User-friendliness and appeal are two main ingredients for a successful online sports betting site. BetMGM Virginia exceeds both criteria on their desktop and mobile app. Given the breadth of their product and accessibility in more than 10 states, a BetMGM account is a must-have for sports bettors.
A joint venture between industry powerhouses MGM Resorts and GVC Holding, BetMGM is a trusted brand in the US with a host of land-based casinos in other states. From the exclusive “LIONS BOOST” to daily notifications on betting opportunities, the BetMGM online sportsbook provides Virginia sports bettors an extensive and varietal betting menu that will serve the appetite of novice and seasoned players alike.
|+ free live streaming of any game||X M Life Rewards is unattainable for casual bettors|
|+ desktop and mobile app ease||X lack of promotional offerings|
|+ variety of sports and markets||X continual slideshow on homepage becomes distracting|
BetMGM welcomes new customers with a risk free bet promotion up to $600. This promotion requires an initial minimum deposit of $10.
Promotion rules: Customers receive the amount bet on their first wager, up to $600, in free bets if the wager loses. If the wager wins, the bettor keeps the winnings as real, withdrawable, money in the bankroll – hence the risk-free promotion.
Notes on initial free bets: These expire within seven days of being credited, cannot be redeemed for cash or used for other promotions. Customers claiming this promotion are not eligible to receive other “new customer” promotion offers.
Risk-free bets under $50 are credited back in full. Bets $50+ are credited in 20% denominations. The maximum $600 would be five, $120 free bets.
BetMGM’s $600 for an initial $10 deposit gives new bettors flexibility in not breaking the bank on your first bet.
|Free Bet Offer||Up to $600|
|Deposit Bonus||No deposit bonus/match|
|Total Bonus||Up to $600|
|Promo Code||None, Play Now!|
To add funds, select the “Deposit” option. There are many deposit options but fewer than other top operators. These include:
Select a method and enter your information. Here you’ll enter an eligible BetMGM promo code (if applicable) before confirming your initial deposit.
For withdrawals, select “My Account” then “Cashier” from the dropdown menu. Click “Withdraw” and choose the option used to deposit for easiest results. Enter the amount and hit “Withdraw.” All withdrawals are subject to a 3-to-5-day review. Many operators are three days or less.
Once approved, your funds should be received in less than five hours. “Bonus Balance” funds are not available for withdrawal. BetMGM has no fee withdrawals and you can track the stages of your withdrawal.
BetMGM Virginia’s catalog has a complete offering with all major professional and collegiate sports, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, PGA Tour and golf, MMA/UFC, soccer, tennis, boxing, NASCAR, college football and college basketball. International leagues also are accounted for, including the English Premier League, international hoops, international hockey, and international baseball.
The state, however, prohibits betting on any games that involve collegiate teams located in Virginia. Live betting and placing a prop bet also are prohibited across all collegiate games, not just ones involving Virginia teams.
There are numerous betting options for D.C.’s major professional sports teams – the Washington Football Team, the Wizards, Capitals and Nationals -- that include game lines, player props and futures bets.
If you are looking for a betting market, you’ll find it at the BetMGM online sportsbook. For example, there is professional basketball betting from over a dozen countries available on the BetMGM app.
There are over 100 markets on BetMGM that include bets on spreads, totals, moneylines, quarters and halves, game and player props, race to points, winning margin, teasers, round robins, parlays and dual-player parlays (Ex: Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal to each score 10+ points).
This sportsbook doesn’t regularly offer money contests like some top competitors do, such as tournaments and prediction pools. However, it does incentivize its promotions and is generous with awarding free bets, usually $5 but sometimes more depending upon how much you wager and how often.
One of BetMGM’s most enticing features is the daily “LIONS BOOST.” The sportsbook also features live betting, cash-out options on bets and promotions like the “Money Monday Club” and parlay variances.
Also known as in-play betting, you can wager on available lines after the game starts. These bets include traditional, props and parlay bets. Trying to lock in a bet when the game is being played requires strong attention to detail because the odds change quickly based on algorithms. For a less-frantic approach, make live bets during breaks in the action: timeouts, end of quarters, etc.
This allows customers to cash out their bets before a game is settled, providing them more flexibility with their plays. Cash Out is available for some straight and parlay bets. When you choose to cash out, you receive only some of your potential winnings because it is in advance of the final outcome. The amount is based on the live action at that moment. BetMGM doesn’t guarantee “cash out” at all times. After clicking the "Cash Out" button, the system checks the availability of the respective bet. It’s a great way to lock in a profit.
BetMGM’s exclusive “LIONS BOOST” is prominently displayed with a gold-glitter border. The feature gives the bettor the opportunity to make more on their wagers by enhancing odds on a selected market chosen by BetMGM and is usually tailored to a sport or player prop bet relative to teams/players in games Virginia bettors care about.
Multiple wagers parlayed on the same game are growing in popularity and therefore are offered at more sportsbooks, including BetMGM VA. Customers click the game they wish to wager, select the “Same Game Parlay” tab and create their own parlay from that game. Combos abound in same-game parlays, such as tying together the moneyline, a player prop and a game prop.
BetMGM Virginia sportsbook has a strong desktop user experience, and the recognizable black, gold and white interface reflects professionalism and precision. All the pertinent aspects of the sportsbook fit on one screen with minimal scrolling. Betslip populates effectively, and it is easy to navigate to pending bets. The live chat also works well on desktop.
A continual slideshow dominates the middle of the homepage, which can become distracting until you scroll past it or switch to another page.
Virginia’s BetMGM mobile app is available for Android and iOS. The interface is simple to use for customers who look to navigate by sport – similar to the interface provided on desktop. The app centralizes the Home, A-Z Menu, Betslip, My Bets and Promotions tabs along the bottom of the mobile screen. It is, simply, a pleasure to use and a great online sports betting experience.
The continual slideshow is again prominent across the top of the homepage, but so is the “LIONS BOOST,” which is a nice touch. Users can toggle through tabs, look for a desired betting market and access their betslip to place bets with speed and rare lag.
The app uses geolocation software to ensure you are within Virginia state lines, as required by regulators.
Registering for an account with BetMGM in Virginia is easy and requires minimal information to verify your identity.
To start a new account, select “REGISTER.” Next, users are prompted for information to verify identity:
Users then set security questions for forgotten password retrieval. Once identity information and location are verified it’s time to make an initial deposit from the sportsbook’s homepage. That is where a BetMGM promo code may be needed to unlock the best bonus. You may also be asked for a copy of a state-issued ID or passport to further establish your identity.
BetMGM automatically enrolls you into M Life Rewards – MGM Resorts’ loyalty program – and iRewards Points (iRPs). Tier Credits in the program are earned every time you place a wager. Points and credits can be used at MGM sportsbooks online, casinos or any MGM casino property.
iRPs are redeemable in the online sportsbook’s Loyalty Store for bonuses and express comps. Bonuses can be used to place any sports wager. Express Comps can be used for rooms, dining and other amenities at any MGM casino nationwide.
Tier Credits go toward your M Life Tier Level Status, which consists of five levels: Sapphire, Pearl, Gold, Platinum and Noir. Customers automatically start at Sapphire and must earn 25,000 credits to access Pearl status. Gold requires 75,000 credits, Platinum is 200,000 and Noir is by invite only.
iRPs and Tier Status are tied together. The higher your Tier Status, the higher your iRPs earning rate. Sapphire-level customers earn base iRPs; Pearl is base plus 10%; Gold is plus 20%; Platinum is plus 30%; Noir is plus 40%. Tier-credit earnings are the same as base iRPs plus the percentage bonus in a given level. Access your iRewards Points balance through Loyalty/M Life tab in the “My Account” dropdown menu.
BetMGM dedicates a full page to responsible gaming and how the sportsbook practices it, with resources and tools accessible to its customers.
BetMGM doesn’t decide if a user is gaming irresponsibly through that person’s account activity but provides an abundance of options to reverse course once that personal decision is made, such as “self-exclusion and personal limits.”
These encompass customers’ ability to set limits on deposits, loss limits and on-site time limits. Users also can temporarily suspend their account from 72 hours to 180 days, or close their account by contacting customer service.
The sportsbook provides information for The Problem Gambling Helpline, The Virginia Council on Problem Gambling website, Virginia’s statewide self-exclusion list, and offers insight on what problem gambling is, the warning signs and links to extensive materials on how they’re “creating a fair and Responsible Gaming environment for everyone to enjoy.”
BetMGM should be a top pick for any serious or novice sports bettor in VA. The desktop and mobile app are easy to navigate and use commonly understood terms rather than obscure betting terminology.
It offers an extensive variety of betting options but doesn’t neglect the meat and potatoes of traditional sports bets for people who want to set it and forget it – pick a team or points total and let it be.
The exclusive “LIONS BOOST” provides daily interest because the prop steps outside the box and differs by sport, team or player on a daily basis. The mobile app keeps users updated with daily notifications on betting opportunities and will tell you when a free bet is available. The desktop version provides pertinent opportunities with inbox messages within your account.
M Life Rewards and Tier Status cater to bettors with bigger bankrolls but are unattainable for the casual bettor, which is a drawback of the program.
BetMGM doesn’t offer many consistent options for promotional tournaments and prediction pools. They do however push other features on their promotions page like a plethora of parlays and insurance on those parlays, and the “Money Monday Club,” where participants receive a $10 free bet when they place a total of $50 in qualifying wagers during the previous week.
The promotion runs weekly, Monday-Sunday, and you do need to make sure you make a qualifying bet to participate.
BetMGM’s pros list far outweighs its cons and should be a go-to betting site for Virginia sports bettors.
Yes. You can use the BetMGM sportsbook app in Virginia as of January 2021, when the sportsbook launched. Residents and visitors can create an account and play on the Virginia BetMGM sportsbook within state lines.
Yes. BetMGM is licensed and regulated in Virginia by the state lottery as a sports betting permit holder. It launched in January 2021.
You have to be 21 years old to place a sports bet on BetMGM in Virginia.
There are several states with a BetMGM online casino offering casino games and slots, but Virginia is not one of them. Online casinos are not legal in Virginia.
Yes, you need to report winnings on your taxes. When you win, BetMGM will issue you a Form W2-G if the win is large enough. Even if it is not, you are still required by the IRS to report gambling winnings. This information is accessible in “My Account” menu for each calendar year in which you’ve had a BetMGM account.
Yes. You can bet on college sports using BetMGM, but Virginia prohibits wagers on games involving in-state colleges such as the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. Live betting and player prop bets across all collegiate games also are prohibited by the state of Virginia.
Yes. You can access the BetMGM sportsbook app outside of Virginia. If you have established a BetMGM account and are in a state that has licensed BetMGM as an operator, you can switch to that state within the desktop or mobile app and place a sports bet.
It is easy to contact BetMGM if you have questions. BetMGM has a great interactive FAQ section that guides your questioning. Alternatively, you can use the chat function to answer direct questions or send an email. You can access these resources through the BetMGM Help & Contact Page
Mario Sanelli writes about sports betting and casinos for VirginiaIsForBettors.com. He previously was the editorial assistant and a general-assignment reporter at The Denver Post for five years after serving as chief editor of The Metropolitan at MSU Denver. Mario was a NFL and college football insider with Mile High Sports for six years.