We have completed a comprehensive analysis of all mobile iGaming offerings from legal NJ online casinos for various smartphone and tablets. Below find a comparison of features and available game options for mobile online casino play, and answers to some questions about the apps.
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Best NJ online casino mobile apps
NJ iGaming mobile options
Which New Jersey casinos offer apps for iOS and Android?
The table below breaks down which NJ online casinos offer a dedicated app for iOS, Android, or a browser-based version that can be played on a mobile device without downloading an app.
|Mobile Casino Apps||iOS||iOS size||iOS min. version||Android||Android size||Web|
|Mohegan Sun Casino||Yes||18.2||7.0||Yes||13||Yes|
|Ocean Resort online casino [TBA]|
|Hard Rock online casino [TBA]|
Who can play NJ online casino apps?
Do you have to be in New Jersey to play a mobile casino app? Do you need to create an account before being able to play for free at a NJ online casino? The table below offers a quick look at the policies on these and similar questions at the licensed online casinos in New Jersey.
|Online Casino Apps||Real Money||Free Play||No Registration||Free Play Outside NJ|
|Mohegan Sun Casino||yes||yes||yes||yes|
NJ mobile gambling apps: the big picture
So far no mobile casino offers an equal experience to the laptop and desktop versions. The usual promotions and rewards programs apply, but there is a significantly decreased list of available games.
Using a touch interface will feel more fluid to some players but less reliable to others. The main appeal is the convenience of being able to access your favorite games on a device that is portable and easily carried, and probably always with you.
Generally all of the online casino apps function very similarly to one another with little variety, but we’ll try to break down the key differences.
NJ mobile casinos: snapshots
BetfairCasino.com App for iOS
Betfair offers a large application ripe with account management features. It was middle of the road in terms of game selection, and does allow for free play, but in order to demo a game players must first login and verify their location.
In testing these apps we evaluated the tech support along everything else, and for the most part they all came out even in terms of service.
With Betfair, the Live Chat option was on a slight delay, so while the app ran smoothly on all tested tablets it could be somewhat frustrating to have to wait if one had an atypical installation problem.
Golden Nugget has produced a very good mobile offering.
There is a great selection of games that adequately reflects the site’s usual experience and a wide array of features. Golden Nugget allows for play through a smartphone web browser in demo mode but you will need to download the app for real money.
Golden Nugget also offers its exclusive Live Dealer games on mobile. These table games, which are streamed live from the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, are available on iOS and Android, and round out what is already a diversified offering.
One note: The Android version of the app features more slot games than its iOS counterpart.
Caesars mobile online casino
Caesars’ mobile version excels in every regard. The software runs smoothly and takes up little space, especially on Android devices.
The site’s parent company is part of one of the largest land-based casino networks, and games played on your phone continue to earn you points in its award-winning Total Rewards program.
Free play games are available via the web and the app, and players do not have to register to try before they buy.
Harrahs NJ mobile app
Harrah’s Casino has one of the smallest selections of games in NJ — only 133 slots and two variations of blackjack and one roulette game. They were also only one of two casinos without a single video poker game.
The only real benefit to Harrah’s mobile app is that you continue to accrue the same points for the Total Rewards program that you would be if you used the regular site with a computer.
But again this is also true of the Caesars app which has one of the very best selection of games.
888 mobile app
888 has a relatively small selection as well, but it has recently added a lot of games to its library. Contrary to Harrah’s, the 888 casino app is available for Android devices.
The key difference between the two is that with 888 you aren’t in the Total Rewards program, but you are using the same account as with 888 Poker. So players who have chosen that as their preferred poker room can just focus on having only one account. That is a niche audience, but for them, this is the correct app to choose. Also, you get twice as much cashback with 888’s VIP program as you do with Harrah’s.
Another thing to remember is that 888 and Harrah’s do not have live support. That being said, the email tech support did answer technical questions in a timely manner.
Tropicana online mobile
The Tropicana app is virtually indistinguishable from the Virgin app. Originally, Trop indicated that it would launch a mobile web version of its software, which would allow users to access its casino on tablets and smartphones without installing the app. But it hasn’t happened.
The Tropicana app is a bit on the larger side, but the wait is worth it, as the app is both feature-rich and aesthetically pleasing. The game selection could be better, but there’s still enough slots, video poker, and table games to satiate most gamblers.
Virgin mobile app
The Virgin casino app is slightly below average in terms of games, and above average when it comes to account management features. The interface is clean, but the installed size is a bit large.
The app largely resembles the desktop client, with the only major difference is that most quality of life features are neatly tucked away in a side menu. Given the limited app real estate, especially on smartphones, it works quite nicely.
Now if only the app size wasn’t disproportionate to the game variety.
The PartyCasino app has made great strides but still lags behind other NJ online casino mobile applications.
On the plus side, it’s quick to download and install. But the overall slot selection of 65 games pales when compared to New Jersey’s best.
There are several jackpot slots available on mobile, which does sweeten the deal a tad, but this is somewhat offset by the paltry selection of video poker and table games.
Another minor annoyance is that players who wish to access the account management features are redirected to another page. As for the features themselves, they’re basic — we couldn’t even view the list of currently running casino promotions.
Borgata Casino mobile
In terms of layout and design, the Borgata and PartyPoker mobile casino apps are virtually identical. However, there is a massive disparity in the number of games between the two.
The Borgata Casino game library consists of more than 100 slots, 40 more than the PartyCasino app. Both apps have the same number of jackpot slots and video poker games, but Borgata does one better with an extra roulette variant.
And despite its bigger game library, the Borgata app won’t eat up as much memory (the Android version was the smallest download of any NJ online casino app).
That’s not to say Borgata’s app is better in every way, as there are slight design bugs not present on the Party app. But for those looking for a more comprehensive mobile gaming experience, the choice is pretty clear.
Pala Online Casino app
Pala Casino may have been late to the NJ online casino party, but you wouldn’t know it based on the quality of its mobile application.
It’s certainly not perfect. The app is absolutely massive on iOS (75.1 MB), and on top of that, some games have to be downloaded before they can be played. Additionally, loading times tend toward the slower side.
On the plus size, the app offers a healthy array of slots (111 total), and video poker. It’s also one of the few NJ mobile apps to offer craps.
Furthermore, the interface is designed in such a way that players will rarely have to scroll vertically, which was a nice touch. Game and interface graphics are slick and intuitive, and the app supports an absolute wealth of account management features.
Finally, Pala managed to integrate its famous daily spin for $1 million into the application.
Should Pala find a way to shrink the app, and decrease load times, it will have earned a spot in our top three.
PlaySugarHouse Casino app
Newcomer PlaySugarHouse has rolled out a mobile application that is in many ways, as well-designed as its innovative desktop client.
For an app to feature 130 slot games soon after launch is beyond impressive. They have since amped up to 250 slot selections, 12 video poker options, 5 Blackjack variations, 4 Keno games, and 1 roulette game. The blackjack and video poker selections are top-notch, relative to industry standards.
PlaySugarHouse has incorporated a number of game filters into its online casino lobby, which comes off as a smart move, given how quickly its game library is growing. Finding preferred games is never a chore.
The app is also chock full of account management features, including access to the cashier, statements and promotions.
We can say with clarity that no other app more closely resembles its desktop counterpart than the Play SugarHouse app.
PlayMGM Casino app
PlayMGM’s mobile application includes one of the broadest game selections.
Over 130 games are available in total, including over 110 slots and multiple blackjack and roulette tables. Games are also quicker to load than those of their competitors. The application is fully functional and allows for initiating deposits, withdrawals and editing account details.
As for customer support, it depends largely on who you get connected with. Some representatives are eager to help, while others seem to barely grasp the questions being asked.
PokerStars Casino app
The mobile app comes with a few dozen games, making it one of the bottom three performers on the New Jersey market. Table games seem to be overrepresented compared to slots, with around 25 percent of available games being either blackjack or roulette.
The app is built around the same reliable core used by the company’s poker application—performance and security are world-class. Cashiering and account management are just as easy to handle as through the desktop software.
A major downside is a lack of live chat support. Moreover, the casino’s online contact form is glitchy and we found dispatching a message impossible on occasion.
Ocean Resort Casino app and Hard Rock app
Neither of these casinos has launched—either on land or online. Rest-assured both will eventually have an online casino, complete with a mobile app, perhaps as soon as this year.