Move over Caesars, step aside Tropicana. There’s a new iGaming website in New Jersey, brought to online casino fans by the state’s longest standing gambling establishment. As of February 24, 2015, Resorts Casino has transitioned from play-money to real-money gambling at ResortsCasino.com.
Resorts received its transactional waiver to offer 24-hour real money online casino games from the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement earlier this week, and began doing so on Tuesday. We’ll take a cursory look into what ResortsCasino.com has to offer, from software and game variety to promotional offerings.
Resorts Casino Software – Sportech NYX Gaming
ResortsCasino.com has partnered with Sportech NYX Gaming (SNG), a combination of two choice gaming software brands, Sportech and NYX Gaming Group. The software is clean, crisp, runs smooth, and I was particularly impressed with the superior graphical interface. There’s no need to download and install anything, either. All gaming takes place in-browser, and are HTML5 optimized for most mobile devices and tablets.
I wasn’t thrilled by the design of the games menu when switching from one game to another. Once you’re in a game, you can click ‘More Games’ at the top to bring up a drop down menu, but they aren’t categorized in any appreciable way. It’s just a bunch of thumbnail images and a scroll bar (see image below). For now, it’s workable, but if the FAQ page is correct, and ResortsCasino.com does increase its game variety to 300+ within the first year, it’s going to become a problem.but if the FAQ page is correct, and ResortsCasino.com plans to increase the variety to 300+ by thean footsteps based o
Resorts Casino Game Selection – 118 Games
The game variety is impressive in the fact that ResortsCasino.com is bringing New Jersey’s online casino fans about 40 never-before-seen selections. There are currently 118 games on the menu, including 101 slot machines, 7 table games and 10 video poker variants.
Slots – The online slots come in a wide range of themes, including some titles everyone should recognize. There are board game motifs like Battleship, Monopoly Plus and Monopoly Dream Life, movie/television titles like Ghostbusters, Transformers and Zorro, plus niche themes like Andre the Giant and Dungeons and Dragons.
Table Games & Video Poker – The table games collection is low, but offers some unusual selections that include Blackjack and Atlantic City Blackjack (in Micro, Low and High limits), along with Roulette, Double Bonus Spin Roulette and 3 Wheel Roulette. The video poker menu is pretty straight forward with titles like Regal Poker and Bonus Poker (in standard, Double and Double-Double versions), Deuces Wild, two Jacks or Better variants and Jester Poker.
Resorts Casino Promotions – $20 Free on Sign-Up
Signing up a new account at ResortsCasino.com comes with a $20 free casino bonus. During registration, the bonus code “FREE20” must be entered to claim it. You then have 7 days to complete 1x wagering requirements (i.e. place $20 in wagers) to convert the bonus and any winnings to cash.
Resorts Casino also promotes a 100% up to $600 bonus for new depositors. Use the bonus code “DEPOSIT1” to get a 100% up to $100 bonus on the first deposit; then “DEPOSIT2” to get 100% up to $200 on the second deposit; and finally the bonus code “DEPOSIT3” will deliver a 100% up to $300 deposit bonus on the third purchase. Again, the wagering requirements are just 1x the amount of the bonus.
Last but not least, Resorts Casino is promoting a $2,000,000 Scratch Giveaway. Everyday a registered player logs into their account, they can click the $2,000,000 Scratch logo (or find it on the Promotions page). They will receive 3 free scratch cards each day. Scratch them off and see if you win – it’s that simple. All told, ResortsCasino.com will be giving away $2 million in cash prizes before the promo ends on May 31, 2015.
Does Resorts Casino have a Chance?
Entering this late in the game—New Jersey’s other online casinos have been online for over a year—won’t work in Resorts Casino’s favor. However, having something new to offer in both game variety and promotions could pique the interest of iGaming fans in the Garden State.
I think Resorts Casino has a great start-up plan, and will attract a lot of new users who want to see what it’s all about. The trick will be player retention. If Resorts can keep the promos coming, and follow through on the promise of “upwards of 300 games” within a year, the operator has a good shot at surviving in an already saturated market.
The one thing that would guarantee Resorts Casino’s place in New Jersey would be the addition of an online poker client from PokerStars. The two have partnered up since mid-2013, but PokerStars application to operate in New Jersey is still pending.