You may normally do most of your Matched Betting on football, but do not neglect other sports like tennis. Especially during the major ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments, bookmakers often have very lucrative offers that you can take advantage of. However, it pays to be aware of the specific rules that apply to tennis matches, so you don’t get any nasty surprises when your bets have settled.
All bookmakers have very in-depth sports ‘betting rules’ that go into every little detail of all the various sports on offer. They can be very complicated and extremely tedious to get through, but we have done all the hard work for you and have compiled a handy list of bookmakers and betting exchanges, grouped according to the main rules they apply. You will find this list at the end of this guide, so just consult it whenever you want to place a Matched Bet on tennis, together with the explanations below, and it’ll be game, set and match to you!
Have you ever heard of tennis retirement rules? This term refers to the rules governing the settlement of bets placed on the match winner market for tennis matches. This basically means a pre-match or live bet on one of the two players in a tennis match winning the entire match.
Often a player ‘retires’ from a tennis match, e.g. because of injury, or one of the players is disqualified, and different bookmakers (and exchanges) apply different rules as to whether a bet is settled and paid out (or lost), or whether it is voided. This depends on how far the match has progressed at the point at which the player retires/is disqualified.
We are now going to outline the different rules in more detail, and for the purposes of this guide, we are going to focus on just three main rules, because all the German bookmakers and exchanges fall into one of those three categories.
The different retirement rules
11 Set Completed
This means that as soon as one set has been completed, all bets will stand even if a player retires afterwards. If a player retires during the first set, the bets will be voided.
A number of bookmakers, plus all of the exchanges, fall into this category.
The bet only stands if the entire match has been completed. If a player retires at any point before the match is complete, the bet will be void.
3Match Completed (except for a disqualification)
The bet only stands if the entire match has been completed. However, if a player is disqualified, the bet will be settled as the player progressing to the next round winning the match. Only a few bookmakers fall into this category.
Laying or Dutching?
As mentioned above, all of the exchanges fall into the first category. Therefore, if you want to place a Matched Bet and lay it as normal with an exchange, you MUST make sure that your bookmaker also falls into the first category, i.e. applies the same rule.
Why is this important? Let’s say you have placed a bet with William Hill on Player A to win the match, and you have laid the bet with your betting exchange. In the second set, Player B retires injured. Your bet with William Hill will be voided, as this bookmaker applies the ‘match completed’ rule, and the match wasn’t completed, but your bet with your betting exchange will still be valid, because the first set was completed. So you will lose your liability, without winning the other side of the matched bet, leaving you down overall.
But don’t worry – if the bookmaker you want to use doesn’t fall into the same category as the exchanges, you can still take advantage of their offer by dutching it instead. Just pick another bookmaker from the same category and use the DoppelWetten Dutcher to find a suitable match. As there are only two outcomes of a tennis match, Dutching is a very good option for tennis in any case.
Here is the list of bookmakers/exchanges sorted into the three main categories. We have carefully checked the bookmakers’ German T&Cs relating to this particular aspect, but if you notice any errors or any changes, please let us know in the Forum.
|1 Set Completed||Match Completed||Match Completed (except if a disqualification)|