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MLB Handicapping: Three Little Known House Rules To Know

MLB Handicapping: Three Little Known House Rules To Know


As you make MLB picks this year, you need to know about more than just the games. You also need to know the rules where you are making your bets. While different sports betting outlets will be different with their rules, there are some general rules that remain mostly the same. Here are three that most people don’t know.

Suspended Games Equal a Push

At most books, if a game is suspended to be finished at a later date, you will receive a push no matter what you bet. This means that if you bet the over with a total of 7 and the game is sitting at 8-8 in the bottom of the 7th inning and a game gets delayed by rain, you will get your money back and you won’t win the bet. In most cases, if one team is winning, this will not matter because the game will be called. If the game is tied, though, it may be suspended and completed on another day.

Games Must Go Full for Totals to Count

If you bet on a total, then the game must go at least 8.5 innings (if the home team is winning) in order for your MLB picks to count. If the game ends in seven innings, your bet will be refunded whether you were winning or losing.

Keep an Eye on Listed Pitchers

As you make MLB picks, you will have to choose whether you want “action” or “listed” pitchers. By choosing action, you will have action on a game no matter who starts. With listed pitchers as a choice, you will only have action if the listed starters end up pitching. You should always choose listed. You do not want to end up in a situation where your big name starter gets scratched late and you still have an MLB pick on the game.