MGM Resorts has launched a new Web-based app, EasyPlay, being touted as the “first mobile casino slot platform in the country.”
The EasyPlay app allows players to participate in virtual slot and bingo tournaments away from the casino floor at MGM Resorts destinations. The difference between this app and other “just for fun” social casino games is the prizes are paid in cash, on site.
It’s easy to play. Which may have inspired the name, EasyPlay. Just a hunch.
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EasyPlay (the official style is “easyPLAY,” but we have an aversion to random capitalization and shouting) can be accessed free via a Web site.
For the time being, one must be logged into the Wi-Fi at an MGM Resorts hotel-casino to use the app and take part in the virtual tournaments. (EasyPlay tournaments are also be accessible on InteractivePro Tables located throughout MGM Resorts.)
There’s a small cost for tournament entries, and tournament jackpots vary based upon the number of participants.
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The EasyPlay app makes it a breeze to see how many people are taking part in a given slot or bingo tournament and where you rank against other participants, all in real-time.
EasyPlay was developed by a Las Vegas company, oneLIVE, Inc. We’ll let them get away with the random capitalization and shouting just this once because we sort of like their app.
MGM Resorts sees this app as the next evolution of casino gambling, although, technically, the tournament element keeps this type of mobile gambling from being considered “gambling,” because mobile gambling isn’t legal in the U.S. at the moment. It’s complicated.
Of course, MGM Resorts and the game developer have made sure EasyPlay has the blessing of Nevada Gaming Control Board.
MGM Resorts reps seem to have high hopes their new app will appeal to younger gamblers, specifically, those pesky Millennials. Will Millennials like slot machines more because they’re on a smartphone? It’s possible. They do seem to enjoy competition, and EasyPlay slot tournaments certainly provide that experience.
The EasyPlay app is being described as “the new keno,” which sounds about right. We’ll definitely use the app when we’re having lunch at a casino restaurant or a cocktail at a casino bar. But mainly that second thing.
The fact there are real money payouts certainly doesn’t hurt, either.
If you win one of the EasyPlay slot tournaments, just go to the casino cage, provide a valid I.D. and your e-mail address, and you’ll get your cash. (All the usual rules apply for wins greater than $1,200, you’ll have to fill out the appropriate tax forms.)
Other details: A payment method is set up within the app prior to play, entry credits can be purchased for varying amounts (starting for as little as $1), you can play free trial games, and the app lets you check winnings, credit balances and scheduled tournaments with ease.
Just scan the available tournaments and dive right in. You’ve got 25 spins to get the high score. No pressure.
If you have questions, visit an M Life players club desk (yes, we know it’s “M life,” don’t get us started) at your favorite MGM Resorts casino.
Here’s some sweet news coverage of the release of the EasyPlay app. By “sweet,” of course, we mean this Las Vegas blog is featured in it.
Casino social games have been a huge windfall for casino companies (yes, people spend millions of real dollars purchasing virtual coins), and casinos are champing at the bit for real money mobile gambling to be legalized.
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In the meantime, virtual tournaments it is, and EasyPlay may end up being your new favorite obsession when visiting an MGM Resorts casino in Las Vegas. Those resorts include Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Monte Carlo, Luxor, New York-New York and Excalibur. Sorry, but at Circus Circus, you’ll have to play slots the old-fashioned way. (Circus Circus is owned by MGM Resorts, but isn’t part of the M Life players club family.)
Here’s a tip: Even if your chances of winning a tournament look bleak, don’t give up. Casino east windsor connecticut. We’ve personally seen someone get six million points on one spin, so a miraculous, come-from-behind victory isn’t out of the question.
If you give EasyPlay a try, let us know what you think, and if you win a jackpot, our usual commission applies.
Ongoing BetMGM Casino promotions
Once you’ve used your welcome bonus from BetMGM, it’s time to take a look at the promotions page. The online casino has a good number of ongoing promotions for existing players, including bonus funds and free spins.
Here’s an idea of what you’ll find when you click through to the offers page. Make sure to check the site regularly for new promotions.
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- Featured slot bonuses: Wager $20 on the casino’s featured slot of the week to receive a $10 casino bonus.
- Seal the Deal: Wager a minimum of $50 on any BetMGM slot game to receive a $5 casino bonus on Mondays.
- WiFi Wednesdays: Wager $50 or more using the BetMGM app to receive a $10 casino bonus.
- Grand Feast: Play the featured slots at BetMGM to earn entry tickets into the casino’s Grand Feast sweepstakes.
BetMGM M life Rewards program and tiers
BetMGM rewards its players for their loyalty to the site. When you register for an account in Pennsylvania, you’ll be signed up to the casino’s M life Rewards program. Every time you wager on the site, the operator will reward you with points. You can receive these points using either the desktop site or the app.
Different casino games will earn you a different number of points. Playing slots is the best conversation rate — you’ll receive one reward point for every $5 you wager. Progressive slots earn you one point for every $10, while you’ll need to wager $20 on video poker to add to your rewards balance. Wager $25 on blackjack, craps or roulette to earn one point.
The more you play, the more points you’ll rack up. In turn, this will increase your status. The loyalty program consists of five tiers, identical to those at MGM casino resorts. They are:
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- Sapphire (starting point)
- Pearl (20,000 points)
- Gold (60,000 points)
- Platinum (160,000 points)
- Noir (By invitation only)
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You can then redeem points when booking hotel rooms and paying for restaurant meals at MGM properties. You can also use them as bonus funds on BetMGM sites, and to pay for online store items.