PlayMGM, the brainchild of MGM Resorts International and the Borgata, is now a part of the young New Jersey online sports betting industry.
PlayMGM Sportsbook overview
In May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized sports betting in the Garden State. That means that MGM — which owns the Borgata — would be getting in the NJ sports betting business.
The playMGM Sportsbook app was initially introduced in Nevada and is now live in New Jersey, too. MGM has partnered with GVC Holdings in the United Kingdom to handle the future of sports betting for the two companies.
Things have looked up since PlayMGM started accepting new players from the state. Notably, the app has looked more streamlined and efficient since.
PlayMGM app for sports betting
If a player is betting from New Jersey, they must download the playMGM NJ Sportsbook app. MGM operates several apps for individual states, so a player must download the one that is specifically for New Jersey bettors.
The playMGM NJ Sportsbook app is different from the larger playMGM Casino app, which gives players access to the larger remote casino platform where adults can play video slots, table games, keno and other games.
There is also a separate app for those who want to play poker (playMGM Poker).
The app is available for both iOS (iPhones and iPads) as well as Android devices.
PlayMGM deposit bonus
The main PlayMGM Casino app offers a 100% Welcome Bonus matchup for all first-time deposits through the app. The maximum matchup (dollar-for-dollar) is tagged at $600 for first-time deposits.
Newly registered players will also receive a $100 cash back on your first bet.
Players should take note that the casino app and sportsbook app are different, and what they can do is link the two. Download the main casino app and then download the NJ sports app, then link.
Types of bets MGM offers
MGM says that the sportsbook app will give bettors the most-real experience as if they were sitting at the casino themselves. They can also place common bets like:
- In-play wagering
- Points spreads
- Proposition bets
- Futures bets on different events
Players can bet on professional sports like football, basketball, baseball as well as a myriad other sports from around the United States.
PlayMGM NJ Sports app experience
The playMGM NJ Sports app is surprisingly light as a betting software, with a clean layout, no unnecessary buttons and clean pages.
When a bettor opens the app, there is a home page where popular, or trending games, are displayed as floating clouds.
These “clouds” are updated regularly as sporting events occur. If players do not want to spend extra time looking for a specific event, then they can press on the current, or trending sporting events, on the home page to get started.
Placing a wager is quite easy. Let’s pretend a player pressed one of the current games being featured on the home page.
The player will automatically be taken to another page within the app where they can place the actual bet, plus what type of bet they want on the sport.
The app will indicate the amount available, and the results that needed to win. The app will also display the available bets for each game in adjacent squares onscreen.
After pressing the desired bet(s), the player will be on their way. Of course, before they can place a bet, they have to make sure they have made the first cash deposit through the app.
Making deposits and withdrawals with playMGM
Making the first deposit is the most crucial step (well, apart from downloading the playMGM app and registering) because players will need real money to place wagers on different sports.
To make the first deposit, players press the “Menu” button on the top left of the screen and select the deposit method that is the most convenient.
Take note that players cannot deposit directly to the sportsbook app. They need to download the playMGM Casino app, register, link and make the deposit there.
Then make what is called a “Transfer to Sports Wallet.”
Once the funds clear on the side of the main casino app, players can fund their sports wallet. The balance will also reflect in the NJ Sportsbook app.
Deposit methods currently available are:
- Direct bank transfer
- PayNearMe direct cash depositing (available at 7-Eleven stores)
Withdraw methods are presently limited to check and Neteller. Players can also get it directly from Borgata Casino’s Cage.
PlayMGM’s browser-based betting
There is no browser equivalent for the playMGM NJ Sportsbook app. Players need to download the mobile app and do their line shopping from there.
However, if bettors are interested in some casino games, then they can go to the playMGM website and use the instant play interface there.
The website features a streamlined interface. All of the available games on the platform can be played from a PC or Mac computer.
Mobile users of the playMGM Casino app will only be able to play a portion of the games listed on the main website. But then again, if players are only interested in wagering sports, this shouldn’t be a problem.
playMGM Casino, playMGM Poker and playMGM Sportsbook accounts
The MGM Casino branch is the most well-put-together aspect of the MGM online-gaming system. While there is a lot of options for the MGM platform, the clear favorite is the casino. This is also the platform’s oldest, most-evolved branch. Notably, the casino side has browser-based play capabilities and encompasses all the VIP perks and promotions.
The MGM Poker branch of the platform is the second in line for the mobile throne. While it does not have browser-based playing capabilities, it does have other perks associated with the brand.
Unfortunately, the MGM Sportsbook is somewhat neglected. It does not have browser-based betting capabilities in the early days after launch.
PlayMGM’s VIP rewards
The playMGM Casino app offers comps that players can exchange for real-world benefits, like booking rooms at a discounted price and bonus dollars that players can use on the online platform or the apps.
Since players will be linking the main casino app with the sportsbook app, they will be able to transfer the bonus balance cash to the sports wallet when they fulfill the specific wagering requirements.
Players can also use any bonus points earned from either system on online items in current and future promotions.
Frequently Asked Questions
How old do players have to be to play on PlayMGM?
Players have to be at least 21 years old to use the main casino app and the New Jersey sportsbook app.
Do players have to be in New Jersey to bet on PlayMGM?
Activities done through the New Jersey sportsbook app by MGM are geo–restricted, which means players need to be in the state of New Jersey to be able to use it to place sports wagers.
Where can new players get the app?
Players can get the NJ Sportsbook app from the PlayMGM website.