Among them, only five — including Tropicana — have been up and running since the industry’s go-live date on Nov. 26, 2013. That was the historic day when NJ became just the third state in the country to launch legalized, state-regulated online gambling.
Tropicana is licensed and regulated by the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement.
New players that sign up with Tropicana Casino will receive two welcome offers: One of which will prove immediately beneficial, with the other offering down-on-their-luck players a second lease.
Anyone who registers an account with Tropicana Casino, using the promo code PLAY25, will see $25 placed into their bonus account. The monetary value of this exclusive offer is double that of what is offered normally by the site.
Better yet, there is no deposit required. Wagering requirements to clear the bonus are extremely low: Just a one-time playthrough on any game.
Thanks to the combination of a low-clearance threshold and a high-monetary cap, the Tropicana Casino welcome offer is one of the industry’s best, and one certainly worth more than a look.
Every gambler who have tried their luck and failed wishes they had a second chance. Thanks to Tropicana Casino, their desires will become a reality. The site will refund any net losses incurred during the first seven days you’re active on the site, up to $100.
Unlike traditional match bonuses and the fine print, Tropicana’s $100 cash-back offer is as straightforward as it gets:
All refunds are paid in cash. In the unfortunate instance that players lose their first deposit (a $100 initial deposit is recommended for this offer), the cash refund will be instantly posted to their account. Any other refund will hit player accounts within three business days after the initial one-week welcome period concludes.
Ultimately, this is a strong offer that will see players effectively “freeroll” their first deposit. The only real minus is that players who end up in the black won’t receive the cash bonus. Considering that they’ll already be flush with cash, we suspect they won’t mind.
The London-based software company Gamesys powers the TropicanaCasino.com NJ platform.
The TropicanaCasino.com and its sister site, VirginCasino.com, are the only NJ online casinos to use Gamesys. Many players on this side of the Atlantic might not be familiar with the brand. However, Gamesys casinos have been very popular with UK players for a long time.
Gameys Ltd. has been in existence since 2001. It provides the software to several big-name UK-based online casinos, including Jackpotjoy, CaesarsCasino.co.uk and, since 2004, the original Virgin Casino (for UK and Ireland customers only).
After Gamesys acquired ownership of Virgin Casino in 2013, the two parties agreed that in addition to TropicanaCasino.com, a New Jersey-based version of Virgin Casino.com would also be part of the arrangement.
Actually, the games you can play on TropicanaCasino.com (and the New Jersey-based VirginCasino.com) represent an eclectic mixture from a combination of providers. In addition to Gamesys’ in-house games, you’ll find games from other manufacturers you may be more familiar with such as IGT, Williams Interactive Software and NetEnt.
Being able to choose from multiple developers assures players of plenty of game variety, which might otherwise be lacking, given the small number of games. TropicanaCasino.com is about average size for the market, but small compared to many other online casinos and minuscule compared to Atlantic City land-based casinos.
Tropicana Casino supports play on Android and iOS (version 6.0 or later) mobile devices. However, if you own a different type of devices, such as a BlackBerry or Windows phone, or an otherwise outdated model, you might be out of luck.
Unfortunately, the main desktop website doesn’t mention the mobile platform at all. Online casinos should not assume that all players have the necessary information and technical know-how to set up a mobile account without direction. And for anyone interested in the mobile option, there should be a list of games and compatibility options before deciding on whether downloading the app is worthwhile.
That said, downloading the app on a current Android or iOS device is a breeze. Simply navigate to the website from your device and click on the centrally positioned icon that reads Download App (iPhone and iPad users can also download the app from iTunes). Then follow a series of simple onscreen instructions.
Worth noting is that the Android version of the app cannot be downloaded from the Google Play store because of Google’s anti-gambling policies.
Of the main casino’s 100+ titles, only 25 (19 slots, four video poker, roulette and blackjack) have made the transition to mobile. This is shy of what we deem an acceptable number.
Tropicana Casino is advised to make it a priority to increase the number and variety of games available on mobile. When only a handful of games are available and the only option is to play the same games over and over again day after day, it’s only a matter of time before frequent players become bored.
If you’re a slots player, the good news is that you will be able to play some of the casino’s most popular slots on your mobile device.
One feature we can assure you of is that regardless of whether you choose to play online or on your mobile device, or both, the site is 100% secure and all of your account activity is fully protected.
So you can play for real money and perform your financial transactions on either platform with no worries. You can also switch back and forth from one mode of play to the other quickly and easily, using the same account, as often as you like.
As with all of the NJ online casinos, TropicanaCasino.com offers you the option to play either online or on your mobile device.
Either way, as per NJ DGE regulations, you do not necessarily have to reside in New Jersey to play. But, if you wish to play for real money, you must be physically situated within state borders for the entire duration of your play. The casino has built-in geolocation software that will immediately detect your whereabouts and deny access if you disregard this rule.
In addition, you must be 21 years of age or older, the same minimum age to gamble at any other casino, online or offline, within the state of New Jersey.
Opening an account and accessing the games at Tropicana.com is a straightforward process.
If you wish to play on your computer, the process could not be quicker because there’s no software to download. The entire casino can be accessed instantly on any PC or Mac desktop or laptop.
In fact, if you wish, you can log onto the site and start playing for free even before signing up. That would be a great way to test the waters, with no obligation. You can also browse through the site and check out the banking options and promotions to decide if this casino is for you.
Or, if you prefer, you can use your mobile device. The big advantages to the mobile option are flexibility and convenience. You can play on the go anytime you want, even when there is no computer available. Not to mention, you can also do virtually anything on your mobile device that you can on your computer.
Do note, however, the choice of games available for mobile play is much more limited.
As mentioned, you can play for free (in demo mode) on TropicanaCasino.com without being required to register and supply additional information about yourself.
However, to play for real money and take advantage of the additional benefits available only to real money players, you need to open an account and make an initial deposit. You can do this either online or on your mobile device.
Either way, the simple three-step process should take only a few minutes of your time:
To register and open an account, you’ll need to complete a form asking for basic information. Completion of some sections of the form is mandatory, while others are optional. All required information is designated with a red asterisk.
Two of the required pieces of information are your cellphone number and email address. The cell phone is necessary even if you only expect to play on your computer.
As soon as your personal information and location have been verified, you’ll be able to make your first deposit. (See the separate section on Banking for information about the various methods open to you.)
The minimum amount you can deposit is $10. The maximum depends on which method of deposit you are using. However, other than giving you a bigger starting bankroll (for example, if you are a high roller), there is no benefit to your making a huge initial deposit since this casino does not offer a deposit-dependent welcome bonus.
If, and only if, your first week’s play results in a net loss, the casino will refund your deposit in its entirety, but only up to $100.
If all of your casino play has been in brick-and-mortar casinos and you’re new to online gambling, you’re in for a big surprise. For example, the eight Atlantic City casinos combined offer more than 18,000 slot machines, of which the Tropicana Casino alone has about 3,000. But even the largest NJ online casinos have about 200 slot machines at most.
When TropicanaCasino.com was launched in November 2013, it offered a total of only 78 games. Sixty-two of those games were slots. Since then the casino has gotten bigger, but not by much. The latest count shows 102 slots and 21 other games.
Except for the surprising lack of information for mobile players, we find TropicanaCasino.com’s website to be very user-friendly. One feature we particularly like is that every game comes with a More Information tab. You can open this prior to playing to learn everything you need to know about the game, including rules, betting limits, and special features.
If you’re intrigued but still not ready to risk real money, simply select the demo option. You never have to go into a game blindly.
Another feature you’ll appreciate is being able to choose from a wide range of bet sizes. At the slots and table games alike, all levels of players are welcome. Whether you prefer to play for micro stakes, high stakes, or anywhere in between, you should have no trouble finding a game that is perfect for you based on your bankroll and style of play.
Now let’s take a more detailed look at some of the major game categories at this casino.
Considering that slot play is by far the biggest contributor to a casino’s bottom line, it’s no surprise that virtually all of the new online games added recently are some variety of slot.
You have more than 170 slots to choose from—including Gamesys’ slots, as well as a diverse assortment from other game developers. This means there is no shortage of variety.
But in keeping with the preferences of most players nowadays for slots that are very high tech, with multiple added features and many ways to win, this casino offers very few old school slots.
The selection consists almost exclusively of action-packed five-reel video slots that promise and delivers nonstop entertainment. These offer cinematic-quality graphics and animations, exciting themes, colorful characters, and interactive bonus rounds.
Surprisingly, TropicanaCasino.com only offers two progressive jackpot slots: Diamond Bonanza and Wonderland.
Diamond Bonanza is a classic slot with only five paylines. Wonderland, based on the popular Alice in Wonderland story, is a five-reel, 100 payline slot featuring four bonus games and two progressive jackpots.
If you prefer, you can select one of the familiar titles from another manufacturer. IGT is a well-known brand offering many games that can be played in Atlantic City casinos as well as online. You’ll probably recognize those slots instantly. Games like Cleopatra, Da Vinci Diamonds, Ghostbusters and Star Trek are extremely popular.
Williams Interactive is another brand whose slots get a lot of play. Here are a few from this provider you might want to try:
A third brand that is well-represented at this casino is NetEnt. Jack and the Beanstalk, the screamingly popular Starburst, and Gonzo’s Quest are some notable NetEnt titles.
Video poker players on TropicanaCasino.com can choose from eight games, all provided by Game King:
All of the single line games are available as part of the multi-line console. Regardless of which video poker game you play, know that by adhering to perfect playing strategy, the payback rate will be a very favorable 99% or higher.
Several, the multi-line version of deuces wild, is a notable example have a less than 0.3% house edge.
If you enjoy playing roulette, you might be disappointed by the limited options at TropicanaCasino.om has to offer.
Roulette is the type of game that can become monotonous after a while if it’s repeatedly played the same way. That’s why many different variations of online roulette have been developed. You’ll find French roulette, mini roulette, progressive jackpot roulette, multi-wheel roulette and live dealer roulette.
However, at TropicanaCasino.com only two forms of standard roulette are offered. They are American and European roulette.
American roulette is best avoided altogether. This game has the extra double zero on the wheel raising the house edge to 5.26%. European roulette with its single zero only has a house edge of 2.71%.
TropicanaCasino.com also offers a choice of two European roulette games. The regular game accepts bets from .10 to $1,000. There is also a high stakes roulette game in 3D where the minimum bet is $10 and the maximum bet is $4,000.
Most of the NJ online casinos that offer this game have a special version called no commission baccarat with different rules. However, TropicanaCasino.com offers the traditional game where a 5% commission is charged on winning banker bets.
The minimum bet is $1 and the maximum is $1,000.
Blackjack is the table game receiving the heaviest play. All major casinos, both online and offline, offer it.
There are many different versions of blackjack. At land-based casinos, the versions offered typically depend on where you’re playing. For example, blackjack is usually played one way in Atlantic City, another way on the Vegas Strip, and yet another way in downtown Vegas and Northern Nevada.
At any given casino, a couple of different varieties of the game might be available. It’s rare to find many different varieties under the same roof. At online casinos, however, blackjack players might be offered a more extensive choice.
Blackjack is one of the few casino games where the outcome depends on a combination of both skill and luck. Knowing the correct way to play, which is often referred to as “basic strategy,” can go a long way toward giving you a better chance of winning.
The differences in rules can also be significant because even one rule change can shift the odds significantly, either more in your favor or less in your favor. It can also change the optimal basic strategy. So, unless you are playing blackjack strictly for fun, you have your work cut out for you.
You not only need to know the rules of the game you’re considering but if there are multiple options, you need to learn the correct basic strategy for each variant. By the way, forget about card counting. The cards are shuffled after every hand, so card counting is pointless.
TropicanaCasino.com offers five versions of blackjack, all of which are Gamesys creations. While one of the games is called Atlantic City Blackjack, neither that game nor any of the others are identical to any blackjack game currently being offered in an Atlantic City casino.
Therefore, before you start playing, you need to have the rules and basic strategy down pat. Taking advantage of the option to play in demo mode before risking real money would be an excellent idea.
When you’re ready to put real money on the line, keep in mind that the betting limits for all the blackjack games are the same. The minimum bet per hand is $1 and the maximum is $1,000.
These are the five blackjack variations available to you.
This game has the same rules as the single deck game above but is played with five decks (the reason for the much higher house edge). You can play up to five hands at a time.
*In no dealer hole card blackjack, the player’s hand is acted on before the dealer takes a hole card. The player loses all doubles and splits bets instead of just the original bet if the dealer has a blackjack.
All of the blackjack games, except for multi-hand blackjack, are good games.
That being said, the best of the bunch is the single-deck game. Contingent on using the correct basic strategy, this game has a house edge of 0.26%. This means an expected return to the player (RTP) of 99.74%.
The game is far superior to any blackjack game currently being offered in an Atlantic City casino.
Moving now from a game involving both luck and skill to a fun game that is pure luck, 90 ball bingo.
TropicanaCasino.com is one of only three NJ online casinos currently offering this game. The other two are VirginCasino.com and the recently launched site affiliated with Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, palabingousa.com.
Bingo is not offered at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. In fact, it’s rarely offered at land-based casinos at all except as special events or in bingo halls and Indian reservation casinos.
We presume that the main reason why it wound up on TropicanaCasino.com and VirginCasino.com is that the game, which is very popular with UK casino players, was already being offered to players on the Virgin Casino UK site.
Trop’s 90 ball bingo is played with three rows of numbers rather than the usual five.
Promotions are an essential part of what any good online casino offers to drive more players to its site, and TropicanaCasino.com is no exception.
For starters, there is the special offer the casino extends to all new customers signing up for the first time. At most online casinos, it comes in the form of a welcome bonus. At Tropicana online casino, the special incentive is cashback if the first deposit results in a net loss.
Of course, the special promotions don’t stop there but continue as long as the customer keeps playing. They’re particularly plentiful during a patron’s first week as an active member on the site. Some TropicanaCasino.com promotions like refer a friend are ongoing, while others, such as the opportunity to earn entries into a drawing are for a limited period of time only.
The following is a summary of the TropicanaCasino.com ongoing promotions.
This offer applies to new sign-ups only. When you register as a new player and make your first deposit of $10 or more, instead of giving you a match of your deposit as a welcome bonus, the casino will cover up to $100 in first week net losses.
Only net losses during the first seven days count. If you lose more than 90% of your deposit during that time, the casino will immediately refund all of it up to a maximum of $100.
Otherwise, if your first deposit results in a first week net loss, but one of less than 90% of your deposit, you will still get your deposit refunded in full, but you will have to wait at least until the initial seven day period is over, and up to three business days after that.
In other words, you can deposit up to $100 risk-free and use it to bet any games you want. There is no stipulation that you must play slots if you would rather play something else.
However, there is no point in making your first deposit of more than $100 because even if you lose $1,000, you will still only get $100 back. If you want to deposit more than $100, simply make another deposit.
Any cashback the casino puts back into your account as a result of this promotion is yours to keep as immediate cash. You can withdraw it immediately with no further play requirements.
If you win during your first week of play, great, but the casino has nothing extra for you. That is the one disadvantage of this offer over a welcome bonus, where the casino doesn’t care whether you win or lose, as long as you meet the designated wagering requirements.
This is another special promotion that is ongoing every time you play.
You can play any online game for real money. If you see a special key in the bar above the game, click on it to see if it unlocks any of the four treasure chests holding a jackpot.
These are the four treasure chest jackpots waiting to be won:
As soon as a jackpot is hit, it is immediately replenished. But that’s not all. Every time a lucky player (maybe you) wins one of these jackpots, up to $20,000 in additional money is placed in a community jackpot.
All players who have played within one hour of the jackpot being hit receive a share. You don’t necessarily have to be playing at the precise moment the jackpot is hit. By the way, the jackpot winner also gets a piece of the community jackpot.
The amount of money you can win as a piece of the community jackpot varies. It depends on the total amount of money bet during the applicable one-hour period.
After signing up to play at TropicanaCasino.com, assuming you like the casino, you should encourage your friends to sign up, too. What’s in it for you? An extra $50 bonus money for each new player you refer.
Here’s how the promotion works:
The bonus money must be played online 1x on any game within 30 days to be able to withdraw any associated winnings.
In addition to all of these ongoing promotions, every month there are special short-term promotions. You need to read the terms and conditions of each promotion carefully to see what the deposit and/or wagering requirements are in each instance, as well as the start date and expiration date.
Many of these promotions are tied into a holiday like Christmas, Mother’s Day or the Fourth of July. There are also frequently held drawings for trips, electronics, and other great prizes but, unfortunately, most of them only have one winner.
But the drawings are always fun, the prizes are fabulous, and you never know—it could be your lucky day.
If you have a Trop Advantage card, you can combine your online and offline rewards and redeem them in the casino to use as comp dollars. If you don’t have a Trop Advantage card yet, you can get one the next time you visit the casino.
The Trop Advantage Player’s Club offers five levels of membership based on playtime: Green, Coffee, Gold, Platinum and Black. The higher your tier, the more special benefits and privileges you receive. However, all cardholders earn comp dollars for their play.
Comp dollars can be redeemed as soon as the same day they are earned and are valid for 180 days. You can use them like cash throughout the property on virtually any type of purchase. For example, comp dollars are redeemable at 100% value at all restaurants, lounges, and shops, including those in the Marketplace and Quarter.
This is a great value compared to some NJ casino comp programs where many restaurants and retail outlets redeem comps at a 2-1 ratio. You can also use your comp dollars on rooms and entertainment at the Tropicana Casino and Resort.
Redeeming comp dollars is easy. Either go to any comp machine on the casino floor or present your Trop Advantage card in the outlet where you want to use the comp. Think of Trop Advantage rewards as a secondary monetary incentive behind promotions for frequenting Tropicana Casino.
TropicanaCasino.com offers a VIP program. If your play qualifies, you will receive all of the following extra benefits and privileges:
In addition, top players receive even more:
If you would like to learn more about the Tropicana Atlantic City Online VIP Program, call 201-885-5371 or send an email to [email protected]
Banking on TropicanaCasino.com is fast, easy, and safe. You can do your banking either from a computer or via mobile.
For your convenience, all of the following methods of deposit are accepted:
The minimum deposit is $10. The maximum depends on the method.
If you live within the proximity of Atlantic City, the quickest way to withdraw your money is to go to the casino’s cage at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. This option is available to you 24/7 and you get immediate cash.
Otherwise, your withdrawal options include Skrill, Neteller. ACH and check by mail. Allow up to three business days in most instances, except for checks by mail, which can take 7-10 business days.
TropicanaCasino.com prides itself on its high caliber of customer support. Assistance is available via any of the following methods 24/7.
Tropicana Casino has one of the better customer support teams. Employees are typically able to answer most inquiries in a timely matter, and genuinely seem like they want to help. For a quick turnaround, we recommend live chat and phone over email.
TropicanaCasino.com is affiliated with the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. This casino is the southernmost of the five Boardwalk casinos currently in operation. A sister site with almost identical games— but different promotions and a different players’ rewards program —called VirginCasino.com, is also affiliated with Tropicana.
The land-based Tropicana Casino opened in 1981 and will celebrate its 38th anniversary this year.
While some New Jersey online operators offer both an online casino and a separate NJ online poker site, the two Tropicana sites are strictly for casino play. Tropicana Casino and Resort itself has a poker room, but there’s no indication of any plans to offer an affiliated online poker room anytime in the foreseeable future.
Tropicana Casino and Resort also should not be confused with the Tropicana Las Vegas. That casino resort is under different ownership. While comps earned at TropicanaCasino.com are usable at Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, they are not usable Tropicana in Las Vegas.
For those undecided regarding which NJ online casino to choose, one reason for selecting TropicanaCasino.com, besides being a well-known, trustworthy brand, is its many years in the business.
Not only is this an NJ online casino that has been operating since day one, but the fact that it is one of the most successful is a clear indication in itself that it is giving customers what they are looking for in an online casino.
Tropicana online casino is about average in size compared to other NJ online casinos. As of this writing, the casino offers a total of 123 games, of which 102 are slots. TropicanaCasino.com should be especially appealing to bingo lovers since it is one of only three NJ online casinos offering 90 Ball Bingo.
When you play at Tropicana, you get the advantage of playing at a casino with an excellent reputation combined with many years of experience in the gambling industry.
For your added convenience, the online casino offers a wide choice of banking options, including the ability to make instant deposits and withdrawals 24/7 at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City.
TropicanaCasino.com offers special promotions exclusively for online players. The best promotions by far are ongoing ones like the Shared Jackpot and Refer A Friend. The sign-up offer of 100% of your initial deposit up to $100 back if you have a net loss in the first seven days is interesting and a definite departure from traditional welcome bonuses.
The advantage is that your first deposit is risk-free. The disadvantage is that you’d much rather win, but in this case, the casino gives you no extra reward for signing up at all.
Short-term promotions, in my opinion, could be better. While frequently held drawings to win cars, trips, electronics, and other fabulous prizes are fun and great for the winner, when there’s only one winner and everyone else winds up empty-handed, it’s a big letdown.
Another feature we don’t particularly like about Tropicana’s online promotions is that, just like the new player promotion, many are useless unless you lose. While the offer of a portion of your losses back (not your entire loss as with the first deposit) in the form of bonus dollars is certainly better than nothing, it leaves much to be desired.
The bottom line is that unless you get super lucky with the bonus dollars, at the end of the day you still show a net loss.
It would be better if you could pocket the money the casino gives back to you after a loss as cash free and clear, but instead, you have to play it.
On the flip side, the one-time wagering requirement on most “loss back” bonuses is quick and easy to meet. Unfortunately, the low wagering requirements are probably the reason the monetary value of the bonuses tends toward the small side.
In summary, we recommend TropicanaCasino.com for all levels of players. If you are a casual or recreational player, you will find many games you can have fun with for small stakes. If you are a high-stakes player, you will be amply rewarded and possibly qualify for VIP privileges.