Reviewed By Richard Janvrin
Since first launching in the United States in January 2019, the PointsBet online sportsbook has quickly emerged as a titan in online sports betting. PointsBet now has a presence in seven US states and secured a partnership with NBC Universal, making it the official online sports betting partner of NBC Sports.
With headquarters in both Melbourne, Australia and Denver, Colorado, PointsBet is making its presence felt in the legal online sports betting industry. Now, let's take a deeper dive and review the PointsBet online sportsbook.
PointsBet can be accessed from both your desktop and mobile devices. The mobile betting app is available for both iOS and Android. While desktop is an option, PointsBet prides itself on having "the quickest and most user-friendly app". Additionally, the PointsBet signature sports betting option - PointsBetting - breaks up the monotony of traditional sports betting. Typically, you'd wager on a moneyline or a spread, but the PointsBet feature really elevates the excitement, giving you a multitude of betting options.
With the NBC partnership, it's clear from a quick peek at the platform that there are plenty of assets to go around. Everything appears to be state of the art.
Players can quickly register for a new account in the upper right-hand corner of the desktop platform.
After completing this two-step, easy process for signing up, PointsBet will confirm your location by running geolocation software. This software determines the location of your IP address. If you're not in a location where PointsBet is allowed, you will be prohibited from wagering real money.
Also note that if you have a PointsBet Casino account, this account can also be used for the online sportsbook. In fact, if you attempt to make another account, both accounts have the potential to be locked out.
For Online Banking, PayPal, and PayNearMe, the minimum deposit is $5. Whereas ACH and debit/card require a $10 minimum deposit. The only notable limitations are PayNearMe ($500 maximum) and Play+ Card ($5,000).
In total, there are four withdrawal methods - three of them you can use wherever: PayPal, ACH/e-check, and Online Banking. To use PayPal as a withdrawal method, you must have used it as a deposit option in the past. The main difference between ACH and Online Banking is that Online Banking (which is recommended by PointsBet), requires a direct login to your bank, whereas ACH requires your driver's license information and the routing and account number.
The last possible method is the Play+ Card, which is only available in New Jersey. Payout speed is not immediate, but in our experience, it was a quick turnaround.
At Gambling.com, players can experience PointsBet as we've never seen before. New players will be able to receive two risk-free bets up to $2,000 - $1,500 of which is dedicated to your first-ever PointsBetting bet using the promo code GAMBLINGC.
In addition to this generous welcome offer, you'll find several other promotional offerings. A lot of the additional promotions are catered to specific sports such as the MLB Booster or the Wimbledon Next Game Winner Risk-Free offer. Beyond that, players can get $10 in free bets by sharing their bets on social media and tagging @PointsBetUSA. Players can also get additional free bets for referring a friend to the platform and creating their own bets!
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The PointsBet mobile app is responsive, intuitive, and exceptionally easy to use. For iOS users/bettors, you can download the PointsBet mobile app directly from the App Store. For Android users/bettors, you will have to visit the PointsBet website from your mobile device and download directly from PointsBet.
At the bottom of the app, you will see a few different options: Menu, Sports, Live, Quick Parlay, and My Bets.
The "Live" tab shows what games are currently in progress that you can wager on.
"Quick Parlay" allows bettors to look at what contests PointsBet is currently offering as options for Quick Parlay. You can swiftly create as long a betslip as you'd like.
Lastly, "My Bets" displays your betslip, pending bets, and settled bets.
While Quick Parlay is one way to wager, the standard way to do so would be to find the sport you wish to bet on first and foremost. Once there, you can bet on the moneyline, total, or spread. Usually, for most games, there are additional menus for more potential sports betting options. Once you've found the bet you wish to make, it will automatically be added to your betslip. From here, you can select the amount of money you wish to wager, and you're off to the races!
Another way to wager at PointsBet is to venture into the prolific PointsBetting sports betting category. This area of PointsBet has the potential for lots of winnings, but also, there is some risk involved.
The standard method of PointsBetting sports betting applies to total points in a contest. Let's use the NBA as an example and more specifically, the New York Knicks vs. the Chicago Bulls. The bet is that the game will go over 200 points and you wager $10. However, this $10 is counted toward each point that will go over or under.
If the final score of the game results in 225 points, you will win $10 multiplied by every point over, which is $25. This means you win $250.
If the game goes to a final score that results in 175 points, you will lose $250.
This method of PointsBetting wagering can also be applied to other things such as player stats and other prop-like bets in games such as how many seconds into the game the first basket will be made, time until the first touchdown, or time until the first goal in soccer.
At PointsBet, there are two potential VIP clubs, the Platinum and Diamond Clubs. Both clubs are only accessible by invite only and offer an array of exciting perks.
PointsBet does not explicitly state how one receives an invite to either club, but we can safely assume it's tied to activity on the site by way of time and money spent.
Below is a list of all the sports offered, in alphabetical order:
With nearly 20 sports to choose from, it's important to understand the different types of bets offered that can be made at PointsBet, at least from the simplest forms. The bets offered below are found in any online sportsbook.
One of the most well-known methods of sports betting is the spread. The spread is essentially a number of points that a team "gains" or "loses". So, if you see the Minnesota Vikings (NFL) with -3 points, this means that from the start of the game, you can pretty much look at the Vikings having -3 points and the opponent having zero. If at the end of the game the Vikings win, but it's 29-28, they will lose the bet because the 29 real-life points become 26. This number of points is created in an attempt to make the game fair.
Next, we have the moneyline. In other words, this means a "straight-up" bet. There's no spread attached here. So, if you wagered on the Vikings to win outright in the example above, you would have won the bet. However, with teams that are favored, they will have odds that start with a "-". In this example, say the Vikings are -150. You will need to wager $150 to win $100.
The point total is another popular method of sports betting. In this case, your allegiance to a team is kind of irrelevant and you're rooting for both teams to either score a bunch of points or not score. Sticking with the Vikings example of 29-28, this combined point in this instance is 57. If the bet was +150 to go over 50, and you wagered $100, you would have won the bet. Conversely, though, with the "+", you actually will make $150 for every $100 spent, as opposed to needing to wager $150 to make $100.
Lastly, let's look at a parlay bet. This one can be a bit confusing but has the potential to make a lot of money. Essentially, a parlay is taking individual bets and combining them onto one betslip. So, if you feel like the Vikings and the Chicago Bears (NFL) will both win the respective games, you can add them to one ticket. However, if the Vikings win and the Bears lose, you lose the entire bet. In this example, say the Vikings are +150 and the Bears are +130. With both being underdogs, not only will you get the combined amount of the odds (+280), but you'll also get even longer odds (+475). This is because there is more inherent risk wagering on both at the same time and needing both to win. So, if you do this parlay and wager $100, and both teams win, you would receive $475 as opposed to the $280 if you wagered on them separately.
In examining the odds compared to other top-level competitors, we found that there are some minor differences between some of the sportsbooks with a 5-10 point swing either way. Some wagers may be -180 whereas the other book is -185, but in the same bet, the underdog will have better odds. Generally speaking, though, PointsBet has some of the best odds offered on the market today. You will not need to spend additional time odds shopping.
The only contest currently offered as stated by the promotions page at PointsBet is the "Share a Bet Free Bet". We touched on this briefly already, but if you share your wager on social media and tag PointsBet, you will receive a $10 free bet. This contest is for the first 5,000 entries and the free bets will be credited no later than July 6.
If the PointsBetting feature wasn't enough for you, no need to worry. There are plenty of other features available at PointsBet for bettors to take advantage of.
Have you ever made a wager only to find that it is going downhill at a fast rate? Say the team you bet on is down 21-0 in the first quarter. In the past, you'd just take your loss and move on. However, with the cashout option at PointsBet, you can settle the bet early, recoup a portion of the money and live to fight another day. While you won't get the entire amount back, you will get back a portion. However, this also works even if you're winning. Say the starting quarterback for your team goes down and the lead is small. You can cash out, likely still make a profit, and not run the risk of losing outright!
You're at work. The New England Patriots are starting at 8 pm, but you don't think you're going to make it home on time to log onto PointsBet and make a wager. You get home at 8:10 pm and kickoff has already started. At PointsBet, you can still wager on the game while it's actively in progress by using the live betting (in-play betting) feature. While the odds are unlikely to be the same as before kick-off, you can still get your wager in via live betting. The odds will reflect what is currently going on in the game. So, if the Patriots have the ball and it's 0-0, their odds are likely to be a bit worse than originally, but if they are about to give up a field goal, you may be able to get better odds with live betting than before the game started!
While the particular games may vary from state to state, the concept remains the same: You can wager on unique events for artificially inflated odds. At PointsBet, bettors have the option to examine the daily offerings. For example, the one posted today is MLB-related.
"Aaron Judge to Record a Hit and Yankees to Win Game 1 of Doubleheader vs Mets".
This is the bet. The original odds were -115, but PointsBet has boosted them to +105. This gets more action on the bet and gives you the potential to win even more cash.
This is a feature that is available on most games at PointsBet. However, there is a special section just for it. To access it, here are the steps to do so:
After you click on this, you will find a selection of different wager options that can be combined for the same game. Typically, with most online sportsbooks, you are not allowed to wager on different aspects of the same game together, but rather on separate tickets only. For example, you will be able to wager on the Yankees and Mets moneyline/spread. So, if you think the Yankees will win by more than 1.5 runs, you can wager on them to not only win outright but to cover their -1.5 run spread. Together, these odds will be +135.
Whether you choose to play on desktop, mobile, or both, you will find that the user experience is always identical anyways. Everything is responsive and easy to use. Going between pages doesn't require waiting for annoying load times and everything is displayed in a way that makes navigating easy.
From the collapsible menu in the upper left-hand corner to the contests being found smack-dab in the middle of the page with the team's logos making it easier to find, we can confidently say that PointsBet is without a doubt one of the cleanest and easy to use online sportsbooks we've ever seen.
Since first coming to the United States in 2019, as we mentioned, PointsBet has wasted little time in expanding its incredibly impressive portfolio of not only states offered, but couple that with its NBC partnership and UX design, it's all more than impressive.
In coming to the United States in January 2019, New Jersey was the first stop for the Australian-born company. Since 2017, PointsBet had only been operating in Australia.
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After settling down in New Jersey in January 2019, PointsBet came to Indiana just two months later in March 2019. This came just before March Madness kicked off, giving PointsBet an immediate boost in revenues. Since then, PointsBet Indiana has partnered with some of the area's professional sports teams, headlined by the Indianapolis Colts.
Learn more about Indiana Sports Betting
Launching in May 2021, PointsBet Colorado was the first online sportsbook ever in the state. In fact, the approval came way back in November 2020.
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In Iowa, there is a slight difference in the overall registration process. After finishing online, you will need to visit the land-based partner Catfish Bend Casino in person. PointsBet came to Iowa in August 2019.
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Launching in September 2020, PointsBet arrived in Illinois just in time for bettors to make their wagers on the Chicago Bears for the 2020 NFL season. PointsBet is available as a retail sportsbook in multiple locations, including Hawthorne Racetrack's outlets in Stickney, Prospect Heights, Oakbrook Terrace, and Crestwood.
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After securing a partnership with the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, PointsBet arrived in the state of Michigan in January 2021. This is one of the latest locations in which PointsBet has started doing business in, with only Colorado and West Virginia being more recent.
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Partnering up with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races brought up total number of operators in West Virginia to five, after Caesars launched earlier in August. West Virginia is PointsBet's seventh operating state, as the Australian-based operator is already doing business in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, Illinois, and Indiana.
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While nothing is official yet, Arizona looks to be the next state to welcome the best the sportsbook landscape has to offer. After brainstorming ways to increase revenues for the state, Govern Doug Ducey signed HB 2772 after passing in April 2021. This will allow mobile and retail sportsbooks to open for business.
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Found at the bottom of the page, bettors will find a few links to receive customer support.
Also found at the bottom of the page near the customer service options is a logo that appears as "RG". This brings you to the Responsible Gaming page. Here, the section is broken down into multiple sub-sections. These sub-sections include information about signs you're developing a gambling addiction, contact information for both local and national help, ways PointsBet can help, how to close your account, and PointsBet's mission to prevent children from gambling.
When it comes to how PointsBet can help, you will be able to place various limits on yourself. These include deposit limits, session limits, cool-off periods, and self-exclusion. There could be more limits added, but at the time of this review, this is what was offered.
All this information is important. Not only can you self-evaluate to determine if maybe you're betting too much, but PointsBet offers ways to help on the gaming platform itself, but also an easy way to access professional help should you need to do so.
When it came time to review PointsBet Sportsbook, it's actually difficult to come up with any negatives. The experience of sports betting at PointsBet Sportsbook was entirely simple, fun, and memorable. Between the PointsBetting feature, the ease of solving our own problems via the customer support options, and just navigating the PointsBet website, we can confidently say that PointsBet Sportsbook is one of the best online sportsbooks we've ever used.