PointsBet Sportsbook Review

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.

ProsCons
PointsBetting feature PointsBetting losses take more than stake
Expansive prop bets
Highly reputable company
Incredible interface

PointsBet Welcome Bonus

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.

Registration at PointsBet

What’s nice about the registration process at PointsBet is that it is just two steps.

  1. Promo code (which is already filled in), name and email.
  2. Salutation, date of birth, phone number, last four of your social security number, address, username, password and agree to the terms of service.

Depositing and Withdrawing at PointsBet

Note that deposit and withdrawal methods can vary by state, so make sure to check the PointsBet site closely.

Deposit Methods

  • ACH/echeck
  • Visa/MasterCard
  • PointsBet Mastercard: This is a card given by PointsBet. You will be given a physical MasterCard card in which you can use to make purchases or make withdrawals. This can also be used after you load funds onto the card to be used on the site.
  • PayNearMe

Withdrawal Methods

  • Online bank transfer
  • PointsBet Mastercard
  • Physical check

PointsBet Desktop/Mobile Experience

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.

Sports and Markets Available at PointsBet

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.

Sports

  • NFL
  • NCAAF
  • NBA
  • NCAAB
  • Hockey
  • Baseball
  • MMA
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Boxing
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Aussie Rules Football
  • Boxing
  • Entertainment

Markets

  • Moneyline
  • Spread
  • Teasers
  • Over/Under
  • Live betting
  • Parlay
  • Props
  • Futures

PointsBet Betting Odds

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.

PointsBet Betting Features

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.

  • Live Betting: This allows users to bet on games/contests that are actively in progress. The odds update as the event progresses.
  • Cash Out: This allows for players to “cash out” of a bet before the event is decided. The amount of money returned to the player will directly correlate to their original bet and how the participant in which they wagered on is performing at the time of cashing out.
  • Boosters: Each day there will be different booster odd sets, ranging among the different sports offered at PointsBet. Here, there will be an assortment of multiple leg bets that have had the odds artificially boosted by PointsBet.
  • Quick Parlay: This is a page in which you can select whatever sport(s) you wish and quickly choose potential options. From here, they will quickly group together. This is a shortcut rather than going through each sports menu and finding your selections for a parlay.
  • PointsBetting: The best way to explain PointsBetting is through examples. For the NBA, this is done through total points. For example, if the total on a game is $200 and you bet the over, you will earn your wager multiplied by the amount of points in which it goes over. So, at 200, if the final total is 250 and you wagered $1, you will receive $50. Conversely, if it drops below the 200 to 180, you will lose that $1 multiplied by 20, resulting in a $20 loss.

PointsBet Current Promotions

Promotions can vary by state, but these are the current promotions offered by PointsBet at the time of writing.

  • UEFA Early Payout: If your club leads by 2 goals at any time during a contest, you will be granted your wager up to $100 on all pre-game bets
  • Make it Rain: On the selected college basketball game of the day, player will receive $3 for every three-point shot made by the team in which was wagered on with a minimum of a $50 spread bet
  • 3rd Period Insurance: If you bet on the selected NHL game of the day and your team is winning after the second period, but loses in the third period, you will get up to $50 back

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 Customer Support

PointsBet has three forms of customer support:

  1. A “Help” page. This is found at the bottom of the PointsBet page. This answers pretty much every question you’d ever have
  2. Email
  3. Live chat: Available 24/7

PointsBet Responsible Gambling Features

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.

Our Verdict

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.

Contributors

Hi, I'm Richard Janvrin

"I combine my sports and gambling interests to put new US sports betting and casino websites through the paces to give consumers an unbiased assessment of every site's strengths and weaknesses."

Interests
  • Online sportsbooks
  • Online casinos
  • Online slots
  • Social casinos

Reviewer since December 2018

Company Information

Products:

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License:

New Jersey

Overall Rating [ 4.7/5 ]

Game Variety - 4.5/5

Game Quality - 5/5

User Experience - 5/5

Competitive Odds - 5/5

Event Coverage - 4.5/5

Free Bets - 5/5

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