Disclaimer: PointsBet sportsbook is not yet live in Pennsylvania. This review is speculative based on its offering in other states and will be updated post-launch.
PointsBet may be soon to launch in Pennsylvania, and with its addition people in the state will be able to try its exclusive PointsBetting wagering system. Along with a new and distinctive way to bet, the sportsbook also offers one of the most responsive apps in the industry and a super speedy desktop site.
This page covers the promotions you can find at PointsBet, how to sign up and what you can expect from the sportsbook app, along with information on the bets you’ll be able to place and options you’ll have for managing your money. We’ll start with the sportsbook’s welcome offer for new customers. Try out PointsBet Sportsbook with up to $2,000 in risk-free bets today!
Use the code BETBONUS to unlock two risk-free bets from PointsBet. Your first fixed odds bet will be risk free for up to $500 and your first PointsBetting wager will be risk free for up to $1,500. Here’s how this welcome offer functions:
Overall, we like this bonus because it is worth up to $2,000 and because of the potential to divide your free bets if one of your first two bets loses.
|Online Sportsbook||PointsBet Sportsbook PA|
|Risk-free fixed odds bet||Up to $500|
|Risk-free PointsBetting bet||Up to $1,500|
|Online since||April 2021 in PA|
|Last updated||July 2021|
Not only does PointsBet have a stellar welcome bonus, but its other promotions are plentiful and excellent, as well. We especially like the daily parlay boosts. Here is some of what you can expect:
As you can see, PointsBet is not lacking in the promotions department, and these aren’t even all the promos it has going. Head over to the PointsBet promos page to see the latest offers.
Yes, PointsBet Sportsbook received its sports wagering license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board via its partnership with Penn National Gaming. The site is licensed, legal and safe to use. As for sports betting in Pennsylvania, here are a few things to know.
To create an account, open the PointsBet app or website and click “sign up.” After doing that, enter the following details:
It’s as simple as that. You can probably sign up during the break between innings of a Philadelphia Phillies game.
While PointsBet has a sportsbook website, its app is among the best in the business, available for both Apple and Android devices. Here is a guide to getting it installed and what you can expect when you start using it.
Follow one of the links on this page to the PointsBet website and scroll to the bottom of the page to see a button for the iOS app. Clicking on this will take you to the App Store, where you can get the app. It’s free and takes no longer to download than most other apps.
At this time PointsBet Sportsbook is not available from the Google Play Store. When you head to the website and click the “Download for Android” button, it will open another window. From there you can either click “Download Now” or scan the QR code on your device to start the download process.
Most Android products will warn you that the file you are trying to download can be harmful to your device, but this file is perfectly safe. After downloading, you need to select the file and install it, and then you’re done.
If one of the most important features you’re looking for in a sports betting app is speed, then PointsBet definitely is the one for you. The app is incredibly fast whether you’re cruising from page to page or just creating a parlay using PointsBet’s quick parlay builder.
From the homepage, you can select which sport you want to bet on using the league headers near the top of the screen or by selecting “Sports” at the bottom. When you tap on the bet slip, you can see the wagers you currently have selected, the bets you have that still are waiting to be settled and your settled bets.
You’ll also find a button for depositing money and one for cashing out a little farther down. A display will show how many parlay booster credits remain that day, along with links for checking your free wagers, rewards and to view your account history.
PointsBet’s parlay builder lets you choose the wagers you want to make and at the end click the button to add it to your slip, and your parlay will be ready to go. Don’t forget to select the booster box, to get your daily parlay odds increase.
On the whole, the PointsBet app is a good addition to the Pennsylvania gambling scene. The speed is great, and it offers a variety of excellent features.
Here’s a rundown of three of our favorite aspects of using PointsBet:
While PointsBet has a variety of great features, it also has some where it could do better. Here are our three top choices for that:
PointsBet also offers a distinctive way to bet on sports: PointsBetting. Unlike regular fixed odds betting, PointsBetting adjusts your wins and losses based on how accurate your bet is. Let’s take a look at an example to help explain things.
Say you place a $10 bet on the over for the Philadelphia 76ers-Boston Celtics game, and the line is 220. With fixed-odds betting, all that matters is whether the game goes over or under. Let’s say the two teams combine to score 238 points. Your fixed odds bet would pay out just over $9.
With PointsBetting, though, you win or lose based on how accurate your bet is. For this example, the points ended up at 18 over, meaning PointsBet would multiply your wager by 18 so you would win $180. Not bad for a $10 wager. Be careful, though; had you taken the under in this example, you would have lost $180.
You’ll find a variety of PointsBetting markets for most top games. For example, you could bet on Ben Simmons’ points multiplied by assists in a game. If it was listed at 175, and Simmons finished with 15 points and 15 assists (15 x 15 = 225), you would win 50 times your wager. PointsBetting does an excellent job explaining how all the different bets work, so you can be confident in understand exactly what you’re betting on.
One final note, there is a “stop loss adjuster” slider with many PointsBetting wagers. You can move this slider to limit the amount you can lose on any bet, but it also limits how much you can win. Additionally you might not be able to place certain PointsBetting wagers if you do not have enough money in your account to cover your potential losses.
With PointsBetting covered, here are the other wagers you can place at the sportsbook:
PointsBet has a large number of sports and leagues that you can bet on for both pro and college sports. It has markets for top US leagues such as the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, WNBA, MLS, UFC, WTA and ATP tennis, the PGA Tour, NASCAR, and college basketball and football.
Internationally, PointsBet accepts bets on sports like cricket, table tennis and rugby, but the most popular by far is soccer. The global soccer odds at PointsBet are extensive, but the most popular leagues are UEFA’s Champions and Europa Leagues, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga, Mexico’s Liga MX and of course the English Premier League.
When it comes to the pro teams, you can bet on Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies, the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles, the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, the National Basketball Association’s Philadelphia 76ers and Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.
Pennsylvanians also can wager on local colleges and universities. This means you can bet on the state’s three Division I football teams that play in the FBS: Penn State, Pittsburgh and Temple. You also have the eight Division I teams that play in the FCS: Bucknell, Duquesne, Lafayette, Lehigh, Penn, Robert Morris, Saint Francis and Villanova. All 11 of those schools are have basketball programs, along with Drexel, La Salle and Saint Joseph’s.
To place a futures bet at PointsBet, start by going to the sport you want to wager on. In this example, we’ll do the NBA. After reaching PointsBet’s NBA page, click the down arrow to open the drop-down menu. Then scroll all the way down, and in this example you’ll see “NBA Futures,” “NCAAB Futures” and “WNBA Futures.”
Select “NBA Futures” and you’ll see all the futures markets PointsBet has to offer for the NBA at that time. At the time we checked, we could place bets on division winners, the regular season MVP winner and NBA outrights, which simply means which team will win the championship that season.
PointsBet has futures markets for just about every major professional league and for both college football and college basketball. It can also be fun to create futures parlays where you select championship winners across multiple sports. If nothing else, they’re at least bets you can follow for an extended period of time.
PointsBet offers a few options for depositing and withdrawing money. Here is a look at all of them, starting with your options for depositing:
And here are your choices when it comes time to make a withdrawal:
If PointsBet does open a retail sportsbook in Pennsylvania, you likely would be able to make withdrawals and deposits at that location, as well.
If you experience a problem and don’t need it solved instantly, your best bet is emailing [email protected]. The sportsbook also has a live chat feature that you can access using the app or website.
Your final option would be checking the help page, where you’ll find quite a few articles that may provide assistance. You can use the search bar or browse through them by category.
PointsBet lets you set limits on how much money you can deposit and spend during set periods of time. You also can limit how much you use the PointsBet app and/or website. In addition, you can self-exclude from the site and app, and if you need help with a gambling addiction, PointsBet provides info on where to seek assistance.
At this time, it is unclear if there will be a PointsBet retail sportsbook in Pennsylvania. PointsBet partnered with Penn National Gaming to get a sports betting skin in the state. That most likely will be via Penn’s upcoming Category 4 casino in York, Pennsylvania, but there is no word as to whether there will be a brick-and-mortar PointsBet Sportsbook at that location.
PointsBet is one of the newer online sportsbooks in PA, so it’s tough to call it the best at this time. Right now, DraftKings and FanDuel both are vying for that top spot, and right behind that you have BetMGM, and then we would put PointsBet next in line.
The biggest question about PointsBet is whether you enjoy PointsBetting and the risk/reward associated with it. If you love PointsBetting and can’t get enough of it, then PointsBet probably is the best Pennsylvania sportsbook for you. Even if PointsBetting isn’t something you’re interested in, PointsBet still has quite a bit to offer outside of that and is a top-notch sportsbook without question.
Enter the code BETBONUS when joining and your first fixed odds bet will be risk free for up to $500 and your first PointsBetting wager will be risk free for up to $1,500.
Yes, PointsBet Sportsbook is licensed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which is in charge of sports wagering in the state. If you encounter any problems with PointsBet or any other licensed sportsbook in the state, you can contact the PGCB by calling 717-346-8300 or emailing [email protected]
All bettors must be 21 or older. You also must be within state lines to place bets. To adhere to this location requirement, you’ll need geolocation on the device you use for wagering to prove your location.
Yes, you can wager on NCAA sports using the PointsBet app. In addition, Pennsylvania gambling law does not ban you from betting on in-state college teams, as some states do.
Both PointsBet and DraftKings are similar in the fact that they offer a large number of promotions and betting markets. PointsBet offers more types of bets, though, including single-game parlays and PointsBetting. It also allows users to divide their free bets two, three or four ways, which DraftKings does not allow.
The biggest thing that sets PointsBet apart is that bettors can place PointsBetting wagers, adjusting their wins and losses based on how accurate or inaccurate their bets are. Overall, PointsBet also offers more betting options than you’ll find at many other online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania.