[toc]They say all things come in threes. This weekend only, NJ online casinos are making good on that adage by rolling out three promotions that will see depositing players receive a bonus boost.
Some of these offers are so appealing, players might initially think the casino is playing a lighthearted April Fools’ prank on them.
But rest assured, there’s no tomfoolery at play here. Let’s have a look.
Golden Nugget Casino scores 100 percent
Golden Nugget Casino wins our unofficial award for best April Fools’ promo, with its April Fool’s Weekend. From March 31 – April 2 only, players that select this offer from their Available Bonuses, and make a qualifying deposit of at least $20, will receive a 100 percent match up to $50.
While the monetary value of this offer tends toward the lower side, one-off promotions that award a dollar-for-dollar match are rare, and should be taken advantage of when they pop up.
What’s also nice about this offer is that the wagering requirements are on the lower end, just 10 times the bonus amount on slots. Video poker and table games players will have a tougher go of it, as wagers for those game formats will only contribute 20 percent.
Still, even a 2 percent cashback rate on video poker and games like blackjack are enough to turn negative games positive, albeit temporarily.
Tropicana Casino goes for gold
The Fool’s Gold promotion at Tropicana Casino is similar to April Fool’s Weekend, in that it’s a match deposit offer with a bonus cap of $50. But that’s about where the resemblances end.
From March 31 – April 2, players will have their total deposits minus total withdrawals tallied by the site. Then, at the end of the promotional period, players will receive a 15 percent match up to $50 on that net deposit amount.
For instance, if players deposit $100 on Friday, $200 on Saturday, and cashes out $50 on Sunday, their net deposits will equal $100 + $200 – $50 or $250, and they’ll receive a $37.50 bonus from Tropicana.
In this example, these players would have been better off waiting until Monday to withdraw, since they would have received a $45 bonus on a $300 net deposit instead.
In order to maximize the benefit from this promotion, players will have to have net deposits totaling $333.34 — and yes, that’s the real number.
Also worth mentioning is that players must playthrough their net deposit amount at least one time on any casino game — so don’t just make a deposit, sit back, and expect to be rewarded.
As for the bonus funds, they will be paid out on Monday, April 3, are subject to a 1x turnover on any game, and are not redeemable for cash — although any winnings procured from bonus bets are immediately available for withdrawals.
A mystery unfolds at Caesars Casino
This weekend’s offer (Mystery Bonus) from Caesars Casino is one part deposit match, one part sweepstakes. From March 31 through April 3, players that deposit at least $10 using the code MYSTERY will be entered into a drawing where they could win as much as $250 in bonus funds.
All players are guaranteed at least $5, which works out to a 50 percent match on a $10 deposit.
As for the prize matrix, it looks like this:
- 1st place: $250 online bonus play
- 2nd – 6th place: $100 bonus
- 7th – 56th place: $25 bonus
Given the reach of the NJ online casino industry, players who opt-in stand a reasonable chance of winning more than the guaranteed $5 prize. On a $10 deposit, even the lowest non-guaranteed prize of $25 works out to a 250 percent match.
What’s more, is that the turnover requirement on bonus money is low, just 5x on slots, 10x on video poker, and 25x on other games. Players won’t find these bottom barrel rates on too many sites, but they’re pretty much par for the course on Caesars.
That being said, players will only have seven days to fulfill the wagering requirements, or else the bonus funds will expire.
Worthy offers or fool’s gold?
From the player perspective, this weekend’s safest NJ online casino bonus bet is probably Mystery Bonus from Caesars, as players won’t have to wager a dime to earn a guaranteed $5 bonus, and possibly much more.
However, Golden Nugget’s April Fool’s Weekend has a bigger upside. Well, that is, it does for players who don’t win one of the grand prizes from Caesars.
What’s also great about this offer is that the bonus funds are immediately placed in player accounts upon making a qualifying deposit. By contrast, players will have to wait a few days to receive their bonuses from Caesars and Trop.
Speaking of Tropicana, its Fool’s Gold promotion is probably the weakest of the bunch, but still worth checking out. It’s especially good for casual players looking to take a few shots on their favorite games, as the turnover requirements (and by extension the time commitment) are exceedingly low.