MGM Resorts Sportsbook Introduction
MGM Resorts has been a major player in the Las Vegas sportsbook scene as the company has grown over the past half century. It began with the original MGM Grand in the mid 70’s, which is now Bally’s, and has since expanded to run nine properties that span the length of the strip. It also operates the BetMGM sports betting app.
Bellagio, Aria, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Park MGM, New York New York, Luxor, and Excalibur are the nine Vegas casinos under the MGM Resorts umbrella. Given the popularity of their properties with tourists, the company has no shortage of customers looking to bet on sports with them, and that’s reflected in the sportsbook with above average limits and a unique betting menu.
MGM properties have wagering on professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, MMA, UFC, NASCAR, along with college football, basketball, and baseball. They offer prop bets on selected events and have a live betting menu available on a daily basis. Unfortunately with MGM having an independent app, their live betting lines do not show on the standard odds screen, meaning bettors must monitor the lines within the mobile app.
From time to time, MGM will offer markets no one else in Vegas has – such as odds to make the Final Four in college basketball, or team totals in college football. With such a large operation and overall market share, opening unique markets is something we should see more from them, but they tend to shy away from anything that might attract more sharp action.
Currently there are no contests being run at MGM properties.
As is often the case with Strip operators, limits can vary widely from player to player at MGM. You would be hard-pressed to find an operator that will be more accommodating to your average tourist gambler, and as a result, some of the largest wagers in town are placed at MGM properties.
On the flip side, advantage bettors and players who exclusively bet on the mobile app are not given the same leash, and will often be reduced to standard limits on most markets. MGM’s risk tolerance certainly is not as high as it could be given their customer base.
MGM Resorts currently uses their own in-house software, BetMGM, for the mobile app. It has an interface that is clean and easy to navigate, but unfortunately many customers have an issue with its geolocation services, as it will occasionally claim you are not located in the state of Nevada.
You must visit one of their sportsbook locations to sign up, where you must fill out a W9 and will need a valid driver’s license and player’s card from the casino. You must make your initial deposit in person, but other deposits can be made via the BetMGM prepaid card and a Play + account. They are not offering any sign-up bonuses for new mobile accounts.
MGM Resorts is committed to creating a fun viewing environment for their customers, and has built some of the best books you’ll find on the Strip. Aria and Park MGM are two modern books that hold a smaller crowd, while Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, and Mirage are among the biggest books in town and are often filled to the brim with sports fans. The New York New York, Luxor, and Excalibur books won’t knock anyone off their feet, but provide decent alternatives if seating is available.
Parlay and Teaser Odds
MGM offers parlays on most straight bets and futures, with certain exceptions for markets that are correlated. They allow teaser bets for pro and college football and basketball, and have parlay cards, teaser cards, and reverse teaser cards available for pro and college football.
Here are the teaser and parlay odds tables, per the MGM house rules:
|Pro Football Teaser Odds||6 points||6.5 points||7 points|
|NCAA Football Teaser Odds||6.5 points||7 points||7.5 points|
|Basketball Teaser Odds||4 points||4.5 points||5 points|
|Off the Board Parlay||Payout|