PlayMGM Gets A New Name And A New Look With BetMGM Launch

PlayMGM got rebranded to BetMGM as part of GVC and MGM’s joint venture, Roar Digital. The BetMGM sportsbook, casino, and poker site are now available in NJ.

Heads up, New Jersey! PlayMGM has a new name.

The new brand, BetMGM, was released on Sept. 5 as part of the Roar Digital rollout. The brand name change includes BetMGM sportsbook as well as BetMGM casino and poker.

BetMGM is a product of Roar, the name of GVC Holdings and MGM Resorts International’s joint venture.

Yes, shortly after BetStars changed its name to Fox Bet, MGM launched its new gaming app BetMGM.

But the BetMGM platform has much more to offer than a new name. While the website and app got a new name, the sportsbook itself got a platform upgrade.

Adam Greenblatt, CEO of Roar Digital, said the company was excited to launch the new BetMGM app:

“We’re thrilled to give our customers bigger and bolder opportunities to enjoy the games and unique experiences that BetMGM will provide as the professional and collegiate football seasons get underway. We believe our product takes in-game entertainment to the next level.”

What’s new at BetMGM sportsbook

The BetMGM product utilizes GVC’s sportsbook platform that gives customers “a seamless betting and gaming experience,” according to the press release.

Players can expect to find a range of pre-match and in-play bets as well as:

  • Early Cash Out, where players can settle a bet before the game ends.
  • A shared wallet that allows players unlimited movement of funds between the sports, casino, and poker apps.
  • Bet tracking, featuring live scoreboards to track bets in real-time.
  • Odds boosts, including daily boosted bets, promos, and deals for all major sports.
  • Smoother transactions using PayPal, Play+, Skrill and more.

Users can also find the big events of the day front and center at the top of the website and app as well as better navigation between sports:

The original playMGM sportsbook from IGT launched under the Borgata license in August 2018. But its overall presence in New Jersey began earlier than that when it launched its NJ online casino and poker site.

The playMGM app is also available in Nevada. But New Jersey is the first market for the BetMGM rebrand. The goal, of course, is to introduce the new app in other states moving forward.

“The mobile gaming industry’s future is on a steep incline, and we are harnessing best-in-class mobile technology from Roar Digital, powered by GVC,” said Scott Butera, MGM’s president of Interactive Gaming.

“We expect this significant upgrade to our mobile experience to complement MGM’s proven retail presence and allow us to immediately compete in New Jersey and additional states where mobile gaming is approved.”

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Is there an app for BetMGM?

The short answer is yes.

The new app is available for download for iOS and Android. You can find the sportsbook app and poker app in the App Store and by visiting the BetMGM website on your Android phone or tablet.

But there appears to be no Apple app as yet for BetMGM Casino.

Did the deposit options change at all with BetMGM?

Not really, but you’ll find all the heavyweight options for deposits and withdrawals at BetMGM that you would find at any of the top sportsbook and casino apps in New Jersey, including:

  • PayPal
  • Play+ prepaid card
  • PayNearMe
  • Visa or Mastercard
  • Bank transfer
  • Skrill

Borgata casino and sportsbook got a new look, too

While BetMGM replaced playMGM’s app, its sister site also got a new look.

Borgata’s online sportsbook now uses the same new Roar Digital platform as BetMGM.

The upgrade happened at about the same time BetMGM was making its switch ahead of NFL kickoff on Sept. 5.

Another giant leap for MGM and Borgata AC

But the new BetMGM platform is just the latest example of MGM’s and Borgata’s commitment to sports betting in New Jersey.

The first legal sports bet in Atlantic City was placed at the Borgata Race & Sports Book on June 14 of last year.

The Marina District property upped its ante earlier this summer with the opening of the Moneyline Bar & Book.

And the Borgata Sports app joined the mobile betting party in May.

Now, the NJ mobile betting market is at 16 and counting (with theScore and Bet365 NJ joining the crowd in late August).

Feast Your Eyes On These Three New Apple NJ Betting Apps

Apple finally approved the New Jersey sports betting apps of BetStars, 888 Sport NJ, and playMGM for inclusion in the Apple App Store.

In New Jersey, sports bettors keep asking the question, “Is there an app for that?”

The answer is mostly yes. However, for iOS users, the answer was NO for New Jersey mobile sportsbooks BetStars, 888 Sport, and playMGM. Until now.

After weeks of waiting, Apple finally cleared the trio of sports betting apps for inclusion in the Apple App Store.

All three sportsbooks have had Android versions of the mobile sportsbook available at the time of their online launch.

It’s a good thing, too. Android users account for 54.5 percent of the U.S. mobile market, while iOS is 44.3 percent.

Even so, iOS users have been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for the latest additions that came just in time for Sunday’s NFL games.

New Jersey online sportsbooks

Now, all eight online sportsbooks can accept sports wagers on Android and iOS apps. Not all, however, have browser-based sports betting.

Mobile sportsbooks with browser-based betting:

Mobile sportsbooks without browser-based betting:

  • Betstars
  • playMGM

It is important to note that not having an online option may not be that much of a detriment. According to recent data, 65 percent of the time Americans spent online in 2017 was spent on a mobile device.

And 85 percent of the time spent on a mobile device was on an app. Those numbers are certainly going to continue to grow.

Mobile sports betting revenue driving the market

The three new additions to the Apple App Store came with a lot less pomp and circumstance then the launch of New Jersey sports betting.

Make no mistake about it, though, a mobile sports betting app is necessary to stay relevant.

The most recent sports betting revenue report shows mobile sports betting revenue surpassed land-based sportsbook revenue during its first full month of operation.

Retail sportsbooks reported $11.4 million in revenue, while online sports betting brought in $12.5 million.

Keep in mind not all mobile options were available for the whole month. Knowing that, expect to see more growth when October’s revenue figures come out. It doesn’t hurt that both the NBA and NHL return to the court and ice this month.

What the newcomers are up against

BetStars, 888, and playMGM definitely have some ground to make up. While iOS users may be fewer in numbers than their Android counterparts, they still represent a healthy portion of the population.

It is unlikely sports betting enthusiasts sat around waiting for the apps to launch. With the NFL season well underway, it is hard to imagine someone itching to place a bet deciding to sit it out.

Without a doubt, many of them went and found an app they liked and have been placing bets ever since.

All three companies have a digital presence through an online casino. Customers that were fans may have taken their business elsewhere while waiting for the apps to be approved.

Now it is up to the online sportsbooks to win back their customers and find some new ones. Of course, it is easier said than done.

The NJ sports betting market is crowded, and the competition for customers is fierce. It can’t be all about the lines, although, the lines better be competitive. There has to be a concentrated effort on branding and promotion.

The three newcomers may have an advantage in this area. Betstars and 888 both have global experience building a sportsbook. Meanwhile, playMGM has been operating in Nevada since the beginning of mobile sports betting.

All of the efforts to acquire customers comes at a crucial time. Neighboring Pennsylvania is busy preparing for its legal sports betting launch.

And the quest for customers will begin again. Most New Jersey sportsbooks plan to launch in PA, and they will be taking their best practices with them.

In this case, what happens in New Jersey is not likely to stay in New Jersey.

Welcome To The Party, Pal: PlayMGM App Enters NJ Sports Betting Market

At long last, the playMGM sportsbook app enters the NJ sports betting scene, becoming the second online sports betting site to do so after DraftKings Sportsbook.

New Jersey is no longer a one-pony mobile sports betting show.

On Wednesday afternoon, MGM Resorts International finally introduced its playMGM sports betting app.

Courtesy of the Borgata license, the app was introduced to the NJ sports betting market nearly a full month after MGM CEO Jim Murren announced it would go live by the end of the first week of August.

From Murren at the time:

“Fortunately we have a running start here because we operate the largest sports betting operation in Las Vegas with our 10 resorts. … And our playMGM app has been active for quite some time and is already quite popular.

“So I think that the experienced gaming customer, and even the novice, is really going to gravitate toward integrity, trust, branding, information. And I think this provides us a tremendous advantage over my competitors.”

Limited availability for now

For three weeks, DraftKings Sportsbook stood as the lone mobile operator in the Garden State. Now, playMGM has entered the mix.

The newest app, however, is only available for Android devices, leaving iOS users in the dark for the time being. Additionally, no browser-based portal exists at the moment.

As for the product, and as reported by Legal Sports Report, the playMGM app operates differently than its sister product in Nevada. LSR reported that the NJ app will have odds set differently than those in the Silver State.

MGM, Borgata becoming giants

Borgata became the second NJ property to offer legalized sports betting when it debuted its brick-and-mortar sportsbook June 14.

Now with the playMGM app, Borgata moves to the inside track to becoming a heavy hitter in New Jersey.

Overseeing it all, MGM continues to grow within the sports betting world. Last month the company entered$200 million partnership with GVC to power MGM sportsbooks.

Around the same time, MGM joined forces with Boyd Gaming, allowing the two entities to share licenses in states where the other does not have a presence. And then there’s MGM’s partnership with the NBA.

All of this gives MGM an expansive reach that appears unmatched by competitors.

Breaking up monopoly

Until Wednesday, only one mobile sportsbook reigned supreme in New Jersey. The DraftKings Sportsbook app enjoyed several weeks of monopolization after launching earlier this month but will now have to make room for competition.

Though the daily fantasy sports giant knew this day was coming.

“Everybody knows there’s a big opportunity out there,” DraftKings CEO Jason Robins said after his company partnered with Resorts Atlantic City in June. “… Anytime you’ve got a big market about to be created, there’s so much opportunity out there that everyone should benefit, as long as you do it the right way.”

Potentially in short order, this elite club could expand even more. NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement director David Rebuck recently said in an interview that “a lot of mobile products” are currently being tested and that “before the month we’re going to have a few more out there in New Jersey.”

Caesars Entertainment is reportedly working on its mobile operation by integrating its online casino with sports betting to create a new Caesars Casino & Sports app, which could be launched by football season.

Additionally, Resorts shared its plans to roll out a mobile sportsbook by September, while Meadowlands Racetrack owner Jeff Gural hinted at a FanDuel Sportsbook mobile platform in the near future.

A Completed Garden State Super Series Makes The 2017 Fall Edition A Successful One

If the Garden State Super Series Fall Edition could be considered a success by avoiding technical issues and cancellations, this was an exhilarating one.

A Garden State Super Series could be considered a success just by avoiding the technical issues and cancellations that have plagued it previously. If that is indeed the case, this 2017 Garden State Super Series Fall Edition was a rousing one.

The Garden State Super Series Fall Edition ran Oct. 15-22 and, for the most part, appeared to go off without a hitch. In fact, there were no major technical issues. Plus, all 14 events on the schedule were held on,, and for the first time, the online poker network’s new playMGM Poker site.

Of course, the limited 14-event schedule and $375,000 in guarantees was a step down from the Garden State Super Series in fall 2016. That series featured a massive $1.1 million in guarantees over 75 events. However, it was filled with big overlays and geolocation issues caused the cancellation of the Main Event and seven other tournaments.

The first-ever Garden State Super Series in September 2014 was hit by similar issues. Six events were canceled, including the Main Event.

All these issues forced organizers to scale down the spring 2017 iteration of the Garden State Super Series to 11 events. Plus, just $265,000 in prize money was guaranteed.

Garden State Super Series scaled down

The $375,000 in guarantees in this month’s Garden State Super Series Fall Edition was an effort to begin to grow the series again. However, the NJ online poker network may have bitten off a little more than it can currently chew.

The $320 buy-in $100,000 guaranteed Main Event drew 344 players, creating a $103,200 prize pool that managed to surpass its guarantee. However, the other big Sunday event wrapping up the series did not draw nearly as well. The $215 Welcome MGM To The Party/Borgata Network event had a $50,000 guarantee. Alas, the tournament drew just 234 entries. This forced the network to dip into the tournament fees to cover the event’s $50,000 guarantee.

There was also an overlay in the series’ other $50,000 guaranteed event. The $1,060 buy-in $50,000 guaranteed High Roller managed to draw just 47 entries. Even with the fees put back in the prize pool, the event fell short of meeting its $50,000 guarantee.

One of the bright spots on the series was its opening event. The series kicked off with a $215 buy-in $60,000 guaranteed No Limit Hold’em tournament. This one actually drew a bumper 362-entry field creating a guarantee-smashing $72,400 prize pool. However, there were overlays in the other two events on the series’ Oct. 15 opening day.

Small overlays were also recorded in about half of the series’ mid-week events featuring more modest guarantees.

Competing with PokerStars New Jersey

Last year, the Garden State Super Series went head-to-head with New Jersey online poker market leader PokerStars NJ. The site runs its New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) in the fall. The schedule was altered this time to begin as the $1.2 million-guaranteed 46-tournament NJCOOP series was wrapping up on PokerStars NJ.

PokerStars NJCOOP ran Sept. 30 through Oct. 16 with all but seven events meeting posted guarantees. In fact, more than the total of $1.2 million guaranteed was actually up for grabs and the series saw more than 8,500 total entries.

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Garden State Super Series Fall Edition Schedule Released – Event Begins As NJCOOP Ends

October will continue to be a big month for real money online poker in New Jersey with the Garden State Super Series Fall Edition schedule just released.

It appears October will continue to be a big month for online poker in New Jersey with the schedule for the upcoming Garden State Super Series Fall Edition just released.

The New Jersey online poker tournament series will feature $375,000 in guaranteed prize pools on,, and for the first time ever, the network’s new playMGMpoker site.

The Garden State Super Series Fall Edition will run Oct. 15-22 with 14 events, including a $100,000 Guaranteed $320 Championship Event on the final day.

Scaling down the series

Of course, this is a major step down from the fall edition of the Garden State Super Series on the network in 2016. That series featured $1.1 million in guarantees over 75 events, but was marred by massive overlays and geolocation issues that caused the cancellation of the Main Event and seven other tournaments.

Similar issues plagued the first-ever Garden State Super Series in September 2014. That series saw the cancellation of six events, including the Main Event.

However, the $375,000 in guaranteed money this time around is a step up from the $265,000 guaranteed across 11 tournaments in the spring iteration of the Garden State Super Series held earlier this year.

Competing with PokerStars NJ

In the fall of 2016, the Garden State Super Series ran head-to-head with PokerStars NJ and its New Jersey Championship of Online Poker. This time around, the series is hoping to piggyback on the tail end of the $1.2 million-guaranteed 46-tournament series held by the New Jersey online poker market leader.

PokerStars NJ’s New Jersey Championship of Online Poker wraps up Oct. 16, just as the Garden State Super Series Fall Edition is kicking off.

Buy-ins for the series range from $20 to $1,060. The biggest events on the schedule include:

  • A $215 No Limit Hold’em opening event with a $60,000 prize pool guarantee beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 15
  • The $1,060 buy-in $50,000 Guaranteed High Roller beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15
  • A $320 buy-in $100,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold’em Main Event beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 22

The series will also include a $215 Welcome MGM to the Party/Borgata Network Event. This is the first time the playMGM poker site will take part in a Garden State Super Series.

The site just launched (around the same time as Scores, which operates on the Pala license), joining the existing Party/Borgata network in August of this year. The $215 Welcome MGM to the Party/Borgata Network Event will feature a $50,000 prize pool guarantee.

Added Garden State Super Series championship seats

The network will also be adding several $100,000 Guaranteed Championship seats to the first ten events on the schedule. The top nine finishers in the opening event will earn $320 championship seats. Plus, the top three finishers in the next nine events on the schedule will also be awarded $320 championship seats.

Satellite tournaments into various events on the schedule with buy-ins as low as $2 will also be available on the network beginning Oct. 15.

A look at the full Garden State Super Series Fall Edition schedule is available through playMGMpoker right here.

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