Golden Nugget is the only four-star resort in downtown Las Vegas. Unlike most other resorts that are owned and operated by casino companies, Golden Nugget is actually operated by a restaurateur. Landry’s purchased Golden Nugget from current Ultimate Gaming CEO Tom Breitling and Tim Poster in 2005. Golden Nugget was the host of the Fox reality show The Casino under that ownership.
Casino at Golden Nugget
The casino at Golden Nugget is the largest in downtown Las Vegas. There are eight table game pits, including a high limit area. Golden Nugget offers the highest betting limits in downtown Las Vegas.
Golden Nugget offers the best downtown six-deck blackjack game. Players may double down on any two cards, double after splitting, resplit aces, and surrender. The dealer hits on a soft 17. The minimum bet is just $5.
There are two versions of double deck blackjack games. The lower limit version starts at $15 and allows players to double down on any two cards, but doubling after a split is not allowed. The high limit double deck blackjack games start at $25 on weeknights and $50 on weekends. This game allows doubling after the split. This is a difference of .13% so it is advantageous to play in the high limit area if sufficiently bankrolled. The maximum bet for traditional blackjack games is $5,000.
Not all six-deck blackjack games pay 3-2 on blackjack. There are some games in the party pit by the Rush Tower that pay 6-5 on a natural. These games should be avoided.
Three Free Bet Blackjack tables are spread at Golden Nugget. The minimum bet is typically $10 at these tables with a maximum bet of $1,000. This game allows players a free double down on 9, 10, and 11, even after splitting. Players may also get a free split on any pair except 4’s and 10’s. In exchange for this, a player pushes if the dealer makes 22.
There are two versions of single deck blackjack. One is Super Fun 21, while the other is a standard game that pays 6-5 on a natural. The bet limits are $5-$1,000.
There are six craps tables at Golden Nugget. The minimum is $5 during the day and $10 at night. The max bet is $5,000. Special higher limit tables are open on weekends. The Golden Nugget craps odds are 3-4-5 times.
There are two pits full of proprietary poker games. Three Card Poker, Let it Ride, Mississippi Stud, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and Pai Gow Poker are available here. All of these games have a $5 minimum bet. Mississippi Stud has a max bet of $50, while Crazy 4 Poker has a $300 max. All other proprietary poker games have a $500 maximum wager. Pai Gow Poker is available with limits of $10-$5,000.
Golden Nugget offers the highest denomination of slot machines in downtown Las Vegas. There are ample $1 and $5 machines available. It also provides the most penny slots downtown. Video poker is middle of the road at Golden Nugget. All machines use ticket in-ticket out technology.
Dining at Golden Nugget
Golden Nugget offers the most restaurants of any downtown Las Vegas casino. There are seven in all. That is only fitting as that is what Landry’s, its parent company, specializes in.
Vic and Anthony’s is the high end steakhouse at the resort. It is open 5pm-11pm daily. It offers prime meats and seafood, as well as an extensive wine menu. The original Vic and Anthony’s is located in Houston and has been voted one of the top steakhouses in the country. The Las Vegas location offers a similar menu.
Chart House offers some of the freshest seafood in Las Vegas. There is a rotation of more than a dozen fresh fish options that are available. Guests may choose to have the fresh fish prepared in traditional ways, such as grilled, baked or blackened, or choose one of the many garnishes from the menu. Chart House is open for lunch and dinner.
Grotto is the Italian option at Golden Nugget. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The pizza oven is open until midnight daily. Patrons may sit in the main dining room or dine in a separate area overlooking the pool and shark tank.
Golden Nugget offers two Asian options; Lillie’s Asian Cuisine and Red Sushi. There is also a buffet located on the second level. The Grille offers quick bites by the sports book and is open 24 hours a day.
Bars at Golden Nugget
The Golden Nugget offers six bars. The Rush Lounge offers an upscale environment with VIP bottle service. There is also a separate section to play blackjack with party pit rules. Gold Diggers is a nightclub on the second level that is open at 9pm Wednesday through Sunday. There is bottle service available. Promoters often distribute free passes at the bottom of the stairs to Gold Diggers in the hours before it opens.
H2O Bar is poolside and is open during spring, summer, and early autumn. Claude’s and Ice Bar are bars available on the casino floor.
Golden Nugget is located at the Four Corners area of the Fremont Street Experience, just west of Casino Center Blvd. Parking and valet are accessible from Carson and Main Street for the Rush Tower. Standard valet is available from Casino Center. Guests that are not staying in the hotel will be charged $1.50 per hour for parking. Validation gives a $4.50 discount.
Features at Golden Nugget
Golden Nugget is the only all-inclusive resort in downtown Las Vegas. It offers the Fremont Street Experience, which may be viewed from front-facing rooms and balconies. Hotel guests may enjoy the pool that has waterslides that pass through the world famous shark tank. There is high end shopping on the premises. Gold bars may even be purchased from a vending machine within the resort.
Impressionist Goldie Brown is the headliner at the property. His show is performed on the second floor near the buffet. There is also a concert hall where big-name acts play. Golden Nugget also offers tens of thousands of square feet of conference space, as well as a wedding chapel.