When betting on sports, you should always be aware of the rules. In some cases, the rules can change during a game. For example, MLB games are often suspended and shortened due to inclement weather. The following are some of the most common types of official betting:

In-Game Betting

Live in-game wagering is an excellent way to take advantage of shifting odds and other aspects of a game. It’s especially popular for major sporting events, such as the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

Money Lines and Totals

When placing a money line bet, the winning team must win by two runs or more. You can also place a bet on the team to cover at a certain percentage, such as -1.5.

Baseball Totals

In baseball, totals are wagers on the combined number of runs scored in a game. These bets are usually over/under and use a set line that’s agreed upon by the sportsbook. Extra-inning results count toward the total, unless the bet states otherwise.

Player Props

MLB-based player prop bets are typically based on one pitch for pitchers and one plate appearance for position players. They require that the player be in the starting lineup and a specified number of innings to have action.

Extra Innings and Shortened Games

Unlike some other sports, MLB teams often experience shortened or suspended games due to inclement weather. For this reason, many moneyline bets have action if the game lasts at least 5.0 innings or 4.5 innings if the home team is ahead.