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
- Tiki Island
- Secrets of the Phoenix
- Jack Hammer
- Family Guy
- Nordic Heroes
Tropicana Casino and Virgin Casino support the same five blackjack games:
- Single Deck Blackjack
- Multihand 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
- Bonus Poker
- Double Bonus
- 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.