With Extended Hours, Golden Nugget Casino Increases Its Commitment To Live Dealer Games

Written By Robert DellaFave on January 7, 2017

The Live Dealer games at Golden Nugget Casino in New Jersey still aren’t running around the clock, but it might not be too long before they reach that point.

A quick glance at the Live Dealer lobby reveals that not only have the weekday hours been modestly extended, but on weekends, live games are spread for nearly half the day.

Start earlier, end later

Originally, the Live Dealer tables were open from 5 p.m – 1 a.m on Sundays and most weekdays. Those hours have been extended to 5 p.m – 2 a.m Sunday to Thursday to account for the heavier traffic during the post-midnight hours.

More significant, is the change to the weekend hours. Live Dealer tables now go “live” at 4 p.m on Fridays and Saturday, and remain open for business until 3 a.m.

Land-based casinos tend to generate their heaviest traffic on Friday and Saturdays, and it appears the Live Dealer tables at Golden Nugget are following the same pattern.

Live Dealer Blackjack is proving a hot commodity

When Live Dealer Casino games first went live, there were just three tables available: one apiece for Blackjack, Roulette, and Baccarat.

While there was hardly a need to add more Roulette tables, as one table can service many players, the need for more blackjack tables became almost immediately apparent.

A second table, that at first ran only on weekends before being integrated full-time, went live shortly after launch. And now, the Golden Nugget has added a third table.

At present, the aptly named Blackjack Table 3, only runs from 8 p.m – 2 a.m Sunday through Thursday, and 7 p.m – 3 a.m on Friday and Saturday. But given the recent influx of traffic, it wouldn’t surprise if the third table soon adhered to the same schedule as its predecessors.

Will Live Dealer games go 24/7?

That remains to be seen. There is significant overhead attached to spreading live games broadcast over the internet, more so than for digital table games.

However, the Golden Nugget has shown a willingness to cater to its patrons.

So, pending the demand is there, it wouldn’t surprise if the hours were extended further. Especially so, if the Live Dealer games continue to attract whales, which based on the site’s Casino Feed, appears to be the case.

Then again, if more NJ online casino sites jump on the Live Dealer bandwagon, a saturation point may be hit where longer hours and more tables aren’t necessary.

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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.

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