In 2018 one of the largest gambling companies in the world – MGM Resorts International – opened its virtual doors outside Nevada and delivered PlayMGM, the less sophisticated predecessor to the BetMGM sportsbook that you see today.
Specifically, BetMGM is the product of a joint venture between MGM and GVC Holdings, dubbed “Roar Digital,” which is “poised to revolutionize sports betting and online gaming in the United States,” according to the Roar Digital website.
There’s a good chance you may never have heard of them, but GVC is one of the biggest gambling companies in Europe. It owns brands such as Ladbrokes Coral, Gala, Bwin, SportingBet, and Party Poker, to name just a few. In terms of numbers, in 2018, it reported a revenue of €2.8billion for the year.
MGM’s own credentials could hardly have been better, owning dozens of hotels and casinos around the world. The sheer size of the company and its willingness to expand made MGM an obvious candidate to move into the business of online sports betting on a national scale.
It’s tough to think of a better company for MGM to have paired with, and throughout this review, we will look at how the pair have created one of the better sportsbooks in the sector right now.
As it stands, you can place an online wager with BetMGM if you are located in New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Iowa, Indiana, Colorado, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Wyoming, and Arizona. It does hold a mobile betting license in Nevada, however, you must visit a BetMGM Sportsbook in Las Vegas to complete the registration process in-person.
Washington D.C. joined the list of available areas in June 2021, though there are additional location restrictions to note. You can bet in Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, or anywhere within a two block radius of the stadium using the BetMGM app. If you’re not near the ballpark, you won’t be able to place a bet.
|State||Casino Partner||Tech Partner||Launch Date|
|New York||Empire City Casino||GVC (Roar Digital)||January 2022|
|Arizona||Arizona Cardinals (NFL), Gila River||GVC (Roar Digital)||September 2021|
|Colorado||Midnight Rose Casino||GVC (Roar Digital)||May 2020|
|Indiana||Belterra Casino Resort||GVC (Roar Digital)||February 2020|
|Iowa||Diamond Jo Casino||GVC (Roar Digital)||January 2020|
|Michigan||MGM Grand Detroit||GVC (Roar Digital)||January 2021|
|Nevada||MGM Resorts||GVC (Roar Digital)||March 2020|
|New Jersey||Borgata Hotel & Casino||GVC (Roar Digital)||August 2018|
|Pennsylvania||Hollywood Casino Morgantown||GVC (Roar Digital)||December 2020|
|Tennessee||N/A||GVC (Roar Digital)||November 2020|
|Washington D.C.||Washington Nationals||GVC (Roar Digital)||June 2021|
|Virginia||N/A||GVC (Roar Digital)||January 2021|
|West Virginia||The Greenbrier||GVC (Roar Digital)||January 2020|
|Wyoming||N/A||GVC (Roar Digital)||September 2021|
Moving forward, given the size and resources of MGM and also GVC, we would fully expect to see the brand explore all possible avenues for expansion. MGM is expected to make moves in other “sports betting states” in the near future, including:
Sign up at BetMGM using one of the many links on this page and the sportsbook will welcome you with a risk-free bet up to $1000.
|BetMGM Sportsbook Welcome Bonus|
|Welcome Bonus||Risk-Free Bet up to $1000|
This is an exclusive offer through SportsHandle when you sign up specifically through one of our links on this page and use the promo code HANDLE during your first deposit. Once you make that first deposit of at least $10, BetMGM is offering the security blanket of a $1000 risk-free bet.
To get the full value out of this promotion the initial wager should be for $1000, though you can wager any amount. If the first bet loses, BetMGM will comp the user with a free bet credit equal to the wager amount (up to $1000). These betting credits will expire in 7 days, and the amount of the free bet credit won’t be returned as a part of any winnings that they may earn.
Those that start off with a bet under $50 will receive their free bet credits as one singular bet. Wagers over $50 will be divided into 20% increments. For example, if your first wager was for $500 and it lost, you would receive 5 x $100 free bet tickets.
To play at BetMGM, you need to be 21 or over. This is standard practice amongst all online sportsbooks and betting apps these days within the U.S.
New bettors are able to register an account with BetMGM from any state in the country. The catch is that you can only place a wager from within one of the aforementioned states that have approved online sports betting, and where BetMGM has attained a license to operate.
The BetMGM sportsbook has a substantial range of sports betting options with plenty of bet variety and available markets. This includes mainstream options such as football, basketball, baseball and soccer, along with a few exotics, such as cricket, rugby union, and Aussie Rules.
It likes to think outside of the box when it comes to betting choices. We really liked the inclusion of the Buffalo Wild Wings odds (they are partners) boost and Yahoo! Sports specials (also the product of a recent partnership), where it would list enhanced prices and special bets for the day’s slate of games.
It also has a great range of parlay options to include here as well. You’re able to select the “Parlay Card” at the top of the sportsbook and then pick and choose wagers to add with this. These link really well with parlay promotions, such as “Parlay Insurance,” allowing to get you money back if you lose by just one selection.
Also you’ll find the Money Monday Club on BetMGM. Per the terms: Opt in to the Money Monday Club and receive a $10 free bet when you place a total of $50 in qualifying wagers during the previous week (Monday through Sunday).
We really enjoyed using the platform that GVC has created for BetMGM. We’re familiar with several sites within the group, so it does have a recognizable feel to it.
You get a clean black on white design, with a splash of MGM’s gold coloring thrown in for good measure. It isn’t reinventing the wheel here, but it terms of functionality, it’s right up there.
The group has invested quite a lot into their mobile betting platform. It’s one of the best that we’ve tested, and we’ve broken down each section below:
The web-based platform carries on the simplicity of the whole brand. It’s not a bad sportsbook to use in terms of aesthetics, but you get the feeling it’s about simplicity and then excelling in terms of the markets that it’s able to offer.
What we’ve seen from so many sportsbooks over the years is a strive to be the best looking, and then it forgets about the basics that are needed, which is a platform to wager.
BetMGM doesn’t have this issue. The players are put first, and it’s all about the wagers. The app is very much the same in this regard, and it’s almost like a mini-version of the web-based platform, such are the similarities.
Starting with their pricing, we like to look to see what sort of margins BetMGM includes in its bets. If you aren’t aware of what margins are, it’s basically the profit that it takes from each bet. It differs on an individual basis, but you can get an overall feel for how it works.
We found that BetMGM’s margins are approximately 4.5%, which overall is in the lower end of the middle.
Notably the NFL margins for moneyline bets were very low. From the 49ers-Chiefs Super Bowl LVI, there was a margin of just 3.17%. The majority of NFL games were similar.
Low margins are not available across the board, however, as on a lot of basketball and other contests, there’s odd point spread pricing like +115/-139 or +100/-121. The risk managers ought to manage the books without slanting the pricing in this way. You can look at this as good value for the higher price on the spread or poor for the lower given that someone else is likely going be at -110 for that bet.
We like to move between the major bets, such as moneyline, points spread, and totals spread. These are the best three indicators of a well-priced sportsbook. Overall, it’s competitive. It’s a sportsbook that you could use on its own and know that, more often than not, you were going to be getting a good price for your pick.
Betting options are once again, very solid throughout the sportsbook. It suffers a little for the exotic sports, but then, this is something that a lot of sportsbooks lack. We hope BetMGM’s link with GVC will improve this as it continues to grow.
The first thing to note here is that it offers a wide range of bets on the spread. This for NFL, MLB, and NBA games, especially. The oddsmakers have priced out a wide range of alternative lines, which can be used to make a kind of homemade parlay.
We also loved the range of props and specials that it offers. During an NFL playoff game, some of them were totally random, such as rushing yards for a fullback, with a line set here of just 4.5. It also included a boatload of quarterback props for players on each team. This could have been them targeting the playoffs with this, but either way, it’s a great inclusion.
The futures pricing is variable, and overall one of the biggest areas of variances if you have the luxury of price shopping at multiple books. At one point late in the NFL season we saw Chiefs at 8-1 to win the Super Bowl, when it was about 6.5-1 everywhere else (+650).
Usability on site is very good. It’s clear that BetMGM has put the player as their focus here, and it’s very much dedicated to the player, rather than simply trying to make it look good.
The three-tiered design online makes it really each to create your bets. You get the bet slip that sticks with you at all times down the right-hand side, which then means you can easily add and remove selections as you like.
We liked that it included the potential payout for your bet, which sounds odd to mention, but there are a few sportsbooks that don’t include it, and you need to work it out for yourself before betting.
If you’re new, it can seem like there is quite a lot going on, and while we like the text-based platform, we can see why some might want a few more graphics to break it up a bit. However, once you get used to this, it’s exactly this that makes the sportsbook what it is and why it works so well.
You’re going to be able to bank on both the web-version and the mobile app. Remember, you can deposit and withdraw from any state within the U.S., you just can’t place a bet.
Banking options on deposits are about as good as you’re going to find. This is the range that you can access (depending on state):
Deposits start from just $10, and you can use any of the methods above to fund your account. It’s also worth noting that all are eligible to claim the welcome offer as well, which is an added bonus.
Withdrawals are limited to:
Processing times range from just 48 hours with PayPal, to several business days for mailed checks to clear.
Brett Smiley is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Sports Handle, which joined forces with the US Bets team in November 2018. He focuses on the sports betting industry and legislation. He's a recreational sports bettor and DFS player himself, focusing on the NFL. In a past life, Smiley practiced commercial litigation in New York City and previously wrote for FOX Sports and SI.com. He lives in New Jersey with his family.
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