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PlayMGM bookmaker review

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Pros

  • Ability to bet on a multitude of leagues within sports
  • Good amount of promotions available
  • Website is tidy and easy to navigate

Cons

  • Streaming not available
  • Live section is underwhelming
  • Shared website design with other MGM affiliates like Borgata

Sports selection — normal

The playMGM sports betting site is identical to their Affiliates Borgata Sportsbook. The sports available for betting are identical between the sites. They range from the most popular to the lesser-known sports. However, all the sports are already popular for betting. The featured sports bets revolve around the biggest, most popular sports. Baseball, basketball and football are of course all featured on the Borgata site. 

However, the site does offer a slightly bigger selection of bets than Borgata. Mostly, a larger number of futures bets can be seen in leagues such as the NHL. The website also offers other popular sports to make bets on, such as golf, tennis and boxing. The site can become very exotic with the sports available like Cricket and Aussie Rules Football. There is also a section called the boosted bets section that features bets from any sports where the odds have been heavily increased in favor of the player. The bets are featured not only within the top sports like baseball, soccer and football, but it could come from any of the site’s sports. On the site itself, there are a wide variety of bets to choose from. The sportsbook also features all top soccer leagues while also including lesser known leagues such as Dutch League, Russian League etc.

The website layout is simple and easy to navigate, but nothing in the way of fun to use. In terms of navigating to find bets or game offers, it feels more like work than a fun activity to do on the weekend. The home page has a scroll down list displaying all upcoming games/ events separated by sport. At the top are the boosted bets that will be featured for a limited time.

Betting options — normal

Football

Betting on football will always be popular which means the markets for them will remain plentiful. PlayMGM is no different as they offer bets on the NFL, NCAA and the CFL. There are a good variety of bets that you can make on America’s favorite game. What PlayMGM does extremely well is its inclusion of the CFL. On the website, you can make the same bets on the CFL as you can on the NFL. This includes totals, outcome, and betting with the spread. For the NCAA, you can only bet on the winner.  

The casino also includes futures bets under this category. For the NCAA, you can bet on who will win the Heisman, which teams will make the playoffs and who will win the National Championship. You can also bet on the total wins for each team in an over/under format. For the CFL there are bets offered for the Grey Cup winner as well as division winners.  The NFL has the most variety and largest number of futures bets. You can bet on winners of awards, divisions, championship etc. You can also make bets where you can predict in which place a team will finish.


Basketball

Basketball is one of the most popular sports to bet on in America and playMGM understands this well by listing a large number of possibilities for players. The NBA here has many bets featured on the site. MGM offers two future awards bets for the upcoming season, allowing the player to bet on the next MVP as well as the next Rookie of the Year. 

Also featured in futures betting are division winners, conference winners and the next NBA champion. Borgata’s sportsbook also has some interesting bets for the 2019-20 NBA season in particular. In addition to betting on the champion, you can make a bet whether the winner will be from California or not. You can get even more dangerous by narrowing the area and betting on whether the champion will hail from Los Angeles, betting on the Lakers or Clippers winning.

In both the WNBA and NCAA, you can bet on the championship winners for each respective league. 


Soccer

The number of leagues on display for soccer is quite impressive on MGM for America. If you are a soccer fanatic and love to bet outside just the top leagues, then PlayMGM has you covered. As well as four out of the top five leagues (only Italy’s Serie A is missing), the soccer line also has bets on many other countries’ top leagues such as Belgium’s Jupiler League, Brazil’s Serie A and the Dutch Eredivisie. Ironically, America’s own MLS is not one of the featured categories on display. 

In addition to betting on individual games in the featured league you can also bet on the league winners from each league including more than just the featured (Italian Serie A and MLS are there). For featured leagues on individual games you can bet on win/loss, totals or and bets with a handicap. This is even more impressive when you realize the amount of games they cover with their featured leagues. 

The soccer betting category also features main European tournaments such as the UEFA Super Cup where you can make the same bets as on individual games (totals, handicap, win/loss).

Live — normal

PlayMGM does feature a live betting sections where all the sports they feature regularly will be updated in real time. The live section is easy to navigate and to understand. You can separate sports by either the competition or the time that they will be played.  The odds are quickly updated, and the games are added to the section as soon as they start. Live streaming is not available on the site, but they do offer a live scoreboard to look at while betting. The scoreboard will update scores and some other small statistics. There are also drop-down tabs where you can sift through the types of bets offered for the game. Once selecting a bet, the appropriate odds will also be displayed on the screen. Overall, the MGM live section is very technical, but without having a sufficient amount of accommodation. The live scoreboard is a minimal effort and the absence of any live streaming means you would be wise to go elsewhere in order to make live bets.

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Bonuses

Up to $100 cash back for your first bet

Casino is a little more of a focus for PlayMGM as one would expect. For a person just signing up with the site the bonus is quite lucrative. The casino offers to match your first deposit 100% all the way up to $1000. They will also give the player $25 extra as an additional bonus. 

The deals are not quite as good on the sports side but will still help to get you started. For sports newcomers, PlayMGM offers up to $100 cash back for your first bet. The website also offers promos that appear on a regular schedule like Sunday Funday Baseball. This allows you to make a risk-free wager every Sunday night.

Up to $100 cash back for your first bet

Casino is a little more of a focus for PlayMGM as one would expect. For a person just signing up with the site the bonus is quite lucrative. The casino offers to match your first deposit 100% all the way up to $1000. They will also give the player $25 extra as an additional bonus. 

The deals are not quite as good on the sports side but will still help to get you started. For sports newcomers, PlayMGM offers up to $100 cash back for your first bet. The website also offers promos that appear on a regular schedule like Sunday Funday Baseball. This allows you to make a risk-free wager every Sunday night.

About the bookmaker

MGM resorts international is one of the most successful American companies in the world. Beginning in 1987 as a luxury airline service, today it deals mainly with real estate and destination resorts. These resorts are operating in places like Las Vegas, New Jersey, Mississippi and more. The current CEO is James Murren. The company's name is instantly recognizable in America and even throughout much of the world. They currently employ 78,000 people worldwide and manage 28 hotels.

The MGM brand has a good deal of experience when it comes to sports betting. The company made huge moves in 2018 after becoming the official gaming partner of the MLB, NBA and NHL. MGM is now able to promote its sports-betting app and casinos with the help of individual sports teams. The casino has also partnered with one of the largest sportsbooks in Vegas, Boyd Gaming. Their positioning of the Bellagio in New Jersey will provide them with superb location when sports betting is in full force. Between New York and Philadelphia, the latter of which has already begun accepting sports bets, the two major sports markets will provide them a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of their new betting partnerships. 

MGM used IGTs PlaySpot software to launch their mobile apps. The apps are the first from IGT to appear in the sports betting category. The company will allow app users to create original parlays, teasers and more with real-time pricing updates. The player’s customized wagers will also be given the potential payout in real-time.

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