Report: Golden Nugget Has A Sportsbook In Mind For That Old Poker Room

Posted By Grant Lucas on August 8, 2018 - Last Updated on February 9, 2021

At Golden Nugget, it’s out with the old, in with the new, and in with a new to replace the old.

The Atlantic City casino is scrapping its old poker room in New Jersey and has a new one lined up to open elsewhere on the property. That old space will not go unused, however, as Golden Nugget reportedly plans to fill it with its NJ sports betting operation, as indicated on the Golden Nugget Facebook page.

In a back-and-forth with a customer, the casino confirmed such plans. A user asked if a sportsbook will replace the old poker room, to which Golden Nugget responded, “You got it!”

Getting in on the action

Three weeks ago, David Rebuck director of the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement, told the Associated Press that the DGE set a July 16 deadline for properties to submit bids to offer sports betting. Among the eleventh-hour applicants was Golden Nugget, which beat the deadline so as to potentially roll out its sportsbook in time for football season.

Tom Pohlman, vice president of Golden Nugget, confirmed with the AP that his casino had applied for in-person and mobile sports betting.

The old poker room at Golden Nugget shut down Aug. 1, setting the stage for the opening of a new-and-improved space by Friday. The new poker room will include 10 tables offering Texas Hold’em, No-Limit (1/3 and 2/5), Pot Limit Omaha, and Texas Hold’em 3/6 Limit.

The old space, meanwhile, will, in theory, serve as the Golden Nugget Sportsbook, bringing resolve to a long-speculated topic that Golden Nugget would introduce regulated wagering at its Atlantic City location.

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Joining the crowded NJ sports betting market

Should Golden Nugget go live soon, it will join an ever-growing list of New Jersey properties that offer sports betting.

Monmouth Park and Borgata kicked off the world of legalized NJ sports betting by launching their operations June 14. Two weeks later, during its grand opening June 28Ocean Resort Casino unveiled its sportsbook to the Boardwalk.

Meadowlands Racetrack went live with its FanDuel Sportsbook last month, and Caesars properties Bally’s and Harrah’s launched their physical sportsbooks last week.

This list does not include DraftKings Sportsbook, which officially launched its mobile sports betting app Aug. 6. Additionally, MGM is an approval away from rolling out its mobile platform, while Caesars Entertainment plans to merge its online casino and sportsbook into one app in time for football season.

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Grant Lucas is a longtime sportswriter who has covered high school, collegiate, and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant now focuses his attention on the growing NJ online gambling and sports betting scene.

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