What a year it’s been for New Jersey’s online casinos.
With operators banking more revenue than ever before, the rewards for players have reached new levels. From Bentleys to luxury cruises and thousands in bonus cash, the leading brands have really upped the ante with regards to promotions in 2018.
With that being the case, we’re already expecting something special in 2019. Naturally, we don’t have a crystal ball, so predicting exactly what’s going to happen in the coming months is impossible.
However, we can look back at some of this year’s highlights and, from those, speculate on what we can all look forward to in the new year at NJ online casinos.
A golden giveaway
A points-based competition, this yearlong race was your chance to win the 12-month lease of a brand-new Bentley GT. Of course, that wasn’t the only prize up for grabs. In addition to experience prizes for second and third place, each month saw hundreds of players pick up thousands in bonus cash.
Now, we know that point races aren’t always popular as they tend to favor high-volume players.
However, the way Golden Nugget organizes its offers is slightly different. Because you can earn points for making deposits and simply being active, it’s still possible to climb onto the leaderboard without wagering tons of money each week.
As you’d expect, those that do play consistently will earn more points overall. However, it’s not always necessary to be active for hours each day to earn something from this year-long promo.
Swimming in a sea of added value
When Ocean Online Casino went live in mid-2018, it certainly made a splash.
As well as offering a welcome bonus worth up to $10,000 and a luxury cruise giveaway, this operator went all out with its reward scheme. Rocking the proverbial boat, From Sea to Loyal Sea gives players the chance to win bonus cash and more. By wagering $10 on slots or $100 on table games, Ocean Online Casino players can climb the VIP ladder and unlock an increasing number of benefits.
At the top levels, you’ll not only get online rewards but access to exclusive offline treats. In fact, this is one of Ocean Resort’s defining features.
As well as giving you offline prizes, you can earn points when you play inside the operator’s Atlantic City casino. This crossover allows you to earn more points in less time and, importantly, get the type of benefits that suit you best.
For us, this fusion of live and offline is something that’s going to become more common as the NJ online gambling industry evolves in 2019.
Adventures aplenty at Virgin Casino
Although there were many more promotions that stood out in 2018, we’ll conclude our mini-overview with a recap of Virgin online casino’s Adventures series.
As an operator, Virgin NJ online casino has become the home of tangible rewards. Although you can pick up something more than bonus cash at other sites, Virgin Casino is clearly the leader in this area. The reason we’ve enjoyed covering these offers during the last 12 months is the fact tangible gifts don’t have any post-win wagering requirements.
What we mean by this is that you don’t have to stake $XX before you receive your prize.
For example, let’s say you used a reload bonus to claim $50 in bonus cash. Depending on the operator’s rules, you’ll have to bet a certain amount of money before you can withdraw your bonus plus any winnings or just the winnings.
With Virgin’s prize draws, whatever you win is yours to keep. Why? Well, because there isn’t anything to withdraw. Instead, you simply have to sit back and wait for the reward to arrive in the mail.
With that being the case, it’s easy to see why the Adventures have proved popular. By giving customers the chance to win luxury vacations to Iceland, Key West, Miami, and beyond, Virgin has carved out a niche and, in turn, set the tone for the coming year.
What NJ online casinos might cook up in 2019
In terms of taking something from 2018’s top online casino promos, three things look likely to happen next year:
Another Yearlong Race: Owing to the popularity of Golden Nugget’s Bentley giveaway, we can expect to see at least one yearlong promotion in 2019. What’s more, with operators always looking to go one better, the chances are that the $500,000 prize pool Golden Nugget offered will be beaten.
More Online/Offline Connections: As the casino industry is evolving, more connections between the online and offline worlds are being made. Ocean Resort Casino was just one of the operators exploring these links in 2018 and, in all likelihood, more will be forged in 2019. For you as players, this not only means more ways to earn rewards but a more varied selection of rewards.
Prizes Over Bonus Cash: Although bonus cash is great, we think Virgin Casino has started something of a trend with its prize draws. Because this year’s promos went beyond the norm and gave players something they could actually touch and feel, we believe more operators will follow suit. If that happens, expect more in the way of tech, luxury items and vacations when the next batch of promotions get underway!