Virginia's legal online sports betting industry finally launched on January 21, 2021. BetMGM Virginia was among the first to go live in-state but not launch on the first day. It launched a few days later, on January 27, 2021.
Virginia was in somewhat of a unique situation compared to most states once the state government passed legislation to allow legal sports betting. There were no casinos that could get the ball rolling relatively soon, like in many states.
Sports betting would have to take place entirely online for the immediate future.
That made the market perfect for the BetMGM sportsbook to move into with its industry-leading sports betting mobile app. Renamed BetMGM after initially going by PlayMGM, Virginia is the tenth state for the BetMGM app to operate in.
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Many states require an online sportsbook to partner with a land-based retail location to operate in-state. Virginia has no such requirement, which is good since there are no land-based casinos in Virginia (but there are plans to build a few).
But BetMGM Virginia does have a few partners that it works with. Shortly after launching in Virginia, the BetMGM sportsbook announced a new partnership deal with the Washington Nationals.
Then there is the Entain Group which MGM Resorts International partnered with to create the BetMGM mobile sports betting app. BetMGM does not have a partnership established with the MGM National Harbor in Maryland (the nearest retail BetMGM sportsbook).
Since the BetMGM sportsbook is integrated with the MGM Resorts International rewards program, the M Life Rewards program, BetMGM offers users ways to earn points towards perks at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland or any other MGM resort.
The BetMGM Virginia mobile sports betting app began as the PlayMGM app in New Jersey in 2017. It resulted from a collaboration between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings (now the Entain Group). But users gave the original app a lukewarm reception.
ROAR Digital, who created the PlayMGM app, revamped the mobile sports betting app and relaunched it in September 2019 under a new name, BetMGM.
With the popularity of live/in-game betting rising, many sportsbooks stream live sports events on their website and mobile app. BetMGM Virginia offers live streaming, but only on a few select sports (i.e., European soccer leagues, tennis, etc.).
To watch, sports fans will need to have a sportsbook account with BetMGM VA. You will also need to deposit into your sportsbook account.
Registering for a new account with the BetMGM Virginia sportsbook is not a difficult thing to do:
This will open the mobile app or bring up the home page of the website.
Click on the box in the upper right-hand side of the screen that says 'Register.'
On the first page, you will need to enter your email address and create a password.
On the second, you will fill out your name, the last four digits of your social security number, and your birthday.
On the third and final page, enter the first line of your address, a phone number, and then enter your bonus code in the box.
Click on 'Create My Account.'
It is not hard to place a bet with the BetMGM Virginia sportsbook:
When BetMGM launched in Virginia on January 27, 2021, Virginia became the tenth state BetMGM operates in. Virginia does not require online sportsbooks to partner with a land-based casino— which is good since there are not any in-state. While it is legal to bet on college sports in general, it is illegal to bet on any games involving a team based in Virginia. Live betting on college games is also prohibited.
Formerly known as GVC holdings, the Entain Group is one of the largest sports betting and gambling providers in the world, in both the retail and online sectors. In 2018 they partnered with MGM Resorts to form ROAR Digital. The purpose behind ROAR Digital was clear—to create a world-class online betting and gaming platform.
In 2020, MGM Resorts tried to takeover Entain with an $11 billion buyout, but the Entain Group rejected the offer. After seeing their $11 billion offer refused, MGM Resorts announced in January 2021 that it would not be submitting another bid.
With the sports betting industry only operating online in Virginia, having an industry-leading website and sports betting app will be vital to succeeding in the Virginia online sports betting market. While the original PlayMGM app was not well-received, the revamped BetMGM sports betting app has established itself as one of the best sports betting apps in the industry.
Sports fans can register for a new account through the mobile app, manage their account, and bet on anything (prop bets, futures, games, live betting, etc.) as if they were betting from a laptop or desktop computer.
The app is available online via the Apple store for iOS users and via a link on the website for Android users.
When it comes to any sort of business involving financial transactions online, like sports betting, trust is essential. To that end, BetMGM Virginia uses state-of-the-art security to protect transactions and the personal data of users.
But with anything online, there are bound to be issues and problems from time to time. When problems do arise, BetMGM Virginia's customer support is ready, willing, and able to rectify any situation that comes up.
To assist users with any potential issues, BetMGM Virginia has the answers to many common questions posted online in the 'general information section. If the answer is not there or if users want to contact someone for help, they can do so via online chat, email, or phone.
Yes, sports betting is legal to bet on BetMGM in Virginia. BetMGM is a fully licensed and legal online sportsbook operator in the state.
First, you will need to register for a new account. Be sure to enter the promo code in the appropriate box when directed. Once you register, make a deposit into your account. Then, review the betting options the BetMGM sportsbook has available and find the market you are interested in. Click on the market. When your betting slip pops up, decide how much you want to bet, fill in the box, and click on 'place bet.'
There is no retail BetMGM sportsbook located in-state. To place a bet with BetMGM Virginia, users can visit the website online, either from a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device. The BetMGM mobile app is also operational in-state.
Yes, BetMGM does have a mobile app in Virginia. Users can download the iOS version from the Apple store and get the Android version from the BetMGM Virginia website.
Yes, you can. Users are not required to be a resident of Virginia; they just have to be physically located inside the state's borders to engage in legal sports betting with the BetMGM sportsbook in Virginia.
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