Unibet Casino will soon be available in New Jersey under a 2018 partnership between its parent company, Kindred Group, and Hard Rock Atlantic City.
Founded in 1997, Unibet gained recognition as a Europe-centric sports betting operation. The company subsequently expanded its portfolio of online gambling products with casino games, poker, bingo, and mobile betting.
Even though it will be new to the US market, you can expect Unibet to become a significant piece of the NJ online gambling puzzle. Prior to launch, Unibet Casino needs to be licensed and regulated by the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement.
When two internet casinos have ties to the same land-based venue, they often offer similar or identical bonuses. If Unibet Casino NJ maintains this trend, it will provide a 100 percent match on the first deposit up to $1,000, just like Hard Rock online casino.
This bonus will likely have a 30x play-through requirement, which means you’ll have to wager your deposit 30 times to withdraw your promotional winnings. For example, if you deposit $300, you’ll have to bet a total of $9,000 to clear the bonus.
Slots are likely to contribute 100 percent toward meeting this requirement, but other games will probably contribute only 20 percent because they give the house a lower edge.
In Europe, Unibet gets its games from 28 leading casino software providers, including IGT, Microgaming and NetEnt. We don’t expect all of these games to become available in New Jersey immediately. However, it’s evident that Unibet will have plenty of business partners to work with when expanding its NJ casino library.
Unibet and Hard Rock online casino rely on Evolution Gaming for their live services. The European live dealer games will be different from what’s available in the US, as Evolution Gaming has to rely on a different studio.
Unibet’s European library of casino games is comprised mostly of slots, and we expect the NJ site to stick to what works. We also think the number of available slots won’t be significantly higher than at Hard Rock AC, so we expect about 200 titles at launch.
Unibet is likely to follow contemporary trends in the industry, which means most of these slots will be modern, five-reel games with high-quality visuals and crisp sound effects. Also expect plenty of bonus features, such as expanding wilds, free spins or pick ’em rounds.
We also expect the themes to be quite varied, especially since Unibet has access to a wide range of slots based on popular entertainment franchises, such as Tomb Raider, Game of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica.
Unibet offers about 70 progressive jackpots in Europe. Most are casino-specific, but the most substantial multi-casino prizes are worth more than a million dollars.
Unibet NJ is likely to follow Hard Rock’s lead, which means the biggest jackpot will be tied to Cleopatra and Siberian Storm and will be worth about $600,000.
In Europe, Unibet offers daily casino tournaments with prize pools ranging from $6,000 to more than $60,000. These tournaments provide players with a chance to win money for achieving the highest score in terms of money won or bonuses triggered.
While we don’t expect Unibet NJ to offer contests of the same scope due to the smaller size of the player pool, we’re optimistic this feature will be available.
Evolution Gaming will operate live dealer games at Unibet. This means that Unibet NJ will give its customers access to baccarat, tri-card poker, roulette, blackjack and hold ’em.
Unibet focuses on card games and roulette when it comes to table games. Therefore, the new casino is likely to offer a few variants of blackjack, baccarat, tri-card poker and hold ’em.
We don’t expect Unibet NJ to offer anything beyond craps and one or two specialty games when it comes to throwing dice.
Unibet isn’t big on video poker in Europe, and we don’t expect this trend to change in New Jersey. At best, we’re going to get a few variants of jacks or better, all-American, deuces wild and possibly bonus poker.
Unibet has mobile apps for both iPhone/iPad and Android devices. In New Jersey, the iOS version is likely to be available at the iTunes Store. The casino will almost certainly host the Android version due to Google’s anti-gambling policy.
Regardless of the platform, the app is likely to support dozens of slots and a few table games. European software is compatible with the live casino, but it remains to be seen whether that will be the case for the NJ site.
Unibet NJ customers will likely have access to similar deposit options as Hard Rock online casino players. Consequently, we expect Unibet to support the following deposit methods:
As for withdrawals, they will likely be handled exclusively via bank transfers and ACH. Unibet NJ customers will also probably have an option to deposit or cash out at the casino cage at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.
Unibet guarantees that deposits will process instantly. Withdrawals, on the other hand, are likely to take up to 48 hours.