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Golden Nugget Closes Free-Play Poker Site

Casino Operator Still Running Online Gaming In New Jersey

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A free-play poker site from the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas has closed up shop, the brick-and-mortar casino’s live poker room said on Twitter last week. Apparently there was some confusion about an email sent out to the site’s users, according to the tweet.

“The Golden Nugget Las Vegas poker room is NOT closing,” the tweet read. “Only the free online poker website is ceasing operations. Sorry for the confusion!”

The company launched the free-play site in 2012, ahead of its license for real-money online poker in the Silver State. The Golden Nugget never launched a real-money poker site in Nevada.

The free-play site awarded prizes to players but did not have real-money deposits or cash outs.

The Golden Nugget Atlantic City was also approved for online gaming, but has elected only to offer games other than peer-to-peer Internet poker. The casino’s online gaming operations in New Jersey have generated $20,762,311 in revenue so far in 2015.

One of the online gaming suppliers that the Golden Nugget Atlantic City agreed to partner with was Amaya Gaming, which just this week received state approval to bring its subsidiary PokerStars to the Garden State. According to the deal announced in 2013, Amaya was going to provide the back-end technology for GoldenNuggetPoker.com. The site never launched.