Player Prop Betting Rules: What Happens if the Player Doesn’t Get in the Game?

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There are few better feelings in prop betting than cashing your under ticket because the player put up 0’s across the board. But that’s assuming that player actually saw the court, field, diamond or ice.

If you weren’t following the game or your prop closely, a moment of panic sets in. Did the player post goose eggs because they had a poor showing, or because they didn’t play a single second?

And depending on the sportsbook, your bet may or may not stand depending on what happened.

There are three primary ways that books handle this situation:

  1. Every sportsbook will cancel your bet if the player is inactive per the league or team’s official injury report. That’s the case if you bet the over or under.
  2. Some books will honor the bet if the player is active, even if he or she doesn’t play a single second.
  3. But other books require the player to at least appear in the game — whether it’s a snap, minute, inning, etc. — for the bet to stand, whether it’s an over or under.

Some books treat props differently by sport. FanDuel requires a player to be active per the NFL’s injury report for bets to count, but in the NBA, the player must “take the court” for bets to stand. In sports like MLB and soccer, where you cannot be subbed back in after leaving the game, players must start the game for the props to count.

All United States sportsbooks are required to post House Rules, which contain these details, but many of them don’t detail every specific scenario.

House rules are easiest to find by simply Googling something like “DraftKings house rules” since they can often be hard to find by navigating the websites themselves.

Again, each book handles things differently by sport, but here are how a few of the major ones in the U.S. handle NFL player props:

Sportsbook Rule
DraftKings Must play
FanDuel Must be active
WynnBet Must play
BetMGM Must be active
PointsBet Must play
Caesars Must play

1. DraftKings

Rule: Must play one snap

House rule: On any player prop market, player(s) must play at least one snap for bets to have action. If a player is listed as “inactive” or “did not play” for the relevant game, bets on that player/market will be void.

2. FanDuel

Rule: Must be listed as active

House rule: For player prop markets, any bets on a player who is listed as “inactive” on nfl.com will be voided. All other bets will stand.

3. WynnBet

Rule: Must play one snap

House rule: Player proposition wagers: Player must play for Action (unless otherwise stated).

4. BetMGM

Rule: Must be listed active

House rule: 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 players 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.

5. PointsBet

Rule: Must play one snap

House rule: Where a Market awards points based on the performance of a player or group of players in an NFL match, or in markets that are based on aggregate yards featuring passing/rushing/receiving yardage, touchdowns, turnovers, or other events, the player or all players in the group must enter the field of play for Bets to stand, unless otherwise stated.

6. William Hill/Caesars

Rule: Must play one snap

House rule: For player proposition bets to be considered “action”, the following criteria must be met:

  • Football – player must play
  • Baseball – player must start
  • Basketball – player must play
  • Hockey – player must play
  • Soccer – player must start. Additionally, extra time and penalty kick shootout statistics are not included for proposition wagers.

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