When is Sports Betting Games Official for Betting Purposes?
Games don’t have to go full regulation play for wagers to have action. The best practice that professional sports bettor’s follow is that they read the terms and conditions that are posted at Las Vegas and online sportsbooks. Each sportsbook will have their terms and conditions readily available for sports betting patrons who seek clarity on their sports bet. One of the most asked questions that sports bettors often asked online or Las Vegas sportsbooks is if overtime or extra innings count toward their wagers. For against the spread, moneyline and totals players the answer is yes. Many sports bettor’s who bet on the over in sporting events may have already won their bet as play continues in the game. It’s important to note that a sportsbook will payout all winning wagers once the game is over. In Major League Baseball bettors have the option to bet on listed pitchers who are scheduled to start. If the listed starter on a sports bettor’s betting ticket fails to start the game the sports bettor will have no action on the game and their money will be refunded.
Games are official for wagering purposes on professional and college football games after 55 minutes of play. Football games are played mostly in outdoor stadiums. There have been instances when games have been called due to in climate weather. This has mostly been the case in college football contests. Lightning is of great concern for stadium operators so the officials are quick to halt action if there is lightening in the area. The referees will stop play and force the players back into the locker room and the fans to seek cover. There will be a delay and in most circumstances play will resume and the sports bettor will continue to have action on their bet. But there have been occasions when the lighting and heavy rains have postponed games. If the game fails to start or doesn’t go the required 55 minutes then sports bettors will receive full refunds. An important rule for sports bettors is if the game is rescheduled the bettor will have no action on the game. If the game location is changed there will be no action because the home field advantage may have taken away from the home team. An example of this was when the San Diego Chargers was forced to play a home game in Arizona due to wild fires in the San Diego area. In the Chargers game against the Miami Dolphins NFL sports bettors had no action on their bet if the bet was made prior to the location change. The disclaimer on all Las Vegas and online sportsbook betting tickets read that the game must be completed on the date and location scheduled.
For sports betting purposes professional basketball games are official for betting purposes after 43 minutes of play and college basketball games after 35 minutes of play. For sports bettors who bet on basketball overtime will count in the final score for sports betting purposes on betting sides and totals. Since basketball is played during the winter months its important to note that if a team is unable to reach its game site because of in climate weather and a sports bettor has a side, moneyline or against the spread betting ticket for the game the bet will have no action if the game is not completed on the date and location scheduled. A sports bettor must immediately seek a refund for their sports wager once the basketball game has been officially cancelled for the date and location scheduled.
Many sports betting professionals will bet on the first half, second half and the fourth quarter of the games on the betting board. The first half of football and basketball games must be completed entirely for first half (1H) wagers to have action.
In addition to wagers on the whole game, all second half (2H) wagers include results from overtime. For 4th quarter wagering the best practice is to read the Las Vegas and online sportsbook rules for clarity on this type of wager.