BetMGM launches its online casino in Pennsylvania today, making it the third state gaming company has launched in. The online gaming operator will have a “soft launch” from Tuesday to Thursday, according to BetMGM and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
BetMGM is set to officially launch on Friday if everything is good to go over the next three days. The company will be the 13th online casino in Pennsylvania, as BetMGM tries to carve out its market share over the next month.
Online gaming is the only thing that is expected to launch from BetMGM this week. No one is expecting BetMGM also to roll out online poker and sports betting. However, BetMGM does plan to add those to its gaming mix in Pennsylvania when it is ready.
BetMGM Online Casino Sign-Up Bonus
BetMGM is finally launching its online casino in the state and is offering a bonus for anyone who signs up. When you create a BetMGM Online Casino account, you will receive a $25 no deposit bonus, meaning that there will be $25 in your account right when you sign up!
The second bonus is a 100% deposit bonus match up to $1,000. This is one of the best offers on the market, so you will want to take full advantage. Make sure you can deposit at least $1,000 into your account, so you have $2,000 to play with right from the jump.
Both of these bonuses have playthrough requirements, so you will have to play with the bonus money you received before you can withdraw it.
BetMGM to Pennsylvania
BetMGM already has gaming operations in New Jersey, Nevada, West Virginia, Indiana, Colorado, Mississippi, and Tennessee. However, New Jersey is the only state that has BetMGM’s online casino operating. Pennsylvania has also had legal online gaming in the state for two years, so why did it take so long for a sportsbook like BetMGM to enter the market?
MGM technically does not own an online casino, as it is a creation of the partnership between Roar Digital and GVC Holdings. This made entering Pennsylvania a bit more complicated as it took Roar Digital to get approved longer than it did with GVC Holdings.
BetMGM applied as a qualified gaming entity on October 28 this year, making BetMGM willingly pay $12 million for the license. However, after this occurred, some Pennsylvania casinos were willing to partner with BetMGM, which allowed the online casino to side-step some regulations set up and proceed forward.
Will BetMGM Launch a Sportsbook?
The odds favor “yes” that BetMGM will eventually launch a sportsbook in the Keystone State. BetMGM partnered with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week before the online gaming operator even launched in Pennsylvania. This is a great sign for sports betting in the state, thanks to the partnership.
Under Pennsylvania gaming laws, entering BetMGM’s sportsbook into the market will be more difficult and could take more time before it is official. Fans of MGM casinos will still be able to take advantage of the online casino “soft launch” on Tuesday. It will just be a little bit longer before the sportsbook, and online poker is available in the state.