Virgin Casino NJ Review & Promo Code for 2015

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Virgin Casino (VirginCasino.com) is operated by Gamesys, which acquired the Virgin Games brand in January 2013. Gamesys operates its VirginCasino.com New Jersey online casino through a partnership with Tropicana.  The site does not offer online poker.

Virgin Online Casino NJ Promo Code

VirginCasino.com, like TropicanaCasino.com, but in striking contrast to most online casinos, does not offer its new players a Welcome Bonus. If the Welcome Bonus is a perk you have come to expect, it is understandable how the lack of one can be disappointing. However, in lieu of the bonus, VirginCasino.com in New Jersey, like its counterpart in the UK, takes care of new players and frequent players alike with a variety of innovative promotions. Some of the promotions described below are identical to those offered TropicanaCasino.com players. Others are unique to VirginCasino.com.

Free Instant Bonus Money

Sign up with a bonus code between now and 9/30/15, and receive a $10 bonus to use on any real money game on the site. While no deposit is necessary to get the bonus, a $10 deposit into your account is required to cash any winnings. The bonus itself cannot be withdrawn.

100% Cashback on First Deposit Losses up to $100 at Virgin Casino NJ

When you are ready to make your initial deposit of $10 or more, be sure to play it through once within 7 days of signing up with the casino. This offer is actually in some ways better than a bonus because your play is virtually risk free. If you incur a net loss, the casino will return 100% as cashback up to $100!

 

Inside VirginCasino.com NJ

Online casino gambling virgins and veterans alike will find many appealing features at this somewhat overlooked but clearly worthwhile entry into the New Jersey online gaming market. Certainly, the name VirginCasino.com should arouse your curiosity, so this brief review will introduce you to the site and, hopefully, encourage you to try it out.

The original Virgin Casino is very well known in the UK where it has been operating successfully online since 2004. It is a small casino, open to residents of the UK and Ireland only, and very popular because it is a low key, fun place to play that especially appeals to bingo lovers and low stakes casino players. It has a large contingent of regulars who keep returning for the good value and innovative promotions which Virgin Casino consistently offers.

Virgin Casino might have never made its way to New Jersey except for the fact that in 2013, Gamesys, a leading overseas software provider, bought Virgin Casino. When the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City elected to go with Gamesys as its software partner for its online casino, a new version of Virgin Casino became part of the deal. However, VirginCasino.com, unlike TropicanaCasino.com, did not open for business until January 24, 2014.

Before www.virgincasino.com could receive a license to operate and become a reality, just like its sister site, www.tropicanacasino.com, it had to undergo rigorous scrutiny by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE).The New Jersey version of Virgin Casino is very similar to but not identical to the UK version. It is also very similar to the Tropicana Atlantic City online casino, which is no surprise, given that Gamesys powers both casinos. In fact, not only the software, but the actual games at the two New Jersey Gamesys casinos, are completely identical except that there are two more slot games at the Tropicana Casino. However, some of the promotional offers are slightly different. For example, VirginCasino.com offers a Refer a Friend promotion, which TropicanaCasino.com does not. Another difference is that Virgin Casino players earn V Points that can only be used on site rather than both Trop Points to use on site and Comp Points to use for freebies at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City.

It would be nice if play at the two casinos were linked like play at all of the Total Rewards casinos is, but that is not the case. Which casino you choose, VirginCasino.com or TropicanaCasino.com, or both, is strictly a matter of personal preference. This is only my opinion, but I think Virgin might offer more bang for the buck if you are a low stakes player, while if you are a high roller (even though Virgin also has a VIP program), Tropicana might be the better choice. Both casinos very conveniently allow you to make instant deposits and withdrawals 24/7 at the Tropicana Casino cashier’s cage.

Who Can Play

In order to play legally online at VirginCasino.com, the same two basic requirements are in effect as at TropicanaCasino.com and all of the other New Jersey state-run online gambling casinos. First, you must be 21 years of age or older, which is also the minimum legal age to gamble in any of the Atlantic City land-based casinos. Secondly, for the entire duration of your play, you must be physically situated in New Jersey. However, you do not necessarily need to reside in New Jersey. Visitors are also welcome, but if you are coming from out of state, it is pointless to even try to log on to play until you are within state borders. The required use of Geo Locate by all of the New Jersey gambling websites, including VirginCasino.com, means that any would-be player who is not in New Jersey at the time would be immediately detected and denied access. Furthermore, this no exceptions policy applies not only to computer play, but to mobile device play as well.

In addition, a third requirement specifically for VirginCasino.com (and TropicanaCasino.com), but not necessarily every New Jersey online casino, is that all players must have a U.S. registered working cell phone. Even if you only intend to play on your computer, the cell phone is necessary, as is a valid email address.

Security and Fairness

If you are an online casino virgin, probably one reason for your hesitation has been concern about whether playing online is safe. You might also be wondering if the games are sufficiently regulated for fairness. If you are an experienced player, you already know that while most licensed online gambling casinos operate responsibly, you cannot necessarily assume that they do. However, at VirginCasino.com, you have nothing to worry about because the site is state-regulated. The casino would not have been issued a license to operate by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) and be allowed to continue to operate unless it was in full compliance with every aspect of that organization’s strict rules and regulations.

VirginCasino.com Software

VirginCasino.com is powered by the London-based software company, Gamesys, Ltd. If you never heard of Gamesys before, don’t worry. Even though VirginCasino.com and TropicanaCasino.com are the only two Atlantic City-based online casinos using the software, then Gamesys brand is very well known in the UK, where Virgin Games, Caesars Casino UK, and Jackpotjoy, along with several other highly regarded online casinos, are all powered by Gamesys software.

Gamesys uses its own proprietary software. The actual games, which are virtually identical to those found on TropicanaCasino.com, represent the contribution of several manufacturers and include Gamesys’ own games developed in-house plus additional games from IGT and Williams Interactive Software. While the total number of games (70 as of this writing) is very limited, even for an online casino, the use of multiple game developers helps provide the kind of variety most returning players want in a casino to keep from becoming bored.

VirginCasino.com is a non-downloadable, entirely browser-based website. In other words, you are not confined to your own home computer if it is more convenient to play elsewhere. All of the games can be instantly accessed on any PC or Mac, desktop or laptop.

Or, if you prefer, you can play select Virgin games on your smartphone or tablet. You still have to be in New Jersey to play, but you do have the added flexibility of being able to fill up downtime while on the go, like while you are on a bus or waiting at the doctor’s office, with no computer available. The disadvantage you face as a mobile player is that, for this casino, the only supported devices are Apple iOS iPhones and iPads and Android devices and only for a handful of games. The Virgin Casino mobile app for iPhones and iPads is available on iTunes, while the one for Android tablets and smartphones can be downloaded on Virgin.com using your Android device.

Whether you choose to play on the computer or on your phone or tablet, or both, is entirely up to you. Either way of playing is completely safe and secure. You can set up your account, make deposits and withdrawals, and access promotions either on the computer or on your mobile device, as you prefer. However, for mobile play, instead of being able to choose from 70 games, depending on what type of device you have, you will be limited to just 18 or 22 games.

Casino Games at Virgin Online Casino New Jersey

As of this writing, the games at VirginCasino.com are identical to those at TopicanaCasino.com, except for there being two less slot games at Virgin (Super Jackpot Party and Gold Fish, which are unique to TropicanaCasino.com).

Here is the breakdown for the 76 games on VirginCasino.com.

  • 60 slots
  • 4 video poker games
  • 5 variations of blackjack
  • Single zero roulette
  • Single zero roulette (high stakes)
  • Baccarat
  • Pai Gai
  • Hi-Lo
  • Keno
  • 90 Ball Bingo

Keep in mind that most of the games, including 90 Ball Bingo, are only available for computer play. For more information about the various games, see my separate review of TropicanaCasino.com.

Virgin Online Casino Rewards

V Points

The reason they are called V points undoubtedly comes from the fact that they are earned at Virgin Casino, but the V could just as easily stand for value. Every $15 wagered on 90 Ball Bingo, $40 wagered on slots, or $100 wagered on other casino games translates into 1 V Point, and every 20 V Points accumulated can be exchanged for bonus money to play your favorite games on the site.

Virgin VIP Program

All levels of players are welcome at VirginCasino.com, but Virgin VIPs are treated like royalty. These are some of the benefits you can look forward to if your play qualifies you for VIP status.

VIP host

  • Exclusive VIP promotions including bigger and more frequent bonuses than other players get
  • Huge V Point multiplier promotions
  • Special birthday bonuses
  • Luxurious gifts
  • Exclusive VIP drawings for high-end prizes
  • Personalized gaming advice
  • All expenses paid weekend getaways, including airfare, hotel accommodations, dinner, and entertainment
  • Premium tickets to top shows and sporting events
  • Luxury gourmet dining
  • Other special personalized rewards arranged by your VIP host

For more information about the Virgin VIP program, call (201) 885-5370 weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or email VIP@VirginCasino.com.

Remember that you don’t have to be a high roller to take advantage of many of this casino’s other promotions. Some of these are for short periods of time only and change frequently (i.e., weekly), while others, like Refer a Friend, Daily Specials (games you can play for free for chances to win free spins) and Community Jackpots are ongoing. For more about these and other ongoing promotions at Virgin Casino, be sure to read my separate biweekly column at NJ Online Casino Blog.

Banking

A big advantage to playing online at the New Jersey state-regulated casinos rather than in foreign based casinos accepting American players, is that the New Jersey sites seem much more committed to making sure that your online banking is as hassle-free as possible. No one likes the aggravation of first having a very limited number of ways to deposit funds to an online account and then, on top of that, having the transaction denied, and then, to compound the aggravation, waiting an eternity for withdrawals. The good news is that Virgin Casino, which has an excellent reputation for fast withdrawal processing for UK players, is not letting New Jersey players down either. The following are the various methods available to you for deposits and withdrawals, which are identical to the options offered to TropicanaCasino.com players. Whatever method you choose, the security and privacy of your account is fully protected.

Deposit Methods

  • MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards (if your bank approves the transaction)
  • Neteller: Open a Neteller account and fund with MasterCard or Visa
  • Skrill (Moneybookers): Open a Skrill account and fund with a credit or debit card or money from your bank account
  • Online Bank Transfer
  • Instant Bank Transfer (ACH)
  • Tropicana Atlantic City Casino cashier’s cage (cash only)
  • PayNearMe (cash deposit at local 7-Eleven Store)

Withdrawal Methods

  • Tropicana Atlantic City Casino cashier’s cage
  • Skrill
  • ACH
  • Personal check

Customer Support

VirginCasino.com offers customer support via live chat (24/7), phone (9 a.m.-11 p.m.), or email to answer any player questions or concerns.

    • Phone: 1-844-737-7616
    • Email: See form on website.

Frequently Asked Questions about VirginCasino.com

I don’t live in New Jersey. Can I still play at VirginCasino.com?

As long as you are physically situated within the borders of New Jersey for the entire time you intend to be playing, you can play.

What types of games are offered at VirginCasino.com?

Slots, video poker, blackjack, roulette, baccarat, Pai Gow, Hi-Lo, Keno, 90 Ball Bingo

What games are offered on the VirginCasino.com mobile platform?

Slots blackjack, roulette, and baccarat.

What kinds of mobile devices can be used to play the Virgin Casino mobile games?

IPhones, iPads, and Android devices.

What kind of a Welcome Bonus will I receive if I sign up as a new player at VirginCasino.com?

Unfortunately, none, because VirginCasino.com doesn’t offer one. However, you do get a $10 play only bonus just for signing up which you can use on any game you wish. In addition, if your first real money deposit of $10 or more after being played through once should result in a loss, you get the entire amount of your loss back up to $100.

VirginCasino.com looks a lot like its sister site, TropicanaCasino.com. What is the difference?

The games are identical except for two additional slot games at the Tropicana. The promotions are mostly also the same, but there are also some promotions that are site-specific. For example, the Refer a Friend promotion is only offered at Virgin Casino. In addition, players at Virgin Casino earn V points rather than Trop Points and their play on the site cannot be used to earn comp dollars to use in the casino.

Can I make deposits to and withdrawals from my VirginCasino.com account at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City?

Yes, you can do both 24/7 at the casino cashier’s cage.