The BetMGM Sportsbook is live in Pennsylvania, and thanks to a partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the online sportsbook is guaranteed to make quite the splash
BetMGM has become one of the top sportsbooks in the country thanks to a solid app with plenty of offerings, and it continues to expand to more and more states across the US.
In this BetMGM Pennsylvania review, we list what you should know before giving the sportsbook a try. There are sections dedicated to the BetMGM Sportsbook app, info about BetMGM’s welcome bonus — including the bonus code— which is worth up to $500.
First up, let’s go over that $500 BetMGM bonus offer in detail.
BetMGM Sportsbook has a great offer for new customers that lets you double your bankroll before placing a single bet thanks to its 100% deposit match. And all you need to do to claim it is use the bonus code PLAYBONUS when creating your BetMGM account.
Note that the deposit match maxes out at $500. Also remember that the bonus is only good for your initial deposit.
One final note: You might see that BetMGM has a risk-free bet offer that you don’t need a promo code for. This offer isn’t as good as the deposit match offer for a couple of reasons. First, with risk-free bets, you end up with nothing extra if your first bet is a winner. Second, the risk-free offer is refunded with a free bet credit, so you only get one chance to make it count, whereas with the deposit match, you can use the bonus money however you want.
|Online Sportsbook||BetMGM Sportsbook PA|
|BetMGM Bonus Code||PLAYBONUS|
|Deposit Bonus||100% match up to $500|
|Online Since||December 2020|
|Last Updated||January 2021|
One of the reasons BetMGM has one of the more popular PA sports betting apps out there is because of the number of promotions it has going on all the time. Here’s a look at what you’ll see on the BetMGM promotions page.
Clearly, BetMGM Sportsbook in Pennsylvania has a lot of promos. Just make sure to check out the BetMGM promotions page often to see what new and exciting offers are available.
Yes, BetMGM Sportsbook is legal in the Keystone State thanks to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which approved BetMGM’s sports wagering license in October 2020.
There are a couple of items to be aware of when it comes to sports betting online in Pennsylvania. First, you are not allowed to wager on any non-sporting events. This means no betting on things like the Oscars or presidential elections, but it also extends to the NFL draft and any other amateur drafts.
Second, college sports wagering is not restricted to the same extent as it is in other states. In New Jersey, for example, you cannot bet on any New Jersey-based college teams or NCAA events taking place there. In Pennsylvania, though, you can bet on all the local colleges and universities and on any NCAA contests taking place in the state.
Creating your BetMGM Sportsbook account is a simple process, one that you can complete on your computer or by using the BetMGM app. To start, use this link to join BetMGM in PA.
The whole process should take only a few minutes, and now you are ready to starting betting on BetMGM in Pennsylvania.
You can place bets online at BetMGM by using the BetMGM website or BetMGM app for iOS and Android. In this section, we are talking only about the sportsbook app, but you can do just about everything on the website, as well. The only difference is that the locations of some things could be slightly different.
Before doing anything on the BetMGM app, you need to get it on your iPad, iPhone or Android device. You can use this link to visit BetMGM and download the app from there.
When you click on the links, you should see a button labeled “download.” You will select it and then if prompted selected “yes” when asked if you trust the source of the download. Then you’ll select the file and install it.
Once the file finishes installing, you are ready to open the app and get to betting.
The BetMGM Sportsbook app works both horizontally and vertically. It functions pretty much the same in either orientation, though horizontally there will be more information visible.
Across the top of the app are listings for all the sports you can bet on along with tabs to BetMGM’s parlay builder, promotions pages and your bet slip. Right below that are various boosted bets and prebuilt parlays for upcoming events.
As you continue to work your way down the page, you’ll see a rotating marquee with BetMGM promotions. Next are live games you can bet on, followed by the top games that are coming up.
Always at the bottom of the homepage are links to your bet slip, your bets and BetMGM’s promotions. There also is a link for an A-Z listing of the sports you can wager on.
Under your account, which you can access from the top right corner of the screen, you will see tabs for contacting customer support, accessing the BetMGM cashier, viewing your M life Rewards status and logging out.
Overall the BetMGM Sportsbook app is a solid entry into the Pennsylvania mobile sports betting marketplace, though the app itself is not quite as user friendly as others. But none of the quirks are anything close to being a deal breaker, and thanks to the quality promos, we’re excited about BetMGM’s arrival in the Keystone State.
BetMGM has a lot to like, and here we present to you our three favorites:
While BetMGM does many things well, here are three things we wish the new Pennsylvania sportsbook did better:
BetMGM accepts all manner of sports bets. Here’s a look at the most common types, along with examples to help make it clear how the wagers work.
BetMGM has all the sports you would want and even some you might not have even considered at an online sportsbook.
But that is far from all; you can also bet on soccer leagues from across the globe like the Champions League and the English Premier League, and there also are tons of smaller, secondary sports like rugby and table tennis to choose from.
Just remember: You will find only sports betting at BetMGM, nothing for events like the Academy Awards or amateur drafts like the NBA draft as those are not allowed under Pennsylvania gambling law.
Here is a look at all the local pro and college teams you can legally wager on:
The state has have two teams apiece in MLB, the NHL and the NFL. In baseball, it’s the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates; hockey has the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers; and there are the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers in football.
Of the major sports leagues, the NBA is the only one in which we have just one team to call our own, and that team is the Philadelphia 76ers. And don’t forget about Major League Soccer, with our very own Philadelphia Union.
If you think that’s a lot of pro teams, there are even more Division I college squads in Pennsylvania. Starting with college football, there are three schools that play in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and they’re all in different conferences. The Penn State Nittany Lions play in the Big Ten, the Pittsburgh Panthers are in the ACC and the Temple Owls are in the American Athletic Conference.
Then there are another eight schools competing in the Football Championship Subdivision: the Bucknell Bison, Duquesne Dukes, Lafayette Leopards, Lehigh Mountain Hawks, Penn Quakers, Robert Morris Colonials, Saint Francis Red Flash and Villanova Wildcats.
On the BetMGM app you should find odds for all FBS games, while some FCS games might not be there based on the level of competition.
All 11 of the schools mentioned above have men’s college basketball teams that you can bet on at BetMGM, as well as three more that don’t have football teams: the Drexel Dragons, La Salle Explorers and Saint Joseph’s Hawks.
Don’t forget, new sports bettors receive up to $500. Just use this link and enter the BetMGM PA bonus code PLAYNJFREE.
You’ll quickly discover that if you check out the futures offerings at sportsbooks throughout the Keystone State, they can be very different from book to book. For that reason, we wanted to show you what you will see when it comes futures markets at BetMGM.
You have plenty of options for ways to deposit and withdraw using the BetMGM app. First, here are your deposit options:
And here are the ways you can withdraw:
It has not been announced which retail casino BetMGM Sportsbook will partner with in Pennsylvania, but you should be able to both deposit and withdraw money at the casino cage there.
If you need to reach out to BetMGM customer support, you’ll click on your account, then select support and finally FAQs.
From there you’ll be taken through a list where you select your problem. If by the end of answering BetMGM’s questions you still need help, you’ll be able to select from email, phone or live chat to communicate further. Usually there is a message that says something to the effect of “Due to overwhelming chats, please feel free to email.”
So needless to say, your best bet appears to be emailing the BetMGM Sportsbook help desk, but if you need help immediately, choosing the live chat or phone options still is probably better.
As is the case with most online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania, you will find a page about responsible betting on BetMGM’s website. BetMGM provides websites and phone numbers you can reach out to if you believe you have a gambling problem.
Also, if you are unaware, at online sportsbooks like BetMGM you can set limits on how much money you can wager and deposit at any one time. You also can place restrictions as to how much time you can spend on the site. As a last resort, you can ban yourself entirely from the sportsbook.
We still don’t know whether BetMGM will have a retail location in Pennsylvania.
We do know that in order to have a sports wagering operator license in Pennsylvania, BetMGM must partner with an in-state casino. As soon as that casino partner is announced, we will tell you all about it.
BetMGM probably isn’t the top sportsbook in the state, but it’s at least among the best.
Not only does the BetMGM app have great promos for bettors of all types, but it offers quality betting odds across the board, too. One of the few areas where we think BetMGM falls a little short is its app. While it’s not bad by any means, we don’t think it’s quite as good as competitors DraftKings, FOX Bet or FanDuel.
Yes. When you use the bonus code $500 on signup, you’re guaranteed to receive the max bonus available through BetMGM, which is a 100% match up to $500
You must bet 21 or older, and you must have geolocation software enabled for BetMGM to verify that you are within Pennsylvania state lines when placing a bet.
No, you also can use the BetMGM website to place bets, but the BetMGM app does allow you the freedom to bet from anywhere in Pennsylvania that you have an internet connection.
The BetMGM Sportsbook app is a tiny bit slower than DraftKings, and the promos are a little harder to opt in to, but other than that the differences are minimal. BetMGM also is a little more text-heavy than DraftKings.
Yes. BetMGM is regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. And BetMGM also is operated by MGM Resorts, one of the biggest and most trusted names in the industry.
Yes. While some states don’t allow for betting on in-state college teams, Pennsylvania is not one of them. So, for example, you can bet on the Villanova men’s basketball team as much as you want at BetMGM.