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No deposit / free play bonuses are very common promotions at online casino and poker sites, second in ubiquity only to the deposit match bonus. But because of the “free” aspect of the promotion, many players often have questions about the logic, fine print or validity of such offers.
Below find answers to a handful of the most regularly asked questions about no deposit promotions.
Generally speaking, no. If a NJ online casino promo code or bonus code is necessary to claim an offer, we will note the code in the description of that offer. But the majority of these offers are just standard opening bonuses at the casino or poker site and don’t require a special promotional code to claim.
No deposit bonuses are a marketing expense like any other marketing expense. Casinos expect a certain value from each customer they bring through the door and are willing to spend up to a number below that value in order to bring customers through the door.
Casinos don’t really care if that money is spent on billboards, a new flashing sign or customer promotions. All are marketing expenses from the view of the bottom line. And that’s how casinos afford to give money away to new players.
It also helps that the amounts involved tend to be small, and the terms of the offer prohibit players from simply cashing out the money right away.
Generally speaking only new customers at a given casino qualify for the no deposit offer. If a casino has both poker and casino no deposit offers – like Borgata and 888 do – players are typically forced to choose one bonus or the other.
Some operators are more restrictive, only allowing one bonus per household address or device.
A casino usually only allows players to take advantage of a no deposit bonus a single time. But there’s nothing stopping players from taking advantage of no deposit bonuses at various casinos and poker rooms.
Most of NJ’s regulated online casinos and poker sites offer some sort of no deposit bonus. If you claimed them all, you’d be looking at roughly $100 in free play.
No. Rooms usually attach some sort of wagering or withdrawal requirement to prevent bonus abuse.
A typical requirement is that you wager the bonus money “x” number of times before you are able to cash out. For poker, the site might require you to pay a certain amount of rake before cashing out.
To create an account at one of NJ’s regulated online casino sites or poker sites, you will need to provide your name, address, email address and social security number.
You may also have to answer some questions to verify your identity. All of this information is required by New Jersey regulations.
Only if you feel comfortable, obviously. But you will need to provide it in order to create a valid account at any New Jersey online casino or poker room.
Regulated online gambling sites are required by law to verify customer identity in order to prevent money laundering and other criminal abuses.
Legal online gambling is just over a year old in New Jersey, so it’s natural that players still have a healthy amount of questions about how these casinos work, who’s behind them and what rules and agencies govern regulated online gambling websites in NJ.
Below we’ve collected answers to the questions we’re most often asked about New Jersey’s legal online casino sites. Contact us if your question isn’t covered below.
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On February 27th, 2013, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that authorized the operation of regulated online casinos in the state.
After issuing licenses and promulgating regulations, New Jersey gaming regulators – specifically the Division of Gaming Enforcement – gave the go-ahead on November 21st, 2013 to approved operators to start offering online casino games and online poker games to players located within the state’s borders.
Only land-based casinos in Atlantic City – along with their licensed partners – are eligible to offer legal, regulated online casino and poker in New Jersey. The list of approved casinos (found above) is a relatively brief one, numbering just under a dozen.
Other online casinos may advertise themselves as legal, but they’re frankly not being honest with customers. The only legal online casinos operating in New Jersey are those licensed and approved by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
There are any number of distinctions – for example, legal online casinos pay taxes on their revenue to the state, while New Jersey receives no such benefits from illegal casinos based offshore.
But from a consumer perspective, there are three key distinctions between legal and illegal online casinos in New Jersey.
You have no guarantee that your funds are safe at an illegal online casino. In fact, it’s often quite difficult to tell what company is ultimately behind the casino. And while several online casinos may advertise that they’re licensed by other jurisdictions, that doesn’t carry the same benefits as an online casino being licensed by New Jersey regulators.
That’s because NJ regulations require licensed online casinos to hold all player funds in secure accounts that are separate from the normal operational accounts of the company. These and other regulatory protections ensure that you know where your funds are, who is holding them and how to get them back if there’s a problem.
Bottom line: Your money is safer at a legal online casino.
Again, without regulations to require that the casino safeguard your personal information – and the ability to crack down on operators with fines and other punishments should they not comply – illegal online casinos have little incentive to protect your personal data.
That includes the credit card or other banking information you provide in order to deposit. When you play at an online casino that isn’t regulated, you simply can’t be sure that your information will be handled in a secure, responsible manner.
Bottom line: Your information is safer at legal online casinos.
All casino games favor the house.
But at an illegal online casino, you have no idea if the deck is square or if the slot reels have been rigged to prevent some outcomes and encourage others. You also have no guarantee that you’ll be paid if you do go on a lucky run and ring up a big win.
At New Jersey’s legal online casinos, games are subject to the same testing and oversight as the slot machines on the floor at the Borgata or Golden Nugget. And you can be just as sure that should you be one of the lucky few to hit an online jackpot in NJ, you’ll be paid just like you would be on the actual casino floor in New Jersey.
Bottom line: You have no idea whether illegal online casinos offer fair games.
The DGE is also responsible for regulating the multi-billion dollar land-based gambling industry in New Jersey, which is centered in Atlantic City.
Appropriately, that’s also the city the DGE (located at 1300 Atlantic Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401) calls home.
There are two levels of licensing related to regulated online gambling in New Jersey:
Here’s an example of how it works in practice.
For their part, Tropicana and Gamesys currently offer two brands:
You can find the merged regulations covering legal online gambling in New Jersey here.
In addition to the regulations specifically dealing with online casinos, all of the legal gambling websites in New Jersey are subject to the general regulations governing the gambling industry in the state.
The NJ DGE has a process by which consumers can open a formal dispute with a licensed online casino.
If you have questions about problem gambling, please visit the National Council on Problem Gambling.
Different online casinos in NJ offer deposit limits and other mechanisms to limit your online gambling activity.
New Jersey regulators provide an online self-exclusion form that players can use to quickly block their access to all of New Jersey’s regulated online casinos with a few clicks. You do not have to admit to having a gambling problem to utilize the self-exclusion form, which takes under a minute to complete.
The game selection at NJ’s legal online casinos is in many ways quite similar to the game selection on the floor of an Atlantic City Casino. In all, there are hundreds of games spread across the regulated online gambling sites in NJ, including:
One thing that is different about the online gaming experience are the stakes involved. You can play many games for pennies to quarters (and not the penny games that end up being a few dollars a slot pull – actual pennies), including games like Blackjack where the minimum bet in a land-based casino would usually be at least $5.
More connects than separates the two. For example:
Most major online casinos in New Jersey’s regulated market offer a mobile-friendly product. See our table comparing the legal online casinos in NJ for more information.
Everyone knows that in the casino, the house always wins over the long run. The same applies at online casinos – all of the games are built to favor the house, and no player can beat the casino over time.
So the question is more about whether or not the online games are fair in that they provide the product they advertise. For example, do their big progressive slots and other large-ticket jackpot games ever pay out?
Two examples – including a $1.3 million winner at Harrah’s and a $1.5 million winner at Betfair – strongly suggest that players have no reason to doubt the credibility of NJ’s legal online gambling sites.
This varies by casino, but more and more the online casinos in New Jersey’s regulated market are attempting to build bridges between their live casino and their online product.
Many rewards programs at online casinos allow you to earn points that can be used in the land-based program.
For example, Caesars’ online casino allows players to earn Total Rewards points for online play just as you would at any of Caesars’ land based properties. And your Total Rewards account for the online casino is the same as the TR account you use at the live casinos, meaning that the points you earn online can be used for land-based comps just as you’d use any Total Rewards points.
At a minimum, any legal online casino in NJ will offer a rewards program that can be used for cash back and other rewards within the online casino system.
Promotions at online casinos are constantly evolving, but it’s certainly not uncommon to see a promotion that involves some sort of comped room or entertainment at one of the Atlantic City casinos that operate online sites.
A big part of the long-term plan for online gambling in New Jersey is that it will support the land-based casino industry by giving more customers more reasons to interact with the casino, whether that be to gamble for a few minutes in the evening on their mobile device or spending an entire weekend at a property like the Borgata.
And online gambling should help land-based casinos better understand what it is their customers want through increased opportunities for consumer feedback and interaction.
View a list of opening bonuses at NJ online casinos.
Yes. Unlike their offshore counterparts, regulated NJ online casinos do pay taxes to the state of New Jersey. The tax rate on gross gaming revenue (basically the casino win) is 15%.
During the first full year of regulated online gambling in New Jersey, the state’s legal online casinos paid over $18 million in taxes.
The amounts vary by operator and change from month to month. But the average for the first year was for poker and casino combined to generate about $10-$12 million per month in revenue total across all of the state’s regulated online casinos.
Here’s our running analysis of online gambling revenue in New Jersey. You can find complete NJ online gambling historical revenue data at PlayNJ.com in tabular form.
New Jersey passed a law in 2014 that would legalize Nevada-style sports betting in the state. It was the second attempt at legalizing sports gambling at tracks at Atlantic City casinos. The sports leagues prevailed after the 2012 attempt was challenged in federal court. The second case is being heard en banc in the Federal Court of Appeals.
If New Jersey prevails this time around, sports betting would be legal at NJ online casinos. Apps and websites would be made available to players located within the state that are at least 21 years old. Sports books would also open at Atlantic City casinos and the state’s three racetracks.
Our final entry on the list of New Jersey’s legal online casinos operates via a partnership with the Tropicana. Like Trop, Virgin is powered under the hood by the Gamesys casino platform. Gamesys also licenses and operates the Virgin brand for online gambling in other regulated markets in the UK and Europe.
The online casino products for Virgin and Tropicana are quite similar. While Virgin operates a social poker game, the brand does not offer a real-money product in New Jersey and does not appear to have any plans to do so.
Golden Nugget’s online casino is an extension of their land-based property in Atlantic City. The company also offers land-based gambling in Nevada, but has yet to launch a real-money online gambling product in that state (and has no apparent plans to do so).
The online casino arm of Golden Nugget is powered by Bally Tech.
Betfair is partnered with the Golden Nugget. The company was originally partnered with Trump Plaza, but that partnership ceased when Trump closed the doors of their land-based operation.
Like 888, Betfair cut its teeth in the international market, where it offers a variety of products. The company is best known for its sports exchange product, which is considered by many to be one of the most innovative – and profitable – sports betting products in the industry.
Betfair also operates a number of advance deposit wagering sites in the U.S. that allow players to legally place online bets on horse races.
Tropicana’s online casino operates under the IGP of the land-based Tropicana hotel and casino in Atlantic City. The software platform for the online casino is provided by Gamesys, a major player in the international online gambling industry with a long track record of B2B successes.
Tropicana offers only casino, declining to enter New Jersey’s online poker market and making it clear that the company has no plans to enter the space in the foreseeable future.
CaesarsCasino.com is the online casino arm of Caesars Atlantic City. The primary software engine for Caesars online is provided by Amaya. Caesars offers an online poker product in New Jersey under the Caesars-owned World Series of Poker brand.
Caesars is also active in the Nevada online poker market via the WSOP NV brand, but does not operate in Delaware. The company is expected to be at the forefront of the next wave of markets to open up, especially Pennsylvania.
888 operates in partnership with Caesars in New Jersey. In addition to offering online casino games in New Jersey, 888 operates an online poker site that partially shares liquidity with WSOP NJ.
888 also operates in Delaware’s regulated market, offering both casino and poker, and has plans to enter the Nevada poker market shortly. The majority of 888’s business is done in the international market, where 888 is one of the largest online poker sites and does an eight-figure business in online casino and sports annually.
Borgata’s online casino is an extension of the land-based Borgata property in Atlantic City. The casino is powered by bwin.party’s casino software. Borgata also offers an online poker product that shares a platform and player pool with PartyPoker NJ.
Borgata is owned by Boyd and MGM, two land-based operators with substantial national presence. As regulated online gambling continues to spread in the United States, that nationwide network of casinos could provide interesting opportunities for Borgata to expand its online casino and poker presence.
Harrah’s is operated by Caesars and features many of the same games and features as the online casino at CaesarsCasino.
Like CaesarsCasino, Harrah’s is powered by the Amaya gaming platform and is tied in to the broader Total Rewards program offered at Caesars-owned properties nationwide.
Mohegan Sun is an online casino that operates under the Resorts interactive gaming license. It offers a wide variety of slots, video poker, blackjack and roulette. All players receive a free slot spin daily. No deposit is required. The first deposit bonus is 100% up to $1,000. The wager requirement is 20 times for slots and 100 times for all other games.
Pala operates in partnership with the Borgata. But unlike the Borgata, Pala does not share technology or players with bwin.party. Instead, Pala operates on a proprietary gaming platform.
Pala has both a casino and poker platform, but only offers casino in New Jersey’s market. The company had originally intended to offer online poker in NJ, but recently announced that their poker plans have been paused for the time being.
Pala Interactive is an arm of the Pala tribal gambling operation in California.
PartyPoker Casino is powered by the bwin.party software platform and operates under the IGP of the Borgata. The Party Casino and the Borgata online casino are more or less identical products; the same can be said for PartyPoker NJ’s poker product, which shares both platform and player pool with Borgata Poker online.
Party does not operate in Delaware or Nevada. The company has signaled its intention to work with the United Auburn Tribe in California if and when online poker is regulated in that state.
Resorts Atlantic City’s online casino is an offshoot of the company’s land-based Boardwalk property. The online casino product is powered by NYX Gaming.
Resorts plans to offer online poker via its partner PokerStars (although it does not appear that Resorts will actually offer a consumer-facing poker brand, but rather allow Stars / Full Tilt Poker to play that role exclusively).
No deposit poker and casino bonuses – essentially free chips to try out an online poker site or casino – are a popular promotion at New Jersey’s regulated online gambling sites.
We’ve collected all of the current no deposit poker offers and no deposit casino bonuses at NJ’s legal online casinos and summarized the terms associated with each below, along with what – if any – promo codes or bonus codes are needed to take advantage of the offer.
All of the offers from sites that are operating legally in NJ under a license from the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement and are available to new customers only. Learn more about how NJ online casinos and NJ online poker rooms work with our FAQs.