Virgin Casino NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw
Are you a Virgin Casino player who has been patiently waiting for a great opportunity to receive extra rewards, not just for slot play, but specifically your play on table games? Wish granted. The period for earning entries into the Virgin Casino Table Games Prize Draw–you read right—starts Monday, March 11 and continues all week long through Sunday, March 17.
On top of whatever money you win simply playing these games, you could win a piece of $2,000 in Bonus Money.
NetEnt is not only a top slot manufacturer but offers blackjack and roulette, too
Unless you’re brand new to NJ online casino gambling, the name NetEnt should already be familiar to you. In fact, over the past few months we have highlighted several big prize giveaways that entailed playing NetEnt slots. Some of you reading this post may have already cashed in one or more times. If so, you don’t need me to tell you that NetEnt makes some of the best online slots on the planet. In any case, if slots are your game of choice NetEnt is a name you definitely want to keep in mind even when their games are not part of a special promotion.
On another website I write for, www.njgamblingwebsites.com, you can check out various slot games I have highlighted as Barb’s Best Bets. One of my criteria is that the slot must have a return to player (RTP) of 96% or better, and all NetEnt slots do. No wonder the overwhelming majority of my best bets are NetEnt slots.
But what you might not know is that NetEnt also makes table games, including two blackjack games and three roulette games that you should have at the top of this week’s VirginCasino.com play list. Why? Because all five games count towards earning entries into the upcoming $2,000 Virgin Casino NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw. Here are the games:
|NetEnt Single Deck Blackjack|
|NetEnt Blackjack Classic|
|NetEnt American Roulette|
|NetEnt European Roulette|
|NetEnt French Roulette|
Are you eligible for the Virgin Casino NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw?
In order to participate in this promotion, you need to be a registered VirginCasino.com player. It is not required that you live in New Jersey. But you do need to have access to the NJ website and be physically situated in New Jersey at the time of your play. However, residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico are excluded.
How to Earn Entries for the Virgin Casino NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw
Unlike some of the other NetEnt prize giveaways which were open to players from many casinos, this one is for Virgin Casino players only. This is to your advantage because the smaller playing field gives you a better chance of winning.
You have seven days to rack up as many entries as you can playing any or all of the five above-mentioned games. For every $50 wagered on one or more of these table games on any given qualifying day, you will earn one entry, up to a maximum of five if all your day’s qualifying wagers add up to $250 or more. Therefore, if you play all seven days of the promotion and wager $250 each day, you will earn 35 entries, which is the maximum number possible.
However, if this is more play than you can handle, don’t worry about it. Simply do the best you can. No prize giveaway is worth risking more money than you can comfortably afford.
Which games are your best bets?
Of all the games you can play in the casino, blackjack is the one with the potentially lowest house edge. However, all blackjack games are not created equal. A lot depends on the rules, which can vary significantly from one game to another. Some are favorable to the player while others favor the house. But blackjack is also a game of skill as well as luck, so you must have the correct basic strategy down pat and be willing to apply it steadfastly. Otherwise, you are not fully capitalizing on your chances to win.
Just seeing the NetEnt label made me confident that either of the two blackjack games offered would be an excellent choice for a knowledgeable player to earn entries into the NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw. But I checked them out to be certain. Here are the important rules and house edge for each game.
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
Important Guidelines for Both Games
As you can see, the house edge for the two games is identical. So which you choose is simply a matter of whether you prefer a highly favorable single deck game with less favorable rules or a less favorable four deck game with more favorable rules. You can’t have it both ways because then the advantage would shift to the player and no casino is that generous. But do yourself your favor. Make sure you know the correct basic strategy or otherwise learn it or practice in demo mode if your skills are rusty before you play either game for real money.
By the way, forget about card counting. It doesn’t work with online blackjack.
If you would like to earn some or all of your entries playing roulette, your best bet is either European or French Roulette. Both games have only a single zero and in the NetEnt version, have a house edge of 2.3%.
However, stay clear of American Roulette. The additional double zero on the wheel raises the house edge to 5.26%.
What You Can Win in the Drawing
On Monday, March 18 a random drawing will take place among all qualified entries to determine the 70 winners. All prizes are in the form of Bonus Money credited to players’ accounts. The prizes will be distributed as follows:
|20||$50 Bonus Money|
|50||$20 Bonus Money|
Receiving Your Prize
If your name is picked as one of the winners, you should receive your bonus within 24 hours. However, allow up to three business days in case of technical difficulties.
Wagering Requirements for the Bonus
All Bonus Money won in the NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw is subject to the same terms and conditions as any other Bonus Money awarded to existing Virgin Casino players.
The good news is that you only have to wager the bonus 1x and can do so with any game of your choosing. If you’ve been lucky playing any of the qualifying blackjack or roulette games and would like to clear the bonus with the same game, you certainly can. But if you feel like switching to a different game, that is also fine. You have up to 30 days, not that you’ll need it, to complete the wagering. As soon as you do, whatever you win as a result is yours to keep.
The bad news is that as much as you might like to bet the bonus more than just once, to try to win more, you can’t. Win or lose, as soon as you have completed the 1x bonus wagering, the casino takes the bonus back. In other words, you can only keep your winnings from betting the bonus, not the bonus itself.
NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw Pros and Cons and Why This Promotion is Worth Your Time
Like many other NJ online casino promotions, this one has some features that are great and others that are not so great.
What could be better
The only real shortcoming to this promotion is the same one you’ll find with all Bonus Money giveaways at Virgin Casino. You can’t keep the bonus! Not only that, as soon as you bet it once, it disappears, never to be seen again. Both factors significantly reduce your potential to turn the bonus into a meaningful size win.
Also, considering the fact that many players will have 35 entries apiece, even though 70 winners may seem like a lot, it really isn’t because the total number of entries will be many times 70.
Fortunately, the Virgin Casino NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw also offers a multitude of great features.
Affordable to all players
No deposit is required, and as long as you can bet at least $50 on at least one day of the weeklong promotion, your name is in the drawing. Of course, you can improve your chances substantially by earning more entries. However, the casino is setting a very reasonable ceiling of five entries per person based on $250 in wagers per day. This will make it impossible for players who would ordinarily have no problem betting many times that amount from hogging the lion’s share of entries and effectively shutting other players out. Instead, everyone has a fair chance to win.
Also keep in mind that in a random drawing like this, unexpected things can and do happen. Having the maximum number of entries doesn’t guarantee your name will be picked, and having only a few entries certainly doesn’t rule out your chances that your name will indeed be picked.
Bonus isn’t so tiny it’s useless
Sticky bonuses that you can’t keep need to be larger than traditional bonuses to have a reasonable hope of showing a profit. If they’re tiny (i.e., $10 or less), after you bet the bonus once and it’s taken away, even if you win, the chances are it will be so little you will feel like you haven’t won at all. The bonus prizes in this giveaway are small, but at least with $50 or even $20 to start with, you have a fighting chance.
No risk bonus
Another great feature is that the bonus is completely risk-free. The fact that you can only bet the bonus once may limit the amount you can win. But what you can definitely take to the bank is the knowledge that losing any of your own money betting the bonus is impossible. You are betting with the casino’s money, not yours. So in the very worst case scenario where you win nothing betting the bonus, you still break even.
An even better chance to win playing great NetEnt games
That brings me to the final and most important advantage to participating in this promotion. It’s the perfect excuse for playing some of the best online casino games available to you. If you’re a slot player, NetEnt slots are your best bet by far. But you’re still fighting about a 4 percent house edge. However, both of the NetEnt blackjack games included in this promotion have a house edge of only 0.46%. Or you can play the NetEnt version of European or French Roulette with a house edge of 2.3%. All of these games give you a great chance of winning with minimal risk, making them ideal games to play to earn entries for the drawing where you can win even more.
The Bottom Line
Regardless of whether your games of choice are slots, table games or both, the NetEnt label assures you of a top quality product. This promotion gives a whole new meaning to Daylight Saving Time. Seizing opportunities to win potentially big rewards while saving money in your quest to do so is what participating in the NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw is all about, and you can start that quest right now.