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The online gambling arm of Pala Casino Spa and Resort in San Diego, Calif. — Pala Casino NJ — is operated by Pala Interactive LLC. It is the first Native American tribe-owned casino to become fully compliant with New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement regulations, allowing it to offer real money online gambling action to anyone located within the borders of New Jersey.

Pala Casino NJ bonus

Harrah's NJ Promo CodeNone needed
Bonus description$40 free with no deposit, up to $500 first deposit bonus
Regulatory authorityNew Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
Gaming license numberNJIGP 15-001
Land-based casino partnerBorgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Link to claim bonusClaim bonus here
Last verified:Feb. 22, 2018

Sign up to play at Pala Casino NJ today!

As a new Pala Casino player, you’ll receive access to the following two promotions:

$50 free, no deposit required

Receive a free $50 for registering your first account with Pala Casino NJ. This bonus is divided into three chunks:

  1. $20 casino bonus dollars, $15 of which can be used instantly for play. The remaining $5 is credited as a guaranteed minimum win on your very first free $1 million daily slot spin.
  2. $15 for poker play. $10 of that can be used for sit and go’s and multi-table tournaments, while $5 is for cash games.
  3. $15 for bingo play. This will buy you around 150 tickets.

As you can see, only $20 of the $50 total can be used for casino play, which is roughly the industry standard for no-deposit bonuses.

The $15 casino bonus dollars are subject to a 20x wagering requirement. This means that, should you wish to withdraw the bonus, you’ll need to place $300 worth of bets, keeping in mind different games will contribute a different percentage of your bets towards this threshold. The $5 daily spin bonus is not subject to this requirement.

All bonuses expire 30 days after being credited.

100 percent deposit match, up to $500

Deposit a minimum of $10 and have your deposit matched up to a total of $500. This bonus is automatically credited to your account – no code required. Expires in 30 days.

What’s great about this bonus is that a 10x play-through will make it eligible for withdrawal, making it one of the easiest-to-clear first deposit offers on the market.

Claim your bonus now at Pala Casino NJ

Game contribution towards bonus clearing

As with any online casino, different games will contribute differently towards meeting the clearing requirements of a bonus. The following rules apply at Pala Casino NJ:

1) All slot games contribute 100 percent
2) All other games contribute 20 percent
3) Craps do not contribute at all

Example: you make a first deposit of $100 and receive a bonus of $100. First deposit bonuses are subject to a 10x wagering requirement, so you will need to place 10 x $100 = $1,000 worth of wagers before the bonus funds become eligible for withdrawal.

You play some slots, a bit of blackjack, and hit the craps table. All things considered, you’ve wagered the following (remember, just an example):

  • $150 playing the slots
  • $100 playing blackjack
  • $50 playing craps

How much did those wagers contribute towards the $1,000 requirement? We calculate as follows:

  • Slots wagers contribute 100 percent, so you’ve contributed $150 from playing the slots.
  • Blackjack wagers contributes 20 percent, making for a $20 contribution,
  • Craps don’t contribute at all.
  • In total, your wagers contributed $150 + $20 = $170 to the $1,000 wagering requirement. $830 to go and you’ll be able to withdraw your bonus.

Pala Casino NJ overview

The casino’s history dates back to April 3, 2001, when Pala Casino Resort and Spa launched in San Diego. With over 2000 slot machines, 100 tables and over 500 hotel rooms, it gained instant traction.

Following the gambling regulation changes of 2013, the Indian tribe-owned organization made the strategic decision to partner up with the biggest fish in Atlantic City: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. This partnership enabled Pala to start offering legal online games in New Jersey.

Thus, Pala Interactive LLC was born and, after almost a year of in-house development and testing, the Pala Casino online software was released to the public at the end of November 2014, under license number NJIGP 15-001.

All online games offered by Pala Casino NJ are regulated and reviewed by government agencies and are in full compliance with the Casino Control act N.J.S.A. 5: 12-1.

Despite having proprietary software, Pala Interactive’s leadership decided to draw on the expertise of other established software providers, a decision reflected by partnerships with the likes of Amaya, NYX and IGT. This led to a significant increase in the number and quality of games offered by Pala.

Casino desktop software

Pala Casino’s games can be accessed through a browser, both on PC and Mac platforms. We tested the software in Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari, and the games and lobby loaded properly in all of them.

Unfortunately, play money games are not available on Pala.

While the software works well as is, its functionality is extremely limited, bringing us to the casino’s most noteworthy flaw: a complete lack of filtering options. All of the slot games, for instance, are lumped together, with no way of filtering according to game type, bet sizing or game theme.

Adding to the confusion is the division of  slot games into two sub-groups: “Featured slots” and just “Slots”; the two groups don’t seem to overlap and are both around equal in size, leading us to wonder what exactly is meant by “Featured.”

Other than the above, the desktop version of the software performed flawlessly. Games loaded quickly, and there were no unexpected errors or browser crashes. The cashier is easily accessed from the main lobby and includes the full gamut of options you’d expect to see.

The “recommended games” section near the top of the lobby is a nice way of getting exposed to new action that we might have otherwise missed.

Casino mobile software

The Pala Casino NJ application is available for both Apple’s iPhone and iPad, as well as Android devices.

The Apple version can be downloaded from the App Store. The Android version, on the other hand, is not available in Google Play, due to platform restrictions. In order to download the Android app, you’ll need to allow your phone to install applications from sources other than Google Play, and then follow the app download links provided on Pala Casino’s website.

Expect to wait one or two minutes on first launch of the mobile app as it downloads additional files. Subsequent launches are much faster, though still not lighting fast – a good 15 seconds of waiting was necessary on our iPhone. Additionally, some of the games in the app can be unavailable at times, though we only experienced this issue with one of the slots at the time of testing.

On the flip side, the mobile app features an exceptionally sizeable game offering when compared to industry standards – we counted around 90. So while the app is somewhat slow to load, you’ll be rewarded for your waiting with quality gameplay.

Overall we found the smartphone app to be highly responsive, and possibly even more intuitive and user-friendly tham the browser-based version. The buttons are large and spaced appropriately, so worrying about “misclicks” won’t be at the top of your list.

Click to start playing on your phone or tablet

Who can play at Pala Casino NJ

As with any online casino legally operating in New Jersey, you can only play if you are:

  1. 21 years or older, and;
  2. Located physically within New Jersey borders

You will also need to have a Social Security number; otherwise it will be impossible to complete account registration.

Please note that Pala Casino NJ does not offer play money games, which would have normally been exempt from the restrictions above.

Finally, your computer or phone will need to be Wi-Fi-enabled and be in range of a Wi-Fi signal, even if you’re not actively connected to that signal. This will allow Pala to determine your location as you play.

Registering an account at Pala Casino NJ

The registration procedure is identical to what you will experience with other casinos.

Begin by navigating to the casino’s website and clicking the “Sign up” button in the top-right corner. The registration form will open in a new window. You’ll be asked to provide your name, address, date of birth, e-mail and password.

You will also be asked for the last four digits of your Social Security number. The casino is mandated by law to require this in order to verify your age and personal information.

Once you click the “complete” button, you’ll receive a welcome e-mail, along with your initial no-deposit bonus, as described earlier in this article. You’ll also be able to make your first deposit through the cashier and claim your first deposit bonus.

A few things to note:

  1. Only people located within the US are allowed to register an account.
  2. Your SSN needs to be associated with the address provided in the registration form.
  3. Only real-money play is available at Pala Casino, so you will need to be physically located in New Jersey to play any of their games.

Once registered, click the “Log in” button in the top-right corner of the website, sign in using your username and password, and you’ll be redirected to the browser lobby where you can join the games instantly.

Pala Casino games

One of Pala Casino NJ’s strongest suits is the large variety of games offered. We counted more than 200 games. The vast majority are slot games, as you can see:

  • 202 slot games
  • Eight video poker games
  • Five Blackjack tables
  • Two roulette games
  • Baccarat game
  • craps game

Let’s take a closer look at what’s available:

Slots

Pala Casino boasts a number of exclusive slot games, in addition to a large selection of titles from well-known brands. Most are of the penny slot variety, with spins as cheap as $0.20. High-rollers will be satisfied as well, however, as multiple $100 games are available.

As a general rule, when a new quality slot game hits the market, you can reasonably expect to see it featured on Pala’s platform, thanks to a number of partnerships with the largest gaming software manufacturers in Las Vegas.

Expect to have access to classics, such as the Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme, as well as other hits, including:

  • Black Widow
  • Cleopatra
  • TripleDiamond
  • Ghostbusters
  • Kitty Glitter
  • Day of the dead
  • Wolf Rising
  • Mad Mad Monkey

Worth mentioning is also the $1 million free spin slot, which gives you a daily stab at a million dollar prize, along with multiple secondary prizes. We discuss this in more detail in the promotions section below.

The slots feature auto-spin, bonus rounds, wild symbols and a wide range of payline combinations.

Progressive games are also available, a recent example being the Jackpot Shores, with its five reels/three rows/27 paylines, a maximum bet of $0.25 per payline, and a progressive jackpot.

Check out all the slot games Pala Casino NJ has to offer

Blackjack

Three varieties of blackjack are available.

Classic Blackjack is available in:

  • Micro stakes: minimum/maximum bets of $0.50 / $100
  • Small stakes: min/max bets of $1 / $500
  • Regular stakes: min/max bets of $10 / $1,000

Both the micro and small stakes versions were added recently.

You can play up to three hands of classic Blackjack simultaneously. Pala’s variant of classic blackjack is notable for the following:

  • Played with eight regular decks.
  • Dealer must always hit soft 17.
  • Player may double on any two cards and after split.
  • Late surrender.

Given the rules above, an optimal strategy at the table will result in a house edge of 0.608 percent.

Multiplayer Blackjack: same rules as with classic blackjack. Key differences:

  • More than one human player can play at one table.
  • Available min/max bets of $1/$100 only.

Sidebet Blackjack: major differences between this one and classic blackjack include:

  • Early surrender.
  • Dealer must always stand on all 17.
  • Optimal strategy will yield a house edge of 0.4858 percent.

Additionally, and as the name suggests, in sidebet blackjack you can place side bets on various outcomes. A few examples of available side bets include:

  • Cash Queens: Pays extra on hands with a 20 value. Odds range from 2:1 for any 20, up to 500:1 for a pair of Queens combined with a dealer blackjack.
  • Pair Play: Pays 12:1 on any pair from your first two cards.
  • Blackjack: Pays 18:1 on your blackjack, whether the dealer also has one or not.

Video Poker

Pala Casino NJ offers eight video poker varieties, a few of which are exclusive Pala offerings, while the rest belong to the Game King brand. Games include:

  • Jacks or Better
  • Deuces & Joker Wild
  • Deuces Wild
  • Bonus Poker
  • Double Bonus Poker
  • Double Double Bonus Poker
  • Triple Play
  • Five Play

The best value for your gambling dollar can be had by sticking to Jacks or Better, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker and Double Double Bonus poker. All of these pay back between 99% and 99.5% of your wagers. Remaining games offer much lower payouts than industry standard, particularly on the flush and full house.

Roulette

The following roulette games are available:

  • European roulette: Includes a single zero.
  • American roulette: Includes a single and double zero.

A gambler focused on return on investment will make sure to stick to the European variety, since odds of winning are slightly higher due to lack of “00.”

The minimum and maximum bets are $1/$100 for the European variety. As for American roulette, you get to choose from the following min/max bets: $1/$100, $5/$250 and $15/$500.

Craps and Baccarat

The minimum and maximum bets for craps are $1/$100. Keep in mind that wagers placed at the craps table do not count towards fulfilling bonus clearance requirements.

Baccarat, on the other hand, has min/max bets of $1/$10, $5/$250 and $15/$500. The house edge depends on the bet:

  • Player bet: 1.24 percent
  • Banker bet: 3.98 percent
  • Tie bet: 14.40 percent

While the player and tie bet odds are around industry standards, the house edge on banker bets are particularly bad on Pala, with close to 4 percent vs. around 1.1 percent in other casinos.

Pala Casino loyalty program

The casino offers a relatively elaborate loyalty program that lets you earn Status Points and Reward Points. Here’s a breakdown of how the system works:

You will receive Status Points as follows:

  • Slots: 20 to 86 points per $20 wagered
  • Video poker: Four to 39 points per $20 wagered
  • Table games: Four to 52 points per $20 wagered

As you can see, the number of points awarded differs not only from game type to another (slots vs. video poker), but also across different games of the same type.

Status Points earned are reset to zero at the end of the month.

Gaining Status Points allows you to climb the loyalty ladder. There are four ladder tiers available, and a casino bonus will be credited to your account whenever a new tier is reached. The tiers, Points required to reach them, and associated bonuses are as follows:

  • Pearl: 1,500 Points. $5 bonus.
  • Gold: 7,500 Points. $15 bonus.
  • Platinum: 50,000 Points. $100 bonus.
  • Elite: 250,000 Points. $500 bonus.

In addition to Status Points you can also earn Reward Points. They are accumulated as follows:

  • Slots: 32 to 138 per $20 wagered
  • Video poker: Seven to 63 per $20 wagered
  • Table games: Seven to 84 per $20 wagered

Reward Points do not help you climb the tier ladder. Instead, they can be directly exchanged for casino bonuses, at a rate of 5,000 Reward Points per $1 bonus.

These bonuses expire after 30 days and carry a very generous x1 wagering requirement.

Here is an example of the loyalty system in action:

You’re playing a slot game that happens to award 50 Status Points per $20 wagered, and you wager a total of $20,000 during the month. You end up with (20,000 / 20) * 50 = 50,000 Status Points, which puts you in Platinum tier and credits a $100 bonus to your account. On the way to Platinum you will have also passed Pearl and Gold tiers, which would have earned you $5 and $15 in bonuses, respectively. The total earned is $100 + $5 + $15 = $120.

In addition, suppose that same slot game paid out 100 Reward Points per $20 wagered. Your $20,000 total wagers would have brought you (20,000 / 20) * 100 = 100,000 Reward Points. RP’s can be exchanged at a rate of 5,000 points per dollar, giving you an extra $20  bonus.

All in all, you would have earned $120 + $20 = $140 from the loyalty program, which translates to a 0.7 percent cash-back.

In a best case scenario, where every game you play awards the maximum possible number of Status Points and Reward Points, you can expect a cash-back of roughly 1.2% after reaching Elite tier. Such a scenario is, unfortunately, extremely unlikely.

Pala Casino NJ promotions

Other than the $50 no-deposit and the 100 percent match up to $500 first deposit bonuses mentioned earlier in this article, the following promotions are available:

Million Dollar Slot Daily Spin: your daily chance to win $1 million. Secondary prizes of $1, $5, $25, $100 and $1,000 are also available. Note that:

  • You get one free spin per day.
  • The $1 million prize is paid out in equal installments over 40 years, or $25,000 annually.
  • To be eligible for the main prize, you will need to have made a minimum deposit of $50 sometime during the 30 days prior to winning the jackpot. This rule does not apply to the very first spin made right after registering your user account.
  • Secondary prizes are exempt from the $50 deposit requirement above.

Monday Match: Receive a 25 percent bonus up to $50 on a deposit made on a Monday. Subject to a 20x wagering requirement. Enter code MONDAYMATCH while depositing to be eligible.

The Tuesday 10: Earn 250 Status Points on a Tuesday and receive ten free spins, to be used at the Million Dollar daily spin slot. Status Points from any game count. The free spins will be credited to your account within 72 hours of meeting the requirements.

Spins Wednesday: Deposit $25 or more on a Wednesday using promo code SPINSWED and receive free Million Dollar slot spins. The quantity of free spins received will depend on your Loyalty Status and ranges from five to 25.

Mobile Thursdays: Earn 3x Reward Points when playing via the casino mobile app on a Thursday. Additionally, wager at least $30 through the mobile app on that same day and be entered into a weekly $100 casino bonus raffle. Bonus expires in 30 days. There is a 20x wagering requirement.

The Friday 50: Make a deposit on a Friday and receive a 50 percent bonus, up to $50. Expires in 30 days and is subject to a 20x turnover. Use deposit code FRIDAY50.

Slots Saturdays: Play the casino’s featured slot game on a Saturday and earn ten times as many Reward Points as you normally would.

Start claiming your daily bonuses once you’ve created your account!

Pala Casino NJ banking options

Pala’s second strongest suit has to be payment processing, with payment methods expertly catering to the needs of a typical US gambler.

Pala Casino deposit methods

The minimum deposit is $10 and transactions are instant in almost all cases. You can choose from the following:

  • PayPal: Only verified accounts are accepted.
  • Instant ACH bank transfers
  • Visa and Mastercard: Please note that these don’t always go through, as certain banks restrict processing gambling-related transactions. Contact your bank to make sure.
  • Pala prepaid card: Essentially a virtual Discover card you can fund through the cashier. A great alternative if your Visa or Mastercard is declined.
  • Online banking: Select your bank, get redirected to its website, log in and confirm transaction. Money appears instantly in your cashier.
  • PayNearMe: Make a deposit at your local 7-Eleven. Capped at $500.
  • Neteller: A great alternative to PayPal.
  • Cash: Head over to Borgata and make a deposit directly at the casino cage. Don’t forget to bring a valid ID.

Pala Casino withdrawal methods

While not as diverse as its deposit methods, Pala Casino NJ’s withdrawal channels are fast and reliable. They include:

  • ACH
  • PayPal: Only applicable if PayPal was used earlier to make a deposit.
  • Cash: Withdraw directly from Borgata’s casino cage. Bring an ID.
  • Pala prepaid card: withdraw directly to your card and use it to make payments wherever Discover cards are accepted.
  • Check by mail

For the quickest withdrawals make sure to use PayPal or cash. Remaining cash-out methods require three to seven days for processing.

Responsible gambling

Pala Casino NJ takes responsible gambling very seriously:

  • Pala Casino allows you to apply various restrictions to your account, including limiting daily time spent playing, capping maximum bets and restricting deposit limits.
  • If you need to cool off, you can ban yourself from accessing the casino for a minimum of three days or longer.
  • If things really get out of hand, you can activate a self-exclusion protocol, effectively banning yourself from accessing the casino for one year or longer.

Casino Player support

You can take advantage of the following support channels:

  • The Pala Casino website has an extensive help and FAQ database. The answers are detailed and cover all aspects of gaming, from registration and depositing, through game rules, all the way to legal matters. The only downside is the database search system is a little dated compared to other casino websites.
  • 24/7 e-mail support is available. We’ve tested their responsiveness and would sometimes receive replies in as little as an hour. Support representatives were knowledgeable and provided us with the information requested, including details on the payout schedules of their games. You might have to wait up to 24 hours for answers to a more complicated question.
  • 24/7 live chat. We’ve tested it multiple times and the average wait time for a representative’s response seemed to be less than a minute. There was a longer wait time once or twice, which resulted in us being redirected to the casino’s regular e-mail contact page. If this happens to you, try re-joining the live chat queue – you’ll probably be connected with someone soon.
  • 24/7 phone support available at 844-367-7252, toll free. Given how helpful and responsive their live/e-mail support is, we find it unlikely you’ll ever need to make a phone call.

 

Pala Casino NJ review
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Summary

Pros:
1) Excellent slot selection in terms of both quality and quantity.

2) Large variety of bonuses available, with average or good clearing requirements
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3) Respectable cash-back from the Loyalty Program
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4) Large game selection on mobile app.

5) Highly responsive and helpful live chat and e-mail support

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Cons
1) Complete lack of game filtering options in the lobby
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2) Mobile app relatively slow to load
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3) Non-intuitive game browsing system; requires some getting used to.

4.5

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