Disclaimer: Borgata online poker is not currently live in Michigan. This review is speculative based on what we expect, and will be updated once the site launches here.
Borgata online poker is soon opening its virtual doors in the Great Lake State. You’ll be able to simply log on and try your hand at the classic card game of skill and chance.
To sweeten the pot, Borgata will offer a generous welcome bonus to anyone who creates a new account. For starters, you’ll receive a $20 credit to your online wallet just for signing up — no deposit required. Then, if you like the platform and want to make a monetary deposit, Borgata will match your first deposit dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $600.
If this offer piques your interest, keep on reading for more details about the welcome bonus, as well as a deep dive into the key features and benefits of the excellent Borgata Poker platform.
There’s no better time to sign up for a new Borgata account if you are located in the state of Michigan. If you sign up now, you can take advantage of a couple of welcome offers, receiving up to $620 in bonus funds. Granted, there is a playthrough requirement that is necessary in order to unlock the entire bonus, but a 100% deposit match can make the grind worthwhile.
|Online Poker Room||Borgata Poker MI|
|No deposit bonus||$20 free at sign up|
|Deposit match bonus||100% up to $600|
|Last updated||March 2021|
If you’re new to the site, signing up for an account will get you $20, with no cash deposit required. You’ll receive $10 to play with immediately, so jump into some cash games or enter one of Borgata’s low-stakes tournaments. You’ll unlock the other $10 once you accumulate 40 iRewards points, which are the points that you gain from entering tournaments or sitting at a raked cash game. You’ll earn two points for every dollar you spend in tournament fees or every dollar you pay in rake, so it will take $20 in fees/rake to unlock the extra $10 bonus.
The real meat of the welcome bonus is the deposit match. If you decide that online poker is for you, go ahead and make your first cash deposit. Borgata will match your money dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $600. The catch, similar to the $20 sign-up bonus, is that there is a playthrough requirement that you need to complete in order to release your bonus funds. You will need to earn 4x your deposit in iRewards points in order to release the matched deposit. You have 45 days from the date of your initial deposit to clear those points. But fear not!
Your bonus will be awarded in 10% increments, so even if you can’t achieve a full four times your deposit in iRewards points, you can still make at least a little free money from Borgata. For example, if you deposit the full $600, you will get a bonus $60 once you earn 240 iRewards points (equivalent to $120 in tournament fees/cash rakes). Every 240 points that you earn after that grants you another $60 in your wallet.
Ready to give online poker in Michigan a try? Follow these simple steps to sign up for a Borgata account:
As we touched on previously in this article, Borgata has a proprietary rewards program for loyal players. The beauty of these points lies in their versatility. You can use iRewards points for a number of things, including cash back bonuses, comps at MGM properties (via M Life), catalog items or to enter special online promotions.
The calculation for these iRewards points is quite simple. As a poker player on the Borgata platform, you will earn two iRewards points for every dollar you contribute to tournament fees. Entering a $20 tournament with a $2 fee? You’ll earn four points just for participating. If you prefer cash games, you will earn two iRPs for every one dollar that you contribute to the rake. And don’t miss out on Borgata’s frequent double (or even triple) iRP promotions that it runs throughout the year.
One important thing to note is that the iRPs will expire 180 days after you earn them, so be sure you decide what to do with them before the deadline arrives.
One of the nice features about the Borgata software is that you can play on either desktop or mobile. While this is not a feature unique to Borgata, it’s good to have the flexibility. If you are a multi-tabler, we definitely recommend using the desktop program, however.
The software is definitely very visually pleasing, and not over-cluttered like some of its competitors can be. All of the elements are simple to locate and intuitive to use, and Borgata’s software dispenses with unnecessary distractions and menus. Although this can sometimes give it a bit of an inelegant “streamlined” look, serious card players will certainly appreciate the quick access to their games.
The graphical interface on both desktop and mobile is functional and easy to read, and at the end of the day, that is the most important thing when evaluating a poker platform’s software.
Whether you choose to sit with your laptop in the living room or take the action on the go with your smart device, you’ll find that downloading and accessing the Borgata software is a breeze. Follow the instructions below to install the program and start betting right away:
If you prefer playing on a phone or tablet, you still have access to Borgata’s poker offerings:
The Borgata Poker software sports a respectable roster of poker games, ranging from multiple cash variants, to sit and go’s, to large weekly tournaments. Cash game enthusiasts should always find a good table to sit at, especially if they are hold’em players. While the cash options are relatively limited compared to other sites, the many tournament offerings more than make up for any shortcomings in that department.
As mentioned, the cash game offerings can be fairly standard compared to wacky variants that other sites offer. That said, there is a good mix of traditional types of games that usually have players sitting at tables. Currently the available cash variants are:
A poker mode that is growing in popularity among online poker players, fastforward poker allows you to view and fold (or play) hands much more quickly than a traditional ring game. As soon as you fold a hand, you are whisked away to a new table and dealt a new hand. This keeps the action fun, fast and fresh. While Borgata’s relative lack of cash players makes these games difficult to find, you can usually find a reliable group of players during peak weekend hours.
Where the Borgata platform really shines is in its tournament offerings, from rebuys to bounties to turbos and more. If you are a sit and go lover, you will definitely be able to find action whenever you log on.
Here is a short list of some of the larger and most frequented tournaments on the site:
As with most other online poker sites, Borgata allows you to play cash games at multiple tables. The software allows you to easily tile and cascade multiple windows so that you can quickly navigate to all of your current action. You can multi-table on mobile and desktop, but we recommend desktop due to the larger screen. Using a mouse is also much easier for multitabling rather than clicking around on a smaller display. And if you want to play some cash games on the side while you’re engaged in a large tournament, the Borgata Poker software allows you to do that.
Borgata has a generous number of options for both depositing and withdrawing cash.
Currently, Borgata offers the following options for depositing money to play on the site:
Once you’ve racked up enough money, you’ll want to convert that into cash via withdrawal. Luckily, Borgata has some of the best options available for that. See below for the current ways you can cash out:
Note that all withdrawals are subject to a security review, and you should expect a two- to five-day wait before the cash is in your bank account.
Borgata has a variety of customer support options, although reports are not always encouraging. Many online users cite slow response times and difficulty in accessing a live representative. If you are in need of customer service, here are the options available to you:
Recent changes to the law in the state of Michigan have made online betting legal. Borgata is licensed and fully eligible to host online poker games in the Great Lake State. You can be secure in the fact that Borgata is regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, and that your money is safe and protected. As long as you are 21 or older and physically located in Michigan, you can play poker online at Borgata.
Borgata is a subsidiary of the world-famous MGM Resorts brand. The brick-and-mortar casino is among the most recognizable landmarks in Atlantic City, NJ, being the third tallest building in the city. Borgata began its online gambling operations in November of 2013 once the law allowed for it. Borgata has remained near the top of the pack when it comes to online tournament player base and cash liquidity.