MGM Resorts Takes Real Money Slot Tournaments Mobile With Web-Based EasyPlay App

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.

EasyPlay app mobile casino

It’s easy to play. Which may have inspired the name, EasyPlay. Just a hunch.

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.

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 slot tournament app

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.

EasyPlay app

“What the hell is bingo?” ~Millennials

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.

EasyPlay casino app

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.

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. 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.

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  • Jonathon Bartlett

    Coolest idea ever (and I’m not even a millennial)!!!!! I love any opportunity to lose my money in new and exciting ways!

    • Well, compared to keno, it’s pretty much a sure thing. “)

  • Photoncounter

    So, let me get this straight. I have to pay $10 to park and pay again to get into a slot tournament when in 30 plus years of gambling the one thing I’ve been invited to countless times and have zero interest in: slot tournaments? All at MGM…

    Nicely written article.

    NO!

  • FYMYAWF

    Clearly aimed at the Pokemon Go crowd, i.e. those who can’t put their phones down under any circumstances.

    Generally when I’m in town and I step away from the (actual) slots I don’t want to be sitting in a bar or restaurant staring at my phone playing the high stakes version of myVegas. That seems a little sad and desperate to me, though I suppose it’s not THAT much different than playing video poker for hours at the bar either.

    Call me old fashioned, but when I’m not in front of the slots I’d rather actually, you know, interact with people.

    We still do that in Vegas, right?

    • Well, I think you’re right in that devices will never take the place of casino play–the sounds and sights and people make casinos unique.

    • It may be aimed at that crowd, but they won’t play it. Slots are slots and they don’t like slots. This won’t do anything.

  • Eva

    Slot tournament is damn good idea for playing slots with other players in real time. I also love playing at online casino and slots is one of my favorite game. Thanks for sharing.