NJ Online Casino Players Deserve Better


Earlier today I told you about a Guaranteed Bonus at BorgataCasino.com, for today only. If you haven’t already taken advantage of it, you still have tonight to do so. But once the clock strikes midnight, you will be too late and you will miss out on this great opportunity for NJ online casino players.

Meanwhile, I’ve been looking carefully at what kinds of deals the other NJ online casinos are offering to kick off the New Year, and I have to say I’m not impressed. Scrooge seems to be working overtime way past Christmas. NJ online casino players deserve better!

Below is a sampling of some of the offers that are currently available. Other than the Borgata Guaranteed Bonus, I don’t feel that any of them deserve a full article write-up. On the other hand, a mediocre bonus still beats no bonus, so if you would like to accept any of these bonuses and want more details, visit the casino website directly

PalaCasino.com 25% Deposit Match up to $50

Today, January 1, only, the casino is offering a 25% deposit match up to $50. Make your deposit with the code NEWYEAR, and the bonus will be credited within 72 hours. You then have 7 days to meet the casino’s wagering requirements of 20x the bonus for slots or 100x the bonus (not a misprint) for any other game.

If you do the math, you will see that in order to receive the maximum bonus of $50, you must deposit $200 or more. Then, clearing the bonus with slots, you will need to wager $1,000.

Why NJ Online Casino Players Deserve Better

This is not a good offer. The combination of a deposit percentage match of only 25% and a hefty wagering requirement will almost certainly mean heavy reliance on your own deposited money to clear the bonus.

TropicanaCasino.com Midnight Madness Playback Bonus

Today is the final day for this promotion, which started December 29. You will find the list of eligible games on the TropicanaCasino.com website. If and only if your total play on these games during the promotion period results in a net loss, the casino will give you a 20.18% Playback Bonus up to $50.

Why NJ Online Casino Players Deserve Better

A non-redeemable 20% Playback Bonus is a definite improvement over the usual TropicanaCasino.com and VirginCasino.com non-redeemable 5-15% Playback Bonus. And another nice feature is that you only have to play the bonus once, so there is no further risk of losing your own money. But the only way to get the bonus in the first place is to lose, and then you can’t keep the bonus. Furthermore, what’s the point of making it a 20.18% bonus except to be cute? Will the casino round the decimals up or down?

HarrahsCasino.com 18% Deposit Match up to $1,000

This promotion also started December 29 and ends at 11:59 p.m. today, January 1 Players who make a deposit up to $1,000 using the code WIN18 will receive an 18% bonus.

In other words, the maximum bonus you can get with this offer is $180, but it will require a deposit of $1,000. If all you can afford to deposit is $100, your bonus will be $18.

The bonus comes with a wagering requirement of 5x the bonus for slots, 25x the bonus for video poker, or 50x the bonus for any other game. Players have 7 days to complete the wagering.

Why NJ Online Casino Players Deserve Better

Another attempt by an online casino to use the new year to get cute to mask the fact that this is not a good offer. $180 on a deposit of $1,000! Can the casino afford it? A player with $1,000 to deposit would be much better off opening an account at another casino where he or she isn’t already registered and getting a 100% bonus. Later, after meeting the wagering requirements, if the player so desires, some or all of the money could be transferred to the player’s Harrah’s Online Casino account, ideally when the casino is offering another deposit match bonus with better terms.

CaesarsCasino.com $2,500 Bonus Play Giveaway

 $2,500 is the total amount the casino is giving away to 250 players, not the amount any one player can actually win in this promotion. The best feature is that entering the drawing is completely free. Every day, from January 1 through January 31, you can receive a new entry into the drawing simply by logging into your CaesarsCasino.com account and claiming the offer under “My Bonuses.” But here’s the kicker, if you win a bonus (and you might not), don’t expect to see it in your account anytime soon.

Why NJ Online Casino Players Deserve Better

You have to wait more than a month–until February 7–to find out if you are one of the 250 prizewinners. If this was a mystery bonus with a chance of snagging a really big prize, the long wait might be justified. But this is a fixed bonus in the whopping amount of $10, and it comes with wagering requirements, too!


Hopefully, bonus offers like the aforementioned won’t be typical of what can be expected down the road because NJ online casino players deserve better. It’s discouraging to see casinos insulting players’ intelligence with a plethora of mediocre offers.

But there’s something you can do to help put a stop to this practice and ensure getting better bonuses more consistently. Accept the best bonuses and say no to the poorest offers. When casinos see that there are few takers for the worst offers compared to the overwhelming response for the best offers, they will get the message and start delivering the kinds of bonuses players like on a regular basis. The Double Refer a Friend Bonus at Tropicana and Virgin Online Casinos, the 100% deposit match bonus at Caesars and Harrah’s Online Casinos, and the Borgata, Caesars, and Harrah’s Mystery Bonus are examples of some frequently repeated outstanding offers.

Barbara Nathan is both a professional writer and casino, poker, and sports betting expert. Originally from NYC, she relocated to Absecon, NJ in 2013 just prior to the official launch of New Jersey regulated online casino and poker gambling. Besides keeping tabs on important developments in the industry from day 1, Barbara is very familiar with what each NJ online casino has to offer. Her comprehensive, unbiased reviews and promotion descriptions provide a valuable service to NJ online casino players. Barbara also enjoys volunteering in the Atlantic City community. She is a certified literacy tutor at the Atlantic City Public Library.

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