PointsBet Sportsbook Review

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Disclaimer: PointsBet Sportsbook is not yet live in Michigan. This page will be updated after the site launches in Michigan.

G’day, Michigan! PointsBet Sportsbook is up and running in the state now, and it’s time to explore a sportsbook that is truly different from the rest.

For those who don’t know, PointsBet is an Australian sportsbook operator that has made its way across the Pacific to the US in recent years. Its chief areas of appeal are its signature product and its player-centric approach to business.

Its main offering, Points Betting, is a twist on the traditional point spread or totals bets found in every other sportsbook. You choose the team that you believe will win the bet like you normally would, but the number of points between the line and the actual margin of victory have a profound impact on your outcome.

Each point of difference serves as a multiplier for your bet amount. So, if you win the bet and the actual margin of victory was 10 points different than PointsBet’s estimate, you’d win 10 times your bet amount. On the other hand, a loss would leave you on the hook for 10 times as much to pay.

PointsBet has also proven itself to be quite proactive in issuing refunds and bonuses to players, especially in situations where games had unexpected endings. Company management has been quite clear about its plan both to practice actual fairness and promote the perception of fairness.

At the very least, you should give PointsBet a try in Michigan. There are no other sportsbooks quite like it. If you’d like to learn more, you’re in the right spot. We have all the relevant information about PointsBet in the sections below, including the best introductory bonus offer that you can find.

Reasons To Choose PointsBet Sportsbook
  • Innovative sportsbook with unique pointsbetting option
  • First time deposit bonus worth up to $250
  • Native app for iOS and Android devices
  • Wide range of betting markets
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PointsBet Sportsbook Michigan bonus

Expect PointsBet to hit the Michigan market with a number of new player bonuses as it has used this type of marketing strategy previously. Also, Michigan is allowing sports betting operators to deduct a percentage of free play offered from taxable revenue.

PointsBet Michigan new player bonuses will likely match at least what is available in other states, which is:

  • The Deposit $50, Bet $150 promotion, giving you a $100 bonus as long as you sign up with the promo code PLAYNJ (In New Jersey or Iowa) and make a $50 deposit.

POINTSBET PROMO CODE 2020

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PointsBet Promo CodeBONUSNOW
Deposit Bonusup to $250
Last UpdatedNovember 2020

PointsBet 2020 promotions

PointsBet runs promos that surround major sporting events like the Super Bowl and March Madness. Plus, regular promotions surrounding its most popular betting markets, including:

  • MAKE IT RAIN — College Basketball: Place a $50+ spread bet on a college basketball game and get a $3 bonus for every three-pointer your team hits.
  • MAKE IT RAIN — NBA: Place a $100+ spread bet on select NBA games and get a $3 bonus for every three-pointer your team hits.
  • PointsBet Parlay Refund: Get up to $50 back if one leg fails on a 5+ leg parlay.
  • -105 Pregame Spreads on ALL NBA Games: PointsBet offers -105 pregame spreads on all NBA games throughout the 2019/2020 NBA season.
  • No Rollover Requirements on Bonus Bets: There are no rollover requirements on PointsBet. That means no wagering requirements on bonus bet winnings.
  • Refer a Friend — $50 Bonus Bet: Get a $50 bonus bet for you and a friend when you refer that friend to PointsBet.
  • Cash Out: Settle a bet before a game ends to lock in winnings or cut your losses.
  • Name A Bet: Name a bet, and PointsBet will put a price on it. Tweet @PointsBetUSA with the hashtag #nameabet to name a bet.
  • PointsBet Karma Kommittee: Offers good karma payouts in the event of unlikely circumstances swaying the fate of the game. In other words, PointsBet has been known to refund bets when a team loses in unexpected and heartbreaking fashion. It even extends these refunds to those who bet at a competitor’s sportsbook.

PointsBet sportsbook loyalty program

PointsBet offers its customers a traditional loyalty program. Check out the PointsBet “rewards” page to track your earnings.

Essentially the program offers one reward point for every $1 fixed odds wager, five reward points for every $1 wagered on parlays, and one reward point for every $1 won or lost with PointsBetting wagers.

These points can be converted into bonus dollars you can bet with.

How to sign up for an account at PointsBet Michigan

PointsBet makes signing up for a new account a relatively easy process. It takes just minutes before you can start betting.

You can sign up simply by clicking the “Sign Up” tab on the top right of the PointsBet homepage.

Just a minimal amount of personal information is required:

  • Use PLAYNJ Points Bet bonus code in Michigan
  • Name
  • Email address
  • DOB
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Cell number
  • Address

PointsBet also asks you to provide a username and a password.

In addition, you must check various boxes acknowledging the Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions, that you are 21 or older, and that you are prohibited from allowing anyone else to access or use your account. If all the statements you have made are true, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be allowed to bet on sports in the state.

Finally, PointsBet uses geolocation technology to ensure you’re inside state lines.

Do all that, and you should be ready to make a deposit and start betting on sports at PointsBet in no time.

Is PointsBet legal in Michigan?

Yes. Michigan legalized sports betting in late 2019.

Retail sportsbooks began operating in March of 2020, with online sportsbooks following suit later in the year.

PointsBet entered into an agreement with the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and will run the retail and online sportsbook operation at the Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet.

PointsBet mobile app

There are two ways you can bet online at PointsBet Sportsbook in Michigan. You can either use the PointsBet website or the PointsBet app which is available for both iOS as well as Android devices. For this portion of our PointsBet Michigan review we will be focusing on the PointsBet mobile app, but understand that PointsBet’s website works in very much the same way.

Obviously you can’t use the PointsBet app unless you have it on your mobile device, so that’s the first thing we’ll cover.

How to Download PointsBet Sportsbook app for Michigan

Follow our links to get the Apple and/or Android PointsBet app for your appropriate tablet or phone.

When you do so you’ll be asked as to whether you trust the source of this file and if so if you want to download it. You will answer yes. Next in order to install the PointsBet all, you will click on the file and this time you will be asked if you are sure you want to install the app, you will answer yes one more.

And that is all you need to do in order to get PointsBet on your iPhone, iPad or Android product. Now let’s dive into the look, feel and functionality of PointsBet’s app.

PoinstBet mobile app overview

If you’re a fan of dark mode on your mobile devices, you’re going to love the look of PointsBet. It has a dark black and grey background with red and white logos and lettering. On the other hand if you prefer white and bright, PointsBet could take a little getting used to.

PointsBet also boasts about being one of, if not the fastest sports betting apps around and we can attest that it does feel faster than most. We rarely experience much in terms of lag time on most of the Michigan sportsbook apps, but PointsBets feels almost instantaneous when moving from one page to another. As for those pages, here’s a look at the most important ones.

  • Main page: On the PointsBet homepage you’ll be greeted with a scrolling marquee along the top right below the log in, register and betslip tabs. The marquee usually displays new features and ongoing PointsBet promotions. Below that is the main part of the main page, displaying feature games with tabs to select specific sports. There also is a tab for viewing all the live betting options at the time.
    Lastly, along the bottom are tabs for bringing up the main menu, seeing all the sports you can wager on at PointsBet, live betting markets, PointsBet’s quick parlay builder and My Bets for tracking your active and settled bets.
  • Main menu: When you bring up the main menu You might be surprised at how many options you have. The fact is only the top portion of the menu is unique, the latter half of it simply is a listing of all the feature bet and contest available on the PointsBet mobile app.
    Even the top of the menu is mostly things you can access via most pages, like sports listings, the quick parlay builder, live games and promos.
  • Promotions: The promotions page at PointsBet is really the area you are most likely to be blown away, simply because there are just so many promos going all the time. At the top you can sort the promos by sign-up offer, booster odds, free bets, rewards and more. Make sure to check out all the PointsBet promotions to see which ones are right for you.
  • Betslip: Your betslip can be access by clicking the betslip button in the upper right corner of the screen. When placing bets it will appear along the right side of the page and can overlap some of the bets you’re trying to place. When this happens all you need to do is click the ‘X’ on your betslip and it will go away, but your bets will remain. Simply open the betslip back up whenever you need.

Best features of the PointsBet Sportsbook app

PointsBet is one of the more unique sportsbook to enter the Michigan market and that’s one of the reasons we wanted to share with you three of the features that really help PointsBet stand out from the crowd. We present to you, the best features PointsBet Sportsbook in Michigan has to offer.

  • PointsBetting and Same-Game Parlays (SGPs): PointsBetting is by far and away the most unique feature that PointsBet has to offer, while SGPs are becoming more and more popular as more sportsbooks offer them to their users.
    In PointsBetting the amount of money you win and lose is determined by how much your bet was right/wrong. If you pick the Lions to beat the Packers and Detroit wins by 10 points your wager will be multiplied by 10, talk about a good Sunday! However if the Lions were to lose by 10 the same thing would happen but in reverse, ouch!
    As for SGPs, they allow you to make parlays involving only one game. Now you can bet on the Lions to win, have the game go over the total, pick Matthew Stafford to throw 2+ touchdowns and even more. It’s a great feature without question.
  • Promos, promos and more promos: While we haven’t added it up, we’d be shocked if PointsBet didn’t offer the most promotions of any sportsbook in the state. And if it’s not the most, it’s definitely near the top of the list. When you go to the PointsBet promotions page makes sure you have some time to burn because going through all the offers and bonuses is sure to take some time. One of the nice features is you can sort the promos by different categories, making the amount of them feel less unruly.
  • Speed: PointsBet talks about being the fastest sports betting app around and while we don’t have any stats to back up the claim, we definitely will agree that the PointsBet app feels faster than most. Where this really makes a difference is when it comes to live betting and also when you’re trying to get a wager in before the start of a game or before a line changes.

How could PointsBet Sportsbook improve?

While PointsBet is a great online sportsbook in Michigan and one we were thrilled to see come to the state, it’s not perfect. Here are three areas we think could go a long way in really putting PointsBet Sportsbook over the top.

  • Better odds: While PointsBet has a plethora of betting options their actual odds aren’t quite as good as some of the other sportsbooks out there, such as FanDuel, FOX Bet, DraftKings and BetMGM.
    During the 2020 NFL season we looked at the odds of those five sportsbooks and compared their moneylines. The other four books tied for the best odds at least four times, while PointsBet was among the best just twice. Overall PointsBet isn’t off by much on what the other sportsbook are offering, but a little can go a long way depending on how much or how often you’re betting.
  • Less betting choices: Yeah, yeah, we know this doesn’t seem like something we should be complaining about, but … PointsBet just has so many choices that it at times can feel mind-boggling. It also ties into our first complaint about having odds that aren’t quite the best. We wonder if maybe PoinstBet Sportsbook offered a few less betting choices they could improve their odds on other wagers by a touch.
  • Allow customizable app colors: We mentioned this in the PointsBet app review, but if you’re not a fan of dark mode, the entire PointsBet Sportsbook app could be off putting for you. We wonder how difficult it would be to allow users to select either a dark or light mode for the PointsBet app and website. While it’s not what we would even come close to considering a deal breaker it still would be a nice addition.

PointsBet sports betting options

PointsBet offers betting markets surrounding all the major US pro and college sports. Plus, there’s an extensive number of international soccer markets available. As a nod to its Australian roots, PointsBet offers markets on Aussie rules football, cricket, darts and rugby.

Here’s the full list of sport you can bet on at PointsBet:

  • Aussie rules football
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Entertainment (e.g., Academy Awards)
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Motorsports
  • Rugby union
  • Tennis
  • Soccer

Teams you can bet on in Michigan

You can now bet on all the major pro and college teams throughout the country, but getting to bet on your hometown teams is one of the best parts of sports betting at PointsBet.

Let’s look at the teams you can bet on at the Michigan PointsBet Sportsbook. For all teams discussed below you can make all the standard types of bets discussed in the “Bet Types” section above, that includes live betting as well.

You can now bet on the Detroit Lions, who have one of the more prolific passers in recent years. You can bet against the spread or pick some prop bets that are to your liking.

The Detroit Tigers play in the American League Central, one of the more competitive divisions in Major League Baseball. You should have no problems finding team props or futures options for the World Series.

The Detroit Pistons are one of the more iconic franchises in NBA history despite the team’s down years of late. Known as the “Bad Boys” during their heyday in the late 1980s, the Pistons are looking to get back to their winning ways with six-time All Star and former Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin signed through the 2021-22 season.

In hockey you have the winningest US franchise in NHL history in the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings have captured the Stanley Cup 11 times, and thanks to their success Detroit is known as “Hockeytown.”

Turning to the college ranks, easily the top two sports schools in Michigan are the Michigan State Spartans and University of Michigan Wolverines. Both schools play in the Big Ten Conference, and both are just as likely to win on the football field as they are on the basketball court. Their in-state rivalry is one of the best in the country, with the football teams playing annually for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.

Three more Michigan schools play both football and basketball at the Division I level, all in the Mid-American Conference. They are the Eastern Michigan Eagles, Central Michigan Chippewas and Western Michigan Broncos. While these schools are not at the same level as Michigan and Michigan State, you still can bet on them at PointsBet Sportsbook.

And rounding out the Division I schools are the Oakland Golden Grizzlies and Detroit Mercy Titans. Both teams play in the Horizon League, and while neither has a football team, both have men’s basketball teams that you can bet on at PointsBet in Michigan.

Types of bets available on PointsBet Michigan sportsbook

There are several types of bets available for players to choose from on the PointsBet platform.

These include unique features, like custom bet, live betting and a cash-out option.

The basic betting types available on PointsBet include:

PointsBet also offers the following unique betting options:

PointsBet futures bets

With four professional teams in the major US sports leagues and seven Division I college programs, there’s plenty of futures action available for Michigan teams at PointsBet. Let’s take a look at some of your options.

In the NHL you can place futures bets on the Red Wings regular season points and win totals or to win the Atlantic Division, the Eastern Conference or the Stanley Cup title. There also are individual futures available for regular season and postseason MVP awards, the Hart Memorial Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy, respectively.

For the Pistons in the NBA, you also can bet on regular season wins totals. Picking Detroit to win the Central Division, the Eastern Conference or to take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy awarded to the NBA champion are options as well. Individual awards such as MVP and Rookie of the Year are other futures markets at PointsBet. And come the NBA draft you can place bets on which player will be selected by which team.

As for the Tigers, it’s very much the same. Pick them to win the World Series, the American League pennant or simply the AL Central, while the option exists for regular season win total over/unders, too. Or maybe you want to pick a Tigers pitcher to win the AL Cy Young Award, or a hitter on the team to win the MVP or Rookie of the Year; all can be bet on at PointsBet.

Rounding out the pro options are the Lions and the NFL as a whole. At PointsBet you’re able to bet on the team’s regular season wins, winning the NFC Central Division, representing the NFC in the Super Bowl and winning the Super Bowl. As for individual futures, at PointsBet you can pick who will win the MVP, Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year awards and also which player will lead the league in passing and rushing yards for the season.

In the college realm, you don’t have as many futures options to wager on, but you still can pick Michigan or Michigan State to win the college football national championship.

You also can bet on whether either of those teams or Eastern, Western or Central Michigan will win their conference title, the Big Ten for Michigan and Michigan State and the Mid-American for the remaining three.

When it comes to college basketball, on the men’s side of things you can place futures wagers on which teams you believe will make the Final Four, as well as who you think will win the championship.

Both the Wolverines and Spartans will be listed at PointsBet, but the other schools listed above as well as Detroit Mercy and Oakland might not make the cut. It will depend on how good they are in a given year. Though as we mentioned above you can propose a bet via Twitter by tweeting @PointsBetUSA with #NameABet, and PointsBet might make it available. So if you really want to put a futures wager on one of those teams, send a tweet and see what happens.

In play (live betting)

In-play wagering at PointsBet allows you to bet on ongoing live games in the middle of the action.

For the most part, it’s standard wagers at odds that are adjusted as the action changes.

‘Name a Bet’

The PointsBet “Name a Bet” feature allows you to create your own bet.

Propose a wager via Twitter @PointsBetUSA with the hashtag #nameabet.

Cash out

PointsBet offers a “cash out” option for some bets, allowing you to withdraw a portion of your winnings or cut your losses before the true outcome of a bet is determined.

PointsBetting

PointsBetting is unique to PointsBet. It offers you a high-risk, high-reward option where you can win or lose beyond your initial wager based on the margin of victory in the game.

For example, traditional spread bets on a team favored by 3.5 points pay off the same amount whether that team covers by a single point or ten points. However, PointsBetting wagers pay out more if the team wins by more.

Of course, there’s two sides to PointsBetting wagers, and the amount you can lose is impacted by the final score margin as well.

PointsBetting is designed to appeal to those seeking big payouts on blowout wins, but you should proceed with caution. If things go wrong, you can lose infinitely more than the fixed amount you would with standard betting.

PointsBet also offers a “stop-loss” feature to limit losses on PointsBetting wagers.

How to place a bet with PointsBet

Placing a bet with PointsBet is quite easy.

Of course, you need to log in to your account using the credentials you provided when you signed up.

Then it’s just a matter of browsing through the betting markets. The most popular are listed on the homepage, and any others can be found using drop-down menus listing the markets by popular events and sport.

See a line you like, click on it and you’ll be instantly transported to a bet slip where you can enter the amount of your bet, create parlays and add additional single wagers to the same ticket.

Click to confirm the wagers on your bet slip and place the bet.

Check back for the results of your bet after the game is over.

PointsBet deposit and withdrawal options

You’ll need to fund your PointsBet account before you can start making bets. Plus, you want to know how to get the money you win from your bets off the site.

Fortunately, PointsBet provides several options for both deposits and withdrawals that are easy to use.

Deposits

PointsBet provides a small variety of safe and easy-to-use deposit options, including debit, credit and prepaid cards.

Here are the different deposit methods available on PointsBet:

  • Credit or debit cards: PointsBet accepts credit and debit card transactions from Visa and Mastercard customers. Some issuing banks may not accept deposit requests from online gambling sites. Check with your issuing bank first.
  • ACH e-check: PointsBet allows deposits by ACH e-check drawing against your bank account directly.
  • PointsBet Card (EML): The PointsBet Card (EML) is a prepaid card you can buy and load through EML, then use to make a deposit with PointsBet.
  • PointsBet Mastercard: A Mastercard credit card available through PointsBet, providing easy deposits and instant withdrawals.
  • Cashier at Meadowlands Racetrack (NJ): You can fund your account with cash in New Jersey at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The same option may be available in Michigan at The Lac Vieux Desert Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet.
  • Online Bank Transfer: PointsBet accepts online bank transfers, allowing you to fund your account directly from your bank account online.

Withdrawals

You can normally withdraw money from PointsBet using the same method you used to deposit. If withdrawals are not available with your deposit method, PointsBet will help you make alternative arrangements.

PointsBet withdrawal methods include:

  • ACH e-check
  • PointsBet Card (EML)
  • PointsBet Mastercard (instant)

How to make deposits and withdrawals on PointsBet

It’s relatively easy to make deposits and withdrawals on PointsBet.

For deposits, simply log in to your account on the PointsBet website and click on the “Deposit” tab.

Choose the PointsBet deposit option that works best for you. Enter the amount you would like to deposit, fill in the blanks and follow the prompts.

Making a withdrawal is just as easy. Go to the PointsBet website, sign in to your account, click the “My Account” tab and enter the amount of money you want to withdraw.

The money should be transferred to your bank account immediately. However, it may take some time for your bank to process the transaction.

Where is the PointsBet retail sportsbook?

It has not opened yet, but when it does it will be located at Northern Waters Casino Resort in Watersmeet.

The casino is operated and owned by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. In January 2020, the two sides reached an agreement for PointsBet to run both a retail and online sportsbook for the casino.

  • Address: N5384 US-45, Watersmeet, MI 49969
  • Casino hours: 24 hours a day

Is PointsBet the best sportsbook in Michigan?

With so many new sportsbooks opening or about to open, it’s difficult to say who the clear-cut No. 1 is; however, PointsBet definitely is among the top sportsbooks in Michigan.

Not only does it have a great website and app, which obviously is a must when it comes to online sportsbooks, but having an exclusive betting type like PointsBetting helps PointsBet stand out from the crowd.

When the retail sportsbook opens at Northern Waters Casino Resort, it could help determine if PointsBet is in fact the best sportsbook in Michigan.

PointsBet customer support

PointsBet staffs a 24/7 live online chat line to provide customer support. There’s also a phone number staffed from 8 a.m. to midnight every day and an email option online.

In addition, PointsBet offers a “help” section online with answers to a variety of frequently asked questions.

Plus, PointsBet maintains The Revis Betting Academy, a series of educational blog posts and videos featuring former NFL star Darrelle Revis, a great resource for sports betting newbies.

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