed to legal NJ sports betting. However, now that the U.S. Supreme Court sided with New Jersey and it is clear that legal sports betting is here to stay, some of its most outspoken former opponents have re-evaluated their position.

In fact, the NHL has had a complete reversal of opinion. Instead of disapproving of sports betting, it is actively embracing it. At the recent press conference in NYC, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman explained why:

“Our approach to sports betting is to continue to be progressive as we work directly with the industry and focus on innovative opportunities for fan engagement. Teaming up with an industry leader like FanDuel furthers our strategy of aligning with leading brands that share our vision of using new platforms and technology to drive innovation and engage and excite hockey fans.”

Quite a switch from a man who stated in September 2016 that “professional hockey games don’t lend themselves to gambling.”

FanDuel Sportsbook excited about the connections

FanDuel is likewise very excited about its partnership with both the NHL and the New Jersey Devils. At the recent press conference, FanDuel Group CEO Matt King had this to say:

“Joining forces with the National Hockey League was the perfect next step for us as both our sports betting and fantasy sports businesses continue to grow. The league’s clear vision for these categories and this partnership marks an exciting time for both organizations.”

FanDuel COO Kip Levin was no less enthusiastic when offering his comments about what the newly formed association with the New Jersey Devils would mean:

“We will continue to be at the forefront of the action for hockey fans, whether they’re watching sports from a seat in the arena or at home on TV. Our partnership with the New Jersey Devils allows us to be on the ice during the action and in-game messaging is the perfect way to reach hockey fans during the games.”

FanDuel taking the reigns of NJ sports betting

There is no denying that so far, in the span of just a few months, legal sports betting in New Jersey has proven to be even more of a success than anticipated.

So it actually makes sense that now, instead of continuing to fight the inevitable, the NHL and other major sports leagues are not only supporting the sports betting industry but becoming active participants.

Of course, NJ Gambling Websites remains committed to reporting on all of the latest developments of interest to NJ players with regard to online gambling and sports betting.

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NetEnt Slots Are Your Best Bet Of The Weekend At Virgin Online Casino

Barbara Nathan November 11, 2018 0 comments
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If Virgin Online Casino is one of your favorite NJ gambling websites, but you’re in a quandary about what games to play there this weekend, we have the answer. Play NetEnt slots!

Why play NetEnt slots at NJ online casinos?

If you’re a frequent slots player, think about the games that have been luckiest for you. I wouldn’t be surprised if one or more of the NetEnt slots listed in this article makes the cut.

Maybe some of them are already your favorite NJ online casino games, in which case, picking what to play this weekend should be a no-brainer.

On the other hand, if you love to play online slots, but your account balance has taken a nosedive, it could be that you have been playing the wrong games.

Not all slots offer the same chance of winning

Slots sometimes get a bad rap because of their presumed high house edge, but the truth is the likelihood of winning or at least breaking close to even can vary considerably between one slot game and another.

Return to player and volatility

The two important considerations in determining the likelihood of winning playing slots are the return to player (RTP) rate and volatility. Out of the hundreds of slots you can play on NJ gambling websites, NetEnt slots consistently excel in both criteria.

Low to medium volatility helps preserve your playing bankroll

Luck is a factor in all slot games, and even in the very best slots, some dry spells are inevitable.

However, the negative impact, if any, on your bankroll is usually much less playing NetEnt slots than it is on some other slot games, especially progressive jackpot slots. In the latter, the price you pay for chasing that elusive jackpot is less frequent meaningful payouts otherwise and bigger bankroll requirements.

NetEnt slots do not offer a progressive jackpot. However, players not only get winning combinations where the payout exceeds the amount wagered much more often; negative swings, if any, are much less pronounced.

Nine of the 10 NetEnt slots singled out for this promotion have low to medium volatility, thereby greatly minimizing the likelihood of huge negative swings that can deplete your bankroll.

High RTP gives you a better chance to win

All 10 NetEnt slots that you can choose from in the current Virgin online casino promotion have an RTP of 96 percent or better, which is excellent. In fact, if you have been following Barb’s Best Bets on this website, you will find NetEnt slots heavily represented. Understandably so, since having an RTP of at least 96 percent is one of the most important criteria for inclusion.

When you see an RTP of 96 percent on a slot game, don’t misconstrue that stat to mean the percent of your playing bankroll you can expect to have left after any given session. On the contrary, your results for any given playing session might deviate markedly from the published theoretical rate of return in either direction.

What the RTP of 96 percent does indicate is the likely long-term result after many thousands of sessions. The more often you play, the more your results will start approaching the game’s true RTP. However, even for a single session, you can improve your chances of having a good outcome by choosing a game with a very high RTP over one with only an average or below average RTP.

NetEnt Playback offer at Virgin online casino

Clearly, NetEnt slots are worth playing anytime, whether the casino is promoting them or not.

But this week Virgin online casino is giving you an extra incentive — a 100 percent playback bonus up to $5. The period for this weeklong promotion started Monday, Nov. 5 and continues through Sunday, Nov. 11.

How the offer works

Here are the important details on how this playback promotion at Virgin online casino works.

Play any of the 10 NetEnt slots listed below. The number of days you choose to play has no bearing on your eligibility for a bonus. As long as your total play on included NetEnt slots results in a net loss, the casino will return 100 percent of your net loss back to you — but only up to $5 — in the form of a playback bonus.

The minimum bonus you can receive is $1 and the maximum is $5, so if you lose more than $5, your bonus will still only be $5. If you lose less than $1, break even, or win, you won’t get a bonus.

Players who qualify for a bonus will receive it on Monday, Nov. 12 (or within three business days in the event of technical difficulties).

The 10 included NetEnt slots

Here are the 10 NetEnt slots you can choose from along with their published RTP and volatility rating.

NetEnt Online SlotReturn To Player (RTP)Volatility
Lost Relics96.3%Medium
Starburst96.1%Low
Gonzo's Quest96%High
Archangels: Salvation96.08%Medium
Finn and the Swirly Spin96.62%Medium
Fairy Tale Legends: Red Riding Hood96.33%Low
Asgardian Stones96.31%Medium
Butterfly Staxx96.8%Low medium
Guns N' Roses96.3%Low medium
Eggomatic96.48%Medium

Wagering requirements for the NetEnt Playback Bonus

Actually, this is a bonus that’s better not to get because that means you either lost a pittance or won. Like any other playback bonus, you only qualify if your play for the period in question shows a net loss.

But don’t worry. At VirginCasino.com, here’s the good news. If you do lose, not only do you qualify for a playback bonus, but you only have to bet it once, so that wager — with the casino’s money — is completely risk-free.

Better yet, when you bet the bonus, you may get lucky and win and anything you win on that wager you can keep. Also, if you don’t feel like betting this money immediately, no problem. The casino is giving you up to 30 days.

However, I would imagine, since the amount is only between $1 and $5, most players will prefer to make the wager sooner rather than later.

Where this promotion falls short

For starters, it’s neither Halloween nor April Fools Day. So let’s get real. Are players really expected to be jumping for joy over a $5 bonus? Can the casino afford it?

Unfortunately, since the playback bonus is capped at only $5, it’s only a 100 percent bonus if your total net loss is also $5 and no more than that. In addition, like all other VirginCasino.com (and sister casino Tropicana online casino) bonuses, this playback bonus is sticky, meaning you can only bet it once, after which, win or lose, the casino takes the bonus back. Frankly, you would need a near-incredible turn around of luck to turn a $5 non-redeemable bonus into more than a token win.

So for all intents and purposes, the bonus is probably a waste of time. However, it does have the nice redeeming feature of being completely risk-free, which small players will appreciate.

Why you should play NetEnt slots at Virgin online casino

I am recommending this promotion to all Virgin Casino players, not because of the playback bonus that the casino is offering this week, but mostly because it’s a reminder of how good NetEnt slots are and that they are worth your time whether the casino is offering a bonus or not.

I realize I am telling you about this promotion late, so unless you already opted in on your own, you missed the possible opportunity to pick up a playback bonus earlier in the week.

But with the maximum bonus you can possibly receive being only $5, it hardly matters. More importantly, I have played enough NetEnt slots in demo mode often enough to assure you that at least some of your playing sessions will be winning ones.

As with any slot game, have fun, bet within your means, and limit your individual playing sessions to an hour or less. When playing online slots, the combination of a little luck, sound money management, and the exceptionally high RTP of the NetEnt slots all working for you, how can you go wrong?

Come Monday, when all is said and done, there’s a very good chance, the casino’s offer of up to $5 in bonus money will be for naught. But you could be celebrating instead of complaining because of much more than $5 in winnings simply from playing NetEnt games.

Indulge Your Taste Buds Like Never Before At Savor Borgata This Weekend

Barbara Nathan November 9, 2018 0 comments
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Between the leftover Halloween candy still in your cupboard and Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, November could be a tough month indeed if you’re trying to watch your weight.

Even if you can surmount those hurdles Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City is going all out to make its own once-a-year Savor Borgata special events taking place this weekend not only enticing but irresistible.

Since Savor Borgata happens to be the biggest and best food and wine extravaganza in Atlantic City, my advice is to go ahead and enjoy yourself.

Other special food promotions in Atlantic City

Over the course of the year, different Atlantic City casinos have held special events centered around food and wine. For example, last spring the Tropicana celebrated Bacon Week and during the summer, Golden Nugget held its annual Wine Fest.

In addition, the current annual 50 Bites promotion, in which many Atlantic City casino restaurants are participating, continues through Nov. 29.  Ordinarily, the cost is $50 per person, but tickets are now bargain priced at only $25 per person.

What makes Savor Borgata different

All of the above relatively small-scale events, and many more, are worth attending. However, they are just a warm-up for Savor Borgata. This is a festival that receives national attention and food lovers from all over the country come to check out.

So should you, even if you do most of your casino play online. Even if you live some distance away from Atlantic City, availing yourself of the opportunity to sample exquisite creations prepared by some of the top chefs in America makes it worth the trip.

There is no doubt that playing your favorite games on NJ gambling websites is fun and convenient. But one thing that’s missing there and you have to travel to Atlantic City to experience is the outstanding offering of world class casino restaurants.

While the Atlantic City casino hotels have always offered eclectic and sometimes superior dining, now more than ever before, some of the best restaurants in town are owned by and feature the cuisine of celebrity chefs. And no Atlantic City casino resort has more celebrity chefs under one roof than the Borgata.

Savor Borgata offers the ultimate food and wine experience

Of course, you can visit the Borgata anytime you like and eat at the restaurant of your choice. But some of these places are quite expensive. Maybe there is a particular restaurant there you have wanted to try for a long time, but have hesitated due to the price.

Or maybe you’re a food and wine connoisseur who is highly interested in meeting the master chefs behind these restaurants and learning some of their special culinary secrets. If it’s simply a random day when you go, it’s highly unlikely that you will have that opportunity.

During Savor Borgata Restaurant Week, which started Monday, November 5 and ends with dinner Friday, November 9, you can enjoy a three-course lunch or dinner at select restaurants for a greatly reduced price.

During Savor Borgata Weekend—Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10—no less than 18 special events will take place. The lineup includes cooking demonstrations, book signings, hands-on lessons from Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, and Wolfgang Puck, and gourmet meals prepared especially for this occasion.

Savor Borgata Restaurant Week

Friday, Nov. 9 is the last day. Here is the list of participating restaurants:

Lunch – 3 Course Meal | $19 per person

The Metropolitan

N.O.W.

Dinner – 3 Course Meal | $39 per person

Angeline by Michael Symon

Izakaya

Wolfgang Puck American Grille

Dinner – 3 Course Meal | $65 per person

Bobby Flay Steak

Old Homestead Steak House

If you plan to have dinner during Savor Borgata Restaurant Week, reservations are a must. You can make your reservations online or, if you prefer, by calling the restaurant directly.

If you wish to stay overnight, check with the hotel to see if the special room package including a $100 fine dining credit is still available.

Savor Borgata Weekend

Unfortunately, many of the special events this weekend are already “sold out.” However, if you would like to attend and have a host, maybe he or she can pull some strings and get you a ticket. It’s certainly worth a try.

Of course, even the events that are still available could sell out later. So your best bet is to decide now what interests you the most and book those events online. Complete details on all of the Savor Borgata Weekend events, including the sold out ones, along with instructions for reserving those that are still available, are provided here.

Below is a list and brief description of the events for which tickets are still available.

Friday, Nov. 9

  •  Chef’s Table at Borgata Buffet: 7 p.m., $69

In addition to the award-winning regular Buffet, the meal includes Executive Chef Tom Biglan’s family-style favorites and signature cuts of meat served tableside, accompanied by red or white wine.

  • Vibes and Vino: 8 p.m., Central Conference Center Room 2, $69 – Get sommelier and music expert Rob Bigelow’s take on which wines pair best with which songs. See if you agree after you taste the wines!

Saturday, Nov. 10

  •  Pantry Pampered: Food Facials at Immersion Pool: 9:30 a.m., $65 – Includes light bites offered during your spa treatment and a 20 percent discount on any other spa services the same weekend.
  • Tour of the Taste Buds: 12 noon, N.O.W., $44 – Get to sample all five basic taste sensations in small plates paired with Asian cocktails.
  • In the Kitchen with Executive Chef Tom Biglan: 1 p.m. at Starbucks, $65 – Behind the scenes look at what’s entailed in the preparation, followed by a four-course tasting menu with wine.
  • Playing with Pinot Noir: 2 p.m., Central Conference Center Room 2, $65 – Seminar led by Sommelier Robert Bigelow with wine tastings and light bites
  • Sugar and Spice: 3 p.m. Event Center, Studio 2, $39 – Hands-on class with Borgata’s Executive Pastry Chef on how to make gingerbread.
  • Playing with Fire by Michael Symon Book Signing: 3:30 p.m. at Angeline – No reservations needed. Free except for optional book purchase.
  • Tacos and Tequila: 4 p.m. at the Gypsy Bar, $44 – Small plates and tequila pairings

If it’s any consolation, most of the other events, which are sold out, are considerably more expensive.

There’s something for everyone at Savor Borgata

Savor Borgata is a unique experience offering something for everyone. Furthermore, all of the Restaurant Week meals and many weekend events are reasonably priced, so if cost is a factor, no problem. You can still attend. However, in virtually all instances, alcohol is served, so you must be 21 or older.

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to indulge your cravings and tantalize your taste buds at the biggest food and wine festival in Atlantic City.

Pop The Champagne! Golden Nugget Marks Five Years In NJ Online Gambling

Barbara Nathan November 3, 2018 0 comments
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If you have an account at Golden Nugget, we have some exciting news for you. This weekend the NJ gambling website has an offer you can’t refuse. It’s not just a deposit match bonus, but a 100 percent bonus!

Celebrating five years of online gambling in NJ

Time flies when you’re having fun, which is certainly true for everyone taking advantage of both the tremendous variety of games and spectacular promotions being offered by Golden Nugget Online Casino.

Hard to believe, but this November marks the five-year anniversary of NJ online gambling. That calls for a full-scale celebration, and I can’t imagine any more worthy of the occasion than the one that GoldenNuggetCasino.com is inviting you to take part in this weekend.

What a golden opportunity to add extra bonus dollars to your online account and reap the rewards.

Why settle for a tightwad bonus elsewhere of 20 percent or less when you can enjoy an instant bonus of a full 100 percent up to $50 at Golden Nugget?

When is the Golden Nugget Five-Year Anniversary celebration taking place?

Technically, Golden Nugget Online Casino is holding its anniversary celebration a tad early. The launch of NJ online casino gambling took place on Nov. 26, 2013 — not the beginning of November. Furthermore, Golden Nugget Online Casino wasn’t one of the sites that were up and running from day one.

It was a little late jumping on the bandwagon, not debuting until Dec. 13.

But when you look at all this casino has accomplished since then, not being able to claim day one bragging rights hardly matters. Talk about making up for lost time!

Golden Nugget is currently home to 547 games, and if history is any indication, it won’t be long before there are even more. This casino has been consistently leading all other NJ gambling websites in the number of games. It was also the first online casino in New Jersey to offer live dealer games.

So if GoldenNuggetCasino.com wants to have its grand five-year celebration this weekend instead of waiting until the actual day, bring it on! You can access your special offer anytime from Friday, Nov. 2 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

What to do to get your 100 percent bonus at Golden Nugget

Now that you’ve decided to accept your invitation to this weekend’s fifth anniversary party at Golden Nugget Online Casino, here’s what you need to do to receive your 100 percent bonus.

  • Log into your GoldenNuggetCasino.com account on any of the three days of the promotion (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday).
  • Go to Available Bonuses and claim the 5-Year Anniversary offer.
  • Make a single deposit of $20 or more.

The casino will instantly match your deposit dollar for dollar up to $50.

This offer can only be claimed once.

Wagering requirements at Golden Nugget online casino

As with all other Golden Nugget Casino deposit match bonuses, before you will be permitted to make any withdrawals of the bonus, your deposit tied to the bonus, or any related winnings, you will need to meet the casino’s wagering requirements.

In fact, if you’re a regular player at this casino, you will recognize that the wagering requirements for this bonus are no different from those stipulated for its other deposit match bonuses.

You can clear the bonus with any game you like, but the wagering requirements vary as follows:

  • Most slots: 10x bonus
  • Excluded slots* and all other games: 50x bonus

*If you wish to clear your bonus with slots, you need to know that the casino has singled out 21 of these games as “excluded” slots. The excluded slots only count 20 percent toward clearing the bonus and not the full 100 percent as with other slots. Therefore, instead of only needing to wager the bonus 10x, you face the same 50x bonus wagering requirement as for non-slot play. You will find the complete list of these excluded slots on the casino website.

Presumably, the reason why these slots have a higher wagering requirement is their very high return to player (RTP). But the good news is that this casino has more than 500 slots.

Of these, the overwhelming majority still count 100 percent, so the much more reasonable 10x bonus wagering requirement applies. Many of them have a very good RTP, too.

Wagering requirements for the maximum bonus of $50

If you deposit $50 in order to receive the maximum bonus of $50, the total amount you need to wager to clear the bonus will be $500 playing any of the included slots or $2,500 playing any other game.

Additional terms and conditions

The casino is giving you up to seven days to complete the wagering requirements.

Meanwhile, the bonus, equal size deposit you made to get the bonus, and any resulting winnings remain temporarily locked into your account. You will have full access to all of this money (or whatever is left of it) as soon as the necessary wagering is completed, provided the allotted time period has not elapsed.

However, there is no waiting period for withdrawing winnings from wagers unrelated to the bonus made with your own cashable wallet.

For the purpose of clearing the bonus, wagers are made with your own deposited money first and with the bonus money afterward. Should you choose to cancel the bonus or attempt to withdraw bonus related funds prematurely before they become available, and also if you don’t complete the necessary wagering on time, you will forfeit both the bonus and any resulting winnings.

A few helpful suggestions

Deposit $50 — no more and no less — to get the maximum bonus of $50.

Even though you can deposit as little as $20, if you can afford to deposit $50, by all means do so. That way you will get the maximum benefit possible from this outstanding promotion. It’s not often that NJ online casinos are willing to match your deposit with a full 100 percent bonus. So if you’re smart you will take advantage of every such opportunity to the max.

The casino is giving you plenty of time to clear your bonus. Use it.

You should also take advantage of the extended time period — up to seven days to clear the bonus. No need to try to cram all of the wagering into a single day.

Clear the bonus primarily or exclusively with included slots.

Lastly, as tempting as it may be to play one of the slots on the excluded list, it is inadvisable due to the greatly increased wagering requirements. Hold off playing these games until another time when you don’t have a bonus to clear.

Meanwhile, especially if you’re a small player, you can make the wagering requirements much more manageable by clearing the bonus with the best of the included slots, either alone or in combination with a lower house edge game like blackjack or video poker.

How sweet it is with Golden Nugget online casino

This weekend is Golden Nugget Online Casino’s time to shine and the perfect time for you to celebrate, too.

With five outstanding years of online casino gambling now under its belt, this weekend’s bonus is the casino’s way of telling you that the fun and money making opportunities on this NJ gambling website are going to continue and get even better.

Only two days ago, GoldenNuggetCasino.com held a $3,000 Halloween giveaway where 100 lucky players won prizes.

And the first weekend of October was Oktoberfest weekend, which featured another deposit match bonus of a full 100 percent. However, the current offer is twice as good because instead of the bonus being capped at $25, it is capped at $50.

Will a 100 percent bonus up to $100 be next? Maybe Golden Nugget is waiting until its real anniversary date to unveil that bonanza. We’ll have to wait and see.

Meanwhile, here are the reasons why opting into this weekend’s offer should be a no-brainer.

Great bang for your buck

While offers for deposit match bonuses of 10-20 pecent abound on NJ gambling websites, bonuses that represent a higher percentage of your deposit are a rarity,  especially those that match your deposit a full 100 percent.

The problem with low percentage deposit matches, even if the dollar amount of the bonus is respectable, is that the preponderance of the financing to clear the bonus has to come from your own deposited funds. That translates into greater risk to your bankroll.

A 100 percent bonus like this one gives you much better bang for your buck.

Across the board appeal

Some bonus offers, including a disproportionate number on GoldenNuggetCasino.com, are clearly geared toward high rollers. Either the deposit and wagering requirements are out of reach for smaller players or the promotion is a drawing offering an uncapped number of entries based on play. So for all intents and purposes, only those with very deep pockets have a realistic chance.

Other bonuses are so small few people except the smallest players will have any interest.

A $50 bonus based on a $50 deposit is ideal. On the one hand, it is an amount that most players can probably comfortably handle. But at the same time, the bonus size is still large enough to appeal to bigger bettors.

Reasonable terms and conditions

The wagering requirement of just 10x the bonus for most slots is very reasonable. While the wagering requirements for video poker and blackjack are a considerably higher 50x the bonus, they are consistent with what you will find at most other NJ online casinos.

You also have up to a full week to clear the bonus, which is plenty of time.

The bottom line

This 100 percent bonus up to $50 is Barb’s Best Bet for the weekend.

In the past, these kinds of deals have been few and far between on NJ online gambling sites, and that trend may continue. So if you miss this opportunity, you only have yourself to blame.

If you’re a Golden Nugget Online Casino player, you can’t afford to procrastinate. Get your $50 bonus today!

Halloween At The Trop Is Always Over The Top, With Parties Galore

Barbara Nathan October 26, 2018 0 comments
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Don’t think for one minute that Halloween is for kids only. Not if you can get to Atlantic City where every casino in town is all geared up to give you and your companions a howling good time. But Tropicana is one place you can always count on year after year to go the extra mile to make Halloween and the days leading up to it spooktacular.

However, this year lucky you can start celebrating extra early. In fact, since Halloween falls midweek, this Saturday night is when all the big parties take place instead.

Otherwise, is Halloweek at the Trop going to be any different or less over the top than in previous years? Check it out for yourself. Between spooky looking food and drink specials galore and the Jamie Lee Curtis film “Halloween” playing at the IMAX Theater all week long, the answer is obvious. Not a ghost of a chance!

What’s happening at Trop on Saturday, Oct. 27

This casino hotel has so many Halloween parties going on in so many places, along with some must see to be believed costume contests, scary movies, and other creepy entertainment, there is probably no way you’re going to fit in everything. But if you want to try, arrive early and plan to stay very late so you can squeeze in as much fun as possible.

Here is what’s on tap Saturday afternoon and evening, into the wee hours of the morning.

Free Entertainment

Time: 8 p.m.

Place: Boardwalk

Dance to the Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Time: 9 p.m.

Place: The Quarter

Annual Costume Contest

IMAX Theater

Sat., Oct. 27 only

Halloween: The IMAX Experience: 1 p.m., 3:45 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 11 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 28 – Thurs., Nov. 1

Halloween: The IMAX Experience: 1 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:15 p.m.

Tickets for any of the above can be purchased online as well as at the IMAX Box Office in the Quarter.

Halloween parties and costume contests

This is what Halloween is all about. So if you have a really outlandish costume that you can’t wait to show off, there’s no better time and place to do it!

 A Dam Good Sports Bar

  • DJ from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Costume Contest at midnight.Prizes include  $200 for best group costume and $100 gift certificate for sexiest costume.

Anthem Lounge

  •  Nightmare on Anthem Street!
  • Contortionists and other creepy performers
  • Scariest costume contest with cash prizes
  • After-hours party starting at 3 a.m.—continuing till 7 a.m.!

Bar Olon

  • Live entertainment from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Boogie Nights 

Doors open 9 p.m. $20 entry fee.

  • Halloween Bash with costume contest at midnight

Casa Taco & Tequila Bar

  • DJ from 9 p.m. to midnight

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

 Doors open 10:30 p.m.

  • Fright Night in Havana Halloween Party with music by Latin Connection
  • Midnight Madness
  • Costume Contest with a Grand Prize of $500 cash!

Firewaters Saloon

  • Halloween party with live music
  • Costume contest at 11 p.m. It’s a $100 gift certificate for scariest and best cowboy/cowgirl costumes

 Kiss Kiss Nightclub

 Doors open 10:30 p.m. Sign up at the nightclub website for free admission up to 11:30 p.m.

  • The Devil’s Graveyard Halloween Party

Ri-Ra Irish Pub

  • Halloween party with live music from 10 p.m. to closing. No cover charge
  • Costume contest at midnight. First place: $100, second place: $75, third place $75 Ri-Ra gift card

Halloween Food and Drink Specials

Clearly, if you’re looking for over the top Halloween entertainment, you’ll find plenty at the Trop, but when it comes to food and drinks, sticking to your budget will be a lot easier than you think. In fact, you can take advantage of extended Happy Hours with rock-bottom prices all over the resort.

A Dam Good Sports Bar

  •  $3 draft beer and $5 margaritas

 Anthem Lounge

  •  $5 domestic beer and Tito’s cocktails until midnight

Bar Olon

  •  Happy Hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Drafts and bottled beer, sangria, and other select wines by the glass are specially priced at $3, $4, and $5, respectively. Food specials include $2 anticuchos, $3 empanadas, and $5 guacamole.

Broadway Burger Bar

  •  Happy Hour from 10:30 p.m. to closing: $3 Bud Lights; Jameson, Stoli Vodka, or Pyrat Rum for $5; Roca Patron for $6

Casa Taco & Tequila Bar

  •  Special Halloween food and drink menu Saturday and all week long

Chelsea Five Gastropub (on the 5th floor of the Chelsea Tower)

  •  Happy Hour 5 p.m.-8 p.m. every night except Mon. featuring $5 NJ beer or wine and $6 whiskey of the week

 Firewaters Saloon

  •  Pumpkin or Oktoberfest beer at $6/pint

Planet Rose Karaoke

  •  $7 for a Fireball shot or 7 oz. Bud Light or $10 for two drinks and two karaoke songs

Ri-Ra Irish Pub

  • Do these special Halloween concoctions look as creepy as they sound? Order a Brain Hemorrhage shot ($4) or Witches Brew or Jekyll and Gin Glowing Cocktail ($6) and find out!

Stop at the William Hill Sportsbook

As you can see, if celebrating Halloween is your thing, the Tropicana Atlantic City offers something for everyone. But if you’re a sports fan, too, here’s the news you’ve been waiting for. The Tropicana had been announcing for a long time that a sportsbook was in the works, but the opening date was mystery. Well, that day is here. The William Hill Sportsbook made its debut in the Tropicana North Tower on Thursday, Oct. 25.

I will be visiting the new sportsbook next week to see how it compares with the William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Resort Casino and other Atlantic City sportsbooks. So look for my detailed review right here on NJ Gambling Websites soon. Meanwhile, check out Atlantic City’s newest sportsbook for yourself.

It’s No Trick, Caesars Casino Is Treating Players To A Week Of Bonuses

Barbara Nathan October 26, 2018 0 comments
Trick or Treat pumpkins

Anyone who says that Halloween is for kids only doesn’t know what he or she is talking about. But don’t just take my word for it. If you’re a Caesars Online Casino player, starting today, Fri., Oct. 26 and for six days straight, prove all those naysayers wrong and get your greedy hands on every sweet treat you have coming to you.

It’s Caesars Halloweek of Treats, where the special treats being offered are for adults only. No candy, no booze, but instead, something you’re bound to like even more–daily bonuses in your online account!

So let the kids have their day of fun on Halloween. It’s their one day to dress up in crazy costumes and go trick or treat. They deserve it.

But for you, the fun and celebration, instead of being limited to one day only, continues for nearly a week. No need to worry about a possible hangover from polishing off one too many or packing on the pounds from gobs of candy. Your calorie-free Halloweek of Treats starting Friday, Oct. 26 continues every day thereafter through Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Log in each day to claim your bonus

Even if you don’t ordinarily play every day, this is one week when, for all CaesarsCasino.com players, it pays to log in daily. That way you won’t miss a single one of the daily bonuses that Caesars Online Casino is offering.

Why settle for just celebrating Halloween this October when on CaesarsCasino.com you can celebrate HalloWIN?

How to earn Caesars Halloweek of Treats bonuses

Caesars Halloweek of Treats isn’t for everyone. You do need to be a registered Caesars Casino player. Assuming you are, if you would like to participate and receive your daily bonuses, here’s what you need to do:

  • Log into your CaesarsCasino.com account every day during the Oct. 26-Oct. 31 promotion.
  • Go to the My Bonuses tab.
  • Claim the new offer for that day.

What happens next?

What makes these offers for daily bonuses even more fun is that Caesars is keeping them all a mystery. The casino is divulging no details ahead of time as to what each day’s offer might be or what additional conditions might apply before the bonus becomes withdrawable. So the only way to find out is to log into your account each day and decide then if you like the offer enough to accept it.

Read the terms and conditions carefully

I can tell you this much, however. As generous as Caesars may be offering daily bonuses for six days in succession, it is not so generous that it is going to give away all these goodies free and clear, expecting nothing from you in return.

Deposit match bonuses

Some of the offers may be for a deposit match. If that is the case, the casino will specify the minimum deposit to qualify for a bonus, the percentage of the deposit match you will receive as a bonus, and the cap on the bonus.

For example, you may be offered a 50 percent deposit match bonus up to $50 for which the minimum deposit is $25. That means in order to receive the maximum possible bonus of $50, you would need to deposit $100.

However, there is no point to depositing more than $100 since the bonus would still be capped at $50. If you only deposit the $25 minimum, you would still get a bonus, but only $12.50. If you deposit less than $25, you won’t get a bonus.

Wagering requirements

Regardless of whether a deposit is required or not, because your reward is in the form of bonus money added to your account rather than cash, you won’t be able to withdraw either the bonus or any associated winnings until you meet the casino’s wagering requirements.

Caesars Online Casino tends to be very consistent with its wagering requirements for clearing bonuses. Nonetheless, you should read all the fine print in order to make certain. Contact customer support ASAP if anything isn’t crystal clear. The last thing you want to have happen is to have a bonus taken away from you due to a misunderstanding.

For deposit-based bonuses, Caesars Casino, unlike most other NJ gambling websites, typically includes not just the bonus in the wagering requirements, but the bonus and deposit combined. The extent to which this unfavorable rule increases the amount of wagering necessary depends on the percentage of the deposit match.

Most likely, you will have up to seven days to clear each bonus. Since these offers follow on consecutive days, on any given day, you may still be working on clearing one or more previous days’ bonuses. Don’t let that deter you from accepting the next day’s bonus, too. But keep in mind that only one bonus can be cleared at a time.

How good is the Caesars Halloweek of Treats?

That’s a tough question to answer, not knowing any of the individual offers ahead of time. Most likely some of the daily offers will be better than others. But even if some are only so-so, you get the cumulative positive effect of receiving one bonus on top of another.

In any case, there is nothing to lose by logging in every day during the six days long promotion to see what your offer is. If it’s not to your liking, you are under no obligation to accept it. Each day’s offer is separate and not contingent in any way on having accepted the previous day’s offer.

So, by all means, go ahead and see what Caesars Halloweek of Treats has in store for you. By the time Oct. 31 rolls around, with a little luck, it might not be just Halloween you’re celebrating but HalloWIN!