Starting from 1937, when was opened Harrah’s land-based casino, it became one of the most trusted brand in the industry over the United States. But only in November 2013, HarrahsCasino.com, the online version of the land-based casino, was launched by its current owners, Caesars Digital Entertainment, in collaboration with the 888 group, who provides the software platform to power the Flash games on offer at Harrah’s.
Harrah’s online is operated under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey iGaming Regulations and licensed by the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), making the site safe, legal and secure. To play the Harrah’s casino participants must be at least 21 years old and located physicallyon New Jersey. However, they don’t have to be the residents of the state or USA, they just need to sign up at first to play real money games.
The number and diversity of games available are somewhat lacking by comparison to competitor sites, with overall 120 games in total to play for real money. There are 3 Roulette games, two versions of Blackjack, 3 Video Poker Games and slots, mostly 5-reel, like Millionaire Genie, Casino Reels, Ultimate Universe, and others.
Being Flash-based, all games can be played directly from most up-to-date web browsers, without the need to download any software. Although the selection of games is more limited that on some online casino sites, Harrah’s offers some very enticing, high-value progressive jackpots to make up for this.
Several tempting promotions are currently displayed on the Harrah’s website, although the Welcome Bonus appears to have expired at the end of 2014 when clicking through to the Terms & Conditions relating to it.
Still available are:
20 Free Spins – There is no need for a deposit, but the player must register to be eligible. This bonus must be used within 30 days of registering and only on the following Slots: Knights and Maidens, Euro Reels or Freaky Fruit.
Egg Drop – Easter promotion available only from 1st to 9th April 2015) and offering a $10 voucher and code when depositing $50 or more. The voucher can only be redeemed against the Easter Bunnies Slot game but does also entitle the player to a free draw where up to $500 can be won.
Daily Deals – Just as the name suggests, there is a different promotion available for each day of the week:
- Bonus Mondays – $5 bonus for $30-$99 deposit, $15 for $100+.
- Win-Win Tuesdays – 10% of losses returned up to $1000.
- Bonus Spins Wednesdays – 10 spins for up to $30-$99 deposit, 20 spins for $100+ (on City Life only).
- Lucky Thursdays – $5 bonus for $30-$99 deposit, $15 for $100+.
- Spins Fridays – Deposit $30+ and receive an extra Spin for every 10.
- Slots Saturdays – $5 bonus for $30-$99 deposit, $10 for $100+ on selected Slots.
- Extra Points Sundays – Deposit $30+ and receive double Total Rewards Points.
- Total Rewards – An ongoing promotion similar to a loyalty scheme with four different levels: Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Seven Star. Reward Credits and Tier Credits are earned by playing any of the online games available on the Harrah’s online casino website.
All Total Rewards members are eligible for benefits such as discounts and free rooms at Harrah’s land-based casinos. Reward Credits can also be used as virtual ’cash’ to use online, or transferred to a Total Rewards account for conversion to Tier Credits:
- Gold: All Total Rewards members start here.
- Platinum: 5,000 Tier Credits.
- Diamond: 15,000 Tier Credits.
- Seven Stars (invitation only): Minimum 150,000 Tier Credits.
Harrah’s offers several methods for depositing playing funds, meaning that this is an easy process. Available methods include:
- Direct Bank Transfers.
- Pay-Near-Me (at 7-Eleven stores).
- Cash (only at Caesars Atlantic City Casino).
Fewer ways to withdraw are on offer, with the only options being Bank Transfer, Cheque by post or Cash – once again only from the Atlantic City Casino cashier cage.
A professional customer support available via the email and by phone, in addition to detailed FAQ section on the site.
Harrah’s does have a mobile option, but availability is currently limited to Apple devices – iPad, iPhone 5.0 or above and iPod Touch. The app is available to download from the Apple Store. There is mention of an Android version being available in Harrah’s Terms and Conditions, but not in the Mobile Casino Menu option.
It is not possible to play the mobile casino for real money without registering, and it is available only for the players located in New Jersey, according to the DGE statement. Mobile casino offers only ten games: slots and 1 Blackjack table.
There has been criticism levelled at some aspects of Harrahs.com: the lack of diversity, a low number of games available, the lack of online poker games. While the Harrahs.com website is easy enough to navigate, some of the information is not particularly up to date, and at least one of the promotions is no longer available. For those who reside in New Jersey, Harrah’s is one of the best-rated options in terms of the regulation and security of the site, but certainly has room for improvement in relation to other aspects.Harrah’s,