Golden Nugget $3,000 Holiday Giveaway


It isn’t Christmas, but today’s $3,000 Memorial Day holiday giveaway at Golden Nugget Online Casino will make 100 players feel like it is.

Starting Friday, but continuing for the entire holiday weekend leading up to Memorial Day, Golden Nugget Online Casino has decided to surprise its players with a different special mystery offer for that day only. In fact, Golden Nugget is calling its big holiday weekend celebration Medieval Adventures Weekend, to coincide with the premiere of Aladdin at movie theaters across the country.

I told you all about this promotion in my Friday post on NJ Gambling Websites. Of course, the Friday offer for a 50% deposit match bonus up to $50 and Saturday offer for cashback are now history. But even if you missed them, you have a golden opportunity to make up for it today. That’s because Golden Nugget has saved its biggest and potentially best surprise for last.

A $3,000 holiday giveaway in which 100 lucky players will all win prizes!

How to enter the $3,000 Memorial Day Holiday Giveaway at Golden Nugget Online Casino

This promotion is open to all account holders and is valid for today, Sunday, May 26 only. Here’s what you need to do ASAP if you would like to participate.

  • Log into your account on Sunday, May 26, the sooner the better.
  • Go to Available Bonuses and claim today’s offer.
  • Play your favorite online casino games.

Every $100 that you wager during the promotion period (which ends at 11:59 p.m.) will earn you one entry into the drawing. However, keep in mind that weighted wagering applies, and sports wagers don’t count at all.

What you can win

On Wednesday, May 29, Golden Nugget will notify all of the winners and credit their accounts accordingly.

All prizes will be in the form of bonus money. The top prize is a $1,000 bonus. However, 99 other players will win lesser prizes. The distribution of prizes will be as follows:

First place: $1,000

Second and third: $200

4 through 10: $100

11 through 100: $10

Wagering requirements for the bonus

Because all of the prizes are in the form of bonus money rather than cash, before you will be permitted to withdraw either the bonus itself or any additional winnings therefrom, there are additional wagering requirements. However, these requirements are very reasonable, especially if you clear the bonus with any of the 538 slot games that count 100%.

Depending on your game choice, here is the amount you will need to wager to clear your bonus:

  • Most slots: 1x bonus
  • Video Poker, Roulette, Blackjack, and other table games: 4x bonus
  • Excluded* slots: 5x bonus
  • Sports bets: Don’t count at all

*Golden Nugget has designated 21 “excluded” slots to only count 20% towards clearing the bonus instead of 100% like all of the other slots.

Presumably, the reason for this is that these slots have an unusually high return to player (RTP). However, the difference from most other slots is not great enough to justify having to do 5x as much wagering to clear the bonus. Golden Nugget is making the wagering requirement to clear the bonus with any of the excluded slots even higher than for games like blackjack and video poker which, when played correctly, have a much lower house edge than even the best slots.

You will find a complete list of the 21 excluded slots on the Golden Nugget Online Casino website.

Other terms and conditions

You have up to seven days to complete the necessary wagering. Even prior to clearing this bonus, if you have other cashable funds in your account apart from this bonus and any applicable wagers, that other money is available for you to withdraw whenever you want it. You will have full access to the bonus and any additional winnings, too, as soon as you complete the necessary wagering, assuming you do so in time.

On the other hand, opting out, attempting to withdraw unavailable funds prematurely, or failure to clear the bonus on time will result in forfeiture of both the bonus and any resulting additional winnings.

Your best bet

Don’t clear this bonus, or any other bonus, with any of the slots that only count 20%. Wait until you don’t have a bonus to clear to play them.

In addition, every slot on includes an “i’ tab, which you can open before you start playing to learn more about that game. Be sure to use this free information to help you select the best slots that do count 100% towards clearing the bonus.

Golden Nugget Holiday Weekend Giveaway Pros and Cons

What could be better

Like most other NJ online casino special offers, as great as this one sounds on paper, there are a couple of ways it could be better.

Too many tiny prizes

For starters, while the top prizes are great, a token bonus of just $10 is a small consolation prize indeed for 90 of the 100 prizewinners. A minimum prize of a $20 bonus would be better.

There should be a cap on the number of entries

Another problem is that this Memorial Day holiday giveaway, like so many others at Golden Nugget Online Casino, strongly favor high rollers over smaller players. Since the casino isn’t placing any limit at all on the number of entries per person, there is nothing to stop a player with deep enough pockets from wagering many thousands of dollars in order to rack up as many entries as possible.

Where does this leave players who can only afford to bet $100-$300? At a huge disadvantage. And for players who can’t afford to wager even the $100 minimum, nowhere. The casino should place a reasonable cap on the number of entries per person to give all players a fairer chance to win a prize.

However, given the rules as they are, I cannot emphasize too strongly not to overplay your bankroll just to earn more entries into the giveaway. There are 100 prizes up for grabs, which is a lot. But even so, with the overwhelming odds that your bonus will only be $10 and not $100, $200, or $1,000, betting much more than usual isn’t worth the risk.

What’s great about the Golden Nugget Memorial Day Holiday Giveaway

On the other hand, what’s great about this Golden Nugget Online Casino giveaway is that there’s a lot of prize money up for grabs–$3,000–along with a good chance to win, since 100 players will be sharing it. And with the luck of the draw, you never know. Anything is possible, and if it’s your lucky day, you could be a big winner.

So as long as you’re going to play on anyway today, you might as well take a shot. Even if your name isn’t picked for a prize, you will still earn Golden Points and, of course, you could be a big winner, too, just by playing.

However, the best feature of this giveaway by far is that the bonus itself comes to you risk free. If you win a prize and clear your bonus, as recommended, with any of the 538 slot games that count 100%, you only have to bet the bonus once.

So you’re betting the bonus at the casino’s expense, not yours. Even if it’s only a $10 bonus, it’s still a gift from the casino. Or maybe you’ll get a free shot to win even more money with a $100, $200, or $1,000 bonus! You can only win betting the bonus. You can’t lose.






Barbara Nathan is both a professional writer and casino, poker, and sports betting expert. Originally from NYC, she relocated to Absecon, NJ in 2013 just prior to the official launch of New Jersey regulated online casino and poker gambling. Besides keeping tabs on important developments in the industry from day 1, Barbara is very familiar with what each NJ online casino has to offer. Her comprehensive, unbiased reviews and promotion descriptions provide a valuable service to NJ online casino players. Barbara also enjoys volunteering in the Atlantic City community. She is a certified literacy tutor at the Atlantic City Public Library.

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