MGM Resorts International bought out long-time partner Boyd Gaming Corporation’s interest in the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa last August and immediately expressed interest in launching an MGM online poker site and online casino in New Jersey.
In fact, former Senior Vice President of Business Development Tom Mikulich told the press at the time MGM was “indeed interested in the online opportunities out East and are hopeful to launch our MGM Resorts brand out there in the near future.”
The launch happened on August 1, 2017 with playMGM branded online poker and casino sites both opening to the public in New Jersey. This marked the first time the gaming giant had officially put its name on an online gambling website
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa already holds a license from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to operate poker and casino sites inside the state. The company now hosts nine sites under the license:
- Borgata Casino
- Borgata Poker
- Pala Poker
- playMGM Poker
- playMGM casino
- Pala Casino
- Pala Bingo
- Scores Casino
Combined, these sites were the market leader in the local internet gaming industry until being passed by Golden Nugget in 2017. In fact, Borgata sites posted more than $47 million in gross internet gaming revenues in 2016. However, adding a worldwide brand name like MGM to its online offerings in New Jersey should only serve to strengthen Borgata’s market share in the NJ online gambling market.
The MGM-branded online casino and poker site in closely mirrors Borgata’s offerings. In fact, it uses the same GVC software platform. Plus, the playMGM poker site even shares liquidity with Borgata and partypoker.
However, the big difference lies in promotions and online casino bonuses. In an effort to grab market share of its own, playMGM has put together competitive promotions and welcome bonuses for new players.
playMGM online casino NJ promotions and rewards
The playMGM casino offers a Welcome Package to new players that starts out with $25 in free play good on all playMGM casino games.
However, the wagering requirement forces players to accumulate 150 iRewards Points before the funds a withdrawal can be made. Earning starts at 1 iRewards Point for every $5 wagered.
The Welcome Package also includes a 100 percent first deposit match of up to $1,000. The Minimum $10 deposit.
This bonus comes with a a six-times the bonus amount iRewards Points release requirement. That means earning 6,000 points before you can cash out. In fact, if you’re playing slots, earning 6,000 points would require wagering $30,000.
Plus, players have just seven days to fulfill the iRewards Points release requirement for both Welcome Package bonuses.
There are also a variety of ongoing deposit bonuses and other promotions playMGM players can take advantage of.
The playMGM casino online rewards program is known as iRewards. It is similar to MGM’s M life Rewards program offered at MGM land-based casinos across the country. However, the online rewards program is separate and distinct.
The program has five tiers. To upgrade tier status, players must earn a minimum number of credits attached to each tier. Additionally, player ratings are based on credits earned during each year beginning Oct. 1. The tiers and points required include:
- Sapphire: 0 credits
- Pearl: 25,000 credits
- Gold: 75,000 credits
- Platinum: 200,000 credits
- Noir: Invitation only
Players earn iRewards Points by playing games for real money at playMGM casino. However, the points earned are different for each type of game. This includes:
- Regular slots: 1 credit for $5 wagered
- Progressive slots: 1 credit for $10 wagered
- Video poker: 1 credit for every $20 wagered
- Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette: 1 credit for every $25 wagered
playMGM iRewards Points can be redeemed a variety of different ways. This includes:
- Express Comps at MGM properties
- Online bonus dollars
- Goods in the playMGM online store
M life Rewards
MGM’s M life Rewards program is free to join and offers the opportunity to earn reward points redeemable for hotel, dining, entertainment, and gaming activity at any one of 16 MGM Resorts International destinations across the US.
Plus, M life Rewards members also enjoy exclusive MGM experiences, discounts, offers, and benefits.
M life members earn rewards for every dollar they spend at MGM properties. Plus, this includes the same Express Comps playMGM casino players can redeem iRewards Points for online.
playMGM online casino software
playMGM casino launched online in August 2017 using the same GVC software platform employed by Borgata casino. Overall, the comprehensive online casino client is easy to navigate, pleasing to the eye, and offers a number of value-added features for players.
A no-download browser-based interface is available for all PC and Mac users across all browsers, including Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
playMGM does not offer the largest library of online casino content and games on the market. However, with more than 200 slots and 20 table games and video poker variants, there is a good variety.
High-quality NJ online casino sites are built on the backs of great software and the GVC platform does not disappoint. In fact, GVC has entered into enough third-party partnerships with online gaming content providers allowing them to offer a wide variety of games and casino content.
Games at playMGM online casino
playMGM video poker
playMGM offers a comprehensive selection of video poker games. These titles include:
- Bonus Poker
- Double Bonus Poker
- Double Double Bonus Poker
- Jacks or Better (II)
- Deuces Wild
- Regal Poker
- Double Regal Poker
- Double Double Regal Poker
- Triple Play Draw Poker Multi-Hand
- Five Play Draw Poker Multi-Hand
- Jester Poker
Blackjack at playMGM online casino
MGM offers an assortment of three different blackjack games with varying rules. These titles include:
- Multiplayer Downtown Vegas Blackjack
- Multi-Hand Blackjack Pro
playMGM online casino slots
Some NJ online casinos offer hundreds of different online slots. playMGM fits right in offering over 200 titles.
In fact, penny slots, progressive jackpot slots, and popular branded slots are all there. Some of the most popular slots available on playMGM include:
- Wheel Of Fortune On Tour
- Epic Monopoly II
- Biker Pigs
- Money Boat
- 88 Fortunes
- Raging Rhino
- Davinci Diamonds
- Candy Store
- Pirate’s Booty
Other table games
playMGM offers a comprehensive casino and gaming experience with its online platform. That means a small selection of casino games one might find in both a typical online or land-based casino.
These games include:
- European Roulette
- American Roulette
- Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker
- Mega Ball Action (Keno)
playMGM mobile casino app
playMGM offers a mobile gaming application. However, it includes only a limited version of the online casino product.
Through mobile devices players only have access to a small handful of the more than 200 games available from the desktop client. The games include:
- Video poker
However, the selection of games is rather limited.
The mobile app offers a stable connection with both WiFi and 4G functionality. However, issues include minor lag times, bugs and slow initializing times. The experience is on par with other mobile casino apps in New Jersey.
However, the infrastructure is in place allowing it to grow over time.
The playMGM online casino mobile app is available for both Android and iOS devices.
playMGM casino accepts a variety of deposit methods, including:
- Instant e-checks (ACH)
- 7-Eleven Pay Near Me
- Cash at the Borgata cage
- Online banking transfers
For the most part, players can receive winnings from the playMGM online casino the same way they deposited money. Additionally, check by mail is offered as a withdrawal option.
playMGM’s customer service team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by email and phone.
Plus, there is also a comprehensive online help section that can help solve most common issues players may possibly run into. Additionally, there is a full FAQ on the website.
MGM updates June 2018
PlayMGM headed into June with a whopping 13 new slot titles and the introduction of Live Dealer format to their site. You can take advantage of their Live Dealer games—American Blackjack, American Roulette, Baccarat Dragon Bonus and Casino Hold’em—Monday through Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Thursday through Sunday from noon to 3 a.m.
As for the additions to their slot library, here’s a quick peek at three of their new titles:
- Gypsy Riches: This slot features 5 reels and 25 paylines, as well as Stacked symbols, including the Gypsy Wild. A Gypsy Caravan acts as the Scatter, leading players to the Free Spins round. During this round, every Wild adds to the Crystal Ball Meter. Fill up the meter and earn Gold Spins, where you can win the Crystal Ball Meter multiple times, increasing your bonus win.
- Hula Nights: The theme here is very much Hawaiian. What is unique about the game is the Green Reels, which may appear on any spin and on more than one reel. Once the reels have stopped, a single symbol will appear on all green reels, giving you increased odds of making a win. During the Free Spins bonus game, these same green reels may appear but will have a mystery symbol that turns into a cash prize. If a Collect symbol also appears, you collect each and every cash prize. Should more than one Collect symbol appear, you collect the cash prizes for every one. Needless to say, this can lead to some really big wins. Even better is that during the Free Spins, if you get 3 or more Collect symbols, you are awarded additional spins (10-25).
- Triple Cash Wheel: This is a combination of old-school slots and Wheel of Fortune. Above your 5 reels sit three Cash Wheels. At the completion of any spin, these may randomly activate. If all 3 are activated, you’ll move to the Cash Wheel Bonus Game. This starts by selecting a ? mark tile from the grid. You will continue selecting until 3 matching symbols appear, which will determine your number of spins and the multiplier. Then the wheel will spin, awarding you cash or Free Games. Our other bonus feature is the QuickHit symbol, where 3 or more pay and you can get up to 1500x your bet if you hit 9!