Basketball Betting Rules

Giorgio | Netherlands | Sunday March 18 2012, 14:07 | 0 Comments

Basketball betting has started more than 100 years back and has managed to gain a lot of popularity. Right now betting on basketball, for instance during March Madness, is a very common practice and it’s being done by millions of people from all over the world and it’s considered to be the favorite sports for both bettors and the bookmakers.

Just like any other organized activity in order to make sure that everything is going to run smoothly there are some basketball betting rules that apply. And just like all the other things you have to know about betting and sports, the betting rules that apply to basketball betting are just as important as any other thing.

In this article I am planning to offer you a complete guide with all the basketball betting rules that you have to take into consideration while betting at an online sportsbook.

First thing you have to know is that for a basketball game to count for betting action it must pass at least 35 minutes of playtime for the NCAA and other college basketball and for the WNBA basketball. For the NBA games the playing time must be of at least 43 minutes.

The winners at a basketball game are determined by the final score and this means that minimum time of play plus the overtime have passed. The final score is the score that is available when the referees end the game. In case the game gets suspended the game might even have to start at a later date, in a different day. However these situations are very rare.

At the same time in case the game is going to get suspended before the minimum amount of time has passed and it’s not going to get resumed that very same day, all the money is going to get refunded and the bets are going to be scored as no action.

Another interesting rule regarding the basketball betting that you should know is that in case you place a bet that requires for an event or score to happen in a certain amount of time, and there is no way to have a look at the clock which is available where the game is being held, the online sportsbooks are going to take into consideration the clock which is available at the TV channels that broadcast the game, even if that clock might not be 100% synchronized with the arena clock. It’s always best that you know this rule, since sometimes these rules might make the difference between a winning bet and a bet lost.

We have presented you here a set of rules that apply to basketball wagers that are most of the time present at a very good number of online sportsbooks, but you have to know the fact that usually each and every online bookmaker is going to impose his own rules and this means that you have to adapt and read the rules before you start placing your basketball bets. It’s better to spend 5 minutes of your life reading these rules and after that you can forget about the surprises that might appear after you have placed a bet.

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