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BetMGM Casino Rolls Out Bonus City Hybrid Dealer Game In New Jersey

Written By Derek Helling on October 17, 2023
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If Bonus City sounds like a place you might like to visit, you likely aren’t alone. BetMGM Casino is now welcoming visitors to that digital place. BetMGM Casino players in New Jersey at this point, anyway.

As the name suggests, BetMGM’s Bonus City game allows players to try to land bonuses that can represent multipliers of their stakes necessary to play the game. It also incorporates a new hybrid dealer feature that might open the city’s “gates” wide to many app users.

BetMGM opens Bonus City to New Jersey visitors

Players on the BetMGM Casino app in New Jersey will find the new Inspired Entertainment offering, Bonus City, alongside many of their other favorite titles like live dealer games. Much of the game play will be familiar to avid online casino players in the state.

According to an Oct. 10 BetMGM news release, “players can choose from eight potential outcomes that will spin on the big wheel.” The result of the play in terms of whether a player is a winner depends on where the wheel stops. Spaces on the wheel include tributes to famous MGM Resorts properties like The Bellagio in Las Vegas.

The game is not partially powered by electricity and partially powered by oil like a hybrid vehicle. Rather, the hybrid element comes in after players make their selections. The game features a live person spinning the wheel. However, that’s the extent of the live dealer element.

The spins do not happen in real-time as players decide to play. Rather, the spins have been pre-recorded in front of a green screen. A random number generator assigns them to each play. In that way, Bonus City works very similarly to online slots.

Prior to the spin of each play, the RNG also assigns the value of a multiplier for a winning play. Bonus City delivers some of the best elements of live dealer and virtual online casino games simultaneously.

The advantages of the hybrid dealer model for players

Many New Jersey online casino players prefer versions of table games with live dealers because they feel more confident about their chances in such games. The hybrid dealer model affords some of that feeling of security.

At the same time, it opens the game up to more players who might feel intimidated by taking a seat at a game broadcasting from a live dealer studio. The game play is quite simple as everything is predicated on the result of the spin of a wheel.

Additionally, the stake in this type of game can be lower than many live dealer games require. For New Jerseyans right now there is just one catch. Bonus City is currently only available on BetMGM Casino’s website and iOS app in the state. However, BetMGM’s release says it should be coming to its Android app in the state soon.

The release also states that BetMGM Casino plans to bring the game to Michigan and Pennsylvania “in the near future.” At this point, there is no news about a potential launch in West Virginia. However, that may eventually be the case.

BetMGM says this will be the first of several games in this genre. Until then, New Jerseyans can visit Bonus City as often as they like.

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Derek Helling is the assistant managing editor of PlayUSA. Helling focuses on breaking news, including finance, regulation, and technology in the gaming industry. Helling completed his journalism degree at the University of Iowa and resides in Chicago

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