Many of us love to chance our fortunes with a flutter. It could be a sports bet, or maybe you prefer the strategy and cunning involved in a game of poker or other card games. Many people love the more random potluck of a roulette wheel or slot machine. For other people, it might be a lottery or bingo game that keeps them entertained. Whichever way you prefer your gamble, there is that tantalizing gap between the bet being placed and the result materializing. The could of, would‘ve, should’ve time when we dream big and imagine what we will do with our untold winnings.
We cannot be lucky all the time, but there is fun to be had however we choose to play, whether in person or online. Exactly what is available to citizens varies from state to state. However, across the US, gambling is now largely permitted in one form or another in every state, bar Hawaii and Utah. While it can be complicated to work out what you can and cannot play in the varying states, only six states have regulated, legal online casinos. You will find these in Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, with Rhode Island set to make it a magnificent seven in the spring of 2024.
However, that does not mean online casino fun cannot be had in the other states. The new craze of sweepstakes and social casinos is sweeping the nation, and these are available to nearly all US citizens. While you do not play with real money, they offer all the fun and thrill you expect in any brick-and-mortar establishment. You can play all your favorites like slots, blackjack, keno, and poker at a sweeps casino. However, you do not directly stake your cash, which means they are available and legal even in states where online casinos are not – but Hawaii and Utah still do not allow them.
The idea of these casinos is to play for fun and to win more money than you lose. However, they have a system of virtual currencies, usually called Gold Coins or Sweeps Coins. Is it any wonder they are so popular? You get ‘all the fun of the fair,’ so to speak, without denting a hole in your budget: fun, fun, fun, and the thrill of a potential win. Sweeps and social casinos are the talk of the land.
When we talk about Gold Coins, we do not mean actual doubloons or pirate treasure. Do not worry; no one needs to go out with a spade, and an X marks the spot map (of course, you can if you want to). In social casino land, Gold Coins are a type of virtual currency that the casino runs on, and they are the only type of currency that can be used at social casinos. They are fun money and cannot be exchanged for cash or any other physical prize.
No matter how many you have, you cannot ‘cash them out’. While they feel a bit like poker chips, they are not interchangeable with real money. As with video games, some casinos let you use Gold Coins to unlock additional features and new games. However, this is a pretty rare feature. Gold Coins are more a leaderboard than a currency. You need them to play; it is thrilling to accumulate lots, but they will never make you rich in reality.
On the other hand, Sweep coins are a system of free casino coins that can be exchanged for cash prizes if certain conditions are met. They are available at sweepstake casinos and not social ones, and there are plenty of ways to get your hands on them (but you still do not need a spade or treasure map). In a somewhat ‘Catch-22’ way, you cannot buy them directly. However, you can collect them through free promotions or as bonuses when purchasing packs of Gold Coins. Gold Coins and Sweep Coins could be thought about as two sides of the same coin, and in sweeps casinos, they coexist and serve each other.
Sweepstakes and social casinos let you play casino-style games, but they differ in how you play and are rewarded. Social casinos are entertainment hubs that offer social interaction through free-to-play games. Players use virtual currency and can buy additional coins but cannot cash out their winnings.
Sweepstake casinos are more of a blend. There is casino-style gaming and the chance to win real money. At the sweeps casino, a player uses social style Gold Coins or the Sweep Coins. The Sweep Coins were not bought for cash directly, so they can be cashed out for prizes without violating state gaming rules. It is easy to see why they are popular – by buying Gold Coins and getting bonus Sweep Coins, a player gets to play for fun and for real.
It is not only the sweepstakes casinos that give out free coins, either. Social sites on places like Facebook often have free coin giveaways a couple of times a day. So you can log in on your laptop, tablet or phone, catch up with friends, and replenish your coins simultaneously; now that is definitely what you would call a win-win situation.