Tropicana NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw
It is no secret that NJ online casinos tend to reward slot players a lot more generously than they do table games players. However, two NJ gambling websites–Tropicana Online Casino and Virgin Online Casino–with the help of top gaming manufacturer NetEnt, are finally making an all out effort to give their loyal blackjack and roulette players their due.
Two weeks ago I told you about a special table games promotion that VirginCasino.com was offering in conjunction with NetEnt where players had the opportunity to win a share of $2,000 in Bonus Money. Participating in the fun was as easy as logging into your VirginCasino.com account and wagering $50 or more on any of five select NetEnt table games during the course of the week-long promotion. 70 lucky players were then randomly chosen to win either $20 or $50 bonus dollars.
Now–guess what–this week sister online casino TropicanaCasino.com is offering the same great opportunity. Of course, those of you who are registered players at both Virgin and Tropicana who didn’t win a prize in the recent NetEnt giveaway for Virgin Casino players have a second chance this week. Or if you did win two weeks ago, this is your chance to win again!
Are you eligible for the Tropicana Online Casino NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw?
Only registered Tropicana Online Casino players with access to the NJ website can participate in this promotion. However, residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico are excluded.
How to participate in the Tropicana NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw
The current promotion got underway on Monday, March 25 and continues daily all week until 11:59 p.m. next Sunday, March 31. Therefore, even if you missed the first two days, you still have plenty of time to rack up entries for the upcoming drawing.
Assuming you meet the above-mentioned eligibility requirements, here’s what you need to do to get started:
- Log into your TropicanaCasino.com account each day of the promotion or as often during the promotion period as possible.
- Play any or all of the five permitted NetEnt table games.
How to earn entries into the drawing
For every $50 that you wager on an allowed NetEnt blackjack or roulette game on a single qualifying day, you will earn one drawing entry, up to a maximum of five entries per day if you wager a total of $250 or more on a qualifying game. Therefore, if you started playing on day 1 of this promotion, play all seven days, and wager $250 on eligible games each day, you will earn a total of 35 entries. This is the maximum number of possible. Even if you start today, you can still earn up to 25 entries.
Only bet what you can comfortably afford
Don’t worry if you can’t play every day or wager $250 in a single day. The whole point of this prize drawing is to introduce you to games you will enjoy playing, not to compel you to wager more money than you can comfortably afford.
Furthermore, a total of 70 prizes will be given away, which is a lot more than in most drawings.. With that many winners, the luck of the draw, not just the number of entries you have, is certain to come into play. However, do keep in mind that play cannot be carried over from one day to the next for the purpose of earning entries. So each day you play, be sure to bet at least $50. Otherwise, the play won’t count.
Your choice of games
If you also play online slots, you are probably no stranger to NetEnt games, as this company is one of the leading manufacturers of online slots. NetEnt excels in developing slot games that are not only highly entertaining, but give players of any betting level a fair chance to win. Their consistently exceptional high return to player (RTP) of 96% or better places them in an elite category of the very best slots available to you as a NJ online casino player. That’s why on another website I write for, www.njgamblingwebsites.com, many of the slots I single out for my Barb’s Best Bets column are by NetEnt.
But what you might not have known, unless you participated in the identical promotion two weeks ago on VirginCasino.com, is that NetEnt also offers some outstanding table games. Now, thanks to the same opportunity being extended this week for Tropicana Online Casino players, you will definitely want to add these games to your play list.
Here are the five NetEnt table games you can choose from to earn entries into next Monday’s prize drawing.
|Single Deck Blackjack|
Given the choice between blackjack and roulette, blackjack is your better bet by far, but only if you know and are willing to apply the correct basic strategy. If so, you will be playing a game with the lowest house edge of any game in the casino.
Even so, the specific rules for different blackjack games vary. This makes some versions of the game better for the player than others. I checked out both of the NetEnt blackjack games included in this promotion and have some very good news. Both of these games, when played correctly, have the same house edge of only 0.46%, which is far lower than even the best slots as well as any form of roulette.
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
Either game would be a great choice, but forget about card counting
In the first game, the considerable advantage of a game that uses just one deck is offset by several tough rules like the dealer hitting soft 17 and restricted doubling down options that clearly favor the house. While the second game uses four decks, the rules are more favorable.
That’s why the house edge for the two games is equivalent. Which you choose is simply a matter of personal preference.
In either case, you can’t erase the house edge entirely, but you can maximize your chances of winning by making sure before you start that you have the correct basic strategy down pat. If your skills are rusty, practice in demo mode before you switch to real money. By the way, card counting is not an effective strategy for online blackjack, so if you’re tempted to try it, forget it.
Blackjack isn’t for everyone, so if you prefer roulette, go ahead. But stick to the versions with only a single zero on the wheel, European or French Roulette. The house edge of 2.3% is higher than for blackjack, but clearly a lot better than the 5.26% house edge you would face in American roulette due to the addition of a double zero.
What are the prizes?
Next Monday is April Fool’s Day, but rest assured, TropicanaCasino.com has no tricks up its sleeve. The random drawing to pick the 70 winners in this promotion from all of the qualified entries will take place that day as scheduled. All prizes will be in the form of Bonus Money credited to players’ accounts. 20 players will receive $50 in Bonus Money and 50 more players will receive $20 in Bonus Money.
When to expect your prize
If your name is picked as one of the winners, the prize money should be in your account by Tuesday, April 2. However, in the event of technical difficulties, it could take up to three business days.
Additional wagering requirements for the bonus
Like any other Bonus Money awarded to players at either Tropicana or Virgin Online Casino, the prizes in this giveaway come with additional wagering requirements.
But don’t worry. The tiny bit of wagering being asked of you definitely won’t break the bank. In fact, it won’t cost you any of your own money whatsoever. That’s because all you have to do is bet the bonus once. You can pick any game you wish and take up to 30 days to complete the wagering. However, you will probably prefer to get it over with right away, which should be easy since all you have to wager is either $20 or $50.
As soon as you complete this minimal amount of wagering, any resulting winnings are yours to keep, but unfortunately, not the Bonus Money itself. Win or lose, as soon as you wager the bonus once, it goes right back to the casino. And you never see it again.
Tropicana NetEnt Table Games Prize Draw Pros and Cons
Since this promotion is identical to the NetEnt Table Games Prize draw at Virgin Casino, the same pluses and minuses that I pointed out in my earlier post also apply here.
What could be better
- Offering 70 prizes is not as great as it sounds due to the large number of entries.
- No opportunity to capitalize on a winning streak betting the bonus since you can only bet it once
- Non-withdrawable bonus
- No deposit required
- Very reasonable wagering requirements for earning entries into the drawing
- Reasonable cap on the number of entries per player, so instead of high rollers from hogging all the prizes, everyone has a fair chance
- A $50 bonus or maybe even a $20 bonus isn’t so tiny as to be a likely time waster.
- Risk free bonus–the casino is giving you a free shot to bet its money to try to win
- The promotion introduces you to some great NetEnt table games. Even if you don’t win a prize in the drawing, you have an excellent chance to win simply playing these games.
The Bottom Line
The main reason this NetEnt table games giveaway is worth your time is not so much your chance to win Bonus Money in the drawing as the added incentive it gives you to experience some of the casino’s best table games. Besides being fun to play, the house edge on these games is lower than it is for slots so you have a better chance to win. If you win a Bonus Money prize you can turn into withdrawable cash, too, that would be the icing on the cake.