NetEnt Prize Draw Returns to Virgin Casino
Are Virgin Online Casino and one of the world’s top online casino game manufacturers teaming up to offer a new NetEnt Prize Draw every month? It certainly looks that way.
For example, in January, Virgin Casino had a $3,000 NetEnt prize draw where 150 lucky players each won $20 in bonus money. In February, Virgin was one of nine NJ online casinos participating in the $20,000 NetEnt Big Game Giveaway.
Then, in March, Virgin Casino players had the opportunity to participate in yet another NetEnt prize draw. Like the January prize draw, that one was for Virgin players exclusively. It entailed playing select NetEnt table games rather than slots, for a chance to win a piece of a $2,000 prize pool.
Now Virgin Casino is kicking off April with a brand new opportunity to win valuable prizes playing select games from NetEnt. Just like last month, the total prize pool is $2,000 in Bonus Money, and 70 players will share in the bounty. But don’t worry because this one is also for Virgin Casino players only. So there’s no chance of any outsiders hogging the prizes.
How the current NetEnt prize draw at Virgin Casino works
The earning period for the current NetEnt prize draw began Monday, April 1 and continues all week long until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 7. For every $50 that you wager on any given day on any of the 10 included NetEnt slots, you will earn one entry, up to a maximum of five entries per day if you wager $250 or more.
In other words, if you play all seven days and wager $250 or more each day, you will earn 35 tickets, which is the maximum number possible. If you don’t have time and/or can’t afford to wager that much, you will still earn entries on any day that you wager at least $50. However, you can’t carry over your play from one day to another. So on any day you do play, be sure to bet at least $50, or a multiple of $50.
Who is eligible to participate?
This week’s NetEnt giveaway is open to registered VirginCasino.com players in most states. So, in order to participate, you don’t necessarily have to live in New Jersey. As long as you have access to the NJ VirginCasino.com website and are physically situated in New Jersey at the time of play, you are good to go. However, unfortunately, residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico are not eligible.
Here are the 10 slot games you can choose from to earn entries for this NetEnt prize draw.
|Finn and the Swirly Spin|
|Guns N’ Roses|
|Dead or Alive|
|Coins of Egypt|
Picking which of these slots to play won’t be easy. But you can’t go wrong playing any of them, as they’re all great games. In fact, three of the slots, Guns N’ Roses, Finn and the Swirly Spin, and BerryBurst, have been featured on NJ Gambling Websites as Barb’s Best Bets.
These slots are worth your time even without a Bonus Money giveaway to entice you to play. But the opportunity to add to your game play winnings with a nice prize should make opting in irresistible.
What you can win and when
On Monday, April 8, Virgin Casino will hold a random drawing from among all of the eligible entries to determine the 70 winners. The following chart shows how these 70 prizes will be distributed. All prizes are in the form of Bonus Money.
|# of Winners||Prize|
|20||$50 Bonus Money|
|50||$20 Bonus Money|
If you’re one of the 70 lucky winners, the money will probably appear in your account the following day, or at the latest, in three business days in the event of technical difficulties.
Bonus Money wagering requirements
Any Bonus Money awarded in this NetEnt Prize Draw works exactly like any other Bonus Money you might win as a Virgin Casino player.
Before you will be permitted to withdraw any bonus-related additional winnings, you will be required to wager the bonus 1x. You can make these wagers on any game you wish and have up to 30 days to do so.
That’s all you have to do, and whatever you win from wagering the bonus is then yours to keep. However, that does not include the bonus itself. Unfortunately, as soon as you complete your 1x wager of the bonus, win or lose, the casino takes the bonus back, and you never see it again.
NetEnt Prize Draw Pros and Cons
This promotion has a lot of great things going for it, and there is very little not to like. The latter are basically the same shortcomings that virtually all giveaways at both VirginCasino.com and sister NJ online casino TropicanaCasino.com have.
What could be better
Sticky bonus you can only bet once and can’t keep either
Because you can only bet the bonus once, there is no opportunity to see if you can get a winning streak going betting the bonus and then capitalize on it. On top of that, you can’t even keep the bonus!
Most NJ online casino bonuses come with wagering requirements that are substantially higher than just 1x the bonus, But precisely because you’re betting the bonus over and over again, there’s the potential to enjoy a huge win. And, of course, as soon as you finish clearing the bonus, not just your winnings, but whatever is left of the bonus, too, is yours to keep. Here you’re stripped of those advantages.
70 winners may sound great, but your chances of winning are reduced by the huge number of entries.
Many players will have the maximum of 35 entries or close to that number. So even though 70 prizes may seem like a lot for a prize drawing, your odds aren’t that great.
Now let’s consider why, in spite of these shortcomings, participating in this NetEnt prize draw is well worth your time.
Easy to enter with wagering requirements any player can afford
This NetEnt giveaway is perfect for small players because no deposit is required. Furthermore, even if you bet as little as $50 on at least one day this week, your name will go into the drawing. Of course, if you are able to play more, you’ll improve your chances, but that’s entirely up to you and what you feel you can comfortably afford.
Reasonable cap on the number of entries per person
Some NJ online casinos don’t place any limit at all on the number of drawing entries any one player can earn. While high rollers love that, it places everybody else in a tough spot and greatly limits their chances of winning a prize. Virgin Casino has set a very reasonable top daily limit of five entries per person based on $250 in wagers. This helps level the playing field and give players of all betting levels a fair chance to win.
Bonus isn’t so tiny you feel it’s a waste of time
$20 is a small bonus, but not so small that the ability to extract a nice win from it is near impossible. Of course, a $50 bonus is much better.
A sticky bonus needs to be bigger than a traditional bonus to have any reasonable chance to win anything worth mentioning. While the two bonus sizes in this giveaway are far from great, they are not so tiny that you would need a miracle to pull out a win.
No risk bonus
The fact that you can only bet the bonus once works against you because it clearly limits the amount you can win. But in another way it’s advantageous because it safeguards your bankroll. You’re betting the bonus entirely with the casino’s money and not at all with your own money, so there’s no way you can wind up losing. The absolute worst that can happen is you win nothing betting the bonus, in which case the amount of money in your account will be exactly what it was just before you got the bonus. But think positive. You could win.
Opportunity to play some great NetEnt games, with an even better chance to win
I’ve saved the best feature of this promotion for last. The fact that Virgin Casino is offering this NetEnt prize draw gives you great incentive to try some excellent online slot games that you might have otherwise overlooked.
All of these games have a 96% or higher return to player (RTP). Therefore, out of the hundreds of slots you get to choose from on NJ gambling websites, you will be playing some of the very best. A high rate of return is important because it indicates that even over a long stretch of time, besides your chances of winning being very good, the likelihood of your losing any significant portion of your bankroll is also minimal.
NetEnt games are also highly entertaining. Themes you can readily relate to and special features galore will keep you from ever getting bored. Even if your name is not picked as one of the 70 winners in the NetEnt prize draw, you will have lots of fun playing NetEnt slots this week and maybe some of your spins will win big money for you, too.