MGM Looks To Shake Up An Already-Competitive Nevada Market With New playMGM Mobile Sports Betting App

Posted on May 10, 2017
Posted By on May 10, 2017

[toc]Competition in the Nevada mobile sports betting market is a little more fierce following the launch of MGM Resorts International’s new mobile sports betting app, playMGM.

Last week, IGT’s PlaySpot™ mobile solution, which will power the playMGM mobile sports betting app “formally completed the trial phase and received all required Nevada regulatory approvals,” according to a recent press release.

Said MGM Resorts International Executive Director of Interactive Gaming Development Lovell Walker:

“Our playMGM mobile sports betting app puts our Sports Books at our guests’ fingertips. We worked closely with IGT throughout the development process to appropriately leverage PlaySpot technology, ensuring that the app delivers an unrivaled guest experience.

M life Rewards members can enjoy sports wagering opportunities in Nevada from the pool, their hotel rooms or if they are a Nevada resident, from the comfort of their home.”

The playMGM app is available on the iOS and Android operating systems.

“PlaySpot brings sports betting forward into the mobile era, delivers unparalleled player experiences and helps MGM Resorts connect with players on an entertainment platform that they use every day,” said IGT’s Senior Vice President Global Product Marketing, Interactive, Matteo Monteverdi.

US milestones for MGM and IGT

The debut of the playMGM sports betting app in Nevada marks a pair of notable firsts:

  • MGM’s first mobile sports betting product.
  • IGT’s first appearance in the US sports betting market.

As such, the playMGM sports betting app has several unique features.

Here’s what the playMGM sports betting app has to offer

The playMGM app offers the usual assortment of point spread and money-line bets, as well as:

  • In-play wagering
  • Prop bets
  • Parlay bets
  • Futures bets

But what sets the playMGM app apart is a trio of features exclusive to IGT’s PlaySpot.

  • Digital deposit and withdrawal options
  • Trend Cloud – a personalized home screen
  • Dynamic parlays – customizable wagering options

Here’s a look at each of these features in turn.

Digital deposits and withdrawals worldwide

Like most Nevada sports books with mobile solutions, MGM allows registered playMGM users to deposit and withdraw cash at any of its 10 MGM Resorts Race & Sports Books along the Las Vegas Strip.

But with playMGM, there is also a second way to deposit and withdraw from a sports betting account. The software allows customers to sign up for a playMGM pre-paid card in the app itself. By using this feature, players can fund and withdraw money from their playMGM accounts from anywhere in the world.

This means that visitors who placed bets while in Nevada can collect on winning bets without making a return trip to Las Vegas or having to mail in winning tickets. This also saves locals from having to take a trip to the Las Vegas Strip to collect winnings.

Trend Cloud

The second feature available on the playMGM mobile betting app is Trend Cloud, a personalized home screen.

According to the press release, Trend Cloud is “an innovative home screen that displays a live, personalized selection of the most relevant bets available for each player.”

Dynamic parlays

The third exclusive feature IGT is bringing to the Las Vegas sports betting market is the ability to create original parlays, round robins, and teaser combinations with real-time pricing updates.

The playMGM app lets users mix and match different combinations to craft these personalized wagers. As the player is creating the wager, the app will update the potential payout in real-time.

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