MGM Poker Review
In 2011, MGM Resorts International entered into a joint partnership with brick-and-mortar casino company Boyd Gaming and online gaming giant bwin.party to form a new company in anticipation of the eventual legalization of online poker. In the deal, bwin.party owns 65 percent of the new company, MGM owns 25 percent, and Boyd holds 10 percent. The new business was forged because the two brick-and-mortar gambling firms - MGM and Boyd - needed bwin.party's interactive gaming resources while bwin.party needed a way to get back into the U.S. market. For Nevada specifically, bwin.party had to partner with a land-based casino in order to receive a license. bwin.party has yet to receive that license.
MGM Resorts International owns and operates some of the most iconic gaming properties in Las Vegas, including the MGM Grand, ARIA, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Luxor, Excalibur, and Circus Circus. It also owns a handful outside of Las Vegas, including MGM Macau, Gold Strike Tunica, and Beau Rivage Biloxi. .
As a result of the aforementioned partnership, MGM will use bwin.party's software for its Nevada internet poker offering. The MGM site has not launched yet, so we have not been able to test the software, but assuming it is the same as what we have seen on bwin.party's flagship site, Party Poker, it is safe to say that players will get comfortable with it very quickly..
The lobby is rather unique in the internet poker field, as instead of being sorted by tabs, there is a single window in which to scroll to find the game type. Once selected, options for the stakes appear to the right, which in turn narrow down the table selections in the main window below. .
At the tables, players may upload a custom avatar to display at their seat or use one of the software's stock pictures. Many aspects of the table can be customized, as well, such as bet increments on the bet slider and seat positioning. Overall, the tables are colorful and appealing, which will help novice players feel welcome, but can also be tailored to suit the veteran grinder's needs..
Player notes along with colored icons are available, as are hand histories. Party's software also makes it easy to jump onto another table during play (if one doesn't care about table selection) by clicking on the "Open Table" tab at the top of the window and then selecting "Similar Table" or "Favorites.".
As MGM online poker is not yet live, there is no real-money traffic of which to speak. Because of its business partnership, MGM still needs bwin.party to be granted a Nevada interactive gaming license before it can go live. MGM, along with its competitors, hopes to have a site up and running in 2013..
Security and Ethics
While MGM Poker is not yet live, it is expected to use the same software as bwin.party's flagship site, Party Poker. Party's software uses 128-bit security provided by the industry leader, Thawte Security..
As MGM Poker is not yet live, we have not had the opportunity to test its customer support..
As MGM Poker is not yet live, there is no banking information at this time..
As MGM Poker is not yet live, there are no promotions to discuss at this time. We might venture a guess, though, that the site will offer promos related to its gaming properties in Las Vegas. Additionally, since bwin.party owns the World Poker Tour (WPT), we would not be surprised to see many opportunities to win seats in WPT events..
We can't give a complete review since MGM Poker has yet to go live, but since it will be using bwin.party's poker software, we can at least expect the gameplay experience to be very good. Possible promotional tie-ins with Boyd's properties and the WPT could be very exciting.
MGM Poker Info
- Name: MGM Poker
- Established: 2013
- Country: United States
- Network: Independent
- Owner: MGM Resorts International, Boyd Gaming, bwin.party
- Positives: Established, time-tested software; Respected gaming names operating the site; WPT promotional possibilities
- Negatives: Site is not yet live