PointsBet got its Australian start in 2017 and launched in the United States in New Jersey toward the end of 2018. PointsBet offers fixed-odds betting like most sportsbooks as well as a unique type of bet called PointsBetting that lets a player bet on who wins and by how much to maximize the opportunity to win big. They also have several markets not typically found in the market.
In New Jersey, PointsBet is partnered with Meadowlands Racetrack and launched in late 2018.
In the case of Indiana, PointsBet 2018 launched in the Hoosier State in January 2020 through a partnership with Penn National Gaming, which operates two casinos in Indiana: Ameristar East Chicago and Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg.
This sportsbook has the initiative to carve its own lane and ambitions to make a giant footprint in the US. We checked out this online sportsbook to see what it has to offer and give a comprehensive review.
|PointsBetting feature||PointsBetting losses take more than stake|
|Expansive prop bets|
|Highly reputable company|
PointsBet currently has a wonderful welcome offer. For new users in either NJ or IN, you will have a risk-free bet of up to $250 total.
If you deposit and wager $250 and bet on a fixed bet and lose, you will get $250 back in the form of a free bet.
What’s nice about the registration process at PointsBet is that it is just two steps.
Note that deposit and withdrawal methods can vary by state, so make sure to check the PointsBet site closely.
PointsBet is available on desktop, mobile web browsing and as an app for iOS and Android. Starting at the top of the page, there is a collapsible menu in the upper-left-hand corner of the page. Here, there are links to everything: Home, Promos, In Play, Quick Parlay, all of the sports, and plenty of other betting related content.
Also at the top of the page you will find the login/registration buttons as well as the betslip, which is clickable. Here, after clicking or selecting a bet, the betslip will appear with your bet and your wager.
Below this, you’ll find a carousel with the welcome offer and other promotions. As you continue down on the default home page, you’ll find the featured bets as well as the in-play or “live” bets.
For the mobile app, it’s quite the same, with the only exception being the first few items in the drop-down menu on the desktop version being buttons at the bottom of the app, including a menu button which replicates what you see on desktop.
It’s vital that online sportsbooks try to keep the same feel from platform-to-platform and PointsBet has done exactly that.
Note that some states (such as New Jersey) restrict betting on in-state colleges, and market offerings (including eSports) can vary by state as well.
Overall, in comparing PointsBet to other popular sportsbooks, the odds were relatively the same, though it seemed like PointsBet gives better odds to underdogs and slightly worse odds for favorites compared to others. There were also very minor discrepancies when it came to spreads, but overall, everything balanced well and nothing was overtly outrageous.
There are plenty of betting features at PointsBet, which makes the online sportsbook fun to play. These include PointsBetting, Live Betting, Cash Out, Boosters and Quick Parlay.
Promotions can vary by state, but these are the current promotions offered by PointsBet at the time of writing.
These are a few examples of the promotions, and there are plenty more. Keep an eye on the promotions page to never miss out.
PointsBet has three forms of customer support:
The Responsible Gaming page can be found via a link at the bottom of the home page. Here, there are links and phone numbers for organizations that specialize in helping those with a gambling problem.
Players can also set limits on deposits, spending and session times as well as self-exclude themselves from the platform. This page also features signs to look for if you’re worried you may have a problem and ways to prevent children from accessing the platform.
PointsBet is, in every sense of the word, fantastic. There’s really not much to complain about here. PointsBet makes information on PointsBetting readily available. This is important to understand because it can be costly if it is a loss.
Other than that, this sportsbook has everything you’d want and more, including innovation and numerous promotional offerings.
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Game Variety - 4/5
Game Quality - 5/5
User Experience - 4.5/5
Competitive Odds - 5/5
Event Coverage - 4/5
Free Bets - 4.5/5
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