Month after month, Golden Nugget Online Casino players get a new opportunity to vie for big prizes as they go for the gold in a thrilling monthly race. However, the Golden Nugget October Race, ongoing now, is extra special.
Instead of the usually guaranteed prize pool of $60,000, Golden Nugget has decided to be extra generous this month and load it with a whopping $100,000.
All prizes are in the form of bonus money, including a top prize of $20,000 to the player who finishes in first place. But there will be plenty more for other lucky players to scoop up. The top 750 players on the leaderboard will all win a share of the prize pool!
How the Golden Nugget October Race works
All points earned in the Golden Nugget October race, just like the other 11 monthly races, will count in determining the final standings in the yearlong Million Dollar Race.
However, each monthly race is also a separate competition with its own prize pool and leaderboard. Participation in the race in prior months is not a requirement.
If you finish the Golden Nugget October race in the money, you will have to wait until after Halloween to celebrate, as the results won’t be tabulated and announced until Nov. 4th.
Of course, you’ll be spellbound if you win the top prize of $20K. But regardless of where you finish, participating in the race is fun, and you should be proud of your effort.
Is the Golden Nugget October race calling your name?
On the other hand, these races are not for everyone. The sole determinant of which players win which prizes is the amount of play. So even though there are 750 prizes up for grabs, it will take some very heavy play all month long to climb to a high spot on the leaderboard and stay there.
Fortunately, the leaderboard gets updated daily, so you can check the standings often to see what your chances are.
If you don’t think you have a realistic chance of finishing in the top 750, don’t increase your betting beyond your comfort zone. The same also applies if your best hope is to snag one of the bottom rung prizes.
There is a huge disparity between the size of the substantial prizes that the top 20 players will get and the measly $10 or $5 bonus for places 201-750. It is simply not worth it to spend thousands of dollars wagering for such a tiny reward, if that.
So if the above paragraph applies to you, save your money and follow the races as a bystander. Golden Nugget offers lots of other promotions that are far more affordable.
However, if you think your play qualifies for a large prize and you enjoy the added thrill of competing against other players like yourself, you shouldn’t pass up the golden opportunity that the Golden Nugget October race and other monthly races offer.
How to participate in the Golden Nugget October race
If you would like to give the October race a try but haven’t opted in yet, it’s not too late. Here is what you need to do as soon as possible.
- Log into your GoldenNuggetCasino.com account.
- Go to Available Bonuses and opt-in to the October Race.
- Make a single deposit of $20 or more.
- Start playing!
The race started on Thurs., Oct. 1 and runs through Sat., Oct. 31. So while participation from day 1 would give you a big advantage, it is not essential.
The name of the game is to keep playing and making deposits as often and for as much as you can over the course of the month so you can keep racking up leaderboard points. The following table shows you the number of points you earn for different size wagers and deposits.
As you can see, all of your real money casino games and sports wagers on the Golden Nugget NJ gambling website count. However, slot play earns points 5x as fast as any other play. All of your deposits of $50 or more also count.
According to the rules of the contest, as long as you earn 50 points over the course of the month, you are eligible for a prize. However, in practice, you can readily see from the leaderboard, you will need to earn many times 50 points to have a realistic shot of finishing among the top 750.
What can you win in the Golden Nugget October race?
All of the prizes awarded in this race will be in the form of free play bonus money credited to the player’s account. Here is the complete list of prizes from first place to 750th place.
|1st place||$20,000 free play bonus|
|2nd place||$15,000 free play bonus|
|3rd place||$10,000 free play bonus|
|4th place||$8,000 free play bonus|
|5th place||$7,500 free play bonus|
|6th place||$5,000 free play bonus|
|7th place||$4,000 free play bonus|
|8th place||$3,000 free play bonus|
|9th place||$2,500 free play bonus|
|10th place||$2,000 free play bonus|
|11th place||$1,500 free play bonus|
|12th place||$1,250 free play bonus|
|13th place||$1,000 free play bonus|
|14th place||$800 free play bonus|
|15h place||$700 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||$25 free play bonus|
|201st-250th place||$15 free play bonus|
|251st-500th place||$10 free play bonus|
|501st-750th place||$5 free play bonus|
Wagering requirements for the bonus money
After the final standings are determined on Nov. 4, the $100K prize pool will be divvied up as indicated in the table. But since all prizes come in the form of a free play bonus, if you’re one of the prizewinners, before you can withdraw your prize or additional associated winnings, you will need to satisfy the additional wagering requirements for clearing the bonus. The good news is that these additional wagering requirements are very reasonable. You also have up to seven days to complete the wagering.
But first, Golden Nugget is giving you a choice of either a casino bonus or a sports bonus. So you need to decide which you prefer and pick one or the other.
If you choose the casino bonus, the wagering requirements vary as follows, depending on your game choice:
- Most slots: 1x bonus
- Video poker, blackjack, roulette, and other table games: 4x bonus
- Any of the 21 “excluded slots”*: 5x bonus
*See the casino website for the complete list. Since other slots count 100 percent and therefore carry only a 1x bonus wagering requirement, we recommend that you avoid clearing the bonus with any of the excluded slots. A smarter choice would be a slot with a better than average return to player (RTP) that counts 100 percent.
Also, keep in mind that when you only need to wager the bonus 1x, the casino foots the cost of the wager, not you. It’s a risk-free bonus because even if you don’t win when wagering it, you do not lose any of your own money.
Alternatively, you can select the sports bonus. In that case, the wagering requirement is also only 1x the bonus.
The bottom line
If and only if you think you have a realistic chance to rank high enough on the leaderboard to win one of the better prizes, the Golden Nugget October race and other monthly races might be worth a try. A great prize could be yours sooner than you think!
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