Betting Rules

General Sports Rules

The General Sports Rules as listed below apply to all sports unless otherwise stated in the specific rules for individual sports and events.

Odds
Odds on PlayNow are dynamic and always potentially subject to change (or removal) without prior notice.

Venue Changes
If an event is no longer taking place at the venue advertised, bets will still stand as long as the venue has not been changed to the opponent's ground (or in the case of international matches, as long as the venue remains in the same country).

However, the Corporation reserves the right to void any bet where it is determined that a change of venue has had a significant impact on the odds of the match.

Competitors with the same name
Where there is more than one competitor with the same surname and a selection has not been identified by either first name, team (where applicable), or qualifying odds, the competitor with the lowest advertised odds will be taken as the selection. In the event of one or more competitors being offered at the lowest advertised odds then the wager will be divided between them.

Related contingencies (Correlated bets)
Parlay bets are not accepted where the outcome of one event contributes wholly or partly to the outcome of another. The Corporation has the right to restrict or allow certain selections to be parlayed at its discretion. If taken in error, the bet will be settled at the "special odds" for the parlay at the time of the bet.

Example:
A $20 2-event parlay (double) for the Canucks to win the Western Conference Finals @ odds of 3.00 and Canucks to qualify for the Stanley Cup Finals @ 1.50 is settled as a $20 double at odds of 3.00. (If Canucks have won the Western Conference Finals, then they would automatically qualify for the Stanley Cup Finals)

However, where the related parts of the bet are resolved at different times the bet will be settled as instructed, with the odds for the second or subsequent bets within the parlay being determined at each individual stage.

Example:
A $20 2 event parlay (double) on Canucks to win the Western Conference Finals and Canucks to win the Stanley Cup Finals is settled as instructed with the odds for Canucks to win the Stanley Cup Futures being the next odds offered by the Corporation after the Western Conference Final has been concluded. Should Canucks lose either the Western Conference Final or Stanley Cup Final then the bet is a non-winner.

If any bets are accepted in error on the same selection or team to win multiple events we reserve the right to void such bets or to place them at a special odds for the parlay as indicated above.

Power Picks
All outcomes within a Power Pick must be correct (as specified in the terms posted) in order to win. Power Picks cannot be parlayed with any other bets. The Corporation has the right to void any Power Pick or bet with enhanced odds that is comprised of an event that is not completed (e.g. abandoned, postponed).

Championship, League/Tournament, Cup/trophy competitions
Unless the Corporation specifies other terms, we will settle Futures betting on the player or team that lifts the trophy.

Point Spread (Handicap) Bets
In the event that the outcome of a Point Spread (or handicap) bet settles on the exact spread (line) offered in a bet, that selection is deemed void (or a 'push').

For a parlay bet where one (or more) picks have been deemed void and there remains at least one valid pick within the original parlay, those void picks will be reassigned odds of 1.00 and the bet will stand. For bets in which all picks have been deemed void, the players wager on those bets will be returned.

Top Goal Scorer/ Point Scorer bets
Top goal scorer/point scorer in a competition will be settled in accordance with dead heat reduction rules if players finish on the same number of goals/points scored, regardless of whether an official result is determined by other means by the sports ruling body.

Fraud or Suspicious activity, Event Rigging or Fixing
Where there is evidence or suspicion of illegal or fraudulent activity, or of odds, race, game, match or event rigging or fixing, we reserve the right to suspend your account and/or withhold payment, pending the outcome of any subsequent investigation and ultimately to declare bets on that event as void. Where evidence of rigging exists or where there is evidence of a series of bets each containing the same selection(s), having been placed by or for the same individual or by a syndicate of individuals, we reserve the right to require claims for payment to be made to our customer support department.

In the event of an official inquiry in relation to suspicious betting activity surrounding an event, we reserve the right to disclose confidential information to the sport's governing body or their representatives, on the condition that they consent to keeping such information confidential.

Live Scores and Statistical information
Live scores and other statistical information displayed on PlayNow.com are supplied through a third party and are indicative only; no responsibility will be accepted by the Corporation for bets placed on their basis.

Injuries
In the event of any injury news being announced which can significantly affect the odds, (e.g. Top Goal Scorer/Top Run Scorer) the Corporation reserves the right to either void bets, apply the Dead Heat Reduction Rule, or revert bets to the next odds offered after the offer has been revised due to that injury news. This could apply to bets placed between the release of the injury news and the revision of the offer in question.

Live Betting Rules

'Live Betting' refers to betting that takes place while an event is in progress.

The Corporation reserves the right to void any part or all, of any bets, on any event that is not completed (e.g. abandoned, postponed), on which Live Betting is offered.

Where we have reason to believe that a bet is placed after the outcome of an event is known, we reserve the right to void the bet. Pre-Event betting (non-Live) rules will apply except where otherwise implied by a difference in selections, prices or bets offered. Where a blatant error is made in offering a Point Spread (e.g. The line or spread reads as '-' instead of '+' or vice versa ) on any event on which we are offering Live Betting, we reserve the right to settle bets at the correct Spread at the time at which the bet was placed.

Please note that in the case of Live Betting, you may not at any time be able to see or otherwise be provided with the most up-to-date information in relation to the relevant event for reasons outside of our control, including for example (but without limitation) a slow connection or equipment, or other system flaws, faults, errors or service interruption. The Corporation shall not be liable for any delay in relaying up-to-date information.

Also, when placing a Live bet, a built-in delay is added at the time of bet confirmation. This delay ensures player fairness by mitigating any potential differences with individual Internet connection speeds or varying broadcast delays of the event.

Rounding
Normal mathematical rounding (round up for a half cent or more and round down if less than a half cent) is used to present numbers that are more than two decimal places long. To avoid potential rounding issues, odds and winnings are calculated out to 12 decimal places.

Limits/Maximum Payouts

All bets are subject to a maximum payment to any one Player in any one calendar day (Pacific Time), irrespective of wagers, odds or number of winning selections as listed below. A bet is accepted on the basis that it is the investment of one Player. The onus of responsibility rests firmly with the Player to stay within the limits outlined below. Maximum bet limits may vary on an individual basis, and by sport, league, and/or selection.

Maximum payout values are set for each sport (below) and are stated in CAD($). The Corporation will manage liability by limiting the amount that can be wagered on a given event. Winnings will not be pro-rated, nor will accepted wager amounts be reduced after a bet is placed, except in the instance of a Dead Heat Reduction and/or if the Non-Starter Deduction Rule is applied, or other circumstances as otherwise stated in the Rules. The maximum amount that could potentially be won at the time the wager was placed will always be shown on the bet slip when placing the bet.

The Corporation has the right at its discretion to "delay" or "withhold" during an investigation of a payout.

As well, The Corporation reserves the right to limit the number of picks in a parlay for the purposes of liability management.

North American sports
The maximum that can be won on any Hockey/ Football / Basketball / Baseball bet is $100,000.

Soccer
The maximum that can be won on all soccer bets is $100,000 including Futures.

Golf
The maximum that can be won on any golf selection/event is $100,000.

GAA
The maximum that can be won on any bet including GAA selection/event is $100,000.

Other sports
Any bet which includes a sports selection (other than stated above) will be subject to a maximum payment of $100,000 including futures sports events.

Novelty and/or non-sporting events
A bet where the subject matter of the bet is not strictly sports related, and may be based on an arts, sciences, or current event or any other special interest subject matter.

A Novelty Bet has a maximum payment of $25,000.

Any additional conditions for Novelty Bets will be stipulated with the offered bet.

Bet Types

Single Bets

Bets designated as a 'Single' can be placed without the requirement of combining with an additional selection. The Criminal Code of Canada currently prohibits single-event betting; however PlayNow.com can offer some "single" bets in as much as those bets are comprised of a parlay embedded within a single bet. For example, a 'Correct Score' bet can be offered as a 'single', as it requires the prediction of the correct score of BOTH teams (or players) in order to successfully win the bet. All Single bets are highlighted with a S icon next to the offer. Types of bets that are often offered as a single bet include Futures, Correct Score, Scorecast, Wincast and Power Picks.

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, login with your user ID and password by clicking the 'LOGIN' button in the top right corner of the page. If you haven't got an account with PlayNow.com, click REGISTER, it's free and only takes a few minutes.

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 (you can drill down further by clicking on the arrow next to each sport to reveal the available Leagues). Popular links are featured at the top under 'Quick Links' header.

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.

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

How to place a singles bet

If the bet you added to your bet slip is a 'Single' bet you can do not need to parlay your pick and instead can enter the amount you want to bet in your bet slip by clicking on the wager field. Doing this will calculate your potential winnings for the bet and will enable the 'PLACE BET' button at the bottom of the bet slip which you should click to place your bet.

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

How to place a parlay bet

In most cases you will have to select at least two picks and combine them as a parlay to place a bet. First you will select your picks and add them to your bet slip. When you have added one pick to your bet slip you will be prompted to add another.

After you have added your picks the parlay betting options will be displayed in your bet slip.

Depending on the number of picks you have added to your bet slip, will depend on the number of parlay options available to bet on. Hover over the Parlay options in order to get a description of the bet offered. When the parlay options become available, all you need to do to place a bet is enter the amount you want to bet in your bet slip by clicking on the wager field. Doing this will calculate your potential winnings for the bet and will enable the 'PLACE BET' button at the bottom of the bet slip which you should click to place your bet.

Confirming your bet

Now that your wagers have been entered, you are satisfied with your Potential Win (featured near the bottom of the Bet Slip) and have clicked the 'Place Bet' button, you will be displayed a breakdown of your bet on a confirmation screen. (If you're not yet logged in, you will be prompted to do so at this time).

This is a great opportunity to review your bets and ensure your bet(s) are correct. If your bet(s) are correct click the 'CONFIRM' button at the bottom of the bet slip or click 'Cancel' to go back to your picks and make a change. Please note, once bets have been confirmed, they cannot be canceled

After your bet has been confirmed you will be presented with a bet receipt which indicates your bet has been successfully placed. From here you can either clear your slip or click 'Back to picks' which brings you back to your bet slip state and will display your picks you added previously.

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.

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

An 'embedded parlay' (comprised of multiple events) wagered on the outcome of a season, tournament, championship or other special event. Most Futures bets are offered as a single bet.


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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 bet, 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 participant or competitor in a race or event that does not compete or race.

Non-Starter No Bet

When applied to a bet, if your Pick 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.

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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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 a selection that can be wagered on without requiring to parlay with another Pick. The Criminal Code of Canada currently prohibits single-event betting, however PlayNow.com does offer some single bets that are comprised of an "Embedded Parlay(s)". Singles actually require the prediction of the outcome of a minimum of two events WITHIN a single offer. For example, a 'Correct Score' bet can be offered as a 'single', as you must successfully predict both the correct score of BOTH teams (or players) in order to successfully win your bet. Futures bets are also included as single bets. All Single bets are highlighted with "single" icon next to the offer.

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:

Another pick is required to place a bet.

What does this error mean?

You must have at least TWO picks to place the bet.

PlayNow.com is unable to offer single-event betting because it is currently prohibited by The Criminal Code of Canada.

PlayNow.com can offer some "single" bets in as much as those bets are comprised of a parlay embedded within a single bet. For example, a 'Correct Score' bet can be offered as a 'single', as it requires the prediction of the correct score of BOTH teams (or players) in order to successfully win the bet. All Single bets are highlighted with an icon next to the offer. Types of bets that are often offered as a single bet include Futures (Outrights), Correct Score, Scorecast, Wincast and Power Picks.

Two or more picks are correlated and/or are from the same event and cannot be combined in a bet.

What does this error mean?

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.

A pick on the bet slip has been suspended and is no longer available.

What does this error mean?

The odds associated with the pick have changed and the bet is no longer available or the event has started and therefore the pick is no longer valid.

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.


Sports Action


Sports Action and PlayNow Sports currently provide sports bettors with the 'best of both worlds', providing two unique sports betting options to all B.C. residents of 19 years of age or older. While events and types of bets available for Sports Action are often similar to events also offered on PlayNow Sports (aside from Toto), each are distinct and thereby each feature their own unique set of rules and regulations. Below are some of the common questions Players often ask regarding some of the similarities and differences.

Why does BCLC have two different sports betting brands?

Sports Action launched in B.C. in 1991 and continues to be a popular, option for bettors at retail outlets.

BCLC launched the new PlayNow online sportsbook in 2012 in an effort to provide B.C. sports bettors a more comparable 'Las Vegas' type betting experience and a more viable option for those BC sports bettors who are currently risking their money with illegal or unregulated Internet sportsbooks.

The PlayNow sportsbook now offers more sports, more leagues, tournaments and more types of bets than ever before. New parlay options, single bets, Futures and Outrights, Bet-Back Bonuses and other promotions, immediate settlement and payment on winning bets and betting on LIVE games while they're in-play are some of the most significant enhancements. Along with all of the new offers on PlayNow, also come new betting rules and conditions (different than Sports Action). Be sure to familiarize yourself with the betting rules for the sports you bet on - as whether your bets win or lose your bets will be determined accordingly.

Where can I place my bets?

Sports Action is available through lottery retailers in convenience stores, major grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, BCLC branded lottery kiosks and through bars and pubs throughout the province.

PlayNow is available online at PlayNow.com and through your mobile device at mobile.playnow.com.

Why do the odds on Sports Action and PlayNow Sports differ?

Odds on Sports Action games cannot be changed after they are posted and a risk premium (slightly lower odds) is therefore, applied to account for the added advantage provided to the bettor. Because PlayNow Sports is offered online and through a different system than Sports Action, PlayNow has additional dynamic liability controls in place. These controls include the ability to change the odds on an event if necessary and/or setting variable betting limits on an event, which generally enables PlayNow to offer higher odds.

Why do the odds change on PlayNow but stay the same on Sports Action?

PlayNow Sports is offered through a different system than Sports Action, allowing for dynamic, or changing, odds. Odds on PlayNow may often shift based on numerous factors affecting an event prior to starting (i.e. injuries, weather, etc.); and even more frequently for bets offered on "Live" events.

Unlike PlayNow odds, Sports Action odds cannot be adjusted once they have been posted. Due to the additional advantage this provides to the bettor, Sports Action odds are typically more conservative.

Why doesn't Sports Action have all of the same Sports/Leagues/Events as PlayNow?

While both PlayNow and Sports Action provide various betting options on sporting events, the two brands are operationally distinct so there are many differences between them.

Sports Action currently offers a maximum of 240 events per week (Oddset, Point Spread, Over/Under), selecting the most popular betting events available.

Toto is a 'pools' offering unique to Sports Action players. Currently there are no 'pools' available on PlayNow.

PlayNow Sports is not restricted in the number of sports/leagues/events/bets offered.

Why aren't all of the same types of bets offered on PlayNow Sports, offered on Sports Action?

Sports Action currently offers six unique betting options, played through unique selection slips at retail outlets (Oddset 3-Outcome, Oddset 2-Outcome, Point Spread, Over/Under, Props and Toto) and adheres to the specific rules and regulations for these offers. PlayNow Sports, which is offered online (and not through a specific selection slip) features a broader variety of ways to bet.

If a game or event is already available for betting on PlayNow why can't it also be available now on Sports Action?

When odds are posted on PlayNow for any game (for example the Money Line on an NFL game), this actually has no bearing as to when odds will become available for Sports Action 2-Outcome Oddset. Sports Action menus are posted every Monday and Thursday morning however some odds are posted each morning for certain sports. PlayNow Sports can post odds further in advance with the ability to adjust odds as necessary due to any potential changes or updates that may affect the games offered. PlayNow Sports similarly can post odds on events at any point during the day, whereas Sports Action menus are more limited with an inability to update the odds.

What if I don't have a computer - can I still bet on PlayNow?

It is not required that players own a computer to bet on PlayNow.com, but you do need to have access to a computer or smart phone or tablet. (i.e. you could use a computer at a friend's house, or at a library or internet café to access PlayNow.com).

Why doesn't BCLC also offer PlayNow Sports where I can buy Sports Action?

Due to operational system requirements, PlayNow Sports cannot currently be offered in our channel of lottery retailers via the lottery terminal. However, with the PlayNow sportsbook also available on mobile devices, you can make your bets on PlayNow wherever you are!

Sports Action menus are available online at https://lotto.bclc.com/sports-action/, however Sports Action bets may only be purchased at authorized retailers.

Will Sports Action be offering "Live" betting?

Because PlayNow Sports is online, and offered through a different system, the dynamic liability controls allow PlayNow to offer Live betting on games already in progress. These controls include the ability to change the odds of a "Live" event and setting variable limits on events and bets.

Since PlayNow already offers betting on 'Live' events, there are no current plans to offer Live betting on Sports Action.

Why can I combine Props within the same event with Sports Action, but not on PlayNow Sports?

PlayNow Sports restricts correlated parlays on props within the same event, and as such can offer higher odds on these types of bets.

Sports Action already accounts for potential correlation in the Prop bets offered, and therefore combining props within the same event is possible

What bets on PlayNow are similar to the Sports Action games?

While Sports Action and PlayNow Sports each feature their own unique set of rules and regulations, there are similarities in the bets offered. For all conditions for Sports Action and PlayNow Sports please review the complete Rules and Regulations. Below is a brief comparison of comparable Sports Action bets found on PlayNow Sports:


Sports Action Oddset 3-outcome

For most sports, there is typically an option to choose either of two teams/players to WIN or a TIE on PlayNow. The names and rules of these bets on PlayNow will vary based on the sport and league. Some examples of these bets include Win-Draw-Win, Win-Tie-Win & 60 Minute Line.

Currently, Basketball features an 'Oddset 3 way' market that features a tie result if either team wins by 5 or less points.

The most similar bet to Oddset 3 on PlayNow for NFL betting is the Win-Tie-Win (+/- 7.5 Points). The difference between this market and the Sports Action Oddset 3-Outcome is that this betting market offers a "tie" as "Either Team by 7 Points or Less".

Sports Action has specific TIE rules for each sport and similarly PlayNow Sports bets have rules of settlement unique to each sport and/or bet. Please review the Rules and Regulations prior to placing any bet.


Sports Action Oddset 2-outcome

For most sports, there is typically an option to predict either of two teams/players to win WITHOUT the TIE result on PlayNow. The names and rules of these bets on PlayNow will vary based on the sport and league. Some examples of these bets include Money Line & Match Result.

Sports Action Oddset has specific settlement rules for each sport and similarly PlayNow Sports bets have rules of settlement unique to each sport and/or bet. Please review the Rules and Regulations prior to placing any bet.


Sports Action Point Spread

For most sports, there is typically an option to predict either of two teams/players to win after applying a point spread or handicap on PlayNow. The names and rules of these bets on PlayNow will vary based on the sport and league. Some examples of these bets include Point Spread, Puck Line, Run Line & Handicap

Sports Action Point Spread uses a payout table based on the number of selections to determine the potential payout while each selection on PlayNow has odds associated with that result to determine potential payout.

Sports Action Point Spread has specific settlement rules for each sport and similarly PlayNow Sports bets have rules of settlement unique to each sport and/or bet. Please review the Rules and Regulations prior to placing any bet.


Sports Action Over/Under

For most sports, there is typically an option to predict the total amount of points/goals scored in a game on PlayNow. The names and rules of these bets on PlayNow will vary based on the sport and league. Some examples of these bets include Total Points, Total Points Scored & Total Goals.

Sports Action Over/Under uses a payout table based on the number of selections to determine the potential payout while each selection on PlayNow has odds associated with that result to determine potential payout.

Sports Action Over/Under has specific settlement rules for each sport and similarly PlayNow Sports bets have rules of settlement unique to each Sport and/or bet. Please review the Rules and Regulations prior to placing any bet.


Sports Action Props

For most sports, there are typically various prop bets that can be placed in a game on PlayNow.

Props for games on PlayNow Sports can be found within the either the Sport/League page or within the list of bets on each specific Event page.

All Sports Action Props can be found on the daily Props Menu.

Sports Action Props offered within a single event may be parlayed together to create a bet however this is NOT typically allowed for bets on PlayNow Sports. This is due to differing methods of managing liability on each event along with functional differences in the bet mechanics on PlayNow.

Sports Action Props has specific settlement rules for each sport and similarly PlayNow Sports bets have rules of settlement unique to each sport and/or bet. Please review the Rules and Regulations prior to placing any bet.


Sports Action Toto

While there is currently no 'pools' type game with a pari-mutuel growing prize pool available on PlayNow Sports , it is possible to place a parlay on the outcome of 13 games by manually selecting the events and bet of their choice (Money Line/Point Spread/Totals etc.) and adding them to the bet slip.

Do the same TIE rules with Sports Action apply to bets on PlayNow Sports?

No, not necessarily. Sports Action and PlayNow Sports bets each have specific settlement rules unique to each sport and/or bet. Please review the Rules and Regulations for Sports Action or PlayNow Sports prior to placing any bet.

Why aren't all bets available as "single" bets?

While Sports betting is legal in every province in Canada, it's currently deemed illegal for Canadian jurisdictions to offer single-event sports betting; as such, sports bets must be parlayed, meaning a minimum of two different events must be combined when placing a bet.

In September 2011, a private member's bill (titled Bill C-290) was reintroduced to amend the Criminal Code [s. 207 (4)(b),] to allow Canadian jurisdictions like BCLC the ability to choose to offer betting on single events.

For more information on Bill C-290, visit c290now.ca

Due to some bet types, which intrinsically require the outcome of multiple events, there are in fact some bets on PlayNow Sports that can be made in a single transaction and do not require you to parlay with an additional selection. These singles include Futures (Outright) bets (i.e. Stanley Cup Winner) or bets that include multiple outcomes within a single bet (such as 'Power Picks', or bets like 'Correct Score' or 'Half-Time/FullTime' ('Double Result') bets). All bets designated as 'singles' are highlighted throughout the site with "single" icon next to the offer.

Why isn't betting on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Boxing or other sports like Cycling or Motor Racing available on Sports Action or PlayNow Sports?

Historically, BCLC has not offered these types of sports, but may consider offering these sports in the future.

Why can I parlay different bet types with PlayNow but not on Sports Action?

PlayNow is not purchased through using a Selection Slip and therefore bets can be created by selecting picks across different types of bets (i.e. A Money Line selection can be parlayed with a Point Spread selection and a Total Points selection, all within a single bet).

How do I interpret the odds on PlayNow - and why are there different available formats for the odds?

Unlike Sports Action which displays odds in a decimal format, PlayNow gives you the option to view the odds in 3 different formats. To change the odds format, use the odds format selector found near the bottom of the left navigation bar and select your preferred format from the drop down menu. Below is brief description of the 3 different formats:


Decimal

With Decimal odds, multiply the value of the odds with your wager to determine your potential win. The outcome with the lowest odds is projected as the most likely outcome (or 'favourite') and vice-versa the outcome with the highest odds being the least likely to occur (also known as the 'dog').

Example: With decimal odds of 2.50 and wager amount of $10, this bet would potentially return $25.

For a parlay bet, the total odds of a bet are determined by multiplying the value of all the odds and then multiplying by the amount bet. The Return from a winning bet when using Decimal odds includes the original stake or wager in this calculation.

Example: With decimal odds of 2.50 and 4.00 and wager amount of $10, this bet would potentially return $100.


American

American odds (also sometimes referred to as "Money Line" odds) reveal the amount you must wager or can win on any selection based on a $100 increment. The favoured outcome is always displayed as a negative number. A negative number expresses the dollar amount that would need to be wagered in order to win $100, while a positive number expresses the dollar amount that would be won from a $100 wager.

Example: If the odds offered on a particular outcome 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).


Fractional

With Fractional odds, the numerator represents the amount to win from the wager amount shown in denominator. Example: Odds of 1/3 mean that bettor would win $1 for each $3 staked (thus equal to 1.33 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, potential win on first bet is $133.33, and on the second bet, potential win is $300.