Golden Nugget Review
Top Takeaways for 2021
After testing 20 online sportsbooks for our 2021 review, here are our top findings on Golden Nugget:
- Make no mistake, Golden Nugget is an online casino before it is an online sportsbook. The Golden Nugget app opens in its casino section. Also, there are more bonuses and promotions geared towards casino players, as opposed to sports bettors.
- The Golden Nugget app opens in its casino section. Furthermore, there are more bonuses and promotions geared towards casino players, as opposed to sports bettors.
- Odds and bet variety are competitive at Golden Nugget, which offers standard and advanced bet types across 16 different sports.
States Supported: Michigan, New Jersey and Nevada.
Casino: Golden Nugget offers 799 online casino games in Michigan, New Jersey and Nevada, including 744 slot games, roulette, blackjack, virtual sports, and virtual poker games. Note: This review focuses on sports betting and not casino.
|Sports & Bets Offered|
|Bonuses & Promotions|
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Sports and Bets Offered
Throughout the year, Golden Nugget offers action on 15 different sports. All of the most popular U.S. sports are available as well as international favorites such as Aussie Rules, Rugby, and Cricket. For a sportsbook that focuses on the casino part of its business, I found Golden Nugget provides an above-average amount of sports and bets.
Note: Due to Golden Nugget’s affiliation with the Houston Rockets, the sportsbook will not be offering wagering on the Houston Rockets or Rockets’ game-day opponents.
Bet types :Golden Nugget offers the following standard bet types: parlay, teaser, round robin, future, prop, moneyline, total (over/under), and spread. Golden Nugget also offers the following advanced bet types: system, trixie, patent, and 2x3 parlay folds. I was impressed by the advanced bet types, which very few sportsbooks offer.
Prop bets: Golden Nugget offers an average variety of prop bets. An example of a prop bet is “Will Ben Roethlisberger throw over or under 278.5 passing yards” or “Who will score 1st in the first quarter between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals.”
Cash Out Feature: Like most sportsbooks, Golden Nugget offers a cash-out feature. This feature allows you to amend your original bet and lock in a profit or a loss by settling your bet (or a portion of your bet) early, without having to wait for the event to finish. Knowing you can cash a bet out early incentivizes you to watch every game you bet on, or at least get scoring updates.
Golden lines (daily odds boosts): Like most sportsbooks, Golden Nugget offers odds boosts called Golden Lines.
Golden Nugget also offers 5 cent lines on certain games, denoted by gold font in the mobile app and on the website. Five cent lines are for spread bets. Written as -105, you would have to bet $105 to win $100. Typical spread lines are -110, meaning you would have to bet $110 to win $100. These 5 cent lines helped Golden Nugget offer above-average odds, on average, for spread bets (see odds section below).
As denoted by the table below, Golden Nugget offers good odds on NHL moneyline bets and NBA spread bets. For comparison, if average NBA spread odds on a team are +130 at other sports betting sites, Golden Nugget might offer odds at +140. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $1.40 at Golden Nugget versus $1.30 at other sites.
Meanwhile, Golden Nugget offers below average odds on NFL moneyline bets. For comparison, if average NFL moneyline odds on a team are -110 at other sports betting sites, Golden Nugget might offer odds at -115. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $.87 at Golden Nugget versus $.91 at other sites.
|NFL Moneyline||Below Average|
Methodology: To score Odds, Moneyline.com gathered data from 20 sportsbooks over five months. For our 2021 Sportsbook Review, over 34,000 data points were collected for spread, moneyline, and over/under (bets).
Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.
Live betting is one area that left me wanting more. While Golden Nugget does offer some of the most common live betting features, the usability can be enhanced. For example, when you click on the back button after viewing a game’s live bets, you have to re-select “live games” to view live games again. I also experienced a few seconds of loading time when switching between live games, a minor complaint.
Instant bets: Golden Nugget does not offer many instant bets. For example, you cannot bet on the next drive of an NFL game or the next point in a tennis match. Instant bets are available at sportsbooks such as DraftKings, FanDuel , and BetRivers.
Live match tracker: Golden Nugget offers an industry-standard match tracker for live betting sports such as basketball, hockey, and soccer. The match tracker has a live clock, displays the score by quarter, and even shows which team is attacking in real-time. Golden Nugget lists running clocks for individual games, although a different format is used in the live betting menu. Also, I did not see a match tracker for NFL games, which was odd.
Golden Nugget does offer some live stats in its live match tracker. For example, Golden Nugget lists goal attempts, shots on target, corner kicks, offsides, and more for soccer games.
Live Streaming: This feature allows users to stream games live from their phones. Unlike FanDuel and SugarHouse, Golden Nugget does not offer live streaming. This feature is only available for soccer and tennis games for sportsbooks that offer it.
Golden Nugget App
The Golden Nugget mobile app is not as user-friendly as I would like. The primary focus on casino games put a damper on my sports betting experience.
Likes: It is easy to view banking information, current promotions, and customer support options in the app.
Dislikes: The app opens up in the casino portion, as opposed to the sportsbook portion. This is annoying if you don’t play casino games. I also noticed the app doesn’t load games and menus as fast as other apps such as DraftKings and FanDuel .
Statistics: Golden Nugget includes statistical previews of most games, an uncommon feaure. Golden Nugget displays each team’s last five matchups, overall records, and historical over/under records for NFL games.
The quality of education is good enough where beginners will have a good understanding of the most popular bet types. The education, which can be found in the “help center” in the app and on the website, contains a few descriptions of popular bet types and images showing what the bets look like in the app.
Bonuses & Promotions
Although Golden Nugget offers a few sports betting promotions, most of the promotions are focused on the casino portion of the sportsbooks offerings. While I don’t typically play online casino games, I was impressed by the overall selection of casino-based bonuses.
New customers: Golden Nugget offers new customers a risk-free bet up to $100. While this isn’t bad, sportsbooks such as BetRivers and PointsBet offer risk-free bets up to $500. For casino players, Golden Nugget offers an instant casino match up to $1,000 plus 200 free spins on the 88 Fortunes Megaways slot machine.
Existing customers: Golden Nugget offers 1 – 3 ongoing promotions for sports betting and 3 – 7 ongoing promotions for casino games. The ongoing promotions for sports betting are not as good as those offered by the sportsbooks mentioned above.
If you are looking for an app to play online casino games and occasionally bet on sports, I would recommend Golden Nugget. Golden Nugget offers hundreds of casino games, competitive odds, and a good selection of sports and bets.
That said, if you are solely interested in sports betting, Golden Nugget is not the best option. No question, there are better sportsbooks available that offer more bets and better promotions, alongside a superior mobile app.
About Golden Nugget
Golden Nugget is a casino and sports betting brand under the Golden Entertainment (NASDAQ: GDEN) umbrella. According to Wikipedia, Golden Entertainment operates casinos, taverns, and slot routes. It was formed in 2015 by the merger of Golden Gaming (founded in 2001 by Blake Sartini) and Lakes Entertainment. It is the largest tavern operator and largest slot route operator in Nevada.
What states is Golden Nugget sportsbook legal in?
Golden Nugget is legal in Michigan, New Jersey and Nevada.
What deposit methods does Golden Nugget offer?
Bettors can currently deposit via debit/credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), online bank transfer (ACH), PayPal, Neteller, Skrill, PayNearMe, prepaid gift cards, VIP Preferred, and cash at certain casinos.
|Total Deposit Methods||9|
|No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees||Yes|
|Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card||$20/$25,000|
What withdrawal methods does Golden Nugget offer?
Golden Nugget currently processes withdrawals via online bank transfer (ACH), checks, PayPal, Neteller, prepaid gift cards, VIP Preferred, and cash at certain casinos.
|Total Withdrawal Methods||8|
|Check Payout Speed is < 10 days||Yes|
|No Withdrawal Fees - Check||No|
|Withdrawal Min/Max - Check||$10/N/A|
What is the minimum deposit at Golden Nugget?
The minimum amount required to open an account at Golden Nugget Sportsbook is $10. The minimum withdrawal amount is $10.
What kind of customer support does Golden Nugget offer?
Golden Nugget offers phone, email, and 24/7 live chat support. The support I got was quick and consistent. For my testing, I asked sportsbook-related questions as opposed to casino questions.
What sports can you bet on at Golden Nugget?
Golden Nugget currently offers the following sports.
|Total Sports Offered||15|
|Aussie Rules (AFL)||Yes|
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For Moneyline.com’s annual best online sportsbooks review, we collected more than 36,000 data points over five months from 20 sportsbooks that serve 11 states where full-scale mobile betting is legalized. Hundreds of hours were spent testing and scoring each sportsbook (mobile and online/desktop) in seven core categories: sports and bets offered, odds, live betting, mobile betting, education, ease of use, and bonuses and promotions. The results determined each sportsbook’s overall rating.
Data from more than 1,700 bets (including moneyline, spread and total bets) was used to generate each sportsbook’s comparative odds ranking. Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.
About Moneyline.com’s chief sportsbook researcher, Joey Shadeck: I’ve been a hobby sports bettor for more than six years, placing hundreds of bets on my favorite sports (football, basketball, MMA) and teams (Packers, Spartans, and whoever is playing the Lions). Beyond sports betting, I’m known for saying “Wanna bet on it?” in almost any situation and that is how I found out I can eat 42 chicken nuggets in less than 20 minutes.
As of February 2021, 22 different states have legalized sports betting to some capacity. Of those 22 states, the following 11 have legalized full-scale mobile betting: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada (must register in-person), New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.
About the author: Joey Shadeck Joey Shadeck is the lead writer for Moneyline.com and content strategist for Reink Media Group. He has closely tracked sports betting in the United States for the last two years, compiling hundreds of data points across dozens of sportsbooks. He has 6 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.