Feel the Reel Rush at Tropicana and Virgin


 If you’re an online slot player, win or lose, one thing you probably love about the game is the real rush you get to experience every time you spin the reels. Will it finally be your time to win the elusive jackpot you have been dreaming about?  This week at TropicanaCasino.com and VirginCasino.com you can feel the reel rush in even more ways. Just in case you lose, the casino has your back and will give you another chance–in the form of a Playback Bonus–to try to recoup at least some of those losses.

Even though Tropicana and Virgin are affiliated sites, it is unusual for both online casinos to be offering the same bonus at the same time. However, this week, except for a few difference, they are. Tropicana and Virgin Online Casinos are both encouraging you to feel the reel rush that only playing your favorite slot games can bring. However, over the next few days, as added insurance, if you don’t win, a Playback Bonus will be waiting for you!

In the sections that follow, I will describe each casino’s offer. Then I’ll provide you with my assessment regarding which offer appears to be the better of the two.

Features of the Reel Rush Promotion That Are the Same at Both Casinos

 In many respects, the promotions at the two casinos are identical. At both casinos, the duration of the promotional period, type of bonus the casino is offering–a non-redeemable playback bonus–and the bonus-related wagering requirements before you can withdraw your winnings are the same.

In addition, no deposit is required at any time. However, during the promotional period, in order to be considered for a bonus, at least $50 play on one or more of the casino’s designated games is necessary. Therefore, if your account balance is very low, you might want to increase it.

You don’t have to play every day during the promotion, but playing multiple days can result in a bigger bonus. Also, the deciding factor is the overall result. In other words, you don’t necessarily have to lose each day you play; you can have one or more winning days and still be eligible for a bonus. However, a bonus will only be given to players incurring a net loss for all promotional period play combined.

What is different about each casino’s offer are the games that are eligible for the offer and how the percentage you get back as a bonus is determined.

Reel Rush Bonus Promotional Period

At both casinos, the promotion got underway Monday, October 9 and continues for three more days only till 11:59 p.m. Thursday, October 12.

Reel Rush Bonus Wagering Requirements

On Friday, October 13, the casino will determine how much bonus money, if any, each participant will receive. If you are entitled to a bonus, your account will be credited accordingly within three business days. You then have up to 30 calendar days to meet the casino’s wagering requirement, which is 1x the bonus on any game.

Upon completion of this wagering, you are free to withdraw any winnings therefrom. However, the bonus itself is not withdrawable at any time.

Additional Real Rush Promotion Features for TropicanaCasino.com Only

The following additional terms and conditions apply specifically to the TropicanaCasino.com promotion.

Eligible Games

The casino will determine your eligibility for a bonus based on net losses incurred playing one or more of the following games only. If you also choose to play a game not on this list, your results in that game won’t matter.

  • Tiki Island
  • Tiki Totem
  • Jim’s Jungle
  • Secrets of the Phoenix
  • Queen of Winter Wars
  • Bubbly Wild
  • Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood
  • Get Clucky
  • Fantasini: Master of Mystery
  • Cats
  • Atlantic City Blackjack
How Your Bonus Will Be Determined

The amount of your bonus will be determined based on your overall net loss during the promotional period. Net loss is defined as the total amount won minus total wagered (which must be a negative number). If you are eligible for a bonus, it will be a playback bonus equal to 10% of your net loss, up to a maximum of $50.

In other words, in order to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $50, your total net loss must be $500 or more. The minimum bonus you can receive is $1, based on a net loss of $10.

Additional Real Rush Promotion Features for VirginCasino.com Only

The following additional terms and conditions apply specifically to the VirginCasino.com promotion.

Eligible Games

The casino will determine your eligibility for a bonus based on net losses incurred playing one or more of the following games only. If you also choose to play a game not on this list, your results in that game won’t matter.

  • Tiki Island
  • Tiki Totem
  • Jim’s Jungle
  • Secrets of the Phoenix
  • Queen of Winter Wars
  • Bubbly Wild
  • Magic Portals
  • Cleopatra Plus
  • Elements
  • Joker Pro
  • King of Slots
How Your Bonus Will be Determined

Unlike at Tropicana Online Casino, where only your overall net loss and not the number of days you play during the promotional (1, 2, 3, or 4) will affect the amount of your bonus, at Virgin Online Casino, the number of days you play counts. The more days of qualifying play you have (wagering $50 or more on eligible games), the higher the playback bonus percentage and the higher the maximum bonus. Rather than the bonus being fixed at 10% of the player’s net loss, it can range from as little as 5% to as much as 20%. Rather than the bonus being capped at $50, the maximum bonus varies from $20 to $75.

The following table shows the breakdown based on number of days of qualifying play.


Days Qualified Playback Bonus % Max Playback Bonus
1 5% $20 in Bonus Money
2 10% $30 in Bonus Money
3 15% $50 in Bonus Money
4 20% $75 in Bonus Money


It is important to note that the $50 minimum applies separately for each day you play. Therefore, playing more than one day increases the total minimum wagering requirement by $50 for each additional day. With the TropicanaCasino.com, as long as the total amount wagered during the promotional period is at least $50, no daily minimum wager is specified.

Here is the minimum amount you would need to lose to qualify for the maximum bonus for any given number of days of qualifying play:

1 day:  $400

2 days: $300

3 days: $333.34

4 days: $375

The minimum bonus you can receive is $1. Therefore the minimum you can lose and still be eligible for a bonus after 1, 2, 3, or 4 days of qualifying play is $20, $10,  $6.67, or $5, respectively. Since today is the second day of the promotion, the only way to be eligible for a bonus based on four days play would be to have started playing yesterday. However, if you wager $50 or more on eligible games today, tomorrow, and Thursday, you can have three days of qualifying play.

Is the Reel Rush Playback Bonus Promotion Worth Your Time?

Unfortunately, neither offer is great. None of the bonuses amount to more than a small percentage of the player’s total net loss. Then, on top of that, the only thing you can do with the bonus is wager it once and hope you win. That’s the only opportunity you get  because as soon as that wager is made, the bonus disappears from your account for good.

So unless your loss is sizable enough to qualify for one of the bigger bonuses, the likelihood of your winning anything worth mentioning when you bet the bonus is minimal. Even then, with just a 1x bonus wager, short of hitting a jackpot, it probably won’t even make a dent towards offsetting your loss.

Of course, what you are hoping for is to win during your qualifying play, which means you forfeit the bonus altogether. Otherwise, even though I hate to say it, your next “real rush” once this promotion is over is likely to be to the ATM or your credit card to reload your account!

The best feature about these playback bonuses is that after your loss, the casino is giving you a free ride where you can’t lose any additional money.

Which Casino’s Playback Offer is the Better Deal?

As for which casino’s promotion is the better deal, that depends on how many days you will be playing. Unless you know you can play at least three days, go with the Tropicana offer of 10% up to $50. If and only if you are prepared to play all three remaining days of the promotion, Virgin Online Casino has the better offer.


Barbara Nathan
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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