Tipico French Open betting dispute
A Tipico Sportsbook (SBR rating C) player has submitted a French Open betting dispute. The player wagered €200 on Denis Istomin covering the games handicap against fourth seed German player Florian Mayer. Mayer retired from the match after the third set due to injury, which should have caused the bettor's ticket to be graded as no action in accordance with Tipico's rules.
Update 5/30, 12:32PM CST: Tipico Sportsbook has correctly voided the market.
Tipico's tennis betting rules state:
All bets are only valid after the first ball has been played. If a player pulls out of the match or the match is interrupted (injury, pull-out, disqualification) after at least one ball has been played, the bet is declared invalid. This shall not apply to betting markets previously offered as live bets and already evaluated (for example winning a set, winning a game, over/under-bets)
Tipico initially voided the player's bet, which jived with their above rule, then later resettled the market as a loss for the player.
Tipico claimed that his games handicap bet for the match was already "evaluated". The term evaluated is included in their betting rules and corresponds to live bets, set specific bets, over/under bets, and 'winning a game'. The handicap bet was still live: The player could have won had the match continued into a fourth, or potentially fifth set.
SBR has followed up with Tipico Sportsbook for comment on the dispute.
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