Betfair NJ Online Casino Review
Though Betfair is the world’s largest sports betting exchange and does great business outside of the United States, it might initially seem like an odd fit for New Jersey’s online gaming scene. After all, online sports betting was the only major segment of gambling that remained illegal in the state into early 2018.
Betfair took a smart approach, however, establishing an early foothold in the state with a more traditional branded casino property based on (and hosted by) the Golden Nugget’s online division. The Supreme Court is widely expected to rule in New Jersey’s favor and allow casinos in the state to offer online sports betting, and Betfair is now perfectly positioned to immediately roll out their services when that happens.
As of this writing, Betfair’s New Jersey online casino is based on the Golden Nugget online casino, meaning they mostly offer the same lineup of games under the Betfair NJ Online Casino branding. Betfair has some significant differences beyond that, however. Their online casino offers different bonuses, a good amount of exclusives, a different look and interface, and a different player’s club with rewards that are unique to the site.
Betfair NJ Games and Gaming Software
Players will find the following waiting for them at Betfair New Jersey:
- 313 slots (4 with progressive jackpots)
- 21 table games
- 6 types of Game King video poker
- 6 live dealer tables
- 6 virtual sports (horses, greyhounds, stock cars, motor racing, motorcycles and soccer)
Betfair shares a lot of its slot lineup with host Golden Nugget, but it actually has a number of different games and more exclusives. There are actually 21 total exclusive slots at Betfair’s site including:
- Ancient Dragon
- Carnival in Rio
- Deep Freeze
- Girls Day Out
- Leonidas: King of the Spartans
- Medusa: The Quest of Perseus
- Night Survivor
- Treasure Voyage
Table games include multiple varieties of blackjack, roulette, poker and baccarat. Betfair actually has some unusual exclusives in this area, too. Their unique EZ Baccarat game uses a multi-deck shoe instead of the standard single deck that is continually shuffled, giving players the opportunity to count cards. Hi-Lo Solitaire allows you to shuffle the deck at any time and place multiple bets on what type of card is going to come out next. Roulette Royale uses the most favorable set of French rules for the game, and also allows some side bets not seen at other tables.
Mobile Device Support
This online casino supports both Android and iOS mobile devices. You’ll need iOS 8.1 or later if you have an Apple device. The Android app is downloaded directly through their website and will require version 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or newer.
One of the nice touches of the Betfair mobile app is that the live dealer games are available through it. This is still kind of rare at online casinos throughout the world, let alone in New Jersey. You’ll also get about half of their desktop / laptop lineup of slots, all of the video poker games, and nearly all of the regular table games.
Betfair NJ Live Dealer Tables
Right now, Betfair has live baccarat, blackjack and roulette. Keep in mind that these tables are only open from 3 PM to 3 AM local time, however. A private live dealer lounge for VIP members opens at 2 PM each day.
Signup and Ongoing Bonuses
Betfair offers both an initial deposit match bonus, and a free $10 credit just for creating a new account.
The free $10 credit is about as simple as it gets. New players get $10 in free play to use at any casino game they like. You don’t have to use the full $10 at any one game, you can divide it up however you like. There is also no wagering requirement to withdraw any winnings.
You can also claim an initial deposit bonus of up to $2,500. You’ll get 100% of your deposit amount matched in free play, so long as you deposit at least $50 the first time. The wagering requirement is 20x the deposit amount, but roulette players will want to note that 50% of their play will go toward the requirement (most casinos only allow 10% to 20% on roulette). Also, all slots contribute 100%, with no games excepted. The only downside is that all other games only contribute 10%.
Ongoing regular promotions are a little thin at Betfair, but there are a couple to take advantage of. There is a featured game every week that awards you a $5 bonus if you wager $250 at it. They also have a nice referral bonus program for your friends. Send them a link that gives them a $10 signup credit, and once they deposit $25, you’ll get a $25 bonus!
Betfair NJ Loyalty Program
Betfair’s loyalty program in New Jersey is very similar to their international program, but the two do not share points or tier rankings.
There are five total tier levels, from Iron to Platinum. Each new tier ups the amount of rewards points you earn per dollar wagered, and once you hit the Silver tier you start getting special gifts, bonuses and invitations to events.
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
Betfair offers the usual range of withdrawal and deposit options, most of which are instant in both directions.
You can use a Visa, MasterCard or the casino’s own prepaid card. Other options include a bank transfer, ACH, PayPal, Skrill, and the 7-Eleven PayNearMe system. You can also make withdrawals and deposits in person at the Golden Nugget cashiers cage.
Betfair offers 24 hour email support at firstname.lastname@example.org. Live browser chat and phone assistance are available from 9 AM to 2 AM the following day local time.
For a wagering outfit that isn’t really focused on casino games, Betfair has actually put together a pretty good online experience for New Jersey gamblers. They have a respectably large selection of games, and one of the biggest collections of exclusive games to be found in the state. The “no strings attached” free $10 to start out with is also a great offer for newcomers to get oriented to online gaming at no risk. The only major weakness of the site is the lack of ongoing promotions for players who are at lower tiers, but VIP players at the Silver tier and above report a good amount of value from their offers.