A. McLEAN BOOKMAKERS – BETTING RULES
PLEASE NOTE: It is in the interest of all our customers to write their own bets and own instructions on all their bets. The onus to make one’s bets clearly understood and unambiguous falls solely on the customer. Any failure to do so will result in the following set of rules being used to settle all bets.
These rules are for the purpose of bets placed in our Licensed Betting Offices and with our Telebetting service. They do not cover bets placed online or using our online app. For rules covering bets placed online or using the online app, please visit the rule book link on www.betmclean.com.
i. The first part of these rules deal with general betting rules that cover all sports. If you cannot find the rule you are looking for within these general rules, please check the rules for each individual sport. If there is a rule that contradicts the general rule within a specific sporting rule, it is the specific sporting rule that we will adhere to.
ii. By betting with A.McLean Bookmakers you are agreeing to abide by the rules that we have in place for the settlement of all wagers.
iii. If we feel that a customer has tried to take advantage when placing a bet, either on a selection where the price is clearly wrong, where ambiguous instructions are written or if we feel that an ‘unfair’ advantage has been gained in any other way,then we reserve the right to VOID ANY SUCH WAGER.
iv. If we mistakenly advertise a bet that clearly has the wrong price assigned to it, (palpable error) we are within our rights to deal with each individual case on its own merits. This could result in stakes being refunded or bets being paid out at the correct price. Under no circumstances will bets be paid at the incorrect price when a customer has taken advantage of the palpable error.
v. Bets are settled on the official result that has been published on the day of the event’s conclusion by the official governing body of that sport. Any subsequent corrections or amendments to this result on a later date will not apply for settlement purposes.
vi. Results will be taken from the relevant sports official website (unless otherwise stated elsewhere in these rules). If a result cannot be found on the sport’s official website then other websites will be used. In the case of a dispute, the official website will hold court, with majority rule from other websites if no “official” result can be found.
vii. Where a team/player has started a sporting event, they are deemed a runner. If they have to pull out for any reason (injury/ disqualification etc), they will be deemed a loser.
viii. If an error is made by S.I.S, Turf TV or any other company that provides us with feeds of pictures or information, we will not be held accountable and reserve the right to rectify any errors. Similarly, we can rectify any mistake made by any of our members of staff.
ix. Every docket must be accounted for on our Electronic Point of Sale system. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure the receipt they are given correctly represents their intended bet. For bets placed on mark sense slips or quick-slips, where the receipt is not simply a replica of the slip used to place the bet, we will always pay on the intended selections shown on the original scanned image, even if these are different to what is captured on the client’s receipt. For exceptions regarding prices, see Price Rules.
x. Bets will always be paid out based on the actual money the customer has paid for the bet. If a bet is supposed to be for a £10 stake but the receipt mistakenly shows a stake of £1000, the bet will always be paid out for the £10 that has actually been paid by the customer.
xi. ‘In Running’ – When we are betting ‘in running’ on any sporting event, bets will be settled on the price that is in the system at the time the bet was placed, regardless of what it says on the betting slip. If a market is suspended when the bet is placed, then the next available price when the market is re-opened is the price that the bet will be settled at. The exception to this is when the match market has been suspended because a goal has been scored in a football match. In this case, bets placed through the suspended period will be void.
xii. Rule of intention – We reserve the right to treat any erroneous instruction in a manner that can reasonably be considered the original intention.
xiii. All disputes are decided strictly on their merits as determined by our rules and a plea of precedence will not be entertained.
xiv. We will endeavour to supply prices for all sporting events/competitions. If a price is not displayed for an event in which the customer is interested, they should ask a member of staff, who will then try to ascertain a price. If an odds quotation is not provided then there is a risk that a price will not be obtained after the event, resulting in the bet being voided.
xv. On occasion, we will display rules on our screens, on our coupons or on posters/marketing material that will take precedence over the rules that are displayed on this sheet.
xvi. Lost slips – If you have lost your slip, you should go back to the shop where you originally placed the bet and give a member of staff all of the necessary details. For bets with a payout in excess of £25, there is a 24 hour waiting period. For payouts in excess of £100, you will be required to provide photographic identification upon collection of your lost slip returns.
xvii. Old Slips – Winning bets can be collected upon presentation of a valid betting slip for any period of time. However, when a customer wants paid out on a slip more than 13 months after the day the bet was placed, they will have to write to our administration office to request their winnings. This request should be sent to the following address:
402 Lisburn Road
xviii. In the event of a complication arising which is not already covered by our rules, Tattersall’s Rules on Betting will apply. Any dispute over the settlement of a bet which is not covered by these rules will be submitted to I.B.A.S, regardless of what has happened in the past.
Independent Betting Adjudication Service
PO Box 62639
*(Check individual sports to see whether there is a specific rule for that specific sport)*
i. Where a sporting event has started but is unable to complete for any reason, bets on markets within that event will be settled if the outcome is already known (for example, for a football match that is abandoned at 1-1 in the 69th minute, the ‘Goal Rush’ in this match would be settled as ‘Yes’ because it was known that both teams had already scored. Similarly, the 1stGoalscorer market in this match would also be settled as normal. Markets that would be voided would include the over/under 2.5 goals market because although there has been less than the 2.5 goals scored at the time of abandonment, the result could have changed had another goal been scored in the remaining time.
ii. The above rule applies to all other sports.
iii. Where an event has been postponed or abandoned before the event has started, then the customer will have the option of voiding that selection (this is if the event has not already been voided by ourselves). To do so, they should inform a member of staff of necessary adjustment before the new ‘off’ time for the event. (The exception to this rule is when a horse race is moved, see horse and greyhound racing rule x).
Unclear/ Ambiguous Instructions
i. The onus is on the customer to clearly communicate their intended bet.
ii. Where a customer’s bet instructions are ambiguous, we reserve the right to settle the bet the way that we interpret it. This includes splitting stakes if we feel it necessary.
iii. Where a price has been taken, this can, on occasion, be used to determine the customers intended selection.
iv. If we feel a bet is so illegible that no sense can be made of it, we reserve the right to void any such bet.
v. If there is an incorrectly spelt selection that contains the part of two or more names, this selection may have the stake divided equally by the number of selections it could logically be. If 2/3 or more of the name (words) are from one selection then that selection will be used.
vi. Where the same selection is used twice in the same bet, it will only count once. For example, in a Lucky 15, the bet will still keep the same format but where the duplicated selections come together, the double would become a single, a treble would become a double etc.
i. If you write a price on your docket and it matches the price in our system at the time of placement, this is the price you will be on. If however, you have a price on your docket which does not match the price that is in our system, you will be on the correct price that we have in our system at the time of placement. This applies whether the correct price is bigger or smaller than the one you have stated. We consider the fact that you have written a price on the docket as an indication that you wanted to take a price. To ensure that you are on at the price you expect, you should get a member of staff to check and sign/initial your price.
We still reserve the right to correct any obvious price errors that have been signed.
ii. Prices on coupons for all sports are a price guide only. Please check screens or ask staff for the most up to date price if you are unsure if the coupon price that you are using has been updated.
i. Bets are accepted up to the off time of the event or a pre-determined time, whichever is the earliest.
ii. If a bet has been placed ‘on time’ for an event where we had a time advertised and we subsequently find out that the time we had was incorrect, or that the event time has been changed (brought forward), then any such selection within a wager will be void if the change in time has resulted in the selection now being late.
iii. There is a grace period on some events where we allow bets to be placed for a certain length of time after the off. These grace periods will only be allowed if nothing has happened during the time elapsed in the event that would have had an effect on the price of that event. (Football grace period – See football rule 4).
iv. If an ‘in running’ price was available in our system at the time a late selection was placed, the bet will automatically stand at the ‘in running’ price that was available in the system at that time.
v. Any bet placed after the final result is known will be void.
Incorrect stakes and/or wrong number of selections
i. Where a bet is over/under staked, the stake money will be divided in proportion to the number of permutations. If a bet has a mistaken instruction but we can easily establish what was intended, we will settle the bet as the instruction that was intended.
Simple example – If a bet is placed as follows:
6x £2 Doubles
4x £2 Doubles
1x £1 Acc.
In this example the 4x £2 doubles should clearly be trebles and we would settle it as such.
ii. Where a bet is staked correctly but has the wrong number of permutations, the stake will be divided by the correct number of permutations and settled accordingly.
iii. Where a bet is incorrectly staked and has the wrong number of permutations, then the instructions on the docket will determine what way the bet is settled.
Simple example – If a bet is placed as follows:
£10 win Horse A
£3.00 e/w Horse B
£30.00 Total Stake
Because the stakes written on the bet indicate that 62.5% of the stake on the slip was intended for horse A, we will attribute 62.5% of the actual stake to that selection. It is also indicated that the remaining 37.5% of the stake is intended for Horse B so we would attribute 37.5% of the actual stake to that selection. As a result, this example bet would be settled as follows:
£18.75 win Horse A
£5.625e/w Horse B
iv. For sports/horse/greyhound/virtual race betting, if a docket has selections with no written instructions, the whole stake will be placed as an accumulator on the selections on the slip.
v. In accumulative bets where the same selection is written twice it will only count once.
i. Our books are open on all major ante post events. If we do not have a price in our system, we will endeavour to find prices for any event requested. If a bet is placed without a price being requested first, this is done completely at the customer’s own risk. If we can source a price we are happy with, we will honour the bet. However, if we feel we cannot provide a price that we are comfortable with, we will void the bet.
ii. Ante post wagers are accepted on the basis ‘all in, run or not’. The only exception to this is if an event is declared void or abandoned (maybe postponed) or if the selection was advertised ‘with a run’.
iii. Any price guarantee that we offer for horses and greyhounds only applies to bets struck on the day of the race, except in some special circumstances when the guarantee might apply to bets stuck the day before a race in big meetings such as Cheltenham or Royal Ascot, but only if we have advertised this as a concession. (See also Horse and Greyhound racing vii).
iv. If a bet is placed on an Ante Post event but the customer has chosen to take no price, then Ante Post rules will not apply to that selection.
i. In the event of a dead heat, stake money is divided by the number of dead heaters and placed on your selection at full odds.
i. Each Way terms for sports betting will differ from sport to sport. Please check screens or ask a member of staff if you have any doubt about the each way terms before you place your bet.
1. Each Way (E/W) multiples are settled win to win, place to place.
2. Equally Divided (E/D) multiples are settled with the returns from the first selection being divided equally and placed on to the next selection. This formula continues throughout the bet.
3. Each way ante post bets will be settled at the each way terms stated at the time the ante post bet is placed. The each way terms for ante post horse races may differ from our normal e/w terms (see table horse and greyhound racing xxiii) if we feel non-runners are inevitable.
4. We DO NOT accept ‘place only’ bets (except when we have a special market marked ‘place only’) and in all each way betting, the place part of the bet cannot exceed the win part of the bet. Where a ‘place only’ bet is accepted in error, the bet will be void with all full stake returned.
i. A related contingency is where the result of one part of a bet would affect the price of another part of the bet, depending on the outcome of the first.
ii. We bet on certain events that have related contingencies (Scorecasts, Quad Picks, Trophy Specials etc). Where we do bet on these events, we provide a special price that will be different to the accumulative odds on the selections at their individual prices.
iii. If a multiple bet is placed that includes selections that are related, we will first consult our database to see if we have a special price in the system for the bet that has been placed. If there is such a price in our system, the selections that are affected will be settled at this special price. If there is no special price in our system, then we will endeavour to ascertain a price for the selections. If we feel there is no way that we can come up with a satisfactory price for the selections, or if the outcome of one of the selections wholly affects the result of the other, then the stake will be split equally between the parts of the bet that are related.
i. Where there is evidence of price, race, match or event rigging, we reserve the right to withhold payment pending the outcome of any subsequent inquiry. Should any investigation prove inconclusive or provide information of wrongdoing then we can ultimately void all bets.
ii. Where evidence of rigging exists or where there is evidence of a series of bets each containing the same selection(s), having been placed by the same individual or by a syndicate of individuals, then we reserve the right to require claims for payment to be submitted in writing with identification to our Customer Service/Security Department.
iii. In the event of an official inquiry in relation to suspicious betting activity surrounding an event, we reserve the right to disclose confidential information to the sport’s governing body or their representatives on the condition that they consent to keeping such information confidential.
i. Any special offer that we advertise will be subject to their own Terms and Conditions that will take precedence over rules displayed on this sheet. The T&C’s for these specials will be found on screens or on marketing material. If there is any concern over the T&C’s of any offer, please ask a member of staff who will be more than happy to assist.
ii. Special multiples cannot be combined with other special multiples. If a bet of this nature is accepted in error, it will be settled as a result of the highest price special onto the individually priced selections from the second special, not at the second special price.
iii. Bonuses CAN be paid for all bets regardless of whether or not the bet was placed on the official slip. Providing the wager meets all the necessary criteria, all bonuses will apply (unless it is specifically requested that the bet MUST be placed on a certain slip to qualify for the bonus).
iv. Bonuses on speciality slips (L15’s/L31’s/Yankees etc) are only paid on horses, greyhounds and correct scores (all sports).Unnamed favourites on these slips WILL qualify for bonuses.
v. Where we enforce a maximum stake to a special offer, or insist that the offer is strictly one offer per person, if we feel that a particular person or group of people have taken advantage of the offer, we will pay all of the affected bets without applying the special offer to any of the bets placed.
vi. Special multiples we offer are still subject to normal Rule 4 deductions. In the case where one of the actual selections from a special multiple is declared a non-runner, bets will revert to an S.P. accumulator on the remaining selections.
vii. When placing a free bet that has resulted from a special offer, the free bet will not be eligible for any special offers that are available in that said event.
viii. Free bet stakes are non-refundable in returns. Bet (gift) vouchers that have been paid for will still have the stake returned in the normal manner with any winnings.
ix. Special bonuses/concessions that we offer are completely governed by ourselves. If you disagree with the settlement of any of our bonuses or concessions, the only option available to you will be for your bet to stand without the bonus or concession being applied to the bet at all.
Horse and Greyhound Racing
i. We pay official result on all S.P. wagers. As a bonus we currently, ALSO pay first past the post on all races in the UK and Ireland.
ii. First past the post will not apply in the following circumstances:
1. Where a race is declared void
2. Where a horse has taken the wrong course
3. Where a horse has carried the wrong weight
4. Where a judge corrects his decision
5. For placed horses; the double result bonus only applies to the original winner of the race.
iii. Favourites –
1. Favourites may be backed ‘win only’ in single or accumulative combinations at S.P. odds.
2. Win bets accepted for favourites at tote odds will be settled at S.P. odds. The win part of an each way bet placed on a favourite will stand at S.P. odds and the place part will be void.
3. All bets on favourites where no S.P is returned will be void.
4. Should more than one horse start equal favourite, stake money will be divided by the number of favourites and placed on the winner at full odds.
5. If for any reason the time order of a meeting is changed on the race day, the order that was advertised in the ‘Racing Post’ on the morning of the race will be the order that we take when settling bets. In the event of a bet being placed in an office on a Saturday for Sunday’s racing, the race order from Saturday’s Racing Post will decide the race order in the case of a change on the Sunday.
6. Second and third quotations/favourites
New rule as from 1/1/2016
Example – Favourites
2/1 Horse A Horse A and B are joint favs and joint 2ndFavs
2/1 Horse B
7/2 Horse C Horses C and D are joint third fav
7/2 Horse D
8/1 Horse E Horse E is no sort of favourite
In the table above, horse A and horse B are 2/1 joint favourites. Horse A and horse B arealso 2/1 joint 2nd favourites. Horse C and Horse D are the 7/2 joint 3rd favourites as they are the third shortest priced horses in the race.
Anybody wishing to place a bet the way favourites used to be settled by our old rules can still do so by adhering to the following rule.
Quotations – If you want your bet settled in the following manner then you must now clearly write on your docket –
(failure to so will result in your bet being settled as a ‘FAVOURITE’ every time)
Example – Quotations
2/1 Horse A Horse A and B are joint first quotations
2/1 Horse B
7/2 Horse C Horses C and D are joint second quotations
7/2 Horse D
8/1 Horse E Horse E is the third quotation
In the table above,horse A and horse B are joint first quotation, horse C and horse D are joint second quotation (because 7/2 is the second lowest different price used in this market). Horse E therefore would be the third quotation, following the same principal.
7. Any Fav or Quotation ambiguity will automatically result in the bet being settled by our new rule, as a favourite.
8. Where a favourite is withdrawn ‘on the off’ and no new market is formed then the favourite is a non-runner and the stake is returned. However, if a new market is formed, there is now a new favourite and all bets will now stand for that selection.
9. Where a customer writes a number with a circle around it along with the desired meeting, we will take this as an indication that the favourite in the said race is intended (for example, a four with a circle round it stated beside Warwick would be taken as the favourite in the fourth race at Warwick). If the time of the race is stated along with a numbered selection, whether the number is circled or not, we will always pay out on the number of the selection in the timed race.
x. Postponements – If a meeting or race is postponed to a future day, all wagers will stand if the race or meeting takes place before midnight of the next day (for major festivals, bets will stand as long as the race takes place within the timeframe of the meeting, or before midnight of the next day if the said race is postponed on the last day of the meeting). Customers wishing to cancel their selections will be able to do so providing the request is made in advance of the ‘off’ of the race and providing no price has been taken. If the race/meeting is rescheduled to a date further in the future then all bets will be void, with the exception of Ante Post. In the case of Ante Post bets, providing none of the conditions of the race change, bets will stand. If any conditions do change (for example, change of venue, the race being re-opened etc) then all bets will be void.
xi. Any price guarantee that we offer for horses and greyhounds only applies to bets struck on the day of a race, except for some special circumstances when the guarantee might apply to bets stuck the day before a race for big meetings, such as Cheltenham or Royal Ascot, but only if we have advertised this as a concession. Due to shops not being open on Sundays, price guarantees will apply to bets placed on Saturday for races taking place on Sunday.
xii. Under Starters Orders – Once a horse comes under starters orders, all bets on that horse will stand, regardless of whether or not the horse takes part in the race.
xiii. Re-Run races – A void race later re-run will still be known as the race originally advertised, providing the race takes place before midnight of the day it was planned to take place.
xiv. Early and show prices – Early prices can be laid right up to the 1st show being sent (from an outside source) to our system.
xv. We do not accept bets on the ‘opening show’. All such bets accepted in error will be settled at S.P.
xvi. Forecasts – We accept forecast doubles. We do not accept forecast trebles and up. Where a multiple is placed on forecasts that we do not accept, the stake will be split into the number of permutations for doubles and the bet will be settled as forecast doubles.
xvii. Tricasts – We do not accept multiples on tricasts. Where a bet is accepted in error, the stake will be divided and placed on tricast singles.
xviii. Where a customer has indicated that they want an each way double on selections that are actually in the same race, the bet will be settled as a reverse forecast. Similarly, if the bet indicates a reverse forecast where the selections are in different races, the bet will settled as an each way double.
xix. We do not accept bets on jockeys or trainers names as a selection for a horse race. If we have a ‘special’ quoted, using jockeys or trainers names then, but only then, will these be accepted. If for any reason the original jockey is replaced, special jockey bets will stand on the same horse or horses.
xx. Incorrect instruction –
Where a customer writes the word Trap or writes ‘T’ for a race that is timed to be a horse race, the bet will be settled on the number that was selected for the race the bet is timed for.
xxi. Omitted instruction (Greyhounds rule) –
Where a customer has correctly timed and staked their docket and written the word Trap (or any letter configuration relating to the word trap), but has omitted the actual trap number, this bet will be void.
Where a customer has correctly timed and staked their docket and hasn’t written any other instruction, this bet will be settled on the favourite in that race.
The reason for the difference in settlement is due to the fact that we accept the word “trap” (or part thereof) as an indication that a specific trap number has been intended, not the favourite.
xxii. Omitted Instruction (Horse Racing rule) –
Where a customer has timed a race but has failed to write a selection then the stake will be placed on the favourite for the race. If the missing selection is on an each way bet, half ofthe stake will be placed on the favourite with the remainder being declared void and returned to the customer.
xxiii. Each Way Betting –
1. We DO NOT accept ‘place only’ bets (except when we have a special market marked ‘place only’). In all each way betting, the place part of the bet CANNOT exceed the win part of the bet. Where a ‘place only’ bet is accepted in error, all of this bet will be void and the stake will be returned.
2. We DO NOT accept ‘place only’ betting at tote odds (see above rule).
Each Way terms – (Terms decided by the final number of actual runners, not the number of runners at the time bet was struck)
xxiv. Placepicks/ Quadpicks (WE DO NOT ACCEPT TOTE PLACEPOT/QUADPOTS. ANY ACCEPTED IN ERROR WILL BE SETTLED AS PLACEPICK/QUADPICK)
1. Placepicks are accepted at most horse race meetings in Great Britain and Ireland. If a placepick bet is inadvertently accepted for any other meetings, it will be settled as a normal each way accumulator at SP with the stake divided.
2. For a placepick bet to be successful, a selection must be placed in each of the first 6 races at the meeting nominated as defined below:
i. In races of 4 or fewer runners – first only
ii. In races of 5, 6 or 7 runners – first or second
iii. In races of 8 or more runners – first, second or third
iv. In handicap races of 16 or more – first, second, third and fourth. Any bet which includes selections for races other than the specified races, or is placed after the first placepick leg, will be settled as a normal place accumulator at SP odds.
3. Unnamed first favourites are accepted. Where there are joint favourites, the one with the smallest racecard number will be taken. If the favourite is withdrawn, the next shortest priced runner will be used and should there be more than one, the horse with the smallest racecard number will be taken. Unnamed second or third favourites are not accepted and any bet including such selections will be made void. Where the favourite is nominated and no SP is returned, the shortest priced runner as forecast in the Racing Post will be used.
4. In the event of any of the following occurring, the favourite will be used as the selection:
i. Where the selection nominated becomes a non runner
ii. Where the selection has been omitted or cannot be understood
iii. Where the number nominated does not correspond with any racecard number involved in that leg
5. Where no meeting is stated and it is clear by all the numbers nominated that only one meeting could possibly be intended, then the bet will be settled for that meeting.
6. In the event of no placepick return being declared, bets will be settled as a place accumulator at the appropriate SP place terms.
7. The maximum that can be won by one customer on any one day’s placepick betting is £10,000. The placepick return will also be subject to a limit of £2500 to a £1 unit stake.
8. The quadpick consists of the last 4 placepick races. All the rules pertaining to the placepick apply to the quadpick.
9. A.McLean Bookmakers general betting office rules apply to all instances not covered by these special rules.
xxv. Greyhound Placer
1. Normal horse placepot rules apply to Greyhound Placers and the way in which the bet is settled, unless a specific greyhound rule from points 2-4 below apply.
2. Greyhound Placers are only accepted on BAGS/BEGS meetings. Any bet placed including any non-BAGS/BEGS races will be void.
3. Where trap numbers are indicated and your selection becomes a non-runner, the selection will first be transferred to any reserve that runs from the selected trap. If no reserve runs and the trap remains vacant, the selection will be replaced by the favourite in that race.
4. Where no meeting is stated, the bet will be placed on the next Greyhound Placer to start.
5. Void races – If a race is not run, a dividend will be returned for the races that did run. If a race runs later in the day because of a problem, the re-run will count as the original race and will count as normal towards the dividend of the Placer.
xxvi. Timed Selections –
1. Where a selection is doubly engaged, wagers will be settled for the first race in which the selection runs, unless the selection has been clearly and correctly timed. If the selection has been correctly timed, it will ALWAYS be settled for that race, even if the runner takes up the other engagement.
2. Where there are two different runners on the same day with the same name and there are no instructions written on the docket, the bet will be settled on the first one that runs/takes place (as long as the bet is placed in time for the first event). This rule applies to where runners are in the same sport. Where the same named selections are in different sports (for the purpose of this rule, horse/greyhounds/foreign racing/virtual racing are considered to be different sports) then the following order is the preference order in which a selection will be settled:
Horse → Greyhound → Sport Selection (Will take precedence if in an accumulator with other selections of the same sport) → Virtual Racing/ Foreign Racing.
3. Should a bet be placed where there is more than one event at the same time, the order for sports stated above will decide which event the bet is settled on. Where both selections are running within the same sport category, the stakes will be split over the races.
4. In the event of a selection being mis-timed, i.e. 2.19 Hove, where the actual races are 2.19 Hall Green and the 2.24 Hove, then the meeting will determine which race the bet is placed. Due to this, the above bet would be placed on to the 2.24 Hove. (See rule 6 below for horse racing exception).
5. Where a customer places a bet on, for example, the 2.27 at Hove in the minutes leading up to the 1.57 at Hove and there was no 2.27 at Hove, but a 2.28 at Hove existed, this bet would then be placed on the next available race at Hove that the bet was placed in time for ie. the 1.57 at Hove.
If there is however a 2.27 at Hove, then this bet will always go on to that race, because it is an actual race. If a customer claims after the result of the 1.57 at Hove that the bet was obviously intended for the 1.57 race because of the time it was struck, under no circumstance will this be accepted as valid reasoning. If this is the claim, then provided the unwanted bet on the 2.27 at Hove is cancelled in plenty of time and no foul play is detected, it may be voided. (See rule 6 below for horse racing exception). If no meeting is mentioned on the slip and the time is incorrect for a race that day, the bet will be placed on the next race to take place at the suggested race type (i.e. next greyhound race if greyhound race is clearly intended/next horse race if horse race is clearly intended). UK & Ireland racing will take precedence over international and virtual racing.
6. In horse racing, if a selection is mis-timed and placed before the meeting of the selection starts then the bet will be settled on the race at the meeting that is closest to the one stated.
For example; If the stated race is the 4.15 Ludlow, where the races at Ludlow are actually the 4.00 and the 4.30 (i.e. the stated race is 15 minutes away from both), in this instance, the bet will be settled on the earlier race, therefore the 4.00 Ludlow. For bets that are mis-timed after a horse race meeting has started then they will follow the normal rule (rules 4 & 5 above).
xxvii. International Racing (includes tote pool betting)
1. Any meeting where an S.P. or an industry S.P. is returned, we will use this as our official price for settling bets.
2. When there is no S.P. returned, we will use the official tote return from the track as our official price for settling bets.
3. Coupling – where no S.P. is returned, or where a customer’s bet is to settled at tote odds, the customer will be on all of the horses that are coupled together for that race. For any bets that are placed at S.P, or where a price that has been taken, these will be settled on the horse named only (coupling does not apply).
4. Should there be a circumstance where no S.P or tote can adequately be verified, all bets on that race will be void.
5. Bets are NOT accepted on unnamed favourites at tote odds. Where a bet is accepted in error on an unnamed tote favourite, or on a race where no S.P. is returned, then ALL such bets will be void. If you are in any doubt as to whether there will be an S.P. returned, do not place an unnamed favourite bet, simply name your selection.
6. If you have requested your bet to be settled at tote odds and for any reason there is no tote return, the bet will revert back to being settled at S.P. odds.
– Currently races shown on Turf TV all return an S.P.
– Standard daily International races shown on S.I.S only return a tote price.
This could change at any time, so if you are in any way unsure, please ask a member of staff before placing your bet.
xxviii. Distances Index Betting–
1. The following points will be awarded for the particular distance by which a horse wins a race:
Dead Heat = 0
Nose = 0.05
Short Head = 0.1
Head = 0.2
Neck = 0.3
Every distance thereafter will score the same score as the winning distance of the race.
2. The maximum distance that will be awarded for a particular race are:
Flat Race = 12 Lengths
National Hunt Race (inc. Bumpers) = 30Lengths
3. In the event of a race being declared void,2 lengths will be awarded as the winning distance for that race.
4. In the event of two or more races being declared void, the whole index will be declared void unless the total is already over the upper limit using the races that have already completed. In this case, the over margin will be declared a winner.
5. If a bet is placed stating margins that are different to the margins that are in our system, these selections will be void.
xxix. Favourites Index Betting –
1. This is a market on the performance of the favourites for a day’s racing at a particular meeting. Unless otherwise stated, the quotation is made on the basis that the horse which is the SP favourite is awarded 25 points if it wins, 10 points if it is second and 5 points if it is third.
2. If there are joint or co-favourites in a race, the horse with the lowest race card number is considered, for the purposes of the bet, to be the favourite. If the returned favourite (as published on the Racing Post’s website results section) has not come under starter’s orders, then, for the purposes of the bet, the price at the time of withdrawal is used to determine the amount awarded. If the price at the time of withdrawal is:
– Equal to or greater than 5/1 = 5 points will be awarded.
– Less than 5/1 but greater than evens = 10 points will be awarded.
– Evens or less = 15 points will be awarded.
3. In the event of a race being declared void, 10pts will be awarded for that race.
4. In the event of two or more races being declared void, the whole index will be declared void, unless the total is already over the upper limit using the races that have already completed. In this case, the over margin will be declared a winner.
5. Where there is a dead heat the total points available for the places dead-heated will be divided by the number of dead-heaters.
6. If a bet is placed stating margins that are different to the margins that are in our system, these selections will be void.
xxx. Horse Matches –
1. We only offer horse matches for a limited number of races, usually on races that are televised.
2. The minimum number of selections for a horse match bet is three. If a horse match single or double is accepted in error, the customer will be required to add the relevant number of selections to make the bet valid. This can be done after the initial selection(s) have completed. In the event of a non-runner essentially making a treble into a double etc, providing the selection was not already a non-runner when the bet was placed, this will be considered a valid selection and the double/single will stand.
3. Where both horses fail to complete the race, the match will be declared void but will count toward the minimum treble requirement.
1. The home team is the team printed on the left and the away team is on the right.
2. On the weekend domestic coupon, the figure 1 signifies the home team, figure 2 signifies the away team and the letter X signifies a draw. This only applies to the weekend domestic coupon, all other coupons should be marked as in rule 3 below.
3. On all Easyslip coupons, please mark selections boldly like this—
4. Bets are accepted up to Kick-Off time. Soccer bets struck within 2 minutes of advertised kick-off will stand, provided no goals have been scored and no players have been sent-off (where an exact off time can be obtained, we will honour bets accepted within two minutes of this exact off time, again providing no goals have been scored and no sending off has taken place).If a goal has been scored or a player has been sent off within the first two minutes of a match, selections placed within this grace period will be void. The bet will continue to stand for the other unaffected selections (the said selection will stand if we know the bet was placed before the goal or sending off incident, i.e. if we have a record of the exact time of the match incident; this will usually only occur in live matches on which we are betting ‘in running’). Bets placed after the two minute grace period will have any selections that are late voided while any selections that are later in the day will stand. Should a dispute arise as to when a goal is scored or a player sent off, the time declared on the ESPN Soccernet website will be deemed the correct time.
**NOTE** If we are betting “In Running” on a match. Bets will be settled at the odds at the time the bet was placed. This will apply until the “In Running” market is closed.
5. All prices which are published are subject to fluctuation up to kick-off time. Wagers will be settled at the price which was correct when the bet was struck. The price on the coupon is not necessarily the latest price. If you want to be sure of the price that your bet will be settled at, please ask for the latest prices or check your receipt of a mark sensed coupon before leaving the office.
6. The score at the end of injury time at the end of the 90 minutes play will be taken as the final result. Extra time does not count.
7. In the event of a match that has started being abandoned, with no plan to complete before midnight of the following day (see rule 12), ALL bets on that match will be void, except markets where the result has already been determined.
Example – first goalscorer markets where the first goal has already been scored, first half winner bets where the first half has been completed or a goal rush bet where the score is already 1-1 (ie. Both teams have already scored). These bets will be settled according to our normal rules.
8. Should a team play a different opposition to that advertised, the match will be void.
9. After we have issued our prices for a match, should the venue be reversed or should a match be changed from a home venue to a neutral one, selections for that match will be declared void. This does not apply to friendly fixtures, where bets will stand regardless of any venue change. Occasionally matches will be played at a neutral venue because of certain circumstances where the home team cannot play at their home ground, but the fixture is still considered a home game for that side. In this case, providing the venue is known at the time we issue our prices, bets will stand. While we will try to display any information we feel might be useful in regards to venues of certain matches, it is sometimes not possible for us to share all this information and it is still the responsibility of the customer to know where a game is taking place.
10. If, as the result of a changed opponent or venue, we re-price a match, the onus is on the customer to make themselves aware of the changes. All bets struck after the betting has been revised will stand and be settled at the revised odds.
11. Bets on postponed or rearranged matches will stand if the match is played on or before Monday of the following week. In the event of a match being postponed or rearranged, the customer can take the decision to void that selection providing they inform a member of staff and the necessary adjustments are made to the betting slip before the match kicks off.
12. In the event of a match resuming after a delay (weather, floodlight failure, crowd disturbance etc) all bets will stand on that match (without the option of cancelling the bet) providing the match is completed before midnight of the following day.
13. Bets on ordinary dockets are accepted and are subject to all of our normal football and betting rules.
14. Prices are available for most football matches. If prices are NOT displayed, please consult a member of staff who will ascertain one if we are betting on the particular match.
15. If insufficient cash is received to cover the correct total stake on the coupon, the whole coupon will be settled in proportion.
16. If more cash is taken than necessary to give full cover, the excess cash inadvertently accepted will be settled in proportion.
17. While we take every measure to ensure that we have the correct kick off times stated on our screens/coupons & on our website, kick off times can inevitably change. If a kick-off time does change, all rules will be in place for the actual time the game kicks off.
18. If we mistakenly advertise the wrong date (not time) for a football match that is actually set to take place at a later date, we will give you the option to void that selection as long as that is the last and sole selection taking place on your bet on that day.
19. In the event of the Football Pool Panel becoming operative, their forecast match results will NOT be valid on our coupon.
20. In the event of the selections not complying with the rules of the section, the bet will be settled as an accumulator on the Long List.
21. Should a dispute arise as to who scored the First Goal, the player who is named on the ESPN soccernet website after 24 hours from the end of the match will be deemed the goal scorer for settlement purposes. If an own goal is declared, the odds are 20/1. Once we have paid out on a player decided by the above rule, this will not be changed, even if a dubious goals committee changes the official goal scorer. Soccernet is a global information provider.
22. Where a football player’s name is written on a docket with no further instructions, this bet will be settled on the player to score the 1st goal in his next match played. Similarly, where a player’s name and a team name are written on a docket with no further instruction, this bet will be settled as a 1st player to score wincast.
23. Where football bets have been written on a docket, the selected teams will ALWAYS be settled ‘TO WIN’. If a draw is intended, the ‘DRAW’ must be clearly stated. The stated prices will not necessarily be deemed an indication of intention.
24. Prices are available for corners on selected matches only. If prices are not displayed, please consult a member of staff who will ascertain if we are betting on a particular match. Unless an odds quotation is supplied by a member of staff, any bets accepted will be void.
25. All bets on friendly matches stand, wherever played.
26. On Traditional coupons, selections must be marked using 1, 2 or X in one column only, with the stake written at the foot of the column. Where selections are marked over more than one line, the only column used will be the column with a stake at the foot of it. Should both the selections and the stake be spread over two or more lines, the stake will be divided up into the appropriate number of bets, taking one bet per column.
27. Goal Rush – ‘Yes’ is defined as a match where both teams score. ‘No’ is defined as a match where one or both teams do not score. Any bets that are placed on ‘Goal Rush’ will be settled as a ‘Yes’ bet unless ‘No’ is clearly stated on the betting slip.
28. Goal Rush Plus – Is correctly predicting the result of a match where both teams score.
29. Total Goals Plus (Over 2 goals plus) – Is correctly predicting the result of the match where more than 2 goals have been scored.
30. Scorecast – Is correctly predicting the 1st scorer in a match and also predicting the correct score.
31. Anytime Scorecast – Is correctly predicting an anytime goalscorer in the H-D-A market along with the correct score in the H-D-A market.
32. 1st Goal Wincast – Is correctly predicting the 1st scorer in a match and also predicting the correct result in the H-D-A market.
33. Anytime Wincast – Is correctly predicting an anytime scorer in the H-D-A market and also predicting the correct result in the H-D-A market.
34. On the ‘Soccer Saturday’ coupon, prices may be changed or suspended on games where players have been sent off.
35. Bets on any of the ‘forecast’ markets will be settled on H-D-A (correct score) market if the player does not take the necessary part in the match for the market requirement.
36. Mythical match bets must contain at least two ‘mythical’ selections. If a mythical match single is accepted in error, the customer will be required to add another mythical match selection to make the bet valid. This can be done before or after presentation for payment.
37. Where a player has played any part in a match, they are deemed a runner for all markets where the result is not already known. This rule does not apply to goalscorer matches (see rule 38).
38. Goalscorer Matches – Matches are void if both players do not play at least 30 minutes (does not include injury time if for example, a player comes on in the 63rd minute). If one player plays less than 30 minutes but beats a player who has played the required amount of time, in this scenario we will pay out on the winning selection and the loser will be a loser.
39. Goal times – 0-59seconds is the 1st minute and this sequence carries on for the entire match. If a goal is scored after 13 minutes and 12 seconds, this will then show in a paper or on a website as the goal being scored in the 14th minute. Should a dispute arise as to when a goal is scored, the time declared on the ESPN Soccernet website will be deemed the correct time.
1. Overtime Counts for all markets that do not have a price quoted for a tie.
2. Where a ‘handicap’ or ‘total’ fall exactly on the number, this is known as a push and stakes will be returned.
1. Bets on postponed fights will stand for 30 days. If either fighter is replaced with another fighter, all bets will be void and stakes returned.
2. For betting purposes, the fight is deemed to have started when the bell is sounded for the beginning of the 1st round.
3. If either fighter fails to answer the bell for the next round, then the opponent will be deemed to have won in the previous round.
4. In the event of a fight being declared a ‘No Contest’, all bets will be void and stakes returned, with the exception of markets where the outcome has already been determined.
1. Match bets will be settled according to the winner determined by official competition rules (including the case where matches are shortened due to adverse weather conditions or decided a bowl off) unless the winner is determined by the toss of a coin or the drawing of lots, in which case all match bets will be void.
2. Super Over – If a super over is bowled to decide the winner of a drawn match, this will be used to determine who we settle as the winner.
3. Matches which result in a draw, where a draw price was not quoted and the competition does not have a rule to decide the winner, will be considered void with stakes being returned on both selections.
4. Series betting – When the full number of scheduled matches is not played, we reserve the right to void any speciality markets relating to the series as a whole. If a series, where we did not offer a price for the draw, ends in a draw, bets on the series result will be void.
5. Top Batsman/Bowler – Bets apply to 1st innings score only (unless otherwise stated, dead heat may apply). In one day cricket, the top batsman market will only be settled if an innings has been completed or if a match has a satisfactory result recognised by the organisers.
6. Highest Opening Partnership – In one day cricket, if for any reason the two sides are not scheduled to bat the same amount of overs, this market will be void. In longer formats of the game, only the scores scored by a partnership in the 1st innings will count.
7. Highest 1st 6/15 Overs – If either team’s innings in a limited overs match is reduced due to external factors, then bets on this market will be void unless the result was already unequivocally known before any reduction in overs was announced.
8. Most Sixes – If either team’s innings in a limited overs match is reduced by more than 20% of the original allocation of overs, then all bets on this market will be void. However, if both side’s overs are reduced by the same number, then bets will stand. Bets will stand if either innings is shortened due to it reaching it’s natural conclusion.
1. In the event of a disqualification, the podium presentation will count as the ‘weigh in’ and this will determine the settlement of bets. If there is no podium presentation, bets are settled on the official result.
1. All speciality bet markets will be void if match is not completed, unless the result was already known.
1. All match markets are based on regulation time only (including injury-time). Extra-time does not count unless specified. Where a market specifically includes overtime and the game finishes level after overtime, then bets will be void.
2. If either team does not play, then bets will be void.
3. Bets will be settled on official GAA (Gaelic Athletics Association) result only.
4. In County matches, if a venue is changed to a neutral venue, usually to accommodate large crowds, all bets will stand. If the home and away team for a listed match are reversed, then bets placed based on the original listing will be void. In Club matches, all bets will stand wherever played.
5. Postponed matches are void unless re-arranged and played in the same ‘Gaelic Week’ (Monday – Sunday inclusive UK time).
6. First Goalscorer/Last Goalscorer/To Score a Goal Anytime
Own goals do not count. In the case of an own goal being scored first, first goalscorer bets will be settled on the 2nd goalscorer. In the case of the last goal being an own goal, last goalscorer bets will be settled on the previous goal. Own goals will count for all other markets.
7. First Goalscorer/Team Goalscorer – Any player coming on as a substitute after the first goal has been scored, or any player who takes no part in the game, is deemed a non-runner.
8. Last Goalscorer – Any player that takes no part in the game is deemed a non-runner.
9. Score a Goal Anytime – Any player that takes no part in the game is deemed a non-runner.
10. First Scoring Play, Last Scoring Play 1st Half, First Scoring Play 2nd Half, First Points of 2nd Half, Last Scoring play, Team to Score 1st
Includes: free, penalty, 65/45, sideline cut/kick. Own goals count.
11. In the event of an abandonment prior to completion, all bets will be void unless the result is already determined.
1. Non-runner no-bet. Once the official tour website has announced the ‘field’ then outright markets may be subject to a Rule 4 (Deduction). Before the ’field’ announcement no R4 will apply, but similarly if you have backed the player that does not play then no stakes will be returned.
2. All outright bets are settled on the player awarded the trophy. The result of any play-off is taken into account. Dead-heat rules will apply to the place part of each-way bets.
3. Official tour site results at the time of trophy presentation are used for settlement purposes (subsequent disqualification after this time does not count).
4. A player is deemed to have played once they have teed off. In the event of a player withdrawing after having teed off, stakes will be lost on outright markets, group, match and 18 hole betting.
5. Where a tournament is reduced from the scheduled number of holes for any reason (e.g. adverse weather conditions), we will pay out on the official result if the official Tour in question declares a winner of the tournament. All markets that were for the duration of the tournament (e.g. top ten finish, top players, groups and tournaments) will also be settled as per the official Tour’s result. Outright bets placed prior to the final completed round will be settled on the player awarded the trophy, but bets placed after the final completed round will be void.
6. Ante-Post bets on any player who takes part in a qualifying tournament, but then fails to qualify for the main tournament, will be classed as losers.
7. Group Betting and ‘Top’ Markets –
The winner will be the player achieving the highest placing at the end of the tournament. Any player missing the cut will be considered a loser. If all players miss the cut, the lowest score after the cut has been made will determine settlement. Non-runner no-bet deductions in line with Rule 4 (Deductions) will apply. Dead-heat rules apply, except where the winner is determined by a playoff. In the event of the tournament being reduced in length for any reason, we will settle group bets as long as we have paid out on the outright market.
8. Tournament Match Betting –
The winner will be the player achieving the highest placing at the end of the tournament. Any player missing the cut will be considered a loser. If all players miss the cut, the lowest score after the cut has been made will determine settlement. If a player is disqualified or withdraws after starting, either prior to the completion of two rounds or after both players have made the cut, then the other player is deemed the winner.
If a player is disqualified during either the 3rd or 4th rounds, when the other player in the match bet has already missed the cut, then the disqualified player is deemed the winner.
There is a draw price for tournament matches so there can be no dead-heat. In the event of the tournament being reduced in length for any reason, we will settle tournament match bets as long as we have paid out on the outright market.
9. Tournament Top 4/Top 5/Top 6/Top 10/Top 20 Finish
Dead-heat rules apply.
10. In 3-ball betting, if one of the players does not tee off at the start of the round,they will be deemed a non-runner and a rule 4 will apply to the winner.
1. All race bets are settled on the official classification from the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the sport’s governing body, at the time of the podium presentation.
2. Drivers Championship –
Each participant is priced to be the top driver over the Formula 1 season in accordance with Drivers Championship standings, and rules as specified by the FIA. Each-way terms apply.
3. Constructors Championship
Each participant is priced to be the top constructor over the Formula 1 season in accordance with Constructors Championship standings, and rules as specified by the FIA. Each-way terms apply.
4. Individual Grand Prix Betting
All drivers who start the formation lap are deemed runners. The podium positions will be used to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd for betting purposes.
5. Qualification Markets
Official qualifying times as recorded by the FIA will be used for settlement. For Fastest Qualifier, times recorded in the third phase count. If, for some reason, the third phase does not take place, we will settle on the official grid as formed by the FIA. Grid position penalties do not apply for settlement purposes. However, qualifying time penalties (as specified by the FIA) will apply. Drivers must start the first phase of qualifying for bets to stand.
6. Number of Classified Drivers/To Be Classified/Not to Finish the Race
Drivers that have completed 90% or more of the number of laps completed by the winner (rounded down to the nearest whole number of laps) are regarded as finishers in line with the official FIA classification at the time of the podium presentation.
7. Finish in the Points/Podium Finish
The result for settlement is determined at the time of the podium presentation. Subsequent disqualifications and/or appeals will not affect bets.
8. Winning Car
All cars will be deemed as runners. The podium positions will be used to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd for betting purposes.
9. Fastest Lap
The official FIA result at the time of the podium presentation for the race will be used.
Both drivers must finish the race in the first two in the predicted order. This is resulted based on the result at the time of the podium presentation. Subsequent disqualifications do not affect bet settlement.
No. of Balls – 47
Balls Drawn – 6 + 1 Bonus Ball
Time of Draw (UK Time) – Wed and Sat approx 8.00pm (We accept bets no later than 7.45pm). On occasion, due to Christmas etc, draws might take place on a day other than Wednesday and Saturday.
Please note that the order of draws is as follows:
All bets placed on the 1st draw will be settled on the Main Lotto draw.
All bets placed on the 2nd draw will be settled on the Lotto +1 draw.
All bets placed on the 3rd draw will be settled on the Lotto +2 draw.
No. Of Balls – 39
Balls Drawn – 6 + 1 Bonus Ball
Time of Draw (UK Time) – Daily 10.00pm (We accept bets no later than 9.30pm)
No. of Balls – 49
Balls Drawn – 6 + 1 Booster
Time of Draw (UK Time) – Twice daily at lunchtime and teatime. (We accept bets up to the official off time announced by S.I.S)
Numbers General Rules
i. If no instructions are written on a numbers bet, it will be settled on the next Irish Lottery draws to take place.
ii. If the bet does not indicate that it is for the 6 or 7 number draw, it will be settled on the 6 number draw.
iii. If the bet does not state the intended draw, it will be settled on:
a) Irish Lotto – The next ‘Main Draw’ to take place.
b) 49’s – The next draw to take place.
iv. Should a bet include a number that is not part of the draw, that number will be disregarded and the bet will be settled at the correct odds for the relevant number of selections.
v. Illegible numbers will be dealt with in the same manner as in rule iv.
vi. Any accumulative bet (including accumulative bets within multi-bets) exceeding five selections will be settled by calculating the number of fivefolds in the selections and the stake being equally distributed over these fivefolds.
1. All markets that are applicable will follow the same rules as our football rules. Where websites are used for tryscorer disputes, we will use espnscrum.com (Rugby Union) and skysports.com (Rugby League).
1. Start times are to be used as a guide only. Where possible, the official start time of matches will be used to settle all bets. If no official start time can be adequately verified, then our ‘guide’ off time will be used as our official off.
2. Because of the nature of the effect of weather conditions on tennis, it is possible for matches to be delayed or postponed by days at a time. Providing the match takes place during the tournament it is scheduled for, all bets will stand as long as the bet was placed in time.
3. Once a match taking place in a tournament with qualifying rounds starts, regardless of the circumstances (injury, withdrawal etc), the player who qualifies for the next round will be deemed the winner. If a match is started, but not completed, markets where the result is already known will be settled. If a player withdraws before the match starts, all bets on that match will be void.
4. ‘In running’ – Where a bet is placed ‘In running’ on a tennis match and for any reason, the match does not reach it’s conclusion, all markets that have not reached a conclusion will be void.
5. In the event of a change in the number of sets to be played, match bets and first set bets will stand, but all other markets will be void.
6. In the event of there being a change of surface on which a match is being played, all bets on that match will be void.