Live Hands, Live Dealer: Golden Nugget Introduces Casino Poker

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On Dec. 23, Golden Nugget Atlantic City launched the very first live casino poker game for online players in the United States. More specifically, players can try Casino Hold’em for as little as a $1 ante.

Casino Hold’em joins Blackjack, American roulette, and Dragon Bonus Baccarat in Golden Nugget’s live dealer portfolio. Up to seven live dealer tables are available to New Jersey players on their computers or smartphones.

Broadcasts of the game occur from the custom studio inside Golden Nugget Atlantic City itself. Golden Nugget partnered with electronic game designer Ezugi NJ to create an immersive experience where players can place bets in real time and interact with actual dealers and other players.

The live Casino Hold’em tables are available from 3 p.m. – 3 a.m. ET every single day of the week. Players will feel as if they are inside the Golden Nugget itself, playing on the casino floor.

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Here’s how Casino Hold’em works

Most casino poker features competition between players only. The casino’s role is one of facilitation, and it charges rake or time as compensation.

Casino Hold’em is a table game that turns the player’s focus back toward the dealers. In doing so, players of all skill levels can feel confident about playing the game. There is no need to worry about sharks and grinders roughing up the novices.

The game uses the typical 52-card deck. Each player places an ante, and receives two cards.

Based upon his or her two cards, each player must then decide whether to fold or place the Call bet. A fold causes the player to forfeit the Ante bet; the Call bet must be twice the value of the Ante.

The dealer deals the entire five-card community board. Players and dealers alike will make the best possible five-card hand out of the five cards on the board and the two cards in their hand.

Players can win big in Casino Hold’em

Like other casino poker games, the dealer must meet certain conditions to “qualify.” In Casino Hold’em, the dealer must have a pair of fours or higher to qualify. If he or she does not, the player wins according to the Ante Payoff table, which potentially pays 100:1 odds.

If the dealer does qualify, play proceeds as a normal Hold’em hand. Payouts are the same on the Ante bet, but a winning player hand also yields a 1:1 payout on the Call bet.

Players may also make a side bet called the AA Bonus. If players can make a hand equal or better to a pair of aces with their five best cards, they are paid based upon the AA Payoff table. This table can also yield payouts of 100:1, and these payouts can happen regardless of the outcome of the main game.

All in all, this news means that New Jersey online casino players have a brand-new way to win big and have fun without leaving their houses or offices. Golden Nugget has already promised that more tables are on the way.

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Bart Shirley is a writer and poker player from Houston, Texas. When he's not teaching high school math and business, Bart writes about the NJ online casino industry and US online poker. He has a master's degree in business administration from Texas Christian University and a degree in English from Texas A&M.