BetMGM is an online sports betting and gambling operator that was formed in 2017 as the igaming extension of MGM Resorts International.
Today, BetMGM is live in several states across the US where online gaming is regulated and has openly stated it plans to expand rapidly as legislation permits. As the fruit of a partnership between MGM Resorts International and online gaming company GVC Holdings, BetMGM is backed by deep pockets and no small amount of experience.
The MGM/GVC partnership created a controlling entity called Roar Digital, the focus of which is to “dominate” legal online gambling in the US. To that end, MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into Roar Digital for marketing, development and expansion costs.
The launch of BetMGM Michigan is just a matter of time at this stage. MGM Resorts International operates the MGM Grand Detroit and has already established a BetMGM Sports Lounge to take wagers in person.
All that stands between BetMGM Michigan and online gaming at this stage is the need to acquire the final approval of state regulators.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) anticipates online sports betting and gambling to commence in late 2020 or early 2021 as regulators prepare additional rules and issue licenses to operators. Look for BetMGM Michigan to make an announcement sometime before then.
In the meantime, we present an early BetMGM Michigan review and preview to share with readers what they can expect once it does go live. The BetMGM brand is fully active in New Jersey and other states, which provides us with plenty of information to preview what’s to come.
BetMGM Michigan Bonuses and Promotions
The BetMGM sportsbook, casino and poker site each offers a sizable welcome bonus to new customers. Each offer varies in its details, but the common theme among them all is new players receive site credit in return for signing up and making a first deposit.
This review will discuss each offer in greater detail below, but here’s the basic summary of the three major BetMGM Michigan bonuses:
- Sports bonus: Risk free bet worth up to $500
- Casino bonus: $25 registration bonus plus 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus
- Poker bonus: $25 registration bonus plus 100% up to $1,000 first deposit bonus
VIP Rewards Program
The M Life rewards program run by MGM Resorts now extends to online play to provide customers a mix of online and in-person rewards.
Wagers placed at BetMGM sportsbook, casino and poker room all earn Tier Credits to move players up through the five tier VIP program and unlock greater rewards. Additionally, wagers placed at BetMGM casino and poker room earn iRewards Points that can be redeemed for comps, cash and bonuses.
As players earn Tier Credits and move up through the five M Life tiers, they unlock rewards such as bonuses on redeeming iRewards Points, access to priority check-in at MGM Resorts properties and more. Players can read more about the M Life rewards program here.
Tier Credits and iReward Points (iRPs) are earned at the following rates:
|Game Type||Amount Wagered||iRPs Earned||Tier Credits Earned|
|Poker Cash Games||$1 paid in rake||5.56||N/A|
|Poker Tournaments||$1 paid in rake||5.56||N/A|
|Regular Slots / Other||$5||1||1|
|Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps and Roulette||$25||1||1|
|Straight sports bets||$100||N/A||1|
|Parlays and round robins||$50||N/A||1|
BetMGM Michigan Sportsbook Review
BetMGM offers online and mobile sports betting for mainstream and niche sports around the world. Coverage includes every game from the major US sports plus competitions from leagues held abroad. In many cases, BetMGM offers 200+ wagers for a single event to give customers a large range of options.
Other features include a busy in-play betting schedule, real-time data feeds and live streaming video for select sports events. The quality of betting odds relative to other sportsbooks varies; sometimes BetMGM is very competitive, but in many instances, bettors will find better lines elsewhere.
Sports Betting Bonus
The BetMGM welcome bonus promises to refund customers with up to $500 in site credit if their first wager loses.
New customers may claim this bonus by signing up for an account, making a deposit of at least $10 and placing their first wager. If their first wager is a winner, nothing happens and no bonus is issued. If the first wager loses, BetMGM will refund it with an equal amount in free bets up to a maximum of $500.
Free bets may not be withdrawn and are not included in returns if they are used to place winning wagers. For example, a customer who uses a free bet to place a $100 wager at even money and wins would receive $100 in withdrawable winnings.
Other Sportsbook Promotions
Since launch, BetMGM has shown no aversion to offering frequent promotions to customers. Offers vary but often include enhanced odds specials, parlay insurance, free bets for completing certain tasks and so on. Sportsbook customers can log in and visit the promotions tab to see a full list of current offers.
Mobile App Download and Interface
- Standalone mobile apps: iOS and Android
- Mobile-friendly website: Yes
BetMGM offers standalone mobile apps for iOS and Android plus a responsive website that is accessible via desktop and any mobile device with an internet connection.
In all cases, the BetMGM mobile platform provides access to the full menu of sports betting options and in-play betting lines. Live data visualizations and live streaming vide are supported through the apps as well.
The mobile app looks and functions nicely aside from a slight lag when jumping from one page to the next. This can cause unintentional double-taps, but the issue is relatively minor.
BetMGM Sportsbook takes wagers on a long list of sports, although availability varies by season and is subject to MGCB rules. Generally, the major US and international sports are covered extensively while niche sports receive sporadic coverage.
- Aussie rules football
- Bull riding
- Competitive eating
- Lawn bowls
- Mixed martial arts
- Motor racing
- Rugby league
- Rugby union
- Table tennis
BetMGM provides anywhere from about 10 to 200+ markets per game depending on the popularity of the game in question.
Common bet types include money lines, point spreads and totals along with all manner of game/team/player props, futures and alternative lines.
BetMGM also offers an early cash out feature on certain bets in which customers may close a bet early to either lock in their profits or minimize their losses. In some cases, an “edit my bet” feature is offered, which allows bettors to increase their stakes or adjust the remaining legs of open parlay bets.
Bettors may also take advantage of the Parlay Builder tool that facilitates the construction of custom, same-game parlay wagers from within the sports wagering screen for any specific game. When users launch Parlay Builder, they are presented with a simple pop-up that lists hundreds of individual betting options such as the game outcome, points total, player props, team props, and many more organized by category. Users can then add wagers to their custom parlay to view updated odds.
BetMGM covers several dozen events each day with in-play betting lines. Customers who visit these pages can bet on games as they progress with odds that are updated and adjusted in real time based on in-game happenings.
Live data feeds and play-by-play calling are offered for most games, and many events include a digital display that depicts the field or court to show current possession, who’s on attack and other stats.
Live Streaming Video
Live video is a strong selling point for BetMGM Michigan as this is one of just a few sportsbooks to stream live sports, and currently boasts the largest selection of events. Customers who have a funded account may log in to the BetMGM website or mobile app to watch live streams from the following sports:
- International soccer leagues
- ATP Masters 1000 tennis events and the French Open
- Table tennis
BetMGM Michigan Casino
BetMGM Casino is integrated into the mobile betting app and desktop website, but gamblers may also download the dedicated casino app for iOS and Android.
However, there appears to be no difference between the two apps aside from the name. Whether players download the BetMGM Casino app or sports app, sports betting and casino games are integrated into the app. This means players may bounce around between sports betting and casino games with a single login and a single app.
In total, BetMGM Casino houses about 500 casino games organized by category. The majority of the game selection consists of slots while the remainder is a mix of table games, video poker and live dealer games.
BetMGM Casino Bonus
New BetMGM Casino customers can claim a $25 no-deposit bonus for signing up and then 100% up to $1,000 for making their first deposit.
$25 No-Deposit Bonus
The $25 welcome bonus is issued as site credit after new customers register for an account and verify their identities. The free play bonus may be used immediately to play casino games, but any winnings obtained by wagering the bonus may not be withdrawn until the player makes a deposit and places a total sum of wagers equal to the bonus amount (1x rollover).
100% up to $1,000 Deposit Bonus
Players who go on to make a deposit will receive an equal amount in site credit for up to $1,000 extra. This bonus requires a minimum deposit of $10 or more and must be claimed within five days of signing up for an account.
Players should note that although this is a large welcome bonus, it comes with certain terms that players be aware of before claiming this offer.
First, the original deposit plus the bonus amount and any winnings from the bonus are all restricted from withdrawal until the player meets a 15x rollover on the bonus amount.
For example, a customer who deposits $100 and receives a $100 bonus would need to place $1500 worth of wagers prior to withdrawing the deposit, bonus or any winnings. However, players do have the option of opting out of the promotion at any time to release the original deposit for withdrawal.
Second, players are given just three days to meet the 15x rollover.
- 431 slots
- Progressive jackpot games included
- Collection of titles exclusive to BetMGM/Roar Digital
Online slots come in many different flavors at BetMGM as Roar Digital works with numerous casino software developers. The collection includes slots by Ainsworth, NetEnt, NextGen Gaming, WMS and IGT and more, each with its own styling and game rules.
BetMGM also provides a collection of progressive jackpot games with top prizes at the time of this review exceeding $100,000.
- 13 table games
- Games include: Roulette, blackjack, Texas Holdem bonus poker, multi-hand blackjack, craps, Blackjack Xchange, Ultimate Texas Holdem and casino holdem
The BetMGM table games lineup consists of multiple variations of roulette and blackjack plus a handful of additional casino poker games that are offered at a wide range of stakes. This is not the biggest table game collection on the market, but all casino mainstays are included.
Live Dealer Games
- 5 live dealer games
- Games include: Blackjack, unlimited blackjack, baccarat, stud poker and Casino Holdem
- Multiple tables available for each game during busy hours
BetMGM maintains a collection of live dealer games managed by Ezugi out of a studio located inside New Jersey’s Golden Nugget Casino. BetMGM customers can log in through the mobile app or website to play several variations of blackjack, baccarat or Casino Holdem with human dealers who deal the cards, interact with players and issue payouts.
- 14 video poker variations
- Games include: Game King video poker, bonus poker, double bonus poker, double double bonus poker, Jacks or better, triple play draw poker (multi-hand), five play draw poker, regal poker deluxe, double regal poker, double double regal poker, Jester poker and Destiny poker
Video poker at BetMGM consists of just over a dozen variations, including several multi-hand poker games and most of the popular titles found at casinos.
- Five virtual sports games
- Games include: Virtual horses, motorcycles, auto racing, soccer and greyhounds
BetMGM provides a small collection of virtual sports games in which players can bet on simulated games in real time similar to actual sports betting but at a much faster pace. New competitions run every few minutes and payouts are issued instantly.
BetMGM Michigan Poker
BetMGM operates an online poker platform in other states and will likely seek to offer online poker in Michigan as well.
With a population of about 10 million, Michigan is an attractive market all on its own. Add to that the possibility of Michigan entering compacts with other states to share tables across state lines, and it stands to reason BetMGM Poker will make an appearance sooner or later.
With that in mind, below is an overview of how BetMGM Poker operates in other states. It is still too early to discuss average traffic levels, but we do have a good idea of what to expect as far as game types, software and promotions based on BetMGM operations elsewhere.
BetMGM Poker Bonus
BetMGM Poker welcomes new customers with a three-part welcome package that consists of two no-deposit bonuses plus a first deposit match bonus:
- $10 online cash for signing up
- $15 in online tournament dollars for signing up
- 100% first deposit bonus for up to $1,000 extra
No-Deposit Poker Bonuses
New BetMGM players receive $25 in no-deposit bonuses after signing up and completing identity verification. This offer is issued as $10 in online cash that may be used to play ring games or tournaments plus $15 in tournament dollars.
The $10 in online cash is withdrawable after earning at least 1 iReward Point, but any winnings associated with the cash may only be withdrawn after making a deposit. The $15 in tournament dollars may be used to buy into real money tournaments immediately upon receipt but cannot be withdrawn.
100% up to $1,000 Bonus
Players who make a deposit within seven days of signing up for an account receive an equal amount in bonus funds for up to $1,000 extra. For example, a first deposit of $100 would result in the player receiving $100 in bonus funds.
After depositing, the bonus funds are released in 10% increments as players earn 20 iRPs per dollar. To continue the above example, a $100 bonus would be released in $10 increments each time the player earns 200 iRPs.
Note: iRPs are earned at a rate of 5.56 iRPs per dollar paid in tournament fees and cash game rake. Read more about iRPs and the BetMGM rewards program near the top of this page.
Mobile Poker App and Software
BetMGM Poker is fully compatible with all major desktop and mobile operating systems. Desktop users can visit BetMGM.com to download the poker client for Mac and PC while mobile users can do likewise for the official iOS or Android mobile poker app.
In all cases, the BetMGM website automatically detects the operating system or mobile device being used and prompts users to download the appropriate client.
The mobile and desktop client provides a standard range of features such as waiting lists, lobby sort features based on stakes and number of players, custom avatars, four color decks and the ability to multi-table.
BetMGM hosts no-limit, fixed-limit and pot-limit games for Texas Holdem at tables configured for 2, 6, 9 or 10 players.
- No limit Holdem: $0.01/$0.02 to $25/$50
- Fixed-limit Holdem: $0.02/$0.04 to $30/$60
- Pot limit Omaha: $0.01/$0.02 to $25/$50
Sit-n-Go Tournaments (SNGs)
Players can select the “Sit & Gos” tab in the poker lobby to find a varied selection of SNGs that includes single table tournaments, steps, multi-table SNGs and satellites to bigger events. However, all tournament types except standard single table SNGs run infrequently due to low interest.
- Single table tournaments: 2-10 players
- Multi-table SNGs: Infrequent; more traffic needed
- Buyins: $0.25 to $1,000
- Game types: Holdem and Omaha
Multi-Table Tournaments (MTTs)
BetMGM hosts roughly 70s MTTs per day in a range of formats that includes standard freezeout tournaments with guaranteed prize pools, satellites, turbos, 6-max events, deep stack events, rebuy/addons, bounties, shootouts and more.
- Tournament game types: Omaha and Holdem
- Biggest guarantees: Daily $10, Sunday $35K and Mega Tuesday $12K
- Buyins: $0 freerolls up to $535 for the weekly Mega Tuesday guarantee
Security and Responsible Gambling
Licensed Michigan gaming sites are required by state law to ensure the safety of customers’ funds, provide fair games, verify the identity of every customer and to promote responsible gambling.
With prior experience in other states that have similar laws in place, BetMGM comes to Michigan with technology in place to meet all state standards. In addition to verifying each user’s age and identity, BetMGM offers several responsible gambling tools:
- Daily, weekly and monthly deposit limits
- Daily, weekly and monthly wagering limits
- Daily limits on number of hours spent playing at BetMGM
- Temporary cooling off periods and permanent self-exclusion
BetMGM offers live customer support via live chat, phone, e-mail and a self-help knowledgebase. Finding the customer support contact methods is a bit annoying as players are required to first search the knowledgebase for an answer, and only then cant they select an option to contact human support reps.
BetMGM Michigan Deposit Methods
The BetMGM casino, sportsbook and poker room share a single wallet, which can be funded through any of the following methods.
|Deposit Method||Type of Payment||Processing Time|
|Visa||Credit and debit||Instant|
|Mastercard||Credit and debit||Instant|
|American Express||Credit and debit||Instant|
|VIP Preferred||ACH e-check||Instant|
|Play+||E-wallet and prepaid debit card||Instant|
|Electronic Transfer||Online bill pay using customer’s existing online banking login info||Instant|
|PayNearMe||Cash in-person at a nearby convenience store or pharmacy||Minutes|
|Cash at the cage||Cash deposited in-person at the casino||Instant|
|Skrill||E-wallet similar to PayPal||Instant|