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BetMGM Michigan Online Casino – 2020 Preview

***BetMGM Online Casino is not yet live, but should be live by the end of 2020 or early 2021

MGM Resorts International, owner and operator of MGM Grand Detroit, is bringing its world-class casino experience to the virtual world via online casino brand BetMGM, and it’s coming to Michigan. BetMGM has been live in New Jersey since 2017 and is one of the premier online casinos in the Garden State. Soon, it will be available to those in the Wolverine State.

BetMGM features a huge library of games, including many exclusive titles, a shared wallet with online poker and BetMGM sportsbook, and a very generous welcome package. Let this page be your guide to all you need to know to get started at BetMGM Online Casino, as we cover how to get started, claiming the max bonus upon sign up, game selection, and more!

BetMGM’s (likely) online casino Michigan bonus offer

In states where BetMGM is already in operation, the sites gets patrons started with a $25 no-deposit bonus and will match your first deposit, dollar for dollar up to $1,000, which is among the highest bonus offers you will find anywhere in the entire legal US market.

BetMGM MI Promo CodeCasino is not yet live
Likely Deposit Bonus$25 Free
Likely First Deposit Bonus100% up to $1000
Casino PartnerMGM Grand Detroit
Launch DateLate 2020 (estimated)

How the bonus (will likely) work

When you successfully register for a new account at BetMGM Online Casino, you will find $25 in bonus funds waiting for you to help get you started playing all your favorite casino games. To convert it to your cash balance, you will need to play through the $25 a total of 30 times, which does seem a bit excessive, but free money is free money.

When you are ready to make your first deposit, BetMGM will match that deposit 100% up to $1,000 in bonus funds. This part of the bonus comes with its own set of wagering requirements. BetMGM’s wagering requirements are spelled out in terms of iRewards points instead of monetary values, so if you are not familiar with their iRewards points system it may seem a bit confusing. But don’t worry, we will walk you through it.

The wagering requirements are listed as six times the deposit in iRewards points. If you deposit the full amount of $1,000, then you will need to earn 6,000 iRewards points in order to convert the bonus funds to cash. Slot play earns iRewards points at a rate of one iRewards point for every $5 wagered. So if slots are your game, you multiply the necessary 6,000 iRewards points by $5 per point, bringing you to 30 times or $30,000 in wagers needed to clear the $1,000 bonus.

The wagering gets steeper if you choose progressive slots, video poker, or table games to get through the bonus money as you are only awarded one iRewards point per every $20 wagered, bringing the total monetary wagering commitment to a whopping $120,000 (6,000 iRewards points multiplied by $20 per point) to clear that same $1,000 bonus. Our suggestion is to stick to the slots for this one.

Why play at BetMGM Online Casino?

  • Integration: BetMGM online casino shares its platform with both BetMGM’s online sportsbook and online poker sites. BetMGM also allows for online play to carry over to its retail casinos, as you can redeem iRewards points for Express Comps at any MGM-branded casino, including MGM Grand Detroit, MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.
  • Promotions: BetMGM’s welcome package is just the beginning of the promotional offerings. Weekly free spins, re-deposit match bonuses, and cross-promotions with the online sportsbook are all great reasons to keep coming back.
  • Commitment to constantly improving: BetMGM initially launched under their playMGM brand, which was underwhelming at best. MGM listened to its customers and completely overhauled the site, relaunching in mid-2019 as BetMGM. Since then, it has become one of the most player-friendly sites in the NJ market and continues to make upgrades, including adding new games, a stacked promotional schedule, and site updates to make play as smooth and consistent as possible. We should expect the same of BetMGM in Michigan.
  • Game Selection: It seems like BetMGM is adding new titles every week to add to its already impressive game library. This includes new slots, progressive slots, exclusive titles, table games, and video poker.

Where can BetMGM improve?

  • Terms and conditions on promotions and its loyalty program can be very confusing.
  • Customer service could use an upgrade.

Who can play at BetMGM MI online casino?

Eligibility requirements are similar to those of any retail casino and include:

  • Age: You must be 21 years of age or older to participate in any online casino in Michigan.
  • Location: You must physically be located within state lines to place a bet, but you do not need to be a Michigan resident to play. You can create your account and make a deposit or withdrawal from out of state, but you will need to be present to place any wagers.
  • Not be on any exclusion lists: If you have been excluded from any retail casino, either self-excluded or by the casino, you will not be allowed to participate online either.

How can you play?

Desktop/laptop experience

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A peak at what BetMGM’s interface with look like.

BetMGM Michigan’s online casino is available on all desktop PCs and Mac computers on all of your favorite browsers such as Safari, Edge, Firefox, and Chrome. All you need to do to get started is click through one of our links on this page and you will be brought to BetMGM’s online casino. All your favorite games can be played on the browser-based platform with nothing to download.

The browser-based client makes it easy to find all your favorite games from BetMGM’s extensive library. All the main categories are listed at the top of the page. Whether your game of choice is slots, roulette, blackjack, or you want to give live dealer games a try, it’s all just a click away. Your banking options and account info are located in the top right corner and you can easily navigate between the online sportsbook, online poker room, and online casino using the tabs on the top left corner of the screen.

Casino games are quick to load. We have not encountered any major crashing issues during many hours of testing.

Mobile app

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Preview of what the BetMGM Michigan mobile app could look like upon launch in the Wolverine State

iOS users can download the BetMGM online casino app in the iOS App Store, and Android users can download directly from the BetMGM online casino website. Downloading the casino app gives you access to the sportsbook, casino, and poker room, so there is no need to download all three.

The mobile app is basically a mirror image of the desktop casino, only smaller and mobile. All the same categories across the top of the screen to help you find your favorite game and banking and account options are easy to find in the top right corner. To move between the casino, sportsbook, and online poker you will see the tabs displayed on the bottom of your screen to keep clutter to a minimum.

The mobile app runs just as smoothly as, if not smoother than, its desktop counterpart, and we have not encountered any blips or delays while testing.

BetMGM Michigan Casino banking options

Playing on legal and regulated sites gives you the guarantee that your money is kept safe and secure. BetMGM MI Casino gives you plenty of popular options for getting money on and off the site and they are all verified by Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Deposits

  • Credit/debit cards: Use your Visa or MasterCard to safely and instantly fund your account.
  • Online banking BillPay: Instantly funding your account is as easy as using your bank’s BillPay feature to transfer funds.
  • PayPal: PayPal, the world’s most popular eWallet, is one of the most popular options for easily loading money into your account.
  • Skrill: Another eWallet option that allows you to convert international funds to USD in order to deposit on BetMGM.
  • VIP Preferred eCheck: VIP preferred allows you to link your bank account using your routing and account numbers to send money directly from your checking.
  • PayNearMe: When you choose PayNearMe, a barcode will be generated. Bring that barcode to any 7-11 or Family Dollar along with cash to make your deposit.
  • BetMGM Play+ card: Get started right away by signing up for your Play+ card directly in the cashier. Approval takes seconds and you can instantly load funds on the card by linking a bank account or credit card. The physical card will arrive in the mail 7-14 days later.
  • Cash at MGM Grand Detroit cage: Bring your cash and your ID to the casino and go to the main cage to make easy deposits.

Withdrawals

  • VIP Preferred eCheck: Send your winnings directly to your checking account.
  • Skrill: Withdrawals can be sent to your Skrill account, where it can be converted to a large variety of foreign currencies.
  • Cash at MGM Grand Detroit cage: Bring your ID to the casino cage and pick up your cash.
  • PayPal: Withdrawals sent directly to your PayPal account.
  • BetMGM Play+ card: When you withdraw to your Play+ card, you have the option to send the funds to your linked bank account, withdrawn at any ATM machine, or use your card anywhere Discover is accepted.
  • Check by mail: Receive a check by mail can take up to two weeks to arrive.

BetMGM online game selection

Slots

BetMGM’s slot selection does not disappoint, and as part of its commitment to always improving, they are adding new titles almost every week. There are nearly 500 titles to choose from, including popular slots such as Jeopardy, Cleopatra, Monopoly, Motorhead, Dead or Alive, and Bloodsuckers. Where BetMGM really shines is its selection of progressive jackpot slots, with some top prizes topping out at more than $3 million.

No progressive slot has taken the internet gambling world by storm as much as Divine Fortune. Divine Fortune has three levels of jackpots that are always active, even with bets as low as 20 cents, with the top prize, referred to as the Mega Jackpot, regularly reaching six figures. The fun doesn’t begin and end with the jackpots, though, as there are many other ways to hit big, including free spins, multiplying wilds, and bonus rounds.

Blackjack

From your grandmother’s kitchen table to the casino floor, blackjack is arguably the most popular card game in the world and is now coming directly to your computer or mobile device. The rules of blackjack are simple but that doesn’t stop BetMGM from offering a number of blackjack variations from several game studios that all have subtle differences, like how many hands you can play per deal, resplit options, and speed of play.

Roulette

Roulette players have reason to celebrate, too, as BetMGM offers both American roulette and European roulette. American roulette is the standard roulette table that you will find in any US retail casino with both a 0 and 00 green betting options. European roulette sports just a single 0 green pocket for the ball to land. The arrangement of the wheel varies a bit between American and European roulette and our suggestion is to stick to European because the odds are slightly more in your favor thanks to one less option on the wheel.

Video poker

BetMGM has a big video poker library that is pieced together via a few different game studios. Video poker games include:

  • Game King Bonus Poker
  • Game King Double Bonus Poker
  • Game King Double Double Bonus Poker
  • Game King Triple Draw Poker
  • Five Play Draw Poker
  • IGT Jacks or Better
  • Spin Games Deuces Wild
  • Spin Games Regal Poker Deluxe
  • Spin Games Double Regal Poker
  • Spin Games Double Double Regal Poker
  • Spin Games Jacks or Better
  • Spin Games Jester Poker
  • Destiny Poker

Other table games

BetMGM gaming options go even further with casino favorites like Craps, Texas Hold’em Poker, DJ Wild Stud Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and Casino Hold’em Poker.

Do note that the poker offerings from BetMGM’s online casino are not peer-to-peer online poker you will find at BetMGM’s online poker room.

Live dealer games

Live dealer games bring all the excitement of a retail casino direct to your living room or mobile device. Real live dealers streaming all your favorite games from a studio located on the casino floor. All bets are placed virtually on your computer or mobile device but real cards are dealt and real wheels are spun. Games move a bit quicker than in a retail setting as there are no chips to deal with and payouts are made automatically, but feature real-time interaction with dealers and sometimes other players. Games being dealt via live dealers include blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and Texas hold’em variations.

BetMGM iRewards program

BetMGM iRewards program rewards customers for online play with not only online perks but increases the retail casino loyalty status as well. The more you play, the quicker you rise up the ranks with MGM’s M life Rewards tier system, resulting in benefits like free hotel stays, VIP dining experiences, show tickets, and more. The M life Rewards rankings look like this:

  • Sapphire: New sign-ups
  • Pearl: 25,000 tier credits
  • Gold: 75,000 tier credits
  • Platinum: 200,000 tier credits
  • NOIR: Invite only

iRewards progress opens up doors for online bonuses as well. Games vary by type for how many iRewards points are awarded per $1 wagered at a rate of:

  • Slots: 1 point per $5 wagered
  • Progressive slots: 1 point per $10 wagered
  • Video poker: 1 point per $20 wagered
  • Table games: 1 point per $25 wagered

While the iRewards program is a nice bonus and a type of loyalty program that not every online casino offers, it is not easy to move up the ladder quickly. Online casinos give new bettors and low stake bettors an opportunity to try new games with little risk, and we would like to see BetMGM better reward players of all levels.

Customer support at BetMGM

Customer support at BetMGM can only be described as adequate. When you have a problem or concern, BetMGM does not exactly make it easy to speak to someone, as they make you filter through an extensive FAQ self-help guide that itself is a bit convoluted. The self-help guide reads more like an extensive MLB 15-year player contract than a convenient guide and can be pretty confusing to even the most experienced online gaming aficionado.

While most sites give you an option right on the casino page to go directly to live chat, BetMGM embeds its contact information deep in the FAQs. To actually get to a person, just follow the directions below:

  • Click on the “My Account” button in the top right corner
  • Select “Help and Contact”
  • You will need to answer a series of questions about your issue
  • A common answer will appear, but just click on “Need More Help”
  • Once you do this, you will be given your options for contact, and those include live chat, email, and phone

Wait times tend to be long for live chat, and once you do get someone on the line, the customer support team tends to not be terribly knowledgeable about the site. While we usually recommend live chat, the phone customer service tends to be your best bet with BetMGM.

More about BetMGM Online Casino

BetMGM is the online gambling wing of MGM International, one of the most familiar brands in the gambling industry. MGM International owns properties throughout the world, including the MGM Grand and Bellagio in Las Vegas, The Borgata in Atlantic City, and of course MGM Grand Detroit. BetMGM got its start in New Jersey in 2017 and owns licenses in many states, such as Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Michigan as the company looks to expand its reach throughout the country with more states look to legalize online gambling.

Ryan Gutzler

Ryan Gutzler is a Pennsylvania-based gambling analyst who has worked in the gaming industry since 2007. He is an expert on the U.S. online sports betting and casino markets and is a frequent contributor to a variety of industry publications.