BetMGM Sportsbook Michigan Review 2021

BetMGM Sportsbook Review

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Pros

Vast amount of betting options Live, in-game wagering Easy to access site/app Variety of player bonuses and promotions

Cons

Busy, cluttered desktop presentation Too much reliance on parlay play Could offer more futures and prop bets

Offering an incredible range of sports betting options, BetMGM Sportsbook is destined to become Michigan’s leading brand for legal online sports gambling. Every major professional and college sporting event is available for moneyline, over/under and point spread wagering. With the press of a button on the BetMGM desktop site or mobile app, members can be playing any of their favorite casino games or slots as well.

Signup is fast, easy and secure. Depositing and withdrawing money is simple as BetMGM accepts major credit cards, PayPal, and other online payment services. And don’t forget to take advantage of their instant signup bonuses and daily promotions You simply cannot go wrong with BetMGM Sportsbook and casino. Fun and excitement awaits!

Welcome Bonus at BetMGM Sportsbook Michigan

New players are welcomed to BetMGM with a 100% match bonus on the first deposit up to $1,000 plus a $25 sign-up bonus. Other limited time bonuses and sportsbook offers may be available. Also, make sure to join MGM’s free MLife Rewards program for more bonus details and offers.

BetMGM Sportsbook’s 2021 Promos

BetMGM Sportsbook offers Michigan players promos galore, helping to make betting on sports even more fun and profitable. New players are welcomed with a risk-free first bet worth up to $600. They also offer members the “Money Monday Club”. Opt-in and players will be awarded with $10 in free bets when $50 in qualifying wagers are placed during the previous week.

If you like playing parlays, then BetMGM is the place for you. Players may be given parlay boost “tokens” which will award an extra 10% on a 3+ leg parlay win. Another option is Parlay Plus. If you opt-in to this program, a winning 4 to 7 leg parlay may be awarded 15 to 40% more in free bets. During the remainder of the NBA season, BetMGM is offering $25 insurance on a one game NBA parlay. With this, if just one play on a 4+ leg parlay loses, the players will get up to $25 back in free wagers.

Is BetMGM Sportsbook legal in Michigan?

Yes. With the passage of the Lawful Internet Gaming Act in 2019, Michigan now allows for legal online sports betting and casino gambling. The BetMGM Sportsbook fully meets all of Michigan’s sports betting laws and legal requirements to operate within the state. This includes having a partnership with a land-based casino, which, in this case, is the MGM Grand in Detroit.

How to create an account at BetMGM Sportsbook Michigan

Signing up to use the online sportsbook takes less than a minute. You can log in with a Yahoo! Sports account, or to create a BetMGM account, you simply need to do the following:

Click on the “Register” button in the upper right-hand corner.

Enter your email and create a password. 

Fill in your full name, last four digits of your social security number, and date of birth.

Enter the first line of your address and mobile phone number.

On the same page, agree to the terms and condition and click on “Create My Account.”

Your account will be instantly created and you will be transferred to a page to make your initial deposit. You do not have to make a deposit immediately if you do not wish to do so at this point.

How to place a bet at BetMGM Sportsbook Michigan

Once you have created an account and made your first deposit, it is time to place a bet. This is easy to do. Say you want to bet on tonight’s Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls game. All of the day’s upcoming events are listed on the home page. Click on the “basketball” button under “upcoming events” or click on the NBA logo at the top of the page. Then navigate to the Pistons vs. Bulls game. There you should have three options: point spread, moneyline, and over/under. If you wish to see more betting options for this contest, click on the game listing and you will be taken to a page dedicated to all the possible wagers available for this contest.

Once you make your decision, click on the bet you would like to make. It will appear under “bet slip” (either on the right-hand side of the home page or at the bottom of the screen on your mobile app). In your “bet slip,” you can adjust the amount you wish to bet on that single play, or turn that bet into a parlay or round robin. When you finalize all of you bets, simply click on “Place Bet.” Your wager has been made.

Desktop and Mobile App Review

The look and feel of the BetMGM Sportsbook desktop site and its mobile app for Android or iOS are nearly identical. This is a welcome relief as the log-in, cashier and account information is always located in the upper right-hand corner. While your pending bets appear immediately on the desktop site for a quick overview, you must navigate on the app to your bets via a button set on the bottom edge of the screen.

The biggest drawback to using the desktop site is the over-crowding of the screen. While it’s nice to see all of the games, bets and odds available, it can be too much to take in at once. The app does a better job of presenting a clearer snapshot of the day’s action. In fact, it feels as if everything is easier to navigate in the app. However, the desktop site will allow the player to better track multiple in-action games from its home screen. Whichever way you decide to access the BetMGM Sportsbook, placing a bet is clear and simple with their virtual betting slip.

BetMGM Sportsbook’s best features

No matter the league, no matter the country in which it is played, you would be hard pressed to find a sporting event that you cannot wager on at BetMGM Sportsbook. Their sports betting offerings are unmatched. Players can take advantage of BetMGM Sportsbook’s innovative “Cash Out” and “Edit My Bet” features. Also, an interesting feature available is the possibility to watch live streams of certain sporting events directly on the desktop site or mobile app.

How could BetMGM Sportsbook Michigan improve?

The presentation on their desktop site is almost overwhelming. It needs to be less cluttered. BetMGM Sportsbook also leans too heavily on parlay play. While parlays can be fun to play and highly rewarding, they are not considered to be good bets. We would also like to see more “prop” bets available to players, especially given the wide range of options possible.

Betting Markets at BetMGM Sportsbook

There are a variety of ways in which you can bet on sports. BetMGM Sportsbook makes it easy to understand what type of bet you are placing, how much the wager is for, what the potential payout would be, and on which team you have placed a bet. The most popular sports betting markets include:

  • Moneyline: The most straight-forward of betting options. Here, you simply bet on which team (or PGA golfer, NASCAR driver or MMA fighter) will win the match with the odds determining the payout. For example, if the Michigan Wolverines are playing the Wisconsin Badgers in NCAA football, you can simply wager on the Wolverines to win the game. If they win, you win. 
  • Point Spread: When betting on a team sport with the point spread, the team you select will either be “giving” points (-) or “taking” points (+). For example, in an NFL game between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, the Lions might be listed as -3.5. This means if you bet on the Lions, they will need to win the game by 4 or more points for your bet to also win. If you bet on the Bears at +3.5, then you win if they win the game outright or lose by 3 points or less. 
  • Over/Under (or Totals): With this type of bet, you don’t care who wins or loses the contest. You are simply betting on the total number of points scored in that particular game. For example, in an NBA game between the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Lakers, the point total might be 225.5. You can therefore bet on whether the two teams combined score in that game will be “over” 225.5 points or “under” that total. 
  • Parlay: A parlay wager is when you combine two or more of the above type of bets into one master bet. For example, you can bet on the Michigan Wolverines moneyline, the Detroit Lions -3.5 point spread, and the Piston-Lakers over 225.5 all together in one bet. To win, you need all three events to end as you predicted. Get just one wrong, and you lose. The more bets you make in a parlay play; however, the greater the odds become and the more money you can potentially win than if you bet the outcomes individually.    
  • Futures: Which team do you think will win this year’s Super Bowl or World Series? With a futures wager, you can bet today on an event that might not take place until next year. Futures will allow you to bet on total number of wins a team may have in a season, which team will win their respective division or conference, or which team will win the championship among other seasonal outcomes. 

Michigan Teams you can bet on 

Sports betting in Michigan allows legal wagering on the state’s major sports team. This includes:

  • MLB: Detroit Tigers
  • NFL: Detroit Lions
  • NBA: Detroit Pistons
  • NHL: Detroit Red Wings
  • NCAA Basketball: Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Eastern Michigan Eagles
  • NCAA Football: Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Eastern Michigan Eagles, Western Michigan Broncos

How to deposit and withdraw at BetMGM Sportsbook in Michigan

Making a deposit or a withdrawal is fast, easy, and most importantly, secure. BetMGM ensures that your money is safe with them as well as meeting or exceeding industry standards to protect your identity and personal information.

When using a credit card, BetMGM adheres to Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance standards which utilizes state-of-the-art 128-bit encryption. This is the same technology used by major financial institutions worldwide. If using Online Banking to make a deposit or withdrawal, BetMGM uses your bank’s own security protocols which includes having your bank verify your identity. In short, every transaction between you and BetMGM is as secure as possible to make sure your identity and money is protected.

Payment MethodDepositWithdrawal
Minimum / MaximumProcess timeMinimum / MaximumProcess Time
Visa$10 / N/AInstant N/A 5 hours
PayPal $10 / N/A Instant N/A 1-2 mins 
MasterCard $10 / N/AInstant N/A  2 mins
Instant Bank Transfer $10 / N/AInstant $10 / $50,000 Couple mins
VIP Preferred E-Check $10 / N/AInstant NO/NO24-48 hours
Online Banking $10 / N/AInstant $10 / $50,0002 business days 
M life Rewards MastercardN/A Instant N/A N/A 
Discover credit card N/A Instant N/A N/A 
BetMGM Play+ card$10 / N/AInstant N/A N/A 

Deposits

Making a deposit is simple. Once you log in to your account:

Click on the “Deposit” button in the upper right-hand corner.


Select your deposit method.


Enter the amount you wish to deposit and fill in the required information.


Click Deposit


Your funds should be available within a few moments and visible on the home screen in the upper right-hand corner.

If you have questions regarding a particular deposit method, click on the FAQ at the bottom of each payment method’s screen.

Withdrawals

Making a withdrawal is as simple as making a deposit.

Click on your account icon in the upper right-hand portion of the screen


Click on “Cashier”


Click on “Withdraw”


Select your withdrawal method of choice


Enter the amount you would like to receive


Click on “Withdraw”


The funds will appear in your chosen account in a specified amount of time indicated on the screen. Your new balance will appear in the upper right-hand corner of the home screen.

For more information about this process, click on the FAQs at the bottom of each withdrawal method’s screen.

Customer Support & Help

It can be frustrating when an important question cannot be answered. Thankfully, BetMGM’s customer support is easily accessible with an ever-present “Help & Contact” button in the upper right-hand corner of both the desktop site and mobile app. If the easy-to-navigate help pages cannot deliver the needed answer, there is an option to email customer support. If the matter is more pressing, live chat is available 24/7.

Safe, Security and License

BetMGM is approved for real money gaming in the state of Michigan. To protect your personal data and money, it uses secure encryption technology from VeriSign. You must be 21 years of age or older to legally participate in online gaming in Michigan.

To ensure integrity and to prove the games offered are fair and operate correctly, BetMGM’s internet sports betting platform and internet casino games are tested by an independent test laboratory approved by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

To combat an unfair advantage, BetMGM’s stated policy is to prohibit any unfair practices. This includes, but is not limited to, forbidding the use of BOTs, AI, or multiple accounts to create a competitive disadvantage. BetMGM reserves the right to terminate any offending account indefinitely as well as for all funds in said account to be forfeited.

License and Partnership

BetMGM Sportsbook is licensed and regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board as an Online Sports Wagering Pool pursuant to the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act, Lawful Sports Betting Act, 2019 PA 149, MCL 432.419 and the Lawful Internet Gaming Action, 2019 PA 152, MCL 432.301 to 432.322. BetMGM Sportsbook offers online sports betting and internet gaming in Michigan under an agreement with MGM Grand Detroit, a Michigan Sports Betting Operator License holder.

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Our Opinion

There is a lot to like about BetMGM Sportsbook. Signup is fast and easy, their sports betting options are plentiful, and customer support is one click away. While the desktop site’s presentation could use some work, finding a particular game and understanding its odds is not a problem. Their mobile app is very easy to navigate and makes depositing, withdrawing or betting on the go a snap. With plenty of bonuses and promotions available, you would be hard pressed to find a more complete online sportsbook than BetMGM Sportsbook.

Review written by Brian Tuohy