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The Golden Nugget is quickly making a name for itself in the online betting industry. DraftKings aquired Golden Nugget in the summer of 2021. DraftKings Arizona will act as the betting platform in the state.
There's plenty to like about the operator, including the user experience, the variety of betting markets, and a mobile app that mirrors the desktop experience. Although the Arizona sportsbook app (and online platform) won't be available in Arizona, you can turn to their sister site: DraftKings Arizona.
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Our Arizona Golden Nugget sportsbook review is somewhat speculative because the product has not yet launched in Arizona. However, we'll cover the offers, promotions, and bonuses that bettors have available to them in New Jersey and Michigan.
The main promotion that bettors can expect to use is a free bet worth up to $250. New users who place a bet with odds of -200 or greater will receive a deposit match for the same amount regardless of whether that bet wins or loses. The free bet will be rewarded within 48 hours and must be used within 14 days. There are no limitations like the -200 threshold on the free bet. Bettors will not be able to break up the free bet (for example, if a bettor receives a $150 free bet, he or she may not break it up into three $50 free bets).
Though it's not the best sign-up bonus we've come across among the Arizona sports betting sites we've reviewed, and there isn't much flexibility in how you use your free bet, we do like that the free bet is given to bettors regardless of whether they win or lose. A bettor could max their $250 bet on a game with odds at -100, resulting in a $250 win AND $250 to use as a free bet. Some operators only award that match if a bettor loses his or her first wager. We wish the maximum threshold was a bit higher but we can't argue with the guarantee of a match, win or lose.
Golden Nugget offers plenty of different promotions to its bettors. Bettors can access all running promotions and offers in the "Promos and Rewards" link on the banner atop the home page, or on the left rail of the home screen under "Featured."
These promotions are constantly changing, but the expectation is that they often will include odds boosts, lower vig, and parlay boosts. Those odds boosts are referred to as Golden Lines, and in our experience of exploring for this Golden Nugget Arizona review, there is always going to be a boost for bettors to use. The constant running promotions are among our favorite aspects of Golden Nugget.
Golden Nugget has had a strong presence in New Jersey with its land-based casino in Atlantic City, which opened in 1985. Golden Nugget was one of the first casinos to jump into the online gaming scene in 2018 when it became legal in New Jersey.
The online sportsbook and casino has since expanded into Michigan, and it's expected that Golden Nugget will also launch in Arizona this fall. In our review of Golde Nugget, we'll go over what we like about the product, where it could improve, and how bettors can make the most of this Golden Nugget review to give themselves the best experience possible and maximize their earnings.
No matter what bettors are interested in betting on, there's a market for them at Golden Nugget. It obviously will feature the most popular markets like professional NFL betting and college football betting and basketball, MLB, various soccer leagues around the world, NHL, tennis, and golf.
But the operator will also have betting markets for cricket, MMA, motor racing, rugby and table tennis among others. While the majority of bettors won't look at those options, it's always nice to have in case they want to shake things up and bet on something a little more outside the norm.
Whether bettors are interested in placing a bet on the Phoenix Suns to win the NBA Finals, the Arizona Cardinals to win the NFC West, or something more obscure, there will be a betting market for them at the Golden Nugget online sportsbook in Arizona. This is an area where the Golden Nugget sportsbook has improved recently, so we expect the available markets and promotions that come along with them to only expand as they spread their reach to Arizona and beyond.
There are thousands of different bets someone can make at the Golden Nugget Arizona. Options are really limitless given the hundreds to thousands of different games available in a given market each year.
You'll want to dive in and research what kinds of bets are best for you and your betting experience, but here we provide the most common wagers that bettors will make, along with examples of each bet.
Straight Bets: A straight bet is the most common form of bet that players will find at a sportsbook. It includes a point spread, moneyline bet, or total and has a specific set of odds attached to them. For example, a straight NFL bet on a game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers would be Cardinals -3 (spread bet), 49ers +150 (moneyline), or a total of 47.5.
Totals: A total is the number of combined points oddsmakers believe will be scored between two teams. This is also commonly known as an Over/Under wager. Bettors can bet on whether the total number will be higher or lower than (in other words, over or under) the line where the oddsmakers have set the total. For example, a total for an bet on an NBA game between the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers might be 223.5, with bettors choosing whether the combined points for both teams will be over or under that amount. All points scored in overtime are included in the total.
Moneylines: A moneyline bet is only concerned with the winner of the game or event, not the differential (point spread) or score (total). Each moneyline has a favorite and an underdog. For example, if the Arizona Diamondbacks were +200 to win an MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, a $100 bet on the Diamondbacks would yield $200 in profit.
Parlay Bets: A parlay bet is a combination of two or more straight bets. A parlay will lead to improved odds for the bettor. However, all legs of a parlay must win for the parlay bet to be successful. For example, if a bettor parlayed the Suns (-150), Lakers (-200), and Bulls (+250) to win, a $100 parlay would pay out $775, but only if all three teams were victorious.
Futures Bets: A futures bet is a wager on an event happening or not happening by season's end. Examples include the Cardinals winning the Super Bowl, the Diamondbacks to take the NL West, or Devin Booker to win NBA MVP. These odds are constantly changing during the course of the season and are almost always available.
Prop Bets: A prop bet is a wager on whether an event will or won't happen during a single game, regardless of the final score. These prop bets can involve individual players (whether Kyler Murray will throw for 2.5 touchdowns in a game) or teams (the Suns to record over or under 10.5 3-pointers). There are hundreds of different prop bets available for major betting markets like the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA.
The Golden Nugget sportsbook will offer a number of features that bettors will find useful to make their sports betting experience as enjoyable as possible. While the features listed below have become more common among all major sportsbooks, it's still nice to see that Golden Nugget Arizona is staying up to date with more popular books like BetMGM Arizona.
Don't simply log out of the Golden Nugget online sportsbook once the games begin. Live betting in Arizona gives bettors the ability to lay down a wager while a game is happening. Golden Nugget changes these odds in real-time, with improved odds flashing in green and decreased odds flashing in red, so bettors can follow along on their desktop or Golden Nugget app while a game is happening. Live betting is offered from the start of the game until the very end.
Sometimes bettors want to take their money and run before a game is over. They might know their bet is going to lose and want to salvage something, or they could be nervous about a backdoor cover turning a win into a loss. Golden Nugget in Arizona will offer cash-out options for bettors who want to take a portion of their potential return and withdraw it before the end of the game. It isn't always available, especially if an outcome has been decided, but bettors will want to know their options during the course of a game in case it is offered.
Golden Nugget has an ongoing promotion called "Golden Lines," which are essentially a version of odds boosts. Bettors will receive more lucrative odds on specific markets at no additional cost. There is a large variety of odds boosts offered at any given time, and a link to all the current promotions is located in the "Feature" section of the betting markets on the left side of the home page.
Same-game parlays are becoming a more common feature at major sportsbooks. The Golden Nugget online sportsbook in Arizona will feature same-game parlays that bettors can build. It's a combination of two or more bets from the same game (moneylines, point spreads, totals, player props, team props, etc.) in which all legs must be successful for the bettor to win.
This operator will want its bettors playing as soon as possible, so it's no surprise that the sign-up process is simple. Bettors will need to follow the same steps they typically see at other sites, which we'll list here so you're ready to roll as soon as you log on.
All major operators continue to grow the number of ways that bettors can deposit and withdraw money. It's one of the main reasons we suggest betting on a legal and licensed site. The peace of mind bettors get with legitimate banking options can't be beaten. Here's what we expect the Golden Nugget Arizona will provide bettors.
Bettors can easily make deposits using the Golden Nugget Arizona app or online platform. Players must deposit a minimum of $10, and they have options that include: Visa/MasterCard/Play+, Discover, American Express, PayPal, PayNearMe, online bank transfers, or depositing at the cash cage at a brick-and-mortar casino. Funds can be used for wagering immediately, making for a seamless experience for bettors. Bettors can earn loyalty points for deposits between $50-99 (20 points) or $100 or more (40 points). Those points can be used for free bets down the line.
If you're looking to cash out your winning at the Golden Nugget Arizona, you're in luck. The company provides customers with multiple options to withdraw, including: Visa/MasterCard/Play+, American Express, PayPal, PayNearMe, online bank transfers, or a cash cage at a brick-and-mortar casino. These options typically take between 2-5 business days, though we expect in Arizona that the transaction will be on the shorter side of that range. Bettors can also request a check, with that process taking 10-14 business days. Note that there is a minimum withdrawal of $10.
The features include a number of different contests and tournaments throughout the sports calendar year. Examples include the Ultimate Football Challenge, a pick 'em game that features a leaderboard throughout all 17 weeks of the NFL regular season. We're excited to see how the operator expands these tournaments and contests as Golden Nugget continues to make a name and expand across different states, including Arizona.
Golden Nugget Arizona offers a rewards program that bettors can get excited about. While the majority of current rewards and loyalty points reside at the casinos (in states where they are legal and licensed), there are still rewards for those using the Golden Nugget online sportsbook. Bettors will receive 1 point for every $100 they bet at the sportsbook.
In addition, the Golden Nugget online sportsbook offers a deposit bonus in which bettors will receive 20 points for a deposit of $50-99, or 40 points for a deposit of $100 or more. A player's personal account will have a progress bar tracking his or her points, and these points can be turned into free bets.
Golden Nugget Arizona will offer its customers a simple user experience. Everything bettors will need, from markets and live events to account information and customer support, is featured on the home page of both the Golden Nugget sportsbook app and desktop. Markets are sorted by most popular, featured, and trending. Also, a search bar that functions well means bettors are one click away from finding the games and events they're interested in playing.
Bet slips populate effectively, live-betting odds change quickly to give bettors maximum time to place them in real time, and current promotions and boosts are displayed prominently for bettors to click and use. Golden Nugget sports betting is an enjoyable experience for users of all experience levels and bankrolls. There's something for everyone in Arizona.
The Golden Nugget app provides bettors with the same experience they'll find on the desktop site. A player's balance is located in the top left on the screen, and there's a dropdown menu for all Golden Nugget sports markets available. Bet slips populate effectively, players can check their account information with ease, and the same customer-support options are available to all players.
Like most major operators, Golden Nugget offers a mirror image of its desktop website, and that's something that bettors will enjoy as they switch from one to the other. Like the desktop version, the Golden Nugget app is somewhat mundane in appearance, but we can't complain because of how well it works and the bonuses and perks it provides to its players.
The Golden Nugget sportsbook site checks all the boxes. The sports betting site in Arizona will feature all available betting markets on the left rail of the home page and personal information on the right on the home screen, including links to account information, available bonuses, a quick-deposit button, live support and a feedback button. The middle section of the platform is where the betting action happens. Popular markets populate at the top, as well as tabs with that day's live games, the next day's games as well as options for the rest of the week.
Promotions and odds boosts scroll atop the home screen, and there's a search bar in case players are having any trouble navigating the sportsbook. Bet slips populate effectively, parlays are added with updated odds quickly and the site has little lag time.
If we have any complaint with the Golden Nugget desktop, it's that it might be too plain. Though we're not a fan of bookmakers that go over the top with colors, animations and pop-ups, the Golden Nugget would do well to incorporate a little more into its user experience. It shouldn't detract bettors from eventually signing up at the Golden Nugget Arizona, but we'll be interested to see if they spice up the interface a bit moving forward.
It's natural for bettors to wonder about how safe and secure they are using any online betting platform. But bettors can rest easy knowing that all Golden Nugget sites are protected by respective gaming boards in the states where the company operates. Secure encryption and technology across the board mean that bettors' information is safe.
Golden Nugget Arizona will also provide bettors with multi-factor authentication so it's difficult for someone to hack into their Golden Nugget account. Still, we believe it's important and wise for customers to choose a strong password and to not share that with anyone. Golden Nugget will do the rest.
Golden Nugget offers many options to make sure its players are betting safely and responsibly. A Responsible Gaming badge is displayed on the upper right-hand corner of the home page. That icon links to a pop-up of the responsible gaming resources available.
Those resources include information about how bettors can set personal time limits and daily deposit limits, or set up multi-factor authentication. Customers can even get information on self-exclusion, plus links and telephone numbers for help if they believe they or someone they know has a gambling problem. Customers can also access these resources via the Help Center link atop the home page.
The Golden Nugget sportsbook is reliable and user-friendly. But that doesn't mean it's going to always operate smoothly. Issues will naturally arise from time to time, which is why Golden Nugget offers excellent customer support for its bettors. Our favorite option is the live chat function, which is available 24/7 to bettors.
If bettors prefer something a little slower-paced, they provide options to email customer support or give them a call. The Golden Nugget in Arizona will have these same options once it's up and running. It's about as good as any online operator can do from a customer support standpoint.
Bettors in Arizona will find plenty to like about the Golden Nugget Arizona. It has all of the features that any top operator should -- like live betting, cash outs, odds boosts, and same-game parlays. It offers major betting markets, an online app that gets the job done, promotions that provide value to bettors, and a sign-up bonus that should entice players to add Golden Nugget to their online Rolodex.
It doesn't have the backing of some other major sites, so sign-up bonuses and promotions aren't as lucrative as they are other places. But that shouldn't deter bettors from hopping on this reliable, user-friendly sportsbook and app. We're big fans of it, and Arizona bettors will be, too.
Yes. Golden Nugget is partnered with The Hualapai Tribe. They are licensed in Arizona, but are not expected to operate a betting platform. DraftKings Arizona acquired Golden Nugget and will act as the sports betting platform in the state.
Yes, Arizona bettors will be able to access a Golden Nugget Arizona app with the same functions, markets, promotions, and experience as the Golden Nugget site.
Bettors in Arizona must be 21 to bet on sports. Players will need to verify their age by entering the last four digits of their Social Security number upon signing up for an account.
At this time, there is no promo code for Golden Nugget Arizona. We will let you know if this changes.
Mark Strotman writes about the NBA and sports betting for BetArizona.com. He is a veteran sports journalist who covered the Chicago Bulls and the NBA for NBC Sports Chicago for about 8 years. His work has also appeared on ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, The Chicago Tribune, Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports.