Bill Blowup Weekend at Golden Nugget


Are you looking at a big pile of bills, trying to decide which to pay first, or maybe if you can afford to play online at all this weekend? Golden Nugget Online Casino is telling you not to worry about anything because Bill Blowup Weekend is here!

The first thing you will see, in big letters, when you open up this promotion on the casino’s website is the headline TERMINATE YOUR BILLS! Then the next sentence is the following: “During Bill Blowup Weekend, we’re terminating your bills and giving you the chance to score an incredible bonus award with a $20,000 Giveaway!”

Don’t you wish!

Having read the complete description of the Bill Blowup Weekend giveaway, including the fine print, I will now give you the straight scoop on what this promotion really has to offer. I will also spell out what you need to do for a chance to cash in on the rewards.

How Much Can You Really Win By Playing During Bill Blowup Weekend?

Like the casino says, this Golden Nugget giveaway is a big one. In all $20,000 in prizes are waiting to be won. But the even better news is that instead of all the wealth winding up in the hands of just one player or a lucky few, 250 players will win a prize! The top prize is a whopping $3,000!

How to Participate in Bill Blowup Weekend at Golden Nugget Online Casino

Bill Blowup Weekend started Friday, August 18 and continues through Sunday, August 20. In order to be part of this exciting new promotion, here’s what you need to do.

  • Log into your account anytime during the August 18-20 weekend.
  • Select the Bill Blowup Weekend offer from Available Bonuses and make a deposit of $20 or more.
  • Play your favorite games. You must wager at least $20.

As soon as you wager $20, you will receive 1 entry into the drawing. You can stop there, if you wish, but if you can afford to keep playing, you should do so. For every $100 wagered during the promotion you will earn five additional entries.

The promotion period ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 20. The following day, the casino will hold a random drawing including all accumulated entries from each player and announce the winners. All prize winners will be notified by 5 p.m. Monday, August 21.

Distribution of Prizes

As mentioned, the total prize pool is $20,000.  All prizes come in the form of bonus money, with the smallest prize being $20 bonus dollars and the largest prize being $3,000 bonus dollars. The following matrix shows how these prizes will be distributed.


Place Prize
1st Place $3,000 bonus
2nd to 5th $1,000 bonus
6th to 10th $500 bonus
11th to 50th $100 bonus
51st to 134th $50 bonus
135th to 250th $20 bonus


Bonus Money Wagering Requirements

If you are a winner, before you will be permitted to withdraw your bonus money or any resulting winnings, you will need to meet the casino’s wagering requirements, as shown below. While minimal, they are brand new requirements and are independent of whatever wagering you did to earn your entries into the drawing.

            Slots: 1x bonus

            All Other Games: 5x bonus

The reason why the wagering requirement is higher for games other than slots is that these games only count 20% towards clearing the bonus, whereas slots count the full 100%. However, if you select blackjack (one of the regular games, not live dealer blackjack), the house edge with basic strategy is only about .50%, as compared to about 5% for slots. This can make a big difference if you are lucky enough to win one of the bigger prizes.

You have seven days to complete the wagering requirements.

Here are some additional rules to keep in mind. For the purpose of clearing the bonus, the player’s own deposited money is used first and then the bonus money. However, unlike winnings resulting from bets from the bonus wallet, which remain locked into your account until all required wagering is completed, winnings from the cashable wallet can be withdrawn immediately. If you make a mistake and attempt to make a withdrawal from the bonus wallet prematurely, the casino will let you know and give you a chance to cancel the withdrawal. Otherwise you will forfeit both the bonus and any additional winnings.

Is Bill Blowup Weekend Worth Your Time?

Golden Nugget Online Casino’s Bill Blowup Weekend is definitely worth your time. The combination of some fantastic prizes with 250 chances to win and reasonable wagering requirements thereafter puts this promotion in the lofty can’t miss category for this casino’s players.

But is this promotion as great in every respect as the casino would have you believe? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Because the casino places no cap at all on the number of entries, high rollers who can afford to wager thousands of dollars per day can amass a huge number of entries, at the expense of other players. I am not saying that those who are in a position to wager more should not earn extra entries, but there should be a reasonable limit in order to give everybody a fair chance.

That said, what is most important in any online casino promotion, including this one, is to bet responsibly. This is still a drawing where anything can happen. Marathon sessions and overbetting your bankroll are not conducive to winning.



Barbara Nathan
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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