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There is another option in New Jersey sports betting online thanks to MGM Resorts International.
MGM does nothing small.
With 6,852 rooms, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is the largest hotel in the United States. The MGM-owned and operated Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is the largest hotel in Atlantic City, topping more than 2,000 rooms. And now, adding to its NJ online casino already in operation in New Jersey, MGM launched an online sportsbook.
The Supreme Court’s May 2018 ruling legalized sports betting throughout the state of New Jersey, and the gaming world responded as expected – it has spent the summer making sure that a substantial share of the estimated $150 billion in illegal gambling that Americans engage in each year can now be spent legally in the Garden State.
When MGM launched its online sportsbook in Nevada, there were some hiccups and delays in processing new registrations – but that was more than a year ago. Since then, playMGM and the IGT software platform that powers it have streamlined the process and made sure its staff is adequately equipped to handle the rush of new customers.
And as an extra layer of assurance to New Jersey players, MGM is now partnered with GVC – owners of Ladbrokes/Coral in the UK. This partnership means access to GVC’s 1,000+ IT staff.
With the behind-the-scenes issued solved, the user signup experience is quick and straightforward. You need to provide your name, phone number, address, and the last four number of your social security number to create an account.
Currently, you can only bet at MGM via an Android device. There is not an app available for iPhone or iPad currently. There is also no way to place bets through a browser-based site.
There does not appear to be a unique sports betting deposit bonus.
But you can have your sports and casino accounts linted. Currently, new enrollees for the online casino receive a $25 free play bonus as soon as newly deposited funds clear. There is also a dollar-for-dollar match on all new deposits of up to $1,000. As is usually the case with new player bonuses, a certain number of plays up to the deposit amount is required to validate bonus money.
If you are 21 years of age or older, you will be eligible to create an account. Age verification and proof of identity will likely be required for a withdrawal and probably involve multi-sided copies of a government-issued photo ID.
You do not need to be a resident of New Jersey in order to download the app or create an account, nor do you have to be in New Jersey at the time of registration. However, placing bets will require you to be located within the state borders.
The app is called “playMGM NJ Sports.” This name makes sense as it is in line with the series of mobile apps MGM currently operates – playMGM (sports betting in Nevada), playMGM Casino (access to New Jersey’s online casino), and playMGM Poker (access to Texas hold’em in New Jersey).
The mobile sportsbook app available for Nevada players features clean and easy-to-read pages as well as a full complement of available wagers.
The app, at launch, is pretty bare bones. It is not as slick as the Nevada version of the app. But it is fairly east to navigate for users, although not as intuitive for people not familiar with sports wagering.
MGM offers a fully integrated rewards program that covers all of its physical properties as well as online and mobile entities called mLife. There is currently no way to link a sportsbook account to mLife, but that is likely just a matter of time.
Each reward level comes with free plays and express comps. However, once you advance past the introductory level of M Life (Sapphire), you begin to receive boosts to your point earnings and other redeemable rewards at MGM properties. The big players advance all the way to Platinum, which grants a 30% bonus to all points earned and an annual complimentary cruise for two.
For its current online sportsbook in Nevada, MGM proudly proclaims that your online experience won’t be any different than if you were sitting in the sportsbook at the MGM Grand. Therefore, we expect the online experience in New Jersey to offer the same wagering options you get at the Race & Sportsbook at Borgata.
These options will no doubt include the increasingly popular in-play wagering, which involves moving point spreads and updated moneylines while a game is in progress.
You will also be able to wager with any of the many traditional bets offered across the MGM gaming family, including parlay and proposition bets. Futures bets on all major (and not so major) events will likely be offered as well.
At launch, playMGM is offering action on just about every sport that is currently in season or will be soon, including football, basketball and baseball.
For its current online ventures, MGM lists eCheck as the preferred deposit and withdrawal method. To use an eCheck, all you need to do is submit your bank account number, the bank’s routing number, and a driver’s license number. Once registered, all deposits and withdrawals can be made at the push of a button. There’s no reason to think this won’t also be the case for the New Jersey online sportsbook.
You can make deposits in a variety of ways:
Withdrawals are limited to Neteller, ACH/echeck or getting cash from the Borgata casino cage.