Tennis Rules For Sports Betting
Arbitrage betting on tennis can be a minefield, as different bookies have different rules regarding whether a bet is declared action or void. I'm collecting here a list of bookies grouped by their tennis betting rules.
Singles tennis matches, obviously having only one player per side, are quite likely to be abandoned due to a player retiring, being disqualified or any other reason. In the case of an abandoned match, some bookies will still allow the bet to stand, and some bookies will void the bet, refunding the stake. Some allow the bet to stand if one point has been played, others if one set has been played, and others only if the match is completed. This causes a problem with arbitrage betting if parts of the arb span bookies with differing betting rules. For example, when betting on both players, the losing player's bet might stand, and the other bet may be void if the match doesn't finish. (Note this also could also go in your favour, but typically, it never does. :-) ). Avoid this situation by only choosing arbs between bookies with the same policy on tennis betting.
I use this table to quickly check bookies' tennis rules before betting an arb on tennis.
Disclaimer: I could have made mistakes here, and bookies rules may change, so as usual, please double-check when placing bets. There are other possible discrepancies such as match postponements, but I'm not taking account of that here.
|Bet Will Stand If:|
|One Point Is Played||One Set Is Played||Whole Match Finished|