With ties to the Atlantic City area since 2003, the Borgata is throwing their hat in the ring in the New Jersey sports betting and casino landscape. Opening their online doors in late May 2019, the Borgata is bringing their A-game from their time in the casino business to compete with the likes of DraftKings and FanDuel. Here, we take a look at the online sportsbook/casino and how it compares in the ever-changing NJ market.
With a footprint in Atlantic City, New Jersey dating back to 2003, the now MGM International-owned resort has brought their product to the internet. Borgata has done everything they can to allow potential NJ online casino consumers with all different kinds of access to their website a chance to play their product.
Aside from their Las Vegas-esque brick-and-mortar resort, Borgata’s Online Casino can be found on your desktop, they offer a software download that you can save right to your computer, a mobile browser version and apps for both Android and iOS users. With an easy to explore interface, numerous offerings and lucrative rewards that crossover into real life, Borgata is accommodating for all levels of players.
When you arrive at the homepage of Borgata, there is a signup button in the top right of the screen. Here, players must input various information such as your name, address, username, password, and last four of your social security number.
We already discussed their impressive online presence in the form of software downloads, desktop version and mobile apps, but enough cannot be said about the providers Borgata has enlisted to make their product as best as they can. With help from juggernauts like IGT, NetEnt, WMS and Konami, Borgata is able to offer more slots than one can handle, live dealer games, jackpot games and, though a rather slim table games selection, one nonetheless.
Providing the software on the backend for Borgata is GVC Holdings, a company that has plenty of experience in international sports betting and working with numerous sports betting options. Additionally, there is an app available for both iOS and Android.
Whether you use the browser straight from your mobile device or download the Live Borgata app, the transitions from window pane to window pane will not leave the user annoyed by any random bugs or shutdowns, especially during games themselves. It’s almost impossible to not be able to explore the app and mobile browsing option as everything is right there for you to look at with their featured games list smack dab in the middle of the screen.
In comparing the mobile browser to the app, there doesn’t appear to be any limitations with one versus the other, so it really comes down to preference, though the app should prove to be more reliable.
Of the 404 offerings, users will find that over 90 percent of that consists of slot games, which is common for online casinos. Next, there are 12 jackpot games, such as Melon Madness, Pirates Booty and Money Float, with most of these games being part of the Big Series Jackpot or Ca$h Fla$h Jackpot networks.
With seven live dealer games to choose from, there’s something for all types of players, whether it’s Baccarat, Hold’Em, and even blackjack. As previously mentioned, the table game selection is a bit slim, especially with no more No Commission Baccarat, but there are still things such as Craps and Roulette to choose from.
In addition to traditional style bets, Borgata also offers unique bets such as future bets, exact scores, the NBA Draft odds, and live betting.
The odds at Borgata are not at all that different from the competition, aside from promotional/different bet types offers such as Boosted Bets. This is an important part of the industry, especially competing with big-time competitors.
At first glance, the presentation of the site and mobile apps may make the user feel as though the casino is a bit gimmicky, but it actually makes it a more fun atmosphere to play in. It’s not cluttered and everything is well proportioned for their level of importance on each particular screen.
In clicking all of the app and desktop version to see how it would hold up, the only noticeable hiccup was loading pages on the desktop version, allowing for the artwork of the numerous games to populate.
Borgata offers customers two welcome bonuses. By simply making an account, the user will be given $20 free dollars to spend. It’s that simple. Next, Borgata does offer a 100 percent match and it is up to $600. So, any amount of money you deposit on your first deposit up to $600 will be matched dollar for dollar.
Aside from the welcome bonuses, though, Borgata does offer revolving monthly bonuses, like cash back days which will give users back a certain percentage of their losses, free spin days, and there was even an exclusive St. Patrick’s Day match offer.
The Borgata offers the true definition of a risk-free bet, as well as some extra cash to use for other Borgata products. The free extra cash comes in the form of $25 for the Borgata Casino upon registering for an account.
By risk-free we mean, after registering and placing your first deposit, if it is $250 or less, place the bet and if you lose, you will get a total and complete cash refund. This is truly a win-win situation for the players.
One of the biggest flaws about Borgata is their lack of PayPal implementation. Today, PayPal is used by many and without it, it could eliminate some potential clientele.With that said, there are still eight ways to deposit funds into your account such as VIP E-Check, online bank transfers, Visa/MasterCard, Borgata online pay, Borgata cashier, Neteller, PayNearMe, and Skrill.
Customer support is not hard to find with Borgata either. It’s not tucked away at the bottom of the screen in size four font. There are is a help button across the top of the screen with various FAQ, including a link for customer service that lists emails and phone numbers. The same information can be found at the bottom of the page you’re on, too.
But perhaps the most notable thing was the amount of times you spot their responsible gaming gambling hotline number, which is found right on the pane in which you sign up or log in to your account. Borgata does their due diligence in making sure their online casino is a healthy environment for all players.