The Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City represents the classic casino, and as such it does not generate great excitement in the modern world. Their partnership with Virgin Casino held a lot of promise for New Jersey.
Everybody has heard of The Virgin Group and knows of their drive for innovation and fearless investment in the future but it's worth pointing out that shortly before coming to New Jersey, Virgin Casino was acquired by Gamesys and consequently rumors suggest it has lost this innovative spirit.PLAYING FOR REAL MONEY
Registration is quick and easy.
The Virgin casino website presents you with a classically styled homepage (see above) and registration is quick and easy and they will check the information you have entered with public records and will be able to verify the vast majority of new players with no additional documentation required.
They offer you a refill bonus up to $50 which, according to their terms, you will receive if "... you've hit a not-so-hot streak within your first week." How's that for excitement!?! The events needed to trigger the bonus are so complex to figure out you will never know if you've quaified for it or not.BANKING OPTIONS
This is the only casino in New Jersey where you cannot opt out of this annoyance, or rather, service.
When you log in to Virgin casino your cellphone will buzz with an SMS message containing a 4 digit code which you must enter into the box provided on the sign in page before you are allowed to continue.
Unfortunately, this is the only online casino in New Jersey that I have reviewed where you cannot opt out of this annoya... erm... service. Head on over to the banking section and you will find the deposit options which include Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards, electronic check, cage deposit at The Tropicana, or you can deposit cash at your local 7 - 11 conveience store using a code the cashier gives you.
For withdrawal you can pick up your winnings at The Tropicana or by ACH electronic check and here lies the bright spot for Virgin casino, 2 days from when you initiate your withdrawal the funds will be in your bank account, the fastest in New Jersey that I've so far discovered!SLOT GAMES
You will find 23 slot games at Virgin casino.
They have the same 10 IGT games that several other New Jersey casinos like Betfair casino are offering and these are all fun, exciting games with unique features and provide a good balance between playtime and big hit potential. The other slot games look 'cartoonish' and feel cheap and the paytables look like they were cut out from a magazine to be honest.
"Frederick and Francois, in it for the Monet"? "Jalpeno Racers"?? "Nuts and Bolts"??? "Secrets of the Phoenix" is a nice game with cascading reels and decent hit potetial and "Wonders of the Deep" is mildly entertaining but that's about it.TABLE GAMES
Virgin casino hosts 9 table games including single zero Roulette with wagering from $0.10 to $4000 per game, Pai Gow Poker from $1 to $510 per hand and 3 versions of Blackjack with wagering from $1 to $1000 per hand.
They also have the only Keno available on-line in New Jersey for $0.20 to $5.00 per card and a Hi Lo game from $0.20 to $250 per deal. 4 Video Pokers are available in the IGT 'Game King' versions which is a nice touch but these are only single-hand games.CONCLUSION
To their credit, Virgin casino runs a daily free spins game, open to all real money players, where you can win up to 100 free spins on "Secrets of the Phoenix" or "Tiki Island" and at the end of the month a special game where if you played the daily game every day you are guaranteed free spins on the same games.
They also feature a 'Community Jackpot' where a player can win up to $10,000 and if it hits all players who have wagered real money within an hour will win an un-quoted amount also.
In my opinion, I'd say that Virgin casino is best described as 'adequate'.