DraftKings Sportsbook Review

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Introduction

DraftKings, one of a handful of gigantic names in US fantasy sports, is also an ever growing online sportsbook & casino brand.

Blessed with an already huge contact book of DFS lovers, they make the switch from fantasy to real money gambling super simple, with their single sign on account. This review concerns itself with the sportsbook side of the business, and how it fairs against some pretty stiff competition.

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DraftKings State Availability

As you would expect from a well-known brand such as this, DraftKings sportsbook is available in most legal online gambling states where competition is allowed, that numbers 22 states in total.

In some cases DraftKings are partnered with another brand, for example in Connecticut where they partner with Foxwoods, giving folks in CT easy access to online betting.

Each state may have it’s own sign-up offers that differ from the one above – so it’s always worth checking to see if there is something else that might suit you more

ArizonaMichigan
ColoradoNew Hampshire
ConnecticutNew Jersey
IllinoisNew York
IndianaOhio
IowaOregon
KansasPennsylvania
KentuckyTennessee
LouisianaVirginia
MarylandWest Virginia
MassachusettsWyoming

Availability

Availability
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Available in 22 states – DraftKings has great coverage for the wandering bettor.
Available in 22 states – DraftKings has great coverage for the wandering bettor.
10/10

Sign Up Process

First things first – I advise you to go find your drivers license or state ID card before you begin. Go find it now. Yes, now. Go!

Back? Cool, let’s roll.

Signing up for an account at DraftKings is incredibly simple and takes just minueven if you are signing up from scratch.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you already have a DraftKings Fantasy account then DO NOT attempt to create a separate account for sportsbook, use your existing details and just supply the remaining verifaction details as prompted.

You need to complete the following information during the sign-up process, in no particluar order:

  • Email Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Account Username & Password
  • Proof of Identification
  • Phone Number
  • Home Address

Account Verification

DraftKings may accept your address and SSN number as full verification, but other times they may require require further verification. This is nothing to worry about whatsoever, and they provide an upload function on both desktop and mobile devices to allow you to easily photograph and upload and ID documentation, such as:

Identity Documents

  • Passport (photo page only)
  • Passport Card (front and back)
  • Military ID (front and back)
  • Permanent US Resident Card

Address Documents

  • Bank/Savings account statement (issued in the last 3 months)
  • Utility bill – i.e. water, gas, electric (issued in the last 3 months)
  • IRS tax notification (issued in the last 12 months)
  • Tenancy Agreement (issued in the last 12 months)
  • Mortgage or home loan statement(issued in the last 12 months)

Sign Up Process

Sign Up Process
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If your address and SSN checks out – you’re golden. About as fast a sign-up as you can get.
If your address and SSN checks out – you’re golden. About as fast a sign-up as you can get.
10/10

Payment Options

DraftKings, as you would expect, have a variety of methods to get money into your betting account. Paypal, Venmo and Apple Pay are the three e-wallets available to depositors. Visa & Mastercard debit cards, and Visa, Mastercard & Discover credit cards also listed as options (exceptions to this are Tennessee, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island where this is rightfully banned IMO – please, please please don’t use credit cards to bet!). Online banking, pre-paid and gift cards as well as cash depositing are all acceptable options.

Withdrawing Funds

DraftKings process withdrawals daily from 9-5 EST. Withdrawals submitted after 2pm on any given day will be processed the following day in the order they were received.

Some withdrawal methods are only available after a successful & verified deposit from the same method / account. If you do not see all of the methods below when it comes to withdrawing your winnings, then you already have your answer as to why.

Please do think about this when choosing your initial depositing method. It makes life much easier down the track.

A verified debit card / Apple Pay is the fastest way to deposit & withdraw – with the other e-wallets typically a day slower.

Withdrawal MethodProcessing Time
Debit Card1 Day
PayPalUp to 2 Days
VenmoUp to 2 Days
Apple Pay1 Day
VIP PreferredUp to 3 Days
Online BankingUp to 5 days
Bank WireUp to 2 Days
Play+ PrepaidCardUp to 4 Days
ChecksDepends on Amount – Up to 14 Days

Payment Methods

Payment Methods
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You could be sat on your winnings within the same day in some cases. However, accepting credit cards as a way of funding a betting account is such a bad idea, so marks lost for that.
You could be sat on your winnings within the same day in some cases. However, accepting credit cards as a way of funding a betting account is such a bad idea, so marks lost for that.
7/10

Sports Markets

BaseballGolf
BasketballHockey
BoxingMMA
CricketNASCAR
CyclingRugby Union
DartsSnooker
FootballSoccer
Formula 1Tennis

DraftKings have 22 sports available for you to flex your picking muscles on (where available). This includes the sport you have probably never heard of until right now – the wonderfully named Jai Alai (pronounce it High-Lie), where a rock-hard ball is flung at 150mph from what looks like some kind of medieval gauntlet attached to the players hand – in what appears to my amateurish eye to be a glorious mashup of several sports but most reminiscent of squash and tennis.

Access to all of the available betting markets may vary from state to state – a typical example of this will be E-sports, where betting is not legalized in all states.

There are other sportsbooks that have wider coverage overall dependent on state – where mountain states have access to betting on alpine skiing, for example.

That said, for the overwhelming majority of the betting American public, you will generally find what you want (and Jai Alai) on DraftKings sportsbook.

Sports Coverage

Sports Coverage
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Jai Alai, baby!
Jai Alai, baby!
9/10

DraftKings Sportsbook App

Available on both iOS and Android.

To COMPLETE.

Mobile App Experience

Mobile App Experience
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Borderline unusable – pun very much intended.
Borderline unusable – pun very much intended.
3/10

Promotions

If there is one thing that BetMGM does really well – it’s promotions. Their connection to the razzamatazz of Las Vegas comes in very handy when you need to offer some big prizes!

There’s always something available to regular BetMGM bettors that keeps you engaged – such as:

Top First Touchdown Odds

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Top First TD Odds For Primetime Games!

The King of Sportsbooks just became The King of Touchdowns too! We’re offering top pricing on the First Touchdown market for all primetime pro football games.

That’s right: BetMGM will match or beat the First TD odds from our leading competitors on game day for every primetime pro football game this season. Just log in on game day to get better pricing with BetMGM!

“Primetime” will be defined as any Pro Football game starting at or after 8:00 PM EST.

Top pricing will be available for each Pro Football Primetime game on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through the regular season (October 5, 2023 12:00 AM EST through January 7, 2024 11:59 PM EST).

Pricing will be available from 12:00 AM EST to 8:00 PM EST on the day of each respective primetime game.

Odds will match or beat DraftKings or Fanduel at time of wager.

  • Odds will be updated regularly throughout the day of each respective Primetime game.
  • If player makes a wager with odds that do not match or beat the listed competitors, BetMGM will match the player’s winning wagers up to the quoted odds with additional payout in unrestricted funds.

Parlay Boosts

At the time of writing, you can claim a parlay boost token for betting on NBA – which would level up winnings by up to 33%. This is an offer that is almost always present on BetMGM, they just switch up the sports depending on the season. Nice to have for a bettor like me who loves to parlay. (and parlez!)

Vegas Trip Sweepstake

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A season long sweepstake competition with the chance to earn multiple entries, based upon your weekly bet spend. The grand prize is a superb trip to Vegas replete with two tickets to the end of season game that shall not be mentioned for legal reasons (‘it really is a Superb Owl though isn’t it?’ said the woman to the taxidermist).

The more you bet in a week – the more chance you have at scooping a prize. I’ve never been comfortable with this type of offer, but hey, if you are betting only what you can easily afford to lose – then more power to you, and best of luck.

Sweepstakes are not valid in what i call ‘The Casino States’ ie NJ, PA, MI, or WV – instead the prize is BetMGM Reward points (more on those later).

There are more terms & conditions than i can shake a baseball bat at, so I invite you to read them all in your own sweet time should you be interested – here they are.

8-Bit Barry

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Possibly the highlight of the whole BetMGM offering. I mean who doesn’t love an overly simple retro videogame? And the chiptune music – I’m in heaven.

Every week you get to try and ‘Barry Sanders’ your way past the lonesome defender & if you manage to master this feat of multiple choice mayhem, then you pocket a parlay or odds boost – or a tasty little Bonus Bet -and we love Bonus Bets here at Bonus Bet USA!

Prizes again dependent on state. Rules and regulations neatly stowed below….

PROMOTIONAL PERIOD:

  • This “Promotion” is available to qualifying customers every week between September 7, 2023 at 8:00 am EST and February 11, 2024 at 6:30 pm EST (“Promotional Period”), unless terminated earlier in BetMGM, LLC’s sole discretion. Participants may play the game weekly, with the game resetting each Friday at 12:00 pm ET. Accounts opened after the Promotional Period will not qualify for this Promotion.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR THIS PROMOTION:

  • This Promotion is open to participants who, at the time of wagering, are located in Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, or Wyoming; are at least 21 years old; are not on an exclusion or self-exclusion list; and have an existing online BetMGM Sportsbook account (“Participant”).
  • Employees, officers, directors, members, and representatives of BetMGM, LLC (the “Sponsor”), its parent and affiliate companies, and any advertising agency or web company connected with the Sponsor (collectively, “Promotion Entities”), as well as immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such person, are not eligible to participate in this Promotion. The Sponsor reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all Participants. The Sponsor additionally reserves the right to refuse or otherwise restrict the eligibility of any individual to participate in this Promotion for any reason, in its sole discretion, including based on Participant’s wagering patterns or wagering history.
  • Additionally, any individual with a BetMGM account on any product in one (1) or more jurisdictions where the Sponsor operates that has been involuntarily closed, suspended (including any accounts in cool-off status), or where such account has been marked as fraudulent, is ineligible to participate in, and/or receive a prize, for this Promotion even where such entrant may seek entry in this Promotion through an active account in another jurisdiction.

HOW TO CLAIM THIS PROMOTION:

  • To claim this Promotion, Participant must, during the Promotional Period, (a) visit www.betmgm.com or the BetMGM Sportsbook mobile app and log in to Participant’s BetMGM Sportsbook account, (b) access the “BetMGM 8-Bit Barry” entry page under the tab labeled “Promotions”, and (c) follow the provided instructions to spin, stiff arm, or juke in attempt to score a touchdown. Limit of one (1) attempt per person/user per week of the Promotional Period.

PRIZING AND ALLOCATION:

Each winner of the Promotion will be awarded one (1) prize: *expires within 72 hours and will be awarded to each such winner at random. The prize awarded to a winner may consist of any of the following and must be used on NFL betting markets:

Prizes: AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, OH, TN, VA, WY

TD Prize 1 – Parlay Boost Token, subject to a minimum 3 legs, +400 odds wagering requirement.

TD Prize 2 – Odds Boost Token, subject to a minimum -200 odds wagering requirement.

TD Prize 3 – Same Game Parlay Insurance Token, subject to a minimum 3 legs, +400 odds wagering requirement.

TD Prize 4 – Bonus Bet, subject to a minimum -200 odds wagering requirement.

Prizes: NJ, PA, MI, WV

TD Prize 1 – Parlay Boost Token, subject to a minimum 3 legs, +400 odds wagering requirement.

TD Prize 2 – Bonus Spins (to use on Starburst™)

TD Prize 3 – Casino Bonus (to be used on any game), subject to a 10x rollover.

TD Prize 4 – Odds Boost Token, subject to a minimum -200 odds wagering requirement.

TD Prize 5 – Same Game Parlay Insurance Token, subject to a minimum 3 legs, +400 odds wagering requirement.

TD Prize 6 – Bonus Bet, subject to a minimum -200 odds wagering requirement.

Prizes: NY, DC, MS

TD Prize 1 – Parlay Boost Token, subject to a minimum 3 legs, +400 odds wagering requirement.

TD Prize 2 – Odds Boost Token, subject to a minimum -200 odds wagering requirement.

TD Prize 3 – Bonus Bet, subject to a minimum -200 odds wagering requirement.

For each winner of the Promotion, prize(s), if any, will be deposited into the Sportsbook Account(s) of the winner(s), if any, within seventy-two (72) hours of the conclusion of the Promotion, subject to verification of winner’s eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. In certain instances, such as those involving larger or non-monetary prizes, the prizes may be distributed in an alternative manner at Sponsor’s sole discretion. 

Parlay Boost Token: Parlay Boost Tokens expire in (72 hours) after receipt. Winners must use their Parlay Boost Token within (72 hours) expiration period, or the Parlay Boost Token will be forfeited. Parlay Boost Token may only be used on NFL, event, or market.

Odds Boost Token: Odds Boost Tokens expire in (72 hours) after receipt. Winners must use their Odds Boost Token within (72 hours) expiration period, or the Odds Boost Token will be forfeited. Odds Boost Token may only be used on NFL, event, or market.

Same Game Parlay Insurance Token: Bet Insurance Tokens expire in (72 hours) after receipt. Winners must use their Bet Insurance Token within (72 hours) expiration period, or the Bet Insurance Token will be forfeited. Bet Insurance Token must be used on NFL, event, or market.

RESTRICTIONS ON YOUR PARLAY BOOST TOKEN:

  • The wagering requirement is a minimum 3 legs, +400 odds.
  • Parlay Boost Tokens are limited to one (1) token per person, account, household (IP address), and/or computer and must be used during the Promotion Period. All details of Extra Winnings will be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute Extra Winnings (or portion thereof) with a similar reward (or reward element) of comparable or greater value. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of Extra Winnings are the sole responsibility of Participants. Extra Winnings cannot be transferred and are valid only for the items detailed above, with no substitution of Extra Winnings by Participant.
  • Parlay Boost Tokens can only be used by a Participant and via the BetMGM Sportsbook website or mobile app, and must be used for a single parlay wager within seventy-two (72) hours of receipt of the Parlay Boost Token and within the Promotion Period.
  • Parlay Boost Tokens cannot be redeemed for cash at any time or withdrawn from Participant’s account.
  • Parlay Boost Tokens cannot be used on any other BetMGM brands (including, but not limited to, BetMGM Casino/Poker, Borgata Sports/Casino/Poker, PartyCasino/partypoker).
  • Additional terms and restrictions may apply (including, without limitation, maximum payout restrictions). See the Sponsor’s Terms of Service for details.
  • Any other restrictions in the Sponsor’s Terms of Service which are not inconsistent with the Terms and Conditions of this Promotion shall also apply.

RESTRICTIONS ON YOUR BONUS BET:

  • The wagering requirement is minimum -200 odds.
  • Each Bonus Bet can only be used once. Each Bonus Bet can only be placed as one straight bet or one (1) parlay and cannot be split between various bet placements.
  • Bonus Bet will be credited to Participant’s account promptly (within approximately 24 hours) after settlement of a Qualifying Bet.
  • Bonus Bets are limited to one (1) per person, account, household (IP address), and/or computer. All details of Bonus Bet will be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute Bonus Bet (or portion thereof) with a similar reward (or reward element) of comparable or greater value. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of Bonus Bets are the sole responsibility of Participants. Bonus Bets cannot be transferred, withdrawn, or redeemed for cash and are valid only for the items detailed above, with no substitution of Bonus Bets by Participant.
  • Bonus Bets can only be redeemed via the BetMGM Sportsbook website or mobile app, can only be used for Eligible Wagers, and must be used within seventy-two (72) hours of them being credited to Participant’s account or will be forfeited.
  • Bonus Bets cannot be redeemed for cash at any time or withdrawn from Participant’s account. Participant cannot cash out its Bonus Bet(s).
  • Bonus Bets cannot be redeemed on any other BetMGM brands (including, but not limited to, BetMGM Casino/Poker, Borgata Sports/Casino/Poker, PartyCasino, or partypoker).
  • Bonus Bets do not count towards qualifying for any other promotional offers, unless otherwise specifically stated in the Terms & Conditions of such promotional offer.
  • The value of Bonus Bet, once redeemed, will not be included in any winnings.
  • If Participant’s Bonus Bet wager becomes void, in whole or in part, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion (including, without limitation, if the game/event on which Participant’s Bonus Bet was placed is canceled), Participant’s Bonus Bet will be returned to Participant’s account.
  • Additional terms and restrictions may apply (including, without limitation, maximum payout restrictions). See the Sponsor’s Terms of Service for details.
  • Any other restrictions in the Sponsor’s Terms of Service which are not inconsistent with the Terms and Conditions of this Promotion shall also apply.

CASINO BONUS WINNINGS:

  • The wagering requirement is 10x the Casino Bonus winnings amount. For every $5 in Casino Bonus Winnings, the player must wager $50. For example: If a player receives a $5 Casino Bonus, the player must wager $50 to cash out the bonus and any associated winnings.  
  • The player has twenty-four (24) hours following receipt of the Casino Bonus winnings to complete the wagering requirement. 
  • Players can opt-in to multiple bonuses at any given time. However, they can only contribute to the wagering requirements or release restrictions for one bonus at a time. The wagering requirements and release restrictions apply to the first activated bonus unless the player pauses said bonus by resuming play on another bonus in the Bonus tab. Players can resume using bonuses multiple times until they expire. 
  • Players can opt out of a bonus at any time. Should players opt out of this bonus prior to completing the wagering requirement, the Casino Bonus and winnings derived from the Casino Bonus will be removed from the player’s account.
    • GAME CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARD BONUS WAGERING
      • The percentage of your wager that counts toward your wagering requirement varies based on the game you are playing. Here are the percentages:  Slots, Jackpot Slots, Scratch Cards, Fixed Odds Games, Virtual Games: 100%
        • For Example: If I play $125 on Scratch Games → I release it, as they count 100%.
      • Table, Roulette, Live Dealer (All Games), Video Poker, Baccarat, Craps: 20%
        • For Example: If I play $125 on Roulette → Only $25 is counted, as Roulette counts 20%.
      • Blackjack (Non-Live Dealer Only): 10%
        • For Example: If I play $125 on Blackjack → Only $12.50 is counted, as Blackjack counts 10%.
  • Withdrawal Restrictions:
    • To cash out any Casino Bonus and associated winnings received from this promotion, players must first complete the wagering requirement.
  • If you have an active bonus, your next deposit funds may be restricted to the wagering contributions of the active bonus. Restricted funds are not eligible for withdrawal until the wagering requirement of the bonus is met. You can check your available funds for withdrawal through My Account > My Balance.
  • Please review your account for any active bonus before making a deposit and placing wagers to avoid restrictions. If you would like to drop an active bonus, please go here.
  • Casino Bonus can only be redeemed via the BetMGM website or mobile application and must be used within the respective time frame listed above of them being credited to your account. 
  • Casino Bonus cannot be redeemed on any other BetMGM brands. 
  • Casino Bonus does not count towards qualifying for any other promotional offers, unless otherwise specifically stated in the Terms & Conditions of such promotional offer. 
  • Any other restrictions in the BetMGM’s Term of Service that are not inconsistent with the Terms and Conditions of this promotion shall also apply.  

BONUS SPINS WINNINGS:

  • The wagering requirement is 15x the Bonus Spins winnings For every $1 in Bonus Spins Winnings, the player must wager $15. For example: If a player receives a $5 Casino Bonus, the player must wager $75 to cash out the bonus and any associated winnings. 
  • The player has seventy-two (72) hours following receipt of the Bonus Spins winnings to complete the wagering requirement. 
  • Players can opt in to multiple bonuses at any given time. However, they can only contribute to the wagering requirements or release restrictions for one bonus at a time. The wagering requirements and release restrictions apply to the first activated bonus unless the player pauses said bonus by resuming play on another bonus in the Bonus tab. Players can resume using bonuses multiple times until they expire. 
  • Players can opt out of a bonus at any time. Should players opt out of this bonus prior to completing the wagering requirement, the Casino Bonus and winnings derived from the Casino Bonus will be removed from the player’s account.
    • GAME CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARD BONUS WAGERING
      • The percentage of your wager that counts toward your wagering requirement varies based on the game you are playing. Here are the percentages:
        • Slots, Jackpot Slots, Scratch Cards, Fixed Odds Games, Virtual Games: 100%
          • For Example: If I play $125 on Scratch Games → I release it, as they count 100%.  
        • Table, Roulette, Live Dealer (All Games), Video Poker, Baccarat, Craps: 20%
          • For Example: If I play $125 on Roulette → Only $25 is counted, as Roulette counts 20%.  
        • Blackjack (Non-Live Dealer Only): 10%
          • For Example: If I play $125 on Blackjack → Only $12.50 is counted, as Blackjack counts 10%.  
  • Eligible Game: Starburst™
  • Withdrawal Restrictions:
    • To cash out any Casino Bonus and associated winnings received from this promotion, players must first complete the wagering requirement.  
  • If you have an active bonus, your next deposit funds may be restricted to the wagering contributions of the active bonus. Restricted funds are not eligible for withdrawal until the wagering requirement of the bonus is met. You can check your available funds for withdrawal through My Account > My Balance.
  • Please review your account for any active bonus before making a deposit and placing wagers to avoid restrictions. If you would like to drop an active bonus, please go here.
  • Casino Bonus can only be redeemed via the BetMGM website or mobile application and must be used within the respective time frame listed above of them being credited to your account. 
  • Casino Bonus cannot be redeemed on any other BetMGM brands. 
  • Casino Bonus does not count towards qualifying for any other promotional offers, unless otherwise specifically stated in the Terms & Conditions of such promotional offer. 
  • Any other restrictions in the BetMGM’s Term of Service that are not inconsistent with the Terms and Conditions of this promotion shall also apply. 

IMPORTANT TERMS:

  • This Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other BetMGM Sportsbook promotion.
  • The Sponsor will have complete discretion over interpretation of these Terms and Conditions and administration and operation of this Promotion. Decisions of the Sponsor will be final and binding in all matters related to this Promotion. The Sponsor reserves the right to change or end this Promotion for any reason, including, without limitation, if required for legal and/or regulatory reasons.
  • By entering and/or claiming this Promotion, each Participant agrees for Participant and for Participant’s heirs, executors, and administrators (a) to release and hold harmless Promotion Entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such Participant’s participation in this Promotion and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of the reward(s) or any portion thereof (including any travel related thereto); (b) to defend and indemnify Released Parties from any and all claims or liability resulting or arising from this Promotion and to hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the reward (s), including express warranties provided exclusively by reward provider that are sent along with the reward (s); (c) to the posting of such Participant’s name on the Sponsor’s website and/or mobile app and the use by Released Parties of such name, voice, image, and/or likeness for publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known (including, without limitation, on the internet and social media), throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval, and, upon request, to the giving of consent, in writing, to such use; and (d) to be bound by these Terms and Conditions and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in this Promotion itself, and to be bound by all decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from this Promotion or forfeiture of the reward (s) at the Sponsor’s sole discretion.
  • Released Parties shall not be liable to any Participant or any other person for failure to supply reward (s) or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s), or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulation(s), order(s), or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, terrorist acts, earthquake, war, fire, flood, explosion, epidemic, pandemic, public health emergency, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other cause beyond the Sponsor’s sole control (a “Force Majeure Event”). A Force Majeure Event expressly includes (i) an outbreak or resurgence of COVID-19 (as defined by the World Health Organization, which, together with any related strains, variants, and mutations thereof and other similar infectious diseases, are collectively referred to herein as “COVID-19”) or, (ii) action, order, regulation, or guidance taken or issued by a government authority in response to an actual or threatened outbreak or resurgence of COVID-19.
  • Released Parties are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (i) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Participants, printing errors, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Promotion; (ii) technical, hardware, software, or telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions which may limit or interfere with Participant’s ability to take part in this Promotion; (iii) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process of this Promotion; (iv) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of this Promotion or the processing of entries; (v) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete, unreadable, inaccurate, undeliverable, damaged, or stolen entries or notices (including winner notifications, if applicable); (vi) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entry or other materials; (vii) any printing, typographical, human, administrative, or technical errors or omissions in any material associated with this Promotion; (viii) any injury, loss, costs, expenses, or damages to persons or property (including, but not limited to, damage to any computer system or mobile device related to participating in, accessing, or downloading information related to this Promotion) which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Participant’s participation in this Promotion or any related activity; (ix) any illegal activity by Participant or anyone acting in concert with Participant; and/or (x) any cancellations, delays, diversions, or substitutions, or any act or omissions whatsoever by any persons.
  • This Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

OLG Internal Control Trigger Based applies to this promotion.

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Pro Football Survivor

Survivor games are the shiznit aren’t they?

If you want the chance to make bank to the tune of $100,000 then you can join the hordes of others attempting to be the last person standing.

Pick one team to win every week of the pro football season & make it through to survive another week. You can only choose that team one time however – making every week progressively more difficult to survive.

Max fun – next to no chance of winning the jackpot- just enjoy the ride!

The legals are here – give them a read.

Promotions

Promotions
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I can still hear the 8-Bit Barry theme tune in my head & I kinda like it that way – the new soundtrack to my life. bleep bloop bleep!
I can still hear the 8-Bit Barry theme tune in my head & I kinda like it that way – the new soundtrack to my life. bleep bloop bleep!
10/10

Betting Options

BetMGM is a big name that we all know – and therefore our expectations for its sportsbook should really match the glitz grandeur of the MGM Grand in Vegas, with all the bells and whistles. Does the reality match the fantasy?

Come dear reader – Let’s take a whimsical walk together through the metaphorical gold-lined corridors of BetMGM Sportsbook and wonder at the sheer majesty of exotic betting options we have displayed tantalisingly before us:

Same Game Parlay+ (SGP+)

I’m a big fan of same game-parlays, where you don’t have to wager on the outcome, but instead you can pick any number of in-game parameters such as completed passes, rushing yards & number of turnovers, chain them all together in a multi-leg parlay bet, and if you manage to successfully call the correct outcome of all those individual legs, your winnings will reflect the much slimmer percentage chance you had of winning. It’s a fun way to bet small and potentially win big, my kind of wager.

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So what is plus symbol for?

SGP+ is a parlay of same game parlays – I know, right!!?

In reality, it’s no different to just having more legs on a standard parlay bet – but sportsbooks until recently have restricted you to just one same game parlay, perhaps for commercial reasons such as calculating the probabilities.

BetMGM currently restrict this niche bet type to pro football matchups, but if you think you know your NFL, you can now chain two same-game parlays together and stack those odds multipliers on top of each other. What’s not to love?

Here’s how to place that SGP+ bet, in BetMGM’s own words:

  1. Build a pro football Same Game Parlay and add that wager to your Bet Slip.
  2. Build another SGP from a different pro football game and add it to your Bet Slip.
  3. After you’ve finished adding your SGPs, then place your SGP+ wager. Good luck!

MLB Head-To-Head Wagering

Baseball fans rejoice – the King of Sportsbooks has the perfect antidote to the boring old final score bet.

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BetMGM have a number of head-to-head bets available for MLB bettors. If you want to bet on who delivers the most delicious dingers between player A and B – well now you can, same for hits, bases, the list goes on.

As I mentioned previously, I’m a fan of betting on in-game parameters – this comes from a life of supporting teams that never win. Full marks to BetMGM for making MLB more entertaining for Average Joe Bettor.

Cash Out

Early cashing out of your bet at any point through a game is available to BetMGM customers. This isn’t a feature I use in my own betting, I actually put my phone away and refuse to look at it until after a time where I know my bet will have run its course, but hey that’s just me, I’m easily tempted & prefer to let it ride.

Whilst not available for every single bet type, some types of straight and parlay bets are included. If you do choose to cash out – the odds and therefore the pay-out will be affected by the live action unfolding at that particular moment in time. To be clear here, you will never see a cash out offer for the full amount of your pre-game potential winnings, that would make zero sense for the sportsbook.

Why would you want to cash out early? A few examples:

  • Protect your winnings if you feel the current outcome might change for the worse.
  • Your ‘just for fun’ Hail Mary multi-leg parlay is currently winning.
  • Minimize losses if your wager looks set to lose and you can cash out to reclaim your original stake. Live to bet another day.

Here are a few examples of classic cash out scenarios:

You place a $10 bet on the Browns v The Bengals to cover the spread at -2.5

  • Scenario 1: When the first half wraps up – the Browns are already covering the spread with the score at 7-0. You decide to cash out early and collect $15 as you think the Bengals can get back into the game & the outcome may change in the second half.
  • Scenario 2: Toward the end of the third quarter, the game has flipped, the Bengals have scored a TD and are now driving towards field goal range. You decide to cash out and collect $3, getting at least some of your stake back.

Be aware that the cash out options can be temporarily frozen, usually at key moments in the game. This allows the sportsbook time to recalculate the current probabilities and reflect them in your cash out offer.

Cash out is a super useful option & a welcome addition to BetMGM Sportsbook but don’t forget that if you’re a purist or just trust in your judgement – you can simply let your bet ride.

Live Betting

Live betting is easy to access and very straightforward to use. The in-event sports available are all laid out in a single view known as ‘highlights’. This enables you to quickly scan down through all live events across all sports. This is probably the best view for quieter times of day, but you are most definitely going to want to switch to a single sport on game day, otherwise, you might find your event is buried deep down the listings.

Events that are in play have a red ‘live’ badge in the lower left corner, which sits alongside the game clock, a very handy feature I find. Near real-time updates allow for the odds to fluctuate rapidly. If the odds change, two visual indicators make sure it is brought to your attention.

A green upwards pointing arrow and green box outline means the odds have lengthened, meaning your potential winnings have just gone up as the outcome has become less likely.

A red downwards pointing arrow and accompanying red outlined odds box tell you that the odds have just shortened, becoming more likely, and as you would expect, your potential winnings also just took a hit.

The media player gives you immediate access to near real-time game stats, including a multitude of in-game events that can also be bet upon.

Personally speaking, I love in-game or live betting more than any other bet type. If you love sport and have even a basic knowledge of the event you are planning to bet on – then you will find that a short time after the game begins, your feeling for the outcome and maybe the chance of an upset will become more ‘tuned-in’. The weather – the crowd, the referees, the inflation level of the ball. etc.

But what I had placed my parlay earlier, then had that feeling that things were not going to work out the way I originally planned on leg 2 of my parlay. Well, then I can simply….

Edit My Bet

This feature allows you to edit any bet where the cash out feature is available – or a parlay where the outcome hasn’t yet been determined, with legs left to play.

Pretty dang cool if you like that type of flex, but as stated elsewhere in this review – I’m a lay it down and leave it be style of bettor. I stand with the minority here though I think, and Edit My Bet is rightfully a big deal.

You can edit a bet via the My Bets section of your player account – where the feature is shown as available. As this is tied to cash out – there will be short periods throughout the event where the facility is frozen.

In the edit mode, If you decide the edit you have made isn’t right after all – then you can edit your edit, or cancel your edit. Clear?

What can be edited on a bet? Straight from the pages of BetMGM:

Add Selection – Missed a selection from your Multi Bet or like the start a team has had in its game? Now you can add those selections to existing bets.

Swap Selection – Your team’s best player has been ruled out and you think that will change the outcome or if your view has changed? You can swap the selection.

Remove Selection – If you think your team hasn’t started well in the game you can remove that selection from your bet and rest easy that the potential loss won’t affect your bet.

Increase Stake – Want to increase your potential winnings? Feeling more confident than ever now that team news is out? Your selection has a commanding lead? Top up the stake of your bet and boost the return.

Live Streaming

BetMGM’s live streaming option is among its best features. Logged in customers with funds in their account can click the corresponding icon on any game and watch a gamecast or, for some games, a live TV broadcast.

The gamecast is accessible on desktop and mobile, while the TV broadcast is available on desktop.

The choice of sports is usually limited to sport shown outside of the US, with Soccer, Tennis , Basketball & golf being amongst the popular live games to bet on.

Common Bet Types

Whilst this is nothing more than a glorified footnote with links – you can of course expect to see all standard bet types.

  • Moneylines
  • Spreads
  • Over Unders
  • Parlays
  • Futures
  • Props

We cover off these types of bet in our Ways to Bet section, should you be a betting newcomer or require a refresher.

Betting Options

Betting Options
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Leading the charge with a bevvy of betting options available to every bettor.
Leading the charge with a bevvy of betting options available to every bettor.
9/10

Customer Reward Scheme

BetMGM provides a comprehensive loyalty program tailored for both online and live gaming enthusiasts, offering innovative methods to earn and redeem points across BetMGM Casino, BetMGM Poker, BetMGM Sportsbook, and physical locations.

Successfully integrating a world-class loyalty rewards program into the gaming sphere, BetMGM Rewards allows customers to earn points and MGM Rewards Tier Credits with every wager, unlocking VIP benefits at over 20 MGM Resorts’ premier destinations, including Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Borgata, Beau Rivage, and MGM National Harbor, among others.

Key features of BetMGM Rewards include:

  • MGM Rewards accounts are automatically created during the BetMGM member registration process, granting users access to special offers and Tier Credits for gameplay at MGM Resorts properties.
  • Enhanced incentives at various tiers include waived resort fees (Gold+), Tier Achievement Travel Credit to Las Vegas (Platinum+ based on 2022 spend), complimentary MGM Rewards concert tickets (Pearl+), advanced suite upgrades for up to three nights (Platinum+), access to exclusive tier appreciation events (Gold+), and 4 p.m. late check-out (subject to availability; Platinum+), alongside numerous other benefits.
  • BetMGM Rewards Points can be redeemed for rewards like bonus credits for online casino, poker, and sports betting, or converted into MGM Rewards Points for hotel, dining, and other experiences at MGM Resorts properties nationwide.
  • MGM Rewards Mastercard holders can now earn Tier Credits and MGM Mastercard Points when using their cards for BetMGM deposits, redeemable for various experiences at 20+ MGM Rewards destinations.

Customer Rewards

Customer Rewards
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A great rewards scheme underpinned by MGM Resorts
A great rewards scheme underpinned by MGM Resorts
8/10

BetMGM Customer Support

It is clear to see that BetMGM take customer support seriously, with a number of ways to reach them. But no telephone number?

The ‘Help & Contact’ button is clearly legible in the site header at all times (desktop) or neatly tucked away in the Account section of the mobile site menu.

The help center is assisted – offering you single-click access to the most common requests and issues faced by BetMGM users, such as account verification and access.

If you cannot find the answer you are looking for – then you have a choice of using live chat which is 24/7 or email. Live chat is great and asking for my forgotten login details was dealt with promptly.

If your query is more complex – then I do recommend that you use the email option.

Regardless of the support option you choose – there is a link for uploading screenshots to your account that may help you explain the issue you might be having – very handy indeed.

I attempted to use the 24/7 live customer support at 9am on a Thursday morning ET. The AI bot asked me for my account number and when I answered with ‘I just have a quick question’ it spiralled into a death loop of confusion.

Finally I got put in line to wait for a human being – where I remained for over 25 minutes before I gave up. I think we are safe for at least a few more years before the robots come to destroy us all.

Customer Support

Customer Support
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Reasonable options but underwhelming experience if the bot can’t help you & chances are it can’t.
Reasonable options but underwhelming experience if the bot can’t help you & chances are it can’t.
6/10

BetMGM Responsible Gambling

BetMGM take responsible gambling seriously. The following extract from their Responsible Gambling pages is copied verbatim:

“According to the results of a recent survey, almost 70% of Americans believe the gaming industry “behaves responsibly in the communities where it operates.” This is good news as it shows the vast majority of land-based and online casinos are focused on making it easier to play online casino games and to take part in online sports betting with a safe, responsible approach top of mind.

As part of the American Gaming Association’s campaign to promote responsible gaming and prevent problem gambling, we at BetMGM actively supply our gamblers with resources for safer gambling. We ensure that we speak openly about the warning signs of problem gambling, and make sure that all of our gamblers have access to the details necessary should they feel the need to seek help.

Over the years, we’ve reached out to respected research institutes, associations, and counseling providers for advice regarding the development and implementation of well-researched measures to help us create an online gaming portal that is responsible, safe, and reliable. As such, we’ve taken on the responsibility of molding a gaming environment that operates on three basic principles, namely real fairness, real security and real prevention.

Speaking of problem gambling prevention, we make it possible for you, as an online gambler, to set your own personal limits regarding your deposits and spending. These can be limits for daily, weekly or monthly play. You can effortlessly request to decrease these limits at any time. However, requests for limit increases only become valid after a delayed period (one day for daily limits, seven days for weekly limits and 30 days for monthly limits).

In the event that you feel your gambling practices are no longer in the “safe” zone, BetMGM makes it easy for you to take a timeout for any period of time between three and 180 days.”

Don’t hesitate to call the national problem gambling helpline 1-800-522-4700 for assistance with problem gambling. 

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call the following 24-hour confidential national hotlines and/or websites:

Responsible Gambling

Responsible Gambling
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All the necessary restrictions and helpline numbers are present.
All the necessary restrictions and helpline numbers are present.
10/10
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