For many punters in the United States there has never been a regulated online casino that is licensed from within the country. This changed in New Jersey and Delaware a few years back though, as both states legalized online gambling that allows for virtual casino games to be supplied to punters. In New Jersey there are many new spots to play, with Harrah’s Casino being one of the bigger sites among them. Powered by games from longstanding online casino group 888, Harrah’s Casino offers players the chance to get in on a variety of games. Is it worth your time?
Software and game selection
Harrah’s Casino is powered by software from the 888 group, also known as Random Logic, who have years of experience and a catalogue of games that reflects that longevity. The casino is browser based, meaning that you do not have to download any software to play Harrah’s games. Registration is quite easy and can be done anywhere within the United States, which allows you to play the games for fun. However you must be physically located within New Jersey’s borders to play any of the games for real money. You don’t have to live there and you are perfectly entitled to play the games for real while visiting, but you must be present in the state. In order to validate this, the casino requires you to install a plugin on your PC or Mac that is used to triangulate your location, and you may need to turn your wifi on in order for this to work, even if you are not otherwise using it.
The games offered by Harrah’s are frankly a bit limited when compared to offshore sites. 888’s catalogue of mainly in-house developed games is extensive, however each game has to undergo an individual testing and approval process with the New Jersey authorities, and it would seem that this is a time-consuming process. At the time that this review was written there were 23 online slots, 4 blackjack tables, 4 roulette tables, and 1 video poker machine on offer at Harrah’s Casino. This number is expected to consistently grow as time goes on and the games are approved for play.
The quality of the games is decent, but not comparable in quality to the better known industry developers such as IGT, which may be played at other NJ approved sites, such as Caesars Casino (which is, coincidentally, run by the exact same people as Harrah’s). There is a million dollar jackpot on offer via the Millionaire Genie slot game and this jackpot is local to New Jersey players – i.e. it is separate to the jackpot available to European players.
Banking and Customer Support
When it comes to banking and customer support at Harrah’s Casino, the casino really seems to excel. The banking system is very solid, especially for Americans that are used to unstable and/or slow options at offshore sites. Deposit options include Visa, Mastercard, Bank Wire, Neteller, PayNearMe, and Cashier Cage. Most payment options are accepted instantly, but the Cashier Cage requires punters to call in to the website and then pay the cage, which does take a few minutes to show up on your device.
Conversely, the Cage is the fastest option to cash out, as your money is in your hand within a few minutes. Other options such as Bank Wire and Credit Card take between 1-3 days to show up, but consistently do show up in accounts as you would expect from a company of this stature.
Customer support is equally good, with the casino staff knowing their stuff at Harrah’s, who in turn provide many good answers to any questions you may have. Casino staff is on hand 24/7 via chat, telephone, email, or inside the casino.