The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City closed its poker room at the end of business on October 10th. A representative at Golden Nugget confirmed this news to USPoker.
According to a thread at Two Plus Two, the poker room distributed its jackpot money shortly before closing. Promotional money must be paid out when a poker room closes because these funds are taken from cash games in the form of a drop separate from the standard rake.
Golden Nugget closed its Atlantic City brick and mortar poker room six weeks before it appears interactive gaming will launch in New Jersey. Golden Nugget has partnered with Bally Interactive, a division of Bally Entertainment, to offer real money online gaming. This includes online poker. Golden Nugget already offers a free play poker platform through this partnership.
Golden Nugget is the second Atlantic City casino to close its poker room in the past two months. Revel closed its poker room in August.
There may be a new poker room coming to Atlantic City in the near future. PokerStars pledged to build a $10 million poker room at Resorts. There has not been a poker room at Resorts since 2010.