PointsBet Sportsbook Review Sep 2021

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PointsBet Sportsbook Review

PointsBet arrived on the sports betting scene in January 2019 when it launched in New Jersey. But it didn't stop there, quickly adding licenses for online sportsbooks in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Colorado, and most recently West Virginia. PointsBet focuses all its time and energy into its sportsbook, though PointsBet Michigan recently dipped its toes into the casino space.

PointsBet users will immediately notice a local flare to the sportsbook. PointsBet does a great jump of pumping local markets, whether it's featuring those teams on the front of its home page, boosting local teams' odds or featuring those teams' games on the left rail of the available markets. PointsBet has a commitment to the state-specific teams, going so far as using former professional athletes from the state as spokespersons.

Pros and Cons

Pros
Local flare
Odds boosts
Parlay boosters
Live customer chat
Cons
Lack of same-game parlays
Lack of contests

PointsBet Review Summary

The PointsBet sportsbook has something for everyone. With more than a dozen different sports to choose from, hundreds of leagues and thousands of betting options within those markets, players will have no shortage of betting options when they sign up and play on this sportsbook. Odds are competitive with some of the other major players, the website and app function properly to make placing bets a breeze, and the customer service is among the best we have reviewed. If you're looking for a sportsbook to call home, PointsBet USA has to be a serious consideration. Our PointsBet review will cover what we like, what we think could be improved and how you can make the most of your betting experience at one of the premier sportsbooks available.

PointsBet Sportsbook State Restrictions

As of May 2021, online sports betting is legal in 13 different states: Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. More than a dozen states are working toward progress on online sports betting becoming a reality sooner than later, so we expect the aforementioned list to constantly be growing. Of the 12 states in which online sports betting is legal, PointsBet has licenses in eight of them: Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, New Jersey, Michigan, and West Virginia. The PointsBet promo code is available for all states where the operator has a license.

PointsBet Online Sportsbook

Look no further for the legitimacy of PointsBet than its partners. Since launching, it has become one of the most well-known sportsbooks in the United States thanks to its favorable odds, local flare, outstanding marketing and recognizable features.

PointsBet has formed partnerships with some of the past sports legends from the states in which it operates in, from Bears returner Devin Hester to golf's Paige Spiranac and NBA Hall of Famers Allen Iverson and Shaquille O'Neal. What's more, PointsBet currently has partnerships with a number of pro teams in certain states, including the NBA's Denver Nuggets, the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, among others. PointsBet is truly carving out a unique niche in the sports betting industry with its commitment to local teams that you really won't find anywhere else.

PointsBet Sportsbook Promo Code

PointsBet currently has two promotions running for new users. The first is a 100% deposit match up to $250, meaning players can deposit up to $250 and receive that same amount back in the form of risk-free bets.

The second promotion for first-time users is a pair of risk-free bets up to $500 in fixed betting and $1,500 in PointsBetting using the promo code BOOKIESB. If players lose their first fixed bet or PointsBetting bet, they will receive a PointsBet free bet equal to the amount wagered and lost. If users win those first bets, no risk-free bets will be rewarded. No PointsBet promo code is required, so users will be able to enjoy this perk without signing up for anything. It's worth noting here that all risk-free bets may only be used on fixed betting markets, though they may be split up into multiple risk-free bets to be used on different games or events. When you compare this offer to an offer like the Unibet promo code, you will see it is very generous.

PointsBet does have not have a loyalty program but does offer benefits to its members in the form of promotions and rewards. In addition to daily promotions such as odds boosts and parlay boosters, members receive points with every bet they place that can be redeemed for free bets.

Members receive 1 point for every $5 fixed odds bets, 1 reward point for a $1 parlay bet and 1 reward point for every dollar won or lost through PointsBetting. Members can also receive 100 points for a $100 parlay, 200 points for a $200 fixed bet, 300 points for a $300 PointsBetting win, 300 points for a $300 in-play bet and 100 points for a $100 in-play parlay. Members can then redeem their points for free bets. Every 1000 points earned equals $10 in free bets.

Registering at PointsBet

The registration process at PointsBet is simple. Players will need to provide all the standard information they would at any other sportsbook, including name, address, email address, billing information and verification of age and location. This also includes entering the last four digits of your Social Security number and setting up a geolocator to prove you are in a legal state to wager on PointsBet. Because PointsBet does not have daily fantasy sports, horse racing or a casino (except for Michigan), users should know whether they have signed up previously or not.

  1. Sign up by selecting the state in which you plan to use PointsBet, followed by entering your email address, first name, last name and PointsBet promo code BOOKIESB.
  2. Users will then enter their date of birth, phone number and the last four digits of their Social Security number to prove they are of legal betting age.
  3. They will then choose their deposit method, enter a specific amount of money to deposit and they're ready to play.!

PointsBet Sports Betting

PointsBet offers more than a dozen sports to bet on, including the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. Less popular sports offered include golf, soccer, boxing, tennis, UFC and even darts. What's more, PointsBet also offers a number of different leagues within all sports that make the betting experience one that can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night. Where there's a market or game, there's a PointsBet bet to be placed. PointsBet also provides countless bets for the biggest sporting events of the year, like the 2022 Super Bowl and World Series. For example, PointsBet might offer boosted 2022 Super Bowl odds in an attempt to pull customers away from competitors.

There are also dozens, if not hundreds, of player prop bets available for major market game. The breadth of player props, team props and alternate spreads and totals at PointsBet is on par with or better than any of the other top US sportsbooks we've reviewed.

Site Experience

The first thing bettors will notice on the PointsBet website are current promotions. PointsBet routinely has fun graphics attached to each promotion that make the website more welcoming and interactive. The home page also features the most popular sports and leagues in play, so users won't need to dig to find the market they want to bet on. Additional tabs next to the featured leagues are the in-play games, so members will have access to the most popular live events happening at any given time.

PointsBet makes all available markets accessible through a dropdown menu, with featured markets listed at the top, followed by an A-Z list for easy navigating. PointsBet also recently added a search bar to its dropdown main menu, though the website is structured so well that most players won't have any need for it.

Within each market, league, and/or sport, PointsBet features tabs at the top of each page with access to the featured, live and upcoming games in that market. Whether you're looking to make a fixed-odds bet, a live bet, or a futures bet, everything is accessible on a single page.

PointsBet also makes it easy for its players to understand their accounts. A dropdown on the right side of the screen gives customers access to their balance, pending bets, settled bets, deposit and withdrawal options, free bet options and other rewards. The best part is all that information is in a dropdown menu, so members can continue betting while looking at that info in real time.

Last but certainly not least, the live chat customer support on PointsBet is one of the best features we uncovered when reviewing the sportsbook. It's accessible and easy to utilize on both the desktop and PointsBet mobile app, the 24/7 function is real and the PointsBet team members are friendly, quick to respond and almost always able to answer questions. Like the dropdown menus for accounts, the live chat is a pop-up app. so members will be able to continue playing while getting their questions answered.

Betting Interface: Very User-Friendly
Mobile Betting: Yes
Betting App: Yes, Apple and Android
Live Sports Betting: Yes
Live Sports Streaming No

Mobile App Experience

No PointsBet review would be complete without analyzing the PointsBet sportsbook app. And there's good news: If you're a fan of the PointsBet desktop, you're going to enjoy the app. In fact, we have named it as one of the best sports betting apps for US bettors. Everything from the ode to local teams to the memorable red and black color blocking, the PointsBet app is a miniature version of the desktop website. Additionally, it functions well, has easy navigation tools and is available for both iOS and Android. We're fans of PointsBet, and the PointsBet app is one of the reasons why.

Bettors can download the PointsBet app through the Google Play store or Apple's App store. It's also linked at the bottom of the PointsBet home page and is a simple download for mobile or tablet.

The first, and perhaps best, feature you'll notice on the PointsBet app is the navigation bar at the bottom of each page. This bar includes the following buttons: "Menu," which populates all available betting markets on the left rail of the screen; "Sports," which shows all available sports markets with live and upcoming events featured at the top; "Live," with a notification button for how many different live events are available; "Quick Parlay," which brings users to a screen with all major leagues with games that are available to be parlayed; "My Bets," which brings users to their current bet slip, pending bets and settled bets. While there are other navigation tools on the PointsBet app, that bottom bar is all you'll really need.

Players can also access their account information on the right side of the PointsBet app by clicking on the dropdown menu. Like the desktop, that dropdown will give players access to their balance, free bets, rewards, available booster parlays and single-game parlays, pending bets, deposit options, withdrawal options, and account history. There's also a not-so-subtle "deposit funds" button within that dropdown for users to add funds to their account.

Users can also access PointsBet's responsible gaming page and a search bar function within the app. Players also can configure a PIN or enable Face ID for logging in on mobile devices for additional security.

PointsBet GeoComply

Because different states have different laws for betting sites, verifying your location is a requirement to participate in online betting. PointsBet utilizes a technology called GeoComply to accurately verify that bettors are in a state that allows legal sports gambling.

There are no workarounds for this, and bettors will need to allow GeoComply to locate the device they're using in order to place any sort of bet on PointsBet. Bettors can download the PointsBet Sportsbook app or log onto the PointsBet sportsbook website and look at odds, but they won't be able to place a bet at PointsBet until their location is verified.

Quality of the Odds

PointsBet's odds are like what you'll find at other major sportsbooks such as FanDuel and DraftKings. It's always advisable to shop lines, like for example NFL lines, to see if you can find an extra half-point on a spread or lower juice on a moneyline bet.

In our review of PointsBet, we didn't notice any significant differences in odds, when they're released or whether bettors can take advantage of early lines. It's pretty straightforward and standard on all major markets. The one caveat is that PointsBet is more likely to boost local teams' odds (the Cubs' runline on PointsBet Illinois, for example) than other major sportsbooks. Local teams is one area where bettors can take advantage of superior odds, specific payout boosts or lower juice. While odds are different for every sportsbook, PointsBet is influenced the same by the NFL consensus and you can take advantage.

Notable Features

PointsBet has you covered on all the standard features of an online sportsbook. That includes point spreads, totals, moneylines, player props, team props, and futures bets. For all major markets, there will be hundreds of different available bets for users to choose from.

Before we dive into some of the additional features that bettors will have access to, we want to discuss the most unique feature that PointsBet offers. It's called PointsBetting, a type of bet that rewards players the more they're right (while also penalizing them the more they're wrong).

PointsBetting

Here's how PointsBetting works. For example, a $10 PointsBetting bet on the Denver Nuggets -4 would yield $100 if the Nuggets were to win by 14 points ($10 x the Nuggets winning by 10 more points than the spread). Likewise, a six-point Nuggets loss would result in a $100 loss ($10 bet x the Nuggets losing by 10 more points than the spread).

This PointsBetting option is available for game spreads, game totals and a number of player props. Sports bettors can cap their max PointsBetting winnings and max losses to avoid a significant loss. PointsBetting is as unique a feature as any major sportsbook has, but it does take some getting used to, so make sure you understand what your bet is, how much it could potentially win or lose is, before placing it. PointsBetting is a fun, unique feature that PointsBet provides to all its users.

Cash Out option

Worried about a backdoor cover? Does your bet realistically have no shot of winning? Or do you simply want to take some of your old bets and reallocate them to new ones? PoinstBet offers an option for users to cash out their unsettled, live bets while the event is still ongoing. It won't always be available, and the amount able to be withdrawn changes in real-time, but it's a nice option for bettors who are analyzing their potential of winning (or losing) a bet as it's happening.

Live betting

The betting doesn't stop when the game starts. PointsBet offers hundreds of different live betting options in just about every market. PointsBet's quick response time allows bettors to make quick live bets in real-time, which can make a significant impact based on how quickly odds change during events.

Odds boost

Different sportsbooks offer different odds that, over time, can make a real difference. PointsBet routinely offers odds boosts, specifically to local teams, while also offering parlay boosters, reduced juice, and other promotions to give users a better betting experience.

Same-Game parlays

Our one real knock on PointsBet is that they're still lacking in the same-game parlay department. They offer it in some markets, referred to as single-game parlays, but players don't have much flexibility to create their own single-game parlays. This may change in the future, but for now, it's just an average feature on PointsBet.

Understanding Betting Options

Minimum Bet

A minimum bet is the lowest amount of money a bettor can place on a single event or game. At the PointsBet sportsbook, this amount is $0.50.

Maximum Bet

The maximum bet is the largest amount of money a bettor can place on a single event or game. At the PointsBet sportsbook, this number varies between sports and markets with max daily payouts ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. PointsBet will flag a bet if it exceeds their set limits for a particular market and users will have the ability to lower the bet until it's accepted. Prop bets typically have lower maximums.

Reduced Juice

Juice refers to the commission that sportsbooks take on every game. It's why a standard point spread or total has -110 odds, meaning bettors would need to bet $110 to win $100. PointsBet has in the past reduced its juice on NBA and NFL games from -110 to -105, meaning bettors would only need to wager $105 to win $100, and they'll give daily boosts like that to local teams from time to time.

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Deposit & Withdrawal Methods at PointsBet

PointsBet lists Mastercard as its preferred payment method because customers can use their bank card to transfer funds to their PointsBet Mastercard, which will immediately be available for play. Withdrawal is made available immediately for players with this specific Mastercard, and they're able to withdraw funds from that card from anywhere that accepts Mastercard. It's one of the most unique features we've seen from any sportsbook.

Depositing Money

The branded Mastercard is just one of the many seamless deposit and withdrawal options that users have with the PointsBet sportsbook. PointsBet typically offers five additional methods for deposits: online banking (recommended, with over 1,000 banks eligible), PayNearMe, PayPal, ACH/eCheck, and credit/debit card.

No matter the method, PointsBet has created an easy-to-use process to get funds into your account quickly. Players simply choose their method, enter the amount they want to deposit, and funds are made available instantly, except for wire transfers, which could take several business days. These options may differ by states, so click on the "deposit funds" link in the dropdown menu for account information to see which options are available to you.

The minimum deposit is $5, and the maximum deposit is $50,000.

Withdrawing Money

Payout options work similarly to deposits, with users being able to withdraw using the same payment method they deposited from for security purposes (except for credit cards, other than the PointsBet Mastercard, and PayNearMe). Additionally, users can withdraw for cash at the affiliated land-based casino that PointsBet partners within each state.

Bettors can access the PointsBet withdrawal page through the dropdown menu for account information. That page will include the total withdrawal balance as well as different options for receiving those funds, which are available within a few business days, and usually much sooner than that.

How Does PointsBet Payout?

PointsBet typically pays out quickly after a brief processing period, with the most common methods available being via online bank accounts, PayPal and the PointsBet MasterCard for fast withdrawals.

PointsBet Arizona

PointsBet Arizona is now live and you can sign up for an account today and place bets! The PointsBet Arizona app and site is offering Bookies readers an industry-leading welcome bonus in the form of 2 risk-free bets up to $2,000. PointsBet is a terrific online sports betting platform with the every intention to become one of the leading lights in Arizona. It offers a traditional fixed-odds sportsbook alongside PointsBetting, which brings a unique dimension to the wagering experience. That allows Points Bet to offer many more options than its rivals, and the odds are competitive. The mobile betting app and desktop site are stylish and modern, with an excellent user experience. You can also benefit from a very large sign-up bonus – check out the PointsBet Arizona promo code page for more details – along with a broad array of ongoing promos.

PointsBet is a massive player in the Arizona market after being already live in New Jersey, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Colorado, Michigan and West Virginia. PointsBet Arizona doesn’t have the same name recognition of some of their competition, but offer a very competitive product. PB has targeted the largest states with legal wagering, and Arizona was a logical next step. The company aims to become a nationwide operator, and it has set up a U.S. headquarters in Colorado with a view to expanding across the west, and we will see it go live as a legal betting site in Arizona on September 9th.

PointsBet Colorado

PointsBet Colorado received a temporary internet sports betting operating license early in 2020 and officially went live in November 2020. PointsBet Colorado works with the land-based Double Eagle Creek in Cripple Creek, Colorado. PointsBet Colorado has a partnership with the University of Colorado, the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and the NBA's Denver Nuggets.

PointsBet Illinois

Online sports betting became legal in Illinois in March 2020, with PointsBet Illinois launching in September of that year. PointsBet Illinois is partnered with three different land-based casinos in Illinois: Club Hawthorne Crestwood, Hawthorne Race Course and Player's Pub & Grill.

PointsBet Indiana

Online sports betting in Indiana was legalized in May 2019. PointsBet Indiana launched in May 2020 and is partnered with the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. PointsBet Indiana has deals with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and the NBA's Indiana Pacers.

PointsBet Iowa

PointsBet Iowa launched in November 2019, a few months after online sports betting was made legal in the state in May of that year. PointsBet Iowa is partnered with the land-based Cat Fish Bend Casino in Burlington, Iowa. Sports betting in Iowa has grown in popularity ever since it's launch in '19.

PointsBet Michigan

PointsBet Michigan launched in the state in January 2021 and is partnered with land-based Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet, Michigan. As of May 2021, PointsBet Michigan became the first PointsBet website to offer an online casino product.

PointsBet New Jersey

PointsBet New Jersey was the first PointsBet sportsbook to launch in January 2019. It partners with Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey. New Jersey is one of the main states when it comes to sports betting in the United States.

PointsBet West Virginia

The most recent state this Australia-based operator launched in is West Virginia, seeing the light of the day mid-August 2021. The Mountain State will feature mobile and online sportsbook and they are the seventh state for PointsBet on the US soil.

PointsBet Customer Support

PointsBet has built a sportsbook that can compete with any of the other major players in the United States, but it knows that problems are going to arise. Whether it's an issue with the PointsBet sportsbook itself, a question about one of your bets, or you need help with something regarding responsible gaming, this operator has you covered.

Of all the sportsbooks we've reviewed, PointsBet customer service tops the list. They've earned that title thanks to a live chat function and an email inbox monitored by and run by a group of helpful, well-trained staff. While a solid customer service function may not feel like a big deal, users will easily notice the difference between a good one and a bad one as soon as they need one.

The live chat function is simple to use. The chat populates as a pop-up on any page so users can continue to use the PointsBet sportsbook while they're getting their issue resolved. Users open the chat and are automatically entered into a queue, which can fluctuate between 5 and 10 users being in front of them during off-hours to more than 30 users in front of them during busy hours. The line moves quickly, and users will receive a notification when it's their turn. Users can expedite the process by entering their name, date of birth and username for verification purposes.

Once connected with a live customer service representative, players receive thorough answers and explanations for whatever concerns or questions they have. These aren't automated responses or reps reading off a script. It's an actual conversation, and it goes a long way.

PointsBet's email inbox functions in a similar manner, with responses, usually coming in a few business days. Users can also contact PointsBet on social media on state-specific Twitter accounts, Instagram account, or Facebook account.

There's also a customer service function called the Karma Kommittee that analyzes bad beats or poor officiating that dictated the outcome of a bet. PointsBet users can submit these outcomes for the Karma Kommittee to analyze, and in certain circumstances, it will refund the losing side of the bet. While it's uncommon and isn't applicable to everyone, it's a nice customer service feature that shouldn't go unnoticed.

Lastly, there's also a FAQ page for users who have questions but do not want to directly contact PointsBet. Under its "Help" section, PointsBet provides general information on deposits/withdrawals, features and promotions, house rules, responsible gaming, and troubleshooting.

Safety and Security

One of the most significant benefits of using a legally operating sportsbook is the safety and security that comes along with it. Your deposits, withdrawals, passwords, and personal information are all secure in ways that aren't guaranteed when using offshore accounts.

Specific to PointsBet, users have the option within their account page to set up two forms of security: an email notification each time someone logs into their account and multi-factor authentication each time someone logs into their account. PointsBet is secure, and that kind of additional security goes a long way toward users feeling safe about placing a bet at PointsBet sportsbook. It’s always important for players to have a secure password and to keep track of all their information.

Responsible Gambling

PointsBet takes responsible gambling seriously, dedicating an entire page to myriad resources, including a thorough FAQ and a live chat option, to make sure they have what they need to have the safest, most responsible gambling experience.

It's admittedly more difficult to find the PointsBet responsible gaming page than it is at other sportsbooks, as there is no button but rather the link appears in the footer of the page. Once you're there, however, the page is one of the best of those we've reviewed.

The first section discusses the PointsBet self-exclusion option, with links to the state-specific gaming board and instructions on how to apply for such a designation. This section on the PointsBet sportsbook also links to its player protection page, which also includes state-specific links to gaming boards and further instructions on how to contact PointsBet customer service.

The second section is a bundle of links for PointsBet users to set different unique limits on a number of different settings. Users can limit the amount of money they deposit every 3, 7 or 30 days; they can limit the number of hours they're on the PointsBet sportsbook app or website each day by hours; they can limit how much they spend every 3, 7 or 30 days; and they can set a cool-off period of 3, 7 or 30 days in which they will not be able to log on to PointsBet.

The final section of the responsible gaming page is a FAQ that covers guidelines for responsible gaming, including links within that section to best tips; gambling myths; potential problem signs and risks associated with gambling; how to know if you may have a problem; who you can talk to about it and what PointsBet can do to help; how to close your account; the PointsBet commitment to responsible gaming; privacy information and contact information.

Our Verdict of PointsBet Sportsbook

PointsBet has it all. A clean interface, quick response times, competitive odds and great customer support. Fans of particular sports and leagues will find the website appealing, while local fans will find the added bonus of the commitment PointsBet makes to state-specific teams. Features are routinely being added, so we won't hold it against them that the app can lag at times or that contests are few and far between. PointsBet is a premier site, and they still have room to grow. So, find the right PointsBet promo code for you, sign up and start betting!

PointsBet Sportsbook FAQs

What States is PointsBet Legal in?

PointsBet is currently legal in eight states: Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, New Jersey, Michigan, and West Virginia.

Is PointsBet Legal in PA?

No. Despite Pennsylvania legalizing sports betting in May 2019, PointsBet does not have a license in the state.

Is PointsBet a Legit Sportsbook?

Yes, PointsBet is an authorized, legal, full-scale sportsbook available in 13 different states.

Is PointsBet Legit?

Yes, not only is PointsBet legit and legal, but it has also more than a dozen sports to choose from, dozens of leagues per sport, and hundreds of markets within each league to bet on.

What Payment Methods Can I Use to Deposit?

Bettors can deposit funds into their account via the PointsBet Mastercard, online banking, PayNearMe, PayPal, ACH/eCheck, or credit/debit cards.`

How Do You Withdraw Money from PointsBet?

Bettors can access the PointsBet withdrawal page through the dropdown menu for account information. Select your method, amount and submit it for processing.

Who is PointsBet Owned By?

PointsBet is owned by the Australian-based PointsBet Holdings Limited.

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About the Author

Mark Strotman for Bookies.com
Mark Strotman
Mark is a veteran sports journalist who has covered the Bulls and the NBA since 2012. His work has appeared on ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, The Chicago Tribune and Yahoo Sports.