PointsBet’s entry into West Virginia gives you a chance to bet with arguably the most cutting edge sportsbook in the market today. Claim up to $2,000 in risk-free bets by joining PointsBet today.
PointsBet has more wagering options than you’ll find almost anywhere else, and it includes options like PointsBetting, which allows you to win or lose based on how right or wrong your bet was.
This page will review exactly how PointsBetting works, along with some other key topics:
PointsBet’s welcome bonus is for a pair of risk-free bets for up to $2,000. To qualify, enter the PointsBet promo code BETBONUS when you register.
Then if the first fixed odds bet you place loses, you’ll receive a refund for up to $500. And if the first PointsBetting bet you place loses, you’ll receive a refund for up to $1,500. All refunds arrive in your account as free bets.
|West Virginia Sportsbook||PointsBet Sportsbook|
|PointsBet Promo Code||BETBONUS|
|Risk-Free Fixed Odds Bet||Up to $500|
|Risk-Free PointsBetting Bet||Up to $1,500|
|Online Since||2021 in WV|
|Last Updated||September 2021|
The risk-free welcome bonus at PointsBet WV is actually for two opening bets, and it works pretty much the same for both. The biggest difference is that your fixed odds bet refund is capped at $500, while your PointsBetting bet is eligible for up to a $1,500 refund.
When you click on games at PointsBet, there usually are three available betting categories: fixed odds, single-game parlay and PointsBetting. Obviously, the first and the last are bets that apply for this promotion.
You just need to make one of each type of bet, and if either or both bets lose, PointsBet will reimburse you with a free bet. There are a few things to know regarding free bets:
Yes, we regard this as one of the better risk-free offers in West Virginia. That’s because you get two risk-free bets, and the overall maximum of $2,000 is one of the highest numbers you’re likely to see for an offer like this. It’s also nice that you can divide the free bets, so you’re not forced to use them all at once.
Yes, PointsBet is definitely an online sportsbook that you can have confidence in. To operate in the state, it had to receive a license from the WV Lottery Commission, which oversees sports betting in West Virginia. And before that, it had also received permission to operate in six other states.
If you would like to contact the WV Lottery with any concerns or questions, you can do so by calling 304-558-0500 or emailing [email protected]
Because according to the law you only are allowed to place bets if you’re in West Virginia. PointsBet, and all other authorized sportsbooks, use geolocation technology to monitor your whereabouts. You won’t be able to bet if you do not authorize the trackers, you are outside of West Virginia or you use a VPN.
The minimum age to bet at PointsBet or any other legal sportsbook in West Virginia is 21. PointsBet uses the information you submit when creating your account to verify your age.
Signing up with PointsBet WV is uncomplicated, and you can do so via a smartphone, tablet or computer. To start, tap “Sign Up Now” on the sportsbook site and then provide the following personal information:
You’ll also need to create a password and agree to PointsBet’s terms and conditions and you should be good to go.
PointsBet’s app (available for iOS and Android) is one of the fastest you will find. As such, it makes sense that it takes less than a couple of minutes to download and install.
You can find the PointsBet promotions page in the same manner whether you’re on the website or app. Just open the PointsBet menu (upper left corner) and select “Promos.”
We’re guessing you’ll be happy with the promotions available at PointsBet sports betting, as they are easily some of the best in WV.
PointsBet tends to offer various forms of parlay insurance throughout the year. Sometimes the bonuses are for single-game parlays and other times for regular parlays. It’s pretty standard, though, that your parlay must have at least four legs and you receive a refund only if you miss by just one leg.
Additionally, PointsBet sports book runs promotions where all spread bets for specific sports have +100 odds. Usually this will be during a league’s playoffs or at the start of its season. For comparison’s sake, -110 odds are fairly standard for spread bets.
PointsBet also has daily odds boosts for all sports and weekly golf boosters throughout the year. The golf boosters include specials from social media star and PointsBet representative Paige Spiranac.
There are tons of great reasons to join PointsBet, but these are definitely three of our favorites:
While PointsBet sports betting excels in a lot of areas, here are a few issues where we’d like to see it improve:
PointsBetting is a way to bet where your wins and losses vary depending on how right or wrong your bet was. With fixed odds betting, you always know how much you will win or lose. That’s not the case with PointsBetting.
If you place a fixed odds spread bet, it doesn’t matter how much your team covers by. Whether it’s one point or 30, you win the same thing. With PointsBetting, though, you take your bet and multiply it by how many units right or wrong your bet was.
For example, if you placed $10 on your team to cover and it did so by one point, you would win $10. However, if it covered by 30 points you would win $300. And if it fell 30 points short, you’d be out up to $300, depending on where you set the max win and max loss limits.
On top of PointsBetting, PointsBet offers all the traditional bets that you would expect to find at a legal sportsbook. Here are some explanations of what you’ll find, along with an example to help explain things:
|Washington Football Team||+6 (-110)||Over 54.5 (-110)||+210|
|Baltimore Ravens||-6 (-110)||Under 54.5 (-110)||-265|
Here we have three of the most common ways to bet on sports. With moneyline bets, you are simply wagering on which side will win. Spread bets require you to factor in the margin of victory. And totals are bets on the total combined score of the game.
For moneyline bets, you should understand how the odds work. The Baltimore Ravens’ moneyline in this example is -265. That tells you the Ravens are the favorite, and it means a bet of $265 would win a profit of $100 if correct. Washington’s +210 moneyline means a wager of $100 would result in you winning $210 if Washington were to win the game.
For spread bets, teams have points added to or removed from their total. In the example above, the favored Ravens would lose six points on the spread, and Washington would gain six as the underdog. If the team you bet on is winning after adjusting for the spread, you win your bet. So, for example, a bet on the Ravens would win if they won the game by seven or more. If they won by exactly six, the bet would push, and you would get your stake back.
For totals wagers, you just add the two teams’ scores together. If it’s higher than the sportsbook’s line, then people who bet on the over would win. If it’s lower, under bets would win. You’ll also find over/under wagers for player and team stat totals and for team win totals for the regular season.
At PointsBet, just click on the red arrow next to a game and all the available bets will appear. This is where you can find all the prop bets for each contest. Prop is short for proposition, and these bets are for whether specific outcomes will occur during games. They can be for players to reach various statistical milestones, teams to do the same or whether games will go to overtime, for example.
Obviously any bet you place is for something in the future. However, futures betting is when you wager on more long-term events. Betting on the Ravens to win the Super Bowl would be a futures bet. Wagering on how many games Washington will win during the regular season is another example.
Multi-betting allows you to group bets together and by doing such you receive much better odds than you would get otherwise. Sounds great, right? The downside is that for parlays — the most popular type of multi-bet — you lose your entire wager if a single one of your picks is incorrect.
Parlays are popular because you can potentially win thousands of dollars on a $1 bet. Just be warned, actually getting these wagers correct is extremely unlikely.
Round robins are somewhat easier because one wrong bet doesn’t ruin your entire wager. However, round robins also require you to make no fewer than three bets, and your potential returns aren’t as good as they are with parlays.
Essentially, round robin bets take your picks and make smaller parlay groupings out of them. By leaving one or more bets out of each mini-parlay, it gives you the leeway to miss one pick and not lose everything.
Live betting is when you place bets on games that already are underway. Live betting can be great if you simply forgot to place a bet before a game started. But it also allows you to watch games and then make bets based on what you think is going to happen going forward.
You’ll find numerous live betting options at PointsBet. You can place spread, moneyline and total bets throughout games. You also can wager on what’ll happen on upcoming plays and at-bats. Just be sure to get your bets in fast, because live betting odds can change quickly.
Yes, you can wager on the West Virginia Mountaineers at PointsBet WV. You’re also able to bet on fellow Division I team the Marshall Thundering Herd.
Unlike some states, most notably New Jersey, West Virginia does not have restrictions on betting on in-state college teams. And at PointsBet, that means you’ll find some pretty distinct PointsBetting options. Here are two potential options:
While bets like these might seem complicated, PointsBet does an excellent job of explaining how each PointsBetting wager works. Just click the “i” icon for a full explanation of each bet.
PointsBet provides a fair number of options (six) for depositing funds into your account. It doesn’t have quite as many (three) when it comes to cashing out, but chances are at least one of them will be right for you.
|Deposit Method||Minimum Amount||Processing Time|
|ACH (e-check)||No Minimum||Instant|
|Online Bank Transfer||No Minimum||1-2 Days|
|Play+ Prepaid Debit Card||No Minimum||Instant|
|Withdrawal Method||Minimum Amount||Processing Time|
|ACH (e-check)||Limit Set by Bank||1-2 Days|
|Online Bank Transfer||No Minimum||1-2 Days|
|PayPal||No Minimum||1-2 Days|
The easiest way to get help at PointsBet is to email [email protected]. However, you might not get an answer immediately if you take this route. If your problem is more pressing, you’ll want to click on the live chat link near the bottom of both the PointsBet website and app.
Also near the bottom of the page is a “Help” link that you can click. This allows you to search through PointsBet’s FAQs for an answer to your question.
When you select the “Responsible Gaming” tab at PointsBet, you will find a number of options to help with problem gambling.
You can choose to impose limits on how much money you can deposit or wager during specific amounts of time. You also can limit how much time you can be logged into your PointsBet account each day.
There also are “Cool off” and “Self-exclusion” options. These two choices let you shut down your sportsbook account for anywhere from three days to up to five years.
No, PointsBet does not have a retail sportsbook in WV. Remember, though, that using the PointsBet app lets you bet from anywhere in the Mountain State.
PointsBet is a very welcome addition to what already was a solid West Virginia sports betting scene. We consider FanDuel and DraftKings to be 1A and 1B in the overall sportsbook rankings. However, we would put PointsBet right behind those two, along with BetMGM and Caesars.
And the reality is, if you’re a big fan of PointsBetting, then PointsBet probably is the premier oddsmaker for you in West Virginia. But really, why limit yourself to just one sportsbook? Having accounts with multiple books lets you claim the bonuses from each and compare odds to see where you want to bet.
Yes, you will receive two risk-free bets, for up to $2,000 total, when you enter the code BETBONUS on sign-up.
PointsBet is legal in six other states (New Jersey, Iowa, Indiana, Colorado, Illinois and Michigan), so you can bet with PointsBet if you’re in any of those states. PointsBet uses geolocation to track your location. As long as you’re in a legal state, you can bet. If you’re anywhere else, you cannot.
Yes, sports betting winnings are considered taxable income. For that reason, you must report your winnings on that year’s taxes. Sports betting losses are deductible, but not for more than your winnings. If you qualify, PointsBet will send you a W-2G form at the end of the year.
You can cash out using either PayPal, an e-check or online bank transfer. All three ways take between one and two days to process.
While it’s tough to quantify whether a sportsbook is truly better than a competitor, we do rank DraftKings and FanDuel just slightly ahead of PointsBet. All three oddsmakers offer a variety of betting markets and run outstanding promotions. The promos at DraftKings and FanDuel are just a touch better, and both also offer daily fantasy sports, which PointsBet does not.
Yes, PointsBet’s app is safe. The sportsbook has passed regulatory scrutiny to be able to launch in multiple states at this point. The same is also true for PointsBet’s website.