Under normal circumstances, you’d have to pay to have your coins changed into bills. These aren’t normal circumstances, however, as evidenced by the national coin shortage going on.

Because of the lack of pennies, dimes and nickels in circulation, those who have those coins now have the upper hand. It’s a reversal of fortune that allows Ocean Casino Resort guests to get a premium for their pennies.

Why is there a coin shortage?

Change is in short supply right now for two reasons, both related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first is that to protect employees from coronavirus transmission, US mints have limited production.

The second is that more people are using contactless forms of payment and leaving their coins at home.

A rise in e-commerce, such as getting food delivered instead of dining out, also has contributed to a lack of change in circulation.

Few businesses use coins to the extent that casinos do, so the shortage has hit them the hardest. The majority of casinos in the US utilize a ticket system for slot machines and the like. But even so, coins matter.

And it’s not just New Jersey gambling halls. Casinos in other states are also feeling the pinch.

That’s why Ocean Casino has started a special promotion.

Coins for cash at Ocean Casino

For the rest of July, Ocean will give select customers face value for their change in credit for casino play. For your trouble, the casino will also give away $5 in free play on top of the value of the coins contributed.

If you get lucky at the games of your choice using that credit, you could multiply your loose change several times over.

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited an Atlantic City casino, there are a few things you should be aware of before you go, however. The properties are still taking precautions to protect everyone.

What to know before you go to Atlantic City

A few of the normal amenities remain shuttered at Ocean Casino and the other AC gambling halls. These include indoor dining and valet services.

Casinos have shifted or shuttered games to promote social distancing as well. Perhaps most importantly, casinos require that you wear a face mask over your mouth and nose at all times unless you’re drinking or eating.

There is currently no smoking indoors.  And casinos will screen your body temperature before allowing you access to the property.

Additionally, casinos are only operating at 25% of their fire-code capacity. It’s uncertain how much longer these precautions will remain in place.

Despite the restrictions, you’re in an enviable position if you have a jar full of change at home right now.

Derek Helling

About

Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Kansas City, Mo. In addition to gaming news, he covers esports, sports business and sports law. When he isn’t working, he spends his time collecting basketball cards and helping his wife Audrey serve their two Munchkin cat overlords.