Scores is a strip club chain which operates gentlemen’s clubs in over half a dozen US states, and until recently, inside the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. The chain’s flagship establishment is located in Manhattan, and has often been promoted on the Howard Stern radio show. In August 2017, the company made its foray into online gambling, opening a New Jersey online casino through an affiliate partnership with Pala Casino and Borgata.
Scores’ history in New Jersey began in 2013, when it opened a new club inside the Taj Mahal, which it built at a cost of $25 million. Just four years later, however, the casino was forced to shut down after succumbing to Atlantic City market pressures, forcing the strip club to close its doors as well.
Hard Rock International subsequently bought the Taj and plans to remodel and reopen the casino with its own branding in 2018. It’s unclear if Scores will similarly reopen when that happens.
In the meantime, the gentlemen’s club has launched an online casino skin, which is nearly identical to its software partner’s site, PalaCasino.com. As such, Scores is not considered to be a full-fledged NJ online casino operator. Instead, it functions as an affiliate of Pala, bringing in traffic through the power of its brand name.
Unfortunately, players are not allowed to have accounts at both Pala and Scores Casinos, and therefore cannot double dip on introductory bonus promos.
Scores currently offers online casino and 90 Ball Bingo games, but plans to launch a branded online poker experience, which feeds into the nascent Pala Poker network, in the near future, according to Pala Chief Marketing Officer Jeremy Clemons.
Scores Casino Online Bonus Offer
Scores Casino offers a Welcome Package that is basically a carbon copy of Pala’s. The package offers a small assortment of no-deposit bonus dollars applicable to different areas of betting. There is also a standard first deposit match.
Scores Casino Bonus Code & Details
|Online Casino||Scores Casino|
|No Deposit Bonus||$50 Free|
|Deposit Bonus||100% up to $500|
|Atlantic City Partner||Borgata Hotel & Casino|
How the Bonus Works
When you create a new account at Scores, you’ll receive a $50 no deposit bonus to try the site’s casino and bingo games. Here’s how it breaks down:
- $20 for casino: $15 for use at Scores Casino Online after you register and a minimum of $5 casino dollars when you spin the $1 million slot machine
- $15 in Bingo Bucks: Which can be used to purchase up to 150 tickets for Scores’ bingo games.
- $15 for poker: Intended to provide players with $10 in tournament dollars and $5 for cash game tables on the Pala network, but Scores’ own poker skin is still not yet running so this bonus money must be used through Pala Poker.
Scores’ 100% match deposit bonus requires 10X playthrough on both the deposit and the bonus, so really 20X playthrough. So, to reap the maximum bonus of of $500 players will need to bet $10,000 on slots (contribute 100%) or $50,000 on table games (all which contribute 20%, except Craps which contributes nothing).
Scores Casino offers more than 320 titles, which include dozens of slots, several popular table games and a nice selection of video poker machines.
The site’s vast library of over 300 slots means that there is something to accommodate the tastes of almost any player. Fans of classic slots can enjoy the likes of Double Diamond, Wolf Run, and Coyote Moon. They also have the option of testing out some newer arrivals, like Gonzo’s Quest, Neon Staxx, and unique jackpot Gong Xi Fa Cai.
Jackpot Shores, Scores’ lone progressive slot, is shared exclusively with Pala Casino and gives players the chance to hit a life-changing jackpot.
Scores currently boasts only one primary blackjack game, spread across three different stakes levels and a multiplayer option. Rules are generally favorable, except that the dealer hits on all 17s.
Play for as little as $0.50 per hand.
Scores offers four table games to choose from, a smaller selection than most NJ online casinos but still hitting all the key basics:
- Let it ride
- Three card poker
- European roulette: Which has only one 0 pocket, giving you better odds of winning than in the American version.
- Craps: Classic dice game.
With eight game options to choose from, Scores Casino will have fans of video poker scooping big pots in no time:
- Game King Bonus Poker
- Game King Double Bonus Poker
- Game King Double Double Bonus Poker
- Game King Multi Hand Triple Play Draw Poker
- Game King Multi Hand Five Play Draw Poker
- Deuces Wild
- Deuces & Joker Wild
- Jacks or Better
Jacks or Better game is the unique version created for Pala Casino and not the standard Game King staple.
Daily Deals give players the opportunity to check in nearly every day of the week and take advantage of special promotions. Here is the current schedule:
- The Monday Match: Get a 25% match deposit bonus up to $50.
- Tuesday 10: Get 10 Free Spins on the $1 Million Slot.
- Spins Wednesday: Get bonus spins on the $1 Million Slot, depending on your Privileges Loyalty status (more on that below).
- Mobile Thursdays: Receive 3X Reward Points on bets made with the mobile app, along with the chance to win $100 bonus cash.
- The Friday 50: Get a 50% match bonus on deposits up to $50.
- Slots Saturday: Earn 10X Reward Points on featured slots.
The site also occasionally rewards players with special reload bonuses and cashback deals on losses incurred at certain games.
Scores Casino Loyalty Program
The Scores’ loyalty program is known as Scores Privileges and is comprised of two different types of points: Status Points and Reward Points.
Players earn Status Points by playing real money casino, poker or bingo games. Status Points determine a player’s level in the Loyalty Level hierarchy. Patrons climb five levels, earning a Milestone Bonus as they advance. Below are the available Loyalty Levels, their accompanying Milestone Bonuses and the Status Points needed to achieve them:
|Loyalty Level||Milestone Bonus||Status Points Required|
When playing for real money, players also earn Reward Points, which can be cashed in to buy bonuses in the Points Store. Keep in mind, the higher your level, the more Reward Points you’ll get for each Status Point you earn.
Here’s a look at the deposit and withdrawal options available to Scores players:
Deposits options include:
- Instant ACH Bank Transfers
- Pala Play+ PrePaid Card
- Online Bill Pay
- Cash at the Borgata cage
As usual your best option is to use an instant ACH transfer: with only your bank routing and account number you can instantly deposit. PayPal is also an extremely convenient option for many players. The site also uses the same Pala+ PrePaid Card as Pala Casino, which in turn is usable wherever Discover Cards are.
Withdrawals options include:
- Instant ACH Bank Transfer
- Pala Play+ PrePaid Card
- Cash at the Borgata cage
- Check by mail
As is standard, some withdrawal methods are only available if they have been used to deposit first.
Scores Casino is powered by Pala Interactive software, the same product currently in use at Pala Casino. While other online casinos have chosen to deploy software developed by established companies like GameAccount Network and NYX Gaming Group, Pala has built its own platform from the ground up over the past few years.
Players can gamble at Scores directly through their favorite web browser, without the need to download a desktop client. The software is smooth, loads quickly, and for the most part, is intuitive. The lobby is easy to navigate, and you should have no problem finding your favorite games quickly. Play money versions of many games are available, but players must be logged in and inside the state of New Jersey in order to access them.
Scores patrons can gambline on mobile devices directly on the website, or via the site’s iPhone or Android apps. Keep in mind that if you decide to use a mobile browser, it must be compatible with third-party GeoComply software, which could require an extra download.
The app works smoothly, is easy to navigate and offers over 200 slots and at least one version of every table game, except baccarat. The app is light, but sometimes requires that you download games à la carte – a quick process – before being able to play them.
You can contact support, deposit and withdrawal, and keep track of all your rewards directly through the app.
Scores Casino offers a comprehensive FAQ section which provide solutions to common player issues. If you can’t find the answer to your question there, you can contact support 24/7 via email, and can expect to receive a professional, friendly and helpful response. Even better, you also have the option of speaking with someone instantly through phone or live chat support.
- Stable desktop experience and mobile app
- Quick and helpful support team
- PayPal banking option
- Besides branding, few things differentiate it from Pala Casino
- Game library smaller than many of its competitors
- Existing Pala players can’t create new Scores account
- Only one jackpot slot, although it is a Pala-network exclusive
Scores Casino is an interesting proposition, a non-casino, US-only brand trying to survive off name recognition alone in a fiercely competitive market. I like what they are doing by keeping it simple, offering a good variety of games, good software and a stable mobile app. But while revenue in the New Jersey online casino market is currently growing, it won’t do so forever. It will be interesting to see if the new Scores/Pala collaboration can capture a larger market share for the Borgata network.
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