PokerStars Casino is one of the latest online casinos to join what is already a densely populated New Jersey market.
Yet, as partner sites Resorts Casino and Mohegan Sun Casino have proven before, being late to the party isn’t always a disadvantage.
In fact, there’s strong reason to believe that PokerStars Casino will eventually carve out a sizable niche in New Jersey, if only because the casino has the advantage of packaging the operator’s widely popular and highly functional online poker platform.
But in order for it to become anywhere near dominant, PokerStars – which is relatively new to the casino business internationally as well – is going to have to do more, much more, in the way of loyalty perks, game diversification and promotions.
LAYOUT E USER EXPERIENCE
The PokerStars Casino bases its platform on the same PokerStars 7 software found abroad, and like its international counterpart, PokerStars’ software is second to none.
Nowhere will NJ players find access to more account management and other quality of life features. As for the interface, it is beautifully organized, aesthetically appealing and incredibly responsive.
It will, however, be some time before the NJ team irons out all the bugs. For now, the most pressing issue is that the downloadable client will crash if pressed too hard. We also experienced a few instances where table games failed to load properly
The PokerStars Casino client comes in two flavors:
- Downloadable client: In order to play from a desktop or laptop, players will have to download the PokerStars NJ client software. The software comes packaged with both online poker and casino and runs fairly well on most modern computers. Older model computers may struggle.
- Mobile applications: There is a PokerStars Casino app available for both Android and iOS-powered devices. Many of the sites games and account management features have made the move to mobile.
As is the case with the desktop client, the mobile casino integrates with PokerStars’ online poker application. The app is available for both Android and iOS-powered devices.
To say that the application is remarkable wouldn’t be too much of a stretch. The only real issue is that the casino game library is lacking.
Currently, the app features just 14 slots, five blackjack variants, and European roulette. Relative to other NJ online casino sites, that’s pretty terrible, but not so bad for a site that only features less than 50 total games on its desktop software.
There is no shortage of account management features. Everything from the cashier to player settings and access to the VIP Storeis neatly tucked away in a drop-down menu. In fact, there aren’t many quality of life feature that didn’t get ported over to mobile.
But the mobile casino app truly shines when playing, as not only are the graphics exceedingly sharp, but the overall game interface and performance are stellar – light years ahead of what’s found on competing mobile applications, most of which are burdened by slow loading times and freezes.
Suffice it to say that once the game library expands, and we’re hoping it does at a much faster clip, there will be PokerStars Casino and the rest.
PokerStars offers a pretty unique welcome bonus. When you make your first deposit, you’ll get a match deposit bonus, free spins, a Progressive Jackpot Slot bonus and the chance to win up to $1,000 cash. All of this is possible over the five days after your initial signup using one of the offer codes below:
- WELCOME20: Deposit $20-$49.99
- WELCOME50: Deposit $50-$99.99
- WELCOME100: Deposit $100 or more
TYPE OF GAMES
The game selection on PokerStars Casino is currently rather small. However, the games included in the package are mostly fan favorites and should suffice until PokerStars expands its library – which by the looks of its international casino, seems to be only a matter of time.
The burgeoning casino currently consists of 35 slots games, an impressive 8 blackjack variants, two roulette games and Heads-up Hold’em.