The PointsBet platform arrived in the United States by entering the New Jersey market in January 2019. After obtaining a license from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC), the bookmaker first accepted wagers in Iowa in August of the same year.
However, in August 2023, sports merchandising giant Fanatics bought out PointsBet’s U.S. operations and is in the process of converting the existing platform to the Fanatics branding.
Fanatics had planned to convert the operations in three states per month between August 2023 and May 2024, though the rollout is a bit behind schedule, leaving no timeline for when the conversion will occur for its Iowa online sportsbook.
PointsBet Sportsbook frequently updates its bonus offerings for players in Iowa and around the U.S. Here are some of the other top Iowa sports betting promotions on the platform.
Registering on PointsBet in Iowa will allow you to snag the generous welcome bonus promo. Here’s how you can register and get started with the bookie.
Available sports on PointsBet Sportsbook IA
PointsBet has 13 available sports on its IA sportsbook platform. You’ll also be able to find multiple leagues under each of those sports umbrellas. Here are some of the most popular options.
What is PointsBetting?
PointsBet first began offering its sportsbook platform in Australia in 2015. The idea behind the sportsbook was to introduce the concept of “PointsBetting,” which multiplies the winnings on a player’s original stake for each degree of difference from a given line.
For example, say PointsBet set a line of 42 for a game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. You placed a $10 bet on the over, and Chicago won 31-28. The point total of 59 minus the original line of 42 results in a multiplier of 17x your original stake for a $170 win. Just be careful, as losing bets also carry that same multiplier, so you could also see a 17x loss in the scenario above if you took the under.
The PointsBet mobile app in Iowa
PointsBet has a singular mobile app, so bettors in Iowa won’t need to download a unique app each time they travel and want to play out of state. While the Iowa sports betting app does also include the casino side of PointsBet’s operations, online casino gambling is still prohibited under Iowa law, so this section of the app will be inaccessible.
The PointsBet app holds a 4.8/5 rating in the iOS App Store and a 4.1/5 rating in the Google Play Store. Both of these scores are quite impressive given the high emotion factor of sports betting and the potential for negatively skewed rankings, and it holds one of the higher rankings among Iowa bookies.
With a default dark mode display, the sleek design is one of the best on the scene. Navigation between menus and markets is a breeze, and you can easily access the promotions to take advantage of the frequent and bountiful bonuses.
How to download the PointsBet app on iOS
Downloading the PointsBet app on your iOS device only requires a steady internet connection and is free to install. Here’s how you can download it today.
After the app is downloaded, you can create your PointsBet account, make a deposit, place your first wager, and claim the welcome bonus.
How to download the PointsBet app on Android
The download process for the PointsBet app on Android devices is very similar to the iOS steps. Here’s what you’ll need to do to complete the installation.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can log in with your existing PointsBet account credentials or sign up for a new account if you haven’t already done so.
PointsBet Sportsbook in Iowa deposit & withdrawal methods
PointsBet’s list of deposit and withdrawal methods in Iowa is in the middle of the pack for IA sportsbooks, and you should be able to find an easy and convenient option. Here’s the full list of what you’ll be able to use.
PointsBet Sportsbook retail location in Iowa
PointsBet Sportsbook has an in-person betting location at the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington. The casino cage is open daily from 7AM to 2AM, and self-service kiosks are constantly available. You’ll also find a full service bar with multiple TVs if you want to watch your bet play out in person.
Is PointsBet Sportsbook legal in Iowa?
Yes, betting on sports at PointsBet Sportsbook is legal in Iowa. The company obtained a sports gambling operator’s license from the IRGC and launched its Iowa sports betting operations in August 2019.
Fanatics will be taking over PointsBet’s U.S. operations, which includes ownership of the license, which will speed up Fanatics’ Iowa rollout process (though there isn’t yet a timeline for the relaunch).
Our expert opinion on PointsBet Iowa
In our expert opinion, PointsBet Iowa is one of the most unique and fun ways to make your wagers. The concept of PointsBetting is an excellent way to multiply your winnings, promotions are frequent and generous, and the mobile app is one of the top options in the state.
Be sure to take advantage of the “Parlay Power Hour,” available from 5-6PM Central time every day. To participate, place any parlay of at least two legs and a stake of at least $20. If your parlay hits, you’ll be awarded a $25 bonus bet in addition to your winning payout.
There isn’t much to nitpick on the negative side, but there are a couple of areas where PointsBet could improve. Expanding the payment methods list to include more options like Venmo, Google Pay, and Apple Pay would make funding your account more convenient. Additionally, unless you’re getting your cash in person, you’ll notice payout times may take a bit longer than other Iowa operators.