2016 Review of Caesars Online Casino in NJ

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Caesars is one of the best known brands in Atlantic City, and the CaesarsCasino online casino is among the most popular of the licensed and regulated online casinos in New Jersey. With the second highest total number of games in the state, Caesars is definitely a competitive offering.

Let’s take a in-depth look at the games they offer, as well as the signup bonus promotion…

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Our Rating:
4.6


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Summary:

Caesars has the largest inventory of video poker games in NJ, and also a very extensive list of slot games. Table games are not nearly as strong, with only blackjack, roulette, and baccarat versions. With the second-highest game total in the state including a healthy number of exclusive games, this is a must-play site.

Second-Highest Number of Games in NJ

With more than 200 games available, the Caesars inventory is a huge plus. Only Golden Nugget has a larger list of choices. In addition, Caesars has a good number of games that are available nowhere else.

Most of this variety appears in slots and video poker, while the Caesars table games actually lag the market a bit.

Slots From Several Suppliers

The strength of Caesars slot variety is obvious when you consider that the casino offers access to games from 9 different software developers. The usual IGT and High 5 games are here, but NextGen, NYX, Bally, and Aristocrat also offer lots of games each.

Having so many different companies provide software, the slots tend to vary widely in function and theme. Often, when a casino has lots of games but from only a few developers, the games can tend to be cookie-cutter copies of each other. That’s not the case here. The variety is deep, not just wide.

Here are some of the slot choices, in a few screenshots: (click images to enlarge)
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Take a look at one of the High 5 games, called Dangerous Beauty, with lots of stacked symbols.
Dangerous Beauty

Progressive Jackpots

The casino features several different slot games with progressive jackpots, including games like Millionaires Club III and Rags to Riches, both of which feature a jackpot that is well into 6 figures.

Captain Nemo is basically another version of Millionaires Club III… It is the same concept, just a different look. To win the jackpot on either, you get to the bonus round and spin a set of three nested wheels. If you succeed in reaching the innermost wheel, you have a shot at the jackpot, which starts at $175,000 and climbs until someone wins it.

One of My Favorites: Aladdin’s Legacy

There are a lot of quality games to choose from. As an example, Aladdin’s Legacy is an attractive game with an interesting bonus round concept.
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Table Games: How the Mighty Have Fallen!

When I last reviewed Caesars, their table games got high marks for variety. In addition to the usual suspects, they offered 3 Card Poker, 4 Card Poker, 6 Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Casino War, and Triple Action Hold’em. While I complained about the heavy poker tilt, it was nice to have so many choices.

But wow, what a difference now! All of those games are gone! In fact, if you click on Table Games in the Caesars casino today, it shows only one game: No-Commission Baccarat! Don’t worry, they also still have blackjack and roulette in several versions. They have their own respective tabs in the casino.

So Caesars went from one of the strongest choices for table game players to one near the bottom of the competition. This is a trend I have seen at other casinos as well, and I wonder if the online playing public are just not giving these alternative table games much play. Whatever the cause, it’s a shame.

While I am talking about table games, note that the only baccarat version is a no-commission variety. In this case, the banker bet pays only half a win if the banker hand wins with a total of 8. That increases the house edge on the banker bet to just over 4%. Fortunately, the player bet is unchanged, with the usual house edge of just 1.24%. If you play this game, I recommend betting only on player.

For roulette, there is “Roulette”, “European Roulette”, and “Roulette Master”. Stick to the European version. It has a single-zero wheel, and therefore a lower house edge.

Five Versions of Blackjack

The blackjack options, in order of return are:

  • Micro Limit Blackjack 10:I was amazed to see that this version of blackjack came out on top at Caesars, despite paying only 6:5 on blackjack! That rule is bad for the player.  However, this game adds one major benefit to offset it: Suited blackjacks pay 2:1.  The player can also take multiple hits on split Aces, an uncommon and favorable rule.  There are 3:1 payouts on 777, and 2:1 payouts on a 5-card 21.  This is not a great game, but it is not a bad game either. Betting limits are $0.10 to $10, and the return is 99.62%.

    8 Decks, BJ Pays 6:5, Dealer Stands on All 17s, Double Any 2 Cards, Double After Split, Split Once, Rehit Split Aces, No Surrender, Suited BJ 2:1, 5-card 21 automatic 2:1, 777 automatic 3:1

    Micro Limit Blackajck

  • Micro Limit Blackjack 25: This is the same game, but with limits of $0.50 to $25. Return is 99.62%.
  • Vegas Blackjack:A basic $5 to $100 game with 4 decks. Return is 99.60%. For most players, this is probably a better choice despite being 0.02% “worse” than Micro Limit. In Micro Limit, a lot of the return comes from those suited blackjacks. Vegas Blackjack will be a lot less volatile, and with nearly as good a return, I would recommend this game instead.

    4 Decks, BJ Pays 3:2, Dealer Stands on All 17s, Double Any 2 Cards, Double After Split, Split Once, Play 1 to 5 hands.

  • European Blackjack:The dealer does not take a hole card in this 8-deck game, which means that doubles and splits are vulnerable to losing to a dealer blackjack. Adjust your strategy accordingly. The return is 99.56%.

    8 Decks, BJ Pays 3:2, European No Hole Card, Dealer Stands on All 17s, Double On 9,10,11 Only, Double After Split, Split Once, Early Surrender except vs Ace, No Splitting of 4s, 5s, or Tens.

  • Sidebet Blackjack:This game offers the opportunity to make up to five different sidebets: Mega Match, Blackjack Attack, Cash Queens, Crazy Sevens, and Pair Play. The sidebets of course have a higher house edge than the base game, which returns 99.54%.

    6 Decks, BJ Pays 3:2, Dealer Stands on All 17s, Double Any 2 Cards, Double After Split, Split Once.

Strongest Video Poker Variety in NJ

I think that Caesars deserves the title of “Most Improved Video Poker” since my initial review. The games available then were disappointing, but a lot has changed. They now boast the most VP games of anyone, including several very good paytables.

IGT Jacks Or Better
The IGT games are excellent in every way, including good paytables, excellent graphics and sound, and easy game play. In addition to the IGT titles, there are also VP games from two other developers: NYX and Spin Games. Although these are not implemented as well as the IGT GameKing titles, they do offer more types of video poker. And that is something that is quite rare in the NJ online world so far.

So many of Caesars’ competitors have just 3 or 4 VP games. It’s great to have some other options!

In an earlier review, I complained about an issue with the Spin Games VP games, where discarded cards could be drawn into the hand again. This was disclosed in the help screens, but it was still very misleading. To their credit, those games were removed until they were fixed. Now, the Spin Games VP behaves just the way it should. Kudos.

Signup Bonus

The signup bonus at Caesars is a two-part promotion. First, you get a $10 no-deposit-required bonus just for creating an account. That bonus is available only for slot or video poker play, until you have played through it at least once. After that, any balance that you have can be freely used at blackjack or other table games, or it can be withdrawn. That is a very strong no-deposit bonus, requiring only 1X wagering requirements.

If you choose to make a deposit, your first deposit is eligible for a 100% match bonus up to $300. Wagering requirements on that bonus are 10X the deposit and bonus amount combined. So, if you deposit $100, you will need to make 10X ($100 + $100) in wagers, or a total of $2000.

That wagering requirement assumes you are playing slots. If you play video poker instead, your play counts at only 10% toward the wagering requirements. (In my example, if you did the entire wagering on video poker, it would take $20,000 in bets.) You can mix and match between the two types of games if you want. Note that table games wagers do not contribute anything to meeting the wagering requirements. As has been the case for most of the New Jersey deposit bonuses, these wagering requirements are fairly high on slots, and much higher if you play video poker instead.

If you plan to play a lot anyway, that is not a problem. These bonuses are an excellent way to boost the bankroll of a serious player. But if you plan to make a withdrawal after a more limited amount of play, you should pause to consider whether you want to take the bonus or not. One bit of good news: If you change your mind at Caesars after getting a bonus, you can have customer support remove any bonus money for which you have not yet met the wagering requirements.

As always, note that bonus terms and conditions are subject to change. While this was accurate at the time I wrote it, don’t make any decision without referring to the details at the Caesars site.

Final Thoughts

If there is one consistent theme in my review of CaesarsCasino.com, that theme is “improvement”. Since my initial testing of the site in April 2014, they have slowly and methodically worked to improve their offering by adding new games, and in one case removing games that had an issue. This bodes well for the future. As the New Jersey market matures, I expect Caesars to remain one of the leading brands in the state. If you are playing online in NJ, you need an account there.

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