The PointsBet Sportsbook app is a great option for New Yorkers who are tired of having to go to retail sportsbooks in order to bet on sports. PointsBet has additional perks to offer beyond that, though, mainly PointsBetting and a welcome offer worth up to $2,000.
While you won’t be able to use the app to actually place bets in New York, you will be able to go to New Jersey in order to do so. Until New York changes its sports betting laws, there simply is no way around that.
This page will explain how to legally create a PointsBet Sportsbook account in NY, what you need to do to bet on sports using your phone, what exactly PointsBetting is and how it works, and what you need to do to claim the welcome offer. Let’s start with that PointsBet welcome bonus for new users.
New users with PointsBet Sportsbook are eligible for up to $2,000 in risk-free bets. All you need to do to claim this offer is to use the promo code BETBONUS when creating your account. After you do that, 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.
If either of those bets loses, you’ll receive a refund in free bet credits delivered to your account within 24 hours. You get 30 days to use your bet credits, and here’s a tip: If you click on your account and then “free bets,” not only will you see the exact date your credit expires, but you’ll also be able to split your credit up to give you multiple free bets.
For example, if you get a $100 credit, you would be able to split it four times, giving you four $25 credits to use however you choose. And don’t worry, if you’re not sure what PointsBetting is or how it works, we have a section devoted to that below.
PointsBet’s welcome bonus is among the best we’ve seen at any area online sportsbooks because of the amount of money you stand to win if either of your initial bets win or if your free bets pay off. Keep in mind, though, that if your first fixed odds and PointsBetting wagers do win, then you technically do not receive any type of bonus.
|Online Sportsbook||PointsBet Sportsbook|
|Deposit Offer||Up to $2,000 in risk-free bets|
|Online Since||December 2018 in New Jersey|
|Last Updated||February 9, 2021|
The number of promotions available at PointsBet Sportsbook NJ is impressive, and we won’t run through all of them here. You can check out the PointsBet promotions page for the complete list, but here’s a look at some of our favorites, not including the welcome offer.
Clearly, PointsBet has tons of promos. And as we mentioned at the top, there’s even more, so make sure you go to the promos page to check out all the offerings.
It is legal to download and install the PointsBet app in New York, but you cannot place any bets on it unless you are in a state where PointsBet is legal, like New Jersey. In addition, you must have geolocation enabled to confirm you’re in the Garden State when you go to place bets. All bettors also must be at least 21 years old to bet on sports in New Jersey.
At this time, PointsBet Sportsbook is operating in four other states (Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Colorado), meaning you’ll be able to legally place bets if you’re in those states, as well.
To create your PointsBet Sportsbook account in New York, you’ll start by opening either the PointsBet app or the dedicated website. Once there, click on the button to log in at the top of the screen and then simply follow these steps:
Once again, you can do this entire process from New York, but when it comes to making bets, you will need to be in New Jersey.
The PointsBet sports betting app is available for iOS and Android users, and one of the best parts about it is how fast the app loads. But before you can be impressed with its speed, you need to get it. Here are the instructions on how to do so.
Follow one of our links to the PointsBet site, and from there click on the appropriate link to download the app for your Apple or Android device. Follow the prompts from there. By using our links you’ll make sure you’re downloading and then installing the correct app.
We’re guessing the first think you’ll notice when you open PointsBet is the dark color scheme, since most other sportsbooks apps are predominately much brighter. After that, you’ll see how info PointsBet is able to get onto a small screen.
On larger devices, like iPads for example, there are odds listed on the left side of the screen and upcoming games with a countdown to when they start on the right. Smaller screens lose the upcoming games portion. Other than that, the differences between tablets and phones is negligible.
Find the game you want to bet on and click on the wager you want to make. The spread, moneyline and total will be displayed on the main page, while clicking on the game itself brings up all the available betting markets.
After clicking on the appropriate bet, you can add a wager amount and place your bet or keep adding to your bet slip in order to create round robins, parlays or teasers.
One of the most important tabs to be aware of on the app is the menu, located in the bottom left corner. When you open the menu, you’ll see a listing of the most popular sports and games to bet on at that time. There also are tabs to take you to the promos page, live games to bet on and back to the homepage.
Speaking of the PointsBet promotions page, check it often because hardly a day goes by that PointsBet doesn’t add or tweak something there.
Lastly, click on your email address at the top, and it will open a window that shows your account balance, how many free bet credits you have or whether you have a parlay booster still available. From here you also can deposit and withdraw money.
For “normal” sports betting, you are either right or wrong, or in some cases you push, and you know going into a bet exactly what you’ll win or lose. PointsBetting is different. PointsBetting rewards you for how right your bets are or punishes you for how wrong they are. Let’s look at a quick example to express how PointsBetting works.
Let’s say you bet $10 on the over for an NFL game between the New York Giants and New York Jets that’s listed at 50. If the actual total is 60, you would win $100, because the over hit by 10 points, which multiplies your bet. However, if the total points scored ended up being 30, you would lose $200.
PointsBetting obviously can create some massive wins and losses on relatively small wagers, though you can still see and control exactly how much money you stand to win or lose.
Start by clicking on the PointsBetting wager you want to bet on. When you do so, a window will pop up and you’ll start by entering how much money you want to bet. When you do so your betting slip will display your max win and max loss levels. There’s also a slider that allows you to adjust those levels to numbers you’re more comfortable with risking. Once you like what you see, click “place bet.”
PointsBetting clearly is not for the risk-averse, but it’s great when you see a line that you believe is way off, for example. PointsBetting also offers tons of extra betting markets with great explainers how each works.
Here is our look at three ways in which PointsBet stands above the crowd for online sportsbooks:
PointsBet does a lot of things really well, but it also falls a little short in a few areas. Here’s a look at three of those:
Here’s a look at all the types of bets you can make on the PointsBet Sportsbook app.
PointsBet Sportsbook has markets for all the major professional sports leagues, so you can bet on MLB, the NFL, NBA and NHL. PointsBet also has you covered when it comes to college football and basketball.
You also will find markets for UFC, WNBA, MLS, tennis, golf and NASCAR. Not surprisingly, PointsBet also has you covered for international leagues like soccer’s English Premier League, hockey’s KHL or basketball’s EuroLeague.
If there’s something else you’re looking for, make sure to check out the complete listings of all the sports you can bet on at PointsBet because there’s a good chance it’s available.
The Empire State obviously is home to quite a few pro and college teams, and you can bet on almost all of them using PointsBet. Here’s a look at all the teams you can bet on at PointsBet that play in or call New York home.
PointsBet offers tons of futures markets, which can be a great way to bet on sports for New York bettors who aren’t able to make it into New Jersey that often. There are markets for which teams will win the NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB titles each season.
Futures markets at PointsBet also allow you to wager on conference and division winners, as well as on players to win MVPs and other major awards in most major pro and college leagues.
When it comes to making deposits and withdrawals, the PointsBet app has you covered. Here are all the ways you can do both, starting with deposits:
And to cash out, you have these from the list above:
And your final option for deposits and withdrawals is by going to the casino cage at Meadowlands Racetrack (1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, New Jersey). If you plan to withdraw money in this way, though, make sure you follow these steps.
If you experience any problems and need help, you can contact PointsBet’s customer service team by emailing [email protected]. You also can start a live chat with a representative by using either the PointsBet app or website.
If your issue is not super urgent, you can check out the help section on both the app and website and see if you can diagnose and solve the problem on your own.
PointsBet is committed to responsible gambling, and the app actually allows you to set limits for yourself to help prevent problems for occurring.
You can limit how much you can deposit, how much time you can spend on the PointsBet site and how much money you’re able to spend. There also is a cool-off/self-exclusion feature that lets you take a break of three, seven or 30 days or exclude yourself from PointsBet entirely.
PointsBet also provides plenty of articles going over how to know if you need help with a gambling problem and whom to talk to.
While you can head to Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey to make deposits or withdrawals, the retail sportsbook at that location is actually run by FanDuel.
Currently, PointsBet does not have a retail sportsbook in either New York or New Jersey.
PointsBet is one of our favorite options when it comes to online sportsbooks for New York sports bettors. To answer the question of whether it’s the best sportsbook, though, it really comes down to how you answer one question: Do you love PointsBetting?
If the answer is yes, then we would say that yes, PointsBet is the best sportsbook for you. However, if PointsBetting is not your cup of tea, then the rest of what the sportsbook has to offer doesn’t quite make it better than either DraftKings or FanDuel.
No matter how you feel about PointsBetting, though, it doesn’t change the fact that PointsBet is a great online sportsbook overall.
The PointsBet promo code is BETBONUS, and when you use it during sign-up, you’ll receive both a risk-free fixed odds bet up to $500 and a risk-free PointsBetting wager up to $1,500.
Because PointsBet has a sports betting license in New Jersey, meaning PointsBet is licensed and regulated. Offshore betting sites are neither. That means when you do business with those sites, you’re putting your money and personal information at risk, and if you get burned, you have no form of recourse.
PointsBetting, which is a form of betting that is only available at PointsBet. With PointsBetting, your wins and losses are multiplied by how correct or incorrect your bets are, meaning you can win or lose large sums of money while only betting small amounts.
No, PointsBet is not licensed in New York; that’s why in order to use it, New York residents will need to travel to New Jersey when they want to place bets. That’s also why you need to have geolocation software activated on your phone or tablet, so the app can confirm you are in New Jersey. All bettors also must be at least 21 years old to bet in the state.
Yes, you can bet on NCAA events using PointsBet, including for New York colleges and universities. However, you are prohibited from wagering on New Jersey-based college teams or on any NCAA contests being held in the state.
PointsBet and DraftKings are very similar. Both offer tons of sports and betting markets, both have top-notch promotions, and both apps are among the best in the market. DraftKings’ odds tend to be slightly better, while PointsBet offers single-game parlays for select sports and PointsBetting, neither of which are available at DraftKings.