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There is nothing more frustrating than a bonus offer that sounds great on paper but, once you get past the fine print, proves not be a good deal at all.
In too many instances, much-touted bonus turns out to be virtually inaccessible because the wagering requirements are in the stratosphere.
However, New Jersey online casino players don’t have to deal with those kinds of shenanigans. All of the state-run New Jersey online casinos are licensed and regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. This governing body sees to it that each site describes its promotions fully, accurately, and adheres to fair gaming practices.
Free play and no deposit bonuses
There are two types of casinos bonuses offered to New Jersey online players.
The first is the so-called free play, or no deposit bonus. This becomes available as soon a person officially completes the registration form. (Even if an online deposit has yet to be made.)
As you would expect, the monetary value of these offers tends to be quite small: for example, $10 to use in the casino and/or a specified number of free spins on a designated slot machine. Technically, no deposit is necessary to access this bonus.
But because there are invariably wagering requirements for withdrawing any associated winnings, unless you choose to play purely for fun, you will almost certainly have to make a deposit.
That brings us to another offer entirely, the welcome bonus.
Welcome bonus on your first deposit
The welcome bonus is often called a deposit bonus. It’s usually delivered in conjunction with a player’s first deposit as a match bonus.
Minimum and maximum deposits eligible for bonuses, as well as the percentage match, are decided by each casino individually. Casinos also have the prerogative to stretch out the bonus. (For example, give part of it with the first deposit, part with the second deposit, and part with the third deposit.) However, New Jersey casinos tend to keep the offer fairly simple by making it a 100 percent match of only the first deposit.
All welcome bonuses come with terms and conditions. These include wagering the bonus or, in some instances, the bonus plus the deposit, a specified number of times.
Typically, slots count for 100 percent while other casino games only count minimally. This essentially means players need to stick to slots to keep wagering requirements reasonable. Once all of the wagering, or playthrough, requirements have been met, your deposit, bonus, and any associated winnings, are typically yours to keep.
Instead, they have a different sign-up offer. If your first deposit results in a net loss, the casino will cover that loss, up to a $100.
The advantage of this type of arrangement over a traditional welcome bonus is that your initial deposit is virtually risk-free. The disadvantage is that if you don’t lose, the casino has nothing extra for you.
Last verified: January 1, 2019