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2. Earn rewards for every hand you play
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Poker rooms at brick and mortar casinos typically only reward comp dollars and freerolls based on play in cash games, not tournaments. However, 888Poker players earn Reward Points and Status Points for both.
The more you play, the more rewards you receive. However, small players are appreciated and rewarded, too.
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Special offers for new players
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Additional terms and conditions
Players who claim the bonus from 888Poker are not eligible for another sign-up bonus from the casino.
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Additional wagering requirements apply. See the 888Poker website for details.
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Each player is entitled to only one Welcome Bonus.
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Special offers for existing 888Poker players
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Reward Points and Status Points: 888Poker NJ Online
All real money bets on 888Poker–in both cash games and tournaments–earn you Reward Points, which you can accumulate and convert into cashback. The conversion rate is $10 cashback for every 1,000 Reward Points.
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888Poker Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Freerolls
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With that goal in mind, 888 has already taken some major steps by adding to its already impressive portfolio 28 new slot games whose entertainment level is so spectacular it is off the charts.
What makes the new 888 slot collection special
888 has always been a casino that doesn’t just care about the quantity of games it offers but also the quality. It would never pad the site with run of the mill slots just to boast about how many there are. Instead, this NJ gambling website only deals with top of the line manufacturers and products.
More specifically, 888 has now turned to the world’s leading slot manufacturers like NetEnt and NYX Interactive, to supply its newest games. This is important because both brands are synonymous not only with the best in cutting edge online slot technology, state-of-the-art entertainment, and immersive gameplay but also some of the highest returning slots available to NJ players.
Whereas many other new slots might grab frequent players’ attention initially but fail to live up to their hype and turn out to offer little that is different, the new slots at 888 Casino will exceed your expectations. You’ll be amazed by all the unique features that make each one unlike any other games you have played. But even if slots are not your usual go-to game, once you take a look at 888’s latest offerings, you’ll be eager to try them.
Something for everyone
Of course, different players have very different tastes in games. That is why NetEnt and NYX Interactive offer slots encompassing a tremendous variety of themes, special features, and ways to win. This variety is well represented in the selection you can choose from at 888 Casino. It includes the five games described below and many more.
If you love the board game Monopoly, you may love the slot game Monopoly 250K by SG Digital even more. It’s called that because the maximum payout is indeed $250,000. But even if you don’t win the Super Jackpot, you’ll be astounded by how many other ways there are to win in this game.
For example, there is a Chance symbol and Mystery symbol and a Community Chest bonus that lets you pick a card for a win multiplier. Or you can land on the Big Wheel bonus and spin the wheel one time to see what your prize will be. It could be any of the following: a Free Parking Bonus, Railroad Bonus, Electric Company Bonus, or even a Go to Jail Bonus! Or you could win a cash prize like the $120 I won on a $6 bet on my fifth spin in demo mode.
- 25 reels / 40 fixed paylines
- Bets: 40 cents to $100
- RTP: 95.39 percent
- Based on the popular Monopoly board game
- Wild symbol with special features
- Big Wheel bonus
- $250K maximum payout!
Did you see the 2004 comedy film Anchorman starring Will Ferrell? If you did, you will surely enjoy the Anchorman slot game from Bally’s that’s based on the film. It has the same hilarious characters (Anchorman Ron Burgundy and his TV news team) as the film plus footage from the film.
The nonstop action will keep you glued to the screen. But most importantly, between a wild symbol, scatter symbol, bonus features galore, and four possible jackpots waiting to be won, the money-making potential this game offers is huge.
For example, just before any given spin during the base game, the reels might randomly reset to Mystery Stack Reels, with replacement symbols with bigger payouts, or Ron Reels, with fewer symbols so the odds of winning are better.
On the Baxter Wilds feature, 2-10 wild symbols get randomly placed on reels 2-5. Other special bonus features include Ron’s Giant Free Games and Whammy, with 6 or 12 free spins, respectively, the Sex Panther Pick Feature, and the opportunity to spin Brick’s Weather Wheel for a big cash prize.
But that’s not all. If three bonus symbols land anywhere on reels 2, 3, and 4, you get to spin the Big Bonus wheel, where you could win one of the following: a 500-1,000x bet multiplier, a Nice Jackpot, Very Nice Jackpot, or Really Good Jackpot!
- 5 reels / 25 fixed paylines
- Bets: 75 cents to $150
- RTP: 96.00 percent
- Based on the 2004 comedy film with the same title
- Bonus features galore
- Big Bonus wheel with a chance to win a 500-1,000x bet multiplier or a Nice, Very Nice, or Really Good jackpot
Leonidas King of the Spartans
How about taking a trip all the way back in time to ancient Greece? In case you didn’t see the blockbuster movie 300 or your knowledge of ancient history could use some brushing up, here’s some background information. Leonidas was the famous warrior king who led his 300 Spartan warriors to an upset victory over the mighty Persian army back in 480 BC.
Now you can get in the action yourself in the slot game Leonidas King of the Spartans by NYX. Join the legendary warrior in his fight for righteousness, glory, and gold and try to come out victorious, too.
A rugged mountain top and tumultuous bloody red sky set the stage for the fierce action taking place on the battlefield. And with all the opportunities for bonuses that can add big winnings to your own arsenal, you won’t want to miss a second of the excitement.
But be forewarned. If you’re looking for a peaceful, relaxing, relatively quiet slot, this is definitely not it! You’ll hear Leonidas shout his famous battle cry: “This is Sparta!” and thuds and bangs figure prominently in the soundtrack.
This is a battle like no other. Forget strategic planning because if luck is on your side, you never know what advantageous opportunity might strike next. Some of the bonus features include Wild Group Leonidas Wins, Random Leonidas Wins, and a Free Spins Battle Feature triggered by Queen Goro. In the latter, if either Leonidas himself or one of his two captains land on the reels you will trigger the Free Spins Battle Spartan Wilds All you can do is hope and pray that some of their warriors survive the ensuing arrow attack. If they do, they leave locked wilds!
- 5 reels / 40 fixed paylines
- Bets: 40 cents to $200
- RTP: 94.25 percent
- Based on the blockbuster film 300 depicting the epic battle where King Leonidas led his 300 Spartan warriors to victory over Persia
- Bonus features galore
The NetEnt game Vikings offers a totally different but no less exciting slot experience. Based on the popular Vikings TV series on the History Channel, this Nordic themed slot is perfect for fans of ocean adventures. Let Ramar Lothbrok, Lagertha, and the other Viking heroes from the TV show and special features like Raid Spins symbols, Hotspots, and the Shield Wall Feature help you build your empire.
Like most slot games, the Viking base game consists of five reels and three rows. But instead of a fixed number of paylines, it’s a 243 ways to win game.
The setting for the game is a seashore where the Vikings have landed to embark on the raids. The symbols on the screen look ominous and foreboding. But these Vikings are fearless so that and the eerie and suspenseful soundtrack accompanying the action are to be expected.
- Hot Spots
When a fully stacked Viking symbol lands in the Hot Spot area on reel 3, all other Viking symbols appearing outside of the Hot Spot are transformed into that symbol, too, with the potential for significant wins.
- Shield Wall Feature
In both the main game and Raid Spins, random areas of the reels may display a cluster of mystery symbols turning otherwise non-winning spins into winners.
- Raid Spins
You need three Raid Spins to land on reels 3, 4, and 5 in the main game to activate Raid Spin. That’s when the screen suddenly becomes a massive 7-reels, 5 rows, 78,125 ways to win playing area. A single spin could produce winnings of up to 10,000x your bet size!
- 5 reels / 243 ways to win
- 7 reels and 78,125 ways to win in the Raid Spins feature
- Bets: 20 cents to $100
- RTP: 96.05 percent
- Based on the Vikings TV series
- Nordic theme
- Action-packed slot with supersize win potential
Scudamore’s Super Stakes
Surely reading about all of these fantastic slots is already giving you an adrenaline rush. And you haven’t even started playing yet! But first, I’m “champing at the bit” to tell you about another great game that 888 Casino has added called Scudamore’s Super Stakes. This slot is also from NetEnt.
Scudamore’s Super Stakes is named after former UK champion jockey Peter Scudamore who, in fact, had a hand in developing this game. The setting for the game is a thoroughbred race track.
Going to the racetrack, picking which horse you think will win each race, then betting on it and rooting for it to cross the finish line first is so much fun I’m surprised it has taken as long as it has to recreate the experience in a superior slot game. But now that NetEnt has done it, why not make up for lost time and play this super exciting video slot today. Anyone who is already a fan of the sport of kings will love this game. Those who have never been to a racetrack will be converted into overnight horse racing fans, too.
The higher paying regular symbols are the same four horses entered in the race, while playing cards constitute the lower paying symbols. Peter Scudamore is the game’s wild symbol while a gold cup trophy is the scatter symbol.
Scudamore’s Super Stakes does not offer any progressive jackpot. But with a Return to Player (RTP) over 96 percent and a maximum payout of 5,000x your betting stake, it doesn’t need one. If you can afford the $100 maximum bet, you could win up to $500,000 on a single spin!
- Random Wilds
During the base game, 2-5 horseshoe symbols might appear randomly on the reels, instantly transforming any symbols they land on into wild symbols.
- Bet Slip
Before each spin during the base game, if you wish, you can make an optional side bet on a Bet Slip. The side bet can be any amount from 80 cents to $80.
- Peter’s Classic Cup Bonus Feature
On any given spin during the base game, if three scatter symbols simultaneously appear anywhere on reels 1, 3, and 5, that triggers the Peter’s Classic Cup bonus feature. You will know instantly because the screen gets transformed from the previous 5 reels, 3 rows, 20 paylines layout into 5 reels, 4 rows, and 32 paylines.
Your task, of course, is to pick the winner of the race. But, luckily for you, it should be a lot easier than trying to do the same at the racetrack, as there are only four horses competing (the same four horses that serve as regular symbols in the base game). Here are your choices:
Tin Foil Hat: Blue jockey silks, paying 50x your bet
Gonzo’s Quest: Green jockey silks, paying 100x your bet
Berry Max: Purple jockey silks, paying 500x your bet
Divine Fortune: Red jockey silks, paying 5,000x your bet
By the way, the horses are named after other NetEnt slot games.
Here’s how the race works. On each winning spin, the horse associated with the same color as the winning symbol advances one spot. The winner of the race is the first horse to advance four spots.
Barb’s Best Bet
It takes a truly special slot to make the cut as a Barb’s Best Bet, and Scudamore’s Super Stakes is one of them. Read my full review of this superior slot game here.
- 5 reels / 20 paylines
- Bets: 10 cents to $100
- RTP: 96.11 percent
- Horse racing theme
- Wild and scatter symbols plus Random Wilds feature and bet slip side bet option in the base game
- Peter’s Classic Cup with the opportunity to bet on your favorite horse and win 50 to 5,000 your betting stake
888 Slots Summary
This article picks up where my March 9, 2018 post “Sleeping Giant 888 Casino in New Jersey Roars to Life” and my April 24, 2018 post “888 Casino Continues To Build Up Its Giant Collection” left off. Not content with simply adding all of the top of the line slots from top manufacturers it did then, 888 is picking up the pace and expanding its offerings even more. In other words, anytime there’s a new online slot game on the market worth playing, there’s a good chance 888 will carry it. And for your added convenience, all of these outstanding slots are playable not only on your computer but also on iOS or Android mobile devices.
Full list of 28 most recently added online slots at 888 Casino
Here is the complete list of 28 recently added slots. Look it over and choose the ones that appeal to you most.
New Games Full List for PC and Mobile:
- Angels Touch
- Astro Cat
- Football Champions Cup
- Golden Grimoire
- King of Macedonia
- King’s Honour
- La Bomba
- Leonidas King of the Spartans
- Monopoly 250K
- Quick Hit Super Wheel
- Respin Rhino
- Robin Hood Prince of Tweets
- Scudamore’s Super Stakes
- Sheik Yer Money
- Space Wars
- Serengeti Lions Stellar Jackpots
- Strolling Staxx
- Temple of Nudge
- Ultimate Texas Hold’em
- Wild O Tron 3000
- Wild Streets
- Wild Worlds
- Zeus 3
But don’t forget, 888 promises to continue adding new games next month and every month thereafter, too. At 888 Online Casino, NJ players will never run out of great games to play.
Long holiday weekends like Valentine’s and President’s Day Weekend can be wonderful for some, but a bummer for others. But the NJ online casino slot game I’m recommending here called Cool Jewels is as far from ho-hum as you can get. This game has good luck written all over it.
Can you imagine feasting your eyes on a stunning array of different color jewels that sparkle against the backdrop of an eerily calm polar scene? Since there are so many of them, all looking like they would cost an arm and leg, you wonder where they could have possibly come from, only to be privy to an even more amazing sight.
The spectacle is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before–whole clusters of these cool jewels suddenly exploding into smithereens, yet leaving in their wake a mountain of cash that no one can lay their hands on but you.
Once you start playing the hot slot game called Cool Jewels, instead of imagining all of the above, this is indeed the chain of events that you’re likely to see repeatedly unfold in front of you.
What makes Cool Jewels a Best Bet?
Cool Jewels is completely different from any slot game you have ever played on any other NJ gambling websites before. That’s why whenever your mood can use a little cheering up, it’s a perfect choice.
Even when only a slot game that is certain to grab and keep your attention will do, you can count on Cool Jewels to not disappoint.
Initially, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted this Best Bet choice to be a slot with a theme relating to that holiday. But none of the many slots I looked at with hearts, flowers, or diamonds in the title made the cut.
Then I stumbled on Cool Jewels and thought what a cool title that is. Maybe that’s the Best Bet I was searching for that had eluded me.
So I opened the game, saw it has a most impressive 96.1 percent return to player (RTP), read the description, and started playing.
My search was over. Even though the holiday is now behind us, I don’t think it matters. Cool Jewels is Barb’s Best Bet.
How Cool Jewels differs from most online slots
The overwhelming majority of slots have the same predictable format. Three rows, five reels, and a designated number of paylines. However, the Cool Jewels slot game uses no paylines at all.
Instead, all of the symbols appear on a 6×6 grid comprised of six rows and six reels.
Many ways to win in NJ
Another important difference is in the way payouts are determined. When playing this game, forget everything you know about the traditional criteria of needing three or more adjacent symbols starting with the reel farthest to the left.
Cool Jewels uses an innovative Exploding Pays engine to generate winning combinations.
In order to get a winning combination, four or more identical symbols must appear adjacently (horizontally and/or vertically). Where in the grid this happens doesn’t matter, and often there will be multiple winning combinations simultaneously.
Multiple large clusters of identical symbols are precisely what you want to see because that means bigger winnings.
Sometimes a gem that is part of a winning combination will have a 10x multiplier symbol on it. When that happens, the size of your win will be multiplied by 10!
Brace yourself for a wild ride
But wait. We’re just getting started. Every time you get a winning combination, all of the jewels that are part of it explode and get replaced by new symbols, which can also form winning combinations.
Furthermore, because this game also has four different types of wild symbols, things can start to get really wild. The wild symbols not only perform the same function usually associated with wild symbols of substituting for other symbols to help form additional winning combinations; they do much more.
They can also destroy other symbols, leaving behind lots of empty spaces soon occupied by new symbols that produce new wins.
Of course, Cool Jewels has a scatter symbol, too. You need four or more on the same spin to trigger the potentially highly lucrative Free Spins Bonus. However, it’s not as easy as you may think.
Whereas in most slot games, three scatter symbols anywhere on the reels will suffice to activate the bonus round, here you need at least four, all of which must line up in such a way that they face destruction.
On both the left and right sides of the grid, you will find a meter. The meter on the left side shows what each symbol will pay when it forms a particular winning combination. The meter on the right side shows the number of available free spins.
But with the action in this NJ mobile casino game as fast and furious as it is, if you’re looking at anything besides what’s happening to the cool jewels on the screen, it probably won’t be the two meters.
It will be the increasing size of your playing stake.
If you ever played Candy Crush on social media or Bejeweled, a slot game with arcade game features, then you might have some idea what to expect in the Cool Jewels slot game. Or maybe not.
Whatever description of this game you conjure up based on other games you played or you read here or anywhere else online can’t possibly do it justice. You have to experience this unique game for yourself to fully appreciate it.
Powered by WMS
Cool Jewels is a product of WMS Gaming. This is the same slot manufacturer behind another recent Barb’s Best Bet: Super Jackpot Party, along with a host of other familiar slot titles like Reel ‘Em In, Monopoly, Star Trek, Men in Black, and many more.
WMS first made a name for itself in arcade games and land-based slots. However, starting in 2010, the company has shifted its focus to online slots.
WMS merged with and became a subsidiary of Scientific Games in 2013. The company is now an international conglomerate, servicing not only the US, but also other big gambling markets such as the UK, Spain, and Australia.
WMS is highly regarded in the online slots industry and especially noted for its ability to consistently come up with innovative game designs, superior graphics, and entertaining special features without sacrificing game quality.
That’s what makes this elite slot designer and manufacturer’s games a favorite with many players in New Jersey and round the world.
A wide range of bet sizes
Another important plus that the Cool Jewels slot game has to offer is a very wide range of bet sizes.
- The minimum bet per spin is only 50 cents, while the maximum is $200.
- This game is perfect for all but the smallest of bettors all the way up to high rollers.
- Adjusting your bets to whatever size within this huge range suits you best is easy.
- Simply start with 50 cents as the base bet per spin.
- If you want to bet more, increase the multiplier until you reach the desired level.
For example, a multiplier of 10 will make the bet size for each spin $5. If you wish, you can increase the multiplier all the way up to 400x the base bet. That will make the cost of each spin $200, the maximum bet possible.
Outstanding RTP combined with medium volatility
We already mentioned that the published RTP for Cool Jewels is 96.10 percent. However, this is the theoretical rate of return on your dollar based on many thousands of sessions, so individual session results can vary considerably from this figure in either direction. That’s why it’s important, regardless of what kinds of stakes you play for, to have a bankroll you have set aside for slot play that can accommodate that bet size even when you’re not having good luck.
But what makes Cool Jewels much better than most slots is that the high RTP translates into more frequent payouts and a better chance of winning or, at worst, not depleting your entire stake. Because this game is highly entertaining, you will almost certainly want to play a while rather than cut your session shortly abruptly out of fear of losing too much. Cool Jewels is a game where you can enjoy extended playing time with no worries.
The medium volatility of this game also helps provide the right balance, often missing in slot games, to keep the game from being either too risky for comfort or so devoid of risk that play becomes boring. On the one hand, huge negative swings you can’t possibly bounce back from are highly unlikely, but on the other hand, the size of the payouts vary enough to keep the game interesting.
Which NJ gambling websites offer Cool Jewels?
You can play Cool Jewels anywhere in New Jersey either on your computer or your mobile device. The game should work on any current iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.
Here is a list of all of the NJ gambling websites that offer Cool Jewels.
Cool Jewels symbols: A closer look
Many slot games have only a handful of symbols. So it doesn’t take long at all to memorize them and distinguish the higher paying ones from the lower paying ones. In one respect that’s good because it simplifies the game considerably. But the small number of symbols and similarity in results spin after spin not only limit the number of different ways you can win, but after a while, make the game predictable and boring.
Predictable and boring are two words that don’t belong in any sentence pertaining to the slot game Cool Jewels.
Don’t even try to memorize all the different colors, sizes, and shapes of the symbols in Cool Jewels because it’s an impossible task. The jewels come in a wide variety of colors, including red, yellow, turquoise, pink, blue, and green.
But even gems of the same color can be different in other ways. Looking at the dazzling display on the screen, you might think you see a winning combination that really isn’t because, in one way or another, the adjacent gems are not completely identical.
A winning combination is generated when four like symbols, with or without the help of a wild symbol, land horizontally or vertically adjacent to one another on the reels. If any symbol in the group bears the 10x designation, a 10x multiplier is applied to the payout.
Wins occur frequently in this game, but obviously, not on every spin. On non-winning spins, soothing and relaxing music plays in the background and all is quiet otherwise.
But don’t let it lull you into falling asleep, as the upcoming fireworks, which could start any minute, are far too spectacular to miss.
Most games, if they have a wild symbol at all, it is only one. However, Cool Jewels has four different types of wild symbols:
- Persisting wilds
- Unstable wilds
- Shocking wilds
- Shattering wilds
All of the wild symbols substitute for any other symbol except the scatter symbol to help form winning combinations. However, each different type of wild symbol can also perform its own special functions.
In this game, wild symbols can only appear on reels 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Whenever two like wild symbols land next to each other, they activate a persistent or locked wild. The wild symbol remains in play, cascading down to the bottom row of the grid, and all the while creating new winning combinations.
Shocking, Shattering, and Unstable wilds
Each of these wild symbols has its own special capability to destroy other symbols. However, when a pair of two different wild symbols from this group land horizontally adjacent to each other, their powers are further enhanced. See the Special Features section for a description of what these enhancements are and how they work.
Unstable wilds are represented by a pink star. Activated unstable wilds will destroy any symbols that surround them.
Shocking wilds are represented by a green star. When this symbol is activated, will destroy any symbol that is diagonal to its center.
Shattering wilds are represented by a blue star. An activated shattering wild symbol will destroy any symbols that are horizontal or vertical from the wild symbol’s center.
The symbol with the Cool Jewels logo serves as the game’s scatter symbol. If four or more get destroyed by a wild symbol pursuant to a given spin in the base game, it will trigger the Free Spins Feature described below.
Cool Jewels Special Features
Cool Jewels is loaded with special features. These multiple exciting extras not only make the game very entertaining but give you many more ways to win.
Cascading Reels feature
When four or more regular symbols appear together to form a winning combination, these symbols explode, only to be replaced by other symbols. This sometimes sets in motion a sequence of cascading wins leading to even more consecutive wins, all on the same spin.
In addition, frequently during the course of this game, wild symbols will become exploding wilds. Once they start blasting other symbols, all of the empty spaces that are left behind only stay empty momentarily.
They get quickly filled with new symbols, which can then form more winning combinations. If they do, they explode as well, and the process repeats itself. The series of explosions and cascades can continue for quite a while, during which time the win meter keeps rising.
When two different types of wild symbols appear next to each other horizontally, the pay level increases. In addition, depending on which wild symbols make up the pair, it will trigger one of the following enhancement features:
- Unstable and Shattering Wild: These two symbols appearing together create a pink watermark, destroying all regular symbols in its path.
- Unstable and Shocking Wild: These two symbols appearing together create a green watermark, destroying all regular symbols in its path.
- Shattering and Shocking Wild: These two symbols appearing together create a blue watermark. After destroying all regular symbols in its path, each destroyed symbol will be paid at 10x the normal rate. Any destroyed symbols already marked “Premium 10x” will produce payments of 100x what they would pay otherwise.
Free Spins Feature
When four or more Cool Jewels logo symbols get destroyed, it triggers the Free Spins feature. The number of free spins you get depends on how many destroyed scatter symbols there are, as indicated below:
- 4 scatter symbols: 8 free spins
- 5 scatter symbols: 10 free spins
- 6 scatter symbols: 15 free spins
- 7 scatter symbols: 20 free spins
For each additional destroyed Cool Jewels logo symbol, you are awarded an additional 5 free spins.
While occasionally, you will get a relatively large payout during the base game, it is during the free spins, that you are likely to rack up your biggest wins. The minimum amount you can win during the Free Spins feature is 10x your bet. The Free Spins feature can also be retriggered.
How I fared playing Cool Jewels
I played the game in demo mode betting $5 per spin. In both playing sessions, payouts during the base game were frequent, but mostly for small amounts (less than my bet size). However, I did get enough larger payouts to keep me from ever falling too far behind, including a couple over $100.
I also triggered the Free Spins bonus round in both playing sessions, winning 8 free spins each time. The first time I won $364, the second time $173.
I also tried the game one time in demo mode with a $10 bet. However, after a half hour of play, I didn’t trigger any free spins and finished the session with a small loss.
The bottom line
Cool Jewels is an ideal choice for anyone who might be tired of the usual slot game format and eager to try something very different. If you’re looking for a slot game that is not overly complicated, but never boring, look no further.
As long as you pick a bet size that makes sense for your budget and playing style, the high RTP should keep you in the game for a reasonable length of time with no worries.
Cascading reels, exploding wilds, and the potentially highly lucrative, re-triggerable free spins feature, not only make this slot game amazingly entertaining but give you many ways to win and keep winning.
With sports fans ready for the biggest football game of the season, a variety of New Jersey gambling websites are getting in on the action.
This week, 888 Sportsbook has thrown a proverbial Hail Mary with a trio of treats. Dubbed the Double Celebration, this promotion is your chance to win a share of $1,500 twice a day until Super Bowl Sunday.
In the spirit of all things football, the bonus gods at 888 online are giving you the chance to make your own plays.
Although they aren’t as elaborate as the ones the Rams and Patriots will make on Feb. 3, they can be tailored to your needs.
In other words, you can choose the offer that suits you and your playing style.
Three ways to win at 888 this week
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- Deposit $20+ using the bonus code WIN20 to receive a poker bonus.
- Deposit $20+ using the bonus code CHAMP to receive a sports betting bonus.
Each code can be used twice each day during the promotional period. This means you can collect up to six bonuses every day. What’s more, each one is worth up to $500.
In theory, that makes it possible to collect as much as $3,000 in a single day.
Now, here’s the rub: You never know what you’re going to get when you make a play. Just as the NFL’s finest will be relying on a dose of good fortune during Super Bowl 53, your payouts will be determined, in part, by lady luck.
Make a play and let lady luck reward you
What we mean by this is that each promo code will unlock a deposit boost worth between 10% and 100% of the amount you credit to your account. For example, after entering the code CHAMP and depositing $50, the pointer randomly stops on 20%.
In practice, this would earn you a $10 bonus (20% of $50 = $10). Suppose you made the same play later that day but the multiplier moved to 100%, you’d receive an extra $50.
This element of uncertainty is what makes this promotion interesting and, in turn, potentially lucrative. By leaving your fate up to the bonus gods and not on the amount you’re able to deposit, it gives everyone an equal chance of winning big.
Naturally, if you score a touchdown or two during this promo, there are some wagering conditions to satisfy. Unsurprisingly, each offer has its own set of conditions:
- Poker Bonus Funds: Clear your funds by wagering the bonus amount 30X within seven days.
- Casino Bonus Funds: Clear your funds by wagering the bonus amount 30X within seven days.
- Free Sports Bet: Bonus bet remains as pending until you wager its amount 6X within seven days on propositions with odds of -200 or higher.
The offer that’s open to all
One final caveat that’s worth noting here is that each bonus can be claimed on top of any welcome bonuses. To put it another way, you could use our secure sign-up link to get $10 free and an online casino deposit bonus worth up to $600 when you create your first account at 888 Sport.
Once activated, you can then collect one or more of the above offers. That means you can scoop some serious bonus cash ahead of the Super Bowl.
Of course, while that’s great news in isolation, it’s also worth knowing because Super Bowl 2019 is going to be a hive of betting activity.
With New Jersey’s finest all wanting to offer the best odds, you’ll find plenty of value inside 888sport. By using the above bonuses, you’re essentially putting yourself in a no-lose position.
Yes, you’ll need to make a few deposits and meet the wagering conditions. However, with a sensible strategy, you can unlock some gratis credits which you can then use to bet on the Super Bowl.
If you can manage that, you’re essentially betting on one of the biggest events of the year for free. Regardless of your experience or the size of your bankroll, that’s an offer you simply can’t afford to ignore!
Online casino promotions can come and go, but some things remain a constant.
Thanks to NJ gambling websites, we put together a selection of deals that will never grow old.
Designed for those who have yet to sample the wonders of a particular online casino, exclusive deposit bonuses allow new players to reap more rewards.
To see what we are talking about, we’ve compiled a rundown of the best NJ online casino bonus codes of 2019.
Caesars Casino: All hail the deposit bonus king
With 480+ games to choose from, Caesars Casino is already a great place to play. However, to make playtime even sweeter, we’ve got the following freebies for you.
First off, when you sign up using Caesars bonus code PLAYFREE25, you’ll receive a $25 no-deposit bonus. These funds are playable on any real-money game during your first seven days at Caesars.
Anything you win from your no-deposit bonus is yours to keep once you meet the playthrough requirement. To do that, you can wager 1x on slots, 2x on video poker or 5x on other games.
Beyond the $25 freebie, you’ll receive a 100 percent deposit-match bonus worth up to $300 when you credit your account for the first time.
As with the above reward, you’ll need to meet the wagering requirement before you can withdraw the free funds and any associated winnings. In this instance, you’ll have seven days to wager your deposit plus bonus amount 5x on slots, 10x on video poker or 25x on any other games.
SugarHouse Casino: A sweet offer for novices
On initial inspection, the welcome bonus at SugarHouse online casino may not look as sweet Caesars’. However, this offer has hidden depths novices will love.
When you input the promo code PLAYNJ, you’ll activate an exclusive welcome reward.
Once live, this bonus will apply a 100 percent multiplier to your first deposit up to $250. For example, if you credited your account with $100, you’d receive an extra $100 in bonus cash.
Now, as you can see, the maximum payout at SugarHouse is lower than what you can get at Caesars Casino. However, this deal comes into its own when you consider the playthrough.
At just 1x, these conditions are perfect for casuals and low-stakes players. What’s more, you’ll have 14 days to meet this target by playing slots or video poker.
Even though table games are not part of the list, these extremely fair conditions are the reason this is a real treat for newbies.
Golden Nugget Casino: One for the high rollers
For the ultimate welcome bonus for high rollers, head to Golden Nugget.
Of course, this isn’t to say you can’t get some added value if you play for modest stakes. However, this offer gives nosebleed grinders more bang for their buck. Regarding specifics, you’ll receive $20 free once you create your first account using the Golden Nugget casino bonus code PLAY20.
From there, you’ll get a 100 percent deposit bonus worth up to $1,500. That’s right; you’ll be able to bank a four-figure sum if you’ve got the necessary funds.
Naturally, being a big bonus, you’ll need to deposit at least $30 to activate it. What’s more, you’ll have to wager your bonus and deposit amount 10x.
Fortunately, you’ve got 30 days to meet that playthrough requirement and slots have a 100 percent weighting contribution. So, if you’re a high-volume player, this is undoubtedly a welcome reward worth claiming.
Virgin Casino: The no-lose newbie offer
For a first deposit bonus with a difference, Virgin Casino is the place to play.
When you create an account and input the code 25BUCKS and receive $25 free before you make a deposit.
This cash will have a 1x playthrough target with a deadline of 30 days. One point to note is you can only withdraw your bonus winnings once you’ve met the playthrough and made a minimum deposit of $10.
After banking some free credits, the second part of this bonus should help offset bad luck. Instead of giving you XX amount of bonus cash based on the size of your deposit, Virgin Casino will write off any losses up to $100.
Valid for seven days, this offer applies to your net losses which, at Virgin Casino defines as your total bets minus your total wins. So, after seven days, if your total stake is more than your total win, you’ll have a net loss.
At this point, Virgin Casino will give you back up to $100 in funds that can be cashed out subject to a minimum withdrawal of $10.
Betfair Casino: The big one
Like Golden Nugget, Betfair Casino has angled its opening offer toward big money players.
Again, you don’t have to play for high stakes to get some extra credits. However, if you’ve got more to spend, this NJ online casino bonus is designed to give you maximum value.
Using the promo code PLAY30, you’ll receive a $30 no-deposit bonus that you can’t withdraw, but you can use to play real-money games for 60 days. Anything you win with your bonus can be withdrawn once you deposit at least $10.
By the time it comes to making a deposit, a credit match up to $2,500 will be yours. As you’d expect, you’ll need to work slightly harder to release these funds. In fact, the playthrough is the highest of all our top picks at 20x.
The good thing, however, is that you’ll have 90 days to hit your target. What’s more, all games count to varying degrees: slots are 100 percent weighting, roulette is 50 percent weighting and other games are 10 percent weighting.
888 Casino: The triple delight
The final welcome bonus you can bag in 2019 is 888 Casino’s three-part offer. While there’s no bonus code needed to get a freebie from 888 NJ online casino, signing up at 888 will get you an email containing instructions on how to collect your three payments.
The first payment is a $25 no-deposit bonus that consists of free play credits for casino games and poker. Beyond that, your first deposit of $10+ then is boosted by a 50 percent multiplier up to $1,000.
If that’s not enough, you’ll receive a second 50 percent deposit bonus worth up to $1,000. That’s a total of $2,025 in potential value when you join the gaming site that’s all about the eights.
To release any bonus funds and winnings, you’ll have to wager 30x each bonus amount within 60 days. As ever, slots have a 100 percent weighting, while roulette and blackjack are set at 20 percent and 10 percent, respectively.
As you can see, there’s plenty of added value out there for newbies. Regardless of the other promotions taking place throughout 2019, you can always rely on these bonuses to give you a little bit extra when you try out NJ gambling websites’ top-rated sites for the first time.
The new year is a time for fresh starts and 888 Casino is giving you an opportunity with a selection of reload bonuses.
Refreshing and reviving your account at the perfect time, this 888 online casino promo is one where everyone can enjoy some added value. If you are ready to reload and revitalize your fortunes this week, you’ll have to make a deposit. It’s that simple.
Smoothing out 888 Casino’s bonus tapestry
Those of you that already like the look of this tapestry, these are the wrinkles you’ll need to smooth out if you want to get up to $2,019 in bonus cash.
However, the central premise is you have to add some funds to your 888 Casino account between now and 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, Jan. 6.
To enter the promotion:
- Deposit at least $30 before the closing date using the casino bonus code NEW19.
- Use the deposit/promo code up to twice per day during the promotional period.
- All reload bonuses are subject to a 30x playthrough.
- Any playthrough conditions must be satisfied within seven days of receiving your bonus.
- You can claim a maximum of 19 reload bonuses during the promotional period (a maximum of two per day).
The only other layer you need to be aware of is the amount you’ll receive is not set in stone. In the spirit of mystery and intrigue, 888 NJ online casino will apply one of three multipliers to your deposit.
For those who like to know what they’re getting and when they’re getting it, this will sound like a disaster. However, in our opinion, it’s this element of uncertainty that makes the promotion interesting.
Deposit your money and take a chance
Unsurprisingly, the smaller the multiplier, the greater the chance of it appearing.
To show you what we mean, here’s an overview of the potential multipliers, how often they appear and what the maximum amount you can claim is:
- A 5 percent reload bonus = 75 percent chance of occurring and a maximum bonus of $50.
- A 50 percent reload bonus = 20 percent chance of occurring and a maximum bonus of $100.
- A 100 percent reload bonus = five percent chance of occurring and a maximum bonus of $1,009.50.
The final layer of this promotion we need to tell you is that certain games have different wagering contributions. Before we delve into this a bit more, here are the contribution weightings you need to be aware of:
- Slots, video slots, arcade, dice and all other games not listed below: 100 percent
- All versions of roulette, triple card poker, and poker table games: 20 percent
- All versions of blackjack and video poker: 10 percent
Enjoy the latest slots for free with your reload bonus
Those with a keen eye will see that video slots have a 100 percent weighting, which means every dollar you wager will help clear your bonus.
That’s great news as it’s possible to place hundreds of bets per hour on all video slots. However, what makes it even better in this instance is 888Casino recently added a host of new titles.
When you scroll through the slots lobby, you’ll see new additions such as King Kong Fury, Fu Dao Le and 88 Fortunes alongside established spinners like Starburst and Planet of the Apes.
In comparative terms, 888Casino has one of the best gaming lobbies in New Jersey. Its working relationships with top developers, which includes NetEnt and its software team, brings a diverse gaming selection to 888Casino.
Indeed, even without the ability to create its unique games, the association with NetEnt alone is enough to raise this site above the crowd.
Therefore, if you can pick up a reload reward between now and Jan. 6, you’ll have plenty of ways to use your newfound wealth.
Join 888 Casino to get more from your time online
Of course, if you’re not already a member of 888 Casino, this offer won’t be of much use because it’s designed for those who have already claimed the welcome bonus.
If you are entering the new year as an 888 Casino newbie, you’ll need to look elsewhere for some added value. Fortunately, you won’t need to look any further than our 888 online casino review.
As well as breaking down of the finer points of the site, our review contains a secure sign-up link. Using this, you’ll receive $25 free. In practice, this means you’ll gain some free credits even before you’ve made a payment to your account.
Once you’ve used those funds, your first deposit will be enhanced with a 50 percent multiplier up to $1,000. Unlike the current promo, that amount is guaranteed.
So if you’re playing at 888 Casino for the first time, this is a deal you can’t ignore.
NJ gambling websites are willing to go to great lengths to attract new players. However, it may be surprising to see the even greater lengths NJ gambling websites will go to keep them.
NJ online casinos are doing more than just giving away free bonus cash for something as simple as signing up for an account. They’re offering huge amounts of free bonus cash for those players willing to take the extra step of making a deposit.
The first deposit bonus at NJ gambling websites
In fact, almost all of the Garden State’s online casinos offer something called a first deposit match bonus that does just that.
Of course, like always, there is one catch. These first deposit-match bonuses have some wagering requirements attached. But that simply means players will need to gamble with the money before they can withdraw any winnings.
Other than that, there are no strings attached. While NJ online casinos are strict about the wagering requirements, that doesn’t mean they can’t be met.
How do first-time depositors get their hands on this free bonus cash the NJ gambling websites are giving away?
By simply following this step-by-step guide on how to claim the best first deposit bonus offers at NJ online casinos:
Some may remember the biggest no-deposit bonus in the New Jersey online casino business is at Betfair. The same holds for Betfair’s first deposit match bonus.
New players who sign up using the online bonus code PLAY30 are eligible for a 100 percent, first deposit bonus of up to $2,500. It just doesn’t get any bigger than that.
To register for an account on Betfair, a new player provides some necessary account information, a username and password, and contact details. The online bonus code PLAY30 must be entered when prompted.
Then, click on the site’s cashier tab and deposit anywhere from $10 to $2,500 using any of the almost a dozen accepted methods. Betfair takes deposits from PayPal, ACH, prepaid Betfair cards and cash at 7-Eleven with the PayNearMe app.
Betfair will match the deposit with a dollar-for-dollar bonus, as long as the player meets the wagering requirement within 90 days to clear it.
Essentially, a player needs to bet 20 times the bonus on slots before he or she can withdraw any winnings. Roulette counts only 50 percent toward meeting the requirements, and all other games count only 10 percent.
However, as soon as the requirement is met, the deposit, the bonus, and any winnings accumulated are the player’s winnings to keep.
New players on Golden Nugget who sign up using the GN bonus code PLAY20 are also eligible for a rather sizeable first deposit match bonus. This one promises a 100 percent match, up to a whopping $1,500, on a player’s first deposit.
To create an account with Golden Nugget, a player must enter the necessary login details, some personal information, and contact details. He or she must be sure to enter the Golden Nugget online casino bonus code PLAY20 when prompted, then head over to the deposit tab.
Depositing on Golden Nugget is a fast and easy process. The site accepts all kinds of deposit methods from PayPal, Neteller, and cash at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City cage. Players will need to deposit anywhere from $30 to $1,500 to get the bonus.
Once the deposit is confirmed, the bonus will show up in the account. However, Golden Nugget’s wagering requirements must be met before cash can be withdrawn.
The play-through requirement is 10x the bonus plus the deposit. But remember, while slots count 100 percent toward meeting the requirement, all other games only count 20 percent. Plus, Golden Nugget only gives players 30 days to clear it.
Players can get a 50 percent match bonus, up to $1,000, on their first deposit. Additionally, they can get a 50 percent match bonus, up to $1,000, on their second deposit as well.
Just click on the site’s sign-up tab, enter some personal information, necessary account details and a few last details. Then, make sure to input the WELCOME888 promo code in the correct space.
Once the account is verified, a player can make a deposit with the 888 Casino cashier, using one of several deposit methods available. 888 Casino accepts PayPal, cash at Caesars in Atlantic City and PayNearMe at 7-Eleven locations.
A player has 60 days from when the deposits are made to clear a 30x the bonus wagering requirement attached. Slots count 100 percent toward meeting it, but roulette, triple card poker and poker count only 20 percent, and blackjack and video poker count just 10 percent.
The best of the rest
There are other decent first deposit match bonuses available at several NJ gambling websites, including:
Pala Casino and its 100 percent, up to $500, first deposit-match bonus (promo code OVBONUS).
Caesars Casino & Sport and its 100 percent, up to $300, first deposit match bonus (Caesars bonus code PLAYFREE25).
However, the top three listed above are far and way the best in the business.
Santa’s sack will soon be filled with surprises for the big day, but 888 Casino is unwrapping a few treats early.
Don’t worry; we’re not about to spoil Christmas. In fact, the following trio of offers will probably make things even better. With this in mind, let’s take a look at what’s inside 888 Casino’s festive bag of bonuses.
The first thing to know is there is up to $6,000 in bonus cash for grabs. The second thing to note is each offer is a reload bonus.
Therefore, you need to be an existing customer to get the maximum value from this promotion. If you’re not already a customer, you can still claim these bonuses. However, they will replace the standard welcome reward.
So, our advice is to join 888 Casino, play through any free credits you receive, and then turn your attention toward this offer.
Crack the 888 Casino bonus code
Don’t worry if you’re pressed for time because the following reload bonuses are available now until Dec. 25.
So, it doesn’t matter if you’re already active or joining 888 online casino for the first time. You’ve got plenty of time to use the following codes and get some extra rewards:
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- Sports Reload Reward: Make a deposit using the promo code SNOWY20.
If you remember, we told you that this promotion wouldn’t spoil the spirit of the season. The reason we said that is because you don’t know how much your reload bonus is worth until you make a deposit.
Under the rules of engagement, your gift could be worth anything from 10 to 100 percent of what you deposit.
For example, if you used the HOHOHO20 code, and credited your account with $100 and received a 40 percent bonus, you’d get $40 in bonus cash. If you did the same thing, but 888 Casino’s elves gifted you with an 80 percent bonus, you’d receive $80.
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The element of surprise is what makes this deal so attractive.
Oh, you can also collect two reload bonuses each day (up to a maximum of 10 during the promotional period). When you spread this across each of the three offers, you can collect up to 30 bundles of free-play credits between now and Dec. 25.
As ever, there are wagering requirements you’ll have to fulfill if you want to release your bonus funds and any associated winnings.
As per 888 Casino’s bonus terms, you’ll have to stake 30x whatever you receive before you can request a withdrawal without forfeiting what you’ve earned.
To put that in context, let’s say you’ve received $10 in free credits. From this, you’d have to stake $300 before hitting the cashout button.
One of the best ways to do this is to play slots. Because you can stake a large amount of money in a relatively short space of time, it won’t take you long to meet the playthrough on a sizable reward.
Therefore, our advice is to spin some slots and unlock your rewards in hours rather than days.
A simple seasonal surprise from 888 Casino NJ
That’s all there is to know about this offer.
Although it’s not the most complex NJ gambling website promo we’ve ever covered, it is one of the most interesting. By creating an element of uncertainty and surprise, 888 Casino has captured the essence of the holiday season.
What’s more, the deal is just as accessible to novices as it is high rollers. As long as you can deposit at least $20 and use the correct promo code, you could boost your funds by up to 100 percent.
If you’re ready to unwrap a few treats before the festivities get underway, head over to 888 Casino NJ and start reloading your account today.
The multi-year deal makes MGM Resorts the official gaming partner of the Jets. The agreement is the first of its kind and the most in-depth gaming partnership yet in the NFL.
Jets fans will now have access to a predictive mobile game on the Official New York Jets App. MGM Resorts will also sponsor and have access to the Jets 360 Production Studio at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
The Play MGM Studio will be the multimedia home for all Jets 360 content.
The NFL and legal sports betting
By creating this partnership, the New York Jets are helping bridge the gap between the NFL and legal New Jersey sports betting. The league only recently began to allow any type of sponsorship agreements between teams and casinos.
Both Jets President Neil Glat and MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren are very optimistic about this brave new world.
“We could not be more excited to join with the New York Jets for a first-of-its-kind partnership in the NFL,” said Murren. “We look forward to working with the Jets to innovate gaming, increase our customer base through cross marketing opportunities and provide NFL fans with a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.”
Of course, the NFL still prohibits any mention or promotion of sports betting. The partnership with MGM is purely for online gambling and not specifically sports betting.
MGM Resorts will now be marketing with the Jets through signs at MetLife Stadium, along with social and digital advertisements for Jets TV and radio broadcasts.
Jets season ticket holders and rewards members will reap some of the benefits of this new deal. These will include first-class entertainment experiences and luxury rooms at its Borgata property in Atlantic City and other MGM properties in the US.
“We are proud to partner with an iconic brand like MGM Resorts and its renowned properties to bring a world-class gaming and entertainment experience to our fans,” said Glat. “This unique partnership also enables us to further engage our fans in the mobile and digital world.”
Part of this mobile expansion and interaction is based around the Jets’ “I Called It” game. The improved version will now consist of pre-play options, enhanced in-play features, more prizes, and larger leaderboards featuring Jets fans.
888 Casino and beyond
On top of the collaboration with MGM Resorts, the Jets have reportedly gotten a new sponsor from NJ online casino 888 Casino.
It’s the first time an NFL team has conducted any business with an online gambling company. Although the deal doesn’t technically sponsor the sports wagering side of 888 Casino, 888 Sportsbook is located on the same website right next to the casino and 888 Poker.
With these strategic moves, the Jets will more than likely set the trend for other NFL teams.
There’s too much money and potential in online gambling for teams like the New York Giants not to get involved like the Jets. With eight online sportsbooks in New Jersey and nine casinos, they have several entities to choose from.
It will only be a matter of time for other teams outside the state, too. Whether the NFL likes it or not, teams and casinos will be doing a lot more business moving forward.
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The average NJ gambling website game doesn’t have much scope for getting ahead using betting strategies.
When you play slots, you set your bet size and spin. With roulette, it’s much the same story. Baccarat allows you to choose between the bank and player hand but nothing more than that. In reality, there are only a handful of games where you can squeeze an element of skill into the mix and hope to swing the odds in your favor.
Blackjack is the obvious game and video poker is another. However, there is a third and that game is casino poker.
Available in a variety of formats, this game is based on the game you’d commonly see played at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Yes, the rules are slightly different and there is a greater level of luck involved.
But, if you know how to play your cards, there’s an element of skill to this game.
Three’s the magic number
When you log in to 888 Casino, the live dealer lobby now offers a variant known as Three Card Poker.
Essentially a scaled down version of Texas Hold’em, the aim of the game is to make a better hand than the dealer. Now, before we go into the why you should understand basic poker theory, let’s take you through the rules. At the start of a round, you’ll have to place an ante bet of at least $1. This enters you into the game and allows you to see the three cards.
Once you’ve received your hand, you can choose to play or fold. If you elect to play, you’ll have to match your ante bet. When all the bets are in, the dealer reveals their hand and the best one wins based on the rankings below (highest to lowest):
- Royal Flush
- Straight Flush
- Three of a Kind
- High Card
You vs. the dealer at 888 Casino
For the dealer’s hand to qualify, they need queen-high or better. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, you win by default. If they do, the best-ranked hand takes it.
Three Card Poker payouts
- Dealer doesn’t qualify = 1:1 on your ante bet/Push on your play bet
- Dealer qualifies and you win = 1:1 on your ante and play bets.
- Dealer qualifies and you lose = You lose your ante and play bets.
- Dealer qualifies and you tie = You push you ante and play bets.
On top of the standard payouts, this live dealer game has a few aces up its sleeve. Firstly, if you’re dealt a straight, three of a kind, or straight flush, you get a bonus worth between 1X and 5X your ante bet. To play for more bonuses, you can place two additional wagers:
Pair Plus Bet: If your three cards make anything from a pair or up, you’ll win money on top of your ante and play bets. Pair Plus payouts range from 1:1 to 100:1.
Six Card Bonus: If yours and the dealer’s cards make a ranked five-card poker hand, you’ll win a bonus. The qualifying hands range from three of a kind (1:1) to a royal flush (1,000:1).
Big decisions can lead to big wins
As you can see, there are plenty of decisions to be made and, moreover, a ton of money to be won. Indeed, a $1 Six Card Bonus bet could return you $1,000 if the stars aligned.
Now, there are a few ways you can think like a poker pro and get the most out of this game. The first is to ignore the bonus bets. Even though they have the greatest potential, they’ll eat away at your profits because they rarely win. The second thing you can do is to understand what constitutes a strong hand and what doesn’t.
The key to knowing whether you should play or fold is to look at the dealer’s requirements. We know the dealer needs at least a queen to qualify and the game uses a 52-card deck. This means they need at least one of 12 cards to qualify.
If you’re holding two of those cards, the chances of the dealer meeting the minimum requirement goes down. Therefore, if you have at least a queen in your hand, it’s worth playing.
Play your pairs at 888 Casino’s live dealer table
Building on this, any pair or better should be an automatic play. Why? Because it’s hard to make a pair in poker. The final tip to keep is never bet more than you can afford.
All professional poker players live and die by their bankroll management skills. If you start betting too much, a bad run can cripple your finances. As a general rule, we’d suggest taking no more than 5 percent of your bankroll to the table. Doing that should allow you to profit when times are good and survive when they’re not.
Away from any strategic considerations, Three Card Poker at 888 Casino is a fun game. Even if you’re not a poker expert, it’s easy to learn and there are plenty of ways to win.
Of course, the game’s RTP is 96.63 percent and there’s an element of luck involved. This means you can’t ever guarantee a win. Even if you employ some of our tips, there’s always a chance things will go against you. However, if you follow some basic strategy, learn to manage your money, and enjoy the experience, you’ll get a lot out of Three Card Poker at 888 Casino.