How could the long, lazy days of summer go by so quickly? Hard to believe, but Labor Day Weekend, summer’s last hurrah, is upon us. So, of course, you want to make the most of it. A great way is to play your favorite games on one of your favorite NJ gambling websites, Tropicana Online Casino, and maybe win a big bonus, too!
You probably already have other plans for the long Labor Day Weekend like going to the beach, enjoying a cookout with family and friends, or simply chilling and relaxing. But that still leaves lots of time for resourceful NJ online casino players like you to treat yourself to another activity that could be even more fun, especially if you win.
This weekend, every time you play at Tropicana Online Casino, lucky you will get two chances to win. For starters, you have a wide choice of games, so choose slots or table games with the highest rate of return to maximize your chances of winning, simply from playing. Then, on top of whatever, you win from your play, you could be one of 180 bonus money winners in next Tuesday’s drawing.
Unlike many other promotions at TropicanaCasino.com (and sister NJ gambling website VirginCasino.com), which require you to lose to get a bonus, this time there’s no such rule. You can win playing and win a bonus, too!
How the Tropicana Labor Day Weekend “Cook Out” prize draw works
Tropicana calls this promotion its “Labor Day Cook Out.” But instead of cooking up and offering you food, the casino is giving away $5,000 in bonus money!
180 players will share in the bounty. Furthermore, with a top prize of a $500 bonus, this is a giveaway clearly worth playing for.
But of course, not everybody who participates can win. As with most prize drawings at NJ online casinos, the more you play, the more entries you earn into the drawing, so the better your chances.
The period for earning entries starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 30 and doesn’t end until 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 2. In other words, you have the entire Labor Day Weekend to play your favorite casino games and rack up as many entries as you can.
Every $50 wagered on any game on a single calendar day will earn you one entry into the drawing, up to a maximum of five entries per day if you wager $250 or more. Therefore, if you play all four days of the promotion and wager at least $250 per day ($1,000 total), you will earn 20 entries, which is the maximum number possible.
Who is eligible?
This promotion is open to registered Tropicana Online Casino players in most states. However, those who reside in New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico are excluded.
If you can’t play every day during this long Labor Day weekend or if $250 per day is more wagering than you can afford or have time for, no worries. The sole purpose of this promotion is to have fun and try to win.
It is not worth betting more money than you can comfortably afford, so keep that in mind. With 180 prizes up for grabs, you don’t need to have the maximum number of entries to still have an excellent chance to win.
However, any day you do play, be sure to wager at least $50. Otherwise, your wagers for that day won’t count. You cannot carry any play over from one day to the next.
How much can you win in the Tropicana Labor Day weekend prize draw?
On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Tropicana Online Casino will hold a random drawing to select the 180 winners from all eligible entries. The following table shows how the various prizes will be distributed.
|# of Winners||Prize|
|1||$500 Bonus Money|
|4||$250 Bonus Money|
|5||$100 Bonus Money|
|20||$50 Bonus Money|
|50||$20 Bonus Money*|
|100||$10 Bonus Money*|
As the table shows, all prizes are in the form of bonus money rather than withdrawable cash. The top prize is $500 in bonus money, while the bottom prize is only $10 in bonus money. No player can win more than one prize.
When will the prizes be awarded?
All players who win a prize in next Tuesday’s drawing will most likely see the bonus money in their account by the following day. However, winners should allow for up to three business days in case of technical difficulties.
Bonus money wagering requirements
The bonus money awarded in this promotion works exactly like any other bonus at Tropicana Online Casino or Virgin Online Casino.
You have up to 30 days to wager the bonus 1x playing any game you wish. Then as soon as you complete this very modest wagering requirement, you can keep any resulting winnings but, unfortunately, not the bonus itself. Win or lose, as soon as the necessary wagering is completed, the casino removes the bonus from your account immediately and permanently.
Hopefully, you will have won something wagering the bonus. But if not, better luck next time.
Tropicana Labor Day Weekend Giveaway Pros and Cons: Is the promotion worth your time?
Not being able to keep the bonus is a bummer, to be sure. But even so, other features of this promotion make participating still worth your time. Let’s review the not so great features first.
What could be better about this promotion
Sticky bonus significantly limits the potential to win
All TropicanaCasino.com bonuses, and this one is no exception, are sticky, meaning that the casino offers the bonus for playing purposes only and then takes it away from you.
This is likely to negatively impact the amount you can win in two ways. First, you can only bet the bonus once. So if you win, you can’t press your winnings and try to win more, like you can with a traditional bonus. Secondly, you can’t keep the bonus. So the amount available for you to withdraw is less than if you had both your winnings and the bonus available to you.
For these reasons, the bonus needs to be larger than a traditional bonus to have a realistic shot to win any appreciable amount. While a handful of the bonuses that Tropicana Online Casino is offering in this drawing are substantial, most of them are quite small.
Likelihood of a huge number of entries
Another problem is that this promotion is almost certain to attract a very large number of entries. Besides making the entry requirements very affordable, Tropicana is offering the promotion during the Labor Day holiday weekend when players will have a lot of free time on their hands. So a tremendous turnout can be expected, which will decrease your odds of winning, despite a large number of prizes.
Disproportionate number of very small prizes
Only one player will win the top prize of a $500 bonus, and only 10 of the 180 winners will receive a prize of $100 or more. While another 20 players will win a $50 bonus, everybody else (150 players) will only get a $20 or $10 bonus.
Tropicana giveaway great features
Based on the foregoing, you might conclude that this promotion is a waste of time. So let me correct you and tell you why you should not jump to that conclusion. This offer actually has a lot of great things going for it.
It’s flexible enough to work for all players
It’s very difficult for NJ online casinos to come up with promotions with across the board appeal to a very diverse group of players, but in this case, Tropicana Online Casino may have succeeded. Small players frequently find themselves shut out of some excellent bonus opportunities they would love to take advantage of because the deposit and wagering requirements are too high. However, they won’t encounter that problem here.
No deposit at all is required to participate, and as long as you can afford to wager at least $50 on at least one of the four days of the promotion, you’re entered in the drawing. Then, if you win a bonus money prize, you get the chance to wager it with the casino’s money, not your own, So even if you don’t win, it’s a risk-free bet.
Meanwhile, larger bettors will welcome the opportunity to earn additional entries. Many players should have no problem wagering the $250 per day needed to earn up to 20 drawing entries.
No player can earn more than five entries per day
On the other hand, by limiting the number of entries per person to just five per day, Tropicana has made an admirable effort to level the playing field sufficiently to give all players a fair chance to win. This is not the case in prize drawings where the amount of play determines how many entries one has, but no limit is set. Drawings of that nature strongly favor the casino’s biggest bettors and leave everybody else with little chance to win.
Opportunity to play any game you wish
Tropicana is not restricting your game choice in any way. So you are completely free to play whatever games you want. All games count 100 percent both towards earning entries in the drawing and clearing the bonus.
Chance to win a big bonus
Unlike some of this casino’s other prize drawings, where the best one could hope for is $20 or less, this one offers some very impressive prizes. Even though you can only wager the bonus once and can only keep the winnings, a $500 bonus, $100 bonus, or even a $50 bonus is capable of returning a substantial profit. While similar results with only a $10 or $20 bonus are highly improbable, they are not impossible.
In any case, once you get the bonus, you can’t lose!
In the worst-case scenario, you either don’t win a bonus or you bet it and lose. But since you would be making that bet with the casino’s money and not your own, it costs you nothing. Traditional bonuses that come with steep wagering requirements are far from risk-free because, in order to clear the bonus, sooner or later, you will almost inevitably have to dip into your own bankroll. That can’t possibly happen here. Whether the outcome of the drawing and subsequent wagering, if applicable, turn out in your favor or not, you will at least walk away with the same amount of money in your account that you have just before the drawing.
The bottom line
As you can see, even if participating in this promotion doesn’t result in a win, it’s no big deal. But you could be a double winner–first from your play during Labor Day Weekend and later from getting a bonus, betting it, and winning more.
That’s how a bonus from Tropicana can make Labor Day weekend even more fun!