Lucky Weekend for NJ Casino Players


Whether you’re Irish or not, and whether you play in Atlantic City, online, or both, this is a very lucky weekend for all NJ casino players. If you can get to Atlantic City tonight, I’ll briefly mention some of the special food, drink, and entertainment options that two Atlantic City casinos, Tropicana and Resorts, are offering. Or you may simply prefer to stay home, avoiding the St. Patty’s Day mayhem and drunkenness, which is understandable, and play your favorite casino games online. You have lots of great options–not only a plethora of bonuses from the NJ online casinos, but also some great Irish themed slots that I’ll tell you about as well to put you in a celebratory mood. Yes, it’s a very lucky weekend to be living and playing in New Jersey!

Lucky Weekend Special Promotions at Tropicana Atlantic City

Tropicana Atlantic City is a place that you can always count on to throw a good party,. and today, St. Patrick’s Day, is no exception. Besides, with all your favorite casino games right there under the same roof for the Luck of the Irish to rub off on you, how can you go wrong? There may be no better spot in AC to wear (and bring) lots of green and to play, eat, drink, and party the night away.

Dining Specials

It’s not every day that you can enjoy traditional Irish favorites like Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, and mouthwatering desserts laced with Bailey’s Irish cream. So be sure to come hungry. You’ll have a tough time for sure deciding between all of these tempting Tropicana special offerings for today only unless otherwise indicated.

  •  A Dam Good Deli

 Corned beef platter for $8.00

  • Broadway Burger Bar (through March 18)

 Shepherd’s pie

Prime beef burger with Irish bacon, Dublin cheddar, and spinach

Corned beef and cabbage quesadilla

  • Fiesta Buffet

 Special St. Patrick’s Day menu for $31.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity)

  • Il Verdi

Special 3 Course Menu: $58.00 per person plus tax and gratuity

  • Seaside Cafe

Special 3 Course Menu:  $19.95 per person plus tax

  •  RiRa Irish Pub

Saturday, 3/17: Galway Guild (6 p.m. to closing)

Sunday, 3/18: Shaun Dumin (10 p.m. to closing)

  • Boogie Nights

Shamrock & Shenanigans

Featured drink: Green Boogie Bowl (vodka, Midori, pineapple, and sour mix): $40

  • Anthem

 All night party starts at 10 p.m.

Ladies free until midnight.

  • Kiss Kiss Nightclub

 Party starts at 10:30 p.m.

In addition, all over the property, you can have specially priced Guinness, green tea shots, Irish coffee, and more.

Lucky Weekend Special Promotions at Resorts Atlantic City

If it’s more convenient for you to get to the north part of the Boardwalk, Resorts is another Atlantic City casino that is pulling out all the stops for St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day Cash Dash

Win a Swirling Whirlwind of Slot Cash or Match Play

It’s not too late for your chance to win, but you’ll have to hurry. Every 30 minutes up until 10 p.m., one active slot or table player will be randomly chosen to make a dash for the swirling cash. One of the bills swirling around is worth $1,000!

You must use your Star Card while playing in order to be eligible. If your name is called and you are playing slots, your lucky weekend Cash Dash winnings will be credited as slot dollars to your account. If you are playing a table game, your lucky weekend Cash Dash winnings will be in the form of match play. For further information, visit the Promotions booth.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at Breadsticks

Breadsticks, located near the Boardwalk entrance to Resorts, is offering a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner with all the trimmings, and for far less than what you would expect to pay. Your dinner includes all of the following (plus breadsticks, of course):

  • First course: Irish Ale and Dubliner Cheese Soup
  • Second course: Corned beef and cabbage with boiled potato and carrots OR Bangers and Colcannon
  • Third course: Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheese Cake

The three course feast (not including beverages, tax, and gratuity) is bargain priced at $16.99.

Party at Bar 1
  •  DJ entertainment all evening until 3 a.m.
  • Specially priced drinks include $3 Guinness, $5 Peppermint Paddy shots, and $6 Jameson Car Bombs

Lucky Weekend for Online Players, Too

In between getting your fill of hearty Irish food, and playing and partying, if you have an online account with Resorts or Tropicana, don’t forget to stop by the respective casino cashier’s cage. It’s available to you 24/7 either to reload your account or withdraw your online winnings. If you play on, you can also make deposits and withdrawals at the Tropicana casino cashier’s cage.

In addition, most NJ online casinos are offering special bonuses this weekend, some of which are really too good to miss. See my earlier posts on this website describing the current promotions at Borgata, Caesars, and Harrah’s Online Casinos. Or, if you prefer, you can check out what Tropicana and Virgin Online Casinos have to offer. You have lots of options.

Play Some Lucky Irish Themed Slots

Last, but certainly not least, if you’re a NJ online slot player what could be a more fun thing to do this lucky weekend than play a highly entertaining, high returning, Irish themed slot game? Rather than go bar hopping till the wee hours of the morning and regretting it later, make it an early night in Atlantic City. Or save your money and stay warm and comfortable playing your favorite online games on your desktop or mobile phone.  If you’re not Irish, no problem. The Luck of the Irish can still rub off on you, especially if you play one of the lucky slot games I am about to describe.

Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle is a slot game from NextGen Gaming.  Like many other NJ online slots, it has five reels and 20 paylines. But what sets it apart from other games is not only the omnipresent Irish theme, but more importantly, the exceptionally high rate of return.

Emerald Isle is a medium volatility game with a return to player (RTP) of 96.36 %.The minimum bet per spin is 20 cents and the maximum is $80,

As soon as you open up the game, you won’t need any coaxing at all to want to “spend a while on the Isle.” How could you possibly want to go anywhere else when you can take in picturesque greenery, pleasant Irish music, and even a rainbow in the background. while at the same time embarking on a quest for your own pot of gold?

Symbols and Bonus Features

Along with the playing cards 9 through Ace (traditional lower paying symbols), the higher paying symbols include four leaf clovers, Irish lasses, pots of gold, leprechauns, and rainbows. The leprechaun is the wild symbol, and the rainbow is the scatter symbol. How Irish can a game get?

There are also two bonus features: a Leprechaun Bonus and a Free Spins Bonus.

The Leprechaun Bonus is a mini game in which the object is to pick two matching treasure chests. It is triggered when the leprechaun wild symbol shows up on both reels 1 and 5 on the same spin.

The Free Spins Bonus is triggered when three rainbow symbols show up on consecutive reels from left to right simultaneously. It doesn’t happen often, but the reward is a big one–10 free spins with all winnings paying triple!

Finn and the Swirly Spin

Another Irish themed slot game that I highly recommend for this lucky weekend is Finn and the Swirly Spin from NetEnt.  But be forewarned; this game is not for the fainthearted or anyone reluctant to try something new. It is probably different from any slot game you have played before, as it is played on a 5×5 grid with 25 spaces. It also includes a cluster pays feature.

The minimum bet per spin is just a penny and the maximum is $50, making it a perfect game for even the smallest slot players. Like Emerald Isle, Finn and the Swirly Spin is considered a medium volatility game. But that fact probably won’t even concern you because the RTP is 96.62%.

Finn and the Swirly Spin Symbols

Finn is a little leprechaun who plays Irish music. He’s the most fun to watch when  you score a big win because that’s he becomes animated and tips off his hat to you.

The other symbols you’ll be watching in this game are spades, hearts, 4 leaf clovers, lucky horseshoes, acorns, and rubies. The one that pays the most is the ruby. Five of them on the same payline return 50x your bet. The game also has a wild symbol and a scatter symbol.

A winning combination occurs anytime a line (either horizontal or vertical) is formed with three or more matching symbols.

The star is the wild symbol, replacing all other symbols except the scatter symbol (the key).

Exploding Symbols

Once you start winning, it may be a while before you get to spin again. That’s because, each time you win, all of the contributing symbols are destroyed and the spaces that are freed up are then filled with other symbols. Higher up symbols move down into the next lower available space, causing an avalanche.

In addition, whenever a wild symbol contributes to the formation of a winning combination, the wild symbol explodes, too, and destroys the adjacent symbols in the same row or column.

The more explosions you witness and the more extensive the avalanche, bigger your winnings!

Finn and the Swirly Spin Special Features

As if all of the above isn’t enough, there are four special features that can be randomly triggered in the Base Game plus four Free Spins bonus features, any of which can make your win rate go up dramatically. In order to trigger one of the Free Spins bonuses, first you have to have a winning spin in the base game.  Then, when all of the wins and avalanches for that spin are over, if and only if the key scatter symbol lands in the center position, you get to play one of the four bonus rounds. The number of free spins awarded to you and the nature of your reward varies, depending on the number of keys you have accumulated at that point in the game.

If this is your lucky weekend, you can win a lot of money playing this game. In the base game, you can win up to 420 times your bet, and on the Free Spins, you can win up to 500 times your bet!


You can play both Emerald Isle and Finn and the Swirly Spin at all of the following NJ online casinos: Betfair, Borgata, Caesars, Golden Nugget, Mohegan Sun, and Resorts. You can also play Finn and the Swirly Spin at Sugar House, Tropicana, and Virgin Online Casinos

Of course, we can’t guarantee that you’ll be a winner playing either of these slot games. The same is true if you decide to opt into any of the bonuses the NJ online casinos are offering this weekend. But one thing is certain. Regardless of whether you go out on the town or stay home and play on your desktop or mobile device, there is plenty of opportunity to have fun, especially on this lucky weekend.


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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