No matter how good the software, or how rich the account management features and customization options, mobile applications are ultimately judged by their casino game libraries.
Luckily, in this area NJ casino apps make the grade, with the average application rolling out a diversified and ever-expanding selection of titles.
Granted, there are still fewer games on mobile than on the desktop, but that’s par for the course in the online gambling industry.
And the divide is rapidly shrinking.
What game formats will players find on NJ casino apps?
The core game variants on NJ online casino apps are as follows:
- Video poker
Nearly all NJ casino apps feature these variants, although the distributions differ from site to site.
And as we’ll see, slots dominate mobile libraries, often comprising 90 percent or more of an app’s gaming lobby.
NJ mobile casino games
Slots are prominently featured on every NJ casino app. This shouldn’t really surprise, as it’s the same way on desktop.
Just how prevalent are they? Suffice it to say that if a site features 100 mobile titles, it’s a pretty safe bet that 80 or more are slot titles.
A few examples:
- Virgin Casino NJ App: Over 80 mobile titles, 70+ slots
- Golden Nugget NJ App: Over 200 mobile games, and more than 175 slots
- Betfair Casino NJ App: More than 90 percent of its 120+ mobile titles are slots
Which begs the question: Just why so many slots?
A few reasons. The first is that there are a limited number of table games that can be offered. By contrast, slot titles are pumped out by the truckload.
Perhaps more importantly, at least from the operator perspective, slots are bigger moneymakers — featuring faster action and lower returns.
Also, they’re arguably better suited for mobile than other game variants.
The average NJ mobile casino slot is a penny reel-game featuring one or more bonus games — much like games players will find on land-based casino floors.
The main differences are that the controls are optimized for mobile, and the bet denominations are more varied, typically ranging from $0.50 or less to $100+.
Video poker is pretty limited on mobile. Most sites feature a few single line games like Jacks or Better and Double Double Bonus.
Others, like Caesars Casino, boast more video poker titles, but some are just lower return duplicates of the same game.
Multi-line games have yet to make the move to mobile. Whether or not they will remain an open question, as three- and five- play games don’t transition as well as single-line games.
The good news is that most NJ casino apps do feature a few Game King titles, which offer the highest returns of any video poker game in New Jersey — often 99 percent or more.
Blackjack can be found on every NJ online casino app. A few apps only offer one variant, but some, like Betfair Casino, offer as many as four.
One of the more common and popular mobile blackjack games is titled Blackjack Touch Single Deck (by NetEnt). This mobile-exclusive game was clearly designed with the on-the-go user in mind, as it features simplistic and clearly visible touch controls.
The ruleset is also favorable, as its one of those rare single-deck games that pays out 3:2 on blackjacks. Even though players can only double down on 10 and 11, and the dealer hits soft 17, this game still returns up to 99.59 percent.
Most NJ casino apps feature one, and only one, roulette variant. This is somewhat unfortunate, but at least the most commonly offered game is a European (single zero) roulette variant.
Other game formats
A couple and we do mean just a couple, of NJ casino apps, feature other table games.
Namely, Pala Casino allows players to gamble on craps from their mobile devices.
And Golden Nugget Casino has ported its innovative Live Dealer games to smartphones. Live Dealer isn’t available on tablets just yet.