Live Dealer Games At Golden Nugget Get An Upgrade, And There’s A New Surprise In Store

Posted By Robert DellaFave on February 9, 2017

In an email to its customers, Golden Nugget Casino in New Jersey announced that its Live Dealer Casino games will be undergoing a host of minor improvements.

On top of that, the popular NJ online casino hinted at an exciting new feature, that should be making its way to desktops and mobile devices in short order.

New table limits

Players asked for higher limits and Golden Nugget responded.

Beginning on February 9, the table maximum for Live Dealer Baccarat will be increased from $500 to $1,000.

Baccarat tends to attract highest rollers, so it initially struck as odd that the site offered $1,000 maximums to blackjack and roulette players, but not baccarat gamblers. In either case, this apparent oversight has now been rectified, much to the delight of the site’s big time players.

The site is also raising the minimum bet for both its Blackjack Table 2 and Blackjack Table 3 tables. Beginning this Thursday, the minimum wager for Blackjack Table 2 will be doubled from $5 to $10.

Blackjack Table 3, which only runs from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m Sunday through Thursday, and 7 p.m – 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, will also see its table minimum increased, from $10 to $20.

These increases indicate a few things. First and foremost, they suggest that Live Dealer games tend to attract brick and mortar customers, who have grown accustomed to playing blackjack and baccarat at a slower pace, but for an average higher wager.

This stands in contrast to digital table games, where players can see hundreds of hands per hour, but are permitted to wager as little as $1 or less.

Furthermore, the changes indicate that the site’s Live Dealer games are overcrowded, drawing more demand than the current limited supply allows. The inception of higher table limits may thin the wait lists.

Unfortunately, it also means that the site’s lowest rollers will be left out in the cold.

A new format coming?

The email also states the following:

“We also have an innovative product in the works that will allow you to bet as low as $5 or less per bet – we plan to introduce this feature in the near future!”

Golden Nugget did not provide specifics, but based on the language of the email, we can make a few educated guesses.

  • The new product is probably not a game like Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus or Let it Ride, which are too slow and limited in their seating options to support at stakes $5 and below.
  • It could be a new blackjack side bet, although that’s also hard to envision, given that Live Dealer Blackjack already supports 21 + 3 and Perfect Pairs.
  • Which leaves us with main games that can service a large number of patrons at once, like Roulette. The Big Wheel comes to mind — although given the high house edge, we hope not.
  • Live Bingo is also a consideration.

In either case, Golden Nugget will be expanding its exclusive Live Dealer games soon, and that alone, is worth getting excited about.

Robert DellaFave Avatar
Written by
Robert DellaFave

A longtime poker player, Robert DellaFave has written for various publications covering the regulated online casino and online poker markets in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. These include OnlinePokerReport.com, PlayNJ.com, PlayPennsylvania.com, and PokerScout.com.

View all posts by Robert DellaFave