Football Rules

Date/Site Changes

Football games and any games/events not specifically listed must be held within one week of the originally scheduled date and location to be considered action unless otherwise noted in the specific sports rules section or the inventory game page within the mobile application or web browser application.  Please see Parlay Builder Football Rules for Parlay Builder Postponed Match, Cancelled Match and Venue Change Rules.

Minimum Length of Play

For wagering purposes, unless otherwise stipulated in individual Football sports wager rules, Pro and College Football results are official after 55 minutes of play. BetMGM does not recognize suspended games (after they have met the minimum time or length requirement specified in the specific sports rules), protests, or overturned decisions for wagering purposes.

 

Football Wager Rules

Football wagers are accepted in the following manner:

  1. Point Spread – A wager in which a bettor “takes” or “lays” a specified number of points. The team wagered must “cover” the point line for the wager to be deemed a winner.
    1. Overtime periods are counted in the final score.
  2. Money Line – A wager in which the bettor “takes” or “lays” a specified price. The team wagered must win the game for the wager to be deemed a winner.
    1. Overtime periods are counted in the final score.
  3. Total Points (over/under) – A wager on whether the total number of points scored in a game is over or under a specified number.
    1. Overtime periods are counted in the final score.
  4. First Half – Wagers on the first half will be decided by the score at the end of the first half.
    1. If a game does not go the entire first half, all first half wagers will be refunded.
    2. Once the first half has been completed, all wagers on the first half will stand regardless of the length of the remainder of the game.
  5. Second Half (post halftime) – Wagers on the second half will be decided on the basis of points scored in the second half.
    1. If the entire second half is not played to its completion, all Second Half wagers will be refunded.
    2. Overtime periods are counted in the Second Half score and considered official regardless of the length or suspension of the overtime period.
  6. Quarters – Wagers on any specified quarter will be decided on the basis of points scored in that specified quarter only.
    1. All specified quarters must be played to their completion or the wager will be refunded.
    2. Once a specified quarter is completed, that specified quarter wager will stand regardless of the length of the remainder of the game.
    3. Fourth quarter wagers do not include overtime periods unless otherwise stated.
  7. Team to Score First – Settled on the first score of the game.
    1. Bets stand even if game is not completed.
    2. Overtime counts
  8. Team to score last -Settled on the last team to score.
    1. Game must be completed.
    2. Overtime counts.
  9. Highest Scoring Quarter – A wager on which quarter will produce the most points.
    1. Dead heat rules apply.
    2. Game must be completed for bets to stand.
  10. Race to x points - Winner being the team who reaches the specified points tally first.
    1. Should neither team reach the total, and a ‘Neither’ option is not offered, then bets on that market will be void.
    2. Please see Parlay Builder Football Rules for Parlay Builder Race To X Rule.
  11. Touchdown Scorers - These rules apply for First/Last/Anytime/Next/First Team Touchdown Scorer markets.
    1. In the event of an abandoned game, bets stand on scores that have taken place already, overtime counts for these markets.
    2. The touchdown scorer is the player who scores a touchdown by advancing the ball into the opponent's end zone. (i.e. not the passing player).
    3. Bets are void on players that are not listed as active by the relevant American Football governing body.
  12. In the event of a wagering tie, the straightwager is considered “no action” and wager is refunded. Parlays reduce to the next lowest amount of teams.

Football Prop Rules

Various unique wagers may be offered from time to time, called proposition bets. When wagering proposition bets, unless stated, overtime does count for settlement of wagers.

Football Game Props

  1. All time-based props will be settled as per the official scoring time listed on the official league source box scores. Scores exactly on the quoted time count as ‘Yes’ for settlement. For example, a score with exactly 02:00 on the clock will be settled as ‘Yes’ on the ‘Will there be a score in the final 2 minutes?’ prop bet.
  2. Any turnover proposition does not include a ‘Turnover on Downs’ and only includes Fumbles and Interceptions.
  3. All penalty props are based upon accepted penalties only. Declined or off-setting penalties are not included for settlement purposes.
  4. Coach challenge props only include a challenge initiated by the coach throwing a red flag. Prop does not include booth reviews.
  5. 4th Down Conversion props do not include 1st downs awarded by penalty.
  6. Sacks props are settled as per the official league source. Includes 0.5 sacks awarded, however for props such as ‘Player to record a sack in the game’, the player must record at least one total sack (1.0) for ‘Yes’ to be settled the winner.

Football Player Props

For all player props the players must be listed as active by the official league source for bets to have action. Bets will be refunded on wagers where one or both player are listed as inactive. An exception to this rule is for Quarterback prop markets as these require that the players in question must be starters for bets to have action. Passing yardage props are settled as per gross passing yards.

Football Futures

Football season long futures are unique wagers which will be offered from time-to- time. For all season-long match bets and division betting, all bets stand regardless of team re-location, or a change to a team name, season length or playoff format. Unless stated otherwise, team(s) must play in all of their scheduled regular season games for bets to have action.

Football Division and Conference Futures

Division Winner markets will be settled on who finishes top of the relevant division after the conclusion of the Regular Season. If two or more teams have the same regular season win record then ties will be broken using the governing organization’s official rules to determine outright winner. Conference Winner will be settled on team’s performance in the playoffs. Regular season records do not count. If there is a change to the post season structure whereby a Conference Championship is not possible, or called early, Conference Winner will be settled on the team that advances to the Pro Football Championship from that Conference.

 

Football Player Futures

For all player vs. player match bets, both players must be active in Week 1 for bets to have action.

Player Season Specials

Bet on season performances for named individual players – Total Passing Yards, Rushing Yards, Receiving Yards, Tackles, Sacks, Interceptions, Catches, Passer Rating etc. Player must be active Week 1 of the regular season for bets on their individual performances to stand, else bets are void.  Wagers are available on who will achieve the most for each statistic. Players are not required to be active Week 1 for these wagers to stand.

Football Futures List

Pro Football Divisional Odds

Wager on which team will win the division.

Pro Football Conference Odds

Wager on which team will win the conference.

Pro Football Championship Odds

Wager on which team will win the season-long championship.

Big Game MVP

Wager on which player will win the MVP in the game.

College Football Championship

Wager on which team will win the championship.

College Football Conference

Wager on which team will win the Conference.

College Football Heisman Winner

Wager on which team will win the Heisman Trophy.

Pro Football Regular Season Wins

Wager on the number of regular season wins made by a team. Team must play all regular season games for the wager to have action.

College Football Regular Season Wins

Wager on the number of regular season wins made by a team. Team must play all regular season games for the wager to have action.

Division of Winning Team

Wager on which division the winner originates from.

Conference of Winning Team

Wager on which conference the winner originates from

State of Winning Team

Wager on which state the winner originates from

Name The Finalists

Which two teams will meet in the Championship Game. Should no game take place, all bets are void.

Exact Outcome

Which team will win, and who will they beat in the championship game.  Should no game take place, all bets are void.

#1 Seed

Team to be the #1 seed at the end of the regular season. Team must play all regular season games for the wager to have action.

Pro Football Division Finishing Position

Wager on the exact position a named team will finish within their division. Team must play all regular season games for the wager to have action.

Pro Football Awards

Wager on which player will win the named Award – AP MVP, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Coach of the Year.

Pro Football Regular Season Wins

Wager on the number of regular season wins made by a team. Team must play all regular season games for the wager to have action.

Head to Head Regular Season Team Wins

Wager on the number of regular seasons wins made by one team vs. another team. Team must play all regular season games for the wager to have action.

Team Season Specials

Wager on team specific specials – total yards gained, total TDs scored, exact total wins, record after x games etc. Team must play all regular season games for the wager to have action.

Football Parlay Builder Rules

Football Parlay Builder rules are the same as Football rules stated above, with the following exceptions. 

Race to X Points

‘Race to X’ selections where neither team reaches the selected score will be settled as losers, regardless of whether a ‘neither team to reach X’ selection was available as an alternate selection or not.

Postponed Games

Where a game is postponed or incomplete, and subsequently resumed or played within 48 hours (inclusive) of the original scheduled start time, all bets will stand. All bets placed on games played which commence more than 48 hours past the originally scheduled start time will be void. Once the 48 hours have expired, all bets are void and stakes will be refunded.

If a game is cancelled prior to commencement, it falls within the 48-hour rule for postponed games as described above. If it is cancelled after commencing but before its natural end point, the following rules apply:

Cancelled Games

Parlay Builders will be void if they include at least one selection involving a player who has not yet been on the field for at least one play. The rules outlined below are all applied subject to and subsequent to the application of this rule.

If every selection within a Parlay Builder on the game is already a winner where the fact of cancellation had no impact on the outcome of each selection, the Parlay Builder in its entirety will be treated as a winner. For example, a 2-leg Parlay Builder containing an over total points selection and a certain player to score a touchdown, in a game where the required points have been reached and the player did score a touchdown before the game was subsequently cancelled, will be treated as a winner. In this case, the cancellation had no impact on either selection. The same would not apply to an under total points selection where a game is cancelled while the total score is still under the chosen number, as the cancellation would impact that outcome.

If a single selection of a Parlay Builder has lost and a match is then cancelled, the Parlay Builder will be treated as a loser, where regardless of the fact of cancellation, the selection(s) in question had been irrevocably concluded. For example, a Parlay Builder including a first team to score selection, in a game where the other team scored first and the match was subsequently then cancelled, will be treated as a loser. In this case, the bet had already lost, and this outcome could not be affected in any way by whether the game was subsequently cancelled or not.

If there are no losing selections within a Parlay Builder and at least one void selection at the time of a game cancellation, the Parlay Builder will be treated as void. This rule applies where one or more selections are still undecided at cancellation and may have won or lost if the game had been completed as scheduled. For example, a Parlay Builder including an over total points selection, in a game cancelled while the total points are still below the required amount, will be treated as void. In this case, the total points selection was still undecided and may have won or lost but for the cancellation, so the bet will be voided.