Las Vegas Sportsbook Rules

DIME DOG

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When unforeseen events occur such as weather, power outages, or any other unanticipated event once the game has started, many people wonder how that will affect the wager. If an event has not started, all wagers should have no action and be refunded. But if the event has started and is interrupted and not completed it gets a little more complicated.

The following will examine the special rules for each sport and give you a better idea of what to expect should the event not be completed on the same night. Always check with your book to know any special rules that may apply but according to the letter of the law. What follows is how each event should be interpreted.

Standard Las Vegas Rules apply for any rules not mentioned here.

Football Betting Rules:

1. For a wager to have action, a football game becomes official after fifty-five minutes of play.
2. Games lasting under 55 minutes constitute "No Action" and all money is refunded.
3. Wagering on the game point spread, money line, or totals include any overtime scoring.
4. Second half wagering includes any overtime scores.

Baseball Betting Rules:

1. For a wager to have action, a baseball game becomes official for sides plays (money line) after 4 ½ innings if home team is winning, or 5 innings if visiting team is winning.
2. If a game is canceled or suspended, the winner is determined by the score after the last full inning (unless the home team scores to tie, or takes the lead in the bottom half of the inning, in which case the winner is determined by the score at the time the game is called).
3. Money will be refunded if the home team ties the game, and the game is then suspended.
4. Events must be completed on the same day to have action.
5. For totals or run line plays, a baseball game becomes official after 8 1/2 innings if home team is winning, or 9 innings if visiting team is winning. If the event does not go 9 innings (8 ½ if the home team is winning), all totals and run lines are refunded.
6. If a game goes past 9 innings and is not completed because of rain, curfew, etc, there is action on game total and run line wagers. These will be graded based on the current score.

Basketball Betting Rules:

1. For a wager to have action, a basketball game becomes official after forty-three minutes of play for NBA, and thirty-five minutes of play for college.
2. Games going under the official time constitute "No Action" and all money is refunded.
3. Wagering on the game point spread, money line, or totals include any overtime scoring.
4. Second half wagers includes any overtime scores.

Hockey Betting Rules:

1. For a wager to have action, a hockey game becomes official after fifty-five minutes of play.
2. Games lasting under official time constitute "No Action" and all money is refunded.
3. Games must take place on the site and date scheduled or all money is refunded.
4. Overtime scores and shootouts are included in all wagers unless specified.

Boxing Betting Rules:

1. If you wager on a boxer, and the bout ends in a draw and there is no draw option, the wager is "No Action" and all bets are refunded. If there is a draw option and the fight ends in a draw, then all wagers on the fighters will be settled as a loss, and the wagers on the draw will be deemed a winner.

Golf Betting Rules:

Single day matchups are wagers on the complete 18-holes for that day. Holes played as part of a completion from the previous day's round, and playoff holes are not included in Single Day matchups. The full 18 holes will be considered in determining the outcome of the bet even if they are played on consecutive days. If both members of the matchup do not complete the full 18 holes, all bets are "No Action". If both players end the 18 holes in a tie, the bet is considered a "No Action" wager.

Soccer Betting Rules:

You have three choices for the three betting options: Home, Away, or Draw (tie). The result of the game is decided after regulation play (90 minutes plus injury time). Overtime, the Golden Goal rule, and penalty kicks are not taken into consideration for soccer bets unless otherwise stipulated. You can usually bet on a winner or advancement (including OT & shootouts) but with different odds would be given.

Tennis Betting Rules:

For tennis betting, two full sets must be completed for wagers to stand. If fewer than two sets are completed all wagers will be refunded. Bets will stand regardless once the match has started even if the venue or date changes. If a player retires (injury) during the match and two sets are completed that player will be considered the loser.

Nascar Betting Rules:

When wagering on a driver matchup, both drivers involved must start the race (cross the finish line) otherwise the wager is "No Action" and the money is refunded. In a case where the starting driver is replaced during the race with another driver from the same team (same car), the position the new driver finishes in will be awarded to the original driver. This holds for wagering on win odds and driver matchups.

I hope this clears up what Las Vegas rules means when you see that posted on a wagering ticket, sign at a sportsbook or on the internet screen.