Our BetMGM Poker Review 2023
About BetMGM Poker Ontario
Opening its doors on April 5th, 2022, BetMGM Poker Ontario went live in the newest and biggest regulated poker and sports betting market in North America. Part of the partypoker network, the MGM Brand, one of the most recognizable brands in the gambling space since establishing itself in the US in 2013, brings its experience to Ontario. We look at what the poker room has to offer Canadian residents living in the biggest province in the country.
This poker app is currently available in: Ontario
BetMGM Bonus Code & Promotions
Right out of the gate, poker players can take advantage of a great 100% initial deposit match bonus up to $1000 on their initial deposit of just $10 or more, as well as up to $75 in tournament dollars for players to use. The breakdown of that is below:
- Players that deposit between $10 and $499 receive one $20 SnG ticket and one $5 Spins ticket
- Players that deposit between $500 and $999 receive one $20 SnG ticket, two $10 Spins and two $5 spin tickets
- Players that deposit more than $1000 receive two $20 SnG Tickets, three $10 Spins and one $5 spin tickets
This opening offer currently expires at the end of December.
How to Get Your BetMGM Bonus Code
Poker players do not need a bonus code to access this offer as BetMGM Poker Ontario is giving it out to all new players provided they register for an account before December 31st, 2022 and make a qualifying deposit within 7 days of registering.
BetMGM Bonus Poker Promotions
To kick off BetMGM Poker Ontario, the site is offering Grind Rewards which is on top of rewards won through their reward program. Grind Rewards is a straight rakeback to players based on the amount of poker they play in a given month. The more BetMGM Reward Points, or BRP, a player earns in a month, the higher their prize will be. Note that this poker promotion ends at the end of December.
Another popular poker promotion are Hot Tables. Found in both cash game and FastForward tables at the 10NL, 50NL or 200NL stakes, random hands will be awarded boosts that could range all the way up to $1600. Some boosts will award the prize to the winner of the hand only; others though will award half the pot to the winner and half the pot to the remaining players
The final promotion is their Spins Leaderboard. This popular hyper Sit&Go format is giving out $1000 in Spin tickets to the top 30 players (and ties) playing $1, $5 and $10 Spin SnG’s daily. The best part is players accumulate points purely based on the multiplier – there isn’t a bonus to those that win!
BetMGM VIP and Loyalty Scheme
BetMGM Poker Ontario comes with BetMGM Rewards and players that are 21 years of age get the bonus of earning MGM Reward credits at the same time. BetMGM Points can be redeemed online for play at either the online poker room, their online casino or their sportsbook or players can convert to MGM Reward Points to use at any of the 20+ properties they operate in the US. Players also earn credits that can be used for tickets or other VIP experiences at MGM hotels.
For poker, BetMGM Poker Ontario awards 439.24 BetMGM Reward Points and 500 Tier Credits with every $100 collected in cash game rake and tournament fees paid.
BetMGM Tournaments and Freerolls
BetMGM Poker Ontario offers a fixed poker tournament line-up with buy-ins that range from $1.10 all the way up into the hundreds of dollars, with several key MTT’s every week:
- The Daily C-Note runs at 7:05pm every day.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays brings the high rollers out.
- Sunday is Poker Day with their line-up of Super Sunday tournaments with buy-ins that range from $1.10 all the way up to $530.
More BetMGM Poker Games
BetMGM Poker Ontario offers NLH cash game tables 24/7 with stakes from 2NL ($0.01/$0.02 blinds, 100BB Max buy-in) all the way up to 500NL. Due to the network being limited to Ontario poker players only, there is considerably more traffic on the site in the evenings and weekends and players have more choice available to them at night.
Sit & Go Tournaments
Running when full, players can expect to see SnG’s of various formats and stakes available 24/7 in the client for players to get their fill whenever they are ready to battle. Players should note that they may wait a while for some SnG’s to run during the day as the traffic is lower during the typical work week but does pick up once the offices let out.
This popular cash game format has a home on the BetMGM Poker Ontario network, giving cash game grinders more chances to get more hands played in a shorter amount of time by being dealt into the next hand as soon as they fold their previous one. BetMGM Poker Ontario offers this format in NLH only at this time for various buy-in levels that should suit all players looking to get into the game at hyper speed.
BetMGM Poker Software and Features
The BetMGM Poker Ontario client is one of three operators connected on the partypoker network so players can expect the great experience that they are used to playing on the global partypoker network in Ontario.
- Access is via a downloadable app only
- Simple, clean lobbies with filter options available
- Re-sizable tables
- Run It Twice cash game feature
Competition and Traffic
While BetMGM is one of the most recognizable brands in the gambling industry, BetMGM Poker is a relatively new player in the space and faces stiff competition from a highly competitive market in Ontario with several other big players in the space. First and foremost is partypoker Ontario. Although BetMGM Poker went live before partypoker Ontario, BetMGM Poker is a brand-new operator in Ontario which has to attract new players to its site, while partypoker Ontario got to merge existing players on their global site into the new fenced in. This means that BetMGM Poker must attract all new players. The interesting part is that BetMGM has been making a huge push into the market with lots of advertising for their casino, but relatively no advertising has been done for the poker site.
Next is 888poker Ontario was the first to launch one day before BetMGM Poker went live and has been in the poker industry since 2002. Many players in the province will recognize and play on 888poker already, potentially decreasing the amount of money players are willing to move into BetMGM Poker. The advantage BetMGM has over 888poker though is traffic; the shared liquidity BetMGM has with both partypoker Ontario and bwin provides a big advantage over a smaller site like 888poker Ontario.
PokerStars Ontario didn’t go live until the end of June 2022 but is one of the world’s biggest online poker brands and has been making a push in the space from an advertising point of view as well with plenty of commercials and in-game with the Toronto Maple Leafs and on CFL broadcasts. Given that it was one of the big two players on the global scene to start with, PokerStars will already have a broad base of players right out of the game and pose a serious challenger for Bet MGM to overcome.
The final skin on the market is the WSOP.ca of GGPoker. The biggest online poker room launched in Ontario at the end of September and along with PokerStars, brought a large player base into the site right away. Coupled with the WSOP branding, BetMGM will have an uphill battle to get market share against two of the biggest names in the poker world.
How to Download the BetMGM Poker App
iPhone users will be able to download the BetMGM poker app directly from the App store, while Android users can get into the game by visiting the Google Play store and downloading from there. Links also exists on the BetMGM Poker Ontario website for users that want to get the app via the website or if they want to download the program onto their computer. Note that online play through their website is currently not available.
BetMGM Poker comes with multiple ways for players to get support. They offer a live chat option that is available 24/7 through the website and poker client, but there is an extensive FAQ section on their website that answers many of the common questions that players may have. Players can also e-mail support directly if they are unable to access live chat or if screenshots and files need to be submitted to the team for their review.
BetMGM Payment Methods
BetMGM Poker Ontario comes with many convenient payment methods to move money on and off the site including:
- Interac E-Mail transfers
- VISA and Mastercard (where available)
- Apple Pay
- Direct Bank Transfers
Our BetMGM Poker Rating
Looking at the entire picture, there is serious potential for BetMGM Poker Ontario to make noise in the new Ontario online poker market. Being backed by the partypoker software and network automatically increases the traffic available to players and having the mega bonus program of both BetMGM Rewards and MGM Rewards available to all players, coupled with a better initial bonus offer 100% up to $1k, plus up to $75 of tournament tickets. The lack of advertising done by BetMGM on the poker client is slightly puzzling, however overall, the room packs more for poker players than other networks does. Players who do not have an account in the partypoker network should seriously take a look at joining via BetMGM Poker Ontario for the most value for your money.
BetMGM Poker Ontario FAQs
Is BetMGM Legit and Safe?Yes – BetMGM Poker Ontario is licensed by the AGCO and complies with all laws and regulations that the province of Ontario has set out for online poker sites. You are 100% protected from the law when you play on BetMGM Poker Ontario.
Where is BetMGM Legal?BetMGM Poker Ontario is currently only available to players in Ontario.
How does BetMGM pay out?BetMGM Poker Ontario pays out in the same formats that players use to fund their accounts: VISA / Mastercard, Interac Transfers, PayPal, Apple Pay, Direct Bank Transfers. Players can expect a typical withdraw to take 1-3 business days to complete.
Who Owns BetMGM?BetMGM Poker Ontario is owned by MGM Resorts International.
How do I register a BetMGM Account?Players looking to get into the game on BetMGM Poker Ontario should download the app onto their iPad or Android device or visit the website to access the laptop version of the program to download. From there, players provide their personal information, including verification of their identity and then fund their account using one of the available deposit methods currently available.
How do I download the BetMGM Poker App?For Apple users, players should visit the App Store and search BetMGM Poker Ontario.
For Android users, players should visit the Google Play store and search BetMGM Poker Ontario.
Which BetMGM Poker bonus is available?Currently the only bonus that is available to Ontario poker players is the no deposit bonus which gives players a 100% match on their first deposit, up to a maximum of $1000 with an additional tournament ticket package that could be worth up to $75, depending on the amount deposited.
Is BetMGM Poker Ontario the same as partypoker?No – while the software platform and available games are identical, BetMGM Poker Ontario is a separate entity to partypoker Ontario with a separate reward structure. Players who have an existing partypoker Ontario account will not automatically have a BetMGM Poker Ontario account.
Can I have both a BetMGM Ontario Poker Account and a PartyPoker Ontario account?No – it does not appear that the sites will allow this. Players who wish to have an account on both platforms will have to contact customer support on one of the two sites to inquire about how to have an account on both platforms. Generally, sites do not permit this as it allows the possibility of playing at the same table.