Even marathon races like the Golden Nugget 2020 Million Dollar Race and the last of this year’s 12 monthly races have to end sometime.
While these races won’t officially end until 11:59 p.m. on December 31, that day is rapidly approaching.
So if you have been racing hard all year and have your eye on one of the year-end mega prizes, this is no time to slack off. No position on the leaderboard is secure.
Now more than ever, you need to put your pedal to the metal, get your vehicle into high gear, and do whatever else you need to do to get moving and seriously give this race everything you’ve got. Otherwise, your opponents could pass you. Every day counts!
But first, just like every other month this year, there’s a December race with its own set of fabulous prizes. That race, which is nearing the halfway mark, has a $100K prize pool up for grabs, and the top 750 players will all share in the bounty.
But that’s not all, Golden Nugget Online Casino will give away another $200,000 in prizes to the top 50 players of the year!
Win a share of $100K in the Golden Nugget December Race
Players who entered the December race at the beginning of the month and have been accumulating leaderboard points steadily thereafter have a decided edge over those entering at this late date. But you can still join the race if you’re interested.
Here’s what you need to do to get started.
- Log into your GoldenNuggetCasino.com account ASAP.
- Go to Available Bonuses and opt into the December 2020 Race to the Holidays.
- Make a single deposit of $20 or more.
- Start playing!
The object is to keep making deposits and playing online as often as you can because the more you do of both, the more leaderboard points you earn.
As the chart included below shows you, all casino games count, as do sports bets. However, you will earn points 5x as fast for slots. Also, you should keep depositing $50 or $100 on as many days as possible since those deposits are the fastest way of all to rack up leaderboard points.
But only participate if you can afford it
Unfortunately, the Golden Nugget races are not for everyone. If you’re a small bettor with a very limited bankroll for wagering, except for the occasional races where “Everyone’s a Winner,” you would be wasting your time, as you would have virtually no shot at winning a prize.
Ditto if you are a very conservative player. Both the monthly races and the Golden Nugget 2020 Million Dollar Race are very tempting because the top prizes are huge. But the only way to move up the leaderboard and win big in these competitions is to bet big. You need to go in with all guns blazing.
If and only if you can do that, Golden Nugget is currently offering you a great incentive. During the entire month of December, all of your wagers and deposits earn triple leaderboard points!
In addition, every point you earn this month will not only count in the December race but also in the Golden Nugget 2020 Million Dollar Race.
What can you win in the Golden Nugget December race?
Golden Nugget will keep updating the leaderboard for the December race daily. So long before the race comes to an end, you can check where you stand. But it’s the order of finish at 11:59 p.m. on December 31 that will actually determine who wins what.
As mentioned, the prize pool has already been set at $100K including a top prize of $20,000.
Golden Nugget will announce the 750 winners and their prizes on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, by 5 p.m. All prizes will be in the form of bonus play credited to players’ accounts. See the section on Wagering Requirements for Bonus Money Prizes later in this article for the terms and conditions for clearing the bonus.
How the prizes will be distributed
The following table shows how the prizes for the top 750 players will be distributed.
16th – 20th place
21st – 25th place
26th – 50th place
51st – 100th place
101st – 125th place
151st – 200th place
201st – 250th place
251st – 500th place
501st – 750th place
As the above table shows, there is quite a discrepancy between the huge prizes that the top 50 players receive and what everyone else receives. In fact, 500 of the 750 prizewinners receive $10 or less.
When you factor in the thousands of dollars in wagers players will need to make to rank high enough on the leaderboard to win a prize, only receiving a $5 or $10 bonus has to be almost as disappointing as winning no prize at all. On the other hand, 13 lucky players will start the New Year with at the very least a big, fat four-figure bonus from the December race and quite possibly an even bigger prize in the Golden Nugget 2020 Million Dollar Race. So they would have plenty to celebrate.
The Golden Nugget 2020 Million Dollar Race
Every month dedicated players at Golden Nugget Online Casino have been playing like their lives depended on it in an effort to rack up enough points on both the monthly and yearlong leaderboards to qualify for a prize.
The monthly prize pools have varied in size. Some were $60,000, some were $75000, and some, like the December race ongoing now, would award the top players with a share of a $100,000 prize pool.
However, don’t confuse the 12 monthly races with the even bigger yearlong marathon that Golden Nugget calls the Million Dollar Race., Like the December race, the Golden Nugget 2020 Million Dollar Race will conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 31. However, the designation “Million Dollar Race” is a little misleading.
When you count all of the monthly races plus the yearlong race, the casino will have presumably given away a grand total of a million dollars in prizes. But the prize pool for the yearlong race itself amounts to $200K, not $1 million.
Since those prizes will be distributed at about the same time as those for the December race, Golden Nugget will indeed give away $300K in prizes ($100K for the December race and $200K more for the yearlong race).
The yearlong race has a separate leaderboard calculated on the basis of all of the leaderboard points you have accumulated to date in the monthly races. However, the points earned in the last four months of the year carry more weight. All of the points earned in September, October, and November count double, and all of the points earned in December count triple! That is why the activity you give the casino as the year draws to a close is so important.
What can you win in the Golden Nugget 2020 Million Dollar Race?
Whereas hundreds of players receive prizes in the monthly races, the yearlong race awards prizes to the top 50 players only. But this time there are no clunkers. The prizes for the top three players are so spectacular, they might be considered life-changing. But all of the prizes, including the prize for 50th place, are substantial.
The top three prizes
I listed all of the prizes in my Jan. 21 article on NJ Gambling Websites, but now that in just a few weeks, Golden Nugget will finally award them, I’m happy to repeat the information here.
1st place prize
The top player of the year can choose either a yearlong lease on a Bentley Continental V8 Convertible, valued at approximately $36,000 or a $36,000 free play bonus, awarded in 12 monthly installments of $3,000.
2nd place prize
The second place prize, valued at approximately $21,750, is a pair of high precision steel and gold Matching Oyster Perpetual Rolex Timepieces.
Or, if the winner prefers, he or she can take an $18,000 free play bonus, awarded in 12 monthly installments of $1,500.
3rd place prize
The player with the third highest number of leaderboard points for the year will celebrate with the vacation of a lifetime. It’s a Globetrotting London Getaway vacation package for two, including all of the following:
- Round trip airfare
- Four nights in a 4-star hotel
- A fine dining experience
- A special secret agent style tour.
The prize is valued at approximately $12,000.
Alternatively, a $12,000 free play bonus, awarded in 12 monthly installments of $1,000, is available in lieu of the trip.
4th through 50th place prizes
All of the remaining prizes are in the form of bonus money, delivered in 12 monthly installments, as listed below.
- 4th place: $9,000 free play bonus in monthly installments of $750
- 5th place: $6,000 free play bonus in monthly installments of $500
- 6th – 10th place: $3,000 free play bonus in monthly installments of $250
- 11th – 20th place: $1,800 free play bonus in monthly installments of $150
- 21st – 50th place: $1,200 free play bonus in monthly installments of $100
Wagering requirements for the bonus money prizes
If you win a prize in the form of bonus money credited to your account, either in the December race or the yearlong race or both, this section applies to you. Before you will be permitted to withdraw this money or any additional winnings therefrom, you must satisfy a small additional wagering requirement.
First, you will be asked to choose which type of bonus you prefer–a casino bonus or a sports bonus. You can only pick one.
Either way, you have up to seven days to clear your bonus. Until you do so, the bonus money remains temporarily locked in your account, but if you wish, you can withdraw other money in your cashable wallet unrelated to the bonus.
However, if you cancel the bonus, attempt to withdraw bonus related funds prematurely, or let the bonus expire before you complete the required wagering, you will forfeit the entire bonus along with any additional associated winnings.
The wagering requirements to clear the casino bonus are as follows, depending on your game choice
- Most slots: 1x bonus
- Video poker, roulette, blackjack, and other table games: 4x bonus
- Excluded slots:* 5x bonus
*If you play any of the 21 slots Golden Nugget has designated as “excluded,” the wagering requirement jumps from just 1x the bonus to 5x the bonus. The reason might be their relatively high return to player (RTP), but sticking to a slot that counts 100% is still a better option.
You’ll find the complete list of excluded slots on the Golden Nugget website. But your best bet is to play them only when you don’t have a bonus to clear and clear the bonus instead with other slots that have an above average RTP
That way you can clear the bonus entirely with the casino’s money with no further risk to your own bankroll at all.
Alternatively, you can select the sports bonus option, where the wagering requirement is also just 1x the bonus, which makes that a risk-free bonus as well.
Two big races at Golden Nugget are already in the home stretch—the December race with a prize pool of $100K and the yearlong Golden Nugget 2020 Million Dollar Race with a prize pool of $200K. And both will end on the same day, December 31.
If these competitions are out of your league, there’s no shame in admitting it. Opt-in to other promotions that you can comfortably afford instead.
But for a few lucky players, the payouts from these races will be huge. If you think you have a shot, the clock is ticking, so seize every opportunity you can. The time to step up your play is NOW.