Last Monday, we revisited the rise of the social casino through Facebook, apps, and sponsored by gaming’s giants, such as MGM, Caesars, Aristocrat, Scientific Gaming and IGT. If you missed it, take a moment to look back at “Online Social Casinos”
Out of seven brick-and-mortar casinos in New England, five have social gaming available. Only Newport Grand in Newport, Rhode Island & Oxford Casino in Oxford, Maine don’t offer these type of online gaming. Today we will take a look at all five casinos that do offer them, starting in Connecticut.
Foxwoods rolled out a new version of it’s social casino over a year ago. It contains four rooms of slots, names for different Foxwoods casino areas, each needing a higher level of play to unlock new games. It features slots by Spins Gaming, Konami Gaming, GreenTube Interactive Gaming from Europe, and Nektan Gaming.
Video Poker – no full pay, but decent, including NSUDuesces Wild.
Other Games – include two Blackjack, two roulette games (one with a single zero), 4 Keno games
Rewards – Points earned through play can be used for two types of rewards – Entertainment (gas card, & Tanger Coupon Book) and Casino rewards, such as Bonus Slot play, free BJ, Roulette or Keno bet, more credits or Foxwoods Rewards points added to your rewards card.
Mohegan Sun offers three different options for online gaming.
1) The Play4Fun casino is slots only,and for entertainment only – there is no connection to the Momentum Rewards. You start off with only 3 available slot machines (Brazilian Beauty, Kronos, & Jungle Wild) plus one reel slot machine. More slots are made available as you rise in level. All slots are can be found in real casinos and are IGT/Scientific games based, many of which you would find at other social casino sites such as Jackpot Party. Tournaments are available for fun only.
2) Fantasy Sports – FanDuel has teamed up with Mohegan Sun to bring MLB fans free contests where you can win prizes at the Sun. For
example this week’s prizes include a One-night hotel stay at Mohegan Sun, plus — $900 in food & beverage credits.
3) MoheganSunCasino.com – Because the Mohegan Tribal Nation runs casino operations at Resorts in Atlantic City, they can offer a true online casino, featuring over 300 online slots, 17 table games, 18 video poker options. Unfortunately, you have to be within the border to be able to bet real money. It is open 24/7 and licensed by the State of New Jersey.
Twin River opened its online social casino recently with the past year.
Slots – It features slots by Spins Gaming, Everi Gaming, Gan Gaming, Konami Gaming, Ainswirth, Incredible Technologies, and more. Unlike many other social casinos, TR’s has almost 70 slots that are all available, no matter what level you are on. It’s quite a varied selection of brick-and-mortar casino slots and software slots – some with progressives!
Video Poker – full pay JOB, and other decent paytables, including NSUDuesces Wild. VP games are similar to Foxwoods Online, made by Spin Gaming.
Poker – either straight up, or tournaments, a wide variety is available.
Other Games – include two Blackjack, two roulette games (one with a single zero), 4 Keno games, poker, and even solitaire. In the poker room, you can find blackjack, mini-roulette, Texas hold’em, bingo, backgammon, gin rummy, poker dice, and domino duel. The poker area is set up into four rooms, much like Foxwoods, with names of restaurants such as Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse.
Promotions include 3X points Tuesdays, a daily login bonus, and Twin River Rewards Club members can be rewarded for their play online with up to $500 in Regional Rewards Gift Cards.
Similar to Mohegan Sun’s Play4Fun casino, all Penn National casinos allowed to have social casinos (some states don’t) is slots only,and for entertainment only – there is no connection to the Marquee Rewards. You start off with only 3 available slot machines (Brazilian Beauty, Kronos, & Jungle Wild) plus one reel slot machine. More slots are made available as you rise in level. All slots are can be found in real casinos and are IGT/Scientific games based, many of which you would find at other social casino sites such as Jackpot Party. Tournaments are available for fun only. One difference offered by HollywoodCasino.com is that you can buy credits from your Marquee Rewards account, as long as you connect the two, which takes little time.
In addition to a sign up bonus and free credits every month is Race Champ, a simulated horse race to use credits on. Choose a horse from the field, bet trifectas with the help of the “trifecta slot,” then watch a real race for your winning horse. Winners get additional credits.
Currently Newport Grand & Oxford Casino do not have online gaming available.
Which is best?
Here is the order from best top down, according to NETG experiences:
- Foxwoods Online – Real rewards make this a winner.
- Play TwinRiver – Bonuses and the vast amount of games available to players makes this a close second
- HollywoodCasino.com – The additional games to the usual online gaming casino seen at Mohegan Sun’s website and and many other casinos for that matter, makes this the third best option.
- Mohegan Sun Online – Online casino is just “meh,” but if you’re in New Jersey, poker for real money makes this a good play. The connection to FanDuel doesn’t hurt either, if you are into fantasy sports.
Well, that does it. Try them out and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you.