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October 28, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
If you had money on the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 last night, congratulations, you can collect your winnings.
According to Nevada gaming rules -- often referred to as "house rules" -- the final score of an official game is determined by reverting to the last completed inning. The Phillies led 2-1 after the fifth.
Las Vegas sports books are paying off Game 5 side bets on Philadelphia, which was about a minus-170 favorite. Wagers on totals and run-line bets are being refunded because rules stipulate that at least 81/2 innings must be played.
"We're just following the regular baseball rules. This is a very common rule," Las Vegas Hilton sports book director Jay Kornegay said. "We can't make exceptions.
"There was no special disclaimer for World Series games, or any playoff games for that matter, that your bet would continue if the game was suspended. It's one of those unfortunate misunderstood rules of baseball betting."
Kornegay goes on to say that "...it could be one of the worst bad beats you can get if the Rays come back and beat the Phillies. But it's not a bad beat yet."
Looking to capatilize on the delay (and now postponement), Vegas will post a prop bet today, and the Phillies will be the money-line favorites.