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The Tropicana Online Casino, also known as Tropicana Atlantic City Online, was one of the first group of five online casinos to launch in New Jersey on Nov. 26, 2013.
Earlier that year NJ became the third US state to legalize online gambling. Tropicana has been there from the first day possible to offer online gambling licensed and regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
The site represents the Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City, located on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk. There is a sister site, Virgin Online Casino. Virgin Casino has essentially the same games and a similar look and feel, though it occasionally features different promotions (or similar ones with different names). Note that there is no affiliation with Tropicana Las Vegas.
Tropicana is all about casino games, with no associated online poker room or online sports betting as one would find with some other online casinos. With a trustworthy name and attractive, well functioning software, it is no surprise that Tropicana Online Casino has been one of the most popular NJ online casinos from the beginning.
Here is an overview of what Tropicana Online Casino has to offer, covering welcome bonuses, the loyalty program and other promotions, the site’s features and game selection, information about the Tropicana casino app, banking options and customer support.
New players that sign up with Tropicana Casino will receive two welcome offers: One of which will prove immediately beneficial, with the other offering unlucky players a second chance.
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In order to encourage players to create accounts and make their first deposits, Tropicana Casino Online has a couple of welcome bonuses.
One welcome bonus is $25 Free Instant Bonus Money, which you receive once you create an account. Be sure to enter the Tropicana Casino promo code PLAY25 when registering at Tropicana Casino in order to receive the bonus money.
You must then wager the bonus money. That is, you cannot simply withdraw it. However, you can withdraw any winnings you earn when wagering the bonus money as soon as you make a deposit of at least $10.
The bonus money has to be wagered within 30 days of creating the account. The money can be used on any games on the site.
Tropicana currently offers new players a second welcome bonus, called the Real Cash Back bonus, and it’s worth up to $100.
This isn’t exactly a matching bonus, but rather a way to get money back should a player start off on the wrong foot. After you make a first deposit of $10 or more, the site will cover up to $100 of your net losses during the first week of playing.
According to the terms of the offer, if a player loses 90% or more of that initial deposit within the first seven days, Tropicana will refund all of those losses up to a maximum of $100. The refund comes immediately, and in the form of cash, so there are no play through requirements. If you want to, you can withdraw the refunded money right away.
If you lose less than 90%, you still get those losses refunded (again, up to $100). However, you have to wait until after the first seven-day period is over and up to three more business days to get the refund.
This offer means players really shouldn’t deposit more than $100 to begin, because they can’t get more than $100 back either way, and depositing more could result in a delayed refund.
Meanwhile, if a player comes out ahead after that first week, or simply breaks even, then they receive no bonus. That fact makes this a less attractive welcome bonus than ones that don’t depend on players losing in order to receive any cash back.
Like most online casinos, Tropicana features a loyalty program that offers various perks to regular players.
Called the TropicanaCasino.com Online VIP Loyalty Program, the program rewards qualifying players in various ways. There is a VIP loyalty team ready to assist players with questions or concerns on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 8 p.m.
Other perks for VIPs include:
The program offers a few other benefits for qualifying players, as well:
Players can find out more information about the VIP Loyalty Program by calling 609-340-4346 or emailing [email protected].
Tropicana Casino Online also has another, related program called Trop Comp Dollars, which similarly rewards players with “comp dollars” every time they wager real money on the site. You can use these comp dollars on site at restaurants and other retail locations when visiting the Tropicana in person.
There are other ongoing promotions at the Tropicana. These include promotions like the Community Jackpot. With this one, those who have been playing on the site during the previous hour can win up to $10,000.
There are sometimes bonus money promotions in which players can receive bonus money for playing certain games. There is also an ongoing refer-a-friend promotion for recruiting others to register and deposit on the site.
Other promotions come up from time to time related to holidays and other events. These usually award bonus money to players for playing a certain amount during a specified time period. The site also sometimes conducts drawings to give away trips, electronics and other prizes.
All in all, the promotions at Tropicana Atlantic City Online aren’t overwhelmingly generous. But they are a consistent feature and well worth seeking out for regular players.
To create an account at Tropicana AC Online Casino, visit the TropicanaCasino.com website. Click the “Join Now” button at the top of the homepage. As is true of most online casinos, new users need to enter some personal information in order to register accounts.
After creating a username and choosing a password, users must provide the following both for identification purposes and account security:
This is also the time to enter any promotional codes such as those associated with the welcome bonuses described above.
New users must certify they are at least 21 years of age. There are a couple of other options for receiving emails for various promotions. Once everything is filled out, click “Join Now” again at the bottom of the page, and that’s it.
Players can create an account and even perform banking operations from outside of New Jersey. But to play the real money games, players must be physically located within NJ borders.
Both the Tropicana site and its sister site, Virgin Online Casino, are powered by Gamesys Ltd., a popular software company with a history dating back to 2001.
Gamesys made its mark in the United Kingdom as the software behind a number of popular online casinos, including the first Virgin Online Casino, serving UK and Ireland players. Gamesys acquired Virgin Casino in 2013, a deal that included the company powering its New Jersey version.
The site features a simple, easy-to-navigate design devoid of too many complicating frills. The games themselves are expertly designed with high-level graphics and sound to emulate the immersive experience of a retail casino.
Tabs along the top link the user to the different game types, promotions, free games and the site’s blog. At the upper right there is a link to the FAQs and a toggle switch for those not wanting sound.
Tropicana Casino’s web-based browser version unfortunately does not allow sorting or filtering of games, nor is there a way to search particular titles. In fact, under the “casino” tab, all slots, table games and video poker games are included together, although thankfully the table games are listed first.
There are no live dealer games, which is another drawback.
Those using the web-based site need to download and install a plug-in in order to enable geolocation. The app does not require any other downloads. Generally, the app works best over a Wi-Fi connection, both in terms of functionality and geolocation.
The app features nearly all the same games as the web-based site. In fact, the app is arranged somewhat more handily in terms of searching and finding games.
Tropicana features slots, table games and video poker. The site also has a game found at some but not all NJ online casinos: 90 Ball Bingo.
With around 170 slots from which to choose, Tropicana does not feature the largest selection when compared with other New Jersey online casinos. However, there is a decent variety for slots players thanks to the different game developers represented.
There are a number of in-house titles provided by Gamesys on the site. Other providers of games include IGT, NetEnt, SG Interactive and Williams Interactive Software. The different providers ensure a nice variety, even if the total number of games isn’t as high as at other online casinos in New Jersey.
Most are the familiar five-reel video slots with uniformly impressive graphics and animations. Most have minimum bets of 40 cents and maximums of $40, although the maximum goes higher with some games.
Currently only one features a progressive jackpot, Wonderland, based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” With bonus games included and a progressive jackpot that has at times exceeded $600,000, Wonderland is certainly the most popular slots game on the site.
Other favorites among slots players found at Tropicana include:
As noted, the site collects all its games under the “casino” tab, although the table games and video poker are all at the top of the list. Table games include:
A half-dozen different roulette games are available, including single zero roulette (for regular and for high stakes), a couple of American roulette games, European roulette and French roulette. The European, French and single zero games are preferable, as with just one zero, the house edge is less than is the case with American roulette and its extra double zero.
There are a couple of baccarat games although both play the same. Both feature a 5% commission on winning banker bets. For both, the minimum bet is 10 cents and the maximum $1,000.
Blackjack is the best-represented table game on Tropicana’s casino site, with a half-dozen choices all powered by Gamesys. Across the board, the minimum bet is $1 and the maximum $1,000. The rules differ between the games, however, so those unfamiliar should try the free-to-play “demo” mode before putting any real money down. The available blackjack games include:
As noted, rules differ slightly from variant to variant, which in turn affects the house edge. The best of the bunch for the player is single deck blackjack, for which the house edge is smallest. All are quite good in this regard, however, aside from multi-hand blackjack, which has the largest house edge.
Both craps and keno are among the offerings as well, adding to a nice variety of table game types.
There are a number of video poker games available at Tropicana Online Casino, including several familiar favorites:
For players familiar with optimal video poker strategy, the games are comparable to those found in most casinos. That is, they are all quite good in terms of their return, if played correctly.
There is also Hi-Lo, a simple card game that involves guessing whether the next card dealt will be higher or lower than the one on the table.
Players at Tropicana Online can also play 90 Ball Bingo. It is a bingo game often found in the United Kingdom and Australia and is likely included thanks to the U.K. connection via Gamesys. Tropicana was the first online casino in New Jersey to offer 90 Ball Bingo.
Games run every five minutes from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. The game includes a tutorial for new players, though it isn’t too hard to figure out how to play to begin with. Players receive strips of tickets (one strip equals six tickets), then as balls appear they get marked off the tickets just like in regular bingo.
Players win rewards for filling out a single line of five numbers, two lines of 10 numbers, or three lines of 15 numbers (aka a “full house”). Strips cost from $1 to $10. There are super jackpots available for players who complete a full house with fewer than a specified number of balls, adding to the payouts.
Also, it is possible to play 90 Ball Bingo for free, with players allowed to claim one strip of six tickets once every half-hour. Free winning tickets award bonus money, rather than strings-free cash. You’ll have to wager your bonus before it becomes eligible for withdrawal.
90 Ball Bingo is a novel addition to the available games, and a fun diversion for casual players.
Tropicana Casino can be accessed via Apple (iOS) or Android mobile devices using the app. Those who visit TropicanaCasino.com with a mobile device will encounter a link to download the app. The Tropicana online casino app is free to download and simple to install.
Users can download the app from outside of New Jersey. They can also deposit and withdraw funds via the Tropicana casino app when outside the state. However, it is necessary to be physically located within NJ in order to play any of the real money games.
There are a number of ways to deposit and withdraw funds at Tropicana Atlantic City Online. Players can also set self-imposed limits on their deposits in order to help manage their bankrolls.
The minimum deposit is $10, while the maximum is $500 daily.
Withdrawing at the casino cage at the Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City is the fastest method, while checks by mail can take up to seven to 10 business days.
Tropicana Casino provides support via live chat (available 24/7) or email via a form accessible through the website or app. In the past there has been toll-free phone support, as well — check the site for availability.
The site also features a support center that is essentially a fairly comprehensive set of FAQs organized by category. The FAQs are searchable, which can often yield answers to most questions once the user figures out the best search terms to use.