When traveling, one of the largest expenses you’ll run into is accommodations. Most commonly, travelers take to discount hotel sites like Hotels.com or Groupon hoping to nab a decently nightly rate. Unlike other hotels in the world, however, casinos have a vested interest in getting you through the door. Thus, getting free nights is the holy grail of places like Atlantic City. The only question left is: How do you get free nights? Here are the options available to you.

Earn free stays in AC

1. Use Reward Sites and Save Up For Free Nights

If you’re not spending enough money to earn casino comps or don’t want to spend the time on MyVegas, this is your best option for free nights in Atlantic City. These are mostly shopping portals that will give you a percentage of cash back for things you are buying anyway. Picking up a video game on eBay? Earn some points. Starting a new home improvement project at Lowe’s? Earn some points! It will take time, but if you’re spending the money anyway, why not get some free nights out of the deal? Here are my personal favorites that I use on a regular basis (NOTE: These are referral links, so I will earn a small commission if you sign up. Help us keep the lights on!)

  1. Rakuten (Formerly Ebates)When making an online purchase through Rakuten, you’ll earn cash back in the range of 1-5%. Don’t expect to get rich quick, but there are hundreds of stores to shop through.
  2. MyPoints Mypoints is a great alternative to Rakuten as you can earn points without spending any money! Surveys, e-mails, watching ads, etc. can all help you build a high enough balance to redeem for free hotel stays. They have an elaborate shopping portal as well.

2. Gamble Enough Money

This is the tried and true method of getting free nights at any casino, and Atlantic City is no exception. The math here gets fuzzy, especially when it comes to table games. Casinos try to nail you down as a high roller vs. low roller, what types of bets you make, etc. The pit boss is there to keep an eye on the players and what they’re spending. If you spend enough at a quick enough pace, free nights are sure to follow.

The obvious downside is that you’re spending the money anyway. Casinos aren’t going to hand out free nights in Atlantic City that easily. Being a new player is normally your best shot, as casinos will want to try and entice you to come back a time or two. If you don’t spend enough, however, those offers will dry up. Comps can be a bit of a mystery, as no one really knows what algorithm the casinos use to dole out freebies. You can bet that you’ll be spending more than the average nightly rate to earn them, however.

3. Use MyVegas To Earn Free Nights

Myvegas for free nights.

If you haven’t heard of the app “MyVegas,” be sure to check out our full guide here. Basically, it’s a set of casino apps that allows you to play for free and earn loyalty points over time. If you have enough points, you can get all sorts of freebies at my favorite casino: The Borgata.

Beyond discounts on food and free drinks, MyVegas allows you to earn free nights in Atlantic City as well. These rewards are awesome, but they do have limitations. Most notably, they’re almost always for weeknight stays only, so don’t expect a Saturday in the Summer to open up. They also require a fairly high number of loyalty points to redeem as well. Looking past those drawbacks, however, you’re getting a great value.

Once you’ve nailed down how to play Craps and have a good handle on where to play the lowest minimums, you may notice some interesting side Craps side bets in Atlantic City. While these bets to tend to carry a high advantage to the house, they can still be an exciting way to get in on the action of a great roll without risking much money. Here is the breakdown of what to expect.

Fire Bet in Craps

What is the Fire Bet?

One of the most popular side bets you’ll find in Atlantic City is the Fire Bet. If you take it, you’re betting that the shooter will be able to establish and win a variety of unique points. The more unique points the shooter gets, the more you win. Some casinos use different payouts, but here is the most common Pay Table:

6 Points Made: 999
5 Points Made: 249
4 Points Made: 24

Where to Find the Fire Bet in Atlantic City

Sure, it’s a long shot, but if you’re a low-roller like myself, it allows you to participate in great rolls for as little as one dollar. You can currently find Fire Bets in Atlantic City at the casinos below:

Bonus Craps: All Tall, All Small, All or Nothing at All Bets

All Small, All Tall, All or Nothing at All

Often referred to as “Bonus Craps,” these bets consist of 3 options:

  • All Small: You win if the shooter manages to roll every number from 2 to 6 before rolling a seven. Pays 30 to 1.
  • All Tall: You win if the shooter manages to roll every number from 8 to 12 before rolling a seven. Pays 30 to 1.
  • All or Nothing at All: You win if the shooter manages to roll every number from 2 to 12. Pays 175 to 1.

Where to Play Bonus Craps in Atlantic City

Bonus Craps is another fun long-shot that keeps you in the game even if you’re just betting a number or two. It also adds an additional level of excitement when you’re “this close” to connecting to an All Small, All Tall, etc. You can currently find Bonus Craps in Atlantic City at the casinos below:

So there you have it! If you find any additional locations to find Craps side bets in Atlantic City, feel free to let us know in the comments and we’ll have them added to the list! Feel free to share stories of your big wins on these as well.

If you live in New Jersey or Pennsylvania and looking to head out to your local casino, you’ll quickly find out that they’ve been shuttered for at least the next month or so. Thankfully, residents in a number of states have the option of gambling online, and we’ve decided to provide a break down of online table game minimums in New Jersey below.

While there are a number of online casinos to choose from, our personal favorite is Pokerstars. They’ve been an established brand for many years, their software works well, and they provide the option of live dealer games. All-in all, it’s a win win!

Online Roulette Minimums

Roulette continues to be a popular choice for online casino gaming. As a friendly reminder, you can view live table game minimums in Atlantic City here. For the sake of brevity, we won’t be breaking it down by casino as they tend to be uniform minimum across the board:

  • Online Roulette Table Minimums – Electronic – $0.10
  • Online Roulette Table Minimums – Live Dealer – $5.00 ($10 during prime times)

Both of these options have multiplayer capability via Pokerstars, so it’s as close as you’re going to get to the real deal as of the time of this writing!

Online Blackjack Minimums

Blackjack is available as a number of different variants online in New Jersey, but the minimums below are strictly in regards to the traditional version of the game:

  • Online Blackjack Table Minimums – Electronic – $0.10
  • Online Roulette Table Minimums – Live Dealer – $10.00 ($15 during prime times)

Both of these options have multiplayer capability via Pokerstars, so it’s as close as you’re going to get to the real deal as of the time of this writing!

Online Baccarat Minimums

Baccarat is a fantastic game to learn online since you can play at much lower minimums than you could with any live table. New Jersey offers options for virtual play with a live dealer as well. Here are the numbers:

  • Online Baccarat Table Minimums – Electronic – $0.10
  • Online Roulette Table Minimums – Live Dealer – $10.00 ($15 during prime times)

There you have it! An easy breakdown of current online table minimums in New Jersey. Let us know in the comments of there are any additional games you’d like to see here!

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months, you’ve probably been directly affected by the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). Countries are shutting down, employees are working remotely, and many of your favorite hobbies are no longer accessible. Gambling is no exception.

Not quite as exciting as live play, but at least you won’t need to wear sunglasses.

With that in mind, it’s important to know that there are still plenty of places online for you to get your gambling fix. Important Note: While there are offshore sites that allow you to play online, we won’t be mentioning those here as I don’t support giving your hard-earned money to potentially illegal activities. We’ll be focusing on legal sites, some free, that allow you play for fun and pass some time while you’re stuck at home.

Free Online Poker Options

There are a few options to play online while you’re quarantined at home without spending any hard earned money. These are poker sites that either allow you to compete in free rolls online or use token systems with optional purchases. Note that we’re not affiliated with the sites below.

  • NLOP (National League of Poker)NLOP has been around for a number of years ever since the online poker market was shut down at the Federal level, and I’ve been playing here for years as well. For logging in each day, you’ll earn tokens which allow you to join tournaments for real cash prizes, and they have token packages available for purchase, too. The level of play, as you might is expect, has a high level of variance, so don’t expect too many pros in the player pool.
  • Quarter Poker – Quarter Poker has also been around for a number of years now as well, and takes a similar “Sweepstakes” model that NLOP uses. They host daily free rolls for cash that can help you pass the time without emptying your wallet.

When I first game across a Sigma Derby/Fortune Cup machine in Atlantic City, I was confused. Why on earth would someone want to bet on an electronic field of horses in the hopes of winning money? Despite my reservations, however, I put a few dollars in with a fried of mine and we had a total blast.

What Is Sigma Derby?

Fortune Cup at the Borgata
Fortune Cup at the Borgata

If you’re not familiar, Sigma Derby and it’s future iterations Fortune Cup and/or Royal Derby, revolves around a large domed machine that contains, for all intents a purposes, a full horse race. Little plastic horses run around the track, and you get to bet on who is going to win, place, etc. just like you would in a real live horse race.

Minimum Bets for Sigma Derby and Fortune Cup

Regardless of the version of the game you’re playing, most machines run at pretty low betting minimums. The range that I’ve seen is somewhere in the realm of $1-$3. I’d imagine that the hope is that you’ll bet more than that, but it’s an easy game to play on the cheap.

Where to Play Sigma Derby/Fortune Cup in Atlantic City

While these machines have seen brief stints at a number of casinos in Atlantic City, including the Borgata and the Tropicana, just one version of the game appears to remain. You can still play the Royal Derby game at the Wild Wild West casino.

Personally, I would love to see these types of games make a comeback in Atlantic City. Variety is the spice of life, I’m told, and that’s especially true of a frugal gambler like myself. I feel that the old formula of “Slots and table games” is going to have to make a change sooner or later, so why not introduce more options for us as players?

I’m generally not a fan of table game variants like Double Attack Blackjack as we normally stick to games that we know and enjoy like craps. The reason being that most “newer” table games tend to have more of an advantage to the casino. Still, I did stumble across an interesting version of Blackjack which I’ll admit that I only played because it was a $5 minimum at the time.

What is Double Attack Blackjack?

I won’t go into too much detail on how the game differs as you can read a much better guide on how to play here. The biggest difference between Double Attack and a normal Blackjack game is that you are able to double or surrender at any time. In exchange, Blackjack only pays even money.

It’s a fun Blackjack variant that appears to have fallen in popularity over the years, but it isn’t gone just yet.

Where to Play

According to the Wizard of Odds article, the game could be found in roughly half of the casinos in Atlantic City as of 2010. Times have changed, though. I’ve poked around the newest casinos, but I’ve only found one remaining table located at the Tropicana. There is one table near the Baccarat and Pai Gow Poker tables.

Double Attack Blackjack Table Minimums

I may have never played a game of this variant if it wasn’t for the low minimums. On weeknights in the off season, I’ve seen the table run at $5 per hand, which is a rare find (The only live $5 blackjack table that I’ve found outside of the Borgata, in fact). On the weekends, minimums will vary. I’ve seen it stick around $10, though it will also go as high as $15 per hand during prime time.

So there you have it! The game may seem a bit archaic, but it’s worth sitting down for a few hand (Especially if you can manage it for $5).

If you’re here checking out the craps table minimums, chances are that you might be new to the game or looking to play on the cheap. If either of these holds true, then good news! I’m a long-time student of playing craps and having fun while spending as little as possible. I’m here to share my secrets with you.

A Few Disclaimers

Before we get into how I like to play, there are a few important things that you’ll need to keep in mind when starting out:

  1. Craps is Not Beatable – Yes, I said it. You will lose at craps over the long term, just like all other casino games (Poker being an exception as the casino makes money via the rake instead). Always play for fun and hope for profit.

  2. Your Bets Go Farther Than Other Games – Because the average player will roll at least a few times before crapping out (rolling a 7), many of your bets will stay up for awhile. You may not win, but at least you’re still in the game.

  3. Understand the Basics – If you’ve ever cautiously sauntered up to a craps table and observed the action, things can seem a little…intense. Players will be tossing out chips all over the place, spouting out terms like “High Low” and “Horn High 12” that don’t seem to make any sense. On the surface, the game can seem insanely complex and daunting, but it really doesn’t have to be. If you want to learn how to play, there are a ton of guides out there. My favorite beginner’s guide to craps can be found here.

Got It! How do I Play Craps Cheaply?

I’m glad you asked! The key to having fun at craps and enjoying the game for as long as possible is to understand what bets give you the most longevity. This also means giving just a little more house edge to the casino. Statistically speaking, the best way to play craps is to make a bet on the pass/don’t pass bet and stack the odds as far as the house allows. The reason for this is that odds bets don’t give the casino any edge. You’re split 50/50 in your chance to win.

That’s all well and good, but if it goes poorly for you, you’re gonna bust out in very short order. You came to play and have fun, not get smoked and lose your whole buy-in in two rolls, right?

How We Play Cheap Craps in Atlantic City

Note that I’m not making any guarantees whatsoever that you’ll make money; you’re still gambling after all. Still, it can be a fun way to play some cheap craps, and we always have fun with it. Here’s our sequence of play assuming a $10 craps table:

  • On the Come Out Roll: Normally, we don’t play anything on the come out roll, though we may throw a dollar on Eleven or Any Craps.

  • Skip the First Roll After the Point is Established: I’m not superstitious, but it just feels bad to lose a bet right after the point is set. So I just skip it.

  • Time to Bet!: Normally we’ll pick a number that has a low house edge (6 or 8). This will cost you $12 at a $10 table. After a shooter craps out, we’ll switch it up and throw $5 on two hardways bets (4 and 10). This keeps you in the game and can win you some decent money if they come through, but allows you to keep things cheap. Technically, your bet is below minimum, but I’ve never been questioned if I’m betting a number every other roll.

So there you have it! Not the most fast paced way to play, but it’ll keep your stack around for awhile even at the coldest of tables. It’s also a low-stress way to play craps when you’re just starting out. How do you play? Let us know in the comments!

I’ll be the first person to tell you that getting too drunk at a casino can end quite badly. That said, having a few drinks to enhance the Atlantic City experience has been a past time of ours and many others for quite a few years now. Being the frugal gambler that I am, I’m always on the lookout for the best value when it comes to Atlantic City happy hours. As a general rule, your best bet for cheap drinks is during the week, when the bars are just happy to have paying customers around. Here are the best chances for cheap drinks that we’ve found.

Wine Bar – Borgata

I’ll admit that I’m not exactly an expert when it comes to wine. I’ve had some fine wine on the higher end of the spectrum in my career, but I can’t tell you the first thing about what sets it apart. Sommelier or no, however, you just can’t beat this Atlantic City happy hour at Wine Bar in The Borgata. This is hands down our number one happy hour spot since it’s available every day, even on the weekends!

Happy Hour Details
Hours: 2-6 PM Daily
Pricing: $6 Wine on Tap, $5 Craft Beer, 50% off Appetizers

The Continental – Playground Pier

Looking for a classy happy hour in a delicious Stephen Starr restaurant that won’t break the bank? Well then you’re in luck! We haven’t stayed at Caesars recently, but every time we do we make a note to hit up this happy hour. $5 cocktails, $5 beer, and $5 appetizers makes for a lot of great choices. Make a stop on your next go around.

Happy Hour Details
Hours: 4-6PM Sunday-Friday
Pricing: $5 Cocktails, $5 Beer, $5 Appetizers, $5 Desserts

Amada – Ocean Resort

One of the best reasons to do happy hour in Atlantic City is that you can eat and drink at some up-scale establishments on the cheap. Whether you’re talking food or table game limits, Ocean isn’t known for being the most affordable destination, but Amada’s happy hour lets you sample some fine food and cocktails without lighting your wallet on fire.

Happy Hour Details
Hours: 5-7PM Friday, Sunday, and Monday
Pricing: Half Price Tapas and Half Price Drinks

While I’m a big fan of Blackjack as a table game, there are a few readily apparent drawbacks that make me hesitant to sit down and play. First, there’s the problem of cost. Blackjack is a very fast game (doubly so if you’re not playing with a group) and the wins and losses both come at a rapid rate. This isn’t great for entertainment purposes when all of the tables you look at are $15 and up. Worse still, many of these Blackjack tables don’t offer great odds, paying 6:5 on Blackjack. Still, if you’re willing to look a do a little digging, you can find the holy grail: $5 Blackjack tables, and Atlantic City has a few. If you’re a player in Pennsylvania, you can also play online for even lower table minimums.

Quick Update (06/13/2021): We recently visited the Borgata on a weekend trip and the $5 table was not there. We’ve reached out to the Borgata to confirm if it is returning.

$5 Blackjack Wild Wild West

Wild Wild West

Per my handy little table that you can find here, there are currently 2 casinos that offer at least one $5 table at any time, day or night, weekday or weekend. The first of those casinos is Wild Wild West.

Wild Wild West is a bit of an interesting case when it comes to Atlantic City. Where there used to be a huge, sprawling for meant for slots and casino games, the city simply doesn’t provide enough volume to justify that space anymore. Instead, Wild Wild West has taken a different tack: Catering to younger casino-goers who might want to ride a mechanical bull just as much as they want to catch 21. The thing about this demographic is that they’re not high spenders in the gambling area, so just about all of the table games in this casino come cheap, including Blackjack.

Such options don’t come without downsides. The cheap Blackjack tables here only offer 6:5 payouts on Blackjack, and it can be tough to find a spot on the weekends. There is also a rather large stage not too far from the tables as well, so you may have to listen to some (very) loud performances while you play.

The Borgata

$5 Blackjack at Borgata

Despite its earned reputation as a more upscale casino that caters to those of us with more discretionary income, the Borgata is also home to the other $5 Blackjack in Atlantic City that’s there no matter what time of day it is. I’ve played there many times myself, and I’ve always enjoyed it.

There is one large drawback, however: There is only one table. Most times of day you’ll find the table to be full, but on a Friday or Saturday night you’ll likely need to camp out for quite awhile if you hope to score a seat. Your best bet is to get there early in the day and be prepared to play until you’re done for the day/night.

On the upside, it’s the only casino that offers 3:2 payouts on Blackjack at such a low table as well.

I’ve always been a frugal gambler. This means that I’m always on the lookout for ways to play my favorite table games (Craps definitely tops that list) on the cheap. While I generally don’t care for electronic versions of games like blackjack and roulette, the automated machine-played version of craps adds just enough realism to keep things interesting. Bubble craps is also a great way for a new player to get comfortable with the game without the pressure of playing at a live table. Recently, bubble craps has made its way to Atlantic City, so get your dice shooting button ready.

Different versions of bubble craps games.
Bubble craps comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

What is Bubble Craps?

From my trips to Las Vegas in recent years, there are a variety of electronic versions of craps. All of them revolve around a central plastic dome, or “bubble,” which contain the dice that players get to shoot. It doesn’t convey the same sense of camaraderie that you’ll see at a live table, but it’s still great fun. It also has the distinct advantage of being very low minimums.

At its core, the game runs just like a regular craps table. You’ll sit at an electronic terminal that allows for all of the same bets as its live counterpart. If you’re not sure about the win conditions of a bet, there is an information button that you can press to display the rules, odds, etc. This makes for a great educational experience if you’re trying to bring someone new into the game. 

Bubble Craps in Atlantic City

Bubble craps at Wild Wild West Casino.
Here is the bubble craps version you’ll see at Wild Wild West Casino in Atlantic City

Bubble craps has been around in Las Vegas for many years now. My hope is that you’d see more of a proliferation of the game in Atlantic City. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case yet, though casinos are always looking for new ways to bring in players, so you may see more of them as time goes on. Currently there is only one place to play bubble craps in Atlantic City: The Wild Wild West Casino.

Unlike the “Shoot to Win” Craps machines that you see in Las Vegas, the bubble craps at Wild Wild West operates a little differently. A shooting player is never designated, for example. Instead, a timer starts after each roll, and you’ll have to place your bets before the timer ends. Once the timer expires, the dice will automatically “pop” and roll, with the lucky winners collecting their payouts (hopefully).

Have you ever tried this game in Atlantic City? Let me know in the comments section!