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The Stardust online casino brings an iconic brand from gambling history into the virtual realm.
The Stardust Resort and Casino was one of the original landmarks of the Las Vegas Strip. After nearly a half-century, the famed property closed for good in 2006, but owner Boyd Gaming has now teamed with FanDuel to revive the Stardust brand in the online era.
In New Jersey, where the partner is the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, FanDuel is rebranding its Betfair online casino as the Stardust. FanDuel will also have a similar relationship with the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, the online partner is the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, and Stardust will launch its new product on FanDuel’s platform.
The site strives to re-create the golden age of gambling in an online package. Like its Vegas ancestor, the online version of the Stardust aspires to provide guests with a familiar array of casino games like slots, blackjack, roulette, baccarat and video poker, with live dealer games in the mix, as well.
Read on for an overview of what you can expect at this new Stardust, including information about welcome bonuses and other promotions, features of both the website and mobile versions of the site, game selection, banking options and customer support.
There are a couple of welcome bonuses available to new Stardust players. One is a $10 “join bonus” simply for signing up, no deposit required. You can wager the $10 on any of Stardust’s casino games, which is a great way to check out the site.
The former Betfair Casino in New Jersey also offered a risk-free first day of wagering up to $200, enabling players to get acquainted with the site at little or no risk. New players who make their first deposit and begin wagering can then play any games they like during the next 24 hours after making that initial bet. If they win, they keep their winnings. But if they lose, they receive a refund equal to the amount lost, up to $200.
The refund arrives in your account as a site credit, meaning you have to wager the money again within the next seven days. You can withdraw any winnings from wagers that you make with the casino site credit immediately.
The Stardust online casino offered similar welcome bonuses when first launching in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For example, its “$100 Risk Free Weekend” worked in a similar way, allowing players to receive refunds for losses up to $100 during their first two days of play on a designated weekend.
Such welcome bonuses provide a nice way to get acquainted with the site without risk. That said, the only way players actually receive a bonus is if they lose.
|Online Casino||Stardust Casino|
|Risk Free Bet||Up to $200|
|Last Updated||October 2021|
Ongoing promotions at Stardust Casino come in different forms:
Stardust has several occasional promotions that work like the welcome bonus in that they offer a similar “risk free” way of playing certain games on certain days.
For example, the casino might invite players to partake in Risk Free Fridays where they can play table games and receive a refund for their losses up to $10. Or they might be able to play live dealer games on a particular day and get up to $20 in losses back. The refunds would be in the form of site credit.
Game-specific promotions come in different forms, as well. An example would be the Game of the Week bonus. After opting in, players then must wager a certain amount at a certain game over the course of one week and receive a bonus in return (e.g., $50 in wagers earns a $5 bonus). These bonuses likewise are in the form of site credits.
Promotions involving free spins might allow you to try a particular slot for free. For instance, every Tuesday during a particular month you could receive 10 free spins at Divine Fortune. Again, winnings from those spins arrive as site credits.
Meanwhile, the bonus for referring friends affords both the referring player and new player $100 in site credits when the new player signs up and wagers at least $10 on the site.
Receiving site credits might seem less ideal than cash. However, not having to satisfy arduous playthrough requirements to receive the bonuses is a big positive. Rather, you simply have to wager site credits once, then you can withdraw any winnings. Stardust adds new promotions frequently, making it worthwhile to pay attention when it does.
When making the change from Betfair to Stardust in New Jersey, the site retained the same loyalty program it had previously offered.
Called the Loyalty Club, it offers players tier points and bonus points when they wager on all casino games except for craps and the table game Poker Bet. Only wagers with “nonrestricted funds” generate points, meaning wagers with site credits do not.
You accrue tier points at the following rates:
The tier points you collect in a month dictate your level as follows:
Once a player achieves a certain level, that player only needs to accumulate 50% of the required tier points the following month to maintain it. For instance, to keep Silver status, earning at least 100,000 tier points.
You receive bonus points at the same rate as tier points: five bonus points for every $1 that you wager on slots, etc. You then redeem bonus points for site credits at a rate determined by your Tier Level as follows:
As with site credits from other promotions, you can withdraw any winnings after wagering the credits once. In addition to the Loyalty Club, players can participate in Boyd Gaming’s B Connected loyalty program. This allows you to build points that you can use for various casino perks like hotel discounts, entertainment at resorts and merchandise.
It is unfortunate that you cannot simply redeem bonus points for cash rather than having to wager them at least once. Still, the ability to maintain tier status month-to-month by only acquiring 50% of the necessary tier points is a positive.
Signing up for a Stardust online casino account is a simple process. You don’t even need to be located in a state where Stardust has launched to do so. You do, however, need to be at least 21 years old to register an account, and would of course need to be in the state when you want to play.
Just click on “join” on the desktop version of the site or “sign up” on the app to start the process, and follow the instructions from there. First, you’ll create a username and password. Then you’ll have to provide some personal information:
Providing this information lets Stardust know you are who you say you are. It also helps ensure the integrity of the games and security of your funds once you start playing real money games. New Jersey players who had accounts at Betfair Casino can use those same accounts at Stardust. There’s no need to create a new one.
Users of mobile devices can also play games at Stardust by downloading the free app. Versions are available for iOS and Android devices. To download the app, simply visit the Stardust website using your tablet or smartphone and click to download.
The app is fast, runs smoothly and has many of the same features as the desktop version. After logging in, you’ll find a scrollable list of all of the available games, and with just a click the games open and are ready to play. Games are searchable, as well, for faster access.
Along the bottom are quick links to blackjack and roulette games. There’s also a button linking to all the current promotions and bonuses. Players can similarly access the cashier, information about the Loyalty Club, customer support and the FAQ section. You will find you can play almost all of the same games on the app as you can on the website version of the casino, including slots, blackjack, roulette, video poker and live dealer games.
Stardust’s website is well-designed and easy to navigate. The site’s software provider is GAN, the London-based platform that also powers the Ocean Casino Resort online casino in New Jersey.
Along the top row are quick links to slots, progressive slots, table games, live dealer games and video poker, plus links to promotions, the Loyalty Club and VIP perks.
Within each category of games are further subcategories that can be quite useful when looking for a specific entry. Under slots, for example, you can display newly added slots or exclusive slots, or you can show slots with one to 10 lines, 15 to 20 lines, or 25+ lines.
You can also locate particular games via the search function at the top of the screen. The games all feature high-level graphics and sound that seeks to emulate the immersive experience of playing in a casino.
Because Stardust is not a wholly new online casino but a rebranded version of the Betfair Casino, the site has had a nice-sized library of games to offer from day one. After all, Betfair launched in November 2013, and its number of available games has steadily risen since.
At last check there were more than 360 slot titles available. There are a few online casinos that have even more, but with such a wide selection, Stardust is very competitive when it comes to providing choices for slots fans. Other games are also well represented for the most part, so there’s something for every style of player.
Stardust has games from developers like IGT, NetEnt and NextGen. Popular choices include the following:
Stardust also offers a dozen progressive slots or “jackpot” titles, including these popular options:
There are a dozen different Slingo games, as well, including these choices:
There are more than 20 table games at Stardust Casino, not counting the live dealer games. Multiple blackjack, baccarat and roulette options are available, as well as a selection of video poker games. For blackjack fans, here are some top choices:
Roulette players can play either American or European roulette, or NetEnt’s European variant, Roulette Advanced. Fans of baccarat have a couple of choices as well. Meanwhile you’ll find all the popular video poker choices, including the Game King collection and the following additional titles:
Stardust is also an excellent live dealer casino. In 2017, Betfair became the second online casino in New Jersey to offer live dealer games. Since then, the site has developed and offered several games for online players, including live dealer versions of the following:
Games stream each day from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET.
Players can deposit and withdraw funds at Stardust using a variety of methods. The minimum deposit is $10. Here are your options for adding money to your account:
Note that depositing at the casino cage is currently available in New Jersey at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City. That option may become available as well for Pennsylvania players at the Valley Forge Casino Resort.
When it comes to withdrawing your funds, there are several options as well:
The amount of time to process withdrawals varies according to the method. PayPal withdrawals typically take up to 12 hours. Meanwhile withdrawing by online banking can take three to five days, and by check can take seven to ten business days.
When withdrawing at the casino cage at Golden Nugget Atlantic City, you should initiate the request on the site or app, and then collect your funds within 48 hours. (Again, the cage option for withdrawing may soon come to PA as well.) Note that you can only withdraw via PayPal, prepaid card+, or online banking if you previously used that method to deposit.
The Stardust website and app contain an extensive FAQ section that provides information about most common issues and queries. The section is organized by category and searchable. The FAQ also has a contact section that leads players to other methods of reaching customer support.
Live chat support is available 24/7. Stardust also encourages users to email and answers messages 24/7. Additionally, you can submit a web request from either the website or app. There is no phone support available at present, although that could change once Stardust is fully up and running.