Golden Nugget Review

Joey Shadeck

Joey Shadeck | January 2nd, 2020

The Golden Nugget is a casino brand that owns and operates five casinos across the United States. SBTech, a global sportsbook provider, powers Golden Nugget.

FeatureGolden Nugget
US Regulated Sportsbook (legal) Yes
Online Availability - Indiana No
Online Availability - Iowa No
Online Availability - New Jersey Yes
Online Availability - Nevada No
Online Availability - Pennsylvania No
Online Availability - Rhode Island No
Online Availability - West Virginia No
Offshore Sportsbook (illegal) No
Casino Yes
Poker No

Overall Summary

Golden Nugget is best suited for individuals who enjoy playing online slots, as well as betting on sports. Golden Nugget has put considerable effort into pairing an impressive number of slots and table games with a slightly above average amount of sports and alternative totals and spreads.

Benefits

  • Excellent banking options.
  • Above average selection of sports, bets, and live betting.

Considerations

  • The mobile app is comparatively slow to other New Jersey sportsbooks. The app has a strong focus on casino slots which can be annoying if you primarily bet on sports.

Bets Offered

Golden Nugget covers more than the basics for bets offered, but trails industry leaders in terms of exciting prop bets. Golden Nugget offers the following bet types: parlay, pleaser, round robin, future, prop, moneyline, total (over/under), and spread.

Benefits

  • 80-100+ bets are offered for popular leagues, such as the NHL or English Premier League. For NHL games bets include moneyline/puckline/total, exact score, total goals, winning margin, puckline/total for each period, total goals for each period, and over/under shots on goal for a select few players.
  • Golden Nugget offers daily odds boosts in the form of their “Golden Lines.” Golden Lines can be compared to items on sale at the grocery store, meaning you get more bang for your buck.

Considerations

  • Although Golden Nugget offers quite a few bets, the bets are limited in variety and trail leaders such as DraftKings or SugarHouse.

Further Reading

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Banking Options and Fees

The Golden Nugget offers an extensive selection of banking options to choose from. There are nine different deposit options and eight different withdrawal options, covering the most popular banking options. Minimum deposits for most methods are between $10-$20. Maximum betting limits vary for each sport and bettor. Golden Nugget offers the most versatile selection of banking options for US bettors in New Jersey.

Benefits

  • Deposits can be made via eCheck (ACH), Play+ Prepaid Card, Debit/Credit Card (Visa/Mastercard), check, PayPal, PayNearMe, NETELLER, Online Banking Transfer, and cash at the Golden Nugget casino cage.
  • Withdrawals can be made via a Play+ Prepaid Card, Online Banking Transfer, eCheck(ACH), check, PayPal, NETELLER, and cash at the Golden Nugget casino cage.
  • Golden Nugget does not charge deposit/withdrawal fees.

Considerations

  • None.
FeatureGolden Nugget
Total Deposit Methods9
No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees Yes
Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card$20/$25,000
FeatureGolden Nugget
Total Withdrawal Methods8
Check Payout Speed is < 10 days Yes
No Withdrawal Fees - Check No
Withdrawal Min/Max - Check$10/N/A

Sports Offered

The Golden Nugget currently offers 16 sports, a decent start for a new sportsbook. An array of international soccer leagues are offered, as well as less popular international basketball and hockey leagues. Due to Golden Nugget’s affiliation with the NBA Houston Rocket (the owner owns both), New Jersey regulations prohibit NBA betting. If betting on the NBA is a necessity to you, I recommend using DraftKings instead.

FeatureGolden Nugget
Total Sports Offered16
Aussie Rules (AFL) Yes
Baseball (MLB) Yes
Basketball (NBA) No
Basketball (NCAA) Yes
Boxing Yes
Cricket Yes
E-Sports No
Football (NFL) No
Football (NCAA) No
Golf (PGA) Yes
Hockey (NHL) Yes
Horse Racing No
MMA (UFC) Yes
Rugby (League) No
Rugby (Union) Yes
Soccer (EPL) Yes
Soccer (MLS) Yes
Tennis Yes

Odds

Golden Nugget was established after our 2018 odds testing concluded, so I was not able to grab the hundreds of data points necessary to compare it amongst other sportsbooks. Odds will be factored into the score for next years review.

Live Betting

Golden Nugget offers a solid live betting experience that will meet the needs of most bettors.

Benefits

  • The match tracker feature is offered for certain sports. The match tracker has a live clock, displays the score by quarter, and even shows which team is attacking in real time. While the match tracker is the same across other sites such as FanDuel and 888, it enhances any live betting experience.
  • The live betting menu allows you to bet on one game while viewing the live score and clock of other games at the same time.

Considerations

  • Golden Nugget offers fewer instant bets than other sportsbooks, meaning in-game bets that offer odds on the next drive or the next at-bat.

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Customer Service

Golden Nugget offers phone, email, and 24/7 live chat support. The support I got was always quick and consistent. Employees did need to ask others for information or to verify something, which was understandable considering the sportsbook launched within the last week.

Mobile Betting

The Golden Nugget app is available for Android and iOS devices.

Benefits

  • There is a sports or casino button at the top of the mobile app, which makes switching between the two seamless.

Considerations

  • The overall layout and navigation feel clunky and slow at times.

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Reputation

Golden Nugget is a new sportsbook, so there are no fraudulent reports or legal trouble. If anything changes I will update this portion of the review accordingly.

Benefits

  • Golden Nugget uses SB Tech for its software, which is a trusted and established provider.

Considerations

  • Golden Nugget has minimal experience as a sportsbook.

Other Notes

Golden Nugget offers quite a few promotions, ranging from Valentine’s day promotions to parlay boosts, to games of the week. For example, the parlay boost adds a percentage boost to your winnings based on how many selections you make (as long as each leg has odds of -145 or greater. With this promotion, if you bet and win a 4-leg parlay, Golden Nugget will pay you an extra 4% on your winnings.

Golden Nugget also offers a Golden Rewards Player Club which earns players points for every dollar wagered on the casino and sportsbook. This program is similar to most casinos that offer comps.

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Final Thoughts

Golden Nugget is a decent sportsbook across the board. The sportsbook excels at banking, offering more options than a majority of New Jersey sportsbook. If you’re interested in making basic sports bets, as well as playing online slots, then Golden Nugget is a viable option. If you are not a fan of online slots or desire more player props bets, there are other options such as 888Sport, DraftKings, or PointsBet.

Methodology

For the BettingBuck.com annual best online sportsbooks review published in February 2019, a total of 2,300 data points were collected over six months and used to score sportsbooks. Additionally, odds data was collected for each sportsbook on over 1,400 bets to give each sportsbook a comparative odds ranking.



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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.



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