The calendar says that spring is here, but with New Jersey being hit hard by yet another nor’easter, all the signs outside suggest otherwise.
Fortunately, TropicanaCasino.com and sister NJ online casino VirginCasino.com have both come up with the perfect promotion to remind you, whatever the weather, that spring really is here. So if you’re a registered player at either or both of these casinos, there’s no time like the present to spring into bonuses with a piece of their Spring Sharepot.
These promotions could not be more perfectly timed. If the weather isn’t conducive to spending more than minimal time outdoors, no problem at all. Wind, rain, and snow only give you more time to take part in these online promotions, knowing that the more you play, the bigger your share of the Sharepot.
Spring Sharepot at Tropicana NJ
This promotion at Tropicana NJ started Monday, March 19 and continues through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 22. So you still have time, but you will have to hurry.
How the Tropicana Spring Sharepot works
Every time any registered TropicanaCasino.com player wagers $10 on the site (on any game) between Monday, March 19 and Thursday, March 22, the casino will add 1 Trop Point to its steadily growing Sharepot, up to a maximum of 1 million Trop Points.
The prize pool is called a Sharepot because rather than one player taking it all or just a few players being rewarded, all active players share in the bounty.
No deposit is necessary, and the minimum amount of play required is so small, virtually any player can handle it. All you need to do is play any game of your choice on at least one qualifying day during the promotion and wager a minimum $50.
Difference between a Sharepot and a drawing
Tropicana NJ also holds many prize drawings in which players earn entries in the same manner. However, there is an important difference. In a random drawing, the top prizes may or may not go to the players who have earned the most entries. Your share of the Sharepot, however, is based directly on how much you play compared to everyone else.
In other words, the more you play, the bigger your piece of the pie. But only to a point, so don’t worry if you’re not a high roller. You will still get your fair share of the Sharepot.
Total number of Sharepot tickets you can earn
A $50 wager will entitle you to one Sharepot ticket. For each additional $50 you wager on any given day during the promotion, you will earn one additional ticket, up to a maximum of five tickets per day if you wager $250 or more.
The maximum number of tickets any one player can earn is therefore 20. That will entail playing all four days of the promotion and betting $250 each day, for a total of $1,000. However, the good news is that even if you come to the party late (for example, only play Wednesday and Thursday), you can still earn up to 10 tickets.
Awarding of prizes
On Friday, March 23, the casino will determine each player’s share of all the Trop Points in the Sharepot. The math is a complicated three-step process, but you don’t don’t have to worry about it since the casino will do all of the computations.
- Tropicana NJ will tally up the number of Sharepot tickets earned by each player.
- Your percentage or “share” of the Sharepot will then be computed by dividing the number of Sharepot tickets you have earned by the total number of tickets earned by all players combined.
- This percentage is then multiplied by the number of Trop Points in the Sharepot to get the number of Trop Points you receive.
For example, if you earn five tickets and all players combined earn 1,000 tickets, your percent of the Sharepot will be 10/1,000 or 1 percent. Then, let’s say that altogether the Sharepot holds 100,000 Trop Points. Your prize is 1 percent of 100,000 or 1,000 Trop Points.
As soon as the final Spring Sharepot results are in, all participating players will be notified how many Trop Points they have earned. However, it may take up to three business days for the points to be credited to your account.
Next step: Converting your Trop Points to Bonus Money
Once you receive your Trop Points, you will need to convert them to Bonus Money in order to use them. See the Tropicana NJ website for instructions or contact Customer Support if you need assistance.
Every 100 Trop Points is worth $1 in Bonus Money. So, continuing with the hypothetical example above, a player who earns 1,000 Trop Points would earn $10 in Bonus Money.
Wagering the bonus
Before you can withdraw any winnings from the bonus, you guessed it — you need to wager the bonus 1x. Any game is fine, and you have up to 30 days to complete the wagering. As soon as you do, any resulting winnings are yours, but not the bonus itself, which is not withdrawable at all.
Spring Sharepot at Virgin NJ
The Spring Sharepot at VirginCasino.com also started on Monday, March 19 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 20. However, unlike the Spring Sharepot at Tropicana Online, described above, where the size of the Sharepot is unknown, depending on how much players wager, the Spring Sharepot at Virgin Online is a fixed amount. It is preset at $7,000 in the form of Bonus Money.
Another important difference is that the maximum number of tickets any player can earn is only three. The casino has three specific challenges for you. Depending on how many you meet — 1, 2, or 3 —before the promotion period expires, you earn 1, 2, or 3 tickets towards the Sharepot, respectively.
The three challenges
These are the three challenges:
- Make a Net Deposit of at least $50 and wager it one time.
- Wager at least $50 using the Virgin NJ mobile app.
- Wager at least $50 each day for at least two days during the promotional period.
Most players should not find it hard at all to earn three Sharepot tickets. Your total wagering will come to $200. Even if you’re a small player, this is very feasible dividing your wagering equally ($100 per day) over the two remaining days of the promotion. In fact, unless you have already opted in to this promotion on your own Monday or Tuesday, you will need to play both Wednesday and Thursday in order to satisfy the third challenge.
Most players will earn the maximum number of three tickets by completing all three challenges, and you should do the same. Otherwise, your share of the Sharepot will be much smaller.
Determining your share of the Sharepot
On Friday, March 22, the casino will determine each qualifying player’s share of the $7,000 Spring Sharepot. This will entail applying the same formula described above for the Spring Sharepot at Tropicana NJ online casino. The only difference is that in this case the size of the total Sharepot has been preset at $7,000 and remains that amount irrespective of how much is wagered by the participating players.
Each player’s share is the number tickets that player earned divided by the number of tickets earned by all players combined, then that percentage multiplied by $7,000.
Thus, for example, if you earn three tickets and the total number of tickets earned by everyone participating is 600 (you can safely assume that the overwhelming majority of players will also have three tickets), your percentage of the pot is a half percent. You would then multiply $7,000 by .005, which would leave you with $35 Bonus Dollars. Not bad at all.
On Friday, March 23,VirginCasino.com will inform all qualifying players of the size of their bonus. However, allow for up to three business days for the money to be credited to your account.
Wagering the bonus
The terms and conditions for all Bonus Money awarded in this promotion are identical to those outlined above for the Bonus Money at Tropicana NJ (as well as for all other bonuses awarded by either casino).
Which NJ gambling website’s Spring Sharepot is better?
The Virgin Spring Sharepot promotion is the better of the two NJ gambling website promos for several reasons.
For starters, taking on challenges is fun, and completing them successfully gives you an extra sense of accomplishment, too. Here you only have three challenges, none of which you should find difficult.
Secondly, the Virgin online casino promotion offers more bang for the buck. In order to earn the maximum number of tickets and earn the biggest prize possible, you only have to wager $200, as compared to $1,000 for the Tropicana NJ promotion.
Thirdly, whereas the Tropicana Sharepot contains Trop Points, the Virgin Sharepot is already in the form of Bonus Money. Therefore, the intermediary step of having to convert points to Bonus Money (with a low conversion rate) is completely eliminated. That’s another way you are getting better value with the Virgin NJ offer.
Go ahead and claim your share of the Tropicana Sharepot if you plan to play there anyway over the next two days. However, if you have an account at both online casinos and only have time to play in one, the Virgin Sharepot is a better bet.
The history of online gambling in the United States is an interesting one. The commercial internet as we know it came into being in November 1992, but it wasn’t until May 1995 that the government dropped out of the project.
The first official online gambling site, Intertops.com, opened its “doors” in 1996 and was quickly followed by a torrent of other gambling sites offering services to anyone who wanted to place a bet.
In October 2006, there were more than 2,500 online gambling sites owned by 465 different companies.
Where is online gambling legal in the US?
Currently, online gambling is legal and regulated on a state level in New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada. In October 2017, Pennsylvania joined the online gambling industry. It is expected to launch its iGaming sites and online poker later in 2018.
The legality of internet gambling is extremely complicated. Some countries have no laws regarding it, and others have legalized online gambling both within and outside their borders.
Some countries have made certain forms of gambling online legal and other forms illegal.
The United States has no federal laws that prevent internet gambling from a consumer-based standpoint; however, many individual states have such laws.
What kind of legal gambling is available online in Nevada and Delaware?
At the time of this writing, Nevada had three legal betting sites: WSOP.com, RealGaming, and WorldWinner.com. The first two sites offer online poker, and the third offers a variety of skill games.
Delaware is the new kid on the block, having legalized online gambling in 2013. Currently, there are four off-track horse and greyhound betting sites located within the state and three online casinos.
So is it legal to gamble online in other states?
The answer isn’t as easy as a simple yes or no. There is way too much gray area involved in the interpretation of the laws.
What we do know is that, as of 2017, New Jersey has by far the most vibrant community for internet gamblers.
Where can players legally gamble online in New Jersey?
At the time of this writing, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has issued licenses to five different Atlantic City casinos and offers players a chance to wager on 20 different NJ online gambling websites.
Customers may be able to gamble in other states, but the best online gambling is taking place in New Jersey.
VirginCasino.com, for example, offers a free $20 sign-up bonus for all new players. Simply enter the Virgin Casino online bonus code, 20BUCKS, when you sign up for a new account and enjoy the freeplay.
In addition to the free $20, Virgin has a $100 cash back refund on first deposits. This means players can effectively sign up for an account on VirginCasino.com and gamble $120 with absolutely no risk.
New Jersey also recently saw the launch of PokerStarsNJ.com. Without a doubt, PokerStarsNJ is the best place to play legal online poker anywhere in the nation. PokerStarsNJ will give players a 100 percent first-time deposit bonus up to $600. Enter bonus code STARS600 to get started.
We also recommend several other online gambling sites within New Jersey, including BetfairCasino.com, GoldenNuggetCasino.com, and TropicanaCasino.com. All these sites have wonderful first-time deposit bonuses and a myriad of fun and exciting NJ online casino games to explore.
With any luck, more states will follow suit and regulate online gambling in the near future, but for the time being Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware are the only legal options.
Obviously, if you reside within the states of Nevada or Delaware, you will be doing most of your online gambling there. But if you are looking for a great place to travel and want a fantastic gambling destination, skip Las Vegas and come to Atlantic City.
Not only does New Jersey have world class resorts and casinos, it offers the best legal online gambling in the country. If you live nearby, why not jump on a train and come to New Jersey to play some great online games?
Don’t have the funds for a big deposit? No problem. With just $50 in wagers, you’re in, and no deposit is required at all. So small players can join the fun, too. However, you do need to be a registered player at the respective casino, and the more days you can play this week, the better your chances.
Unfortunately, if you live in New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, or Puerto Rico, these NJ gambling website promotions are not open to you. But otherwise, if you’re a Tropicana and/or Virgin online casino New Jersey account holder, a fabulous prize could have your name on it!
Pot O’ Gold at Tropicana NJ
The dream of every online casino player is not just to be a winner, but to win a pot o’ gold. This week, Tropicana NJ is offering a promotion that may keep that dream alive, or at least give you a share of the casino’s own pot o’ gold filled with $7,000 in bonus dollars.
Two hundred winners will share in the bounty, so your chances are looking good already.
How to participate in the Pot O’ Gold Prize Draw promotion
This promotion started Monday, March 12 and continues through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Assuming you are eligible to participate, simply log into your TropicanaCasino.com account this week whenever you can. Then play your favorite games as usual.
For every $50 wagered on any game on any one day during the promotion, you receive one entry into the drawing, up to a maximum of five entries per day if your wagers for the day amount to $250 or more.
While some players will play every day and earn the maximum number of entries, if that is too much wagering for you, don’t worry. Tropicana online casino in NJ will be picking 200 winners, so a lot will depend not necessarily on how much you play, but the luck of the draw.
You have a very good chance of being one of the lucky 200, even with a lot fewer than the maximum number of entries.
Picking the Pot O’ Gold winners
On Monday, March 19, a random drawing will be held to determine all the winners. The following matrix shows how the prizes will be distributed:
|# of Winners||Prize|
|1||$500 bonus money|
|4||$250 bonus money|
|5||$100 bonus money|
|20||$75 bonus money|
|20||$50 bonus money|
|50||$30 bonus money|
|100||$10 bonus money|
As you can see, all prizes are in the form of bonus money added to your account. The largest prize is $500 in bonus money, and the smallest is $10 in bonus money. Half of the prizes are in the amount of $30 or more.
Claiming your prize
Winners can expect to see their bonus in their accounts within 24 hours of the drawing (or up to three business days in the event of technical difficulties). They then have up to 14 calendar days to claim their prize.
In addition, all bonus money won in this promotion is subject to the same wagering requirements as any other bonus money a player might receive from this casino. You need to wager the bonus 1x on any game and have up to 30 days to do so. Upon completion of this very minimal wagering, any resulting winnings, but not the bonus itself, are yours to keep and available, if you wish, for withdrawal.
Unfortunately, as soon as you wager the bonus once, the casino takes it back. It is no longer yours.
Leprechaun prize draw at Virgin NJ
Players at Tropicana online casino’s sister site, Virgin online casino, will be glad to know that Virgin is also offering a prize giveaway. In fact, the period and rules for earning entries are identical to those outlined above for the Tropicana giveaway.
What’s different is that instead of giving away bonus money, which you then have to wager, Virgin is giving away valuable gifts, which you might like even better. The following matrix shows what you can win.
Five lucky winners will receive:
|# of Prizes||Prize|
|1||Nintendo Switch (valued $300)|
|2||Sonos One speakers (valued $200)|
|2||Amazon gift cards (valued $150)|
Of course, all of these prizes are great, but out of all the people participating, only five players will win, and that’s it. Everyone else will have to hope they got lucky and won playing because they will walk away from the drawing empty-handed.
Claiming your prize
On Monday, March 19, the casino will hold a random drawing to determine the five winners. The lucky players will be notified via email within three business days and then have 14 calendar days thereafter to claim their prize. All prizes are nonexchangeable and nontransferable, and no cash substitute is available.
Are the Pot O’ Gold and Leprechaun prize draw promos worth your time?
Any online casino promotion where you have a chance to win a nice prize with no other requirement than to simply play as usual is, of course, worth your time.
The difference between the two giveaways is that in the Tropicana giveaway, you have a much better chance of winning, but in all probability, it will be a small prize. Your chance of winning in the Virgin giveaway is much slimmer, but if you do win, it will be a big prize. The smallest prize in the Virgin NJ online casino drawing is worth $150, whereas the smallest prize in the Tropicana online casino drawing is only $10 in nonredeemable bonus money.
The promos are good, but they could be better
The Virgin online casino drawing would be a lot better if it offered more prizes, even if they are only small ones. For example, offer 100 players a small amount of bonus money.
The Tropicana NJ drawing would be a lot better if those who win bonus money could keep the bonus, too, and not just the winnings. Only allowing a player to wager the bonus once and then taking it away altogether significantly limits the potential to win with it, especially if the bonus is small.
On the other hand, traditional bonuses typically come with a much larger than 1x bonus wagering requirement. So it is entirely possible, that instead of ending up a winner after betting the bonus, the player not only loses the bonus but his or her own money, too. With the Tropicana bonus, you are much less likely to win a lot, but losing the bonus money is the worst that can happen.
It is impossible to lose any of your own money.
If you’re online checking the forecast, then you know bad weather is on the way — so who wants to head outside? With a couple of great online casino promos from Tropicana NJ and sister site Virgin NJ, you don’t have to.
Charge your tablet or phone (or open up that laptop) and snuggle up for some exciting promotions that will warm your heart and help you forget about the forecast. Winning just might be on the horizon.
Tropicana NJ is ready to warm you up
Tropicana Bonus Share
If you’re looking for the best bonus at NJ online casinos, you’re in the right place.
Tropicana Bonus Share has a $7,000 Sharepot that may bring you a little luck and a portion of a pot of gold, er, bonus money.
In this case, the Tropicana Bonus Share has three challenges for you to complete by March 8. Each challenge earns you one Sharepot ticket entry with a max of three entries. (Yes, we know it’s already March 7, but there’s time!)
All you have to do is just play your favorite games at Tropicana NJ and complete the challenges before 11:59 pm ET on March 8.
The three challenges are:
- Make a net deposit of at least $50 and wager through your net deposit one time.
- Wager at least $50 using the Tropicana NJ mobile app.
- Wager at least $50 on two or more days during the promo period.
And just so you know, bonus money can only be played online and expires in 30 days. As with all Tropicana NJ promos, there is a 1x wagering requirement before you can withdraw any cash. May Lady Luck shine on you!
Time Turner Bonus
But if that doesn’t interest you, then perhaps a happy hour will do later in the week. The Time Turner Bonus at Tropicana is all about happy hours, but it’s important you remember to spring those clocks forward this weekend so you don’t miss the happy hours!
From March 9-11, you can earn 15 percent cash back on your total net loss during Happy Hours at Tropicana NJ. When are happy hours, you ask?
Well, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. on those days, all you have to do is wager at least $20 on any online casino game at Tropicana. Then, earn that 15 percent cashback bonus based on your total net loss (total wager minus your total win).
Now, you can win as much as $15 per Happy Hour session for a total of $90. So only bet what you can afford and what works best moneywise. Remember, of course, that the same wagering requirements apply.[i15-table tableid=4301]
A prize awaits you at Virgin NJ
For more entertaining promos you can enjoy right from the comforts of home, Tropicana’s sister site Virgin NJ has you covered with a couple great prize draws just in time for spring.
Win a new wardrobe
Put a little pep in your step (and in your wardrobe) this spring with a Macy’s $200 gift card. Virgin NJ has five such gift cards to hand out to five lucky winners.
From now through 11:59 p.m. on March 11, you can opt into this prize draw. Wager $50 on your favorite games, and you’ll earn one entry into the prize draw, for a max of five entries a day.
On March 12, five winners will be picked, which means a new wardrobe is only a few clicks away.
Or win a trip to South Carolina
If you follow NJ online casino reviews, you know Virgin Adventure bonuses are fan favorites. Each month, Virgin Adventures gives you a chance to win a trip to someplace special. And since the weather has been not so good the last few days, we are pretty excited about getting away for a bit.
For this month, Virgin NJ is going to take you to historic Charleston, South Carolina — a $2,000 value. Enjoy the history and the charm as you experience Rainbow Row firsthand.
From now until Monday, April 2, wager $50 on your favorite games, and you’ll earn one entry into the prize draw. Of course, as with the previous Virgin prize draw, you can have a max of five entries a day. And at the end of the month, one lucky winner will be picked. An exciting adventure awaits you!
Ultimately, with so many great promos to choose from, you can pick one or pick them all. Enjoy great bonus offers right from the comforts of home — whether it snows a little or a lot. Happy winning![i15-table tableid=4306]
It’s hard to find any single online casino promotion that will please all players.
Unlike most of their competitors, where you’re lucky if, on any given day, one promotion is being offered, Tropicana and Virgin NJ online casinos invariably provide a choice of different special offers daily. This plethora of promotions includes deposit match bonuses, prize drawings, and playback bonuses. The sister sites even have “Sharepots,” where everyone gets a piece of the pie, which naturally draws customers to the sites.
Not only is it very hard for those already signed up to stay away, but newcomers are just as eager to join the fun.
In fact, one of the most popular offers at both casinos, which you can keep accessing again and again because it never expires, is to Refer a Friend. For each new friend you successfully refer who signs up with the site and plays, you receive a $50 bonus. How cool is that?
Quantity at the expense of quality?
Not all of the Tropicana and Virgin NJ gambling site promos are great. But surely, with so many different special promotions to choose from, you will find something to your liking.
So, with that in mind, let’s take a brief look at some of this week’s promos at Tropicana and Virgin NJ online casinos that you can access right now.
What’s going on at Tropicana NJ
This week Tropicana is offering no less than three special promotions. The following is a description of each.
This NJ online casino promo started on Monday, Feb. 26 and continues through Thursday, March 1 only. So anyone hoping to take advantage of the offer before it expires will indeed experience a “real rush.”
Like many other Tropicana (and Virgin) bonus promos, the Reel Rush bonus is a Playback Bonus. Since the only way to qualify is to lose, what you are really hoping for is a “real rush” from winning, not the small bonus that the casino is dangling as a consolation prize if you don’t win.
However, it is nice to know that just in case luck doesn’t go your way, you will get a small portion of your loss back to re-wager.
How to participate in the Reel Rush promo
In order to participate, simply wager $50 or more on any of the following games anytime during the promotion period.
- Tiki Island
- Tiki Island Mini
- Tiki Totems
- Queen of Winter Wins
- Bubbly Wild
- Jin’s Jungle
- Sapphire Sorceress
- Queen of the Tree Folk
- Secret of the Phoenix
If you want to play any other games during the promotion period, you can, but they will not count in determining your eligibility for a bonus.
If and only if your total play on eligible games results in a net loss, your account will be credited with a Playback Bonus amounting to 15 percent of your net loss up to $50. Most likely the bonus will be in players’ accounts within 24 hours, but it could take up to three business days if there are technical difficulties.
In order to receive the maximum bonus of $50, a player will need to show a total net loss of $334 or greater. The minimum bonus is $1 based on a loss of $6.67. So if you lose less than $6.67 or win, you will not get a bonus.
Reel Rush bonus wagering requirements
Like all other bonuses awarded to existing TropicanaCasino.com (and VirginCasino.com) players, this one comes with a 1x bonus wagering requirement. You may play any game you wish and have up to 30 days to do so.
As soon as this minimal wagering requirement has been met, you are free to withdraw any resulting winnings, but unfortunately, not the bonus itself. Like all other bonuses at this casino, it is a “sticky” bonus that you get to wager once and that’s the last time you see it.[i15-table tableid=4301]
Technology is advancing at such a fast pace. It seems that almost as soon as the latest electronic device that is all the rage comes out, there’s an even newer one.
So even Tropicana NJ, with all its frequently recurring state-of-the-art electronic equipment giveaways, can’t keep up with everything. But you have to hand it to them for trying. In this prize drawing, five lucky players will win a Bose SoundLink speaker, valued at $200 each. But wait — that’s not all: 89 other players will win bonus money.
How to earn entries in the Tropicana NJ prize draw
This promotion, like all others at Tropicana NJ, is open to registered account holders only with access to the casino’s NJ gambling website. However, residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico are excluded.
Assuming you are eligible, if you would like to earn entries for this drawing, you have all this week through Sunday, March 4 to do so. No deposit is required.
All you have to do is play your favorite Tropicana online games as usual. For every $50 wagered (on any game), you will earn one entry into the drawing, up to a maximum of five entries per day if your wagers for the day total $250 or more. Then, on Monday, March 5, the casino will hold a random drawing to determine all of the winners.
The following table shows how the prizes will be distributed:
|# of Prizes||Prize|
|5||Bose SoundLink, valued at $200|
|4||$250 bonus money|
|5||$200 bonus money|
|10||$100 bonus money|
|20||$50 bonus money|
|50||$20 bonus money|
How to claim your prize
All winners will be notified within 24 hours of the drawing (or three business days in the event of technical difficulties) and will then have 14 calendar days thereafter to claim their prize.
All prizes are non-exchangeable and non-transferable. All bonus money awarded in this promotion works the same way and is subject to the same terms and conditions as the Reel Rush bonus and all other TropicanaCasino.com bonuses.
This promotion starts Friday, March 2 and continues all weekend long through Sunday, March 4.
Make a net deposit of $20 or more anytime during the promotion period and wager it once. Note that unlike most deposit match bonuses, in determining the amount of your bonus, all of your deposits over the weekend count. So if you prefer to make multiple deposits, no problem. The bonus will be based on the total amount deposited minus the total amount withdrawn, if any, over the weekend.
On Monday, March 5, you will receive a 15 percent net deposit match bonus up to $50, which also must be wagered 1x. Upon completion of this wagering requirement within the next 30 days, you will have access to any resulting winnings. However, the bonus itself will not be available for withdrawal.
What’s happening at Virgin NJ online casino
Cherry Blossom Giveaway
VirginCasino.com getaway prizes are spectacular, and the one currently being offered based on this weekend’s play is no exception. One lucky player will win the Cherry Blossom Giveaway, a weekend getaway to Washington, D.C., to see the spring cherry blossoms.
For your chance to win, simply play your favorite Virgin NJ online casino games, as usual. This promotion, which began Monday, Feb. 26 and continues through Sunday, March 4, is open to Virgin NJ registered players only and requires access to the NJ online games. However, residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico are excluded.
Assuming you are eligible, for every $50 wagered on any given day during this promo, you will earn one entry into the drawing up to a maximum of five entries per day if you wager $250 or more.
Determining the winner
On Monday, March 5, the casino will hold a random drawing to determine the winner. He or she will be notified via email within three business days and be given instructions at that time on how to claim the prize. The time limit for claiming the prize is 14 calendar days after notification.
The prize is non-exchangeable and non-transferable and does not include incidentals, taxes, and gratuities.[i15-table tableid=4306]
So, are these NJ gambling website promos good offers?
Now that you have read about the various promotions that Tropicana and Virgin online casinos are offering this week, an obvious question that comes to mind is, “Are they worth your time?”
The getaway prize that Virgin online casino is offering sounds great, but this promotion would be a lot better with lesser prizes for other players, too, as in the Tropicana drawing. The main limitation of the Tropicana bonus money prizes is that only the winnings from the bonus are withdrawable, not the bonus itself.
Since the bonus can only be wagered once, if the bonus amount is very small, the likelihood of winning anything substantial as a result of betting it is also very small. However, some of the bonus money prizes being given away in the drawing may be large enough for some lucky players to realize a nice win.
Perhaps the best feature that all of these promos at NJ online casinos have in common is that virtually any player can participate and have a fair chance to win. One certainly doesn’t need to be a high roller. Also, since you only have to bet the bonus once, think of the bonus as getting a free ride with the casino’s money to try to win. You can’t possibly lose any more of your own money.
I do not recommend stepping up your play beyond your comfort level simply to earn more drawing entries or qualify for a bigger bonus. However, if you choose to play at Tropicana or Virgin NJ anyway this week, the special promos described here give you extra incentive.
This week Tropicana NJ is offering its lucky players yet another chance to win a great prize. Although the drawing will be a little late for Valentine’s Day, it’s never too late to surprise a loved one with a lovely gift.
Besides, the Chinese New Year is right around the corner, as is President’s Day weekend, when you may have extra time on your hands to play online. So if you’re feeling lucky, now through next Monday, Feb. 19, would be a great time to play your favorite Tropicana online casino games.
This time the Grand Prize is a one night stay at the Tropicana Atlantic City plus a $250 spa credit. It’s a prize that anyone would be thrilled to get, but only two players are going to win it. However, Tropicana NJ isn’t stopping there. It is also giving away $5,000 in bonus money prizes, which 89 players will share.
How to earn entries for the Tropicana NJ giveaway
This promotion started Monday, Feb. 12. But in case you didn’t know about it then, no problem. You still have the rest of this week through next Monday, Feb. 19 to earn entries.
In fact, because of the three-day holiday weekend, Tropicana NJ online casino is giving all eligible players an extra day — eight days instead of the usual seven — for your online play to count toward earning entries into next Tuesday’s drawing.
The eligibility requirements for participating are clearly spelled out on the website. You do not need to be a resident of New Jersey, but you do need to be a registered TropicanaCasino.com player with access to this casino’s online games. However, residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico are not eligible.
Assuming you are eligible, your entries will be based on each day’s play during the promotion period. You will receive one entry for every $50 wagered on any game on a single calendar day, up to to a maximum of five entries per day if your wagers for the day total $250 or more.
How the prizes will be distributed
On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the casino will hold a random drawing to determine all of the winners. The following table shows how the 91 prizes will be distributed:
|# of Prizes||Prize|
|2||A one night stay at the Tropicana and a $250 spa credit|
|4||$250 bonus money|
|5||$200 bonus money|
|10||$100 bonus money|
|20||$50 bonus money|
|50||$20 bonus money|
As you can see, only two players will win the top prize of a one night stay at the Trop along with a $250 spa credit. All of the other prizes are in the form of bonus money credited to the player’s account. The latter range all the way from $20 in bonus money to $250 in bonus money.
How to claim your prize from Tropicana NJ
The NJ gambling website will notify all of the winners in the drawing via email within 24 hours (or within three business days in the event of technical difficulties).
At that time, full instructions on how to claim your prize will be given. Winners will have up to 14 calendar days from the time of their notification to claim their prize. All prizes are non-exchangeable and non-transferable.[i15-table tableid=4301]
Terms and conditions
Overnight stay at Tropicana Atlantic City and $250 spa credit
This prize is subject to availability, with the possibility that certain dates such as holiday weekends or other very much in demand times may be blocked off. The prize includes the room cost and spa credit but does not include additional expenses that may be incurred. These include travel, meals, beverages, tips, and gratuities, which are the player’s own responsibility.
All bonus money prizes awarded in this promotion are subject to the same terms and conditions as bonus money awarded in any other manner to existing TropicanaCasino.com (and VirginCasino.com) players.
Prior to being allowed to withdraw any winnings from the bonus, there is a wagering requirement of 1x the bonus. Players may choose any game they wish and have up to 30 days to complete this very minimal wagering requirement.
However, even after the necessary wagering is completed, only the winnings will be available for withdrawal, not the bonus itself. It is a “sticky” bonus that the casino takes back as soon as soon as it is wagered once. The player never sees it again.
Why you should give Tropicana NJ’s giveaway a try
If you are a Tropicana NJ gambling site player, you should participate in this promotion, not only because the prizes are worth playing for, but also because, with 91 prizes up for grabs, your chances are a lot better than in most drawings.
This promotion is especially recommended for smaller players who find themselves excluded from many other online casino promotions due to the substantial deposit and wagering requirements. Here no deposit is required at all and you can be entered into the drawing for as little as $50.
In addition, the cap on the number of entries at only five per day based on $250 in wagers gives those who are not huge players a better chance. It keeps high rollers from amassing a ridiculous number of entries and in effect shutting everybody else out.
Another great feature is the tiny wagering requirement of just 1x the bonus. The casino is in effect giving bonus money winners a free ride to try to win with the bonus, with no further risk to the player’s own bankroll.
Unfortunately, you can only bet the bonus once and you can’t keep the bonus either, which significantly cuts down on the amount you can win with it. But no promotion can be great in all respects for all people, so take what you can get. If you win one of the bigger bonus money prizes, with a little luck, you might still score a nice win.
Virgin NJ online casino has a similar promotion
Lastly, if you have an account at sister casino Virgin NJ, too, you might be interested in a similar promotion that casino is offering at the same time. Virgin online casino is giving away 10 restaurant gift cards in the amount of $100 each. Find out how you can participate in Virgin NJ’s promo and maybe be one of those lucky 10 winners.
Both casinos are giving away free concert tickets. Tropicana online casino is also giving away $5,000 in bonus money.
Details about Tropicana NJ’s Grand Funk Giveaway
Were you listening to Grand Funk (also known as Grand Funk Railroad) in their heyday back in the 1970s? Hard to believe, but more than 45 years later, this high-energy, five-member band is still performing.
For all of you Grand Funk fans and also for those of you who might not be familiar with this band and are curious to experience their music for the first time, TropicanaCasino.com is offering you a chance to win free concert tickets as part of its Grand Funk Giveaway promo.
Grand Funk performed in the Tropicana Atlantic City Showroom last year and will be returning to the same stage on Saturday, Feb. 24 for another concert. Two lucky Tropicana NJ players will soon get a chance to see Grand Funk live absolutely free.
Each of these players will not only win two free concert tickets, but also an overnight stay at the resort.
Here’s more great news: Even if you don’t win the Grand Prize of an overnight stay at the Trop and free concert tickets, you have an excellent chance of winning another prize. In fact, 89 other players will win a share of $5,000 in bonus money prizes.
All of the winners will be determined in a random drawing next Monday, Feb. 12.
How to earn entries for Grand Funk Giveaway
You can earn tickets into next Monday’s drawing simply by playing your favorite games on TropicanaCasino.com. The period for earning entries started on Monday, Feb. 5 and continues daily for the remainder of the week through Sunday, Feb. 11.
Every $50 wagered on any game on any one casino day earns you one entry into the drawing, up to a maximum of five entries per day if you wager $250 or more.
The maximum number of entries possible is 35 (for those who play all seven days of the promotion and earn five tickets each day). Even if today is your first day of playing this week, you can still earn up to 20 entries.
Don’t discount the luck of the draw
The important thing to keep in mind is that the upcoming drawing will have 91 winners. Therefore, it is a reasonable assumption that the luck of the draw will be a big factor in determining the outcome. Just as some casino players with the maximum number of entries won’t win a prize, there will be others with nowhere near the maximum number of entries who will win.
So if you you can’t afford to or don’t have time to earn 35 entries, don’t worry about it. Simply play when you can and hope Lady Luck comes through for you.
Are you eligible to play in Tropicana NJ’s online casino promo?
Of course, before you get your hopes up, make sure that you meet this promotion’s eligibility requirements. While New Jersey residency is not a requirement for participating, you do need to be a registered player on TropicanaCasino.com and have access to the casino’s online games.
Residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico are not eligible to participate.[i15-table tableid=4301]
Distribution of prizes
The distribution of the 91 prizes is shown in the table below. As mentioned, only two people will win the Grand Prize of an overnight stay at the Trop and a pair of tickets to the Grand Funk concert. The other 89 winners will all receive bonus money credited to their account.
|# of Prizes||Prize|
|2||A pair of tickets to Grand Funk Railroad and a one night stay at Tropicana AC|
|4||$250 bonus money|
|5||$200 bonus money|
|10||$100 bonus money|
|20||$50 bonus money|
|50||$20 bonus money|
The Grand Prize includes the cost of the hotel room and show tickets only. All incidental costs such as travel, meals, taxes, and gratuities are not covered and are the winner’s own responsibility. The bonus money prizes range from $20 to $250.
How to claim your prize
All prize winners will be notified within 24 hours of the drawing (or three business days in the event of technical difficulties). They will then have up to 14 calendar days to claim their prize. All prizes are non-exchangeable and non-transferable.
Wagering requirements for the bonus money
All bonus money won in this promotion is subject to the usual TropicanaCasino.com and sister casino VirginCasino.com terms and conditions.
Prior to being allowed to withdraw any bonus-related winnings, the bonus must be wagered 1x. Any game is fine, and you have up to 30 days to complete the wagering — much more time than necessary.
As soon as the wagering is completed, you will be able to withdraw any resulting winnings, but unfortunately, not the bonus itself. All TropicanaCasino.com and VirginCasino.com bonuses are “sticky” bonuses that the casino takes back. In other words, they are not withdrawable at any time and are given out for play purposes only.
Concert ticket giveaway at Virgin NJ
VirginCasino.com players also have a chance this week to win free concert tickets in their Virgin Rocks Giveaway.
The beauty of the Virgin promotion is that if you’re a winner, you get to pick the concert you want to attend. The casino is giving away five Ticketmaster gift cards in the amount of $200 each.
If you have your heart set on seeing Grand Funk, that is certainly an option. But if you would rather see another show, no problem.
How to earn entries for the Virgin NJ online casino promo
All you have to do to earn entries into the Virgin Rocks giveaway drawing is play your favorite games on the NJ gambling website, as usual. Also, as with the Tropicana giveaway, the period for earning entries started on Monday, Feb. 5 and continues through Sunday, Feb. 11.
For every $50 wagered on any game on any single qualifying day, you earn one ticket into the drawing, up to a maximum of five tickets per day if you wager $250 or more.
Are you eligible to play the Virgin Rocks promo?
The eligibility rules for this promotion are identical to those outlined above for the Tropicana promotion.
How to claim your prize
On Monday, Feb. 12, there will be a random drawing to determine the five winners. The lucky players will be notified via email within three business days and then have 14 calendar days to claim their prize.
The website does not specify if there is a time limit for when the gift certificate may be used. However, if there is one, it is probably extensive. Also, it would seem that you are not restricted to events at the Tropicana Atlantic City, if you prefer attending a concert at another venue.[i15-table tableid=4306]
Are the Virgin and Tropicana online promos worth your time?
This week both Tropicana and Virgin are giving their players a chance to win free concert tickets. At Tropicana, the prize is exclusively for the upcoming Grand Funk concert, but it also includes an overnight stay at the resort. Virgin NJ online casino is not giving away any overnight stays, but the free tickets can be used on any event of your choosing.
The odds of winning one of these coveted prizes aren’t good. Only five VirginCasino.com players and only two TropicanaCasino.com players are going to win them. However, if you are a player and plan to play this week, you might as well take a shot because with the luck of the draw, you never know.
Promotions any player can enter
One great feature of both promotions is that players of all betting levels can participate. No deposit is required, and just $50 in wagers on one day is all it takes for a chance to win.
Of course, if you can earn extra entries, your chances are better. However, both casinos are to be commended for capping the number of entries at a very reasonable five per day based on $250 in wagers. This keeps high rollers from dominating the entries and levels the playing field for other participants.
What about the Tropicana bonus cash?
Your odds of walking away with a prize are much better in the Tropicana giveaway than in the Virgin online casino giveaway due to all of the bonus money prizes. However, the likelihood of making a big score with this prize is slim due to two major shortcomings.
- Only the winnings are withdrawable, not the bonus itself.
- You can only bet the bonus once, so if you get lucky, there is no way to parlay your wager and winnings, as with the traditional type of casino bonus.
On the other hand, because you are only betting the bonus once (instead of many times), there is no further risk of losing your own money. Instead, the casino is giving you a free ride to try to win with the bonus.
Winter is far from over, so don’t be surprised if New Jersey sees a lot more snow in the weeks ahead.
But one thing that would be really surprising is if more than a few days go by without another Tropicana NJ giveaway. This week, whatever the weather, Tropicana NJ online has a special Snow Surprise promotion that is certain to make many players very happy.
Up for grabs this time are five L.L. Bean gift cards worth $200 each and $5,000 in bonus money to be shared by another 89 players.
Who’s eligible to participate in Tropicana’s Snow Surprise?
The Snow Surprise giveaway is open only to registered Tropicana NJ players.
You don’t necessarily have to reside in New Jersey to participate, but you do need to have access to the NJ gambling websites. Furthermore, residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico are not eligible.
How to earn entries for the Snow Surprise promo
The TropicanaCasino.com Snow Surprise promotion started Monday, Jan. 22, but don’t worry if you didn’t get in on the fun from the beginning.
This promotion remains in effect all week long through Sunday, Jan. 28, so you still have plenty of time to earn your entries into next Monday’s drawing.
All you need to do to rack up entries and possibly win a great prize is play your favorite online casino games, as usual. For every $50 wagered on any game on any one calendar day during the promotion, you earn one entry, up to a maximum of five entries per day if your wagers total $250 or more.
Therefore, the maximum number of entries anyone can earn for this drawing is 35. However, even if you start playing as late as Thursday, you can still earn up to 20 entries.
Bet what you can afford
One great feature of this promotion is that a total of 94 players will win a prize. Therefore, you have a much better chance of winning than in most drawings where only a few participants are winners and the overwhelming majority walk away with nothing.
Due to the large number of prizes, you have a good chance to win one even if you don’t have a lot of entries. Through the luck of the draw, anything can happen and, theoretically, all it takes is one entry to be a winner.
Conversely, there is no guarantee that a player with the maximum number of entries will win a prize. Therefore, your best bet is not to worry about other players who might have more entries than you and simply play at a level that you can afford.[i15-table tableid=4301]
Distribution of prizes
On Monday, Jan. 29, the casino will hold a random drawing to determine all of the winners. Here is how the 94 prizes will be distributed:
- 5 winners: $200 L.L. Bean gift card
- 4 winners: $250 bonus cash
- 5 winners: $200 bonus cash
- 10 winners: $100 bonus cash
- 20 winners: $50 bonus cash
- 50 winners: $20 bonus cash
As you can see, only five players will win the top prize of a $200 gift card for L.L. Bean, while 89 players will have bonus money added to their account. The bonus money prizes range from $20 to $250.
When you will receive your Snow Surprise prize
All prize winners will be notified via email within 24 hours of the drawing (or three business days in the event of technical difficulties).
Players will then have up to 14 calendar days to claim their prize. All prizes are nonexchangeable and nontransferable.
Bonus money wagering requirements
Any Snow Surprise bonus money winnings are subject to the same rules and wagering requirements as any other bonus awarded to existing players at Tropicana NJ or sister casino Virgin NJ online casino.
The bonus must be wagered 1x prior to the player being permitted to withdraw any winnings. Any game can be chosen for this purpose, and players have up to 30 days to complete the wagering. However, only the winnings then become available for withdrawal.
The bonus itself is “sticky.” As soon as it is wagered once, the casino takes it back and the player can never withdraw it.
The good and bad of this NJ gambling site promo
When it comes to a snow surprise in the NJ weather, the verdict is straightforward. Most kids love a snow surprise, especially if there’s enough snow on the ground to give them an unexpected day off from school.
But for us adults, traveling in the snow for work or wherever else we need to or want to go — including the Atlantic City casinos — can be a major inconvenience. On the other hand, if we can stay home and play our favorite NJ online casino games, the snow is no problem at all!
As for the Snow Surprise promotion, let’s start with the not-so-great features. Then we’ll end on a positive note and summarize what is great about this offer.
Features of the promo that could be better
First of all, even though 94 players in all will be picked to win a prize, which is great, only five players will win the featured top prize. All of the other prizes are in the form of bonus cash, which can only be wagered, not withdrawn.
Unless these wagers result in a substantial win, the value of the bonus cash is negligible. The gift card, on the other hand, is a sure thing that recipients can use to buy any item in the store of their choosing.
Traditional online casino bonuses need to be wagered over and over again many times before the playthrough requirements are satisfied. This usually entails some risk to the player because the player’s own deposited money must also be used for this purpose. The advantage of being able to do all this extra wagering with the help of the bonus is many opportunities to win big.
However, with this NJ online casino bonus, the likelihood of a big win is sharply reduced. The first problem is that the player can only wager the bonus once. The second is that after the wagering is completed, only the winnings can be withdrawn.
What is great about the Snow Surprise promo
On the other hand, the Tropicana NJ Snow Surprise promotion has several great features, which make it worth your time in spite of the above-mentioned limitations.
The cap on the number of entries is set low enough — five per day based on $250 in wagers — to give all players, not just high rollers, a reasonably good chance to win a prize. No deposit is required either, and the minimum wagering requirement to enter is only $50.
And here’s another great thing: 94 prizes are being awarded, giving participants a much better chance of winning a prize than in most online casino drawings.
This promo also has practical prizes that everyone can use. The $200 L.L. Bean gift card is very generous. The lucky recipients should have no trouble picking out an item they need and/or want. Bonus money in one’s account is another gift that any online casino player would be happy to receive.
Most of the bonus cash prizes in this drawing are large enough for the player at least to have a realistic chance of registering a win (although probably not a big win) even after the bonus is taken away.
Because you only have to wager the bonus money once, the worst that can possibly happen is that you lose the extra money the casino gave you to bet, but not any more of your own money. In other words, the bonus money comes to you with no risk to your own bankroll whatsoever!
Don’t miss out on the Snow Surprise
If you have an account at Tropicana NJ online and can play this week, by all means give this promotion a shot. Sooner than you think, you could be presented with a very nice Snow Surprise.
Her name is Kim Seib, and she’s now nearly $200,000 richer.
Seib, a Phillipsburg resident, took down TropicanaCasino.com’s big jackpot. She recounted her tale on Tropicana’s blog, noting that the big win came via the Wonderland slot game. Seib said the winning spin came just 15 minutes after she considered logging off.
Here’s how she tells it:
“During my 15 minutes or so of playing Wonderland, I got the Rose Garden Bonus and only completed painting about five roses before the Queen popped up. Then I got it again. I was clicking my laptop buttons and completed 5, 6, and 7. All of a sudden they were all completed… JACKPOT! I sat there in total shock, thinking, ‘This can’t be. No way!’”
A joyful ‘panic attack’
The reality of Seib’s big win swept over her quickly in a kind of “panic attack.”
Her husband, who was half asleep at the time, had a hard time understanding what his wife was trying to tell him. She was having trouble getting the words out, and he thought something was wrong.
Seib was eventually able to get across the good news: she’d won $197,139, the highest online jackpot win at a legal NJ gambling site this year.
“I couldn’t get the words out,” Seib said of the moment she tried to tell her husband. “I finally put my laptop on the bed and just told him to look. He was in shock. He watched as dollars were added to my balance in $5,000 increments.”
Seib’s NJ online casino win provokes interesting arguments
While the story itself is nothing short of a gambling fantasy, the real meat of Seib’s experience came later in the Trop post about her massive haul.
Seib said she and her husband gamble online in NJ because their schedules don’t always allow them to head to Atlantic City.
“With both our schedules, it makes it hard to visit like we want to,” Seib said. “So, I just decided to try Tropicana’s online casino, and here we are three years later.”
The Seibs are the exact kind of couple that concerns legislators in nearby Pennsylvania. The legislature is currently wringing its hands and dragging its feet worrying that video game terminals in taverns, as well as the launch of online gambling platforms, will keep people away from casinos.
Granted, land-based New Jersey casinos operate the online sites, as would be the case in Pennsylvania. However, certain land-based casinos in PA have been resistant to other forms of gambling expansion.[i15-table tableid=4301]
Ask the Tropicana Atlantic City Corp. why the chicken crossed the road: because the The Chelsea Hotel was on the other side.
Earlier this month, Tropicana Entertainment Inc. announced its Atlantic City division had purchased The Chelsea Hotel, a property right across the street from the Tropicana. According to a press release from Tropicana, the plan is to integrate the neighboring property into existing operations. It will be known as “The Chelsea Tower at Tropicana Atlantic City.”
“The Chelsea Tower is a great addition to our four existing hotel towers at Tropicana Atlantic City,” said Tropicana’s Tony Rodio in the press release. “Guests will be able to enjoy a boutique hotel feel while having full access to all resort options at Tropicana Atlantic City.”
Going boutique in a big-box world
“Smaller is better” has never really been Atlantic City’s motto.
The Boardwalk is laden with massive hotel towers standing shoulder to shoulder with the Trop, and the Borgata looms in the distance.
The Chelsea isn’t exactly small — it boasts 20 stories and 330 rooms. But it does have excellent ocean views and, according to the press release, “retro charm.”
Tropicana says the new acquisition will open next month. Future plans for the Chelsea include building a skyway that connects the property to the Trop’s main campus across the street.
Acquisition makes Tropicana Casino an even bigger oceanfront behemoth
Even without the Chelsea, the Trop has more than 2,300 rooms, 24 restaurants, 25 shops, 18 watering holes, and a pair of pools at its New Jersey casino resort.
In all, the Trop encompasses 200,000 square feet of entertainment.
A pre-emptive strike against Borgata and Harrah’s?
The odds-on favorite of the development’s location is the open lot between Borgata and Harrah’s on Renaissance Point and Brigantine boulevards. However, it remains to be seen where the two casinos are going to do their work.
This may be the most interesting aspect of Tropicana’s acquisition. Is it trying to get the jump on its neighbors to the north by being the first casino to expand amid a new, more profitable Atlantic City era?
It’s speculation at this point, but with so much talk of Atlantic City experiencing a rebirth, it’s not outside the realm of possibility.[i15-table tableid=4289]