Editor’s Note: As of Jan. 1, 2021, those who want to create an PointsBet Iowa online account will no longer need to visit the Catfish Bend Casino to register.
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, 2020.
PointsBet offers some distinctive forms of sports betting, and in this PointsBet Iowa review, you will learn all about PointsBetting and how 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 $1,500 in a two-part risk free bet bonus.
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 SF 617 into law in May 2019.
There is one small caveat when it comes to betting on colleges. While you can bet on Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Drake games, you cannot place prop bets on college players.
PointsBet online sportsbook has a great offer for new customers. It is a risk free bet offer worth as much as $2,000. Here’s a breakdown of it works. First, when creating your account you will need to use the PointsBet promo code BETBONUS in order to be eligible for the bonus.
Then, you have the opportunity to earn up to $2,000 in risk free bets through two different wagers. You can receive up to $500 back if you lose your first Fixed Odds Bet and you can earn up to $1,000 back if you lose your first PointsBetting Wager.
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 BETBONUS to receive the full $2,000 value.
|Online Sportsbook||PointsBet IA|
|Risk-Free Bet||Up to $2,000|
|Online Since||November 2019|
|Last Updated||January 22, 2021|
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.
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.
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 BETBONUS.
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.
Starting Jan. 1, 2021, you’ll be able to sign up remotely for PointsBet as well as all other online sportsbooks in the state. Until that time you must complete the registration process in person at Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington.
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.
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.
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:
Overall, we like the PointsBet Sportsbook app. It’s great for Android and Apple products alike, and the speed of it really is impressive.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Catfish Bend Casino.
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.
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.
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.
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.