VirginCasino.com is a joint venture between the Virgin Group and UK-based online gaming operator Gamesys. In January 2014, it became the second online casino to launch operations under the Tropicana AC iGaming license
The Virgin online casino in NJ spreads a variety of slots, video poker, table, and bingo games, several of which are exclusive to the site.
The Community Jackpot is when one person hits the jackpot, everyone who played within the last hour wins too. That means you’ll get a share of the community prize even if you’re not online when it hits.
Here’s how much you can win:
That’s not even counting the community share, which can be up to an additional $20,000.
Share your Virgin Casino with friends and you could earn $50 for each new player you refer.
Just tell your friend your username for them to put in the “Referred by a Friend” field when they register for an account.
Each friend that registers will receive a free $10 when they make a deposit of at least $10 and make a wager.
At the same time, you’ll earn $50 bonus money for yourself.
Ongoing short-term bonuses
– Ice Cream Sharepot(July 22-25): bet at least $50 and claim a share of the $10,000 sharepot.
– One Small Step, One Big Bonus (July 19-21): bet $50 or more on at least two promotional days to qualify for a 10%-15% Playback deal worth up to $75.
– Star-Studded Summer (July 15-21): bet at least $50 to join the promotional prize draw and win an all-expense paid trip to the destination of your choice, plus a $500 Ticketmaster gift card.
Virgin Casino loyalty program
Become a Virgin VIP and earn premier bonuses, special gifts, and getaways.
Like its sister site, Virgin Casino celebrates loyalty via an exclusive VIP program. The parameters for entry aren’t specified on the site, but it’s safe to assume that the monetary value of the kickbacks increase with the amount wagered on the site.
Regular benefits of becoming a Virgin Casino VIP include:
VIP bonus offers, as well as birthday bonuses
Promotional events reserved exclusively for VIPs
Exclusive prize drawings
Dedicated casino host support
Virgin’s VIPs also receive a bevy of surprise gifts, including premium tickets to local shows and sporting events, all-inclusive weekend getaways, luxury dining and other customized experiences.
Virgin also supports the virtual currency V* Points. Wagering on real-money games earns 1 point for each of the following:
$15 wagered on 90 Ball Bingo
$40 wagered on slots
$100 gambled on any other game
Each V*Point can be converted to $0.01 in cash money, which must be played through once before withdrawal becomes possible. That’s very low even by online casino standards, equating to just 0.01 – 0.07 percent cash back, game depending.
In other words, if a strong cashback program is a top priority, consider shopping elsewhere.
Virgin Casino software
Both the Virgin Casino and Tropicana Casino platforms are powered by Gamesys. The online gaming tech giant also provides some of the casinos’ games, including Tiki Totems and Secrets of the Phoenix.
There are two primary ways to access the Virgin Casino platform:
Browser-based client: Players looking for the full casino experience are best off launching the software from their PC or Mac browser – any modern version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer (among others) will do.
Mobile device: A limited version of the client is accessible via mobile. Players can trial a smattering of games from a mobile-optimized version of the main site, but in order to play for real money, they must download either the Android or iOS (requires version 6.0 or later) app.
One other note: Players must be physically located within the state of New Jersey to play real-money games.
Virgin mobile NJ casino app
The Virgin Casino app can be downloaded directly from the site’s main page or from iTunes (iOS users only). Android users will have to allow downloads from unknown sources before they can install the software.
This is usually as simple as navigating to your Settings and flipping a switch.
As for the app itself, it bears a strong similarity to its desktop counterpart, although it’s not without limitations.
A bevy of account management features reside in an easy to access, yet non-intrusive, menu located near the top-left corner of the app.
From there, players can make deposits and withdrawals, access the help portal, view their VIP points and manage their responsible gaming settings.
Additionally, the site’s promotional schedule is accessible from the app, and the software provides real-time community jackpot updates.
All told, there isn’t much quality of life features that didn’t make the transition from desktop to mobile. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the game library.
Only 25 games of the main site’s 200+ games are playable on mobile. Of these, 19 are slot titles. There are also four single-line video poker variants, a blackjack game, and a roulette game.
Given the small selection of games, we’d at least expect the individual games themselves to run smoothly. Thankfully, most of them do.
Slot games run nearly as seamlessly on mobile as they do on a hardwired computer. Video poker games even outperform their desktop counterparts in some cases, although the hold buttons can be a bit sticky.
We ran into a few problems while playing blackjack. Most notably, disconnects were common during hands, forcing a reboot to complete the game. Roulette functioned better, and the zoom feature worked nicely, allowing for the precise placement of bets on smartphones.
Server disconnects were practically non-existent, regardless of whether we were logged in via 4G LTE or Wi-Fi.
To conclude, the Virgin Casino app offers a stellar on-the-go gaming experience, that should appeal to gamblers who don’t mind the rather limited game library.
Casino game selection at Virgin Casino NJ
At 215 slots, 12 table games, six video poker offerings, and a bingo game, Virgin Casino boasts a slightly more diversified game library than its sister site, Tropicana Casino.
However, compared to the market’s other heavy hitters, some of which now support more than 500 titles, Virgin’s game library comes off as slightly underwhelming, especially in the slots department.
That said, recent additions to the table game lobby have helped bridge the gap. Factor in high payback rates on video poker and just enough exclusive titles, and there’s still a strong case for NJ gamblers to spend their gaming dollars at Virgin Casino.
Virgin currently spreads 215 slots, although this number will presumably increase over time. All terminals are penny machines, with many offering bonus rounds and free spins.
Relative to other NJ online casinos the slot library is on the smaller side, but that hardly means gamblers will have trouble finding a game that suits their interests, especially now that Virgin offers a progressive online jackpot (Wonderland), and a lottery scratchcard simulation (Scratchcard Shop)
Not to mention, community jackpots offer an added level of incentive for NJ gamblers that isn’t available elsewhere. The way it works is that if someone unlocks a jackpot, all recently active players will share a piece of a pie, with the total prize pool ranging from $1,000 – $10,000.
Given that there aren’t that many players in the NJ market, sharepot winners stand to receive a reap substantial benefits from someone else’s good fortune.
There is only one slot title exclusive to Virgin Casino, Tiki Totems. However, a fair number appear exclusive to the Trop/Virgin network.
Featured titles include:
Super Times Pay: Hot Roll
Secrets of the Phoenix
Tropicana Casino and Virgin Casino support the same five blackjack games:
Single Deck Blackjack
Atlantic City Blackjack
Vegas Downtown Blackjack
Vegas Strip Blackjack
Single Deck offers some favorable rules – BlackJack pays out 3:2 and the dealer stands on soft 17. On the downside, doubling is only allowed on 9,10 and 11, there is no doubling after splitting, no re-splitting and no surrender. Also, there is no dealer hole card, meaning that naturals and insurance aren’t resolved until after players from performed their actions.
Atlantic City Blackjack offers better rules at the expense of an eight-deck shoe. This game allows doubling down on all cards and splitting up to three times, expect on an Ace. A hole card is dealt and late surrender is permitted.
The two Vegas variants walk the middle line, offering slightly less favorable rules than AC BlackJack but dealing cards from 2-4 deck shoes. And Multihand Blackjack is just that, allowing players to wager on up to five hands at once.
Virgin Casino currently offers six video poker titles. Four are single line games with paybacks ranging from 99.98 percent to 99.54 percent. They are:
Jacks or Better
Double Double Bonus
The Triple Play and Five Play variants offer some of the best pay schedules for multi-line games in New Jersey.
The single best game available on these machines is Deuces Wild, which adheres to the Not-So-Ugly pay table (99.73 percent payback). Triple Double Bonus, Deuces Wild Bonus and Joker Poker (Kings or Better) also offer favorable pay schedules.
All single and multi-line games on Virgin Casino pay out a full 800 coins for hitting a Royal Flush, regardless of the denomination.
Other games at Virgin Online Casino in NJ
Dice players will notice that Virgin offers Craps while Tropicana doesn’t. The game is not without its flaws, particularly its slow load times, but acts as a serviceable option in a market nearly devoid of dice games.
The casino also spreads two roulette games. Generally speaking, American Roulette should be avoided (house edge 5.3 percent), as the presence of two zeroes on the wheel has a strongly negative impact on the payback rate.
A better option for players who feel comfortable wagering a minimum of $10 a spin is Single Zero Roulette, which offers a house edge of just 2.7 percent.
Other games include:
Pai Gow Poker
Baccarat (with commission)
Fortune Teller Keno
Of these, Pai Gow Poker and Baccarat are fairly good bets, Keno and Hi-Lo less so.
The network has also rolled out a 90 Ball Bingo game. This game is spread in a social setting where players can chat with one another. Free games run every 30 minutes, and other games with buy-ins ranging from $1 to $5 are also available.
Games feature multiple ways to win, and Super Jackpots – it’s just too bad the payback rate is so low. Play this game for entertainment purposes only.
Banking at Virgin Casino
Virgin Casino offers a fair variety of depositing and withdrawal options, most of which boast high success rates.
Available deposit methods are:
Online bank transfers – Recommended
Instant e-Checks (ACH) – Recommended
MasterCard/Visa credit and debit cards
Cash at the Tropicana Casino cage
Players have a great deal of flexibility in the amount they can deposit, ranging from just $5 all the way up to $10,000. Most deposits are processed instantly, the rest very quickly.
Withdrawal methods depend on the deposit vehicle used to fund an account. To illustrate, players that use ACH can only withdraw via ACH, a physical check or cash at the Tropicana Casino cage.
However, if a player deposits with a third-party processor such as Skrill, then they can withdraw funds back into the Skrill account.
Virgin has lightning fast withdrawal speeds, with payouts often hitting accounts within just a couple of business days. Physical checks are the big exception to this rule, often taking 7-10 business days to receive by mail.
One significant limitation worth mentioning is that PayPal is not yet included as a depositing option, although this may change in the future.
There is no lack of ways to reach Virgin Casino’s support team, as the site offers 24/7 live chat, phone, and email support. A handy FAQ that provides answers to most common questions is also available.
Response times for live chat and phone are generally speedy, and the quality of response tends toward the high side. Email is a bit more hit and miss. Limit its use to when an inquiry needs to elevate to a higher authority.
In nearly all cases, Virgin’s customer care team will go the extra mile to answer questions and treat all patrons with a fair degree of courtesy. No complaints here.
All Virgin Casino customer support team members work from the state of New Jersey.
Virgin Online Casino Review
Virgin Casino NJ may lag slightly behind the field when it comes to game selection, but what the library lacks in sheer numbers, it makes up for in diversity. A stellar casino platform, round-the-clock support and a casual-friendly welcome offer lift up the casino even further, to heights only matched by the industry’s best.
Bottom line: Game diversity, ease of use and a unique “loss” back welcome offer distinguishes VirginCasino.com as a strong contender in the NJ online casino market.
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