PointsBet Sportsbook Review

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By Richard Janvrin

PointsBet got into the online sports betting scene early on when New Jersey became the first state outside of Nevada to legalize sports betting in the United States. It has quickly expanded to other states and now touts legal sportsbooks in numerous states, including Michigan. It has become a favorite of many sports bettors because of its focus on unique offers and markets, as well as local teams – including partnerships with former athletes. It focuses only on its sportsbook – no online casino games here!

ProsCons
+ Local boostsX Mobile app
+ Welcome bonusX Website navigation
+ Competitive odds

PointsBet Sportsbook Promo Code and Bonus Offers

Michigan bettors can take advantage of the current PointsBet online sportsbook sign-up promotion that includes two risk-free bets up to $2,000. There are two parts to the PointsBet promotion: Bettors can earn up to $500 in free bets if their first fixed odds bet loses, and up to $1,500 in free bets if their first PointBetting wager loses (more on PointsBetting in a little bit). Bettors will not receive any matches or free bets if those first bets are winners. Use the PointsBet Promo Code Michigan “BETBONUS” upon signing up to take advantage of this welcome offer.

PointsBet Sportsbook Online Welcome Promo

Free Bet Offer$1,500 PointsBet, $500 Fixed Odds bet
Total Bonus Up to $2,000
Bonus DetailsUsers receive a 100% match in free bets on their first fixed odds bet and first PointsBet bet if those wagers lose.
Promo CodeBETBONUS

Payment Options

  • VISA
  • MasterCard
  • ACH Transfer
  • PayNearMe
  • PayPal

Deposits and Withdrawals

PointsBet has their own MasterCard that they describe as their preferred payment method. Bettors can user their bank card to transfer funds to and from their PointsBet Card, with those funds being made available to play immediately. Withdrawal is also immediate, and bettors can take out and use funds on that card wherever MasterCard is accepted. It’s a nice workaround for bettors whose banks do not allow online gaming transactions.

If users don’t want to sign up for a card, PointsBet also offers all the traditional deposit and withdrawal methods, including debit cards, PayPal, eCheck or online banking. The process is a simple one for both deposits and withdrawals. Funds from withdrawals can take 3-5 days to process, though it’s usually much shorter than that.

PointsBet Sports to Wager on in Michigan

In addition to major sports such as professional and college football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer and golf, PointsBet bettors have the option to gamble on sports that include UFC, MMA, boxing, cricket, rugby, tennis and even darts. After clicking on the list icon in the top-right corner, PointsBet shows all available sports on the left rail of its home page in alphabetical order, and they also elevate the most popular live or upcoming events to the top of that rail under a “featured” section.

Because the site is so focused on promotions regarding local teams, there’s bound to be a PointsBet promotion sure to appeal to all Michigan bettors, whether they want to bet on a Lions Sunday Night Football matchup with the rival Bears, or the Tigers going for a sweep in Minnesota.

Types of Contests on PointsBet

PointsBet offers the typical bet types of course, including moneyline, spread, totals, teasers, parlays, alternate spreads, futures and player and team prop bets, to name a few. But include moneylines, point totals, spreads and alternate spreads, player and team props, exact scores, winning margins, and parlays.

In addition to standard betting options, PointsBet features a unique version of betting called PointsBetting. In short, the more your bet is right, the more you win. Of course, the opposite is true as well. The more your bet is wrong, the more you lose. For example, a $10 wager on the Pistons -4 would yield $100 if the Pistons were to win by 14 points ($10 x the Pistons winning by 10 more points than the spread). This option is available for game spreads, game totals and some player propositions. Users can cap their max winnings and max losses to avoid a significant loss.

PointsBet constantly features local profit boosts and specials, so you’re likely to see promotions for the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons more than you would at other major sportsbooks. It’s a nice feature for fans of local teams to find good value on those matchups.

PointsBet Sportsbook Features

PointsBet MI is a full-service sportsbook that in addition to its own unique approach also features all the typical betting options you’ll see at all major U.S. and Michigan online sportsbooks.

Live Betting

Don’t just place your bet and close out the PointsBet app. Like many of the major sportsbooks, it offers live betting odds on just about all in-game wagers. Live spreads, live totals and live moneyline odds are available in real time thanks to computer algorithms.

Cash Out Option

Feeling good about your bet but you’re nervous about a potential backdoor bad beat? Is your bet losing with little chance of winning? Good news: PointsBet Michigan has an option on certain bets that allows for bettors to cash out while a bet is still in play. It won’t always be available, but the cash out total updates in real time, so pay attention.

Odds Boost

PointsBet routinely gives odds boosts and does a great job promoting them on the front of the home page and on the PointsBet Sportsbook app. Users will always know where the best odds boosts are, will find plenty of boosts on local teams.

Same Game Parlay

Same-game parlays are available on certain games underneath a “single-game parlay” tab on a given event. PointsBet is increasingly making same-game parlays available to users, but right now it is only available in certain markets.

User Experience

The PointsBet website on desktop delivers a fun, interactive setup for users. Its homepage features a rotating banner touting the best offers, which include odds boosts, specials, risk free bet offers and parlay boosters. More than any other online sports betting site, PointsBet makes it clear what the best promotions are and how you can take advantage of them.

Users can access their profile and other betting resources with an easy-to-use dropdown menu on the right side of all pages. Unlike most other sportsbooks, PointsBet’s available markets and sports available are not permanently placed on the left rail of the home screen. Bettors need to click an icon for the available markets to appear, which is simple to use but an extra step that other sportsbooks don’t have. Other markets also disappear when users click into a specific sports betting market.

Within betting markets, users can click on different types of bets thanks to the tabs on the top of each pages. They include “featured” bets, in-play events, “next up” events, futures and “all comps” that show different leagues within the sport you’ve chosen. Everything is all in one place, and it makes for a seamless experience for bettors, even if it takes that one extra step to find the sports betting market you wanted in the first place.

PointsBet Mobile Betting App

The PointsBet mobile app is available for both Android and Apple users. It is nearly identical to the desktop and provides all the same features and betting options. Betslips populate effectively but the PointsBet app doesn’t run as smoothly as some of the other sportsbooks. Still, it’s an effective tool for users on-the-go, and the uniformity makes it a seamless user experience.

Signing Up For a PointsBet Account in MI

Signing up for a PointsBet account is incredibly easy:

  1. Enter your first and last name along with your email address — not a username — that is used for sign-in purposes. This step is also where users can enter a PointsBet bonus codes for the welcome bonus offer.
  2. Enter date of birth, phone number and the last four digits of your Social Security number for verification purposes and agree to PointsBet’s terms and conditions. For added security, opt-in to multi-factor authentication for signing in.
  3. Choose a method for depositing, enter a specific amount and shop the odds. You’re ready for your first sports bet at PointsBet. When it comes time for the first withdrawal, be prepared to show a government-issued ID.

PointsBet Sportsbook Loyalty Program

PointsBet does not have a loyalty program on its site but does offer the most unique set of daily promotions on a number of different sports and events we’ve seen. Users can also tally points on all the bets they place that can be redeemed for free bets when certain thresholds are met.

Bet Responsibly on PointsBet

PointsBet takes responsible gaming seriously. It has a link to responsible gaming section on its home page, which consists of different resources for gamblers to utilize. These include setting cool-off periods, setting spending, deposit and time-on limits, and phone numbers and websites where you can get help if you feel you might have a gambling problem. There is also an extensive collection of FAQs on responsible gaming that is among the best that we’ve seen on any major sportsbook site.

Our Expert Opinion on PointsBet Sportsbook in Michigan

PointsBet is as unique of a sportsbook as you’ll find. There is also a local feel that you won’t find elsewhere, with routine profit and odds boosts on Lions and Pistons games. The MasterCard option is another unique feature that brings convenience and a smooth transaction process to customers who want instant access to their funds. And, of course, there’s PointsBetting.

Promotions are always happening and are front-and-center on the home page. Bettors will have some kind of boost or contest at their fingertips, and they won’t have to dig to find them like they might at other sportsbooks. There are no rollover requirements on free bets, the karma committee offers payouts on bad beats, and customer support is among the best we’ve found among the major sportsbooks. It all boils down to an excellent experience that’s among the best we’ve reviewed, and they get an added bonus if you’re a fan of local Michigan teams.

FAQ

Yes, you can use PointsBet in Michigan, one of six states where operator has a sportsbook. The other five are Illinois, New Jersey, Iowa, Indiana and Colorado.

Yes, PointsBet is licensed and regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board and 1-00% legal to use in Michigan.

Users must be 21 or older to place a sports bet on PointsBet.

Yes, all gambling winnings – no matter the amount – are considered taxable income and must be reported on state and federal tax returns, according to the IRS.

Yes, you can bet on college sports using PointsBet, including on state schools such as Michigan and Michigan State.

Sports bettors can access PointsBet outside of Michigan and look at all odds. They may place bets outside of Michigan so long as they are in one of the other five states where PointsBet has legal and licensed sportsbooks.

You can contact PointsBet through their email service (support@pointsbet.com) or their live chat feature on the website or PointsBet Sportsbook app.

Contributors

Richard Janvrin

Reviewer since November 2018

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

Interests: Online casinos, Online sportsbooks, Social casinos, Online slots