Baseball official game times


For any exhibition MLB games played prior to the regular season, the following rules apply:

  • Games must go 5 innings (or 4½ if the home team is leading) to count as an official game for bets on the moneyline/side.
  • After the 5th inning, if an inning is not played to completion then the score will revert back to the previously completed inning unless the home team has the lead.
  • With Run Lines & Totals, games must go 9 innings (or 8½ if the home team is leading) for bets to have action.

These rules apply ONLY to exhibition games. For games played in the regular reason, the rules below still apply.


All full game bets are official after 8½ innings if the home team is ahead, or after 9 full innings if the visiting team is ahead. This includes moneyline, total runs (over/under) and Run Line bets. 

Prior to 2020, moneyline bets would have action after 5 full innings of play (4½ if the home team was winning).

NOTE: In the event that games in a doubleheader are scheduled for 7 innings only (such as the MLB 2020 season) the game must go 7 innings (6½ if the home team is winning) for bets to have action.

Games must be completed, with a winner declared as follows, based on the league:

  • MLB and Dominican Republic: By 5 AM (in the time zone where the game is played)
  • NCAA, International Leagues & Softball: Within 36 hours of the scheduled start time, regardless of venue. 

Any market whose outcome has already been determined will have action, even if the game is suspended after that point.

*For complete official rules about suspended games, please see these articles:





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