BetMGM poker review: from Nevada to New Jersey

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If you play poker, you’ve heard for sure about MGM Grand Poker Room in Las Vegas. In this MGM poker review will focus mainly on BetMGM poker (previously playMGM) online operation in New Jersey, launched in 2017. However, we will make sure to also talk about the famous MGM casino in Las Vegas and MGM poker tournaments.

BetMGM poker review

BetMGM Poker Bonus CodeGet Bonus
Welcome offer part 1$25 free
Terms of welcome offer part 1$10 after earning 1 iRewards Points and $15 in tournament credit
Welcome offer part 2100% match on your first deposit up to $1000
Terms of welcome offer part 2Cash released in 10% increments, after earning required amount of iRewards Points
Restrictions21 or older, present in NJ

These are the basic information about MGM poker bonus for NJ players. There are two parts to it, with different sets of terms. You can get a 100% match on your first deposit, up to a thousand dollars. Although the bonus is generous, it’s not automatic. You still need to earn iRewards Points, to get the cash released.

The second part of the welcome offer gets you $25 free, split into the tournament account and the regular account. We also have to mention in this MGM poker review that you have to be 21 years old and physically present in New Jersey in order to play online poker.

MGM poker review: welcome bonus

Other forms of MGM poker bonus

BetMGM Poker Tournaments

BetMGM has in its offer daily online poker tournaments with no entry fee. All you have to do is sign in and click on register now. There is also daily $10,000 tournament, with entry fee $100 plus $9. But that’s not all. There are also special Sunday Tournaments, at which you can win $35,000, with the entry fee being just $215.

Regular’s Reward

This is a type of loyalty program – the more you play the more you earn. You are earning iRewards Points. The highest reward you got that month will turn into credit in your account. The maximum you can get is $500, which is the equivalent of 20,000 iRewards Points. Also, usually you can find some variations of Regular’s Reward. For example, for August 2019 BetMGM has a special offer called The Gladiator. There are few extra rules, with the number of days you played being taken into account and the maximum winning is $1,500.

And of course, as you sign in to your BetMGM account on a regular basis, you will find that there is always more than one MGM poker bonus.

Types of games

BetMGM offers both cash games and tournaments. You can also choose between the following types of poker games:

  • Texas Hold’em
  • Omaha
  • Omaha Hi/Lo
  • Seven Card Stud
  • Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo

There are a few differences between cash games and tournaments. In cash games, chips have assigned dollar value and your basic objective is to defeat the opponents in the poker game. In the case of tournaments, which are multiple games events, your goal is not to get eliminated. Chips don’t have cash value, and the money prize you get depends on your place on the tournament podium.

Now, let’s have a look at the BetMGM poker game variations. Texas Hold’em is definitely the most popular type of poker game. And BetMGM makes a point about it. Not only do they advertise their online Texas Hold’em community as 40,000 strong, but also tournaments giving a chance to qualify for the biggest games – World Series of Poker, the Aussie Millions and the World Poker Tour.

Omaha is a variation of poker game, where players are dealt four cards, with five community cards. In Seven-card stud, each player gets seven cards – four concealed and three face up, so that other players can see.

Finally, although it’s a bit different category of variations of poker games, we need to mention FastForward Poker. This is more of an online feature than a type of game. Once you log into your account at BetMGM, you can choose to “sit at a fast-forward table”, of course online. Basically, if you are not happy with the cards you were dealt, you can click the “Fast Forward” button and get a new hand right away. This makes your game quicker and more exciting.

BetMGM poker online

To play MGM poker online, you have three options: downloading the web client for your computer, mobile app or through your browser. For iPhone or iPad, iOS 9 and higher is required. For Android, phone or tablet – 6.0 or higher.

The browser options are limited. You need a browser that supports Java plug-ins, and for example, Chrome doesn’t have that option. Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer are safe choices here.

Once you download the web client, you have to create an account. You will need to provide personal information in order to get verified as an eligible player. Also, geolocation needs to be activated to ensure you are physically present in New Jersey. When choosing your screen name, as it’s noted on the BetMGM website, make sure it’s something that will not reveal your actual name and last name. This is advised to protect your personal information.

MGM, a global company with more than two dozen resorts, is the owner of Borgata hotel in Atlantic City. Both Borgata and MGM use GVC software to run two poker online platforms. MGM is not the only poker site using this software in New Jersey. Party Poker also uses it. All the operators relying on GVC product seem to have problems with errors and glitches.

Payment Methods

Various payment methods are available. You can use the following methods:

  • VIP Preferred ACH/E-Check (requires providing driver’s license number and routing and account number)
  • Instant banking
  • Online banking
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Neteller
  • Skrill

Also, you can make a deposit in person with cash at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City. There is also another cash option: you can make a deposit via PayNearMe at 7-Eleven stores.

The withdrawal options are fewer but still solid. You can use VIP Preferred Program, which requires previous enrollment. The withdrawn money will go to your bank account. You can also use Neteller account to withdraw money from your playMGM account. There is also a check option – you click on “Check by mail” button, and the MGM/Borgata will send you a check by mail with a requested amount. Finally, you can also claim cash from your account in person, at the Borgata Hotel.

MGM Grand Poker Room

The MGM Grand Poker Room is located in Las Vegas, and if you haven’t visited it so far, you might have missed your chance to see this place at its best. It’s been moved a number of times around the Las Vegas strip, and the current location doesn’t seem to be encouraging too many players to come.

However, there is still more than a dozen poker tables in a non-smoking room, with massage service available at the tableside, should the game stretch for many hours. Same goes for food and drinks.

MGM Poker Tournaments

The online MGM poker tournaments can become your entry ticket into the big league, including entries into WSOP tournament, the Aussie Millions and the World Poker Tour. However, the physical MGM poker room in Nevada offers an even wider array of poker tournaments. Currently, there are four daily No-Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments scheduled, some with as low buy-in as $65.

Customer Service at BetMGM

If you run into any troubles with your poker game at BetMGM, you have three options to find help. Firstly, we recommend you have a look at the FAQ. It’s not brilliant since the answers usually send you back to the complicated Terms and Conditions section. However, the FAQ section can point you in the right direction, when searching for answers. If this gets annoying, you can always try live chat or just give a call to customer service at BetMGM. Their phone number, as listed on the website, is 1 (609) 248 9531.

MGM Poker Review Conclusion

The physical MGM poker room in Las Vegas is legendary. We hope that our MGM poker review will help you consider the benefits of trying the online MGM poker room in New Jersey.

Despite the issues with BetMGM mobile app, this is still an exciting option for poker players in the Garden State.

What many poker fans hope for, is the expansion of an interstate poker players pool. The main hurdle is the new DOJ interpretation of the Wire Act, banning interstate real money gambling. Of course, the question is whether poker can be considered a game of chance. Despite lack of clarity on that issue, as for now BetMGM share their online poker players pool with PartyPoker NJ and Borgata.