Compounding matters, the site’s early days were plagued by technical difficulties.
The tide began to shift in mid-2015, by which time the operator had worked out its bugs, vastly improved its game selection and began to ramp up its marketing spend. It’s no coincidence that the Golden Nugget found its market share increasing on a near monthly basis.
Today, the online casino is widely regarded among the best in New Jersey. And with the changeover to the NYX Open Platform System and the inclusion of a VIP rewards program, there’s no telling just how popular this once fledgling operation will become.
The Golden Nugget Casino welcome bonus
- 1 The Golden Nugget Casino welcome bonus
- 2 Three reasons to try the Golden Nugget’s online casino
- 3 Areas in which the Golden Nugget Casino can improve
- 4 Golden Nugget Casino on mobile
- 5 Golden Nugget Casino: Deposits and withdrawals
- 6 Available stakes at Golden Nugget Casino
- 7 Game spotlight
- 8 Player perks at Golden Nugget Casino
- 9 Golden Nugget Casino player tools
On the plus side, the monetary value of the 100% match up to $1,000 bonus ranks right up there as among the best in the industry.
The down side, and it’s a big one, are the wagering requirements.
Slot players must play through both the deposit amount and the bonus 20 times in order to meet the bonus requirements. That equates to a 2.5 percent return on investment. Not bad, but not great either.
Table game, roulette, blackjack and video poker players get the short end of the deal. In order to unlock the bonus they must play through the deposit plus bonus amount 100 times. To put this in perspective, a player who deposits $1,000 and receives a $1,000 bonus will have to wager $200,000 before the bonus money and any winnings noted moves from the player’s non-cash wallet to their cash wallet.
That’s a pretty monumental task on its own, made worse by the fact that players only have 30 days to meet the wagering requirements. Should the expiration date pass and the bonus is not cleared, all non-cash bonus and winnings will be removed.
Still, the house edge on certain table games is less than 0.5 percent (which is the table game bonus return), meaning that players who are willing to put in the volume are advised to take full advantage of the bonus offer.
The minimum deposit required to activate the first time deposit bonus is $30.
Three reasons to try the Golden Nugget’s online casino
#1 – Game selection
When it comes to available game offerings, the Golden Nugget’s library is second to none. In total, the site supports over 250 games, including more than 220 slots, 16 table games and 20 video poker variants.
Players who frequent the Golden Nugget’s brick and mortar locale in Atlantic City will find that the online site features many of the same games found on the casino floor. Not only that, over 30 of the site’s slot games can only be found online at the Golden Nugget Casino.
The Golden Nugget was also the first online casino to our knowledge to incorporate multi-hand video poker, rounding out an already impressive array of high payback games.
#2 – Cash back on deposits
Thanks to the Golden Nugget’s new Player’s Club, gamblers that deposit more than $50 on any given day will earn loyalty points. The cash value of the points ranges from 20 points ($50 – $99 deposit) to 40 points ($100+ deposit),equating to a cashback percentage of up to 0.4 percent.
In addition, each day players place at least one real-money wager, they will be gifted an additional 10 points.
These facets of the Golden Reward Player’s Club are unique to New Jersey, as most loyalty programs base their cashback rates exclusively on play volume.
#3 – Rotating promotions
At the Golden Nugget Casino, creative and frequent promotions are the norm. The casino rolls out a new promotion every 1 to 3 days, many of them themed around current events and all of them providing significant value to the player.
The promos tend to cover all bases, ranging from point multipliers on slot or table games, to cashback rewards and deposit bonus offers. Not satisfied with today’s promo? They’ll probably be one more likely to suit your preferences within another day or two.
Areas in which the Golden Nugget Casino can improve
- Cashback on play: The loyalty point earn rate on slot and table game play is a little too low for our taste. Players only receive 1 point ($.01) per $100 wagered on blackjack, roulette and video poker and just 5 points ($.05) on slot games. These low rates may turn off hardcore gamblers.
- Load times: One slight drawback to hosting over 250 games is that lag becomes a bit of an issue. Games are sometimes slow to load and the main slot lobby takes time to fully populate. A minor gripe, but one that could become a major one should the casino continue adding games at a blistering pace.
- Lack of 24/7 phone/chat support: Again, this is a very minor issue, but we’d prefer if the casino’s customer support staff could be contacted by either live chat or telephone at any time during the day. At present, the times are “limited” to 8 am – 1 am EST. On a bright note, the team is available 24/7 via email.
Golden Nugget Casino on mobile
The installation process on Android enabled devices is a very streamlined process. From the main site, simply click on the application icon and the download will begin immediately.
All told, the app takes a mere 5 to 10 seconds to install, device dependent. Upon log in, players are directed to their My Account screen where they can view account and loyalty balances, as well as site promotions.
We’re pleased to note that the lobby interface has many, if not all, of the same features as the desktop client, and that the app makes very efficient use of its limited real estate. In particular, the vertical and bottom toolbars contains tons of useful links (support, account information, quick deposits etc.) yet remain neatly tucked away.
As is the case with the desktop client, the lobby tends to load slowly. Slight hangups are common, especially when switching between the promotion, rewards and banking tabs. Game loading times also have something to be desired.
Game performance on the other hand, is exceptional. In several tests the games played more smoothly (and looked better) than on a laptop. It’s also worth noting, that before playing a game, the application provides players with pertinent information regarding the game including, payout percentage, volatility, max payouts, min/max bets and an average player rating.
It’s this level of full disclosure that will go a long way toward earning the trust of NJ gamblers.
Unfortunately, the game interface was a bit lacking. Buttons to change bet sizes and the number of lines were too small on smartphones, and the game interface was devoid of responsible gambling and cashiering links, both of which we’ve become accustomed to seeing on other online casino apps.
In terms of game selection, the app offered over 80 games, most of them slots. That’s just about one-third of the games available on the main site, and more than enough to satiate the appetites of most gamblers. We would have liked to see jackpot slots and table games besides blackjack and roulette includes, but that’s a minor quibble.
The iOS version of the Golden Nugget’s smart device app parallels the Android version in many ways. A few minor differences:
- Lobby and game load times tended to be even slower on the iPhone and iPad. At log in, banners took an exceedingly long time to load and the game list did not populate until the process was complete.
- The application must be downloaded from the App Store. All versions of iOS 7.0 and up are supported.
Otherwise, the iOS app is largely the same, boasting the same quality of life features, an identical game library and a very similar game interface. Again, it’s unfortunate that the game interface doesn’t feature at least a quick deposit option, but on the plus side screen real estate is mostly dedicated to what matters most, and that’s the game itself.
Golden Nugget Casino: Deposits and withdrawals
The Golden Nugget’s online casino offers about the number of depositing and withdrawal options NJ gamblers have come to expect from a provider. No more, no less.
What’s nice is that the client provides a slew of information regarding each method, including estimated acceptance rates, withdrawal times and other important details such as which banks are known to decline certain transactions.
Available deposit methods include:
- ACH (eChecks)
- Golden Nugget prepaid card
- Visa/MasterCard debit and credit cards
- Online bank transfers
- Cash at the Golden Nugget casino cage in Atlantic City
- Bank wire transfers (5 – 7 days processing time)
While we would have liked to have seen PayPal and 7-Eleven PayNearMe included on the list, there are likely enough methods available so that no one gambler is left on the outside looking in.
ACH is still probably the best method for checking account holders, as it boasts an over 80 percent acceptance rate and instant deposits.
However, the Golden Nugget prepaid card is a fantastic second tier option. The enrollment process is speedier than expected, and doesn’t require that you leave the main site like it might on other NJ casino sites. About three mouse clicks and a few pieces of information (DOB and SNN) is all it takes.
The prepaid card can be funded via Visa, MasterCard and Discover, making it a perfect choice for those who have had their credit card transactions declined (common).
Once a player had inputted their financial information, making a deposit takes between four and five clicks, depending on the method. The cashier is accessed by navigating to My Account -> Cashier -> Deposit. From there, simply enter the amount you’d wish to deposit, select Continue, confirm your info and hit Deposit.
Alternatively, the Quick Deposit allows players to access their stored deposit methods and make a deposit in just three clicks.
Most of the deposit methods are also available for withdrawals, the exceptions being Visa/MasterCard and online banking transfers. Players can also request a personal check, although it should be noted that checks require a minimum $300 withdrawal and up to seven days processing time.
Bank wire transfers too, can take up to seven days to process, although five is more standard.
For those looking for exceptionally speedy payouts, Neteller and the prepaid card process withdrawals in less than 24 hours. ACH only lags slightly behind a close at two business days. Of course, players can always contact customer service and set up a time to pick up their check in person at the Golden Nugget casino cage.
Available stakes at Golden Nugget Casino
There are plenty of slot machines that permit players to play max lines for under $.50 a spin, and in some cases for as low as $.20. Betting caps typically range from $100 to $200, depending on the slot.
As for table games, budget conscious gamblers will be pleased to know that hands of blackjack can be played for as little as $.10. However, at the micro-limits the payouts are a bit lower (99.30 percent) then when playing more traditional variants (99.60 percent). That’s primarily because a natural at the micros only pays 6:5 as opposed to 3:2. To get the best odds, players will be asked to wager at least $1 per hand.
Select video poker machines can be played for a minimum of $.01 a hand, although the best games (Game King) all set the minimum bet size at $.10.
The slot lobby features four progressive machines. Two, Captain Nemo and Millionaires Club III, are linked. At the time of this writing the jackpot for these games is rapidly approaching $300,000. Even better, most non-progressive machines feature top prize payouts of over $100,000 and sometimes more than $500,000.
Slot feature: Jack Hammer
Jack Hammer is a crime fighting themed slot machine supplied by NetEnt. The game features sharp comic book inspired visuals, sound effects that are easy on the ears and most importantly, one of the best payout rates of any slot machine on the site (97 percent).
What we like most about Jack Hammer is its exciting Sticky Win feature. Every time a player triggers a win, the reels with winning symbols are held and all other reels re-spin. This scenario repeats itself until the win does not increase.
It wasn’t uncommon for Sticky Win to trigger an additional five (or more) spins, amounting to some pretty significant wins.
The game also features a free spin feature. Players that generate five Free Spin symbols will be whisked away to the bonus game, where all wins are multiplied by a factor of three. The more free spins symbols activated, the more spins players receive, up to 30 free spins.
Better yet, more free spins can be activated from within the bonus game.
Table games feature: Three Card Poker
For players that tire of traditional table games such as blackjack, there is Three Card Poker.
A staple of just about every Atlantic City casino, Three Card Poker deals three cards to both the player and the dealer. Each round the player places an ante bet. After peering at their cards, players can then decide to run with the hand by placing a play bet or they can fold.
The objective is to beat the dealer’s hand. If the dealer shows less than Queen high, all play bets push and the player wins the ante bet. If the dealer has Queen high or better and the player can beat the dealer hand, the player wins on both the play and ante bets.
There are three different ways to more than double your money playing Three Card Poker.
One way is the straight up Ante Bonus, which pays out on straights or better. There are also two optional side bets. Pair Plus pays out when the player has a pair or better in their hand, while 6 Card Bonus evaluates the strength of the player and dealer hands combined and pays out on three of a kind or better. Should the 6 Card Bonus bet yield a Royal Flush, the player wins 1000:1.
Golden Nugget’s variation of Three Card Poker is about the best simulation of the popular casino variant we’ve seen, offering all the excitement of playing live at a much brisker pace.
Special feature: Live Dealer games
For players who prefer a live atmosphere but would rather not trek to a land-based casino to experience the thrill, there are Live Dealer games.
New to Golden Nugget, these table games pit patrons against real dealers, who deal real cards and spin physical wheels. Bridging the gap between online and live further are social interaction features that enable players to chat with other players and dealers in real-time. Players on a hot streak can even tip dealers.
Currently, the online casino’s Live Dealer lobby is a bit restrictive, although that’s likely to change in the near future.
For one, Live Dealer games are only available from 5 p.m – 1 a.m nightly.
Additionally, there’s usually only a few tables running. And the games types are limited to just three:
Of these, both blackjack and baccarat offer rules that are consistent with what one might find on the Golden Nugget casino floor. That’s by and large a good thing, although admittedly, some of the online casino’s electronic blackjack games feature slightly better player conditions.
Live Dealer roulette should generally be avoided, as the presence of a double zero increases the house edge dramatically.
Instead, players who don’t mind playing roulette electronically should opt for either Roulette Master or European Roulette — both of which feature just one zero.
Player perks at Golden Nugget Casino
As part of its Golden Rewards loyalty scheme, the Golden Nugget has incorporated a VIP Club. Access to the club only requires that players earn 3,000 Golden Points – a task made much easier considering the program awards points for making deposits.
Not to mention, 24k Elite or Chairman members at the Golden Nugget’s brick and mortar venue will be automatically considered for the program.
The perks of the VIP Club are varied and include:
- Dedicated VIP Account Manager
- Dedicated communication channels
- Exclusive birthday/holiday gifts
- Exclusive promotions
- Faster withdrawals
- Access to room, entertainment and Golden Nugget event deals
Golden Nugget also boasts a refer a friend program whereby members who refer someone to the site will receive $50 cash pending the referred party signs up, makes a qualifying deposit of $50 or more and wagers that amount at least one time. Once the conditions have been met, the $50 bonus will be credited to your account within 48 hours.
Golden Nugget Casino player tools
Accessing the site’s responsible gambling features is as simple as navigating to My Account -> Responsible Gaming and then selecting the preferred menu item.
Gaming limits allow players to set daily, weekly and monthly limits on their deposits, session times and total spend. It’s worth noting that players can set or decrease limits at any time, and the new limits will go into effect immediately. However, should a player wish to remove to increase their limits, there is a waiting time.
Patrons can also “cool off” for a period of 3 to 30 days, during which time access to their account will be suspended.
Going a step further, self exclusion allows players to effectively ban themselves from playing on Golden Nugget Casino, or any online casino in New Jersey, for a period of one or five years.
Gamblers can change their password, check their location, alter their contact preferences and change their email from the My Account -> Account Details sub-menu.
A slew of other quality of life features can also be tracked and managed from the My Account menu, including the full cashier, loyalty status and redemption, full account statements including win/loss rates for a specified time period and VIP Rewards Club progress.
Not to mention, players can upload document via the My Documents sub-menu. It’s highly recommended that you at least upload a voided check from the bank(s) you wish to deposit from, as doing so will expedite the withdrawal process.
If desired, players can opt-in to strong authentication by navigating to My Account -> Account Details -> Strong Authentication. Doing so will prevent players from logging in until they enter a PIN number sent via text message to their registered mobile device.