What Is a Sweepstakes Casino? Everything You Should Know About Them

In this article we will be answering all your questions regarding what sweepstakes casinos are and how they work. We will also explain the virtual currencies used in them and the games you can play there. Wonder how these gaming platforms operate in the US, what their virtual currencies are, or what games they offer? Wonder no more, we got you covered.

What is a Sweeps Casino?

Sweepstakes casinos are introduced later than real money casinos and represent an online gaming model where players can buy Gold Coins that usually come with Sweeps Coins bonuses. An additional feature of the game process is that you can redeem the Sweeps Coins back for real money.

Both types of casinos are very similar in game types but different in the monetary component. In a real money casino you add money to your account and play with them right away. On the other hand in a sweepstakes casino, you can’t use real money – you use the GC (Gold Coins) that we had mentioned earlier and you receive Sweeps Coins for free as a bonus when you make a purchase. You can then use that bonus to win monetary prizes.

Depending on sweepstakes casinos’ legitimacy, the number of states in the USA where they are allowed varies between 45 and 48. If you’re curious whether your favorite casino is allowed in your residency, you can check the reviews on our site about the different casinos where we state where each one is legal.

Now that we’ve covered what sweepstakes casinos are, we are moving on to how they work.

How do Sweepstakes Casinos Work?

To start your game, the sweepstakes casino offers you a free sign-up bonus or allows you to purchase Gold Coins required to play at the social casino. Nonetheless, many offer bonuses and promotions, meaning you can claim free coins to continue playing.

What is the Difference Between Sweeps Coins and Gold Coins?

Sweepstakes casinos use two distinct types of currency.

  • The first one is Gold Coins which are currency holding no monetary value. It means if you win, playing games using Gold Coins, you cannot exchange your winnings for actual money.
  • On the other hand, if you decide to play using Sweeps Coins, you have a chance of winning real money for free, and in most cases, $1 is equal to a Sweeps Coin. You can participate in traditional casino games and contests and redeem your Sweeps Coins for actual money at any point, as long as you meet the minimum redemption requirements.

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Mr.Sweepstakes Holding Gold and Sweeps Coins

Sweepstakes Casino Games

Plenty of games are available at sweepstakes casinos, according to the player’s taste. They include slots, progressive slots, table games, fish games, video poker and social poker. Although the game selection is not as abundant as in traditional online casinos, you can still have fun while playing for free.

Sweepstakes casinos provide both in-house and 3rd party games.

For example Chumba has mainly in-house games but they’re trying to include 3rd party games such as Money Train, Iron Bank, etc. by the all time favorite Relax Gaming.

Stake.us uses Pragmatic Play and Hacksaw as popular providers, but they also include in-house games called Stake Originals.

Pulsz on the other hand has mostly 3rd party providers such as Pragmatic Play, Hacksaw and Relax Gaming. They offer popular games like:

  • Curse of the Werewolf Megaways
  • Gates of Olympus
  • Sweet Bonanza
  • Money Train 3
  • Big Bass Bonanza

Betrivers uses 3rd party providers like Pragmatic Play, but they also offer their own games.

Hard Rock Social Casino uses only 3rd party providers such as Net|end.

Fortune Coins, Funzpoints, Win-star and Golden Hearts use only in-house games and don’t rely on 3rd parties.


In a brief overview, we explained what sweepstakes casinos are, their characteristics and differences in currencies. We also discussed the game providers available in these platforms, along with some of the well-known games you can play in them. We also hope you are now aware of the difference between Gold Coins and Sweeps Coins, as they mainly distinguish a sweepstakes casino and a traditional one.

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Elina Blagoeva is a member of the Mr. Sweepstakes editorial team. She studied Multimedia and Creative Technologies at the KdG University of Applied Science and Arts in Antwerpen, Belgium.