Now you can play some of your favorite table games – with live dealers – right from your laptop or smartphone (assuming you’re in New Jersey).
No, dealers aren’t making house calls. But you can play blackjack, roulette and baccarat at GoldenNuggetCasino.com every day between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. Golden Nugget Atlantic City is the first in the United States to offer statewide online gaming with live dealers - and will offer it exclusively for the next six months.
The five dealers – three blackjack and one each for roulette and baccarat – work in what’s essentially a small television studio specially built on the Golden Nugget’s lower level.
If you’re at the casino you can watch the dealers in action via a two-way mirror. Enter from the elevators in the self-park garage or take the escalator down from the main casino floor, the studio is located next to the 18 Karat Arcade, alongside a Starbucks and a gift shop.
Players need to create an account, or sign in to their current GoldenNuggetCasino.com accounts, just like they currently do to play slots, video poker and other games, and then select “Live Dealer Lobby.” You’ll also need to create a screen name.
Games are conducted in real-time so players can place real-money bets and interact with the dealers, as well as other players at the table – just like on the casino floor. The maximum/minimum bets are clearly shown on the screen, and wagering, playability and payouts are the same as in a land-based casino.
With a little help from your friends
A little unsure about online gaming?
Resorts Casino Hotel offers some hands-on assistance and a chance to try Internet gambling in a first-in-the-nation specially-designed room just off the casino floor.
According to Resorts CEO Mark Giannantonio, the Internet gambling lounge is a place “designed and built for people who are here on property so they can, in a fun and innovative way,experience online gaming, go through the sign-up process, and experience all those things with the help of skilled professionals.”
The lounge has 22 tablets where gamblers can place real-money internet bets at ResortsCasino.com.
For a limited time, both GoldenNuggetCasino.com and ResortsCasino.com will match your first deposit dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000. These promotions are available to new customers or existing customers who haven’t made an initial deposit. See details at each online casino’s website.
Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen, a former professional journalist, is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations.
Have a comment on this or a question specifically related to an Atlantic City casino, players club or other promotion? Email Darryl at MrACCasino@gmail.com and he’ll try to respond to you personally. Your question - without your name - may appear in a future column.