The New Jersey online gambling industry has made enormous strides since going live in 2013 in everything from improved payment processing to the introduction of Live Dealer games. This year alone, we have seen the launch of two new online casino sites and have watched the market thrive, producing over $20 million in revenue in each of the last eight months.
So with 2017 soon coming to a close, we thought it was only right to recognize the state’s standout online casinos with awards for excellence in six categories. Here are our top NJ gaming site picks of the year.
Best Online Casino: Betfair Casino
Headquartered in London, the Betfair brand is well-known and highly regarded by gamblers in Europe and beyond. When the site launched its foray into US online gaming with Betfair Casino in 2013, however, the company name was virtually unknown in the state. Today, the operator ranks as one of the top grossing online casinos in New Jersey, an impressive feat considering its competition includes established Atlantic City brands like Borgata and Tropicana.
Betfair’s success is not surprising when you take a closer look at the company’s superb NJ product. The site boasts a huge library of games, which includes 20 exclusive slots, two of which are jackpot slots, over a dozen table games and ample video poker options. It is also one of only two casinos currently offering the highly popular Live Dealer game format.
The company’s mobile app is well-designed and includes a number of filters to help you find your favorite games quickly. Live Dealer tables are also available on the go, as is the Divine Fortune jackpot slot.
In addition, first time depositors can enjoy up to a $1,500 match bonus, currently the largest offered on the market, and will benefit from the site’s frequent promos, lucrative Loyalty Club and high roller VIP program.
Betfair Casino’s well-rounded game library, excellent mobile experience, enticing player perks and overall professionally run operation are more than enough to earn it our award for Best NJ Online Casino of 2017.
Best Mobile Casino: Golden Nugget Casino
While each and every NJ online casino boasts both Android and iOS apps, Golden Nugget’s mobile offering stands above the rest. Currently, players can enjoy a massive and unrivaled library of 284 mobile games, which include over 250 slots, a large selection of table games, a dozen video poker titles and several Live Dealer options.
The app features an advanced filtering system, similar to the one available on its desktop site, which allows for filtering by game type, exclusives games, new additions and by software developer. The UI is well-designed and does not suffer from much of the clutter seen in some competitor apps.
Players can make deposits and withdrawals directly from the app, easily access their favorite games and contact support through a well-placed Live Chat button. In short, if you can do in on the desktop app, you can probably also do it on mobile. For those reasons and more, we hand our Best Mobile Casino award to Golden Nugget Casino.
Most Innovative Online Casino: Play SugarHouse
Play SugarHouse was a late arrival to the NJ online gambling market, launching in September of last year. Even so, the site’s modern and innovative features, coupled with its popular loyalty program has made it a formidable competitor and earned our award for the most innovative Garden State gambling site in 2017.
The SugarHouse lobby boasts a clean and modern design, something which other online casinos lack. A key feature of the page is its unmatched filtering system, which gives players access to unique options like filtering games by payback percent in the past hour and ability to sort slots by which have paid out the biggest win multipliers historically on the site. You can even filter by how much it will cost to cover all of a slot’s paylines.
SugarHouse’s website is vibrant and inviting due to the addition of a social feed of recent winners updated in real time on the right-hand side of the page. Here you can take a peek at who is winning big and what games are hot at the moment.
But above all, the site’s robust, rewarding, and most importantly, fun, loyalty program is a treat. Here’s a program that benefits the low roller and frequent flyer alike with myriad rewards. Whether it be wheel spins, King Cash scratchers, bingo invites, or promotional tie-ins to the site’s brick and mortar venue in Philadelphia, this is a program that has something for everyone, and may very well set the precedent for loyalty programs to follow.
Due the inclusion of these features, and the fact that all SugarHouse bonuses come affixed with just a 1x playthrough requirement, we’ve crowned Play SugarHouse as our Most Innovative Online Casino of the year.
Best Promotions: Tropicana/Virgin Casino
Taking advantage of the steady stream of promos and bonus dollars offered by NJ gambling sites is one of the biggest advantages of playing online over traveling to a brick-and-mortar casino. While nearly all Garden State iGaming operators offer some combination of free money sign up offers, deposit bonuses, and occasional special deals, Tropicana/Virgin edges out the competition to take our award for Best Promotions.
Promos on both sites are frequent and often include exciting sweepstakes contests, like the Game Day Giveaway, which awards football tickets and a portion of $5,000 in bonus money to the winners. Players can also take advantage of regular deposit match offers, as well as win daily prizes in the site’s Daily Free Games promo.
Finally, all patrons playing for real money have the chance to win their share of a Community Jackpot worth up to $20,000 at any time. You can even win even if you are not online by having played within the last hour of it being hit by someone else.
Truth be told, Trop/Virgin might not offer the best individual promotions, but there are just so many good promos that it was impossible not to give the duo our Best Promotions award.
Best New Online Casino: playMGM
playMGM was the latest operator to launch in New Jersey, opening its doors in September, and takes our award for Best New Online Casino. The site, which is partnered with Borgata and GVC, offers both casino games and an online poker experience, which feeds players into the Borgata/partypoker network. It also boasts a contemporary design and offers over 200 slots, including seven jackpot slots, along with plenty of table games and video poker titles.
As a new player in the industry, playMGM hasn’t helped licensee Borgata gobble up more overall market share as of yet. The site will no doubt benefit from its strong brand recognition, growing its player base and revenue in the coming year.
Best Support: Resorts Casino
While customer service has improved by leaps and bounds since the industry was in its infancy only a few years ago, the experience can still sometimes be hit or miss. This isn’t entirely unexpected, due to the fact that NJ online casino operators employ relatively small staffs, compared with global gaming sites which might service multiple countries with large populations.
Resorts Casino, however, has distinguished itself from the pack in 2017 by providing stellar support to its players. Agents have proven themselves to be friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to go the extra mile to get answers for their customers. Likewise, if answers cannot be found on the website’s extensive Help Center, players can expect quick responses via email or Live Chat. What’s more, unlike some NJ gaming sites, the company’s support staff is clearly based in the state. Through its willingness to go above and beyond for its patrons, Resorts has easily earned our award for Best Support.