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Sports Specific Rules

Sports-Gambling.com rules for specific sports betting wagers. General sportsbook gambling rules for betting on sports.

Side and Totals wagers include overtimes, or extra innings. Overtime periods are included when wagering on the second half unless otherwise noted.

Football Betting Rules

NFL and NCAA football games are official after 55 minutes of play for betting purposes.

101 Washington Redskins         40
102 Dallas Cowboys                -7

In this football betting example you are betting into a pointspread.  The Cowboys are a 7-point NFL betting favorite in this example.  For your wager to be a winner you would either take Dallas and have the Cowboys win the game by more than 7 points or take Washington and have them lose the game by fewer than 7 points.

If the Cowboys were to win by exactly 7 points then all wagers would be a tie and all money on the side bets would be refunded.  In football betting you normally are going to be laying 110 dollars for every 100 you want to win or the 11/10 equivalent.  The number of 40 is the over/under for the game.

You can bet over or under that amount of points being scored in the game at the normal 11/10 ratio.  If you like the over in NFL betting in this game you would need there to be more than 40 points scored to win your wager.

Conversely, if you liked the under you would need less than 40 points to be scored to win.  Exactly 40 points would be a push or a tie and all money would be refunded on total wagers.

Washington Redskins                +230
Dallas Cowboys                       -280

This next example is the money line in sports betting where no pointspread is involved.  In this example you would be risking 280 dollars for every 100 you wanted to win on the Cowboys or the 28/10 equivalent.  The take back on Washington may have been set at +230 meaning you win 230 dollars for every 100 dollars wagered or the 10/23 equivalent. 

Basketball Betting Rules

Overtime periods are included as part of the wager on full game and half time wagers in basketball betting.

NBA games must go at least 43 minutes for betting purposes.

NCAA games must go at least 35 minutes for betting purposes.

Basketball straight bets are just like making a football bet on the pointspread.  You choose a side and risk the normal 11/10.

Basketball total wagers are just like football totals where you wager on the over or under on how many points will be scored in the game.  Overtime counts for game and second half wagers.

Basketball money lines are also just like the previously stated football example where no pointspread is involved.

Baseball Betting Rules

Exhibition baseball betting: there are not totals posted, no starting pitchers and ties can occur.

MLB betting: All regular season and exhibition games are considered official for side money line wagers after 5 innings of play or 4.5 innings of play if the home team is winning the game.  If a game is called or suspended after being considered official, then the winner is determined by the score after the last full inning unless the home team ties the score or takes the lead in the bottom half of the inning.

In that particular situation, the winner will be determined by the score at the time the game is called.  For wagers on run lines and totals the game must go at least the full 9 innings or 8.5 innings if the home team is leading, otherwise it will be no-action.

MLB post season games are not official until a winner is declared. If a MLB post season game begins, then is delayed to a later date, all wagers will have action with the final score result on that new date.

If you do not specify pitchers you get the team “action” with money lines and totals.  Listing pitchers is automatic when playing run lines.  If there is a pitching change prior to the game, all wagers on Listed Pitchers are considered no-action.

All money line wagers will be refunded while parlays will go down to the lowest number of teams and the corresponding payout.  A starting pitcher is the one who throws the first pitch for his team.  When you select “action” you have the team regardless of whether or not there is a pitching change at the adjusted price.

You have the normal money line side options and total wagering options in baseball betting as you do in other sports and you can also choose the run line.  In a series price all games in the series must be played and official for the series wager to have action.

Baseball props must go the full 9 innings or 8.5 innings when the home team is leading to be valid.

If there is any Softball or baseball game with final due to the 'Mercy rule', all wagers will have action, unless otherwise stated.

Soccer Betting Rules

Soccer Betting Rules offers two types of betting lines on Soccer: a goal line and a money line (a 3 way line between the favorite, underdog and draw). When betting on a 3 way line there is no push. If the game ends up in a draw all bets on the favorite as well as those on the underdog will lose. Soccer betting rules are based on 90 minutes of regulation. Overtime does not count unless otherwise specified.

Boxing Betting Rules

The draw in boxing is only paid when a draw option is listed.  If a draw is not on the board and the fight ends in a draw then all side wagers will be refunded.

Golf Betting Rules

Odds to win: Golf betting rules state that all golfers must tee off for action. In the event of a tournament not finishing the specified number of completed holes (generally 72), the leader at the end of the number of holes determined to be official by PGA officials is the winner. A sudden death playoff will determine the winner in the event of two or more golfers being tied at the end of regulation play.

Golf Match-up Betting Rules: Both golfers must tee off for action. In the event that one of the golfers is disqualified or withdraws, the other golfer will be the winner of the match-up. If both golfers miss the cut, then the golfer with the lowest score wins.

Auto Racing Betting Rules

The winner of the race for betting purposes is the official winner as determined by the particular sport whether that is NASCAR, Indy Car or F1.  In matchups, the drivers must start the race in order for the matchup to be valid.  A driver is considered having started the race after completing one lap.

Tennis Betting Rules

Two full sets must be completed for wagers on matchups to have action.

Hockey Betting Rules

NHL betting rules: 55 minutes of play are required for wagers to be official.