Golden Nugget Casino Opens Soon With New Amenities In Cripple Creek

Written By Dan Holmes on 07/19/2023 - Last Updated on July 31, 2023
The Wildwood Casino will soon become the Golden Nugget.

The Wildwood Hotel and Casino in Cripple Creek will soon be no more. It will be the Golden Nugget Casino.

Dubbed “the highest casino in the world,” the facility is undergoing a facelift and name change after Fertitta Entertainment bought the resort at the base of Pike’s Peak last year. The official grand re-opening as Golden Nugget will happen this summer.

Though Cripple Creek is a tiny town of little more than 1,000 year-round residents, the Golden Nugget will be one of the state’s largest casinos. It houses 500 slot machines, with many new ones added for the re-opening.

Fertitta bought the Wildwood last December for $43 million

There are more than 40 Colorado casinos. All of them are in the three mountain towns of Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek.

Fertitta Entertainment, which purchased Wildwood last December, has promised a “NEW LOOK, NEW REWARDS, NEW RESTAURANTS, NEW SLOTS, AND MORE,” according to its website. The redevelopment will include a new lounge called Bar46, as well as a Saltgrass Steakhouse, new gaming tables, a Bean & Bread coffee house and cafe, and furnishings.

Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Houston Rockets, purchased Wildwood Hotel and Casino for a reported sum in the neighborhood of $43 million. The purchase includes all amenities, including the casino and gaming floor, a 101-room hotel, and an adjacent restaurant.

Fertitta owns several other gaming properties elsewhere in the US, all of them branded Golden Nugget. Fertitta’s other gaming establishments are in Las Vegas and Laughlin, NV; Atlantic City, NJ; Biloxi, MS; and Lake Charles, LA.

Visitors to Golden Nugget in Cripple Creek will be able to see a part of history. The “biggest golden nugget in existence,” according to Golden Nugget Casinos, will be on display at the casino. It’s reportedly the second-largest nugget ever discovered.

For Colorado sports bettors, Woody’s Sportsbook is still open and Golden Nugget hasn’t made an announcement regarding the sportsbook.

Players can sign up for Golden Nugget’s rewards program

One of the best benefits for customers at the new Golden Nugget Casino will be eligibility in the Golden Nugget rewards program. Among rewards or loyalty programs in the gaming industry, the Golden Nugget 24K Select Club program is known as one of the best.

Each time you play slots or table games at a Golden Nugget casino using your rewards card, you can earn several types of benefits:

  • Tier credits, based on how often you visit, how often you play, and how much you wager
  • Select rewards or what is often called “comps,” based on current offers in the program
  • Slot points, which you only get by playing slots and video poker

Rewards from the 24K Select Club are redeemable for food and retail purchases, as well as other offers available at various times. Slot points are redeemable for free play on your favorite machines at the Golden Nugget.

Tier credits work you toward four levels in the 24K Select Club.

  • 24 Karat
  • Premier
  • Chairman
  • Elite

Every $3 played at a slot machine earns 1 tier credit. Video poker play earns 1 tier credit for every $10 played. Those tier credits can add up quickly, which you can use to get special privileges and upgrades at any Golden Nugget casino.

Tier rewards include discounts on hotel rooms, special VIP package pricing, discounts on entertainment packages, and more.

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Dan Holmes writes about sports betting, sports media, and sports betting legislative matters. He's the author of three books, and previously reported for Major League Baseball, as well as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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