BetMGM opened their doors to the public on August 22nd, 2019 as a rebranded playMGM online betting platform. They stepped into the now-lucrative US market as soon as certain states modified their laws to allow sports betting. The new bookie is now live in Nevada and New Jersey, offering strong competition to the previously established local bookmakers. The sportsbook is powered by GVC Holdings, while Roar Digital stay behind the app which is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
BetMGM Sportsbook Review: Top Offers
- 1 BetMGM Sportsbook Review: Top Offers
- 2 Odds & Limits: Special price boosts for NFL games
- 3 Available promotions
- 4 BetMGM Review: Additional Features
- 5 Conclusion: Plenty to be excited for
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Sports and markets available: Exotic bets at their most thrilling
The first look at the platform did not promise much as the layout is very simple with white color dominating the main page. However, a deeper look reveals much more as the list of sports and markets available for betting goes beyond impressive for such a young site.
The highlight is on the most popular sports in the United States. Top leagues such as NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB are listed at the top-left corner, just above the full list of sports. The array of markets for all top-notch games is wide as the site brings much more than the basic moneyline, spread, and totals variants. You can back all kinds of scenarios as markets include quarter lines, half time lines, the number of touchdowns scored by each team, the number of yards needed for the shortest touchdown, the number of passing/receiving yards for certain players, etc.
The list of markets is equally exciting for the other US-popular competitions as well. On top of these, punters who prefer non-mainstream sports can also enjoy the possibility to place bets on the likes of golf, tennis, cricket, MMA, etc.
Odds & Limits: Special price boosts for NFL games
The pricing does not differentiate BetMGM from any other sportsbook in a significant manner. The odds are pretty much industry-standard for most events. We compared the odds at BetMGM to those with the niche leaders in the United States to find very few distinctions.
You can easily switch to the desired odds format and select between American, decimal, and fractional variations.
NFL admirers will love the special price boosts on certain markets. You will usually find boosted odds for props bet such as “the first player to score a touchdown” or “exact score at the half time”, etc. We've seen similar boosts for NBA ties as well. Odds boosts can be found right next to the “My Bets” button at the top of the main screen.
*$500 Free-Bet Welcome Offer
The promotions section is what helps BetMGM stand out from their competitors. All new registrants are encouraged with a $500 free bet as a part of their welcome offer. You basically get a chance to place your first bet without any risk involved as they will return your stake if the pick lets you down. If the bet proves out to be a winner, the promotion will not be activated. It is important to know that the maximum amount you can receive back is $500. Whilst we have seen similar promos offered by a number of other bookmakers, there are not too many of them providing a $500 free bet at the moment. Most US-bookies have cut their welcome bonuses to $100, or $200 max. We’d not be surprised to see BetGM doing the same in months to come which is why such a big welcome promo should be taken advantage of.
*On-Going Promotions for Existing Customers
BetMGM also encourage their regular users by different kinds of on-going promos which differ from one week/month to another. These are currently mainly bound to NFL which comes as no surprise given the sports’ large popularity in the states. The bonus we found particularly interesting is “Bet $10 Get $10” on any NFL match, all season long. You can take advantage of such perk once per week, but it comes in quite handy for anyone who intends to place a wager on NFL affairs anyways. The rules are simple as you will receive a $10 free bet for a bet of $10 on any NFL game (once a week, though).
The best way to check the full list of extras you can get at BetMGM would be to click the “Promotions” button at the top of the main page.
BetMGM Review: Additional Features
Live streaming: Available for tennis
Most US-based sites are struggling to secure the live streaming option for their customers. BetMGM made a breakthrough in this field as they have such function available for their users. The list of events on the live streaming menu is by no means impressive, though. At the moment, you only get to watch certain tennis matches. Nevertheless, it still makes BetMGM sort of unique in the US market. The fact they have at least something available promises much more to come later on as the site is battling it out to conquer more competitions. Live broadcasting rights are strict for mainstream sports in the United States and this is something bookmakers have to live with.
Anyhow, the live betting service is decent for US standards. We love the possibility of tracking the happenings on the court thanks to the live statistics which is available for most in-play betting events.
Mobile App: Player-oriented apps to maximize the user-friendliness
Betting on the go plays a big part in the overall grade of a bookmaker. Given that most sports bets are wagered through portable devices nowadays, it is essential for any bookie to possess a high-profile app which will work smoothly on all operators.
BetMGm are lucky to have one compatible with both iOS and Android devices. The iOS version can be downloaded from the Apple Store, while Android users need to visit the BetMGM website to have it on their phones.
Everything that can be done on the website is also available through the phone. We can say the app is user-friendly. They targeted the player-oriented approach with the options of notifications (they let you know when your bet is completed or about to start) and quick deposits.
Conclusion: Plenty to be excited for
BetMGM are new boys in town, but they promise a lot based on the experience we’ve had playing with them. The lucrative $500 free-bet offer is the first thing to pop up when you visit the site. On top of it, we loved the wide array of betting markets on the menu. The live betting section is not quite as impressive (especially not compared to other powerhouses in the business), but BetMGM did make a breakthrough by introducing the live streaming option for their customers. The mobile app is something we’d warmly recommend. To sum it all up, the new platform is worth giving a shot, namely because of a strong range of betting markets and the specific promotions section.