Since not all of the casinos in Pennsylvania chose to seek online gaming licenses, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) opened up the process to companies outside of the Keystone State. Licensed casino operators in other states could apply to be a qualified gaming entity (QGE). If approved, they can purchase one of the remaining 11 interactive gaming licenses.
MGM Resorts and Golden Nugget were the two companies that took advantage of the opportunity. PGCB approved the companies as QGEs, but they have yet to be approved for a casino license.
MGM has applied for all three categories of online gaming license, meaning that MGM hopes to offer online slots, online table games, and online poker in Pennsylvania. The company used its Borgata licenses in New Jersey as proof of its fitness to apply.
Based upon those New Jersey assets, it is possible to get a sense of what the MGM online casino site in Pennsylvania will look like. See below for details about the likely setup for playMGM Online Casino in Pennsylvania.
Obviously, this is all conjecture. In fact, it is not clear if MGM will leverage the Borgata brand or the playMGM brand, both of which are operational in New Jersey.
playMGM Online Casino platform
Online gaming company GVC/Partypoker should handle the design element of MGM’s Pennsylvania offering. GVC designed both the playMGM and Borgata sites in New Jersey, and the two companies became full strategic partners in late July 2018.
Looking at both of those clients, here are some things we can guess about the Pennsylvania product.
Browser-based and mobile app play
MGM’s online casino will offer play both via its browser and through a downloadable mobile app. The browser version will likely be more robust in the early stages, but if the Borgata app is any indication, the app will eventually catch up to the browser.
Due to the nature of state gaming laws, players will have to verify both their identity and geographic location when they sign up for an account. They will also have to confirm their location each time they login. All PA online gambling sites will employ sophisticated geolocation software in order to meet state regulations.
Once inside, players will find hundreds of slot titles to play and most casino-standard table game options. The mobile app will feature most or all of these same possibilities, and will be available for download on both iOS and Android devices. However, there is sometimes a delay between the release of both versions, and it’s hard to predict which will come first.
Games at playMGM Online Casino
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playMGM Online features hundreds of casino slot games. The subjects and titles cover almost every style and developer imaginable.
Some featured titles on the site include favorites like:
- Divine Fortune
- Triple Cash Wheel featuring Quick Hit
- Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin
- Monopoly on the Money
- Slingo Riches
- High Voltage Blackout
There are also several jackpot slots available. These slots have progressive pools of money that can generate prizes into the millions of dollars. It is possible to become a millionaire on one spin of the reels.
playMGM Online Casino video poker
playMGM Online Casino features several different presentations of video poker. Some of those games may include:
- Bonus Poker
- Double Bonus Poker
- Double Double Bonus Poker
- Triple Play Draw Poker (Multi-Hand)
- Double Double Regal Poker
- Jester Poker
- Jacks or Better
- Regal Poker Deluxe
- Double Regal Poker
- Deuces Wild
playMGM online blackjack
playMGM Online features several different variants of the classic game. There is a classic version for the purists out there. But, there is also a multiplayer game for the more social player.
Live dealer blackjack in Pennsylvania has very strict rules, most of which are very beneficial to the customer. Expect similar rules for the online versions of the game as well.
Other games at playMGM
Obviously, bettors cannot exist on slots and blackjack alone. So, there is a host of other table games that can spice up a player’s evening. Some of those games include:
- Online Craps
- American Roulette
- European Roulette
- Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker
MGM live dealer games
The newest innovation in online casino gambling has been the introduction of live dealer games. These games, the brainchild of Golden Nugget Atlantic City, have grown into one of the most popular avenues for play overall.
MGM introduced them to their New Jersey online casinos back in April 2018.
Essentially, players join live dealer tables as they would any other casino game onsite. When they do, a live feed of a real-life human dealer appears onscreen.
This dealer is actually dealing the game in real-time. The broadcast comes from a studio onsite at one of the casinos – usually the studio at Golden Nugget.
Players use buttons and chat windows on the interface to convey their desires to the live dealer. The dealer does have the ability to respond to player questions and chat with them, much the same way that they would in a live casino.
They have a prominent place at MGM Online. Some of the games featured in the live dealer suite are:
- Casino Hold’em
Given that MGM does not have a brick and mortar casino in Pennsylvania, how much and what kind of live dealer games the site offers is still up for debate. Once the company gets further along in the process, we should have more details.
playMGM online poker
MGM will also provide poker players in Pennsylvania with an outlet for their gaming needs. Players can access the poker site through the very same website as the online casino – everything is integrated together.
All the standardbearers of most online poker sites are on MGM’s sites. Fans of both Texas Hold’em and Omaha will find homes for their games.
Hold’em comes in limit and pot-limit formats, so there are options for both conservative and aggressive players. MGM also offers pot-limit Omaha for those who want to play the four-card variant.
MGM’s poker sites provide cash game, sit-n-go, and tournament play formats. So, there are opportunities for both grinding out consistent wins or shooting for a big score.
Of course, poker play also provides opportunities to gain loyalty points on your MLife account. So, poker players don’t have to feel as though they are second-class citizens just because their game of choice is not a slot machine.
Banking options for MGM online casinos
As expected for a company like MGM, there are numerous deposit options available. The following methods are all available in Pennsylvania:
- Bank transfer
- MGM Online Prepaid Play+ account
- Credit card
- Debit card
- Electronic wallet
- Cash through PayNearMe at participating 7-11 stores
- Cash at Valley Forge Casino cage (possibly)
MGM’s MLife loyalty program
As with any MGM property, players on MGM’s online gambling sites will have the opportunity to register as a member of MGM’s loyalty program, MLife. Players cab earn point, tier credits, and comps for MGM properties across the world.
One of the great things about the MLife program is its flexibility. Players can convert their earnings into free plays or bonus dollars for rewards online or at brick and mortar MGM casino properties.
MGM customer support
MGM offers 24/7 customer support for players. The first stop for trouble should be the site’s extensive Frequently Asked Questions section.
This section is broad enough to warrant its own dropdown menus and search function. Hopefully, a player can find the answer to his or her question here.
If not, there are two methods to get in touch with MGM personnel for assistance. The first way is to send an email through the form on the site.
MGM will return the email quite soon. However, if the matter is more pressing, MGM also maintains a customer service phone number.