Golden Nugget to Build a New Poker Room, Add a Sports Book to Old Poker Room

Atlantic City's Golden Nugget Casino is preparing for some major shifts to make space for an overall upgrade. The casino plans to build a new poker room. The old poker room will be converted into the home of the casino's new sportsbook.

Golden Nugget did not announce the news through an official press release. The poker room plans were revealed on Facebook through a conversation in the comments between the casino and a customer.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement gave state casinos until July 16 to submit their bids to offer sports betting. Golden Nugget applied just before the deadline, giving them the best chance to roll out their sports betting operations before the upcoming football season.

Golden Nugget officially closed the doors of its old poker room on August 1. Casino officials say the new and improved poker room will reopen on Friday, with 10 tables offering multiple poker variants.

Other New Jersey gaming destinations, including Monmouth Park, Borgata, Meadowlands Racetrack, and Ocean Resort Casino launched their sportsbooks last month. Just last week, Bally's and Harrah's launched physical sportsbooks – parent company Caesars has yet to introduce a mobile sports betting app. 

Draftkings officially began offering mobile sports betting in New Jersey on August 6, while MGM is gearing up for the rollout of its mobile betting platform. Officials from Caesars say they are working on a merged platform that combines online casino games and sports betting in the same app, with plans to launch in September.

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