Resorts may be the oldest casino in Atlantic City, but when it comes to Internet gaming, it’s the new kid on the block.
ResortsCasino.com didn’t make its debut until February 2015 – some 15 months after the first wave of NJ online casinos opened their virtual doors to the New Jersey masses. Property manager Mohegan Sun was even later to the party, opening a sister casino just last month.
Yet just because it’s a little green behind the ears doesn’t mean Resorts can’t hold its own against New Jersey’s heavy hitters. Here’s a look at how Resorts’ gaming selection stacks up against two casinos that have been around since Day One: BorgataCasino and Caesars Casino.
Both Resorts’ online casinos spread over 100 slot terminals, 19 of which are deemed Resorts floor favorites.
Borgata and Caesars offer similar counts, 111 and 87 games respectively, but it’s Resorts that appears to be debuting new games at the fastest clip.
That being said, Borgata and Caesars still hold one critical advantage over Resorts, and that’s progressive jackpots. Borgata links four machines as part of a seven figure progressive, with three more offering at minimum, four-digit paydays.
Moving to Caesars, jackpot slots like Rags to Riches, Sushi Express and Millionaire’s Club III are sprinkled all throughout the gaming lobby.
Thus, gamblers attracted to the allure of five, six and seven digit paydays, however uncommon they might actually hit, might be better off playing somewhere besides Resorts.
It would behoove Resorts not to offer at least some form of what is likely the most popular table game in Atlantic City. A total of four different Blackjack games can be found on the site, but truthfully, the only significant difference between them is the betting limits.
The good news is that the rules are very favorable toward players. Blackjack pays 3:2, the dealer must stand on all 17s and the surrender option is available.
On the minus side, there are no multi-hand tables or side games available. Borgata offers a variety of both, as does Caesars (although to a slightly lesser extent), rendering the duo more desirable for Blackjack players that crave action.
Other table games
Surprisingly, not a single casino surveyed offers much in the way of other table games. A few variants of Roulette were present on each site, with Resorts and Caesars tied for the most impressive selection.
Caesars and Borgata feature a virtual Craps table, which is more than Resorts can say. Beyond that, thre isn’t much to add. Borgata spreads just a solitary carnival game, Texas Hold’em Bonus, and Caesars offers Baccarat.
Players that want to play Baccarat on the Borgata network will have to register an account on the operator’s sister site, nj.partypoker.com.
In short, players that fancy lesser known felt games are best off taking their dollars elsewhere, with one of their best options being Golden Nugget Casino.
When it comes to video poker, there is no shortage of options on Resorts. The casino offers all the most popular variants, including Jacks or Better, Double Double Bonus and Joker Poker. What’s more, as long as players stick to the Game King machines, they’ll be treated to some of the best payout tables New Jersey has to offer.
Borgata boasts a comparable video poker offering, with the main differences being that it does not feature Joker Poker and Deuces Wild.
Caesars’ video poker selection outnumbers both Resorts and Borgata, but basing a comparison on that variable alone would be short-sighted, as a good number of the games are repeats. That being said, several games, such as Tens or Better and All American can’t be found elsewhere – the only drawback being that the payout tables for these games is less than optimal.
The bottom line
In all but a few minor areas, Resorts’ and Mohegan Sun’s online casinos are every bit as game rich as BorgataCasino.com and CaesarsCasino.com.
Taking into account the casino’s stellar platform, strong promotional offerings, and propensity toward growth, and Resorts/Mohegan is rapidly evolving into a virtual arena where New Jersey gamblers will want to invest their pennies.