Reviewed By Jeremy Olson
Since going live in 2017, BetMGM Poker has successfully launched in multiple American states. Now, it's moving up north to take on the Canada online poker market. Specifically, BetMGM is launching in the newly regulated Ontario market.
With several online poker rooms slated to go live, Ontario will feature heavy competition for its large player pool. The following reviews covers where BetMGM fits into this mix, along with its strengths and weaknesses.
BetMGM Poker is fully legal in this province and holds licensing with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (ALGO). It maintains the ALGO license through its parent company, MGM Resorts International (in partnership with Entain).
BetMGM has been quiet about its prospects in the Ontario online poker industry. It hasn't given a potential launch date nor how it expects to perform in the Loyalist Province. Then again, many license holders are focusing on their Ontario online casinos and betting sites first.
The ON mobile poker market officially goes live on April 4, 2022. Licensed operators can begin offering real money poker games at this point. We're not entirely sure if BetMGM Poker will launch right away, nor any other Ontario poker site for that matter. However, we predict that it'll go live sometime in 2022.
Much like the launch date, the BetMGM poker bonus is also up in the air. We don't know what, if any, bonus will be available to Ontarians until the actual launch. A potential welcome bonus could include a deposit bonus, tickets for freerolls, real-money tournament tickets. Players might even enjoy a no deposit bonus, which is available after registration.
Looking at other markets, BetMGM online poker offers a deposit bonus (first deposit only), Pick-a-Card and Regulars Rewards. Pick-a-Card sees you choose a card in hopes of winning cash bonuses. Regards Rewards gives out rewards to players who become virtual regulars in the BetMGM online poker room.
Of course, everything from the deposit bonus to regulars' free money comes with terms and conditions attached. Poker bonus wagering requirements typically involve earning so many rewards points through real money games. The bonus releases in increments as you continue earning points while playing poker.
The BetMGM Rewards program covers all of this site's online gambling verticals. This means you can earn Rewards Points through casino games, poker and sports betting in Ontario. Rewards Points are exchangeable for a variety of goodies, including free online credits, MGM hotel discounts, dining, live comps and more.
BetMGM runs on the partypoker software client. Partypoker has long been one of the biggest and most-successful online poker networks. Owned by Entain, it not only runs its own site but also provides online poker software for affiliated partners.
The BetMGM software runs smoothly and reliably. We also like the black-and-gold colour scheme, which is sleek and non-distracting. The BetMGM Poker client is available for desktop (PC/Mac), mobile instant play and app (Android/iOS) users.
As mentioned above, you can enjoy the BetMGM online poker site through instant mobile play or an app. We recommend downloading the app because of the multiple BetMGM Poker features you'll enjoy. The current features include:
This site offers a decent mixture of online poker games. Free tables, real money cash games, sit & go's, multi-table tournaments and a fast-fold variant are available here. The latter automatically moves you to a new table after your action in a hand is complete.
BetMGM offers a limited selection of variations, with Texas hold'em poker, Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha poker and Stud. These poker variants are enough for the average player, but they won't impress seasoned grinders. Ideally, BetMGM Poker would add another variation or two, such as 2-7 Draw, 8-Game, HORSE or Short Deck.
This online poker operator offers all the main types of poker you'd expect from a big name. As covered below, you can look forward to playing cash games, multi-table tourneys, Sit & Go's and series here.
Judging from other markets, the BetMGM cash game scene revolves around low-stakes no-limit Texas hold'em games. You should find some decent fixed-limit hold'em and PL Omaha tables too. The $0.01/$0.2 to $1/$2 draw a sizable number of poker players. Of course, this is good news if you're a low roller who's just having fun. However, it won't get you excited if you're a mid- or high-stakes player.
BetMGM also offers Fast Forward, which is a fast-fold poker variant. It takes you to a new table when your hand action is finished so you can continuously play. The Fast Forward pool can get big, especially on the weekends. However, this is another low-stakes affair with $0.01/$0.02 to $0.25/$0.50 tables.
MTTs are the highlight of BetMGM's poker selection. They include the Daily $10k, Mega Tuesday, Sunday $40k and other Sunday Major events. Regarding the Sunday $40k, you can either pay the $215 buy-in or enter satellites as low as $1. The latter is perfect when you can't afford big tournament fees yet still want to chase the $10k top prize.
You'll find heads-up, six-max and full-ring SNGs at BetMGM. Buy-ins range from $1 to $500, which is impressive considering the rather limited cash game stakes. BetMGM also features "SPINS," which are lottery-style SNGs. SPINS can offer a prize multiplier worth 10,000x the buy-in, thus making them extremely popular.
The heads-up scene isn't too popular at BetMGM. Some players spend time in the HU cash games and SNGs, but the traffic isn't consistent enough to rely on.
BetMGM is beginning to heat up regarding poker tournament series. For example, it ran the Michigan BetMGM Online Series in the summer of 2021, offering 10 MTTs with $275,000 guaranteed. Its poker tournaments could bet bigger and better in the larger Ontario market (pop. 14.6m).
Home games are a popular way to play exclusively with your friends at online poker sites. BetMGM doesn't currently offer this type of poker yet, though.
If you have any issues with BetMGM Poker Ontario, you can reach customer support in multiple ways. Available contact methods include email, live chat and phone. You can also reach out to the BetMGM Twitter account as an alternative, although we recommend live chat.
BetMGM's deposit methods vary by the market, but common banking options across the board include:
The BetMGM Poker app download is quite easy and can be completed through the following steps:
You can quickly create your BetMGM Poker account as follows:
After signing up, you can proceed to placing a deposit. You'll need to ensure that you're within Ontario before doing so due to the province's online gambling laws. BetMGM will use geolocation software to verify that you're inside Ontario's borders.
This online gambling site holds licenses in nearly two dozen American states for its sportsbook. BetMGM also runs online casino games and/or poker in some of these state. Based on its stellar brand and reputation, BetMGM has had little trouble impressing regulators wherever it goes.
This operator protects players with responsible gambling tools and its high-level website encryption. Regarding the latter, BetMGM uses Secure Sockets Layer technology to keep players' information and banking details safe.
BetMGM Ontario should be a solid place to play poker online. It'll offer big poker tournaments, plenty of promotions, a VIP program and quality low-stakes cash scene. You won't find much mid- or -high-stakes cash action here. If you're fine with this, though, then you'll find that BetMGM Poker is a worthy choice.
Yes, BetMGM offers online poker in multiple states. It should soon roll the BetMGM Poker site in the near future. This site will offer cash tables, sit and go tournaments and multi-table tournaments.
BetMGM holds licensing in Ontario but not the rest of Canada. Therefore, it's legal in a portion of the country. As for the national Canadian online gambling market, it lies in a gray area. The government doesn't make it legal or illegal to offer online gaming here. BetMGM chooses not to take any legal risks with Canada's unregulated environment.
Yes, MGM Resorts (BetMGM's parent company) and Entain (online partner) hold licensing with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission. Therefore, the BetMGM site can legally offer online poker, cash games and sports betting in Ontario.
BetMGM is one of the most-legit online poker sites in the industry. It only operates in fully regulated markets and offers fair games. This operator also has a strong commitment towards responsible gambling.
Yes, you must be inside of Ontario when playing real-money poker at BetMGM. This online gambling platform uses geolocation software to ensure that you're within the province. Keep in mind that you don't actually have to live in Ontario to enjoy BetMGM Poker. You can be a visitor who crosses provincial boundaries to play.
BetMGM caters to Android and iOS smartphone users in two ways. First, it offers an app in the Google Play and App Stores. It also lets players use mobile instant play (a.k.a. browser-based mobile poker) to fire up games.
Anybody who's of the legal age and within a relevant jurisdiction can play at BetMGM Poker. In the case of Ontario, you'd need to be at least 19 years old to play for real money here.
"Jeremy Olson has been writing about gambling since 2004. He started out by covering poker and branched out into casino games and sports betting shortly thereafter."