One of the online gaming powerhouses in New Jersey, 888Casino is going as strong as ever. With a presence in over 170 countries worldwide, and thousands of players, it's up there with the most popular sites in the state. It prides itself on offering a varied selection of games, as well as encouraging responsible gaming.
While almost any NJ casino will say the same thing, it could be argued 888 has gone a step further by using random number generators instead of dealers to make things as fair as possible. These generators are also reviewed by international auditors. Given the number of NJ players they have, they must be doing something right!
888 has really grown its stable of providers recently, and that's a good thing. That said, there's not that many slots to choose from compared to some other online slot casinos, and having a few more developers getting involved would certainly be a good thing.
The mobile NJ site follows the same design as the main site itself, and is clear and easy to use. The interface is nice and clear and nothing is crammed on or missing from the page. You can sign up and play straight from the mobile site as well, which is a nice option. The app is quick to download, and features all the same services and games as the other two sites. You can download it from either the mobile or the main site as well.
Glitz and glamour are the names of the game on the 888 site. You're greeted with a slick homepage which gets you straight into the action via a featured games list, and the promotions for new players and members are obvious right away. The bold green and black color scheme works well, and nothing is difficult to locate or interact with. The top menu contains all the detailed information you'll need, but doesn't clutter the screen thanks to being highlightable.
You can also quickly access all the casino's regulatory information and awards with a quick scroll down. The app is clearly promoted and easy to access via the main site too. There are some well-known and good quality slots to enjoy, from Judge Dredd to Elvis The King. There's also the first Zeus slot. Overall though, many of the games are a little old given what's available elsewhere.
You'll find four kinds of casino games at 888Casino, and they're all the staples you’d expect: blackjack, roulette, slots and video poker. We've already looked at the slots in a bit of detail, (although it's worth noting there are a lot of progressive jackpot slots, which is great) so let's move on to the casino staples.
There are two versions of roulette available, both single and double, and the table is laid out nicely so you can see your bets and the action clearly. There's only one version of blackjack, but you can customize various elements of the game to your liking, which is something only available at 888. The video poker is another solid choice, and has its own app so you can play on the go as well.
New players will get $20 free once they've signed up, which is a good way to get yourself acquainted with some of the games on the site. There's no deposit needed at all which is good, although take note that you don't actually get a full $20 – it's $10 of free play for selected games and $4 of bonus, plus six $1 tournament tickets.
You can also access the $1,500 welcome bonus after you've made your first two deposits, but again do make sure to check the terms and conditions. Members can enjoy deals of the day, and the longer you stay as a member, the more status points you'll get. This is the casino's way of rewarding your loyalty.
There are plenty of deposit options at 888. You can use Neteller (which is also then available for withdrawals as well), bank transfer, cash (via a physical casino cage), instant eCheck, and the usual Visa and Mastercard options. There are minimum deposit limits of $10 on all these payment methods. Withdrawals are much the same – although be sure to remember that online banking transfers, as well as Visa and Mastercard deposits, can't receive withdrawals from 888Casino.
The support page is so extensive it opens in a whole new tab – good or bad depending on your point of view. Either way it's hard to argue with the comprehensive and extensive number of FAQs and help on offer here. Every topic is covered clearly, from deposit questions to technical issues. If you're really having trouble, you can fill in a contact form to speak to a member of the support team. The only slight let down is that there's no instant messaging or phone line available.
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888Casino NJ certainly delivers when it comes to certain areas, but there are some missing elements that can make it pale a bit when compared to other sites. While there are some great features, like the ability to customize your blackjack games, the amount of slots is somewhat lacking. You'll still find plenty to keep you entertained of course, and the loyalty scheme is pretty good if you tend to play a few select games often. The dedicated video poker app (and the app itself) does make this online casino one of the better choices for gaming on the go as well.
|good mobile and app support||starting player promotion isn't great|
|some totally stand-out features, like customizable blackjack||limited slots, and some outdated|
|good promotions for long term members||extensive support options, but only via contact form|
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