Tropicana Online Casino is basically a mirror image of its sister NJ gambling website Virgin Casino. Except for individual branding and a few games that are exclusive to one or the other, these Gamesys-designed New Jersey online casino sites are one and the same.
That means Tropicana Online Casino features an user interface that’s easy to navigate and a homepage that’s a lot less cluttered than most.
It also means there’s a decent selection of Blackjack, Roulette, Video Poker, and Keno titles on the site. Plus, Tropicana Online Casino boats a list of seven alternatives to these traditional table games with something for everyone.
The return to player rates (RTP) on these games is half decent as well, making Tropicana Online Casino a great place to play non-traditional table games.
Here’s how the list of alternative table games looks at Tropicana:
- Baccarat: 98.94% on banker bets, 98.76% on player bets, and 85.6% on ties.
- Baccarat Professional Series: 98.94% on banker bets, 98.76% on player bets, and 85.6% on ties.
- Hi-Lo: 96%
- Pai Gow Poker: 97.15%
- Three Card Poker: 96.93%
- Let It Ride: 96.49 percent
- Craps: 83.33% – 98.64% RTP, plus six-times max odds
How to find the games
The Tropicana Online Casino list of non-traditional table games is almost the same as the one at Virgin Casino, except Tropicana also has Let It Ride.
Locating Tropicana’s selection of online table games is just as easy as well. Just look for the Tropicana Atlantic City logo near the top right of the screen. Then browsing through the seven menu choices to the right of it.
You should see one link labeled ‘Casino‘. Just click on that link and a list of all Tropicana casino games will appear below in super-sized title tile format.
The big tiles make it easy to find the games you’re looking for. Each of these tiles contains more info about the game and links to demos and the game itself.
Of course, all of Tropicana’s casino games are here as well, so finding the alternatives to the traditional table games requires a bit more searching. But once again, the big tiles make that easy.
Tropicana alternative table games
Now that you know how to locate the games, here’s a little something on how to play them:
You bet on which hand will end up closer to a value of nine, banker or player. You can also bet on a tie, although the big house edge on this bet suggests that’s not the best idea.
A dealer places two cards on each spot and players look to see which hand is closest to nine. Face cards 10s are worth nothing. Aces are worth one. All other cards have the face value. If a hand adds up to more than 10, only the second digit is used. Additional cards are dealt when the player hand is five or less.
The house charges a five percent commission on winning banker bets.
Baccarat Professional Series
NetEnt’s Baccarat Professional Series on Tropicana is a hyped up version of traditional baccarat. That means higher end graphics, video content, and an easier-to-use wagering interface.
Think of this as a high definition version of the game and despite the name you don’t have to be a professional to play.
Tropicana’s classic Hi-Lo game pits you against a dealer in an effort to guess if the next card turned over will be higher or lower than the one before.
Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker is a poker-based card game played with a 53-card deck, including one joker. The joker can be used as an ace or to complete straights and flushes.
You get seven cards with which to make the best five-card and two-card poker hand. The five-card hand must be your best.
The objective is to beat both the dealer’s five-card and two-card hands. Win one and you push.
Three Card Poker
Tropicana’s Three Card Poker is an online version of the same poker-based card game you can find at most casinos.
You get three cards and try to make a poker hand out of them. The true objective is to make a better hand than the dealer.
You place a bet and get three cards. You can then either fold or place another bet to continue. Then it’s showtime and you win if the dealer has less than queen-high or you have a better hand.
There are also two optional side bets available. Pairs plus pays if you’ve got a pair or better. Six-Card Bonus pays based on the value of the best five-card hand you can make combining both yours and the dealer’s cards.
Let It Ride
Tropicana’s Let It Ride is an online version of the Let It Ride game featured at land-based casinos.
Your goal is to make the best five-card poker hand using your three cards and two community cards.
You place three equal bets on the table. The dealer puts two community cards face down and hands you three cards.
You can fold immediately and take back two of the bets. If you continue, the dealer turns the first community card face up. At this point, you can fold and take back the final bet or continue.
If you continue the dealer turns the second community card face up and the value of your hand is determined. Payouts are based on the strength of your hand and start with a minimum of a pair of tens.
There’s also an optional Three-Card bonus side bet that pays based on the strength of your three cards alone.
Craps is often the loudest, most fun, and certainly most social games in any casino.
No one has figured out a way to capture the social aspects of the game and put them online. However, online Craps is available at Tropicana and it represents a great learning tool for the live game.
That’s because online craps can be played at your own pace, giving you the time to educate yourself about the game’s intricacies.
Tropicana Craps is also the best craps game you’ll find online thanks to a variety of favorable rules that include an NJ best six-times max odds on all Don’t Pass and Don’t Come bets.
Most online craps games only offer two or three-times max odds.
Regardless, the basics of craps are the same. Player’s bet on the pass line or don’t pass line and roll the dice. This come-out roll determines the point. Unless a seven or 11 winner or two, three, or 12 craps is rolled.
Once the point is set, players can make odds bets up to the game’s six-times maximum. These bets have no house edge.
Just roll the point before a seven to get paid.
Of course, you can also place bets on various propositions, numbers, and groups of numbers. Look for these bets and the payouts listed on the table.