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Old 01-15-2002, 09:55 PM
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I hope some of you will find this information helpful, especially if you decide to scalp the game and get on the other side as well. I find it useful just so I know where I stand, and it also helps me deal with injury doubts because I then know where to bet to ease those worries.

Anyway, here are the tennis match-betting rules at various sportsbooks. Feel free to post rules from other books so we can build up a bigger list. Many of these are the same (match must start, ball must be played, ball must be served) while others are more noteworthy: 'at least one set must be played' or 'if match is stopped all bets are refunded'.

5dimes - at least one set must be played (13/01/2005)
Bet365 - match must be completed for action, unless player is disqualified (13/01/2005)
Betandwin - a ball must be played (25/08/03)
Betfair - at least one set must be played (19/01/2005)
BetInternet - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
Bowmans - match must start (13/01/2005)
BlueSq - match must start (13/01/2005)
Canbet - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
Caribsports.com - match must start (13/01/2005)
Centrebet - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
CRIS - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
Betdirect.net - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
Coral.co.uk - match must start (13/01/2005)
Easybets - match must be completed for action, unless player is disqualified (13/01/2005)
Expekt - match much start (13/01/2005)
Fonbet - match much start (13/01/2005)
Gamebookers - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
Globet - match must start (13/01/2005)
IASbet - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
Intertops - match must be completed for action, unless player is disqualified (13/01/2005)
Ladbrokes - match must start (13/01/2005)
Olympic - two full sets must be completed without either player retiring or being disqualified (13/01/2005)
Paddy Power - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
Pinnacle - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
PlayboySportsbook - match must start (13/01/2005)
Sky Bet - at least one set must be played (13/01/2005)
Sportingbet.com - at least one set must be played (13/01/2005)
SportingbetUSA.com - match must start (13/01/2005)
Sportingodds - at least one set must be played (13/01/2005)
Stan James - at least one set must be played (13/01/2005)
Stanleybet.com - match must be completed for action (19/01/2005)
Totalbet.com - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
Totesport.com - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
UKbetting.com - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
Unibet - at least one set must be played (13/01/2005)
Victor Chandler - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
Willliam Hill - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
Witeuro - match must be completed for action (13/01/2005)
WSEX - at least one set must be played (13/01/2005)
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Old 01-16-2002, 01:14 AM
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A ball must be served, any other rule is just the bookmaker being uninformed.
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Old 01-16-2002, 05:43 AM
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Agreed
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Old 01-16-2002, 08:25 AM
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still watching black & white TV Railbird??
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Old 01-16-2002, 09:51 AM
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Boris Becker ?
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Old 01-16-2002, 06:31 PM
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We’ve received a flurry of calls from our tennis faithful about whether there should be action even if a player retires before one set is completed. Our view is that there’s no such thing as a “favorable” or “unfavorable” rule here for either the book or the player (unless you happen to be Lleyton Hewitt’s mom or girlfriend). The main point is for the book to have a clearly stated rule.

We went with the one-set, or “Serena” rule, if you will, as this has become rapidly standard among major tennis books in Europe and the UK, including William Hill, Victor Chandler, and Surrey Sports (see Conrad’s excellent post in the Tennis/Golf forum, “Varying tennis rules at sports books“). The rationale is that since pro tennis players are often paid season-long bonuses to participate in certain events, the risk is they will show up hurt to protect their year-end paycheck and promptly tank the match. The one-set requirement is designed to take this concern off the table for the punter and book alike.

Of course, part of what makes tennis betting so fun is speculating on who’s really injured or motivated, but this rule has relatively little impact on that, as so few retirements take place before one set is completed. In fact, if you specifically want to bet that Venus Williams is going to pull up lame right out of the gate, an interesting possibility presents itself: bet Venus to win with enlightened books that offer the one-set rule, and bet her opponent with a book offering the Las Vegas “one-ball-must-be-served” rule.

So far, experience has shown that the one-set rule benefits the player as often as not in the form of a welcome refund, so we’ll be sticking with it until further notice. As always, though, we look forward to hearing your input.

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Old 01-17-2002, 09:47 AM
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Said it before,and will continue to say it again.
Only books on Conrads list that got it right is WillHill and Victor Chandler.
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Old 01-17-2002, 10:50 AM
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Any smart bettors would want the ball must be served rule !!!
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Old 01-17-2002, 12:50 PM
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Yesterday'e example with Roddick says it all. The guy sprained his ankle and lost because of that. Hills and VC offer you insurance against such unfortunate accidents by refunding bets on matches that end prematurely.
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Old 01-17-2002, 03:16 PM
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nehpets-why?
The less unforeseeable factors the better.80% of the cases aren´t even material for speculative betting,like A-Rod yesterday.I had Calleri in the first round,and he had Moya in the box but withdrew because of injury.Sure,it works both ways to some extent,but I am sure as hell way down on injuries,and I can´t understand why anyone who bets on tennis frequently wants to add another X-factor to the mix.I sure don´t.
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Old 01-17-2002, 10:20 PM
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If you study you know who is soft and who is not.
A-Rod already hurt that ankle in the previous match anyways.

I want my bet against Venus to stand so when she pulls out it pays [img]graemlins/Peace_5.gif[/img]
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Old 01-17-2002, 11:58 PM
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<blockquote>quote:[/size]Originally posted by nehpets:
I want my bet against Venus to stand so when she pulls out it pays [img]graemlins/Peace_5.gif[/img] [/quote]

That's why choice is good. If you wanted to bet on Roddick, knowing about the injury you should have bet at a book that requires the game to go the distance.

If you know Venus might have an injury and this time you want to go against the injury-prone player, bet at a place that simply requires the match to start.

Like I said, it's good to be able to choose.
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Old 01-18-2002, 02:32 AM
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venus pulled though in 3 sets !
oh well there's always next round
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Old 01-19-2002, 07:50 PM
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Nehpets-I know that Roddick hurt his ankle in the previous match.Sometimes this F.....g english language makes it hard for me to get understood.
What I mean was that in 80% of the cases it´s not so easy to know as it was in Roddicks case.
More speculative betting in the Wayne Ferreira-Ljubicic match.Alot of money against Ferreira after withdrawing from the doubles the previous day.
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Old 01-22-2002, 02:32 AM
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Ferreira case just a massive knee-jerk reaction, that's all. Didn't see the same reaction to Clijsters pulling out of her doubles yesterday...

WSEX - you confuse yourself with that argument.

The one set rule applies at Surrey, Stan James & others.
Any retirement voids bets with only Hills and VC.
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Old 06-02-2002, 09:39 PM
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Bump.
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Old 09-03-2002, 09:10 AM
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reminder
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Old 09-03-2002, 09:34 AM
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BetInternet's rules have changed since, same as William Hill now.
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Old 09-06-2002, 05:48 PM
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Haven't checked BI's rules, but I know for a fact that Hills still refunds matches which don't go all the way. In fact they refunded a small bet I had on Massu when he walked off in the second set against Kuerten.
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