It’s only January, and 2020 is already shaping up to be another eventful year. Along with many surprises and unknowns, one happening that NJ online casino players can count on in 2020 is a new Million Dollar Race Golden Nugget giveaway at Golden Nugget Online Casino.
Each month, this NJ gambling website, whose motto could well be “go big or go home,” announces a new leg of its armchair version of The Amazing Race in this Golden Nugget giveaway.
To be a winner in this fierce competition, as in the million-dollar race on TV, you must be able to sustain a very high level of action and do so persistently and consistently. But instead of moving about from country to country, you move from game to game, trying as quickly as you can to amass as many Golden Points as you can.
Golden Nugget giveaway – $60,000 up for grabs
If you took part in any of this casino’s races last year but didn’t fare as well as you think you could have, or if you’re a newcomer but think you’re up for the challenge, here is your golden chance.
Of course, if you did cash in on any of last year’s races, you’re not subject to any rules or restrictions that would preclude you from entering again this year to try to win more.
The first leg of the 2020 race–the January Golden Mission–kicked off on January 1. But you still have time. The Golden Mission with $60,000 in guaranteed prizes doesn’t end until January 31.
How the January 2020 Golden Mission at Golden Nugget Online Casino works
If you would like to participate in this promotion but have not yet opted in, here is what you need to do to get started:
- Log into your GoldenNuggetCasino.com account, the sooner the better.
- Go to Available Bonuses and opt into the Golden Mission
- Make a single deposit of $20 or more.
- Start playing!
All month long, every qualifying wager and deposit you make will count towards earning points on the leaderboard. In addition, all of the points you earn in January, besides counting towards this month’s race, are included along with the other points you accumulate all year long in the Million Dollar Race.
Since the monthly and yearly leaderboards are both updated daily, you can and should check it often to see if you are in contention or if you need to step up your play.
How Golden Nugget determines how many Golden Points to award you
You can play any casino games you wish and/or make sports bets. All of these wagers will count towards earning Golden Points. Each day you make a deposit of at least $50 you will earn additional Golden Points.
The following table shows you at a glance how many points you will earn for different size wagers and deposits.
What you can win in the January 2020 Golden Mission at Golden Nugget Online Casino
On Wed., Feb. 5, the final standings for the month of January will be tabulated, and the top 500 players on the leaderboard will each receive a free play bonus as indicated below.
- 1st place: $10,000 free play bonus
- 2nd place: $8,000 free play bonus
- 3rd place: $6,000 free play bonus
- 4th place: $5,000 free play bonus
- 5th place: $4,000 free play bonus
- 6th place: $3,000 free play bonus
- 7th place: $2,000 free play bonus
- 8th place: $1,500 free play bonus
- 9th place: $1,250 free play bonus
- 10th place: $1,000 free play bonus
- 11th-15th place: $750 free play bonus
- 16th-20th place: $500 free play bonus
- 21st-25th place: $250 free play bonus
- 26th-50th place: $100 free play bonus
- 51st-100th place: $75 free play bonus
- 101st-125th place: $50 free play bonus
- 126th-150th place: $30 free play bonus
- 151st-200th place: $15 free play bonus
- 201st-250th place: $10 free play bonus
- 251st-500th place: $5 free play bonus
As you can see, depending on where you stand on the leaderboard, the size of the bonus varies considerably. The bonuses for the top 20 players are huge while those for players who rank 201 or below are tiny. While it’s great that Golden Nugget is awarding 500 players with bonuses, the considerable amount of play required to rank on the leaderboard at all might not be worth it for a measly $5 or $10 bonus.
Golden Nugget casino bonus
If you select the casino bonus option, you can clear the bonus with any casino game of your choice but not with sports bets. However, the wagering requirements for different types of games vary, as indicated below.
- Most slots:1x bonus
- Video poker, roulette, blackjack, and other table games: 4x bonus
- Excluded slots*:5x bonus
*Golden Nugget prides itself on being one of the largest NJ online casinos. As of this writing, you can choose from over 700 games, of which 657 are slots. As long as you steer clear of the 21 “excluded” slots, you only have to wager the bonus 1x. That makes your bonus completely risk-free.
However, if you insist on playing an excluded slot, instead of your play contributing 100 percent towards clearing the bonus, it only contributes 20 percent, and your wagering requirement jumps to 5x the bonus.
The only advantage of playing one of the excluded slots is their higher than average RTP. But it is negated by having to play 5x as much as on other slots. Your best bet is to find a slot game with a high rate of return that counts the full 100 percent (and there are lots of them).
Save your play on any of the excluded slots for when you don’t have a bonus to clear. See the Golden Nugget website for the complete list of excluded slots and avoid them for now.
Golden Nugget sports bonus
Another way to give yourself a risk-free bonus is to clear the bonus with sports bets. The wagering requirement is likewise just 1x the bonus.
Additional terms and conditions
Regardless of whether your bonus is big or small and how you choose to clear it, Golden Nugget is giving you up to seven days to complete the required wagering. As with any other bonus, you need to complete these wagering requirements in full and before the bonus expires before you will be permitted to withdraw any part of the bonus and associated winnings. However, you are free to withdraw other money in your cashable wallet unrelated to the bonus.
If you cancel the bonus, attempt to withdraw bonus related funds prematurely, or fail to clear the bonus on time, you will forfeit both the entire bonus and any additional associated winnings.
2020 Golden Nugget Million Dollar Race
As mentioned, the January Golden Mission is only the first of 12 monthly legs in the yearlong race for a share of one million dollars!
So whether you finish in the money this month or not, you will get 11 more chances to rank high on the monthly leaderboard. And as long as you keep playing and accumulating more Golden Points, you remain in the running for one of the spectacular prizes that Golden Nugget will give the top 50 players in the 2020 Million Dollar Race.
Golden Nugget Online Casino doesn’t disclose the details of each monthly race ahead of time. But every month in 2020, the casino will hold a new race with at least $60,000 (and in some mystery months, up to $100,000) in bonus money prizes.
But for the biggest giveaway of all, you will have to wait until early next year since the Million Dollar Race won’t end until 11:59 p.m. on December 31.
How to participate in the Golden Nugget 2020 Million Dollar Race
Players who would like to participate in the 2020 Million Dollar Race need to click on Available Bonuses and opt into the promotion. It is not clear from the information on the Golden Nugget website whether opting into the yearlong race needs to be done separately from opting into the monthly races. In any case, the same criteria for earning Golden Points apply.
The Million Dollar Race has a separate leaderboard, however.
What can you win in the Million Dollar Race?
If your yearlong play qualifies you for a spot in the top 50, congratulations! You are in an elite company with a caliber of prizes to match. How does a free play bonus of $100 per month for 12 months in a row sound? That’s a total of $1,200 in bonus money, and it’s the prize for 21st to 50th place! From that point on, the prizes keep getting bigger.
All of the prizes from fourth place on down are in the form of monthly bonus play. Players can choose to take these bonuses in the form of either a casino bonus or a sports bonus. All bonuses awarded in the Million Dollar Race are subject to the same wagering requirements and other terms and conditions as the bonuses awarded in January and other monthly races.
The top three prizewinners can choose to take a monthly bonus as well. Or they can accept another fantastic prize.
Here are the prizes for 4th through 50th place. We’ll build the suspense and tell you about the third, second, and first place prizes last.
- The 4thplace winner will receive a $750 free play bonus monthly in 2021, for a total of $9,000.
- The 5thplace winner will receive a $500 free play bonus monthly in 2021, for a total of $6,000.
- 6th– 10th place winners will each receive a $250 free play bonus monthly in 2021, for a total of $3,000 each.
- 11th – 20thplace winners will each receive a $150 free play bonus monthly in 2021, for a total of $1,800 each.
- 21st– 50th place winners will each receive a $100 free play bonus monthly in 2021, for a total of $1,200 each.
The top three prizes
3rd place prize
The 3rd place winner will receive an unforgettable Globetrotting London Getaway vacation package for two, including round trip airfare, four nights accommodations in a 4-star hotel, a fine dining experience, and a special secret agent-style tour. The prize is valued at approximately $12,000.
Or, in lieu of the trip, the winner can accept a $12,000 free play bonus awarded in monthly installments of $1,000 from Jan. through Dec.
- 2nd place prize
The player who finishes in second place can choose either a pair of high precision steel and gold Matching Oyster Perpetual Rolex Timepieces valued at approximately $21,750 or an $18,000 free play bonus awarded in monthly installments of $1,500 from Jan. through Dec.
1st place prize
The top player for 2020 will receive a yearlong lease on a Bentley Continental GT V8 Convertible, or, if preferred, a $36,000 free play bonus awarded in $3,000 monthly installments from Jan. through Dec.
Are the monthly and yearly races for you?
As I have cautioned readers repeatedly in my posts pertaining to last year’s races, the Golden Nugget monthly and yearly races are not for everyone. If your bankroll only permits you to play occasionally and/or for small stakes, stick to the level of play you can comfortably afford and accept the fact that this promotion is not for you. Golden Nugget offers many other promotions that are affordable for all types of players, not just high rollers.
On the other hand, if your bankroll and level of play are sufficient, I can’t think of any good reason not to enter the monthly and yearly races with all guns blazing and go for the gold.
Do you have what it takes to be one of the big winners in this year’s monthly races and Million Dollar Race at Golden Nugget Online Casino? There’s only one way to find out!