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Sports Rules and Help

Players are responsible for understanding all applicable PlayNow Sports betting rules, which are documented in the PlayNow Sports Betting Game Conditions and which may be amended from time to time. The complete current betting rules and conditions are set out in the document links below.

file icon PlayNow Sports Betting Game Conditions [1,077KB] – Approved on September 13, 2021 and published on September 15, 2021.

file icon PlayNow Pools Game Conditions [259KB] – Last amended December 10, 2019

file icon PlayNow Manitoba Supplemental Sports Game Conditions [99KB] – Last amended December 5, 2019

Bet Types

Single Bets

A Single bet is a bet placed on one selection (without any combination of one or more other selections in a parlay). PlayNow now offers single-event betting on all markets in the Sportsbook (excluding Same Game Parlay).

Sports Freebet Tokens

How to get a Sports Freebet token

How can I get a Sports Freebet Token? Promotions offering Freebets are offered from time to time. To review the availability and details of any Freebet promotion, check the Sports Promotions page by clicking on the promotions link in the navigation at the top of the page.

There are also specific promotions that are available to you through your 'My Promotions' page from time to time. You can check these promotions by logging into your account and then click on the 'My Account' link at the top right corner of the page. From here you should click on the 'My Promotions' link in the left navigation and look for the section called 'Promotions Available to You'.

 

How to Play

How to place a Sports bet

First, log in with your user ID and password by clicking the 'LOG IN' button in the top right corner of the page. If you don’t have an account with PlayNow.com, click JOIN, it's free and only takes a few minutes.

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Next you need to find what you want to bet on. You can do this by searching the sports home page for featured bets - here you will find a mix of events available and some popular picks. You can also select a sport from the left navigation which will bring you to the specific sport page you have selected. Popular links are listed at the top under the 'Featured' header.

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Once you are on your selected sport page, you will find all available events displayed chronologically within each League or Tournament. To drill down to view all bets available within any event, click on the event name OR click the link on the far right of the event which displays the number of bets available.

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After you have decided on a selection, click the odds button for that pick which will add it to the Betslip.

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How to place a single bet

Betting on PlayNow no longer requires you to create parlay bets. You can choose to add a single Pick to your Betslip.

The next step is to enter your wager amount by clicking on the wager amount field. Doing this will calculate your potential winnings for the bet and will enable the ‘PLACE BET’ button at the bottom of the Betslip which you should click to place your bet.

You can add up to 20 single picks to your Betslip and can add a different wager amount for each of these and place your bet for all of them at the same time.

How to place a parlay bet

In order to make a parlay bet, select two or more picks to add to your Betslip. Once you have enough combinable picks on your Betslip to create a valid bet, the parlay betting option at the top of the Betslip or below the Singles selections will be displayed. The number of picks you have added to your Betslip will determine the number of parlay options available to bet on.

To place a bet (or multiple bets) enter your wager amount and click on the ‘PLACE BET' button at the bottom of your Betslip when you are ready to place your bet.

Confirming your bet

Now that your wagers have been entered, you are satisfied with your Potential Return (featured near the bottom of the Bet Slip) and have clicked the 'Place Bet' button, you will be displayed a summary of your bet on a confirmation screen. 

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This is a great opportunity to review your bet(s) and ensure all the details are correct. If your bet(s) are correct click the 'CONFIRM' button at the bottom of the Bet Slip or click 'Go Back' to make a change. (If you're not yet logged in, you will be prompted to do so at this time). Please note, once bets have been confirmed, they cannot be cancelled.

After your bet has been confirmed you will be presented with a success message and bet receipt which indicates your bet has been successfully placed.

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Glossary

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All-in Play

All-in play means bets having odds reflecting that the competitor may not play or take part in the event. If the Selection does not play or take part in the event, the bet stands as a non-winner.

American Odds

Also sometimes referred to as "Money Line Odds". American odds reveal the amount you must wager or can win on any selection based on $100 increment. If the odds offered on a particular event result are -110, it means that in order to 'win' $100 you would need to bet $110. If the odds are +110, it means that if you wagered $100, you would win $110. In this example you would calculate your payout by also adding your initial stake (wager).

Ante Post

Refers to any bet placed more than a day before the start of an event.


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Bet receipt

After successfully placing a bet, you will receive a receipt which will give you a unique Ticket ID. If you do not receive a bet receipt then your bet is not confirmed.

Bet slip

The area containing your picks and where to enter your wager amount(s) before confirming your bet(s).

Betting-in-Running

Another term for Live Betting. See 'Live Betting'.

BIR

Acronym for Betting-in-Running.

Booking

In Soccer, the term to indicate that a player has been given a yellow or red card by a referee. A player is said to have been "booked" after receiving a yellow or red card.


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Canadian

A Canadian consists of 26 bets on 5 picks in different events (10 Doubles, 10 Trebles, five 4-Fold parlay and one 5-Fold parlay) Two or more picks must be correct for a winning bet. A $1 Canadian costs $26 ($1 x 26 bets). (Similar to Sports Action Combo Play - Go for 2, (10 two game combos), Go for 3 (10 three game combos), Go for 4 (5 four game combos) and "go for all").

Card Index

The card index refers to the amount of cards shown by the referee in a football game. A yellow card is worth ten points, a red card is worth 25 points and two yellows leading to a red is worth 35 points.

Cash Out

Cash Out is only available on bets where all Selections are from eligible Cash Out Markets. Bets that are eligible for Cash Out will display as available under the Cash Out section on the betslip. Ongoing availability of Cash Out offers for any given bet is not guaranteed. As such, Players should not place bets with the sole intention to cash them out.

Combination Forecast

A combination forecast is betting on all the possible forecasts between three or more selections. If two of your selections finish first and second in any order then the bet is a winner.


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Dead Heat

A Dead Heat refers to an outcome where two or more competitors are tied for the same winning position (according to terms of your bet). In this instance your bet is settled under the 'dead heat reduction rules' for that event.

Dead Heat Reduction Rule

A Dead Heat Reduction is calculated by dividing the wager amount proportionally between the number of winners in the event. So, in a two-way dead heat (2 winners) for example, your return will be half of what was originally projected.

Decimal Odds

The odds expressed as a decimal number. Total odds are determined by multiplying the value (odds) of each selection, and then multiplying by the wager amount. Example: With decimal odds for a two event parlay with 2.50 for one selection, 2.00 for another selection and wager amount of $10, this bet would return $50.

Double

A Double (parlay) is one bet on 2 picks in different events. Both picks in a Double must be correct for a winning bet. (Similar to Sports Action Combo Play -Go for 2).

Double Chance

A "Double Chance" bet requires choosing one of the three selections offered. Each Double Chance selection covers two out of the three possible outcomes (Home win or Draw; Home win or Visitor win; Draw or Visitor win). With a Double Chance bet, you are hedging your bet by betting on TWO of the three possible outcomes in one bet.

Double Result

Also known as "Half Time/Full Time" as it pertains to Soccer betting, this bet requires the prediction of the outcome at half time AND at full time (end of 90 minutes). Double Result rules vary based on sport. Refer to the specific sports rules for full details regarding settlement.
For Soccer - Pick the team to be winning at Half-Time (or tie) AND the result after 90 Minutes.
For Hockey betting- Pick the result at the end of the first period combined with the result at the end of regulation (60 minutes).
For Football and Basketball betting- Pick the team to be winning at Half-Time (or tie) AND the team to win the game at the end of regulation (or the tie).

Draw (Tie) No Bet

A bet where the Player backs both the Win and the Draw so that they profit from a Win and break even from the Draw result.


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Favourite

The outcome that is most likely to occur. The selection within an offer that features the lowest odds (shortest price).

Forecast

A straight forecast is a bet on two selections to finish first and second in a particular order.

Fractional Odds

Fractional odds: Display is shown as a fraction, where numerator represents amount to win from wager amount shown in denominator.
For example: Odds of 1/3 mean that bettor wins $1 for each $3 staked (thus equal to 1.333... in decimal format), and 2/1 mean that bettor wins $2 for each unit staked (thus equal 3.00 in decimal format). So, with a stake of $100, profit on first bet is $33.33, and on the second bet, profit is $200. Profit is calculated as: wager amount multiplied by the fractional odds.

Full Cover Bet

A Full Cover Bet is a bet which consists of various combinations of parlays available from all picks on the Bet Slip (e.g. Trixie, Patent, Yankee, etc.).

Futures

A Futures bet (also known as an ‘Outright’) is on the outcome of a market typically to be completed in the longer-term future. These markets often include the results at the end of a season, winner of a tournament, championship or other special event.


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Game

Also known as 'Match'. A contest in which people or teams compete against each other in a particular sport.

Goliath

A Goliath consists of 247 bets on 8 picks in different events (28 doubles, 56 trebles, seventy 4-Folds, fifty-six 5-Folds, twenty-eight 6-Folds, eight 7-Fold and one 8-Folds). Two or more picks must be correct for a winning bet. Remember, a $1 Goliath actually costs you $247 ($1 x 247 bets).

Grand Salami

A bet on the over/under total for the combined score of all the hockey games on the schedule for that day.


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Half Time/Full Time

Also known as "Double Result". A bet placed on the result at BOTH half time and full time. For soccer matches, it includes a total of 9 outcomes, as compared to 3 outcomes in standard Match betting. Subsequently, odds are significantly higher, especially for outcomes with one team to win at half time and other team to win at full time.
There is often confusion with "Half Time/Full Time" and with the bet "Team to Win Both Halves". For example, if the result of the match Vancouver vs. Portland was 4-0 at half-time and 5-2 at full time, the bet "Vancouver Half Time/Vancouver Full Time" would be a winner; however, the bet "Vancouver to Win Both Halves" would not be a winner, as the result of second half was 1-2 in Portland’s favour.

Heinz

A Heinz consists of 57 bets on 6 picks in different events (15 Doubles, 20 Trebles, fifteen 4-Folds, six 5-Folds and one 6-Folds). Two or more picks must be correct for a winning bet. Remember, a $1 Heinz actually costs you $57 ($1 x 57 bets). (Similar to Sports Action Combo Play - Go for 2, (15 two game combos), Go for 3 (20 three game combos), Go for 4 (15 four game combos), Go for 5 (6 five game combos) and "go for all").


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In-running

See 'Live Betting'.

Insurebet

Usually offered to two or three places (as posted on each offer), Insurebet means that your selection is paid out if it wins, but if it finishes 2nd or 3rd you will get your wager back.


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Live Betting

Bets offered on an event, match, or race while it is currently in progress. Also known as ‘in-play’ or ‘in-running’ betting.


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Match

Also known as 'Game'. A contest in which people or teams compete against each other in a particular sport.

Match Result

A bet on the winner of a match or game.

Money Back Special

If a Money Back Special applies to an event, you could get your bet refunded, even if it's not a winner. Complete details and conditions for any Money Back Special offer will be as posted. Some restrictions apply. See our Promotions tab for complete details of any current Specials.

Money Line

Odds strictly on the straight-up game outcome with no consideration for a point spread. In order for a comparable potential winning payout to a player, more money must be risked to bet the favoured team; less money on the weaker team.

Mythical 2/3 Ball

This is a type of golf bet which allows you to bet between 2 or 3 golfers who are not in direct competition.


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Non-Starter

A Non-starter means an anticipated participant, competitor or other outcome listed as a Selection that withdraws, is disqualified, penalized, eliminated or otherwise fails to participate in an Event prior to final Settlement of the Market.

Non-Starter No Bet

When applied to a bet, if your Pick is a Non-starter and doesn't participate in the Event, then the selection is void and the wager will be returned.

Non-Starter Deduction Rule

Non-Starter Deduction Rule means the deduction applied to a winning bet on an event offered on a 'Non-Starter No Bet' basis where a different competitor (not the one selected by the Player as part of the winning bet) is for any reason withdrawn, suspended or disqualified in that event.


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Odds

The number that expresses probability of an event to occur, as offered by BCLC. Used to calculate amount of potential return on a wager. Odds can be viewed in 3 optional formats; Decimal, American and Fractional.

Over

Selection offered in many bets (in conjunction with Under) to predict that a goal, point or any increment will be above (or higher) then the set line.

Own goal

An own goal occurs in goal-scoring games when a player scores a goal that is registered against his or her own team.


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Parlay

A parlay is a single bet that links together two or more individual Picks and is dependent on all of those Picks being correct for a winning outcome.

Patent

A Patent consists of 7 bets on three picks in different events. (3 Singles, 3 Doubles and 1 Treble). Similar to a Trixie but also has singles. One or more picks must be correct for a winning bet. Remember, a $1 Patent costs $7 ($1 x 7 bets).

Pick

A selection added to the Bet Slip.

Point Spread

A Point Spread bet helps even the odds of any particular sporting event by subtracting points from the favoured competitor and subsequently adding the same amount of points to the weaker competitor. Each team has points either added or subtracted from the final score, to then determine if the bet is a winner. For example, if you bet the Point Spread on Vancouver at (-1), and Vancouver won the match 1-0, then the Point Spread result would actually be a Draw.

Power Pick

A single bet featuring multiple outcomes and increased odds value. A Power Pick CANNOT be parlayed with any other bet. All event results within the Power Pick must be correct for a winning bet.

Pre-Event betting

Bets offered on an event, match or race prior to commencing.

Prop

A bet offered on any of a variety of situations, circumstances or occurrences within an event.

Puck Line

The Puck Line is a Point Spread bet for hockey.


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Related Contingencies

Bets (or selections) that cannot be combined due to those bets being correlated.

Return

The amount returned to you after a winning bet.

Reverse Forecast

A reverse forecast is two bets on two selections to finish first and second in any order.

Run Line

The Run Line is a Point Spread bet for baseball.

Runner

A competitor in an race or Event.


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Same Game Parlay

“Same Game Parlay” or “SGP” means a type of PlayNow Sports Bet consisting of a parlay with a minimum of two distinct selections from the same event.

Scorecast

A bet requiring the prediction of both the player to score first AND correct score in the game or match (for example, Messi to score first AND Barcelona to win 2-0). The odds of both outcomes are combined into one offer (single). We do not fully void a Scorecast if the player does not partake in the game instead the bet is settled as a Correct Score single bet. The first goalscorer part of the bet is governed by the same rules as first goalscorer single bets - own goals do not count and if your player either comes on before the first goal is scored or goes off without scoring, the entire bet is deemed as a non-winner.

Selection

A betting offer with associated odds that can added to Bet Slip to become a Pick.

Single

A Single is among the simplest types of bet where a wager is placed on the outcome of one event. Some single bets (like a Same Game Parlay bet) may include a number of outcomes to be predicted correctly in order to be a winner.

Stake

The amount ($CAD) of your wager. Also known as a 'wager'.

Super Heinz

A Super Heinz consists of 120 bets on 7 picks in different events (21 Doubles, 35 Trebles, thirty-five 4-Fold parlays, twenty-one 5-Fold parlays, seven 6-Fold parlays, and one 7-Fold parlay). Two or more picks must be correct for a winning bet. Remember, a $1 Super Heinz actually costs you $120 ($1 x 120 bets).


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Team to win both Halves

A bet offered for a Team to win both the first half AND the second half. For example, if the result of the match Vancouver vs. Portland was 4-0 at half time and 5-2 at full time; the bet “Vancouver to win both halves” would NOT be a winner (as the second half result was 1-2 in Portland’s favour). This should not be confused with a “Half Time/Full Time” bet, whereby with this same game outcome, the bet "Vancouver Half Time/Vancouver Full Time" would be the winning selection.

Tie (Draw) No Bet

In the event that the result exactly matches the line in a bet (e.g. The line on a Total Goals bet is 5 - and the final Result is 5, then both Over and Under bets on that line would be void.

Treble

A Treble (parlay) is one bet on 3 picks in different events. All 3 picks must be correct for a winning bet. (Similar to Sports Action Combo Play -Go for 3).

Tricast

A tricast is a bet on three selections to finish first, second and third in a race in a particular order.

Trixie

A Trixie consists of 4 bets on 3 picks in different events (3 Doubles and 1 Treble). Two or more picks must be correct for a winning bet. Remember, a $1 Trixie actually costs you $4 ($1 x 4 bets). (Similar to Sports Action Combo Play - Go for 2, (3 two game combos) and "go for all"').


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Under

Selection offered in many bets (in conjunction with Over) to predict that a goal, point or any increment will be below (or lower) then the set line.


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Void (Bet)

A bet which is neither won nor lost. If a bet is deemed void, the Player will get their wager back if on a single bet, and odds are deemed to be 1.00 if that bet is part of a parlay. All rules on Void bets are located in the Betting Rules.


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Wincast

A bet requiring the prediction of both a player to score AND the winning team.

Win/Place

A Win/Place (also sometimes known as an 'Each Way') refers to a two part bet; one part on the Pick to Win, the second part on the Pick to Place. The place part of the bet will be settled according to the Win/Place terms posted for each event (e.g. 5 places at 1/4 of the odds).

Win-Tie-Win (Win-Draw-Win)

A bet requiring the prediction of one of the three possible outcomes of a sports event (Home win, Tie/Draw, OR Visitor win).


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Yankee

A Yankee consists of 11 bets on 4 picks in different events (6 Doubles, 4 Trebles and one 4-Fold parlay) Two or more picks must be correct for a winning bet. A $1 Yankee costs $11 ($1 x 11 bets). (Similar to Sports Action Combo Play - Go for 2, (6 two game combos), Go for 3 (4 three game combos) and "go for all").


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4-Fold

A 4-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 4 picks in different events. All 4 picks must be correct for a winning bet. (Similar to Sports Action Combo Play - Go for 4).

5-Fold

A 5-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 5 picks in different events. All 5 picks must be correct for a winning bet. (Similar to Sports Action Combo Play - Go for 5).

6-Fold

A 6-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 6 picks in different events. All 6 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

7-Fold

A 7-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 7 picks in different events. All 7 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

8-Fold

An 8-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 8 picks in different events. All 8 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

9-Fold

A 9-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 9 picks in different events. All 9 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

10-Fold

A 10-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 10 picks in different events. All 10 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

11-Fold

An 11-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 11 picks in different events. All 11 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

12-Fold

A 12-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 12 picks in different events. All 12 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

13-Fold

A 13-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 13 picks in different events. All 13 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

14-Fold

A 14-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 14 picks in different events. All 14 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

15-Fold

A 15-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 15 picks in different events. All 15 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

16-Fold

A 16-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 16 picks in different events. All 16 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

17-Fold

A 17-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 17 picks in different events. All 17 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

18-Fold

An 18-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 18 picks in different events. All 18 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

19-Fold

A 19-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 19 picks in different events. All 19 picks must be correct for a winning bet.

20-Fold

A 20-Fold (parlay) is one bet on 20 picks in different events. All 20 picks must be correct for a winning bet.


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Common sports betting errors:

Some of your picks cannot be combined in a parlay. Please adjust your bet.

What does this error mean?

some of your picks cannot be combined in a parlay error example

You are not allowed to combine two (or more) picks that are considered related and/or come from the same event. PlayNow does not accept bets where the outcome of one event contributes wholly or partly to the outcome of another.

One or more of your picks is suspended. Please remove it before submitting your bet.

What does this error mean?

the odds, line or availability of one or more picks has changed error example

The pick may have changed and it is no longer available; the event may have now started or completed; or liability limits may have been reached.

PlayNow's odds are dynamic and can change in real time dependent on numerous factors. As an event nears starting time, begins or is already in play, the odds and bets associated with that event can change, suspend, or be taken off site without prior notice.


New Updates


Betslip

New Feature: You can now toggle between the amount you would like to wager - “Wager” amount or the amount you would like to win from this bet - “To Win” amount. Players populating the “To Win” value will have their stake size automatically adjust to whatever amount is required. For example below, by entering “To Win” value of $40 which automatically calculates that the stake size of this bet must be $50.

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Win value

Betslip Settings – Confirm my Bet before Placing

Under the Betslip Settings, you can toggle between having a bet confirmation prompt before your bet is placed or turning off the prompt where you will NOT receive a confirmation.

Bet Confirmation On – If Bet Confirmation is turned ON , you will get a prompt asking you to “Confirm Bet” or “Go Back” to place a new wager

Bet Confirmation Off - If Bet Confirmation is turned OFF, the bet placement will be attempted as soon as you click on “Place Bet.”

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BetSlip Settings – Mobile Quick Bets

You can toggle between on or off for “Quick Bets” where it provides a series of pre-set bet amount ($5, $15, $25, etc) allowing players to select a default stake amount to place their quick bet. The Quick Bet feature does not replace the ability to bet with the primary betslip but provides Players with an additional convenient method when placing Single bets.

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Teasers

Teasers allow the adjustment of point spreads and game totals on two or more teams on football and basketball. A fixed number of points are ‘bought’ on all selections in the teaser. The number of teams selected, and the number of points selected determine the payout odds.

In the below example you can “buy” points at +4, +4.5, +5  through the drop down menu, which will correspond with the adjustment of the odds.

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The payout tables for football and basketball are listed below.

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Cash Out

Auto Cash Out allows a customer to create a rule that sets a value threshold that will automatically Cash Out a bet if it reaches the set amount you create.

By clicking on “Cash Out Settings” you will have 2 options – “Auto” and “Partially” Cash Out. The example below shows the bet will automatically Cash Out if the value gets to $60 without the need for the customer to take any further action. The third screenshot shows what it looks like after the Auto Cash Out rule has been set. This rule can be removed three ways, by manually clicking the blue Cash Out button, by partially Cashing Out some of the bet’s value or by pressing the ‘x’ beside the rule.

Multi-Line Cash Out – We also offer Cash Out on Multi-Line/Combination bets. Although these bets are made up of many lines, the Cash Out offer will only be at the bet level. This means that the customer will only receive a Cash Out offer for the entirety of the bet and not for the individual lines.

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