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World Series Suspended Graded a Tampa Bay Rays Loss, Phillies Win

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Oct/28/2008
2008 World Series

There has never been a rain-shortened game in World Series history, and this was the first suspension. Whenever this one resumes, it will pick up where it left off, with the Phils about to bat in the bottom of the sixth, and that may not happen Tuesday night since weather reports suggest more of the same.

"I can't tell you tonight when we'll resume," commissioner Bud Selig said. "We'll stay here if we have to celebrate Thanksgiving here."

For those betting on the World Series, the issue became "Will I Get Paid?"

"Despite what appeared to happen Monday night in Philadelphia, the Tampa Bay Rays lost Game 5 of the World Series. At least in the view of Nevada sports books, the Phillies won 2-1," writes Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The majority of offshore (online) sports books graded the game a Philadelphia win, which has some gamblers crying foul.

How can that be?

Even though the suspended game is scheduled to be completed either today or whenever weather permits, the betting result is final, Youmans points out.

Nevada gaming rules - which most online sports betting sites follow - stipulate that the final score of an official game is determined by reverting to the last completed inning. The Phillies led 2-1 after the fifth.

Wagers on totals and run-line bets are being refunded because rules stipulate that at least 81/2 innings must be played.

"We're just following the regular baseball rules. This is a very common rule," Las Vegas Hilton sports book director Jay Kornegay said. "We can't make exceptions.

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Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

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