Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Poker Room

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Poker Room
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United States
129 E. Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Poker Room Details

The Golden Nugget Poker Room is currently the only poker room located in downtown Las Vegas, and the oldest one in the city. “The Nugget” has offered poker for decades and has become one of Sin City’s most iconic rooms having formerly played host to iconic poker television shows such as High Stakes Poker, Face the Ace, and NBC’s Poker After Dark.

Home to the long-running “The Grand Poker Series,” poker at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas was championed by Steve Wynn back in the 1970s. Former Poker Hall of Fame nominee Bob Hooks helped him get the room off the ground, and throughout the years several industry stalwarts have worked at Golden Nugget including Frank Cutrona, who held popular celebrity poker charity events in the 1980s, and current Director of Poker Operations Andy Rich.

Over the years, Golden Nugget has held several historic poker events. In the 1980s it was the home to the Grand Prix of Poker – which has been won by the likes of Dewey Tomko, Jim Doman, Hugo Mieth, and David Baxter – and in subsequent years has included Poker Superstars Invitational, US Ladies Poker Championship, and the Layne Flack Poker Throw Down.

In 2005, it also hosted the 2005 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, which was the year Phil Hellmuth bested Chris Ferguson in the finals to capture a $500,000 top prize.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Poker Room Contact Information

(702) 386-8383 
Social Media 
Facebook: Golden Nugget 
Twitter: @GNLVpoker 
Instagram: @goldennuggetlv 

Room Summary:

Number of tables:13
Meal CompsYes
Poker Room RateYes
Phone-in ListYes
Automatic ShufflersYes
Massage ServiceYes
Cocktail ServiceYes
Food ServiceYes
Poker room managerAndy Rich
Phone(702) 386-8383
Email[email protected]

Golden Nugget Poker Cash Games

The poker room at Golden Nugget offers various levels of cash games, including a popular $1-$3 no-limit hold’em game with no maximum buy-in. They have high hand bonus promotion where if a player makes either quads or a straight flush using both cards in their hand they win a posted bonus (between $50 and $599). Making it even sweeter is that if the high hand is hit between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. the bonus is doubled (Except the Royal Flush, which is never less than a $200 bonus)!

They also offer a progressive Bad Beat Jackpot, which starts at $10,000 and grows daily, where if quad deuces or better loses, the entire table gets paid! Put on your best poker face and get in on the action.

No-Limit Hold'em$1/$3 and $2/$5
Limit Hold’emStarting at $3-$6
Mixed GamesAvailable upon request

Higher limits are available upon request

High Hands and Bad Beat Jackpot

Golden Nugget has a high-hand bonus promotion for their cash games, where if you make quads or a straight flush using both cards in your hand you win a bonus of the posted amount (between $50 and $599). If you hit the high hand between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. it pays double (Except a Royal Flush, which is never less than a $200 bonus)!

The Grand Poker Series

The Grand Poker Series
The Grand Poker Series

In 2007, during the height of the so-called “Poker Boom,” Zak Penn wrote and directed a poker film titled The Grand, an improvisational comedy starting Woody Harrelson, David Cross, Dennis Farina, Cheryl Hines, Richard Kind, Chris Parnell, Werner Herzog, and Jason Alexander, among others.

The all-star movie was about a fictional poker tournament called “The Grand,” which the following year became a real tournament when the Golden Nugget hosted the first Grand Poker Series. The inaugural $1,080 Grand Final saw Inhpounh Vongvone emerge victorious for $21,728.

Since then, “The Grand Poker Series” has become an annual event and a staple on the poker calendar.

In 2022, a $1,100 buy-in, $1,000,000 GTD PokerNews Cup attracted 1,245 entries and created a $1,207,650 prize pool, which was a record for the largest prize pool in Golden Nugget Las Vegas history. Gary Gelman wound up winning the tournament for $202,725.

Click here for more on the PokerNews Cup at Golden Nugget!

Grand Poker Series Championship Winners

YearTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
2008$1,080 Grand FinaleN/A$62,080Inhpounh Vongvone$21,728
2009$1,080 Grand Finale108$104,760Randy Propson$34,560
2010$1,080 Grand Finale143$138,710Senovio Ramirez$30,580
2011$1,080 Grand Finale235$227,950Marvin Rettenmaier$54,713
2012$1,080 Grand Finale177$171,690Charles Culp$46,356
2013$1,080 Grand Finale371$359,870Robert Kuhn$69,454
2014$1,100 Grand Finale556$539,315Sean Stevens$98,696
2015$560 Ante Up Poker Tour Main Event1,330$665,000Christian Francia$89,298
2016$570 Main Event1,520$760,000Darrell Smith$109,605
2017$570 Main Event2,025$1,012,500Sacha Mendelsohn$113,859
2018$570 Main Event1,577$788,500Guilherme Bordão$132,069
2019$600 Main Event1,313$677,508Michael Policastro$90,630
2021$600 Main Event1,096$565,536John Gardner$100,266
2022$600 Main Event1,310$668,100Spencer Champlin$111,715
Andy Rich Golden Nugget
Golden Nugget's Andy Rich at the Grand Poker Series

Golden Nugget All-Time Money List

Given its longevity in the Las Vegas poker landscape, the Golden Nugget all-time money list is comprised of some of the biggest names in poker. Sitting on top as the only seven-figure money winner is Dewey Tomko, who has amassed $1,038,134 in tournament cashes at the Golden Nugget. Of that, $355,000 came from Tomko’s victory in the 1985 Grand Prix of Poker $10,000 Main Event.

1Dewey TomkoUSA$1,038,134
2David BaxterUSA$724,000
3Mike MatusowUSA$675,000
4Huck SeedUSA$545,000
5Allen CunninghamUSA$515,000
6Todd BrunsonUSA$515,000
7Phil HellmuthUSA$505,000
8Howard LedererUSA$500,000
9Phil GordonUSA$500,000
10Chris FergusonUSA$495,000

Courtesy of The Hendon Mob.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas FAQ

Where is Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas?

The Golden Nugget is a part of the “Fremont Street Experience” and is located at 129 E. Fremont St. It is right across the street from Binion’s, which is where the World Series of Poker (WSOP) was held for decades.

Who owns the Golden Nugget?

The Golden Nugget is owned by Fertitta Entertainment, which also owns Golden Nugget properties in Atlantic City, Biloxi, Laughlin, and Lake Charles.

Does Golden Nugget Las Vegas have a hotel?

Golden Nugget Las Vegas features more than 2,400 rooms and suites across four towers, each designed with a variety of thoughtful amenities.

Does Golden Nugget charge a resort fee?

All reservations will incur a daily $34.00 Resort Fee plus applicable taxes to the room rate at check in. Daily Resort Fee includes Wi-Fi access for two devices daily per reservation, access for two to the Fitness Center daily (does not include the wet areas),four bottles of water in room at arrival, self-parking based on garage space availability, airline boarding pass printing via the front desk upon request and Downtown Destination coupons.

When was the Golden Nugget Las Vegas built?

The Golden Nugget was built in Las Vegas in 1946 and opened its doors on August 30, 1946..

Does the Golden Nugget Las Vegas have poker?

Yes, the Golden Nugget Poker Room is located on the main casino floor. It features 13 tables and is open 24/7.

What sort of poker coms does Golden Nugget offer?

As a 24K Select Member you will earn $2 an hour in comps while you play in cash games. The comps can be used at any Golden Nugget Las Vegas restaurant.

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