Just when you think there’s a consensus on how sportsbooks are going to operate in the US market, along comes PointsBet to blow everything out of the water.
Normally, you place your wager at fixed odds and know exactly how much you will win or lose; that’s the oldest rule in sports betting. But in a bold move that completely defies industry logic, PointsBet have devised a system where your winnings – and losses – can change as the action unfolds.
Say you’ve bet on the over 221 point line in a basketball game. You wager $10, and then once the match is finished the final score is 116-115. That’s 231 points…and so your bet has won by ten units.
So, with PointsBet, your win would be $10 multiplied by ten units; a total return of $100. Conversely, if that NBA game ended up 106-105, your bet would be ten units down…and you would lose $100 ($10 stake x 10 units).
PointsBet was originally established in the Australian market back in 2017, but now the brand has made the move to New Jersey and is piquing the interest of bettors who are looking for something a little bit different from their sportsbook.
It has to be said, some people will love what PointsBet is offering, while others will be left rather cold by it. Either way, there’s no doubt that if you have a really strong betting angle on a particular sport or game, PointsBet allows you to maximize your position.
If you regularly bet on the NFL or NBA then here’s something to remember: PointsBet offers more betting markets on games from these franchises than any other sportsbook on the planet.
These unique markets are all quantitative and measurable, so think things like quarterback completion %, time of first touchdown (in seconds), player points multiples and so much more.
PointsBet is the perfect platform for stats-nerds and fact junkies who want to leverage their knowledge to great effect. You will need a decent-sized bankroll, of course, to cater for any expensive losses, but note that all markets are capped with maximum win and loss amounts, so all putters are protected to some extent.
Give the unique nature of PointsBet's product, we don’t have a great deal of competitors to analyze them against.
The good news is that they have decided to keep things simple; their modus operandi will confuse enough people as it is!
So there’s a clean, crisp black colour scheme, and just two main lines of action on the desktop site: on the left is the featured games, where the day’s sporting highlights are listed with their requisite betting odds, and on the right there is ‘Up Next’, which lets you know which events are just about to go live.
At the top of the screen, you will see a sliding header that offers an insight into the various promotions and bonuses that are available, and at the bottom, you will find links to contact customer support.
Really, the main navigation comes from behind the menu button in the top left-hand corner. Here all of the available sports, and their betting markets are listed, and you will also find an introduction to the Revis Betting Academy, brought to you by legendary cornerback Darrelle Revis. He’ll give you the skinny on exactly how PointsBet – and sports betting in general – works.
The PointsBet mobile app is available for Apple and Android users to download.
Remember we mentioned that simplicity was the key with the desktop site? Well, that theme is continued with the app, where the emphasis is on quick and easy bet placement.
The menu system is in place so you can find your favorite sports easily, or accelerate the process and click on the ‘Next Up’ link to navigate your way to a new set of betting opportunities.
You can make deposits using the app and withdraw any winnings, and enjoy live racing from across the globe courtesy of the streaming channel.
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The set-up of PointsBet alone is a ‘special feature’, with this unique type of spread betting a new and welcome addition to US sports wagering.
One of the other great things about PointsBet is the offers and prop bets they offer; again, many of these are exclusive to the site. It’s always worth perusing the available options to see if you stumble across any value plays.
Some betting brands offer their customers a sort of piecemeal approach to learning about sports betting, but PointsBet have gone the whole hog with their ‘Revis Academy’. Here you can learn everything you need to know about placing a bet, different markets etc, and even experienced punters my just pick up a useful tip or two along the way.
If you are a regular punter than you will love the loyalty program available too. For every wager you place you will earn points; accrue a handy tally and these can be exchanged for all manner of goodies, including free bets and reload bonuses, by clicking on the ‘Rewards’ tab in your account menu.
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