BetMGM Sportsbook is powered by Roar Digital, a joint venture between GVC and global gaming behemoth MGM. That said, the company certainly has the experience and financial resources to make its nationwide foray into online sports betting a successful one.
Below we provide a complete breakdown and review of the BetMGM Sportsbook offering inside the U.S., including its bonuses, banking methods, game catalog, mobile apps, and more.
BetMGM Bonus package
New BetMGM players can currently claim a welcome offer that is worth up to $500. Your first bet is risk-free up to $500. If you bet the full $500 and win, congratulations on your victory, you’ve built a nice bankroll, but don’t get a bonus bet or anything.
However, if you lose, you will get 10 $50 bets back in return to use as you see fit. (If you bet $100 and lose, you’ll get 10 $10 bets, if you bet $200 and lose you’ll get 10 $20 bets, etc.) Please note that the stake for the “free” bets will not turn into cash if you win; for instance, a winning $10 free bet at +100 odds will return just the $10 in winnings, not the $10 bet.
This isn’t the best welcome promotion out there, nor is it the worst. It’s good! (“Good” is going to be a recurring theme, as noted in the introduction.)
In what states is BetMGM Sportsbook legal?
Several states currently offer online sprots betting through BetMGM: New Jersey, Indiana, Colorado, Nevada and West Virginia. The company has also picked up licensing in Pennsylvania, although no launch date has been announced. Retail operations have kicked off in Michigan, though online action isn’t likely in the state until 2021. It’s a fair bet to think BetMGM, just based on its pure size alone, will seek to enter as many markets as legally possible.
The only real difference we saw was on a handful of boosted odds bets, which we’ll tackle later. For instance, in New Jersey one day, there was boosted odds for a Knicks game. That same day, similar boosted odds were posted for the Pacers game on the Indiana website. Also note that New Jersey bettors are not allowed to wager on New Jersey-based college teams, per state law. Other states, like Colorado for example, restrict prop betting on college sports.
But outside of things like that, everything down to the bonus offers seem to remain the same.
Are there going to be less obvious differences? Possibly, as promos change daily and state legislatures sometimes stick their noses in. But generally speaking, the sites across the various states are interchangeable.
It’s a simple, streamlined process. First, you’ll enter your name, email, and date of birth. Next, you’ll create a user ID, password, and submit the last four digits of your Social Security number along with your mobile phone number. Next is your address, and lastly a pair of security questions and the space to enter a bonus code. Quick and easy.
Who is eligible?
Prospective BetMGM players need to be at least 21 years old and physically located in either New Jersey, Indiana, Colorado, or West Virginia in order to place wagers.
To be clear: You can be a resident of another state and register, but in order to get those 8-team parlays up and running, you need to be inside one of the states listed above. So are you a New York resident? No problem. Take a PATH train into Hoboken and you’ll be good to go. Stay around for a while for a bagel.
Funding your BetMGM account
BetMGM offers one of the widest varieties of deposit and withdrawal methods in the online sports gambling industry. Also, note that you can deposit and withdraw from anywhere, but in order to place a bet you need to be in one of the states where it is legal.
Options vary slightly by state, but generally speaking these are the methods of deposit with BetMGM:
Online bank transfer
Pay Near Me
In person at the partner casino
Credit/Debit Card, including American Express
Minimum deposits across all banking platforms are $10, and virtually all are processed near-instantaneously.
Withdrawal choices are fewer, but there are still plenty of options, including:
Check (via mail)
In person at the partner casino
BetMGM is available for both iOS and Android devices and has a version available for web-based platforms/laptops.
For a company like MGM Resorts International – with has assets totaling well over $30 billion – you’d think their sportsbook website would look … well, better. The site is a little busy, the fonts are a little typewriter-y, and the layout isn’t completely intuitive.
When you land on the page, you’ll see the very top is sharp and clean. Black background, white lettering, BetMGM logo in the top left, many of the sports they offer – of which there are a lot, more on that in a few moments – are shown with the name of the sport and the sport’s logo across the entirety of the banner, and there’s the typical “account,” “deposit,” and “balance” tabs. Additionally, there’s a search box, and tabs for “favorites,” “my bets” and “promotions.” All in all, just fine and dandy.
Underneath that is where things get a little busy and looking a little amateurish. It may be the fonts, but it’s also in the layout. Across the top are some top games of the day, but there’s not enough space to show everything. For instance: The Timberwolves and Magic were playing, and it read “Timber” for the Timberwolves. There are better ways to get that information across.
Underneath that is a sliding menu of current promotions (BetMGM does a good job here, we’ll also dive into that in later section). Down the left side of the page are so-called “popular” sports to bet on, down the middle are live events what BetMGM considers the top games of the day, and off to the right is your bet slip.
There’s also one more item to the right, something that’s unique to BetMGM: A “media” tab where you can watch live sporting events that BetMGM has access to. This is not all sports, all the time, but it’s a fun way to catch a few games of a tennis match.
Overall, the site is quick and responsive. Even the live media pops up immediately without lag time. Clicking from the homepage to a game page is also speedy.
Overall, the site is average. It has a lot going for it, but a good freshening up to 2020 standards would make the look and feel of the site top-notch.
BetMGM mobile app
The mobile app, however, is much stronger. It’s clear more time and energy was spent making the mobile experience smooth. And it makes sense, as the always-on nature of sports betting matches well with the always-on nature of having a computer in our pockets.
The app is clean, responsive, intuitive, and simple.
Upon opening the app, there is the deposit button and account information displayed at the top. Immediately below are tabs that take you to live events and the homepages for each sport. Below that is the sliding bar of promotions. Below that are some top games of the day, and below that are more links to individual sports pages and a few of the site’s promotions. Keep scrolling down for more games.
At the very bottom of the page are five tabs: Home, A-Z menu, Betslip, My Bets, and Promotions.
To be fair, writing it all out makes it sound busy. It’s not. It’s a smartly designed, easy to navigate app.
Honestly, take the obvious markers out – like the BetMGM logo and the promos – and you would be hard-pressed to realize the mobile app and the desktop site are the same company. They are that different.
Obviously, all the deposit and withdrawal options are available on the app.
The app can be downloaded on Android and iOS devices. For iOS, you can visit the app store. For Android, you’ll need to go to the BetMGM.com site on your phone and download easily from there.
Betting prices and lines
When it comes to betting lines at BetMGM, one is reminded of the old Clint Eastwood flick, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”
Well, at BetMGM, it’s more like “The OK, The Not Terrible, and Whoa, This Is Really, Really, Bad.”
First up, the OK and not terrible portion of the program: Standard odds on most pregame sides on BetMGM are the regular -110. Looking at the NBA, for example, most spreads and over/unders sit at that number, although a few go off that number. And where most sportsbooks go to -105 and -115 or +100 and -120, BetMGM, for some reason, adds a point to the favorites. We’ve seen -106 and -121, for instance. Obviously, not a huge deal, but a buck is a buck is buck, right? No reason to bet at -121 when everywhere else is -120.
But much worse – again, looking at the NBA – were the moneylines. The underdog number was usually in line with other sportsbooks. But the favorites? Way out of line. One day, we saw the Pelicans as -910 favorites on BetMGM; they were -750 on two other sportsbooks. On the same day, the Raptors were -1250 at BetMGM, -1050 on other sites. These are egregious mispricings, and they riddle the site throughout all sports.
Player props also feature genuinely lousy odds. While player prop bets are usually not as good, juice-wise, for the bettor, BetMGM hardly gives you a chance. For instance: It seems on their NBA player props the baseline is -118; meaning, on either-or outcomes – like Player A over/under 20.5 points – the odds will be -118 on either side. This is significantly higher than most books, where the baseline is usually -110. This type of difference continues throughout.
Overall, point spreads and over/unders are mostly in line with other sportsbooks at BetMGM. But everything else is mostly out of whack.
It’s always important to shop around for lines. But with BetMGM, it’s doubly so. As consumers get smarter, BetMGM is going to have to sharpen its lines to compete. It’s really that simple.
One area where BetMGM does well is the sheer breadth of sports available to wager on. Virtually all the major American and European sports are represented. Basically, if it’s being played, there’s a very good chance BetMGM has a market for it.
There is a decent array of options to bet on for each sport. This review is being written with the NBA as the major sport happening right now, and so looking at NBA betting options, there are plenty to choose from. There are the basic points spreads, over/unders, and moneyline bets. There are quarter and half markets, and there are alternate point spreads and over/under totals. And it just goes on from there. Races to points, winning margins, player props, all of it.
But once again, the props and the specials suffer from odds that are generally worse than most of the other major sportsbooks. Shopping for lines is of tantamount importance.
Game, betting selection
As stated earlier, BetMGM offers tons of sports to choose from. It goes deep. We’re talking cricket. Eight different soccer leagues. Aussie rules football. Plus, obviously, all the major U.S. sports, golf, darts, everything.
Basically, if there’s a competition somewhere in the world, there’s a pretty good chance BetMGM has a bet for it. Except amateur tennis – that would be a disaster.
Promotions and loyalty program
One area where BetMGM is doing a really good job – and it seems to get better with every passing day – are their promotions.
Some days, they offer booster odds on certain games, and they are always packed with goodness. For instance, one three-team moneyline NBA parlay they priced at special +900 odds; if you took that same parlay to other sportsbooks that day, the highest odds you could find were +750.
BetMGM also runs hometown boosts on occasion, where they’ll bump an alternate point spread down to -120 from, say, the -200 range. These are always worth a look, as they are (a) good bets and (b) able to be guaranteed winners by betting the opposite side at better odds at another sportsbook.
BetMGM also runs tons of other promotions on a regular basis. They include:
The Monday Money Club: You get a free $10 bet each Monday by opting in and placing $50 worth of wagers the previous week. Only catch is those $50 in bets have to be on wagers with minimum odds of -300 or greater.
Overtime Insurance: applies to Friday night NBA games. If your spread or moneyline bet loses in overtime, you’ll get $25 in free bets.
Risk free bets: During the time of this review, bettors were able to bet their first $20 each week on NCAA basketball games risk-free. Lose, and get $20 worth of free bets.
Free bets: During basketball and hockey season, you could get 20% back in free bets up to $100 for each $25 wagered on live action.
Parlay insurance: On five-team parlays. Lose one leg, and get up to $25 back in free bets.
BetMGM Casino crossover promotions (such as live bet college basketball, get a $25 casino free bet).
Obviously, some of these promos are better than others, but some – like the $10 free bet each Monday for wagering $50 each week – are tremendous value-added offers.
When using customer support, BetMGM makes you go through a few windows of “frequently asked questions” before landing you on a “do you need any more help?” page.
Click “yes” from there and you’re taken to you options: Live chat, phone, and email.
The phone and live chat options were both super quick. In testing at three different times of day, we never waited more than a minute or so for help.
BetMGM roared onto the online gambling scene in the summer of 2018, opening first in New Jersey, and since then has expanded to West Virginia, Indiana, and is still on the move. So far, so good. Not great, mind you, but good. And it seems to get a little bit better each day as more promos and boosted odds make their way onto the sportsbook, that needs some attention to its layout, design and pricing.
Welcome Bonus / Promos
Big welcome bonus in the form of free bets in case of a loss