MGM Resorts International ventured into the sports betting market via a 2018 partnership with UK gaming giant, GVC Holdings. The duo formed a new entity, Roar Digital, and replaced the original New Jersey PlayMGM brand with the BetMGM mobile sports betting app in mid-2019.
Since then, BetMGM has launched in West Virginia, Indiana, Colorado, Mississippi, Nevada, and Michigan.
On top of such titles as ‘official data partner of the NFL’ and ‘exclusive sports betting partner of Yahoo Sports’, BetMGM is also partnered with the NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, PGA, and WNBA.
You can pre-register for a new BetMGM account online, but per Nevada regulations, you will need to visit one of MGM Resorts’ retail sportsbooks in Las Vegas to complete the process.
One thing that raises the BetMGM app’s profile significantly above the competition is a superior selection of wagering options. Along with a plethora of pre-game betting opportunities, BetMGM offers free live streaming and an industry-leading selection of in-play betting options via web browser and mobile app.
BetMGM also offers Edit My Bet and Cash Out, two innovative features available now in New Jersey and West Virginia. Edit My Bet will allow you to add, exchange, remove, and even increase some of your wagers, while Cash Out will let you settle some wagers early to protect your winnings or minimize your losses.
BetMGM offers an above-average number of promotions and bonuses compared to the competition. New bettors will benefit from BetMGM’s welcome bonus, that includes a $10 weekly FreeBet and a match bonus of 100% up to $500 on first deposit. Established bettors will benefit from a wide variety of regular and rotating offers.
This review will detail how to go about opening a BetMGM account in Nevada, as well as how to navigate the Android and iOS app, make deposits and withdrawals, along with other useful tips.
|Online Sportsbook||BetMGM Sportsbook|
|Deposit Bonus||100% up to $500 on first deposit|
|Last Updated||December 2020|
Nevada Gaming Control regulations require that you must be at least 21 years old to open a new sportsbook account in the Silver State, and new accounts must be activated in person at a retail sportsbook. In order to open a new BetMGM account, you must also have a valid and active membership in M Life Rewards.
BetMGM recommends that you download the app and pre-register your new account online in order to streamline the in-person process. You will be asked to enter a user name, a password of your choice, and personal data such as your full name, address, email, Social Security Number, gender, mobile number, and birth date.
Next, bring your mobile device and an official photo ID and present them to sportsbook personnel at one of MGM Resorts’ retail locations on the Las Vegas Strip, including Aria, Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, The Mirage, New York New York, and ParkMGM.
Once that’s taken care of, you’ll be able to place wagers, make deposits and initiate withdrawals from anywhere in the Silver State, all from the convenience of your mobile device or tablet.
In order to open a new BetMGM account, you must sign up for MGM Resorts’ award-winning loyalty program, M Life Rewards.
You can start the registration process online via the M Life Rewards website, but you still will need to activate your membership by presenting a government-issued photo ID, such as a valid driver’s license or passport, to a staff member at any player’s club located at an MGM Resorts brick-and-mortar casino.
Alternatively, you can go through the entire registration process in person. In Las Vegas, MGM properties include:
You will also be able to activate your membership at participating MGM properties across the US, including Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, Beau Rivage and Gold Strike in Mississippi, MGM National Harbor in Maryland, and MGM Grand Detroit.
Being a member of M Life Rewards certainly has its perks. Each BetMGM wager you place will earn points for the five-tiered VIP program, as well as rewards that are redeemable at MGM Resorts’ destination properties nationwide.
The list of MGM’s M Life Rewards partners is one of the longest and most prestigious in the industry, including the Hyatt Regency, Southwest Air, and Royal Caribbean, to name just a few.
Rewards may include special personalized offers, VIP sportsbook windows and buffet lines, priority hotel check-in and valet access, room discounts, complimentary cruises, and more.
New members begin at the lowest Sapphire level. Credits earned between January 1 and December 31 will set your tier for the following year beginning February 1. Currently, higher levels may be attained at the following rate:
|Noir||By invitation only|
Straight bets at BetMGM will earn one tier credit per $100 wagered. Parlay and round robin bets will earn one tier credit per $50 wagered. Points are awarded after bets are settled. FreeBets and Cash Out bets are not eligible to earn points.
To review your M Life Rewards membership details, click on ‘Loyalty’ under the ‘My Account’ menu, then select ‘My Points’.
The BetMGM sportsbook app is open to in-play betting by default. A navigation bar along the top and bottom of the screen will allow you to easily navigate the site. Current promo offers are also displayed near the top of the page.
To find an event, choose the sport from the navigation bar up top or click on the ‘A-Z menu’ in the footer. Tap through the sport and league to find your event, then click on the odds you’re interested in to open a bet slip.
Alternatively, you can click on the bet slip icon when your event is open on the screen. To place a wager, enter the amount of your stake and tap the ‘Place Bet’ button.
To see your betting history, click ‘My Account’ in the top right corner and choose ‘My Transactions’. This is where you will be able to see all your bets, as well as a list of all of your transactions. Pending bets can be viewed by tapping on ‘My Bets’, under the ‘Bet Slip’ menu.
To add money to your account, click on the ‘Deposit’ button in the navigation bar, select the banking option you’d like to use, and follow the prompts.
To make a withdrawal, select the ‘Cashier’ link under the ‘My Account’ drop-down menu, tap ‘Withdrawal’, select your banking method, and follow the prompts.
‘Special Offers’ will take you to any bonuses and promotions currently on offer. To claim a bonus, navigate to ‘My Bonuses’ under the ‘My Account’ menu. You will have to log in to the site from a web browser and access the full-size version of the site to view bonus details.
The ‘Settings’ link will allow you to personalize some aspects of the site.
Roar Digital launched the BetMGM sports betting app in September 2019 to replace the original PlayMGM app in use since 2017.
Operating on GVC Holdings’ proprietary sportsbook platform, the app features a clean and simple interface that will allow you to easily and intuitively navigate to whatever sport, event, or bet type you’re seeking.
Available for Apple iOS and Android mobile devices and tablets, the BetMGM app offers most of the features available on a full-size web browser, including free live streaming and a full slate of in play wagers.
To download the app, navigate to the BetMGM site on your mobile browser and follow the instructions to download and install the appropriate Android or iOS file.
The app is compatible with iOS 9 and higher for iPhone and iPad, and OS 6.0 and higher for Android mobile devices and tablets. BetMGM recommends that you install the latest version of your operating system to optimize your gaming experience.
The BetMGM app is not compatible with Chromebooks, Microsoft smartphones, or Amazon Kindle tablets.
Whether you’re new to sports betting or a seasoned veteran, whatever you feel like wagering on, BetMGM is likely to have you covered. The sportsbook covers a wide range of mainstream college and professional sports, both US-based and international, along with more obscure events such as eSports, bull riding, and competitive eating.
The range of accepted bets are equally diverse. While the sportsbook offers standard wagers like money lines and point spreads, totals, parlays and round robins, futures, teasers, props, and a wide range of in play wagers, BetMGM also adds a number of features with a unique twist to keep things even more exciting.
Innovative BetMGM features, such as Cash Out, Edit My Bet, Boosted Bets, and FreeBets may not be available in every state just yet, but there’s no reason not to expect to see them down the road.
With Cash Out, certain ongoing wagers can be cashed out early to protect your winnings or minimize your losses. The Cash Out option is only available for straight and parlay wagers on select games. Payouts are calculated based on the current odds for your original bet.
For example, in a first scenario, you place a $10 pregame wager on the Packers -2.5 over the Lions. At the end of the first half, the Packers are up 24-0. BetMGM offers you a cash out of $16, which will protect your winnings. You can either choose to take the $16 and cash out early or keep going in the hopes that the Packers will cover the spread.
In a second scenario, the Lions have built a 28-3 lead after three quarters. BetMGM offers you a cash out of $3, which will minimize your loss. You can either choose to take the $3 and recover part of your wager, or you can keep going and hope the Packers will stage a comeback.
BetMGM’s Edit My Bet feature allows you to add, swap or remove selections, or even raise your stake from your original pre-event or in-play straight and parlay bet that offers the Cash Out feature. Eligible bets must also have some aspect that is not settled yet, so that the outcome of your original bet has yet to be determined.
In the past, the BetMGM app would boost the odds for a number of hand-picked Boosted Bet wagers every day. For instance, during one French Open, the offered odds were boosted to +3500 on parlays picking Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams to win.
Current Boosted Bets are more likely to function like a promotion, such as the Multi-Sport Parlay Boost that runs through December 31, 2020. To take advantage, opt in to the offer, place a four to seven leg parlay on any sport or event combination, and receive a 40% boost on winning tickets.
While FreeBets appear to be risk-free wagers, that’s not how they actually work. BetMGM will basically loan you the money to place a FreeBet wager. If you win, BetMGM will pay up, minus the cost of your FreeBet. If you lose, BetMGM will remove the cost of your FreeBet from your account balance.
In-play wagering allows you to make bets at just about any point during live games and events. BetMGM’s free live streaming allows you to watch the action and place interactive wagers based on what you can see for yourself from your mobile device or tablet.
In play betting is becoming more and more popular with Silver State bettors and BetMGM’s sports betting app has a long list of live betting choices for just about every sport available.
Of course, you’ll be able to place standard wagers on everything from point spread, to moneyline and parlays, to futures, but BetMGM offers alternates on each of those, as well as a long, long list of props. Real-time odds are continuously updated, giving you the tools to make informed wagers the moment the action happens.
Because of the multitude of live wagering options, BetMGM’s sports betting app is able to offer a larger betting menu than land-based retail sportsbooks.
Once you have activated your BetMGM sports betting app via an in-person visit to an affiliated retail sportsbook in Las Vegas, you will be able to begin wagering as soon as you fund your account.
You will be able to use a prepaid BetMGM Play+ card to add money to your BetMGM account (see section below to learn more) or you can take advantage of your visit to one of MGM Resorts’ nine retail sportsbooks located on the Las Vegas Strip and make a deposit in person.
To make an online deposit, click on ‘Cashier’ under the ‘My Account’ menu and select ‘Deposit’. Enter the amount you wish to deposit and the correct bonus code in order to qualify for your 100% match up to $500 bonus. Select ‘Deposit by Card’ as your banking method, then follow the prompts to complete the process.
The next screen will let you know whether your transaction was successful or not. If successful, it will normally only take a couple of minutes before your deposit appears in your balance. If that doesn’t happen, you can try logging out of your BetMGM account and then logging back in to see if that helps, before contacting customer support.
All withdrawal requests are first reviewed and approved by BetMGM’s player support team, which generally takes about 24 hours. Once the internal review is complete, your bank may take up to two business days before you see your funds in your Play+ account balance.
Alternatively, you can visit an MGM Resorts-affiliated retail sportsbook and withdraw your funds in person.
The BetMGM prepaid Play Plus card is MGM Resorts’ preferred method to make instant deposits into your online sportsbook account. Withdrawals can be processed by the BetMGM Play+ card, as well.
You will be able to open a Play+ account once you have signed up for an M Life Rewards loyalty program account and visited a land-based, retail BetMGM sportsbook in person to activate your new sports betting account.
Prepaid Play Plus accounts are an FDIC-insured online service from Discover that takes convenience to the next level. You will no longer have to worry about your traditional credit cards being turned down when you try to transfer funds to an online gaming site. You can reload your Play+ card any time you like, and you can use it to withdraw funds from your BetMGM sports betting account.
To open your prepaid BetMGM Play+ card, click on the ‘Cashier’ link in the navigation bar along the top of the app. Select the ‘Deposit’ option, tap ‘Deposit by Card’ and follow the prompts to start the process.
You will be asked to enter your date of birth and Social Security Number. Review the terms and conditions, click the box to agree, and tap ‘Sign Up’ to complete the process.
You will be able to add funds right away to your new prepaid Play Plus card via bank transfer or credit/debit card. Once you fund your account, a physical Play+ card will be mailed to your address within 10 to 14 days. Play+ cards may be used anywhere that accepts Discover.
Be sure to check out the fee structure detailed in the Play+ terms and conditions. Of note are a $2.95 monthly fee currently charged to accounts that haven’t been active for 12 consecutive months, a standard $2 fee to transfer funds to your bank account, and a 3% foreign transaction fee.