Launched in 2017, playMGM Poker belongs to one of the largest poker networks in New Jersey. Along with its sister sites, Party Poker NJ and Borgata Poker, it serves about one-third of the overall internet poker traffic in the Garden State.

The sites that belong to this network all share the same cash games and tournaments, but they give you access to different bonuses, promotions, and VIP programs.


playMGM poker welcome bonuses

New players at playMGM receive $10 for cash game play and $15 for tournament entries. The cash game portion of the bonus is credited to a player’s account after they earn one iReward Point, however, the tournament portion is credited instantly upon registration.

A first deposit bonus of 100% up to $1,000 is available, too. Bonus funds are released in chunks equal to 10% of the deposit size. For example, a player who deposits $300 will be releasing their bonus in increments of $30 each. To clear a single increment for withdrawal, a player must earn 20 times the size of that increment – in our example, that would be 20 * 30 = 600 iRPs.


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Summary

PlayMGM belongs to a network known for excellent weekly tournaments and very loose action. Its sister sites include PartyPoker NJ and Borgata Poker. If you’re looking for soft competition and exciting MTTs, you’re going to have an excellent time here. If, however, you’re looking for a challenge or you’re interested in high-stakes play, you should consider joining PokerStars NJ instead. Finally, it’s worth noting that the bonuses offered by playMGM give you more bang for your buck than their Borgata equivalents.

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Breaking down the value of the opening bonuses

playMGM no deposit bonus

No Deposit Bonus (PlayMGM)

    • Value:
    • Expires in (days):
    • Playthrough:
    • $25.00
    • 7
    • 20

Cost of clearing bonus playing slots:

Slot RTPPaid to casinoRemaining bonus
93%$35.00-$10.00
94%$30.00-$5.00
95%$25.00$0.00
96%$20.00$5.00
97%$15.00$10.00
98%$10.00$15.00

Cost of clearing bonus playing non-slots:

Game typeLowest RTPHighest RTP
Paid to casinoRemaining bonusPaid to casinoRemaining bonus
Blackjack$3.50$21.50$2.00$23.00
Roulette$26.30-$1.30$13.50$11.50
Other table games$10.20$14.80$6.20$18.80
Video poker$14.05$10.95$2.30$22.70

Bonus break-even RTP cut-off:

Game typeRTP cut-off
Slots95.00%
Blackjack95.00%
Roulette95.00%
Other table games95.00%
Video poker95.00%

playMGM opening bonus

First Deposit Bonus (PlayMGM)

    • Percent value:
    • Max value:
    • Min. Deposit
    • Expires in (days):
    • Playthrough:
    • 100.00%
    • $2,000
    • $10
    • 7
    • 20

Cost of releasing $1 playing slots:

Slot RTPCostCashback value
93%$1.40-40.00%
94%$1.20-20.00%
95%$1.000.00%
96%$0.8020.00%
97%$0.6040.00%
98%$0.4060.00%

Cost of releasing $1 playing non-slots:

Game typeLowest RTPHighest RTP
Paid to casinoCashbackPaid to casinoCashback
Blackjack$0.1486.00%$0.0892.00%
Roulette$1.05-5.20%$0.5446.00%
Other table games$0.4159.20%$0.2575.20%
Video poker$0.5643.80%$0.0990.80%

Bonus break-even RTP cut-off:

Game typeRTP cut-off
Slots95.00%
Blackjack95.00%
Roulette95.00%
Other table games95.00%
Video poker95.00%

Maximum bonus value at highest RTP:

Game typeMaximum value
Slots$1,200
Blackjack$1,840
Roulette$920
Other table games$1,504
Video poker$1,816

 

Short-term bonuses and promotions

Sunday $40k Guaranteed Summer Splash (June 3 – September 2, 2018): enter at least three Sunday $40k Guaranteed tournaments during the promotional period to earn a ticket to a special freeroll and some tournament dollars or Sunday $40k Guaranteed entries.

Monthly Leaderboard Tournament (June 1-30, 2018): participate in qualifying MTTs, accumulate leaderboard points and earn a slice of the $11,000 prize pool.

VIP program evaluation

VIP program cashback (PlayMGM)

    • Points expiration:
    • Points exchanged for:
    • 1 - 2 years
    • Cash

Wagers required to earn one iReward Point:

SlotsProgressiveBlackjackRouletteVideo poker
Wagers$5$10$25$25$20

Monthly wagers required to reach new account levels:

Game typeSapphirePearlGoldPlatinum
Slots0$10,417$31,250$83,333
Progressive slots0$20,833$62,500$166,667
Blackjack0$52,083$156,250$416,667
Roulette0$52,083$156,250$416,667
Video poker0$41,667$125,000$333,333

iReward points-to-cash exchange rate per one dollar:

Game typeSapphirePearlGoldPlatinum
Points required100908070

Monthly wagers required to reach new account levels:

Game typeSapphirePearlGoldPlatinum
Slots$500$450$400$350
Progressive slots$1,000$900$800$700
Blackjack$2,500$2,250$2,000$1,750
Roulette$2,500$2,250$2,000$1,750
Video poker$2,000$1,800$1,600$1,400

Monthly wagers required to reach new account levels:

Game typeSapphirePearlGoldPlatinum
Slots0.20%0.22%0.25%0.29%
Progressive slots0.10%0.11%0.13%0.14%
Blackjack0.04%0.04%0.05%0.06%
Roulette0.04%0.04%0.05%0.06%
Video poker0.05%0.06%0.06%0.07%

Cashback as a return on net losses:

Game typeSapphirePearlGoldPlatinum
Lowest RTP.Highest RTP.Lowest RTP.Highest RTP.Lowest RTP.Highest RTP.Lowest RTP.Highest RTP.
Slots2.00%10.00%2.22%11.11%2.50%12.50%2.86%14.29%
Progressive slots1.00%5.00%1.11%5.56%1.25%6.25%1.43%7.14%
Blackjack5.71%10.00%6.35%11.11%7.14%12.50%8.16%14.29%
Roulette0.76%1.48%0.84%1.65%0.95%1.85%1.09%2.12%
Video poker1.78%10.87%1.98%12.08%2.22%13.59%2.54%15.53%

playMGM online poker software

PlayMGM is powered by the same software as Party Poker NJ, which means that the poker client is heavily integrated with the casino portion of the site. Whether you’re using the desktop client or the mobile app, you’re always just a single click away from online slots and table games.

This has a significant impact on the entire network, resulting in a far higher number of recreational players than one might expect. Consequently, if you’re looking for good hunting grounds and you don’t mind the low stakes, playMGM is where you want to be.

From a purely technical standpoint, playMGM’s software is pretty much on par with other poker clients available to New Jersey-based players. The data transferred between your computer or mobile device and the network is encrypted, tables are quick to launch, and the games are guaranteed to be fair.

Games at playMGM Poker NJ

Cash Games

Cash games on playMGM are a mixed bag. If you’re a No-Limit Hold’em player, you should find plenty of 6-max action within the $0.01/$0.02 – $1/$2 range. Anything beyond that is pretty much limited to heads-up play and peak-traffic hours. 9-max NLHE tables are also available but aren’t all that popular due to the size of the player pool.

When it comes to Fixed-limit Hold’em, finding an active table tends to be an issue regardless of your preferred stakes and playing hours.

Omaha is available in both Pot-limit and Hi-Lo variants, but the number of active games is very low when compared with PokerStars. Omaha cash games on playMGM are always played six-handed, with most players disregarding the lowest micros and anything beyond $1/$2. Fixed Limit Stud is supported by the software, but finding opponents borders on a miracle regardless of the stakes.

Single-table tournaments

Sit & Go tournaments are the weakest part of playMGM’s offer. They’re available for both No-Limit Hold’em and Omaha, and the buy-ins range from $1 to $500. Both heads-up and 6-handed tournaments are supported, and players can choose whether they want to play in Standard or Turbo format.

Unfortunately, STTs aren’t all that popular on this network – expect a considerable wait before your game takes off. If you’d like to focus exclusively on STTs, both PokerStars NJ and 888/WSOP NJ would be better alternatives.

Multi-table tournaments

PlayMGM gives you access to both daily events and major tournaments, both of which attract thousands of players each week. Daily MTTs tend to attract considerably fewer players and require each participant to pay between $5 and $20.

When it comes to weekend majors, buy-ins range from $5 to $535, and the prize pools can go as high as $45,000. This is especially true for the Sunday $40k guaranteed tournaments, which start at 5 PM each week.

If you’d like to compete for the biggest weekly prize on playMGM, you’ll have to pay $200 for a ticket or win one of the numerously available satellites which cost around $5 to enter. The Mega Tuesday is another high-roller event worth mentioning – a ticket will set you back $535.

Fast-fold poker

Fast-fold games are an interesting alternative to multi-tabling. The rules are simple: If you fold your hand, you get moved to a different table, which means you don’t have to wait for an entire hand to play out before being dealt another set of hole cards.

Unfortunately, this format requires multiple tables to be up and running at any given time, which simply isn’t the case on the traffic-starved playMGM/PartyPoker network. Consequently, fast-fold tables have been all but abandoned by the players in favor of standard cash games.

Banking options at playMGM Poker NJ

PlayMGM customers have six deposit options to choose from:

  • Instant e-Check
  • Bank transfer
  • Borgata cashier
  • PayNearMe
  • Visa/MasterCard
  • Neteller

It’s worth noting that playMGM is the only site on the Party/Borgata network that doesn’t issue its own prepaid card. This means that if your Visa/MasterCard transaction gets rejected, which is a fairly frequent occurrence (40%+ rejection rates), there’s no way for you to bypass this restriction.

Consequently, if you’re planning to make a deposit to playMGM, we’d recommend sticking to Neteller, e-Checks, and PayNearMe. If you don’t mind making a trip to the Borgata in Atlantic City, you can also load up your account at the casino cage.

All of the aforementioned banking methods, except for Visa/MasterCard payments and bank transfers, can be used to request withdrawals. If you don’t mind the wait, you can also request a check by traditional mail. Just keep in mind that, unlike deposits, withdrawals aren’t instant and have to be processed by playMGM staff. In most cases, this process shouldn’t take more than two days.

playMGM online poker New Jersey support

PlayMGM customer support can be reached via email or phone:

In addition, playMGM Poker gives you access to an extensive help/FAQ section. Information pertaining to software issues and banking is well-organized and easy to navigate, but unfortunately the same can’t be said about playMGM’s loyalty program and bonuses FAQ. Because of this, we generally recommend sticking to phone support whenever possible. This is the fastest way to obtain a useful answer to most questions.

playMGM Poker NJ overall review

If multi-table tournaments are your cup of tea, you definitely won’t regret joining playMGM. On the other hand, the site isn’t that great of a choice for Sit & Go enthusiasts. Cash games are a mixed bag; if all you care about is Hold’em, you’re going to find plenty of action all the way up to medium stakes. If, however, you prefer Omaha, you’ll probably end up frustrated unless you opt to play exclusively during peak-traffic hours.

All in all, if you’re planning to join the Party/Borgata network and you’re looking for the best welcome deal, playMGM is definitely a solid pick – the loyalty program isn’t quite as good as on PartyPoker NJ, but the bonus does make up for this deficiency. In any case, both sites are definitely more wallet-friendly than Borgata.

playMGM updates for June 2018

Are you ready to earn your way into playMGMpoker’s Summer Splash Freeroll Invitational Tournament? Just play in three or more Sunday $40k Guaranteed Tournaments during their Summer Splash promotion and you’ll get an invite to their Summer Splash Freeroll tournament to be held on September 9, 2018 at 3 p.m. From there you can freeroll into the $3 Million Guaranteed WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship or the $1 Million Guaranteed Borgata Poker Open Almighty Stack.

 

Mark Nazzal

Author: Mark Nazzal

Mark Nazzal is a freelance software reviewer who previously worked at Liquidpoker and Macropoker. A recreational gambler since 2004 and with a background in astrophysics, he naturally gravitates toward a research-driven approach to writing.

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