First, it is important to make one thing clear. BetMGM is the MGM resorts sportsbook app designed specifically for NJ.
Since sportsbooks need to tailor and personalize their product for each state, they have decided to brand their products differently.
In Nevada, you can download the playMGM sportsbook app, which is also run by MGM resorts.
BetMGM: everything you need to know
Yes, it’s MGM as in MGM Grand, the largest casino in the world. The Casino saw an opportunity when sports betting was legalized in the USA. Now, they are rolling out online sports betting state by state as legislation is slowly reversed across the country. Below you will find an honest and concise review.
BetMGM: the good 👍
- An expansive amount of bets available. From the blockbuster events to the obscure, BetMGM has it all.
- All American. As a homegrown brand, harking from the gambling capital of the world, BetMGM offers all you need for betting on baseball, basketball, football and hockey.
- Official NFL provider: The US' most popular sport has signed an official deal with BetMGM. In short - you will get the best data for all NFL matches with BetMGM.
- NJ focused brand: BetMGM is the NJ brand of the MGM resorts sportsbook. This means that the company has invested in a specific product just for NJ.
BetMGM: the bad 👎
- The desktop site could look better. We love their app, but on the desktop, it can look a bit bland. It's nothing to really complain about, but there is nothing like a bit of color to jazz things up!
BetMGM have managed to transfer their gambling expertise into their sportsbook service which definitely passes the grade in our opinion. We especially like their selection of bets for the big leagues like MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL. And if you are already signed up and using their poker app then it’s an absolute no brainer.
However, BetMGM does have some significant drawbacks, mainly the fact that it is impossible to download the sportsbook app without downloading the poker app. For people who just want to bet on sports, this can be really frustrating. We are not sure why this is the case, perhaps they rushed the app development and don’t have a system in place yet, or perhaps it is a sneaky way to get you to sign up to two of their services.
Is BetMGM sportsbook in NJ?
Yes, BetMGM is MGMresorts's product for New Jersey. If you are based in Nevada then you can sign-up to playMGM.
Can you bet with BetMGM if you are in another state?
Currently, BetMGM is only legal in Nevada (under the brand name playMGM) and New Jersey, so if you are in another state, you will not be able to bet with playMGM. Their site will be able to track you using geolocation, so don’t try it.
Can I use a VPN to bet with BetMGM?
No! Although you might be able to get around some of the geolocations, it is still illegal and getting caught would both get you and the BetMGM in some serious trouble.
BetMGM Sportsbook Review
The dim light of your smartphone might seem a world away from the bright lights of Las Vegas, but now you can actually bet with BetMGM outside of Nevada. So, how does the online experience measure up to their world-renowned casino? Well, it is no doubt a very good sportsbook but compared to the size of the brand we are at times a little underwhelmed.
First things first they do have a great selection of bets with moneylines, parlays, round robins, spreads and futures. They know their gambling inside out and so it’s no surprise that they ace their area. It is also easy to find all these betting options once you have selected the event you would like.
Their website and sportsbook look and feel ok, but considering they are such a huge brand we expected something a bit more extravagant. It is in no way awful, perhaps it’s us dreaming of their fancy casino and expecting something of the same.
The sign-up process is particularly painless, as BetMGM remember your details, so you don’t need to constantly add the same details over and over like with some sportsbooks.
They have a wealth of payment options for depositing, I mean casinos are always good at that. However, when it comes to withdrawing the options are slightly more limited.
When it comes to sports, and in particular the American sports, then boy does BetMGM deliver. You can find absolutely all the odds you want for almost every major baseball, football, basketball and hockey game around.
BetMGM signed an agreement with Buffalo Wild Wings in September 2019.
This means that if you are in New Jersey, you can unlock special promotions, enhanced odds and free bets by logging into your BetMGM app while you are in one of their restaurants.
BetMGM mobile app
Let’s start with all that is good with BetMGM’s sportsbook app before we get to what we see as its ultimate flaw. The sportsbook app offers a great selection of sports, with some competitive lines. It also has a good selection of betting types, like parlays, so it works for both the sports betting beginner as well as the expert.
To download the BetMGM app you will need to go to their website and follow the download link. This is normal for betting companies, as they have faced restrictions in the past due to the nature of the industry. However, this is completely legit, and nothing to worry about. Once you have done this then just follow the on-screen instructions and you’re on your way.
BetMGM sign-up bonus
Now if the American online sports betting industry was a person, it would hardly be an infant. So, it comes as no surprise that the American sportsbooks are going all out with their sign-up bonuses. BetMGM is offering new customers up to $500 in free bets. This is incredibly generous and shows the sportsbook's intent in attracting residents of New Jersey.
You will need to place your wager at odds of -200 or greater.
This promotion is valid until New Years Eve 2019. We will update their new customer promotion in 2020.
Depositing into a BetMGM sportsbook account
We love the number of payment methods that BetMGM offer. Some US-based sportsbooks have struggled to get this right, but not BetMGM.
The good news is that in NJ, you do not need to turn up in person - like playMGM customers in Nevada - so if you have a visa or MasterCard, then you are good to go!
Withdrawl options with a BetMGM sportsbook account
Here your options are slightly more limited than when you are depositing. So, you need to make sure that one of these alternatives work for you as you don’t want to put money in, only to not be able to get it out.
Here are the options that playMGM sportsbook offer you if you want to withdraw:
- In-person at Borgata’s casino in New Jersey
This really is not a wide selection, so again, please please make sure that you are certain that one of these methods will work. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend people use the same deposit method as the withdrawal method.