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PointsBet has been part of the American online sports betting scene since early 2019. In August 2020, PointsBet announced plans to expand its offerings and begin launching online casinos in the United States, as well.
Founded in 2017, the Australia-based bookmaker now has its online sportsbooks up and running in several states including New Jersey, Iowa, Indiana and Illinois. Meanwhile PointsBet already has positioned itself to open online casinos in a couple of the states that have legalized them.
One is Michigan, where PointsBet has partnered with the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Another state will be New Jersey, where PointsBet has entered a multi-year agreement with Twin River Worldwide Holdings to launch an online casino product following completion of the latter’s acquisition of Bally’s Atlantic City.
PointsBet has also announced a deal with Evolution Gaming to provide live dealer games to supplement slots, table games, video poker and other casino games.
What follows is a look at what those visiting the online PointsBet Casino can expect to find, including information about welcome bonuses and other promotions, details regarding the loyalty program, instructions on how to register for an account and download the app, and particulars concerning site features, game selection, banking options and customer support.
|Online Casino||PointsBet Casino|
|Legal States||New Jersey, Michigan|
|Last Updated||November 2020|
PointsBet’s casino will no doubt offer one or more welcome bonuses to new users. Most online casinos do something similar, thus making welcome bonuses something of an industry standard.
The PointsBet Sportsbook is up and running in several states, including New Jersey where it will soon have a casino as well. Though it might change its bonuses up for the casino product, it’s worth looking at what it’s doing now for a general idea of what to expect.
New players receive a deposit match up to $250 in free bets. This is a 100% match for larger deposits and an even greater percentage for an initial deposit of $50. The bonus figures are as follows:
The bonus money must be wagered and cannot be withdrawn. PointsBet will also likely attach similar conditions to a casino first deposit matching bonus, if that is what it offers. These will probably include a playthrough requirement that will have to be satisfied before any bonus funds can be withdrawn. The offer will also likely have a time limit, with 30 days being fairly standard, though some sites have longer or shorter deadlines.
As already noted, PointsBet already has a reputation for being a great site for promotions and bonuses. The sportsbook offers several occasional and regular promotions, including:
There are often other promotions and additional incentives to keep bettors using the site. PointsBet Casino likely will adopt a similar approach, though the specific promotions will be different. Typical ongoing and time-limited casino bonuses tend to include things like:
Expect to see additional deposit bonuses (aka reload bonuses) at PointsBet as well, as those have become an industry standard among online casinos.
Again, to help speculate on what PointsBet Casino may offer in terms of a loyalty program, we’ll take a look at what they do in this regard already.
The sportsbook’s loyalty program rewards bettors one reward point per dollar wagered in either fixed-odds markets or in its signature Points Betting markets. Parlays give five reward points for every dollar wagered. After accumulating rewards points, players can redeem them for cash at a rate of $1 per 100 points.
The PointsBet Casino loyalty program will no doubt operate much like VIP programs at other online casinos. With online casinos, such programs are much more common. Indeed, it’s rare these days to find a casino without one.
A casino rewards program will typically use a similar points-based structure. Users will earn a certain number of points per dollar wagered in the online casino games. It’s possible that PointsBet will treat all games equally, or it may award points at a higher rate for more volatile products like slots.
Many rewards programs also include VIP status tiers. These provide additional rewards for higher volume players. Standard practice would be for players to move up in tiers by hitting certain points milestones in a single month. Higher tiers allow players to accumulate points at a faster rate and/or redeem them for cash at a better rate. Those with higher status can also can earn extra benefits and perks.
PointsBet’s loyalty program will very likely be combined with the sportsbook’s loyalty program. That will enable those who use both the casino and the sportsbook to accumulate points in each.
Indeed, PointsBet representatives have already spoken of a marketing strategy that will involve encouraging those who bet on sports to cross over and play online casino games through an integrated casino app. There will be a shared wallet to make it even easier for users to move back and forth.
Registering at PointsBet is pretty simple, starting with a visit to the website or opening the app (see below). From there, you click on “Sign Up” and follow the instructions.
Signing up for an account involves sharing some personal information, including your first and last name, date of birth and email address. Other information typically required includes a phone number, a mailing address and zip code, and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
Providing such information demonstrates to PointsBet that you are who you say you are, including that you meet the minimum age for making real money wagers on the site. It also helps PointsBet ensure the security of your funds, the integrity of the games, and that its site isn’t being used for money laundering or other criminal activity.
This might also be the time to enter a PointsBet promo code, especially if there are any no deposit welcome bonuses available. Before registering your account, take some time to see if any such bonuses are available and if so whether you need to enter a PointsBet promo code to receive them.
As with other online casinos, you will be able to download the PointsBet app directly from the website. Look for the “Download app” link and from there choose either the app for iOS (Apple) devices or the one for Android devices. After that, follow the prompts for downloading and installing the app.
Like all legal US casino apps, PointsBet will use geolocation in order to ensure those placing real money wagers are within the state. That means users will need to enable location services when using the app.
Because mobile channels are so important to casino operators, expect the PointsBet Casino app to provide the same functionality, features and general look of the web-based casino, but with the added advantage of being able to play your favorite games on the go.
The current PointsBet app features a pleasing red-and-black color scheme with a slick design that users have come to appreciate. Expect the online casino to adopt a similar look and layout. PointsBet will also likely integrate its casino and sportsbook, allowing users to move back and forth easily via a single mouse click.
PointsBet’s software gets high marks for organization and user friendliness. There is a pull-out menu on the left margin with all of the categories clearly labeled. Navigating the site is a breeze, with banking functions also clear and simple to perform.
Expect a similarly attractive and intuitive design for the PointsBet Casino site with links to different game types, shortcuts to banking and other site areas, ongoing promotions prominently displayed and perhaps even some special features to distinguish PointsBet from other online casinos.
The desktop version of the online casino should not require a download. That is to say, it will likely be accessible via a web browser such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Explorer.
While PointsBet will be among the first wave of online casinos in Michigan, it will be entering the New Jersey online casino market some seven years after the first sites in the state. Regardless of where PointsBet operates, expect it to provide a varied and comprehensive online casino experience.
Again, the sportsbook provides a good indicator of the company’s commitment to providing a competitive product with a particular interest in innovation and even novelty. For example, their unique “Points Betting” markets are a genuinely new way to bet. It allows players to wager with payoffs (or losses) in proportion to the margin by which a bet hits or misses the mark, rather than fixed stakes.
Such a history suggests PointsBet may seek to be similarly innovative when it comes to its casino product. Another reason to think so is that it has already announced a plan to use its own proprietary technology to provide a custom-built “in-house” gambling experience.
This leaves us in the dark a little regarding what exactly PointsBet will provide when the time comes. However, it’s a safe bet that it will include staples such as:
Additionally, PointsBet’s partnership with Evolution Gaming makes it a virtual certainty that it will include live dealer games (see below).
PointsBet will undoubtedly feature live dealer games at its online casino. These days, having a live dealer option is pretty much mandatory for a new casino to be viable. That’s especially true in New Jersey, where there are roughly two dozen other online casinos competing for players.
As mentioned above, PointsBet announced a partnership with Evolution Gaming well in advance of its online casino launch. The deal initially was only for NJ, but expectations are that it will extend to other states as well. Evolution has already opened a second studio in Pennsylvania and announced that it has one in the works for Michigan in 2021.
By using live streaming technology, live dealer games give users an experience resembling what they’d find at a brick-and-mortar casino. Rather than a computerized random number generator, live dealer games use a real human dealer broadcast via live stream to the user’s computer or mobile device.
Evolution has something of a monopoly on live dealer games in the US, having acquired its largest competitor, Ezugi, in 2019.
Evolution boasts a huge range of live dealer games in Europe. In the US, the selection is somewhat more limited for now, but includes:
The poker varieties include the many house-banked, table-game poker variants found in retail casinos, such as:
Games available in Europe but not yet in the US include augmented reality and game show products like Monopoly Live and Deal or No Deal. It remains to be seen whether Evolution brings such games to the US and whether PointsBet opts to include them at its online casino.
There are a variety of ways for bettors both to deposit and withdraw funds. The casino should at least offer these options and perhaps other additional ones, too:
Another differentiating factor for PointsBet is that it has its own branded prepaid card, the PointsBet Mastercard, that can be used for banking.
PointsBet has so far earned good marks for customer support which should no doubt continue to be the case for the casino when it launches.
The site offers online chat support on a 24/7 basis. There is a help section with a list of frequently asked questions and answers. There is also phone support from 8 a.m. to midnight each day. PointsBet also has an email address where users can direct questions or concerns. We’ll provide all the relevant numbers and email addresses once the casino launches.