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Golden Nugget Online Casino Michigan – 2020Preview

***Golden Nugget Online Casino is not live yet, but is expected to launch by late 2020/early 2021.

Golden Nugget Online Casino is one of the top online casinos in the very crowded New Jersey market, and are now bringing their talents to the Wolverine State. It will do so through a partnership with the Keweenaw Bay Indian community, which owns two Ojibwa Casinos on the Upper Peninsula.

Golden Nugget is well known for having one of the largest slot and table game libraries in New Jersey, and Michigan is expected to be no different. The online casino will be available through both a desktop site and mobile apps for iOS and Android-powered devices. Couple that with a generous bonus package, rolling promos, and the VIP Club, and you can see why Golden Nugget is hard to top.

Golden Nugget Casino Michigan Bonus Offer

Most online casinos offer the same bonus in each state that they operate, thus we can make an educated guess that Golden Nugget will bring their 100% up to $1000 first deposit bonus to their Michigan site. On top of the deposit match, through our partnership with Golden Nugget when you click through one of the links on this page, Golden Nugget will give you $10, free to play with, just for signing up. No deposit is required.

Golden Nugget Bonus CodeComing soon
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No Deposit Bonus$10 Free
Deposit Bonus100% up to $1000 + 200 Free Spins
Michigan PartnerKeweenaw Bay Indian Community

How it works

When you successfully complete the registration of a new account there will be $10 waiting for you. Admittedly, the wagering requirement is a little high at 20x, meaning you must wager $200 on slots to convert the bonus funds to your cash balance, but hey, free money is free money.

When you are ready to make your first real money deposit, make your way over to the available bonuses section, opt in, make your deposit with one of their many banking options and Golden Nugget will give you a 100% match up to $1000. This means if you deposit $1000, your bankroll will instantly double in size and you will be playing with $2000. Deposit $500 and you will be playing with $1000, and so on. You will need to give the online casino some action to convert this bonus money into cold hard cash. To complete the wagering requirement you will need to wager the deposit + the bonus funds 10x, which is just another way of saying 20x the bonus wagered.

Some of the higher return slots only count 20% towards the wagering requirements, so be sure to check the terms and conditions on Golden Nuggets site for an updated list. The good news is that there are only a handful of games included on the list of exceptions. If table games are your preference, it’s important to note that roulette, blackjack, video poker, and their wide selection of other table games only count 25% towards the wagering requirements.

In simpler terms, if you play slots that are not on the excluded list and you deposit $1000, you will need to wager $20,000 (20x). Slots that only contribute 20% will require $100,000 in wagers (100x), and table games will require $80,000 in wagers (80x). Our recommendation is to stick to slots for this one, or if you are in the mood, blackjack can give you similar returns but will definitely take some time. Players get 30 days to complete the wagering requirements, so plan your bonus clearance strategy accordingly.

As an added bonus, with a qualifying deposit Golden Nugget will give you 200 free spins on their exciting new slot, 88 Fortunes Megaways. Once your free spins are credited, just make your way over to the game and your 200 free spins will be waiting for you. Any wins from the free spins need to be turned over 1x. This means if you win $250 during the course of the 200 free spins, you will then need to put that $250 in play one time on any slot title from Golden Nugget’s expansive library.

What to like about Golden Nugget Online Casino?

  • Game selection: Golden Nugget has a very impressive library of slots, table games, video poker, roulette, and blackjack from some of the biggest names in online gambling including NetEnt, IGT, Every, Konami, and many more. What is impressive is not just the volume, but diversity of gaming options with many variations of all your favorite casino games.
  • Promotions, Promotions, Promotions: The fun doesn’t stop after the initial welcome package. It seems like Golden Nugget has a new, fun, and exciting promotion almost every day. Whether it be a reload bonus, free spins, a risk-free play, or their monthly and yearly wagering races, there is always something to be excited about on Golden Nugget.
  • Shared wallet with sportsbook: Although Michigan online sportsbooks and casinos may launch at different times, once both are live, you can use the same funds to play casino games and bet on sports. Golden Nugget online sportsbook has a separate welcome package of a $100 risk-free bet. If you bet loses, you get the funds back in the form of a one-time free bet.

What’s not so great?

  • Loyalty program doesn’t add much value
  • Year long promotion only caters to high rollers.

Who can play at Golden Nugget Online Casino?

Eligibility Requirements include:

  • You must be 21 years of age or older.
  • You must be physically located in Michigan to place a bet, but you do not need to be a Michigan resident.
  • You must not be on any casino exclusion lists. This includes both retail casinos and online casino exclusion lists.

Golden Nugget Online Casino software platforms

Desktop

Golden Nugget can be easily accessed on your laptop or desktop computer, and their NYX powered platform is very intuitive. Despite the huge library of games, Golden Nugget makes it easy to find your favorites with easy sorting by game studio, type, or theme. Popular categories are also listed across the top of the games section. Easy to use tabs are available along the top of the page which bring you to the sportsbook, promotional offerings, banking options, and a help section to answer all the most common questions.

Along the right side of the screen are easy links to your account options, bonus details, quick deposit settings and support. If you ever get lost on the site, simply click on the big Golden Nugget logo to get back to the home page.

Mobile

The Golden Nugget mobile app is basically a shrunken down version of the desktop site and is available for both Android and iOS (iPhone/iPad) devices. The mobile app makes good use of fold out menus to fit everything on the screen, and although there are a ton of options, it never feels crowded or overdone. The iOS app can be easily downloaded from the App Store and Android users can follow any of the links on this page to download the Golden Nugget app straight from the GN site.

Game Selection at Golden Nugget Online Casino

Golden Nugget takes pride in offering the most online casino game options in the industry. Golden Nugget has partnered with all of the top online gaming providers to give you more options than you could dream of. Below is a sample of what you can look forward to when Golden Nugget lands in Michigan.

Slots

There’s no shortage here. Easily filter the available slots by game studio, game type, game theme, or sort by rating, name, or max payout. Golden Nugget makes it easy to find the slot you want to play, or help you find a new favorite.

Online slots typically offer better returns than their retail casino counterparts, and Golden Nugget does a great job of letting you know exactly what all their slots give you as far as return to player (RTP) and volatility. RTP refers to what you should expect to get back over time, and volatility is how often a certain slot will payout. For example, a slot that is 95% RTP and low volatility, it should produce a lot of low-medium payouts. For every $100 wagered, an average of $95 is returned.

Golden Nugget is one of the few sites to give you a full breakdown of what you should expect from every game offered on their site, and each games RTP, volatility, min/max bet, and rating can be easily found by clicking the button before opening the title.

While it may take a while for games to be approved on their Michigan site, we expect Golden Nugget to be one of the first online casinos to build up a substantial library. Expect to see popular titles like:

  • Cleopatra
  • 88 Fortunes
  • Blood Suckers
  • Gonzo’s Quest
  • Dead or Alive
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Jack Hammer

In addition to your standard slots, Golden Nugget also features plenty of Progressive Jackpot slots. Progressive slots have normal payouts like any other, but take a small portion of every wager and add it to a shared jackpot that can be won by anyone playing the same game. The jackpot is usually triggered through some type of bonus round. The more action the progressive gets, the higher the jackpot grows, until someone hits it big. A few examples of jackpot slots that should be making their way to Michigan are:

  • Divine Fortune
  • China Shores
  • Imperial Riches
  • Mercy of the Gods
  • Gypsy Fire

Blackjack

Whether you grew up playing for pennies at your grandmothers kitchen table, or got started in a retail casino, blackjack is one of the most recognizable and popular card games in the world. Online blackjack is almost identical to the version found at any retail casino but moves much quicker. There’s no card shuffling, and no time lost calculating payouts or waiting on others to make decisions.

Online blackjack comes in your classic, standard variety that pays 3:2, double down on any two cards and splitting pairs. While online you can learn and play for much lower stakes as you learn the game. There are variations like IGT Blackjack that only permits one hand per deal, but lightning quick and NetEnt Multihand Blackjack allow up to 3 hands per deal with similar rules.

Other variations include:

  • Blazing 7s Blackjack: Standard blackjack with a sidebet that pays out varying amounts depending on how many 7s are dealt
  • Zappit Blackjack: A variation of blackjack where you can redraw your hand when you are showing 15, 16, 17 or 18.
  • Super Fun Extreme 21: Blackjack with a sidebet that pays 250-1 when you get an All-Diamond Blackjack, and you can double down as many times as you want.

Other table games

Golden Nugget has a full slate of table games that you will find at any American casino, and some that you will only find online. These include:

  • American Roulette: The standard Roulette game featuring a 0 and 00.
  • French Roulette: Similar to American Roulette but a different layout of numbers on the wheel, and just a single 0.
  • European Roulette: Similar to American Roulette, but just a single 0.
  • Three Wheel Roulette: Spin 3 balls on 3 levels of the wheel with sidebets for pairs and color combos.
  • Ultimate Texas Hold’em
  • Texas Hold’em Plus
  • Three Card Poker
  • Mississippi Stud
  • Let It Ride

Video Poker

Anyone who has ever sat at a casino bar will recognize the Game King Suite of Video Poker games. Video poker offers some of the highest returns in the online casino world, and Golden Nugget gives you tons of options that are all just different variations of the same game with subtle differences. These include:

  • Jacks or Better
  • Bonus Poker
  • Jester Poker
  • Double Bonus Poker
  • Double Double Bonus Poker
  • Regal Poker Deluxe
  • Deuces Wild
  • Deuces Wild Elite
  • Tens or Better
  • Aces & Faces
  • All American Poker
  • Three Play Draw Poker
  • Five Play Draw Poker
  • Destiny Poker

Golden Nugget Banking Options

Banking options may vary when Golden Nugget arrives in Michigan, but we expect the following options to be eventually be available.

  • PayPal
  • VIP Preferred eCheck
  • Play+ Prepaid Card
  • Visa/Mastercard (deposits only)
  • PayNearMe(deposits only)
  • Online Banking Transfer
  • Cash at the Casino Cage
  • Bank Wire

If the cashier looks a little sparse to start, give it some time. It will grow.

Golden Nugget Promotions

In addition to the generous welcome package detailed at the top of this page, Golden Nugget has several long-running promotions to keep you coming back, day after day.

  • Million Dollar Race: A year long wagering race that has a first prize of $200,000 and a one year lease of a Bentley (or $36,000 in bonuses). The million dollar race also has monthly leaderboards that pay out up to $75,000 a month in bonuses.
  • Weekly Missions: Each week gives you new ways to win. Meet daily or weekly goals to be entered into drawings or giveaways.
  • Refer-a-friend: Get up to $500 when you recommend Golden Nugget Online Casino to your friends or family. $50 for each referral.
  • $100 Risk-Free Bet: When you are a Golden Nugget customer, you are eligible for a $100 risk-free sports bet.

Golden Nugget VIP Rewards Program

The Golden Nugget Ultimate Rewards Program gives you points simply for playing the games you love. These points can be redeemed for cash, and as you acquire more points, you move up their VIP tier levels for more perks and prizes.

Points are awarded in the following manner:

  • 5 points for every $100 wagered on slots
  • 1 point for every $100 wagered on all other games
  • 1 point for every $100 wagered on sports

Every 100 points can be converted to $1 cash meaning each point is worth roughly one penny. It’s not the greatest conversion rate, but is an added perk for playing the games you would be playing anyway.

When you sign up for a new account you are automatically enrolled in the program and start as a Golden Rewards Club Member. Once you reach 5,000 points your status is raised to the VIP Rewards Club Level that comes with perks like expedited withdrawals, weekly VIP cashback, and exclusive promos. The VIP Elite Club Level is by invite only and offers exclusive promo offers, gifts, and a Personal VIP host.

Customer Service at Golden Nugget Online Casino

If you run into any problems or have concerns, Golden Nugget can be reached via the following methods. Each is available 24 hours a day.

  • Live Chat
  • Phone
  • Email
Ryan Gutzler

Ryan Gutzler is a Pennsylvania-based gambling analyst who has worked in the gaming industry since 2007. He is an expert on the U.S. online sports betting and casino markets and is a frequent contributor to a variety of industry publications.