PointsBet Sportsbook Iowa Promo Code & Review

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PointsBet became the fourth sportsbook in Iowa when the Australian company’s app debuted in November 2019. PointsBet’s retail sportsbook location at Catfish Bend Casino opened even earlier, on Aug. 19.

PointsBet offers some distinctive forms of sports betting, and in this PointsBet Iowa review you will learn all about what PointsBetting is and how exactly it works. We also detail how to get signed up with PointsBet Sportsbook, including downloading the PointsBet app for your Android or Apple device, how to deposit money and cash out, and of course what PointsBet promo code you need to get up to $250 in a deposit match bonus.

Why Choose PointsBet Iowa Sportsbook
  • A deposit match bonus worth up to $250.
  • PointsBetting, which is unique to PointsBet.
  • One of the fastest sportsbook apps.
  • Rewards program earns you free bets.
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Is PointsBet legal in Iowa?

Yes, both PointsBet’s online and retail sportsbooks are legal in Iowa. The retail sportsbook opened in August 2019, while the PointsBet app launched in November.

Sports betting was legalized in the Hawkeye State when Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 617 into law on May 13, 2019.

There is one small caveat when it comes to betting on Iowa colleges. While you can bet on games for schools like Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Drake, you cannot place prop bets on players from Iowa-based schools or engage in live betting on games involving Iowa-based schools.

PointsBet bonus: Up to a $250 value

PointsBet online sportsbook has a great offer for new customers. It is a deposit match offer worth as much as $250. Here’s a breakdown of it works. First, when creating your account you will need to use the PointsBet promo code BONUSNOW in order to be eligible for the bonus.

Then, your first deposit, and only your first, with PointsBet is rewarded based on how much money you deposit. If you deposit $50, you receive an additional $100 in free bets. Deposit $150 and get an extra $150 in free bets. And lastly, if you deposit at least $250, you receive another $250 in free bets.

Understand that you are receiving free bets and not straight cash, so you have to bet that money, you cannot simply cash it out. It still is a great offer though because if you play your cards right you can turn those free bets into a whole lot more.

Also, make sure you follow our links when downloading the iOS and Android apps and use the PointsBet promo code BONUSNOW to receive the full $250 value.

POINTSBET Iowa BONUS CODE 2020

Online SportsbookPointsBet IA
Promo CodeBONUSNOW
Deposit MatchUp to $250
Online Since In Iowa since November 2019
Last UpdatedNovember 25, 2020

Regular promotions available on the PointsBet sports betting app

PointsBet has a ton of promotions going on all the time, so here’s a brief rundown of what you can expect from the Iowa sportsbook.

  • Rewards program: While this is not technically a promo, PointsBet is among the rare group of sportsbooks that rewards players based on how much they bet. You earn one point for every $5 in fixed odds bets, one point for every $1 in parlay bets and one point for every $1 won or lost with PointsBetting. Points can be redeemed at a rate of 100 points to $1 in free bets.
  • Money-back offers: On the PointsBet app you will see a number of money-back promos. A lot of these offer you your money back in the form of free bets when you place live, in-game bets for specific sports. Sometimes they are one-time offers, whereas others can be awarded as often as once a day.
  • Parlay boosters: PointsBet allows users to boost up to one parlay of three legs or more each day. There is no minimum or maximum stake, so you are able to build the parlay you want and then boost the potential winnings.
  • Good Karma Kommittee: While this doesn’t happen a lot, PointsBet has refunded bets when there’s a particularly bad beat or a player suffers an early ejection or injury during a game. For example, during the opening of the 2020 NFL season, PointsBet refunded bettors of the Tennessee Titans after they failed to cover due in part to the fact their kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed three field goals and an extra point in the team’s 16-14 win over the Denver Broncos. The Titans were favored by two and a half to three points in the game.

PointsBet has even more promotions, so check the promotions page on the PointsBet app or website to see if there are any that are just right for you.

How to create a PointsBet account in Iowa

Creating a PointsBet Sportsbook account is a simple process and should take you only a few minutes. Either on the PointsBet app or website, you will click the sign-up button. On the next page it should default to Iowa in the region setting, but if not, simply select Iowa from the drop-down menu.

Next you’ll enter your first and last name as well as your email address. This also is where you’ll enter the PointsBet promo code BONUSNOW.

On the next sign-up page, you must enter your date of birth, phone number, home address and the last four digits of you Social Security number. You also will create and confirm the password you want for your PointsBet account.

And that is all it takes to create a PointsBet account in Iowa.

In-person registration through 2020

Starting Jan. 1, 2021, you’ll be able to sign up remotely for PointsBet as well as all other online sportsbooks in the state. Unfortunately, until that time you must complete the registration process in person. For PointsBet that requires you to go to PointsBet’s retail sportsbook at Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington. Hours for the sportsbook at Catfish Bend are listed in the retail sportsbook section below.

PointsBet Sportsbook app in Iowa

PointsBet has an Android and Apple app in addition to being accessible via its website. While the app and website are nearly identical, this section is focused specifically on the app.

How to download the PointsBet Sportsbook app

Start by using our links to the PointsBet site and downloading either the iOS or Android app from there. When you go to download the app, you will select “yes” when prompted.

After downloading the app, you will next need to install it. Click on the just-downloaded file and again select “yes” when prompted.

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Navigating the PointsBet app

You’ll quickly notice the color scheme of PointsBet is different from most other apps on the market. It’s very dark, with a black and gray background and fonts in red and white.

Another thing you likely will notice if you have checked out other sportsbook apps is how fast and responsive PointsBet Sportsbook is. While other sportsbook are not slow by any means, PointsBet still is noticeably faster than most other sites.

Now, here’s an overview of the main areas and pages on the PointsBet Sportsbook app:

  • Homepage: As soon as you open the PointsBet app, you’ll be able to log in via the button in the upper right corner. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be greeted by a scrolling display with new announcements or promotions. Below that is a list of the featured contests you can bet on with a tab for live games you can wager on, too. On the right side is a list of the games that are starting soon. Then along the bottom of the page are links for the menu, creating quick parlays, a listing of sports at PointsBet and your bets.
  • Bet slip: Your bet slip is located at the top right, next to the buttons for logging in and signing up, obviously this is where your bets will appear. We like that when making more than one selection you are given the choice between making individual bets or creating a parlay on the same screen. There also are tabs at the top of your bet slip to view your active and settled bets.
  • Promotions page: PointsBet’s promos page is simply massive and can be too much to take in if you don’t use the sorting tabs at the top. The tabs allow you to sort by the type of promo being offered. So if you’re just looking for free bets, select that. You can also break down the promos by sport, which is great if you’re the type who only bets on a few select sports. Whatever the case may be, the PointsBet promo page definitely deserves your attention.
  • Main menu: The main menu is one of the easiest ways to cruise around the PointsBet app. There are links to get back to the home and promos pages and for creating quick parlays or seeing what the featured sports and bets are at any given time. This is also where you will come if you need to contact the PointsBet help desk if you run into any problems.

Overall, we really like the PointsBet Sportsbook app. It’s great for Android and Apple products alike, and the speed of it really is impressive.

Best features of the PointsBet Sportsbook app

PointsBet is one of the top sports betting apps in Iowa. But what exactly is it that makes PointsBet so great? We’re glad you asked, because here we have three of the best features PointsBet has to offer:

  • Speed: When it comes to making sports bets, speed can be the difference between placing a wager before odds change or missing out. Speed also is especially important if you’re interested in live betting. And the PointsBet app and website are arguably the fastest in the industry.
  • Unique betting options: While PointsBetting is PointsBet’s signature product, it’s constantly rolling out other betting options for users. While it wasn’t the first sportsbook we saw to offer single-game parlays, it was among the first.
  • Plenty of promos: Not only does PointsBet have a welcome offer that gives bettors up to a $250 deposit match bonus, but the PointsBet promo offers just keep coming. Having plenty of offers is great, but PointsBet makes it even better by having a promotions page that allows you to sort by type of offer or by sport, making finding the right offers even easier.

How could PointsBet Sportsbook improve?

The PointsBet app is among the best in the industry, but nothing is perfect. For that reason we wanted to share with you three things that PointsBet could improve to make it even better:

  • Improved odds: In some ways it’s not too surprising that when we compared the odds of PointsBet to those of William Hill, DraftKings, Fox Bet and FanDuel, PointsBet’s were the worst. That’s because PointsBet has so many promos and unique betting options that also having the best odds would be quite the challenge. We also want to stress that PointsBet’s odds weren’t that far off for the NFL bets we tracked, and in a few cases they were the best. But overall we still would like to see PointsBet be just a touch better going forward.
  • Customizable screen settings: Hey, we get it, black and red are PointsBet’s colors. And we’re sure a lot of people out there will love the dark mode look of the PointsBet app. But we’re also guessing at least a few people would prefer a brighter app, so we suggest adding a setting that lets people use the PointsBet app in either light or dark mode.
  • More customer service options: Here’s a complaint that hopefully you will never have to worry about, but we wish PointsBet had at least one more way of letting people reach out to customer service. Preferably that method would be via phone. Yeah, yeah, we know it’s the 2020s, who uses their smartphones to call people anymore? But if there’s something wrong with your PointsBet account, being able to talk to someone over the phone could help get it figured out in the shortest time possible.

Types of bets available at PointsBet online sportsbook

While online sportsbooks in general have tons more betting options than retail sportsbooks of yesteryear, PointsBet has more than most. For example, NFL games can have 200 or more betting options. Here is a roundup of the types of bets available at PointsBet.

  • Moneyline: You’re simply betting on which team will win a game outright. The odds are based around $100 bets for underdogs and $100 wins for favorites. Example: When the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves play, the moneyline could be Bulls -150, Timberwolves +130. Here, Chicago is the favorite, and it would take a $150 wager to win $100. Minnesota is the underdog, and a $100 bet would win you $130.
  • Spreads: Now you’re betting on teams to cover the spread, meaning they either have to win by a certain number of points or cannot lose by more than that number of points. Example: The Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs are playing at Wrigley Field, and the line is Cardinals -1.5, Cubs +1.5. In order for your bet on the Cardinals to win, St. Louis must win by two runs or more. For your Cubs bet to win, Chicago either needs to win outright or only lose by one run.
  • Totals: Also referred to as over/under betting, these bets are on whether the cumulative number of points (or some other stat), will be over or under the listed total. Example: The Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks are playing, and the total has been set at 7.5. Your bet is based on how many goals the two teams will combine for. If the final score is 4-2, so six goals total, the under would win.
  • Props: Here we have bets on if a specific player or team-related event will occur during a game. Simply think of it as the sportsbook presenting a scenario to you, and you are deciding whether you think that scenario will happen. Example: For a Green Bay Packers game, a prop bet could be, “Will Aaron Rodgers throw at least two touchdown passes?”
  • Parlays: These are bets of two outcomes or more that you must pick correctly in order to win. They don’t have to be the same type of bets or even for the same sport. Example: You could bet on the Chicago Bears to cover the spread in their game, the Minnesota Vikings game total to be under and Tiger Woods to win that weekend’s PGA Tour event. If all three outcomes happen, you win.
  • Teasers: Teasers are when you bet on multiple games against the spread and you move the line to your advantage. Example: You bet on the Bears (-5.5), Packers (+2) and Vikings (-3.5), but you create a six-point teaser. So now the new lines are Bears +0.5, Packers +8 and Vikings +2.5. Teasers are most common for football and basketball.
  • Round robins: In these bets you’re combining at least three selections, but you’re not grouping them all together as you would in a parlay. Now you’re always leaving at least one game out, making them easier to get right. Example: You create a three-team round robin where you bet on the Chicago White Sox, Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers all to win. You have three separate bets: one with the White Sox and Cubs winning, one with White Sox and Brewers winning and won with Cubs and Brewers winning. Now you’re covered if only one of the three loses, and if they all win, you win all three wagers.
  • Futures: Here we have bets that are for long-range outcomes, instead of just a single game. Example: Picking the Minnesota Twins to win the World Series, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to win the NFL MVP Award or the Minnesota Wild to win NHL’s Central Division.
  • Live betting: These are wagers that are made while games are going on. Example: During a Milwaukee Bucks game, you could bet on the Bucks to win despite being down 15 points in the third quarter, or you could even bet on what the result of the next possession will be. Be aware that live, in game betting is not allowed on Iowa college teams at any sportsbook in the state.
  • PointsBetting: PointsBetting is different from all other types of bets because your profits and loses vary based on how right or wrong your bet is. Example: The total for a Bears-Packers game is set at 40. You place a PointsBetting wager of $10 on the over, and the Packers win 30-20. You win $100 because the total score was 10 points over, which you multiply by your $10 bet. However, had the final score been Packers 10-0, you would lose $300 because your bet was off by 30 points.

While PointsBetting might seem scary because of how much you can lose, you always will see what your biggest potential win and loss can be before you lock in your bet. This is because wins and losses are capped at certain numbers, which vary based on the market you are wagering on. You also have the option to limit how much you can lose, but this also caps your potential winnings.

Sports you can bet on at PointsBet in Iowa

Not only does PointsBet have markets for all the major sports, but the Iowa sportsbook also has odds for tons of smaller sports, as well.

On the professional side of things you can bet on the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, WNBA, MLS, UFC, PGA Tour and NASCAR. If you are a tennis fan, there’s also the ATP and WTA.

Or maybe you’re a soccer fan and the MLS alone just isn’t enough. In that case you also can bet on the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Germany’s Bundesliga and Spain’s La Liga, among others.

And if all that still isn’t enough for you, you can check out PointsBet’s complete A-Z sports listings for everything the sportsbook has to offer.

Iowa sports team betting guide

While we still don’t have any major professional sports teams in Iowa, there are a ton of teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB in surrounding states. And there’s still college football and basketball action to be had.

In college football, we’ve got the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones in the FBS to wager on. While the Drake Bulldogs and Northern Iowa Panthers are in the FCS. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones always will have odds on them, while the Bulldogs and Panthers will vary based on the level of competition from week to week.

In men’s college basketball, those four teams are once again the only local squads we can bet on. Both Northern Iowa and Drake play in the Missouri Valley Conference, while Iowa is in the Big Ten and Iowa State is in the Big 12.

When it comes to pro teams in neighboring states let’s get things started with Major League Baseball. There are six teams nearby, with three in the National League (St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers) and three in the American League (Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox).

The NFL meanwhile has four teams around Iowa, with three in the NFC (Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings) and just one in the AFC (Kansas City Chiefs).

In the NBA there are the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference and the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western Conference.

There are three teams as well in the NHL, with all of them residing in the Western Conference’s Central Division. They are the St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks.

PointsBet Iowa futures market

Futures betting is one of the most popular forms of sports betting out there, and this section is dedicated to the futures markets available at PointsBet.

For college football, PointsBet has futures options for the winner of any of the Power Five conferences (SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12), so you can bet on Iowa in the Big Ten or Iowa State in the Big 12. You also can wager on either school to win the overall NCAA football title.

As for men’s college basketball, PointsBet has odds for which team will win its conference’s tournament at the end of the regular season. While you can again bet on Iowa State or Iowa, PointsBet does not have odds for the Missouri Valley Conference, so no such luck for Drake or Northern Iowa. PointsBet also has odds for which team will win the men’s NCAA basketball national championship. Northern Iowa is listed here, but Drake is once again not quite good enough to make the cut.

PointsBet’s online sportsbook has plenty of futures markets available for the top US professional leagues, as well. Whether it’s Major League Baseball, the NBA, NHL or NFL, you can bet on who will win that league’s championship.

You also have the choice to bet on teams’ over/under win totals for the regular season or which teams will win their conference and division titles.

PointsBet also has futures for individual players. While the markets vary by sport, you can count on being able to bet on regular season award winners and even who will lead their leagues in various statistical categories.

How to deposit and cash out on the PointsBet app

In order to deposit money into your PointsBet Sportsbook account in Iowa, you have two options to do so electronically and two in-person choices.

On the mobile front you can use an e-check or online bank transfer to fund your PointsBet account. If you would rather go the in-person route, you can head to any PayNearMe location or go to the Pointsbet Sportsbook at Catfish Bend Casino.

As for cashing out your PointsBet winnings, you have the same two mobile options, via an online bank transfer or by receiving an e-check. The only in-person option you have is to head down to Catfish Bend Casino.

How to contact PointsBet customer support

There are a couple of different methods of contacting PointsBet customer service if you do experience any issues. You can email [email protected] Or you can have a live chat with a PointsBet representative.

In order to do this on the PointsBet website, you’ll scroll to the bottom of the page and click “live chat.” If you’re on the PointsBet app, you’ll open the main menu and once again click on the “live chat” button.

PointsBet also has a help page online and on the app where you can see if there are any answers to the problem that you are going through.

Responsible gambling at PointsBet

PointsBet Sportsbook has an entire section of its website and app dedicated to responsible gambling. It has various links to help find out if you do have a gambling problem and if so what you can do about it. PointsBet allows users to set limits on their sports betting, and if that is not enough, you can close your PointsBet Sportsbook account entirely.

Where is the PointsBet retail sportsbook?

PointsBet’s retail sportsbook in Iowa is located at Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington, where it opened on Aug. 19, 2019. The nonsmoking sportsbook features multiple HDTVs, a sports bar, slot machines and blackjack tables.

  • Address: 3001 Winegard Drive, Burlington
  • Phone: 319-753-2946
  • Website: thepzazz.com/catfish-bend-casino/sportsbook/
  • Hours: Monday, noon-11:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 2-9 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, noon-11:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
  • Amenities: Self-service betting kiosks, in-person betting windows and bar.
  • Opened: 19, 2019

Is PointsBet the best sportsbook in Iowa?

With new sportsbooks continuing to enter the Iowa market, it’s challenging to proclaim an overall top sportsbook in the state. What’s not challenging is recognizing the fact that PointsBet is among the best and is almost certainly the most distinctive sportsbook in Iowa.

And we mean distinctive in the best way possible. Quite simply, PointsBetting alone sets PointsBet apart from all other sportsbooks. Another factor that helps elevate PointsBet is the sheer speed of the PointsBet app and website.

We might never be able to say which Iowa sportsbook is the clear-cut No. 1, but we have a hard time believing PointsBet won’t always be among the best in the state.