Golden Nugget Atlantic City

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Golden Nugget Atlantic City
Logo Atlantic city3.png
Location Atlantic City, New Jersey
Address 1 Castle Boulevard
Opening dateJune 19, 1985; 37 years ago (June 19, 1985)
ThemeGold Rush
No. of rooms717
Total gaming space74,252 sq ft (6,898.2 m2)
Signature attractionsFarley State Marina
The Deck
Notable restaurantsChart House
Lillie's Asian Cuisine
Vic & Anthony's
Casino typeLand
OwnerLandry's, Inc.
Previous namesTrump's Castle(1985-1997)
Trump Marina(1997-2011)
Renovated in1997, 2006, 2011 city

Golden Nugget Atlantic City is a hotel, casino, and marina located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Having been opened in 1985 as Trump's Castle, it was renamed Trump Marina in 1997. Landry's, Inc. purchased the casino from Trump Entertainment Resorts in February 2011, and the sale was approved in late May. Landry's took control of the property on May 23, 2011.


The resort sits on a 14.6 acres (5.9 ha) property and contains a 74,252 sq ft (6,898.2 m2) casino; 717 guest rooms; seven restaurants; a nightclub; a 462-seat theater; a 16,920 sq ft (1,572 m2) recreation deck with a health spa, outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, cabanas, tennis and basketball courts, and jogging track; 50,922 sq ft (4,730.8 m2) of meeting and function space; a nine-story parking garage with direct walk-through into the complex; and the 640-slip Frank Farley Marina (a public facility owned by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry and managed by Landry's). The Sportsbook is a sportsbook at the resort that offers sports betting.[1]

The third level is the main area of the property. At its center is a 210 ft (64 m) long reception area from which point every amenity—the casino, ballrooms, restaurants, showroom, or meeting rooms—is within a short walk.


The resort's 2000-seat ballroom and 462-seat theater have played host to a wide array of entertainers including Prince, Johnny Cash, Sting, Steve Martin, Andy Williams, The Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Crystal, Perry Como, Peter Allen, Connie Francis, Air Supply and Aretha Franklin. On Memorial Day weekend in 2013 Haven nightclub opened.[2][3]

Boxing and mixed martial arts matches are held at the casino.[4]


  • Chart House
  • The Buffet
  • The Deck Bayfront Bar & Restaurant
  • The Poolside Cafe
  • Vic & Anthony's
  • Michael Patrick's Brasserie
  • Grotto Italian Ristorante
  • Lillie's Asian Cuisine
  • Bill's Bar & Burger


Trump's Castle (1985–1997)[edit]

The casino was built as the Atlantic City Hilton by Hilton Hotels, at a cost of $275 million.[5] However, when the resort was nearly complete, that company was denied a gambling license by the State of New Jersey due to alleged ties to organized crime and sold the complex to Donald Trump.[6] It opened in 1985 as Trump's Castle,[7] later rebranded slightly as Trump Castle. In 1988, the casino became one of the settings for the game show version of Yahtzee, and in 1990 it was the setting for the game show Trump Card.

Revenues at Trump Castle took a sharp decline in 1990 due to competition from its newly opened sister property, Trump Taj Mahal, as well as broader economic factors such as the Gulf War and the early 1990s recession.[8] A payment to bondholders was made in December 1990 only with the help of a $3.5 million purchase of casino chips by Trump's father, Fred Trump, which was later determined to be an illegal loan, for which the casino paid a fine of $30,000.[9] Unable to make its next payment on $338 million in bonds, the Castle began debt restructuring negotiations in May 1991.[10] Hilton offered to repurchase the property for $165 million, which Trump rejected.[11] A deal was ultimately reached to give the bondholders 50 percent ownership of the Castle, in exchange for reduced interest rates and forgiveness of $25 million of debt.[8] The plan was filed as a prepackaged bankruptcy in March 1992.[8]

Trump reacquired full ownership of the Castle in a refinancing deal in December 1993.[12] He then sold the property in September 1996 to his new publicly traded casino company, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, for $130 million in stock plus $355 million in assumed debt.[13]

Trump then began negotiations to sell a 50 percent stake in the property to the Rank Organization for $325 million and convert it into a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.[14] Discussions fizzled in December 1996, and Trump said he would look for a new theme, saying he "never liked the castle theme."[15] Trump next announced an agreement to sell a 51 percent stake in the Castle to Colony Capital for $125 million, which would be used to construct a new hotel tower and re-theme the property as Trump Marina.[16] The sale and expansion were canceled, however, in March 1997.[17]

Trump Marina (1997–2011)[edit]

The Castle was renamed Trump Marina in June 1997.[18] Trump Entertainment Resorts agreed in May 2008 to sell Trump Marina for $316 million to New York-based Coastal Development, who planned to rebrand the property as a Margaritaville casino in partnership with singer Jimmy Buffett.[19] Despite a later price reduction to $270 million,[20] Coastal was unable to find financing, and the agreement was terminated in June 2009.[21] Negotiations continued while Atlantic City casino values plunged, with Coastal offering $75 million for the property in February 2010,[22] but no deal was reached.[23] Bondholders who had taken over Trump Entertainment Resorts after its 2009 bankruptcy remained eager to sell Trump Marina and focus on the company's two other casinos.[24]

Golden Nugget (2011–present)[edit]

Golden Nugget Hotel lobby in 2016

Landry's purchased the property for $38 million,[25] taking control on May 23, 2011,[26] and renamed it the Golden Nugget Atlantic City. Landry's then spent $150 million on renovations that were completed in spring 2012, opening new restaurants and clubs and a new outdoor pool and modernizing the resort;[27][28] the marina was also renovated.[29]

On December 16, 2013, the Golden Nugget launched a real-money online casino site.[30] Despite its late entrance into the market relative to competitors, by 2017 the online site had grown substantially, becoming the first New Jersey online casino to offer 400 games[31] and earning more revenues than any other New Jersey online casino each month since December 2016.[32]

The growth of Golden Nugget's online venture continued through 2018. The site consistently leads the market in revenues, and in March became the first U.S. legal online gambling site to offer 500 unique games.[33]

In June 2022, UNITE HERE Local 54, a union representing hospitality workers in Atlantic City, encouraged its members working in the casino industry to go on strike. This strike lasted for over a month and involved almost all of the city’s gambling businesses, including Golden Nugget Atlantic City.

On July 28, 2022, the Golden Nugget AC reached an agreement with the union promising higher wages, better healthcare and pension plans among other benefits. Golden Nugget was the last casino in Atlantic City to strike a deal with its employees after Tropicana, Hard Rock, Caesars, and Borgata decided to sign the contracts. Ocean Casino Resort and Bally’s also accepted these terms.[34]

On August 5, 2022, the Resorts & Golden Nugget Ratification vote approved the new contract.[35] 99% of the union members voted Yes. The ratification vote covered nearly 1,000 employees of Golden Nugget and Resorts.

Radio transmitter[edit]

The roof of the Golden Nugget currently houses the transmitter tower and broadcast facilities of WWFP 90.5 FM[36] which is licensed to Brigantine, New Jersey and is owned by the Calvary Chapel of Marlton. The station broadcasts a Christian music format. Formerly WWFP was used as a relay of Liberty University's WVRL in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Sportsbook". Golden Nugget Atlantic City. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Michelle Maas, "Golden Nugget Debuts Haven Nightclub" Archived 2016-10-07 at the Wayback Machine, Philadelphia Style, May 23, 2013.
  3. ^ Whitney Ullman, "Atlantic City's Haven Nightclub launches Monday Industry Nights and Tuesday Pool Party",, June 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "MMA at Golden Nugget". Archived from the original on 2019-03-25. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  6. ^ Al Delaguch, "Hilton Negotiating to Sell Its Atlantic City Hotel-Casino to Trump", Los Angeles Times, April 19, 1985.
  7. ^ Michael Lev, "Company News; Hilton Plans to Seek Atlantic City License", The New York Times, January 30, 1991.
  8. ^ a b c "Trump's Castle and Plaza file for bankruptcy". UPI. March 9, 1992. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  9. ^ David Johnston (April 9, 1991). "N.J. agency says Trump loan illegal". The Philadelphia Inquirer – via NewsBank.
  10. ^ Isabelle Clary (June 17, 1991). "Trump pulls off last-minute deal". UPI. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  11. ^ Michael Pritchard (July 19, 1991). "Hilton bids for Castle". Press of Atlantic City – via NewsBank.
  12. ^ "Trump Castle refinancing". The New York Times. December 29, 1993. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  13. ^ Douglas Feiden (October 1, 1996). "Trump co. buying Castle". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  14. ^ Douglas Feiden (October 4, 1996). "Trump's Hard Rock bottom price: $325m". New York Daily News. AP. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  15. ^ "Trump seeks new theme for sagging casino". Los Angeles Daily News. AP. December 3, 1996. Archived from the original on May 4, 2016.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  16. ^ Jacqueline L. Urgo (January 21, 1997). "It's makeover time for Trump Castle". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  17. ^ Diane Mastrull (March 28, 1997). "Trump cancels another expansion". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  18. ^ "Facelift changes name, theme of Trump's Castle, but will it help?". Las Vegas Sun. June 25, 1997. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  19. ^ Donald Wittkowski (May 30, 2008). "Marina has a buyer". Press of Atlantic City – via NewsBank.
  20. ^ Donald Wittkowski (October 30, 2008). "Trump drops price for casino sale". Press of Atlantic City – via NewsBank.
  21. ^ Erik Ortiz (June 2, 2009). "Sale of Trump Marina dies". Press of Atlantic City – via NewsBank.
  22. ^ Donald Wittkowski (February 25, 2010). "Trump Marina bidder back with $75M. offer". Press of Atlantic City – via NewsBank.
  23. ^ Donald Wittkowski (September 10, 2010). "Would-be buyer of Trump Marina withdraws". Press of Atlantic City – via NewsBank.
  24. ^ Donald Wittkowski (September 10, 2010). "Trump Marina back on sale with help of realty firm". Press of Atlantic City – via NewsBank.
  25. ^ Suzette Parmley, "Trump Marina sold to Landry's Inc.", (The Philadelphia Inquirer), February 15, 2011.
  26. ^ "Trump no more: Marina becomes Golden Nugget AC", Associated Press, May 23, 2011, archived May 27, 2011.
  27. ^ Emily Previti, "Golden Nugget counting on positive reaction to $150 million renovation of its Atlantic City casino", Press of Atlantic City, January 14, 2012.
  28. ^ Reuben Kramer, "Golden Nugget's big turnaround", Press of Atlantic City, September 29, 2015.
  29. ^ Diane M. Byrne, "Atlantic City Marina Getting Much-Needed Makeover", MegaYacht News, June 6, 2011.
  30. ^ Golden Nugget, "Golden Nugget Online Casino Now Available In New Jersey", (PR Newswire), December 13, 2013.
  31. ^ Robert DellaFave, "Game Wars: Golden Nugget First NJ Online Casino To 400 Games, Others Quickly Follow Suit",, May 12, 2017.
  32. ^ PlayNJ, "New Jersey Online Gambling Revenue",, July 2017.
  33. ^ "Golden Nugget Reaches Milestone With 500th NJ Online Casino Game". Play NJ. 2018-03-01. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  34. ^ "Atlantic City casinos ink new labor deals". July 28, 2022. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  35. ^ "Hard Rock reach deal with AC Union". iGaming NJ. July 4, 2022. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  36. ^ Map of WWFP-FM Transmitter site, Yahoo Maps

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