Since its launch in Nevada 80+ years ago, Caesars has expanded beyond casino gaming into retail (Caesars Palace, Parisand Bally’s), restaurants (Planet Hollywood) and events (World Series of Poker).
Caesars opened its first New Jersey brick-and-mortar casino in Atlantic City in 1979. With evolving technology and laws, its online casino launched in November 2013.
The newest addition to Caesars’ portfolio coincides with the advent of legal sports betting in New Jersey: the launch of the Caesars NJ Sportsbook in September.
Let’s take a closer look at the overall Caesars’ app experience with a deeper dive into its challenges.
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First you have to get the app, which you can download for both iOS (iPhone and iPad) as well as Android. Follow this linkfor how to download the app. You can also access the online sportsbook via the Caesars website.
Logging into the Caesars’ app is worth mentioning as it’s a sign of what’s in store regarding user experience.
Visually, it reminds me of a traditional casino layout. This virtual casino also gives the feeling of “needing to walk through the entire casino just to get to the sportsbook.”
After logging in, you are presented with a dizzying array of slots and other game options. Your eyes will need to focus on the top of the app screen to see the small “sports” icon.
There are some features that I think are good with the Caesars NJ Sportsbook app.
Opening a Caesars’ account is fast and straightforward.
After three steps:
You are ready to upload your deposit method and can quickly begin to play.
Regarding deposit methods, there are myriad options to fund your Caesars’ account:
Once you make the deposit, this balance is seamless between the sportsbook and casino sections.
You will want to explore the Caesars’ app if you are a frequent parlay player, especially one that likes to shoot for the big score.
While other apps may cap the number of games or events in a parlay between 12 to 15, Caesars has no restriction on the number of events. What’s also great is that you can use more than one event from the same game, i.e., point spread and the over/under) in a parlay.
The parlay below totaled 23 events, which potentially turns pocket change into a cool $1.6 million payday.
Once your account is created and funds are deposited, you can access either the sports or casino portal.
So, when a college basketball bet is blown up by a garbage time 3-pointer, one can slide over to the casino and try to recoup some cash at the blackjack table or the Wheel of Fortune game.
Caesars’ rewards program is, to the least, comprehensive.
While it does seem more beneficial to the high-rolling, jet-setting player that’s bouncing between multiple Caesars properties, there are benefits and rewards to be gained for all that play.
Players earn one credit for each $10 wagered on sports and slots wagers. All other games require $100 wagered to receive one credit. Players can redeem credits for travel and entertainment benefits across both Caesars’ and non-Caesars’ properties.
Let’s look closely at Caesars’ sports app’s gaps and the areas that need improving:
The Sports section has a nice, clean layout, with a distinctive high-end look and feel that one would come to expect of a Caesars offering.
Unfortunately, the betting options seem to be more like a downtown Vegas sportsbook, where I expect to see a guy in a green visor updating the betting lines in red marker on a giant, dry-erase board.
See below and note that the Charlotte versus Wake Forest college basketball game has three “markets,” which is the same as the Rockets versus the Jazz NBA game and one more than the Suns versus the Blazers.
Unfortunately, the three markets on offer are as bland as the store-brand, Neapolitan-flavored ice cream:
This is a huge gap in the offering to a betting public that craves first-quarter/first-half action, game and player props, and a broad selection of alternate lines and totals.
Let’s give the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps there are some slim-betting options for weekday NCAA and NBA basketball, but what about a full slate of Sunday NFL games? Unfortunately, the betting options do not increase much, with the same five betting options are up for grabs every Sunday game.
While there were not in-game betting odds at launch, now there are for most major games in the pros and college.
In addition to the lack of “bells and whistles” in the game and player prop wagering menus, Caesars has a limited alternative total points/alternative spreads on their site.
Let’s say the posted over/under total for a football game is 50 points at odds of -110. You “like but don’t love” the under. Ideally, you could increase the total to 56, while decreasing your odds to -340.
The same applies to “buying points” against posted point spreads. This is a key feature that can be used when building multi-event parlays and this feature isn’t part of the Caesars app.
Caesars does offer parlays and round-robins for multiple event tickets, but currently no teasers. While the teaser bet isn’t for everyone, it can be a fun way for a beginner to take a shot at playing the market with different point spreads.
Speaking of parlays, a player’s journey on a multiple event parlay can sometimes span multiple days, meaning that betting the “24 Hours of LeMans” would be a quicker final result.
Other online sportsbooks in New Jersey will offer a chance to cash-out on a live ticket with several parlay legs still open for a lower will pay. It’s a neat feature and one that Caesars should consider adding to its list of potential upgrades.
The New Jersey sports fans are passionate. They love rooting and betting on their teams.
The Caesars’ app, with limited betting options, seemingly makes no effort to increase the options when a Philadelphia or New York-area team is involved. Will this change for the better in the future? It’s unclear.
Though it doesn’t seem logical to have the same number of betting options available for Denver Broncos versus the San Francisco 49ers, as New York Giants versus Washington Redskins.
My experience with other NJ sports apps is you will seemingly be on the receiving end of a deluge of promotional emails the day you open your account.
In the days since I signed on to Caesars, the single email pushed to me was related to a deposit match for its casino, but nothing specific around sports.
Again, this is an opportunity missed to localize an offer around relevant sports events potentially, i.e., odds boost if the Devils, Islanders and Rangers all win tonight.
Caesars also recently signed on with the New Jersey Devils to develop a branded sports lounge in the concourse of the Prudential Center. This lounge could be one positive step toward a New Jersey localization process; it will be interesting to see how this develops over time.
The sports available for wagering are straightforward but don’t expect to find any Canadian football, Cricket World Cup or Turkish soccer events.
The sports include:
While there are no specific limits enforced by Caesars, the app allows the account holder to set daily, weekly and monthly limits on deposits, spending and session times.
Exceeding any of these limits will prevent the account holder from wagering until that specific period is over.
There is a $1 minimum for straight wagers.
There is a 1 cent minimum for parlays and round-robins.
Tracking your bet history on the Caesars’ app is labor intensive. Active bets can be found via “account statement” and then “bet history.”
Ideally, this information could be in a stand-alone “active bets” tab that is easily accessible. Additionally, the active bets’ detail contains the original betting stake but no information on what is the potential winning payout or “will pay.”
You must be at least 21 years of age and older to open an account.
Sports wagering with Caesars NJ is only permitted if you are physically located within New Jersey. Location is tracked via geolocation technology to ensure you are in New Jersey.
State rules prevent wagering on any New Jersey college games.
The Caesars online sportsbook in New Jersey is an additional way to wager on sports in the Garden State. After years of providing sports betting to residents in Las Vegas, Caesars expanded its gambling conglomerate to NJ’s online market in September 2018.
One of the best parts of Caesars Sportsbook is how easy it is to use. Signing up takes no time at all and Caesars has several welcome promotions in place for new bettors.
Players receive $10 for joining, and then Caesars will match the initial deposit of up to $300. Players have multiple ways to fund their new account through methods like credit cards and PayPal.