playMGM Online Poker Site Review

The playMGM online poker site is MGM Resorts International‘s foray into the New Jersey online poker market.

As owner of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, MGM Resorts are already veterans in online poker and casino operations in New Jersey with BorgataPoker.com, partypokerNJ, and BorgataCasino.com among the sites running under its banner and online gambling license.

The company announced it will launch its own New Jersey online casino and poker sites before the end of 2017. Both sites will launch under the playMGM brand and GVC Holdings will provide the software.


Editor's Review
  • Promotions
  • Game Fairness & Security
  • Software
  • Customer Service

Summary

playMGM online poker is MGM Resorts International's entry into New Jersey's online poker market. With a software platform from GVC holdings and a place in a trusted and popular New Jersey online poker network, playMGM should be ready for launch in the NJ market. If the promotions are competitive, playMGM should represent a solid entry in the New Jersey online poker sphere and attract a number of players willing to try out a new online poker site from a trusted name in gaming.

4.3

Breaking down the value of the opening bonuses

playMGM no deposit bonus

No Deposit Bonus

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

Cost of clearing bonus playing slots:

Slot RTP Paid to casino Remaining 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 type Lowest RTP Highest RTP
Paid to casino Remaining bonus Paid to casino Remaining 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 type RTP cut-off
Slots 95.00%
Blackjack 95.00%
Roulette 95.00%
Other table games 95.00%
Video poker 95.00%

playMGM opening bonus

First Deposit Bonus

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

Cost of releasing $1 playing slots:

Slot RTP Cost Cashback value
93% $1.40 -40.00%
94% $1.20 -20.00%
95% $1.00 0.00%
96% $0.80 20.00%
97% $0.60 40.00%
98% $0.40 60.00%

Cost of releasing $1 playing non-slots:

Game type Lowest RTP Highest RTP
Paid to casino Cashback Paid to casino Cashback
Blackjack $0.14 86.00% $0.08 92.00%
Roulette $1.05 -5.20% $0.54 46.00%
Other table games $0.41 59.20% $0.25 75.20%
Video poker $0.56 43.80% $0.09 90.80%

Bonus break-even RTP cut-off:

Game type RTP cut-off
Slots 95.00%
Blackjack 95.00%
Roulette 95.00%
Other table games 95.00%
Video poker 95.00%

Maximum bonus value at highest RTP:

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

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.

Short-term bonuses and promotions

Monthy Leaderboard Tournament: play one of PlayMGM’s qualifying tournaments throughout the month of November and receive Online Tournament Points for a chance to win your share of a $11,000 prize pool.

VIP program evaluation

VIP program cashback

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

Wagers required to earn one iReward Point:

Slots Progressive Blackjack Roulette Video poker
Wagers $5 $10 $25 $25 $20

Monthly wagers required to reach new account levels:

Game type Sapphire Pearl Gold Platinum
Slots 0 $10,417 $31,250 $83,333
Progressive slots 0 $20,833 $62,500 $166,667
Blackjack 0 $52,083 $156,250 $416,667
Roulette 0 $52,083 $156,250 $416,667
Video poker 0 $41,667 $125,000 $333,333

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

Game type Sapphire Pearl Gold Platinum
Points required 100 90 80 70

Monthly wagers required to reach new account levels:

Game type Sapphire Pearl Gold Platinum
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 type Sapphire Pearl Gold Platinum
Slots 0.20% 0.22% 0.25% 0.29%
Progressive slots 0.10% 0.11% 0.13% 0.14%
Blackjack 0.04% 0.04% 0.05% 0.06%
Roulette 0.04% 0.04% 0.05% 0.06%
Video poker 0.05% 0.06% 0.06% 0.07%

Cashback as a return on net losses:

Game type Sapphire Pearl Gold Platinum
Lowest RTP. Highest RTP. Lowest RTP. Highest RTP. Lowest RTP. Highest RTP. Lowest RTP. Highest RTP.
Slots 2.00% 10.00% 2.22% 11.11% 2.50% 12.50% 2.86% 14.29%
Progressive slots 1.00% 5.00% 1.11% 5.56% 1.25% 6.25% 1.43% 7.14%
Blackjack 5.71% 10.00% 6.35% 11.11% 7.14% 12.50% 8.16% 14.29%
Roulette 0.76% 1.48% 0.84% 1.65% 0.95% 1.85% 1.09% 2.12%
Video poker 1.78% 10.87% 1.98% 12.08% 2.22% 13.59% 2.54% 15.53%

playMGM online poker software

GVC Holdings is the multinational sports betting and gaming group that incorporates Sportingbet, bwin and PartyGaming. Of course, bwin and PartyGaming’s partypoker are longtime players in the online poker industry. In fact, GVC Holdings has built a reputation for some of the best software in the online poker industry with these two brands.

With the playMGM online poker site prepared to launch with GVC Holdings software one would expect a user-friendly software platform ready for market from launch. In fact, GVC Holdings’ experience in the regulated online poker market in New Jersey suggests a readiness no other player can claim. Compliance with New Jersey gaming regulations and fraud detection systems should be top notch.

Considering that playMGM online poker will operate under the same online gambling license as online poker sites including Borgata and partypoker it is reasonable to think the sites will share player pools at some point, quickly making it one of the largest networks of online poker sites in New Jersey. Plus, playMGM online poker may offer players the chance to satellite into Borgata live events, the same way BorgataPoker.com has done successfully since it launched.

In terms of poker games, playMGM’s online poker software will include all the most popular poker games, including tournament, cash game, and sit ‘n’ go formats.

Banking with PlayMGM

playMGM will likely offer online poker players a variety of deposit options similar to those available on BorgataPoker.com. These deposit methods include:

  • Cash at the Borgata cage
  • Instant eChecks
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Pay Near Me PAY with CASH 7-Eleven
  • MGM prepaid card
  • Skrill
  • Neteller

PlayMGM online poker New Jersey support

PlayMGM is likely to offer 24 hour a day, seven day a week support to all its players. Much like BoragataPoker, one can expect playMGM online poker to offer email, telephone and live chat support through the site. PlayMGM online poker is also likely to include an online FAQ answering many of the most frequently asked question online poker players may have.

What’s the latest in regards to playMGM online poker?

The MGM brand is one of the most well know in the casino and gaming industry. Taking ownership of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and immediately promising to go online with a playMGM brand online poker site shows a lot of strength. One can expect playMGM’s online poker offering to live up to all that hype. Particularly since it will be leaning on the expertise of software partner GVC Holdings.

Don’t expect delays or slowdowns from the already established MGM. Expect a site that comes ready to compete for market share. Expect competitive bonus offers and player loyalty programs that cross promote with MGM properties in New Jersey and across the United States. Expect high quality and an online poker client worthy of the playMGM name.

Background on playMGM entering the NJ online poker market

MGM Resorts International bought out partner Boyd Gaming Corporation’s interest in the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in 2016. In 2017, the company announced it will launch its own New Jersey online casino and poker sites before the end of the calendar year. The sites will launch under the playMGM brand and GVC Holdings will provide the software. GVC Holdings already provides online poker software for Borgata and partypoker online poker sites in New Jersey.

PlayMGM online poker will operate under the Borgata’s internet gaming license. Borgata already hosts BorgataPoker.com, NJ.Partypoker.com, under its online gaming license. It will host the Pala online poker site when it launches.

The Borgata has been the market leading land-based casino in Atlantic City since it’s 2003 opening. It is also home to the East Coast’s premier poker room.

Online poker rooms under the Borgata online gaming license were market leaders from the onset of online gambling in the state until 2016, when PokerStars NJ launched and took the market share lead.

playMGM Updates November 2017

Ready to try something new? No problem, playMGM has added 4 new games in the last month and all are worthy of your time. Take a step to the wild side with Blood Suckers II or Dr. Jekyll Goes Wild. These scary slots reveal predators in the moonlight and provide some interesting bonus games. Fu Dao Le and The Legend of Shangri-La: Cluster Pays both have Asian themes, the former with an unusual cluster pay instead of traditional paylines and the latter with 243 ways to win.

Take advantage of Power Play Tuesdays during the month of November at playMGM. This promotion has you playing on Tuesday for rewards paid on Wednesday. Play casino games on Tuesdays and earn iRewards Points. Go back on Wednesday to redeem your FREEPLAY or Deposit Bonus offer.

New slot games added to PlayMGM

Wild West: a good-looking little slot, straight out of the NextGen Gaming stable. While the game comes with only 10 paylines on five reels, this is somewhat made up for by offering lots of free spin opportunities. Wild Cowboy symbols award up to five free games where players can additionally win a random Chip Prize. Great graphics and, as with many NextGen slot games, highly original.