What Are Dead Heat Rules on PointsBet?

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Dead heat rules are applied in situations where two or more participants in an event finish with the exact same result. Dead heat rules may vary depending on the sport and the type of bet placed, but in general, they work as follows:

  • The stake for the dead heat selection is divided by the number of participants involved in the dead heat.
  • The divided stake is settled at full odds, while the remaining part of the stake is lost.

Here is an example of dead heat rules in horse racing:

  • You place a bet on a horse to win in a race.
  • The horse finishes in a dead heat with one or more other horses for the first place.
  • The dead heat rule is applied, and your bet is settled accordingly.
  • For example, if you placed a $10 bet on a horse to win, and there is a dead heat for first place with two other horses, your bet will be settled as follows: your original $10 stake will be divided by 3 (the number of horses in the dead heat), resulting in a $3.33 stake. Your $3.33 stake will be settled at full odds, while the remaining $6.67 of your bet will be lost.

Dead heat rules may also apply in other sports where ties are possible, such as golf or tennis, for example, in the case of a tie for first place in a golf tournament, or a tie for a set in a tennis match. It is important to familiarize yourself with the specific dead heat rules for the sport and type of bet you are placing to ensure you understand how your bet will be settled in the event of a tie.

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