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In some Vegas casinos, Phils had already won before they actually did.
Published Oct. 30, 2008

LAS VEGAS - Bettors were crying foul after most Nevada casinos declared the Phillies the winner of Game 5 of the World Series despite the game being delayed while tied at 2 in the middle of the sixth inning.

Nevada sports books and gambling regulators were getting complaints Wednesday from bettors angered by rules governing betting on the rain-delayed contest. But the complaints vary depending on where they placed their bets because the rules are not uniform among casinos across the state.

The flap stems from the circumstances surrounding the Monday night game, which resumed Wednesday night.

The Rays, down 2-1 at the start of the sixth, tied it when B.J. Upton scored on Carlos Pena's single with two outs. Evan Longoria ended the inning with a flyout, and play was stopped in the middle of the inning because of heavy rain.

Unfortunately for most Rays bettors, the unfinished inning meant most sports books reverted to the score from the end of the fifth, the last completed inning. That result - 2-1 Phillies - makes the Phillies a winner and means game over for Rays gamblers. (The Phillies eventually won 4-3 anyway.)

"We have very stringent rules," said Jason Been, an oddsmaker with Las Vegas Sports Consultants, which provides betting lines for roughly 90 percent of sports books in Nevada. "A baseball game, if it goes five innings, is official for betting purposes for betting either team. ...

"Whatever (commissioner) Bud Selig or anyone in baseball declares is completely different from wagering rules in sports books."

A top Nevada gambling regulator told the Associated Press that "a handful" of bettors had complained and said the enforcement arm of the Nevada Gaming Commission would investigate if gamblers could not resolve their differences with casinos where they placed bets.

"This is an unusual situation because one, it does not generally occur this way and two, it's a World Series game and three, Major League Baseball made the decision to do it that way," said Jerry Markling, enforcement chief of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Markling said casinos must submit their rules to state regulators when applying for their gambling licenses and must post the rules for the public.

The difference in rules has resulted in angry Phillies bettors, too, according to MGM Mirage Inc. Race and Sports Books Director Jay Rood.

Their rules say the game is still live until Major League Baseball declares a winner, a change from rules used during the regular season, Rood said.