BetMGM recently launched legal mobile sports betting in Indiana – click here to signup.
BetMGM is the online sports betting and gambling extension of MGM Resorts International, operator of casino resorts across the United States and around the world.
For those unfamiliar with the name, MGM Resorts operates some of the biggest casinos on the planet. Some of its more well-known properties in the US include Bellagio, Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand in Las Vegas along with Beau Rivage in Mississippi and Borgata in Atlantic City among operations in other states.
BetMGM Indiana offers standard and in-play sports betting on a full range of professional and college sports from around the world. Bet on the NFL in real time or predict the winner’s of next year’s English Premier League – the choice is yours.
- Operated by a major land-based casino operator (MGM Resorts)
- Offers pre-game and in-play betting
- Growing number of live video streaming options
- Easy to use mobile app
- Could use more wager types for individual matches
- In-play betting lacks play-by-play markets
MGM Resorts first entered the online gambling space with the launch of playMGM online casino for New Jersey residents in 2017. After the Supreme Court overturned the federal sports betting prohibition in 2018, playMGM added online sports betting to the menu and later changed its name to BetMGM to better reflect its focus on sports betting.
BetMGM Indiana went live in February 2020 with the blessing of the state Gaming Commission (IGC). As expected, the company had no trouble meeting Indiana’s licensing and compliance standards.
The remainder of this BetMGM Indiana review will take a close look at the wagering options on offer, deposit bonuses, ongoing promos, mobile betting interface and what to expect as a customer.
- Visit BetMGM Online at: BetMGM.com
- Mobile App Available for: iOS and Android devices (coming soon)
- Indiana Licensing Status: Approved
- Can I bet on Indiana college games at BetMGM? A directive issued by the IGC explains sportsbooks may accept wagers on college games, including local games. The one restriction is sportsbooks may not accept in-play proposition wagers on individual players.
- Who’s allowed to wager with BetMGM? Customers must be 21 or older and physically present on Indiana territory; customers do not need to be residents – visitors are welcome too.
- Land-Based Casino Partner: Belterra Casino Resort
BetMGM Indiana Bonuses
BetMGM Indiana offers bonuses to new customers along with a regular lineup of ongoing promos. The welcome bonus tends to be fairly unchanging while ongoing promos change on a regular basis.
Risk-Free First Bet up to $500
Currently, BetMGM Sportsbook offers new customers a risk-free first bet worth up to $500 with the goal being to give new bettors a low risk opportunity to give the app a test run. Winning are paid out as bonus bets, which isn’t quite as nice as straight up cash, but those bonus bets are free to use across all sports to win money that may be withdrawn.
Here’s how it works:
- Sign up for an account through the mobile app or at BetMGM.com
- Make a deposit of at least $10 and place your first wager
- If your first wager is a winner, keep your winnings and enjoy
- If your first wager loses, BetMGM will refund it with up to $500 in free bets
The BetMGM bonus does come with certain terms and conditions, but none are overly restrictive:
- Initial deposit must be a minimum of $10 to qualify
- First wager must be placed at odds of -200 or greater to qualify (i.e. wagers placed at -300 or -400 would not count while wagers placed at -200 or +150 would both be fine)
- Free bets must be used within seven days of receiving them
- Free bets cannot be withdrawn (but winnings may be withdrawn)
BetMGM safely qualifies as a promotion-heavy betting site. These ongoing promotions change frequently, but the examples below offer a preview as to the number and variety offers you will find as a customer.
- $20 Risk Free College Basketball Bet: During the latest college basketball season, BetMGM offered a $20 free bet for all customers who logged in, opted in to the promotion and placed a pre-game wager on an NCAA basketball game. Anyone whose wager lost was refunded with up to $20 in free bets.
- Money Monday Club: During this promotion, BetMGM Indiana offered a $10 free bet to all customers who placed at least $50 worth of wagers during the previous week.
- Daily Odds Boosts: Check the “Odds Boost” section on the PlayMGM app or website every day for wagers that have been given bigger and better odds.
BetMGM Indiana Mobile App
Mobile users can point their browsers to in.betmgm.com to bet online with no download necessary. Standalone mobile apps for iOS and Android devices will be released shortly, but currently all wagering must take place on the mobile-enabled website.
The BetMGM mobile website is organized in a standard layout with a menu of sports displayed along the top of the screen, open wagers occupying the center of the screen and a menu along the bottom for viewing all sports, editing your betting slip, managing your account and seeing the latest promotions.
On logging in to your account, you’ll see the day’s boosted odds wagers, popular betting markets, ongoing live events and upcoming live events. Tap the odds on any screen to add that wager to your betting slip, where you can adjust the amount to bet. You can add multiple wagers to the betting slip and place them individually or combine them into parlays and round robins.
In-play betting and live streaming sports are both available through BetMGM mobile for customers with funded accounts. Other mobile features include a search tool for finding specific leagues or teams and an option to add favorite teams or leagues to your homepage.
Mobile Betting Screenshots
Betting Online at BetMGM.com
Desktop and mobile users alike can head to BetMGM.com to bet online with no download necessary. The mobile-friendly website is nearly indistinguishable from the actual app while the full desktop website takes advantage of the additional screen real estate for improved navigation and viewing (see screenshots below).
In-play betting, live streaming and most other key features are available at BetMGM.com whether visiting from an actual desktop or smartphone. Navigation is improved on the desktop with a full list of sports displayed across the top of the screen along with a left menu navigation area for popular markets, odds boosts and other items BetMGM wants to bring to your attention.
The one big flaw we noticed on the desktop website is that it was inexplicably difficult to find a list of all in progress or upcoming live betting events – we nearly concluded BetMGM had disabled live betting on the website for some reason until we navigated to an individual sport, found a submenu link to view in-play betting for that sport, and then backed out to the full list of in-play betting events for ALL sports.
Types of Wagers Offered
BetMGM offers a fair number of wagers for each event, but the variety here is not as great as you’ll find at some other mobile sportsbooks. However, all the key wagers such as in-play betting plus pre-game moneylines, spreads, point totals and standard propositions such as the first team to X points and where or not there will be a safety in the game are offered.
As an example, a recent NFL game had a total of 45 markets on offer. This included lots of alternate point spreads and totals, 1st half moneylines, 1st half totals, 1st quarter moneylines, 1st quarter totals, the quarter with the highest point total, whether or not there will be an overtime and others along those lines.
In addition to these types of wagers, BetMGM Indiana offers early cash out and edit my bet features:
Early cash out: BetMGM offers early cash out options for certain straight and parlay wagers. In wagers where this is an option, it allows you to close a bet early for an instant payout. This can be useful if you like the way the game is going and what to lock in a win or if you don’t like the way the game is going and want to cut your losses.
Edit my bet: Edit my bet offers more control by letting you edit wagers that have already been placed. This feature is available for parlays with unsettled legs and straight wagers in which early cash out is available. You can add, swap or remove selections in parlay wagers and increase your stake in parlays or straight bets.
- Football: NFL and NCAA
- Baseball: MLB
- Basketball: NBA and NCAA
- Hockey: NHL and World Championship
- MMA: UFC
- Soccer: MLS, Champions League, EPL and many other international leagues
- Tennis: ATP, WTA, ITF Men, and ITF Women
- Aussie Rules
- Rugby Union
- Formula 1
The in-play betting options at BetMGM are diverse with most major North American and international events covered. This includes professional leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and so on) plus college football, college basketball and more.
Features such as play-by-play updates and a digital representation of the action on the field or court offers a sort of live streaming feel that is useful for when you’re not near a TV. BetMGM has also started offering actual live video streams of some sports – this is a feature we hope to see more of as the industry matures.
Most of the in-play markets revolve around standard full game, half-time and quarter results. Some examples of the type of in-play wagers offered on a recent NFL game include full-time moneyline, spread and totals (with odds updated in real time), 1st quarter totals, 1st quarter moneylines and 1st quarter spreads.
What’s missing here are extra short-term wagers such as the outcome of the next drive or next free throw. These types of wagers are more resource-intensive for the oddsmakers, but we do know other sportsbooks offer them. If BetMGM wants to be truly competitive when it comes to in-play betting, it needs to offer more short-term wagers during live events.
In-Play Betting Screenshots
BetMGM Live Streaming
BetMGM is slowly expanding its live streaming options as the US sports betting market grows. Today, BetMGM streams major European soccer matches along with major tennis highlights and broadcasts from other sports that you can watch online or through the official app.
Live streams are offered free to all customers with a funded account so you can watch the games from anywhere and place live bets as the action unfolds in real time.
It will likely be some time before BetMGM is able to stream NFL games online, but things are certainly trending in that direction. Over time, watch for BetMGM to increase its live streaming lineup.
Indiana regulations (pgs. 23-24) allow most standard types of deposit methods along with “any other means approved by the commission.” Currently, BetMGM accepts deposits via all of the following methods.
Credit and Debit Cards
BetMGM accepts Visa and Mastercard for deposits and funds are credited to your account instantly.
ACH Bank Transfer
ACH bank transfers move money from your bank account to your BetMGM account instantly. All you need are your account and routing numbers.
Online Banking Transfer
Online bank transfer works a lot like an ACH transfer except your bank authenticates the transaction using your existing online banking login information. After you choose an amount to deposit, you will be redirected to a secure page hosted by your bank where you will log in with your bank username and password. Your bank will authenticate the transaction on your behalf such that your account number is never revealed to BetMGM.
Use this deposit method to fund your BetMGM account with hard currency. After selecting PayNearMe from your list of deposits, enter an amount to deposit to generate a pay slip. You can then take your pay slip to your nearest 7-Eleven to pay with cash.
PayPal is a trusted online payment provider that facilitates deposits via bank transfer, credit card and debit card. You can use your existing PayPal account or sign up for one at PayPal.com for free.