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What is Pointsbetting?

Level: Beginner
Updated: Feb 20, 2024
3 min read

Key Takeaways

PointsBet offers a different bet type than other sportsbooks called PointsBetting. The guide explains what it is and strategies to hedge their Second Chance PointsBet.

How It Works

If your bet wins by one point (unit), you would win 1 multiplied by your bet amount (wager). If your bet wins by 6 units, you win 6 times the wager, and so on.

Conversely, if you lose by 1 unit, you would lose 1 times the wager. Lose by 10 units, lose 10 times the wager.

See the screenshot below where $10 is bet on Under 235 points.

  • If 225 points are scored, you win $100
  • 235-225 = 10. 10x$10 = $100
  • If 240 points are scored, you lose $50
  • 235-240 = -5. -5x$10 = -$50

Not all PointsBetting lines use whole numbers. The example below shows a $10 bet on over 5.8 goals in a hockey game.

  • If 7 goals are scored, you win $12
  • 7 - 5.8 = 1.2. 1.2x$10 = $12
  • If 4 goals are scored, you lose $18
  • 4 - 5.8 = 1.8. 1.8x$10 = -$18

Stop Loss

In your bet slip you can see your max winnings and max losses. Certain markets offer the ability to limit your risk of potential losses from a bet with the stop loss slider. This will also limit your potential winnings. The example below has a max loss and winnings level of 20x the bet amount.

In other markets, you can artificially implement a stop loss without restricting the max winnings. This is by betting on a market with a limited downside but no limit to the upside. An example is the total goals in a period of a hockey game. If you bet $833.33 on over 1.8 goals the worst case scenario is 0 goals are scored and you lose 1.8 units, or $1,500. However, the max winnings implemented by PointsBet is 10x, or $8,333.30.

Balance Withheld

When placing your bet, you will also see a balance withheld. This is the amount required in your account to cover a percentage of your max loss should your bet lose.

Hedging a Second Chance PointsBet

DarkHorse does not directly support hedging Second Chance PointsBetting. There are a few approaches most matched bettors take.

NOTE: These have the risk of losing money.

Also, be aware that, as of the time of this article, PointsBet Terms and Conditions state that the Stop Loss Adjuster cannot be used in conjunction with a Second Chance Bet.

Hedge approaches:

  1. Place a bet with limited downside that is set to match the Second Chance amount and higher upside. If you lose on PointsBet, convert the Bonus Bet and recoup ~70% of your losses.
  1. Adjust your bet amount so you will not lose more than the Second Chance amount. If you lose on PointsBet, convert the Bonus Bet and recoup ~70% of your losses.
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