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The Added Risk with MLB

Level: Advanced
Updated: Mar 31, 2023
2 min read


Key Takeaways

Warning

MLB can provide additional challenges when doing Matched Betting. Different sportsbooks have different house rules for when they will grade & void your bet. Some events that could void your bet include:

  • A change in starting pitcher
  • Game-shortened due to rain out
  • A batter does not start (in a batter prop)

If each side of your matched bet is graded differently, you stand the risk of losing one bet and having the other voided. This results in a loss and an addition to your sports betting education.

Some sportsbooks even tie their batter props to the listed pitcher. This means that a change in starting pitcher, a shortened game, and a batter not starting could all impact your bet.

Know your house rules when Matched Betting MLB. We have a high-level house rule comparison guide to get you started. But you should become familiar with your sportsbook MLB house rules if you want to place matched bets on MLB.

Tips to Minimize Risk

  • Stick to bets that have listed pitchers. Be sure that the same home and away pitchers are listed on both bets.
  • Don’t hedge an action bet with a listed pitcher bet and vice versa.
  • Be extra cautious with batter props. Some matched bettors avoid these entirely.
  • Check the expected weather for the game. Don’t bet on games with a bad weather forecast.
  • Bet the game closer to the start of the game. This reduces the chance of a change in the starting lineup.
  • Know your sportsbooks’ house rules.
  • Read the other MLB guides.
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