Golden Nugget Companies Inc. was formed by Steve Wynn in 1973. The company was created after Wynn acquired majority control of the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company ceased to exist after it constructed The Mirage in 1989. At that time, the name was changed to Mirage Resorts, Inc.
The company held three hotel/casinos under the Golden Nugget brand:
- Golden Nugget Atlantic City
- Golden Nugget Las Vegas
- Golden Nugget Laughlin
Wynn’s, and the company’s interest, in Atlantic City did not last very long, due to frustration with gaming regulators in New Jersey. The Golden Nugget Atlantic City was sold to Bally’s Entertainment Corporation, which changed the name to Bally’s Grand Casino/Hotel.
The company and its casinos became part of Mirage Resorts in 1989.