PlayMGM — brought to New Jersey bettors by the Borgata and MGM Resorts International — is a three-tiered online gambling platform that offers casino games, poker and its newest addition, sports betting.
When sports betting in New Jersey was legalized in May 2018, it did not take long for MGM to act. On July 31, MGM made the official announcement of its sportsbook.
The MGM website is home to the downloads for all three applications, with the information about each.
Signing up for playMGM
Creating an MGM account is simple. While the process is a little more invasive then other sportsbooks, it exhibits an assurance that the platform is committed to security. Though, it does take a little longer to log in for the first time, which can be discouraging but be assured that’s its time well spent.
After the initial login, the player’s information is saved on the specific device, which makes it quick and easy to log in again and again.
Throughout the process, the sports app times out quite often, which might trigger annoyance. However, if a player is regularly on the app, this should not be too much of an issue. Still, the player should be mindful of this and act accordingly.
Downloading the playMGM app for Android and iOS
The MGM Sportsbook download is easy to do. The app is available for both iOS and Android mobile devices, and the respective download buttons are self-explanatory on the website.
App download: Downloading the app on either an iOS or Android device does not take long, and the prompts are easy to navigate. By visiting the MGM website on a mobile device, the player can easily find the download button. After tapping “Download,” the directions come up onscreen. Follow the instructions and the player will be betting in a matter of minutes.
Browser: This sportsbook does not have a browser-based betting option. Players can get information about the app and log into their accounts. There is also the option to deposit, transfer and withdraw money through the browser — but that is it. Players can only access the sportsbook, and all its capabilities, through the mobile app.
Sports available on playMGM Sportsbook
The sports available through the MGM Sportsbook are unique. While the traditionally popular sports are available, there are also other options that Americans might not always immediately think of.
Here is a list of the available sports wagers on MGM Sportsbook:
- Australian Football
- College Basketball
- College Football
- MMA/Combat Sports
- Pro Basketball
- Pro Football
Exceptional areas for playMGM Sportsbook
Sportsbooks are new to the online gambling arena in the US, outside of Nevada. Therefore, any platform with a sportsbook is in a state of experimentation. Fortunately, MGM has experience in the online gaming and physical casino games. Thus, there are a few aspects of its platform that sets an example for others to follow.
Here are three areas which MGM Sportsbook has done exceptionally well:
The initial login for MGM sportsbook might take a little bit longer than others, but afterward, the login is simple. The platform creates a secure online environment, while also saving login information on individual devices. If a player has logged into the app before on a personal device, the platform will store the details. Doing this makes the return login process quick and easy.
Simple deposit and withdraw options
Depositing and withdrawing funds are met with controversy throughout some online-gaming platforms. There is trust needed from both the player and the platform. However, if the platform is not transparent with the options for funds, the players will not trust it.
Fortunately for MGM Sportsbook, the information about depositing and withdrawing funds on the platform is easy to find. This act of good faith inspires trustworthiness in the platform, which makes players more comfortable utilizing the platform.
Areas of playMGM that could be improved
The creators of playMGM Sportsbook have a long way to go before the platform is indeed up to the standard sports fans expect. While there are portions of the platform that are keenly developed, there are details and courtesies that are lacking. Here are three areas where MGM should step up their game:
Confusing promotional funds
MGM Sportsbook is confusing when it comes to figuring out the funds available in a player’s wallet. After signing up with the platform, the wallet shows a promotion of $25, no strings attached. That is great, until the player logs into the sportsbook to see that money has disappeared.
The $25 sign-up bonus is only available to players of the casino. Therefore, if players went to MGM specifically to try its sportsbook, they are merely teased with a sign-up bonus. That is far worse than not having a sign-up bonus at all. It portrays what little importance they give to brand-new supporters of the platform.
After all, it is likely that most newcomers are trying it out because of the sportsbook. Therefore, making the promotion useless for sports is inhospitable.
No way to play via browser
This is a confusing move for playMGM Sportsbook. The only browser capabilities throughout the platform are for the casino. There is no browser application available for either poker or sports. Considering how playing via a desktop is a more traditional form of online gaming, it is strange that the platform does not support it.
This lack of support severely diminishes the number of players on the platform. Plus, it negates the notion that MGM is a leader in the online gaming sphere. This decision makes the platform look lazy and incomplete.
Depositing money through playMGM Sportsbook
MGM Sportsbook is impressive with its array of options for depositing funds. While other parts of the sportsbook appear to be thrown together to push a product through, depositing options are solid. There is a range of popular options available to help accommodate every type of player.
Plus, all the options are commonly used throughout the sportsbook realm, which incites confidence in players that their money is safe. Options include:
- Cash at Cage via Borgota in Atlantic City
- Online banking transfer
Withdrawing through playMGM
The ability to withdraw funds from MGM is simple. While some options might be faster than others, there is a range of popular, traditional options to withdraw funds. Players can receive their money in a manner they are most comfortable. Options include:
- Cash at Cage via Borgata in Atlantic City
- Check by mail
The availability of funds is odd for the MGM online gambling platform. There are two wallets available, with three different features. One would think that having one wallet for all three would make more sense. One covers the casino and poker side, while the other wallet covers the sportsbook side.
While there is a simple transfer process, there are promotions and bonuses that only apply to one wallet. The whole system is slightly confusing. However, transferring funds is possible, so that does put it a step above other sportsbooks.
playMGM’s browser-based betting
Unfortunately, there is not an option for browser-based betting. MGM has browser capabilities for its casino but not for the poker or the sportsbook. For such a big name in the entertainment industry, this comes as a surprise.
It might make a little more sense that the sportsbook does not yet have a browser-based betting option. It is odd the casino side has the capabilities, but two-thirds of the same website does not.
Frequently Asked Questions
How old does someone have to be to playMGM Sportsbook?
MGM Sportsbook players must be at least 21 years old to play legally, wager and receive funds, per state regulations.
Does a player have to be in New Jersey to bet at playMGM?
Yes. Whether the player is utilizing the MGM casino, poker tables or sportsbook, he or she must be located in New Jersey. A common misconception does shed some good news. The player does not have to be a New Jersey resident to participate. Anyone 21 and older can play, deposit and withdraw funds as long as they are in New Jersey.
Where does MGM Sportsbook’s receive its gambling license?
Borgata in Atlantic City is the partner that backs playMGM Sportsbook. The Borgata is known for entertainment and, of course, gambling. The Borgata is undoubtedly attracting a new audience with an online sportsbook.
MGM Resorts International bought full control of the Borgata in 2016.