Hard Rock proves that coming late to the party has its advantages. With over 400 games and a fantastic welcome offer to get you started, Hard Rock is one of the best casinos in the Garden State!
Opening its doors back in 2018 with a casino and online casino, Hard Rock Atlantic City has also gotten into the online sportsbook space. Back in January 2019, Hard Rock Atlantic City entered the fray, which means that it launched essentially everything in less than a year—more than impressive.
Of course, with the Hard Rock brand name, we should expect quite a bit from the casino, however, coming late to the ecosystem comes at a price—lots of folks already have their ideal casinos choices picked out.
Hard Rock Atlantic City is, of course, licensed and regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. With all of that said, we’re here to look at the product itself, so let’s begin.
Opening its doors for both its brick-and-mortar and online casino back in June 2018, Hard Rock Atlantic City has partnered up with Gaming Innovation. Coming in so late could be a detriment to this brand, but with the Hard Rock namesake behind it, it could still help draw in new potential customers. Regardless, we’re here to look at the product itself, so let’s do that.
Just for signing up with Hard Rock Atlantic City, players will receive 50 free spins to use on the site. Additionally, there is a deposit match bonus in the form of 100 percent up to $1,000. This is on the high-end of money matching that we’ve seen.
There is a playthrough requirement, though, at 20x, which is probably average for online casinos. We have seen lower, but we’ve also seen double this, so 20x is fairly standard. The 20x does apply to slot games, but it does get a bit quirky with other games such as video poker and table games, where, essentially, $5 equates to $1.
As mentioned, this is what we’d deem “risk-free”. With a deposit of $100, wager this amount in full and you will be totally protected. Meaning, if you bet the $100 deposit and lose, you’ll get the money back no questions asked. If you win, you keep the money and your winnings. This is a win-win situation for new players.
This is an incredibly valuable welcome offer, and this should attract new prospects. Note that your initial wager must be on an event with -500 odds or greater.
While the registration process is broken up into six steps, it comes with a purpose. With each step of the process completes, you get more and more free spins. Hard Rock Atlantic City could have done a simplified version of the sign up process, but it is much more interactive, which, for a one-time sign up process is actually a nice touch.
Here are the steps, in order:
Once you get to the home screen of Hard Rock Atlantic City, you can access the online casino by clicking on “Games” on the left-hand side of the screen. Here, you’re brought to the main page of the casino, with a search bar at the top of the page to search for certain titles you’re interested in, on top of a set of game filters just below that, in text form, on a sliding menu.
After clicking on your desired option, a list of the games appears below, with graphic images equipped. As you continue to the bottom of the page, you’ll find more information pertaining to contact information, Responsible Gaming, an about page and an FAQ section. Everything is really laid out well in a simplified version with a dark grey and purple background to boot.
Hard Rock Atlantic City is available on desktop and both Android and iOS devices. These can be downloaded directly from the site and the App Store, respectively. Looking at the desktop page, you will find your way to the sportsbook by clicking on “Sports” on the left-hand side of the home page.
Once you click here, a larger portion to the right of the menu will populate with sportsbook related things, such as logos atop the page that resemble the equipment used in each sport, with the different sports listed in text and the live betting area below that.
After you click on your desired option, the games will appear below with the betting odds for spread, moneyline and total. Once you make your decision, the betslip will appear at the bottom of the page and here, you can place your wager or make them into a parlay or round robin wager.
Fortunately for mobile users, the site is laid out very similarly, even down to the signature color scheme—dark grey and purple—used. It’s always an added bonus when mobile versions are comparable and near carbon copies, as this will prevent customers from needing to learn an entire new platform. Both are incredibly simple to maneuver and navigate.
The mobile version is quite similar to the desktop version, minus scaling and formatting to fit everything to a smaller interface. At the bottom of the screen you can access the casino via the same logo on the desktop version, and the games appear and can be filtered similar to how they are found on the website version.
Hard Rock Atlantic City has enlisted none other than IGT, NetEnt and Evolution Gaming to help craft an array of products that will make the user-experience second to none. Evolution Gaming is primarily responsible for the Live Dealer games.
With its elite software partners, Hard Rock Atlantic City has some of the most well-polished games we’ve interacted with. Everything loads appropriately and there is no lag or unnecessarily long buffering time.
Available from 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. eastern time, Hard Rock Atlantic City offers Live Casino games such as Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em.
These lobbies, powered by Evolution Gaming, are immaculate. The hosts are all wonderful and friendly, too, and provide you with information pertaining to current offers and limits, etc. This time frame of 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. is quite vast, too, so take advantage of that.
Hard Rock Atlantic City offers Live Betting and Cash Out features.
Live Betting is exactly what you’d think—betting live. To go further in-depth, this means wagering on sporting events that are in progress. For example, you could bet on the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning if you wanted to. However, the odds will reflect what is going on in the game. You will not get the same pre-game odds. A great tip is to bet during commercial breaks as the odds will remain during that, unless something like an injury happens.
Cash Out is a way to help you bail out of a bad bet, if you’d like. If you bet on an event and it’s going poorly, you can cash out of the bet. You will lose money, however, you will still get something back, which will help you keep your bankroll alive.
Currently, Hard Rock Atlantic City does not offer a VIP Program. Right now, Hard Rock Atlantic City has only been out just over a year, so there is definitely still time before this kind of system needs to be launched as the customer base grows.
Again, Hard Rock Atlantic City is licensed and regulated in New Jersey. A key component to getting this license is having encrypted systems in place to protect valuable customer information, such as not only who you are, but your payment methods as well.
Hard Rock Atlantic City also offers wonderful customer support options. In addition to a standard FAQ section, there is also email, telephone and live chat, which are available 24/7.
The live chat option can also be accessed on each page, in the lower left-hand corner, no matter where you are on the site.
The Responsible Gaming page can be accessed at two points: At the top of the page via the logo and at the bottom of the page. Here, Hard Rock Atlantic City offers things such session, spending and deposit limits as well as a self-exclusion period if necessary. There is also information about protecting minors and organizations and hotlines you can access as well if you need help.
There’s really not a lot to knock here about Hard Rock Atlantic City. Having PayPal as a withdrawal method would be nice, but other than that, this casino is as close to flawless as it gets. The welcome bonus is great, the website is extremely easy to traverse and the game library is north of 400 titles. We highly recommend checking out Hard Rock Atlantic City if you’re in New Jersey. This is one of the better products in the state, no questions asked.
No. Unless the sportsbook is licensed and regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, it is an illegal entity.
Yes. Winnings are considered income. Therefore, the money is taxable.