Note: A more recent review is available for Betfair casino. See https://www.new-jersey-online-casinos.com/review-of-betfair-online-casino-in-new-jersey/.
Almost a year has passed since the launch of online gambling in New Jersey, and as I predicted, the casinos have continued to improve their products by expanding the numbers of available games.
At the time of my original review of Betfair, they were top-notch when it came to game inventory. In the months since, they have continued to add games and their total offering remains among the best in NJ.
The current Betfair casino offers 82 games, with 57 slots, 20 table games, and 5 versions of video poker, with more slot selections being added all the time.
Pretty Stable at the Tables
Betfair launched with almost a full slate of table games, handily beating out all competitors at the time. Since they already had all the bases covered in that area, the table game inventory has only moved from the original 19 up to the current 20 games.
The added game is baccarat. The game is a no-commission variety, which I’m not a big fan of, but several of the NJ casinos have made the same decision for how to offer baccarat. (Tip: If you play it, stick to the “player” bet, which has a lower house edge unlike normal baccarat where “banker” is better.)
Slots Have More Than Doubled
In slots, the launch was strong, but not as dominant as in the table space. But Betfair has added game after game in the months since. As a result, the current inventory at Betfair offers more than double the number of slot games compared to the original total.
The IGT inventory is solid, with Coyote Moon, Grand Monarch, Da Vinci Diamonds, and many more.
There are several more game developers represented, and that’s where I predict we’ll see even more titles in the future. The casino hosts a handful of games from developers High 5 Games, Multimedia Games, and Incredible Technologies.
For example, only one Multimedia Games title is available so far, but it’s a really good one. “Carnival in Rio” is one of the more entertaining slots you’ll find anywhere, with a great theme and soundtrack. I love that bonus round where all the dancer symbols become wild, and the samba music cranks up a notch.
Video Poker is Still Limited
The one area that has not expanded at all since my original review is video poker. The current VP games are exactly the same five that they launched with. Here’s a place where all of NJ has limited variety, and I hope that some provider will focus some attention on adding video poker variations, and use it as a draw for players. Betfair’s VP is comparable to all the other providers, but that’s not saying much. At least the paytables of the few games available are good.
A Mobile Casino for iOS and Android
An all new addition since my initial review is the mobile casino, available as a Betfair NJ app on both Apple and Android devices. (A quick usage note: If you have a desktop computer, I advise signing up for an account using the website first, before downloading the app on your mobile device. It is much easier to go through the registration process on a full size screen.)
The mobile apps offer only a subset of games compared to the desktop version, but the games work fine. While I was in NJ recently doing my research, I had a fun time sitting at a bar enjoying a cold beer while playing real-money video poker on my iPhone.
The Betfair app includes a total of 15 games, with several choices for both table game players and slot players.
My favorites were blackjack and video poker, but you can also play slots like Cleopatra and Wolf Run.
These screenshots are from my Android tablet, but the games look very similar on my iPhone.
Betfair Continues to be a Strong Choice
Betfair came into the New Jersey market with something of a handicap, because their brand name was not an existing brand in Atlantic City. I think that’s why they launched with one of the best varieties of games of any of the online casinos. The less-known name means they have to try harder to get and keep players. And as a player, that’s a good thing. If you haven’t checked them out yet, I think you’ll like what you find.