[toc]Weekends are high time for entertainment activities, online gambling among them.
But with 14 NJ online casinos to choose from, players may end up spending more time looking for the right place to play than actually mixing it up at the virtual terminals and tables.
While all industry sites have their unique merits, only a select few are known for pushing the promotional envelope from Friday through Sunday.
It’s on these sites where players typically have the best chance of generating a profit off their expendable income.
The best online casinos in NJ for weekend promotions
#1 – Tropicana Casino/Virgin Casino (tie)
Typically, players can expect to see one of the following four promotions types:
- Cashback: Anywhere between five and 20 percent cashback on a player’s net losses, occasionally more.
- Points multiplier: Usually a 10x multiplier on Trop Points or V* Points.
- Deposit match: These are generally on the smaller side, with players receiving a 10 or 20 percent match on deposits.
- Sharepot: Trop/Virgin’s signature promotion, where players win a piece of dedicated prize pool based on their play.
In addition, both sites generally host weeklong promotions that bleed over into the weekend. Often, these will be sweepstakes offers where players earn tickets for every $50 wagered on any casino game.
Top prizes are typically doled out as bonus money, but there have been occasions where the casinos have given away luxury trips or exclusive concert tickets.
If there’s one drawback to the weekend offers on Tropicana and Virgin, it’s that bonuses won are generally not redeemable for cash.
However, this is offset by low turnover requirements and the ability to immediately withdraw any winnings off of bonus money wagers.
#2 – Caesars Casino
With rare exception, Caesars Casino always hosts a promotion that runs from Friday through Sunday.
The most common offer is a straight up match deposit bonus.
While this doesn’t sound like anything special, consider that Caesars’ clearance requirements are among the lowest of any NJ online casino site:
- 5x the combined deposit bonus and deposit amount on slots
- 10x on video poker
- 25x on other games, including blackjack
That, and the monetary value of these offers tends toward the higher end, relative to other sites. Reload offers of $100 – $300 are not uncommon.
On occasion, Caesars will also experiment with other promotional vehicles.
Giveaways, where the site awards sweepstakes winners with bonus prizes worth between $10 and $200, aren’t uncommon. Nor are “Choose Your Bonus” promos, which as the name implies, affords players a measure of choice.
The good news is that regardless of the promotional type, all bonus funds are subject to the same low turnover requirements as listed above.
#3 – Golden Nugget
Like Caesars, Golden Nugget Casino can be counted on to run at least one promotion per weekend.
The main difference being that its match bonuses are somewhat more difficult for video poker players to clear (50x the bonus amount).
For slot and table games players, it’s effectively the same.
Golden Nugget will also sometimes offer cashback on losses, typically capped in the vicinity of $50 – $100.
Also noteworthy is that the industry’s top performer is hosting a series of monthlong and an annual promotion this year. Thus, even if there was a weekend where Golden Nugget didn’t roll out a new offer, there are still other offers to fall back on.
And it just so happens that these fallbacks will award $20,000 per month, and an additional $100,000 at the end of the year, paid out as bonuses with a meager 1x turnover requirement.
That alone warrants a spot on our list.
Pala Casino poised to be strong contender
Pala Casino doesn’t necessarily offer one-off weekend promotions, but it does adhere to a strong daily promotional schedule.
On Fridays, players can receive a 50 percent deposit match up to $50 using the promotional code FRIDAY50.
The offer carries a 20x playthrough requirement on slots, and 100x on other games, which admittedly isn’t great, but does turn temporarily turn negative games into break-even propositions.
On Saturdays, players will earn 10x Rewards Points on a slot title selected by the site. Rewards Points can be converted to cash, meaning the offer effectively increases a player’s cashback rate for the day.
There is currently no Sunday daily play, but the site does indicate that one is coming soon. How lucrative this offer ends up being will ultimately determine if Pala Casino earns a top three spot on our list.