Is Virgin Casino one of your favorite NJ gambling websites? If so, playing there this week as often as possible should be your No. 1 priority. Once again, Virgin Casino and leading online games manufacturer NetEnt are teaming up to give you extra chances to win in the NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw.
70 lucky players at Virgin Casino will each win a piece of $2,000 bonus money. Are you ready to get started?
Play NetEnt table games at Virgin Casino all week long!
Unless you are brand new to online casino gambling, the name NetEnt should need no introduction. As one of the leading providers of top quality slots to online casinos worldwide, you have probably already played and won money on a number of these exceptionally entertaining and high-returning slots. But what you might not have known–unless you are also a regular reader of my articles on NJ Gambling Websites–is that NetEnt also offers great table games.
In fact, the frequently recurring NetEnt prize draw that Virgin Casino offers alternates the type of game where your play during the promotion period earns you entries into the drawing—either slots or table games, but not both simultaneously. This week table games take the spotlight.
Those of you who play table games regularly or have participated in past prize draws featuring NetEnt table games will welcome this opportunity to play your favorite NetEnt table games again for a shot at another prize. Likewise, if you are new to NetEnt table games, there couldn’t be a better time than right now–with $2,000 in bonus money up for grabs–to expand your online gambling repertoire and try some of these outstanding games.
How to participate in this week’s NetEnt Prize Draw at Virgin Casino
First things first. If you would like to participate in this week’s NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw at Virgin Casino, make sure you are eligible. The promotion is open to registered Virgin Casino players in most states. Being a resident of New Jersey is not required. However, as with all NJ online casino promotions, you need to be 21 years of age or older and have access to the NJ gambling websites. In addition, for this particular promotion, residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico are excluded.
Assuming you are eligible, here is a brief summary of how the promotion works.
This promotion started on Monday, October 21. But even if you missed day 1, no problem. You have all week long up to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 27 to earn entries from your play.
Every $50 wagered on any of the six table games listed in the next section will earn you one entry into the drawing, up to a maximum of five entries per day if you wager a total of $250 or more.
Therefore, if you play all seven days of the promotion and wager $250 on included games each day, you will earn the maximum possible 35 entries. If you miss day 1 and start playing on Tuesday or Wednesday rather than Monday, you can still earn up to 30 entries or 25 entries, respectively.
As you can see from the table below, the three most popular online casino table games are included: blackjack, roulette, and baccarat.
|Select NetEnt Table Games|
|Single Deck Blackjack|
Blackjack is your best bet
Keep in mind that this promotion offers you two great chances to win. Even if your name isn’t picked to win a prize in the drawing, you can still win in your qualifying play to earn entries for the drawing. And ideally, you should be playing as much as possible because the more entries you have going for you, the better your chances.
That said, out of the various games you can choose from, blackjack is your best bet. Compared to the other table games offered, blackjack has the best return to player (RTP). This is important during extended play, not only because you have a better chance of winning, but also because during the times when you are not winning, your bankroll is better protected. It is highly unlikely that huge negative swings will wipe out your bankroll prematurely.
Moreover, all online blackjack games are not equal. Rules vary and that affects the house edge. When played correctly, both of the NetEnt blackjack games at Virgin Casino have a house edge of only 0.46%, or in other words, a return to player (RTP) of 99.54%. You will have a hard time find any games at any NJ online casino that can beat these percentages. These are truly two of the best games you can play online.
However, all of the above is contingent on your knowing and applying the correct basic strategy. If you are new to blackjack or haven’t played in a while and your skills are rusty, by all means, take a blackjack basic strategy chart with you to the table and refer to it as necessary. By the way, card counting is not an effective technique in online blackjack. The cards are reshuffled after every hand, so don’t even try it.
Which game should you play: Single Deck Blackjack or Classic Blackjack?
Since the house edge for the two games is identical, the deciding factor should simply be your own personal preference–a single deck game with tougher rules or a four-deck game with more liberal rules. To help you decide, here are the important rules for each.
Single Deck Blackjack: House Edge: 0.46%
- Dealer hits soft 17.
- Doubling down on 10 and 11 only.
- No doubling down after splits
- No re-splitting of pairs
- One card to split Aces
- No surrender
Classic Blackjack: House Edge: 0.46%
- 4 decks
- Dealer stands on soft 17.
- Doubling down on any two cards
- Doubling down after splits (except split Aces)
- No re-splitting of pairs
- One card to split Aces
- No surrender
Baccarat and roulette
If you would like to try your luck with a different table game, baccarat (with a house edge of 1.06 percent) and either European or French roulette (with a house edge of 2.3 percent) would be okay choices. The one game you should avoid is American roulette. Unlike European and French roulette, American roulette has both a single and double zero on the wheel, which raises the house edge to a hefty 5.26 percent.
What you can win in the Virgin Casino NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw
On Monday, October 28, Virgin Casino will hold a random drawing among all of the valid entries to determine the 70 prizewinners. The following table shows how the prizes will be distributed.
|# of Winners||Prize|
|20||$50 Bonus Money|
|50||$20 Bonus Money|
As you can see, all prizes are in the form of bonus money rather than withdrawable cash. Winners can expect to find the bonus credited to their account by the following day. But allow up to three business days in case of technical difficulties.
Bonus money wagering requirements
Both Virgin Online Casino and sister NJ gambling website Tropicana Online Casino frequently award bonus money to their existing players. In every instance, and this promotion is no exception, the same wagering requirements and other terms and conditions apply.
Simply wager the bonus money 1x on any game of your choosing. As long as you do so within 30 days, that’s all you have to do to clear the bonus. You can then withdraw any winnings, but unfortunately, not the bonus itself. As soon as you wager the bonus once, win or lose, the casino takes it back.
Why the NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw at Virgin Casino is worth your time
Like virtually any other special promotion announced on NJ gambling websites, along with the great features that make you want to say yes immediately, there are a few that could be better. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention them, so I will do that first and then move on to the many compelling reasons to take advantage of this offer.
What could be better
Not that many prizes for the large number of expected entries
70 prizes may seem like a lot. But given how easy it is to participate and earn entries, there will be many times that number of players. The overwhelming majority will have multiple entries and many will have the maximum of 35 entries.
Small sticky bonuses are not conducive to big wins
There’s a lot to be said for traditional bonuses. Their major drawback is that until you complete what are frequently hefty wagering requirements, you can’t touch the money. Because you have to keep betting the bonus money over and over again, sooner or later, you have to dip into your own funds, which could be costly. However, you could get very lucky and build up your bonus into a sizable amount of money.
This kind of result is much less likely with the bonus money that Virgin Casino is offering in this prize draw. For starters, you can only bet the bonus once so you miss out on any opportunity to capitalize on a winning streak. And because the bonus is sticky, meaning you can’t keep it, only your winnings from betting it, the likelihood of obtaining a good size win is further reduced. A nonredeemable bonus of $50 doesn’t give you a lot of leeway and a nonredeemable bonus of only $20 gives you even less.
What is great about this offer
As long as you can deal with the very real possibility that you won’t get a bonus or if you do, that what you win with it won’t amount to much, there is a lot to like about this promotion, as I am about to tell you.
The promotion is affordable for almost anyone, including small players
No deposit is required at any time during this promotion. So as long as you have enough money in your account to make your usual size bets, you’re good to go.
Virgin Casino also gives you a lot of flexibility with regard to the amount of wagering you do to earn entries into the prize drawing. As long as you wager at least $50 on at least one given day during the promotion, you can participate and have a shot at a prize. Of course, if you can afford to play more than the minimum, you will earn more entries and your chances will be better. However, each player is free to adjust the amount of play up or down. Although some players will have 35 entries going into the drawing, even if you don’t have anywhere near that many, with 70 winners being chosen, you still have a good chance of being one of them.
Lastly, for those who win a bonus money prize, since you only have to wager the bonus once, you won’t be risking any more of your own money at all.
A reasonable limit to the number of entries per person, giving all players a fair chance to win a prize
Rewarding those who play more than the minimum with extra entries, as this promotion does, is only fair. However, some NJ online casinos hold drawings with no limit at all to the number of entries a player can have. This gives high rollers who can easily afford to bet thousands of dollars extra incentive to do so and effectively squeeze out everybody else. Virgin Casino is to be commended for setting a very reasonable cap of just five entries per day based on $250 in wagers.
Though not great, the prizes are still worth playing for
A $20 bonus and even a $50 bonus would have to be considered small, especially since these bonuses are sticky. However, the prizes are not so tiny, the player is left feeling they are a waste of time.
As we pointed out, the type of bonus that Virgin Casino is offering definitely has limitations. Only being able to bet the bonus once and then not being able to keep it makes winning more than a very small amount unlikely. However, the flip side, which works to your advantage, is that you are making this bet with the casino’s money, not your own. So even if you win nothing, you can’t possibly lose any of your own money. Instead, you wind up with exactly the same amount of money in your account that you had just before you got the bonus. And that’s the worst-case scenario. The best, which is equally possible, is that you win betting the bonus, Either way, the bet costs you nothing!
The drawing isn’t the only way you can win in this promotion. You can also win playing some great NetEnt table games
Not that you need extra incentive to play online, but Virgin Casino and NetEnt give it to you in this opportunity to win bonus money in a prize drawing. But the best feature of this promotion is not the prizes that you may or may not win but the outstanding games you get to play to earn entries into the drawing.
The name NetEnt is synonymous with online casino games of the highest quality, and that includes table games as well as slots. If you haven’t yet tried this company’s outstanding table games, especially blackjack, what are you waiting for? While you’re accumulating entries for the drawing, you can enjoy the experience of playing some of the best table games in the house. Regardless of whether or not you win a prize in the drawing, you have an excellent chance to win another way–playing NetEnt table games.