Caesars Casino was among the first wave of iGaming sites to welcome New Jersey players. Launched in November 2013, the site is one of six domains associated with the Caesars brand and the only one to not make use of 888’s proprietary Dragonfish platform or the Bally’s AC gaming license.
Instead, the online casino launched as a joint venture between Caesars Interactive Entertainment and Amaya Gaming – yes, the same Amaya Gaming that purchased the Rational Group as part of a $4.9 billion acquisition deal in June 2014.
In September 2015, the NYX Gaming Group launched its Open Gaming System on CaesarsCasino.com, allowing for the inclusion of 40 new NYX powered slot games on the main site (38 of which made their way to mobile). The online casino expanded further in December 2015, when the first NetEnt games debuted.
As of November 2015, the Caesars conglomerate of NJ online casinos has generated over $40 million in casino revenue, fourth among the state’s five existing operators.
Caesars Casino welcome package
- 1 Caesars Casino welcome package
- 2 The best reasons to try Caesars Casino
- 3 Areas in which the Caesars’ online casino can improve
- 4 Playing Caesars Casino on mobile
- 5 Cashiering at Caesars Casino
- 6 Available stakes at Caesars Casino
- 7 Game spotlight
- 8 Player perks at Caesars Casino
- 9 Caesars Casino player tools
Players who place their first real-money deposit on the site are eligible for a 100% match bonus up to $300.
In terms of monetary value, the bonus ranks near the bottom compared to other NJ licensed online casinos, some of whom offer a $1,000 match.
However, in most cases Caesars’ wagering requirements aren’t all that stiff. In order to unlock the bonus players will have to play through the deposit and the bonus three times if they’re wagering at slots and 30 times if they preference video poker games.
Based on the language of the bonus terms, it looks like table game players will have to play through the bonus plus deposit amount 60 times in order to clear the bonus – a tall task indeed.
Given this information, players are best off clearing their bonus at the virtual slot terminals, as they’ll only need to win a 83.33 percent rate to profit. Most slot machines pay out somewhere between 92 – 97 percent.
It’s worth noting that new registrants that have obtained a valid and verified Caesars Casino real-money account are also entitled to a $10 no deposit bonus. These funds can only be withdrawn after fulfilling a one time play through requirement at the slot machines, or 10x while playing video poker.
The best reasons to try Caesars Casino
#1 – Cashiering options
Caesars Casino offers a vast array of deposit and withdrawal options, including widely popular third-party payment processor PayPal.
Also, it’s only one of a few that support 7-Eleven Pay Near Me, which is one of the few options that enables players to make deposits with cash. This will prove appealing to those who don’t have a checking account and/or credit cards.
The casino suite also accepts more traditional payment methods, such as e-checks (ACH) and online banking transfers, both of which boast relatively high acceptance rates.
#2 – Game selection
Caesars’ game library stacks up well against the competition. At the time of this writing, the online casino offers 159 slot games, five blackjack variants, three roulette games, baccarat and 19 video poker games.
The casino also features its fair share of exclusives and progressives, not to mention one of the few multi-hand video poker machines we’ve seen.
#3 – Integration with Total Rewards
Players that wager online can earn valuable Total Rewards credits. Earn rates are 1 Tier Credit and 1 Online Reward Credit for every $10 wagered on slots and for every $100 wagered on all other games.
Compared to other NJ online loyalty programs, the online earn rate is rather weak, with slot players receiving .1 percent cashback and all other players .01 percent. But that’s not where the program shines.
The true value of Total Rewards integration lies in earning Tier Credits. Players who link their online account to Total Rewards will have their earned Tier Credits applied to their overall Tier Score. What this means is that gamblers will be able to gravitate up the Total Rewards ranks from the comfort of their own home.
The benefits of achieving a higher Total Rewards ranking are plentiful, and include casino shop discounts, room discounts at Caesars’ properties, access to exclusive lounges, priority service and celebration dinners.
Areas in which the Caesars’ online casino can improve
- Game stability: A fair portion of the site’s casino games are plagued by stability issues. Games are slow to load and hangups between spins/hands are all too common. Crashes occurred at a somewhat alarming frequency.
- Promotions: Promotions are too far and few between for our liking. Caesars Casino will occasionally roll out an event that features a promotional value of $10,000 or more, but compared to other sites that host recurrent daily promotions on top of their other offers, Caesars just doesn’t hold up that well.
- Mobile: As we’ll soon see, the mobile client (particularly iOS) has a lot of the same stability issues as the desktop platform – only that the problems are sometimes magnified on smart devices.
Playing Caesars Casino on mobile
Caesars online casino is available for download on both Android and iOS powered devices.
The Caesars Casino application is available through the iOS App Store, however depending on your search terms it can get lost among many other Caesars gaming options (tip: include “NJ” or “New Jersey” in your Google search).
The application is compatible with all versions of iOS 6.1 or later.
As far as the mobile game library, over 70 games are included in total, most of them slots, although blackjack, roulette and four Game King video poker games are also available. That’s roughly 40 percent of the games found on the main site, which is a better percentage than most NJ mobile casinos boast.
The application houses most of the same information found on the desktop client, including sub-menus for promotions, Total Rewards, and the patron protection program. Easy links are also available to live support and player account statements. These options are all listed in a neat toolbar accessible from the top of the screen in landscape mode.
In short, the app’s game lobby allows for a lot of information without overly crowding the screen.
Unfortunately, quality control for the software is very lacking. We encountered multiple stability issues, the worst of which caused games to freeze or crash. On several occasions, a restart was required, and at least one game reported an error requesting a Flash upgrade, of which iOS no longer supports. Geolocation support was also spotty.
Re-installation of the software temporarily fixed some of these problems, but it took multiple attempts to get everything running satisfactorily. Fortunately, installation is incredibly fast – rarely requiring more than a few seconds on most devices.
Graphics and sound were more than adequate in so long as the games worked. An in-game menu often offered access to player protection features but not to the cashier.
Happily, our experience on Android enabled devices was less frustrating. Slot and video games in particular tended to run far more smoothly than on either the desktop or iOS devices.
Another nice touch: all of the depositing options available on the desktop client are directly accessible from the application, as are the withdrawal, responsible gaming and account statement features.
A few notable drawbacks:
- When backing out of games we were often met with a long hangup before the lobby would repopulate.
- Player log-in times are abysmally slow, often taking a full minute or more and occasionally causing the application to freeze up.
- For whatever reason, players can only play for real-money when logged in, but can play for free upon logout.
For the most part, the Android app resembles its iOS counterpart: that is it’s an aesthetically pleasing, feature rich application brought down a peg (or two) by lag and stability problems.
Cashiering at Caesars Casino
One area is which Caesars’ online casino excels is in its number of deposit methods. The site offers more options than just about any other regulated operator in New Jersey, and while the number of withdrawal methods is less plentiful, there’s still enough that finding a suitable option shouldn’t be difficult.
Available deposit options include:
- ACH (e-checks)
- Online bank transfers
- Visa/MasterCard debit/credit cards
- 7-Eleven PayNearMe
- Cash at the Caesars casino cage
It’s worth noting that Caesars Casino is one of only a few NJ online casinos that offers PayPal as a depositing/withdrawal method – the rest being other sites that operator under the Caesars AC license.
As one of the most trusted and widely used payment processors on the planet, PayPal serves as an extremely viable alternative for players who have had their Visa/MasterCard and ACH transactions declined.
For those who don’t have a checking account, or preference not entering their financial information online, there is PayNearMe. This method allows players to load an account using cash. Granted, players will have to travel to a New Jersey based 7-Eleven in order to complete the transaction, and can only deposit up to $500 per day, but that’s a small price to pay for a 100 percent guaranteed acceptance rate and a lack of external fees.
Unfortunately, the act of making electronic deposits can also be a bit cumbersome. While navigating to the cashier only requires a couple of mouse clicks, players will often find themselves entering the same banking/card information for each new deposit. A save option would have been nice.
Also, deposit limits were not specified on the cashiering page, nor were estimated transaction times.
There are five available withdrawal methods:
- Bank transfer
- USPS check
- Cage withdrawal
In order to use PayPal to withdraw, players must first make a deposit using the method. Additionally, players will have to upload a screenshot of their PayPal account settings to support in order to verify their account. Neither piece of information is made known to players upfront.
What Caesars’ also fails to tell players is that only a personal PayPal account can be used to make deposits.
The cashier doesn’t supply much in the way of pertinent information for its other withdrawal methods either.
Suffice it too say, players are left almost completely in the dark regarding how long it will take them to receive their funds, and we can’t imagine that being good for business.
Available stakes at Caesars Casino
Caesars Casino has its fair share of games that allow players to wager $.50 or less.
Notable among them is Micro Limit BlackJack, where the betting starts at just $.10. Anyone willing to play for more than $1 a hand is advised not to play the micro limit game however, as the payout for a natural is only 6:5. Better options exist for dollar players.
Roulette can also be played for just $.10 a spin and the minimum bet on No Commission Baccarat is $1.
There are a bevy of slot and video poker terminals that accept minuscule bets – in fact most of them do. It’s rare to be able to play games like Full Pay Jacks or Better or Bonus Poker for $.10 a hand, but that’s exactly what players will find when playing on the Game King version of the machine.
For those who like to live on the wild side, Caesars Casino has progressive slots. These volatile machines are tough to beat, but when a player does, the reward can be in the high six, maybe even seven, figures.
Slot feature: Twin Spin
Twin Spin, by NetEnt is one of the newer games to hit the platform. Like many more modern gambling games, the slot machine features a variety of ways to win, a Las Vegas inspired feel, and a couple of unique playing twists that adds to the excitement.
Far and away the most unique feature of Twin Spin is the one from which it derives its name. Each spin, two adjacent reels will spin the exact same symbols. What’s more is that during the spin, the linked reels can expand to include a third, fourth or even fifth identical reel. It goes without saying that a fully linked spin will result in a sizable win for the player.
One of the more traditional aspects of the Twin Spin is its Wild symbol. However, unlike most slot games, Twin Spin allows its Wild to substitute for any other symbol.
Players have a multitude of betting options. Not only can they set the coin value amount, but they can choose a bet level between 1 in 10, with level 1 equating to a bet for the raw coin value times 25 and level 10 being reserved for high rollers who wish to wager 250 times the coin value per spin.
Twin Spin is a relatively volatile game that can award up to 270,000 coins on a single spin. There are a whopping 243 ways to win, and the payback percentage is 96.6 percent – among the best we’ve seen on the site.
Table games feature: Double Bonus Spin Roulette
Double Bonus Spin Roulette is a action oriented take on the classic casino game.
As per regular roulette, players can place bets on individual numbers, red/black, even/odd, splits and number groupings. The catch is that the wheel features an added Bonus slot. Should the ball land on Bonus (which is 1.5 times wider than any other slot), all bets will stand and the single roulette wheel will be replaced by a new two-wheel version. The balls on both wheels will spin, granting the player two independent chances to hit their number(s).
Players can also bet on the Bonus slot itself. Doing so will trigger an immediate payout when the Bonus is hit. In addition, if one or two of the bonus wheels lands on Bonus, the payout is augmented significantly.
See what we mean by action oriented?
Player perks at Caesars Casino
There are a few. Most notably, players can convert their Online Rewards Credits into cash at a rate of $10 per 1,000 Rewards Credits. That works out to a .1 percent cashback deal for slots, and .01 percent for other games.
Gamblers can also link their brick and mortar Total Rewards account to their online account, which opens the door for them to improve their tier score. Not to mention, Online Rewards Credits can then also be spent at live Caesars’ venues.
Other than that, the player perks are a bit few and far between. One-off promotions run only once or twice a month, but the upside is that when they do, the promotional value tends toward the high side.
Players can also access a wide variety of quality of life functions including their account statements, bonus history and quick support links.
Caesars Casino player tools
From the main lobby, Caesars’ responsible gaming functions are just a click away. From the menu, players can set a daily cap on the amount they’re allowed to play, as well as, daily, weekly and monthly deposit limits and loss limits.
They can also choose to self suspend for a period of three days to six months, during which time they’ll be unable to perform any account functions outside of logging in and cashing out.
Going a step further, players can opt to self exclude for one or five years. This severe measure will result in an account closure on CaesarsCasino.com and all related sites.
From the My Account tab, players can view their profile information, upload financial documents, enable/disable strong authentication and opt to receive marketing materials.
Players can also view their cash and bonus balances, achieved by simply clicking on Balances from the main menu.
Account statements and transaction histories, along with handy date filters, are on display from the Account Statement menu. And players can check out answers to frequently asked questions, access live chat, and find other useful information about contacting support via the Support menu.
All online casinos regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement must adhere to strict operational guidelines, including the segregation of player funds from other financials and responsible gambling options.
As an added layer of security, Caesars Casino allows players to opt in to strong authentication, which requires patrons to enter in a security code sent via SMS at each log in attempt.