The following rules apply to baseball games being postponed or suspended for any reason. The most common reason is due to rain or other inclement weather, but these rules also apply to power outages, natural disasters, stadium emergencies, or any other reason.
For rules on other International Leagues, and Softball, please refer to the article found HERE.
For MLB, NCAA and the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League, for full game bets to have action the game must reach official game time by 5 AM the following day (in the time zone of the venue).
If a game is suspended and has not reached official game time by 5 AM the following day, all bets on the full game will be void and stakes refunded. This applies to games suspended before they begin, and games suspended during play.
Therefore, by this rule, if a game is suspended after 9 innings are played, there will be action on all side, total and Run Line bets, since this is considered an official game (even if it is not complete by 5 AM).
- The home team is leading 8-1 at the end of the 8th inning, and the game is then suspended. The league decides this will stand as an official result, but all full game bets are void as the game did not reach official game time.
- A night game is tied 3-3 and suspended in the 7th inning, but is eventually completed at 2:30 AM with the home team winning 4-3. All bets stand and are settled on the official final score (because the game was completed by 5 AM).
- The game is rained out before starting and re-scheduled for one month later. All bets are void.
- The home team ties the game in the bottom of the 9th, but the game is suspended before the 9th inning is fully completed (and does not resume by 5 AM the following day). Bets are void since the game was not completed.
NOTE: The 5 AM rule does not apply during the playoffs. All postseason wagers have action as long as the game is completed within 30 days from the original start date.
All wagers whose outcomes have already been determined will have action!
Example: when you bet on 'will a run be scored in the 1st inning', the bet will have action as soon as the market is official (the first inning ends), even if the game is canceled after that.