Disclaimer: BetMGM Sportsbook in not current online in Connecticut. This review is speculative based on its offer in other states, and will be updated if/when the the sportsbook launches in CT.
BetMGM sportsbook may end up snagging one of the few spots in the upcoming Connecticut online sportsbook scene. And if so, they will be an attractive option of local bettors.
On top of offering a risk-free bet of up to $600 as a welcome bonus, BetMGM has great promotions year round, making it much easier to end up making money on your sports bets. You can place those bets using the BetMGM desktop website or iOS and Android mobile apps.
In this BetMGM Sportsbook Connecticut preview we walk you through how to sign up, deposit funds, place wagers and then cash out your future winnings. We also explain how the various promotions work at BetMGM and give you our unique BetMGM bonus code which is needed to unlock that welcome offer.
Most importantly you’ll discover what BetMGM has that potential competitors like FanDuel and DraftKings don’t and help you decide which Connecticut sportsbook may be the right one for you. Let’s begin by detailing how that risk-free bet bonus works.
By entering our unique BetMGM bonus code PLAYBONUS when you make your first deposit with the Connecticut sportsbook your first bet will be risk free. Only the first $600 of your wager will be refunded if the bet loses. And the refund comes in the form or one or multiple free bets (determined by the size of your losing bet).
|Connecticut Sportsbook||BetMGM Sportsbook|
|BetMGM Bonus Code||PLAYBONUS|
|Risk Free First Bet||Up to $600|
|Online Since||2021 in Connecticut|
|Last Updated||July 2021|
Understanding how each sportsbook’s bonus offer works is the key to being able to take complete advantage of them. Let’s break down the BetMGM risk-free bet bonus.
To be eligible for the risk-free bet you need to type the bonus code PLAYBONUS into the correct field when you make your first deposit.
The amount you are depositing goes at the top of the screen, at the bottom is a green “Deposit” button and just above there is the field for your bonus code. You might need to select the arrow next to it in order to open it. Enter PLAYBONUS and you’ll be all set.
Please be aware that your deposit has to be for a minimum of $10 in order to qualify for the risk-free wager bonus.
All you have to do is make a bet of $10 or more. There are not any minimum or maximum odds restrictions. And while the risk-free wager offer tops out at $600, you still can place a bet for over that amount. Only $600 of it will be risk free however.
On the condition that your initial wager with BetMGM loses, you’ll receive one or five free bets equal in value to that of your losing bet.
Losing bets of $10-$49 receive one free bet worth 100% of the losing wager. While bets of $50 on up receive five bets, each one worth 20% of the losing wager.
You collect your proceeds and the risk-free bonus goes away. You can do whatever you want with your winnings — cash out, keep betting, etc.
Your free bet credits expire seven days after being awarded at BetMGM, so obviously it is vital that you use them before that time. The other key is that the value of a free bet does not transfer over into your account if your wager with it wins, rather it simply disappears.
That means simply using your free bets on “sure things” to get your money back won’t work. For instance, if you used a $100 free bet on a bet with -500 odds, you’d only get $20 in return if you end up winning.
We’d rated the Connecticut sportsbook welcome bonuses in this order:
Both the FanDuel and BetMGM offers are for risk-free bets. The difference is FanDuel’s is for up to $1,000 and refunds you with FanDuel site credit. Site credit can be wagered like cash and you do get its value back on winning bets, which is why FanDuel is No. 1.
The DraftKings welcome offer is for a 20% deposit match and up to $50 free bet. We just don’t think this bonus compares to either of the other two offers, which is obviously why it’s No. 3 in our book.
Without a doubt you can trust BetMGM. To be licensed in the Constitution State, BetMGM had to partner with the Connecticut Lottery, which along with the Mohegan Indians and Mashantucket Pequot, have the only three online sports betting licenses in the state.
Prior to debuting in Connecticut, BetMGM launched online sportsbooks in 10 US states and another in Washington, DC. BetMGM has proven that it is a reputable, dependable sportsbook that you should have zero misgiving about signing up with.
The legal betting age in Connecticut is 21, so anyone 20 and younger will not be allowed to wager. When you get signed up with BetMGM, your identity and thus your age will be confirmed, if you’re found to be under the age of 21, you simply will not be allowed to open an account.
You don’t. In order to make bets using the BetMGM app/website you must be physically in Connecticut. The BetMGM app and website both use geolocation services to track users’ locations. If you attempt to make bets from outside the state you will not be permitted to do so. As soon as you’re back in the state, your bets will be processed.
Signing up with BetMGM in Connecticut is extremely easy. Start by using either your tablet, computer or smartphone to click on this link. Then just select “Register” and fill out the accompanying application form. The required fields are:
On top of having to come up with a password, you also must check a few boxes confirming you are 21 or older and that you have read the terms and conditions (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone if you didn’t actually read them). And remember, once you’re registered you just need to go to the cashier page and use the PLAYBONUS bonus code to claim the risk-free bonus offer for a max of $600.
In addition to being able to bet using your web browser, BetMGM Sportsbook also has mobile apps for iOS and Android. They are both free and just take a couple of minutes max to download.
While on your iPhone/iPad tap on our link and you will be taken to BetMGM’s iOS app download page. Next, just tap on the “Download for iOS” button and the Apple App Store will open to the BetMGM Sportsbook installation page. All that remains is tapping “Get.”
While using your Android-powered smartphone or tablet touch this link and BetMGM’s Android download page will pop open. Then, tapping “Download for Android” causes the Google Play Store to open to the installation page for the BetMGM app. Just tap “Install” and you’ll be good to go right quick.
If you’re using the BetMGM app you will find a promotions button at the bottom of the screen in the center. If you’re using the BetMGM website, the promotions link is located along the top of the screen near the end of the sports listings.
Classifying any promo as the best has a lot to do with personal preference, however, it’s hard not to consider the Money Monday Club as the most rewarding offer at BetMGM. For this offer you receive a free $10 bet every week that you place $50 in qualifying wagers.
A qualifying bet is any sports wager that has odds of -300 or longer and is settled within the same week. Keep in mind, if you cash out a bet early, it will not count towards reaching the $50 bet threshold.
Yes, BetMGM has quite a few parlay promos. The biggest one, which runs all year, is called Parlay Plus and it allows you to win free bets if your parlays of four to seven legs win. BetMGM awards you a free bet, the size of which is a percentage of your winnings based on this scale:
In addition to that parlay promotion, BetMGM also gives out parlay boost tokens fairly regularly. The difference with tokens is that your extra winnings are awarded as cash, not free bets.
Lastly, you will be offered parlay insurance bonuses at BetMGM. These promos typically refund your parlays that miss by just one leg. Just make sure to always read the T&Cs to make sure you’re clear on exactly how the offer works.
You must opt-in to BetMGM promos, if you don’t you will not receive the stated reward or bonus. Just go to the promotions page, select an offer and tap the “Opt-In” button and you’ll be all set.
With only three sportsbooks to choose from in Connecticut you definitely want to make sure you’re signing up with the right one for you. With that in mind, here’s a few things we think you’ll love about BetMGM.
We also want to make sure you know about some of the less than perfect aspects of BetMGM. In the grand scheme of things though, these misses are pretty minor.
At BetMGM you can make all the bets you would expect (spreads, moneylines, over/unders, props, futures, parlays, round robins), while also being able to partake in live betting, which is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to bet on sports.
Here is a look at how lines/odds are listed on the BetMGM app and website and below we explain how all the bet types offered at BetMGM work.
|Dallas Cowboys||+6.5 (-110)||Over 51.5 (-110)||+225|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-6.5 (-110)||Under 51.5 (-110)||-275|
The moneyline is the odds for which team or player will win any given game or event. So, it is what you will use when you just want to bet on straight up winners.
Let’s look at our example to understand what the numbers mean. You can tell Tampa Bay is favored here because the Bucs are listed with a negative moneyline. Odds of -275 signify that you would need to bet $275 to win $100. On the other side, Dallas’ moneyline odds of +225 mean you only need to bet $100 to win $225.
For spread betting, teams have points added or subtracted from their score. Assuming the team you wagered on is leading after the addition or subtraction, your bet will be a winner.
The spread on this game is 6.5, Tampa will have that many points removed from its score (-6.5) if you bet on the Bucs, while Dallas will have that many points added to its total (+6.5) if you bet on the Cowboys. If Tampa Bay wins the game 35-28, the Buccaneers also would cover the point spread because they won by more than 6.5 points.
Over/unders, or totals, are really easy to understand. The total for this game is listed at 51.5, if you think 52 points or greater will be scored by both teams you bet on the over, if you think 51 or less will be tallied you’d bet on the under.
In our fictional example, we said the Bucs will win, 35-28, that means wagers on the over would win because 35+28=63 and 63 is over 51.5.
BetMGM also has tons of prop bets available for all major sporting events. Prop bets are simply wagers on whether or not a specific event will occur during games.
For our example you could bet on Tom Brady to throw for at least two touchdowns, Mike Evans to have under 87.5 yards receiving, Dak Prescott to throw for more than 305.5 yards or the Cowboys to get shutout in the third quarter. The choices are quite extensive.
Multi-betting lets you combine two bets or more together with the benefit being increased profits. Depending on the type of wager you make though multi-bets can be extremely difficult to win. Here’s a look at your options at BetMGM.
BetMGM has tons of futures markets for most sports. Futures betting refers to bets you make on events much further out than just the upcoming game. Rather, you’ll bet on teams to win championships before seasons even begin. Additionally, BetMGM offers player futures markets for individuals to win MVP awards during both the regular and postseason.
When you click on the “Live” link at BetMGM, you’ll be shown all the games that have already started that you can bet on at that very second. With live, or in-play, wagering you can bet on everything from who will win to what will happen on the very next play or at bat of a game.
BetMGM offers game animations for most of the live betting options. But for some select events you actually will be able to watch live feeds of the contests. Due to streaming rights deals these events will almost always be for smaller events like minor tennis and soccer contests.
Live better works just like pre-game betting. The lone difference being that odds change constantly and by large amounts. For that reason you do not want to hesitate if you see a bet you want to make.
Yes, unlike at FanDuel in Connecticut, you can bet on the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun at BetMGM. FanDuel is partnered with the Mohegan Tribe, which owns the Sun, making it a conflict of interest for it to offer betting markets on our lone top-tier professional sports team.
When it comes to basketball wagering at BetMGM, there are some very popular betting markets that you’ll find. One of the biggest is wagering on which player will score the game’s opening basket. You even can choose to bet on whether that player will make a two or three pointer to start the game.
Additionally, you can wager on players to record double-doubles or triple doubles, bet on over/unders for point, rebound and assists totals, and even bet on whether the game will go to overtime.
BetMGM offers more options for both depositing money and cashing out your winnings than either FanDuel or DraftKings. Here’s a look at all your options at this time.
|Deposit Method||Minimum Amount||Processing Time|
|Visa, Mastercard or Discover Credit/Debit Cards||$10||Instant|
|Play+ Prepaid Card||$10||Instant|
|Online Bank Transfers||$10||Instant|
|Bank Wire Tranfers||$50||Instant|
|PayWithCash||$10||Up to 48 hours|
|Withdrawal Method||Minimum Amount||Processing Time|
|ACH (eCheck)||$10||Up to 5 days|
|PayPal||$10||Up to 5 days|
|Play+ Prepaid Card||$10||Up to 5 days|
|Online Bank Transfers||$10||Up to 5 days|
BetMGM’s help desk is open 24 hours a day, every day of the week, so you can get help whenever you need it.
Before reaching out to the help desk though, we recommend clicking My Account > Support > Search Help. This lets you choose from a large list of general info topics and we’ve found that it often provides the answers we need.
If that does not work, instead of selecting “Search Help,” choose “FAQ.” You’ll now have to answer a few questions to get to the root of your problem. If you still require assistance you’ll say exactly that. Then you can choose to live chat, call or email the BetMGM help desk.
BetMGM provides a number of options for promoting a healthy and safe gambling environment. To access them all select My Account > My Account (again) > Settings > Responsible Gaming. Now you can choose either responsible gaming limits, limits history or self exclusion.
Gaming limits allow you to put limitations on how much you can deposit or spend or how much time you can spend logged into the BetMGM app and website. Limits history shows you what restrictions you’ve had on your account previously. And self exclusion gives you the choice of shutting down your BetMGM account and preventing you from playing for real money.
We’re big advocates when it comes to responsible gambling and you can learn even more about it by going to our Connecticut page on the subject.
While nothing has been announced yet, the original plan was for the Connecticut Lottery to run up to 15 retail sportsbooks in the Constitution State. It was assumed that those locations would be at the 14 various Sportech-owned off-track betting sites throughout the state.
We will let you know as soon as we hear where the BetMGM Connecticut retail sportsbook will be located.
Picking a winner between BetMGM, DraftKings and FanDuel in Connecticut is not easy. Honestly, all three sportsbooks are great options and we’re lucky to have them in our state.
If you’re not opposed to having multiple sportsbooks accounts we advise signing up with all three. That will allow you to take advantage of each book’s promotional offers, while also letting you make sure you’re getting the top odds for whatever events you’re betting on.
If you only want to have one online sportsbook account, we suggest checking out our FanDuel and DraftKings review for Connecticut and then you can decide for yourself which oddsmaker is the right fit for you.
Yes, by using our links to register and then entering the BetMGM bonus code PLAYBONUS while making your initial deposit your first bet will be made risk free for up to $600. If that initial bet ends up losing, BetMGM will refund you with one or more free bets to cover your losses in full, again for a max of $600.
Yes and no. The BetMGM app will work wherever you are, but you only can make bets if you’re somewhere that BetMGM is licensed. That list includes: New Jersey, Colorado, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan. You also can use it in a two-block radius around Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Anywhere else and you cannot place bets or cash out bets early.
Nope, BetMGM does not charge withdrawal fees when you cash out funds. You can cash out using an online bank transfer, PayPal, eChecks or by using a BetMGM Play+ prepaid card. Each option takes up to five days, but usually will not take quite that long.
When you deposit using a credit/debit card, PayPal, eCheck, online bank transfer, Play+ prepaid debit card or bank wire transfer the funds will appear in your BetMGM Sportsbook account almost instantly. If you go to a PayWithCash location it can take up to two days for the money to show up.
Compared to DraftKings, BetMGM allows you to make one-game parlays and offers twice as many options for cashing out. As for FanDuel, BetMGM has much better, and easier ways for creating cross-sport parlays. The truth is, your three options for online sportsbooks in Connecticut are all extraordinarily good.
We wish we could simply say this sportsbook has the best odds, this one is No. 2 and this one is No. 3. However, the odds at BetMGM, FanDuel and DraftKings are extremely competitive. It really varies on a game-to-game basis, that’s why it can make financial sense to have accounts with each operator. Doing so will let you always choose the best odds for the bet you’re going to place.