On Aug. 15 at 9:30 a.m., Golden Nugget Atlantic City opened a temporary sportsbook in the former poker room location.
The Golden Nugget Sportsbook, as it will be called once the final renovations are complete by the end of August, is powered by SBTech, a popular choice for sportsbooks in Europe. The new sportsbook joins a long list of NJ sports betting properties including five in Atlantic City: Harrah’s, Borgata, Bally’s, Ocean Resort Casino and Resorts.
The physical sportsbook is likely just the beginning. The Golden Nugget Sportsbook online app in New Jersey is set to launch in the wake of a US Supreme Court decision legalizing sports betting.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook’s welcome offer
The new Golden Nugget Sportsbook has not yet announced any promotions for new players, but it is expected to follow the example set by other SBTech sites.
One such site offers a 50 percent bonus, up to $100. Golden Nugget Sportsbook in NJ seems likely to offer a similar deal but in dollars instead of euros.
This bonus is higher than that offered by many other sportsbooks, but it comes with strings attached. Players are required to play through their initial deposit more times than on other sites to receive it, and there are odds requirements for wagers that are applied to that requirement.
Players may need to make a minimum deposit of $20 or more to qualify for this offer.
Will there be a loyalty program at Golden Nugget Sportsbook NJ?
No, Golden Nugget Sportsbook is expected to follow the lead of other SBTech-based sportsbooks and forego a standard loyalty program. Like other sportsbooks, though, Golden Nugget will likely offer a range of promotions that are not tied to the player’s wager amount.
However, if a loyalty program were to be introduced, it would probably offer reward points in exchange for placing real money wagers. Accumulating reward points would allow players to level up their account status, which would in turn award prizes such as free bets, exclusive promotions and other gifts.
If we’re lucky, Golden Nugget Sportsbook NJ will allow players to exchange their points for cash.
Other promotions at Golden Nugget Sportsbook
Golden Nugget Sportsbook has not yet announced exactly what promotions it will offer. Other SBTech-based sportsbooks offer a variety of promotions, and the new sportsbook will likely follow their lead. Some of these promotions are sport-specific, while others offer things like increased payouts on accumulators and free bets for placing in-play wagers.
For the sport-specific promotions, soccer is the top choice of existing SBTech sportsbooks, though this may change for Golden Nugget Sportsbook.
One example of a sport-specific promotion was the World Cup Draw Money Back promotion. Applying to certain wagers on World Cup matches, players could get up to $10 on a free bet if the bet lost but the match ended in a draw.
Another free bet promotion was the Tennis Insurance, which gave players with losing bets a free bet payback if a bet is lost in a five-set match.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook deposits and withdrawals
Golden Nugget Sportsbook is likely to follow the lead of New Jersey online casinos for its available deposit and withdrawal methods. Popular deposit methods at NJ gambling sites include:
- Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards
- E-wallets, including Skrill and Neteller (PayPal is sometimes offered as well.)
- ACH e-check payments
- PayNearMe cash payments at 7-Eleven stores
Most deposit methods should be instant, and we expect the minimum limit per transaction to be around $10. The maximum limit will vary by payment method. For example, PayNearMe deposits are capped at $500 per transaction.
Withdrawal methods are likely to be available through direct bank deposits, e-wallets and checks by courier. Most withdrawal methods should take a few weeks to go through, except for checks, which will probably take two business weeks for delivery. The highest withdrawal limits are likely to be available with checks.
To comply with anti-money laundering laws, Golden Nugget Sportsbook NJ will likely require all players requesting their first withdrawal to verify their identity. This will probably entail submitting scans of valid identification through a secure online connection.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook mobile app
We expect Golden Nugget Sportsbook to offer dedicated mobile applications that give players access to all the markets available on the site. Mobile players can also expect to cash out on their open wagers, either in part or in full, to maximize wins and minimize losses before an event is over.
Native apps will likely be available for iOS and Android devices. The former will likely be available in the Apple App Store, and the latter may be available for direct download from the sportsbook’s website.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook account creation
SBTech platforms typically have a “join now” button on each page. Players looking to register must click on the button, fill out a form with their personal details, and submit it. The site then sends them an email with a verification link that they must click to activate their account.
The Golden Nugget Sportsbook in NJ is expected to work the same way.
Players should be prepared to provide the last four digits of their Social Security number or a passport scan to verify their identity.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook wagers and betting options
One of the advantages of sportsbooks that are based on SBTech is the excellent variety.
Many sportsbooks provide no more than standard options on the most popular sports, such as the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, major European soccer leagues and a handful of other events. By contrast, SBTech sites offer all of these and more, including Gaelic and Aussie rules football, water polo and esports. Expect Golden Nugget Sportsbook NJ to focus heavily on American favorites.
The new sportsbook is also likely to follow other SBTech sportsbooks with its range of markets available on each event. For some events, players are likely to be able to choose among hundreds of markets. Other events offer punters far fewer options. For example, bettors looking for options for MLB games may be disappointed.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook live betting
Most online sportsbooks offer live betting on certain events, and they typically limit wagering to just a few markets. SBTech-based sites, though, tend to offer a much wider range of events on which live betting is available.
They also typically offer a wider range of live betting markets than other online sportsbooks, though as with virtually all other sportsbooks, the number of available markets drops significantly after the event begins.
Parlays and teasers
Gamblers looking for big payouts on small wagers should find the expected maximum parlay card of 20 teams a welcome change from other sportsbooks’ much poorer offerings in this area. This “super-size” option may even entice some more conservative bettors to take a flyer every now and again.
We expect Golden Nugget Sportsbook NJ to offer a wide range of options for teasers on football and basketball. The number of points offered for teasers may vary greatly, allowing bettors to choose their favorites for each new wager.
Golden Nugget Sportsbook FAQ
How old do players have to be to play?
Players must be 21 years of age and older.
Does the new sportsbook welcome players who do not live in New Jersey?
Yes, anyone 21 and older is permitted to play as long as they are physically located in the state. The site will use geolocation technology to determine a player’s location.
Are New Jersey residents allowed to play while they are in other states or other countries?
No, players can only place wagers while physically located in the state of New Jersey.