Specials

The following covers betting rules for Politics, Entertainment, TV and other assorted novelty markets. Unless otherwise stated all bets on Specials markets are all-in run or not.

Political Markets

UK Elections

Majority Betting

In Majority betting markets on UK Elections, the term Overall Majority means that one party must achieve over half of the seats contested. If there were 650 seats in the UK General Election an overall majority would be 326 or over. If a party gains 325 seats then that would not be deemed an overall majority, and would be classed as a hung parliament. If a seat is postponed or delayed then this will apply to the bet, and settlement will be delayed accordingly.

Total Seats

This applies to seats that are contested on the UK mainland only.  Seats in Northern Ireland do not count for the purposes of this market. If a seat is postponed or delayed then this will apply to the bet, and settlement will be delayed accordingly.

Next Party Leader

This must be a permanent appointment only, as announced by the party as being permanent and not ‘temporary’ or ‘caretaker’. If a candidate decides not to run for leadership, or pulls out for any other reason, then all bets on that candidate will be settled as losers.  

Seat, Constituency or By-Election betting

The result as announced by the returning officer will be deemed the result for betting purposes on these markets.  Any legal challenge to the result will not count. If a candidate withdraws from an election for any reason, the candidate will be deemed a loser.  

Voter Turnout

In an individual seat, this bet relates to the total number of votes cast as announced by the returning officer. In an overall election, the bet refers to turnout figures as returned by Parliament in the Official General Election Statistics. If a seat is postponed or delayed then this will apply to the bet, and settlement will be delayed accordingly.

Next Government

If a coalition consists of more than two parties, bets nominating only two parties will be treated as losers.

Next Government will be settled based on the first government formed after the General Election. If assent is not given to any party or coalition to form a government then this market will be made void.

If either Labour or Conservative form a ‘minority coalition’ Government then for betting purposes ‘Labour Minority’ or ‘Conservative Minority’ will be deemed the winner and all other coalition options as losers.

Election Debate Winner

The winner of the debate will be based on the YouGov post-debate poll.

Prime Minister After Next General Election

This market will be settled based on the formation of the first Government to be given assent by the ruling monarch after the UK Election.

London Mayoral Elections

This is based on the election of the Mayor of London as chosen by the electorate. Any legal challenge to the result will not count. Bets on the party nominees for the election will be settled on the results as given officially by that particular party. If a candidate does not stand then all bets on that candidate will be deemed to be losers.

US Elections

All outright markets offered on next President, Democratic candidate/Republican candidate are settled on an ‘all-in run or not’ basis

This will be the winner as declared after the US Presidential Elections (not on inauguration). Any legal challenge to the result will not count. Results will be based on the US Electoral College System, and the result declared by the individual States will be final. If a candidate does not stand then all bets on that candidate will be deemed to be losers.

All other national elections without specific rules

Predict who will win the election in the given country

All bets will be settled on the given election winner, not the person who is inaugurated as president.

If a given candidate is no longer in a position to stand for the election, bets placed on that candidate in this market will stand.

If an additional candidate takes part in the election, bets placed on existing candidates in this market will stand.

If the electoral system of a given election is changed significantly, bets placed before the system changed will be void.

Settlement will occur once the result of the given election is declared.

Entertainment Markets

Eurovision Song Contest

For both the final and semi-finals settlement will be based on the official results on the night of the final (semi-final results will not be published by the governing body until after the final - only qualified countries will be announced, and in no particular order). Where applicable, dead-heat rules will apply. Bets are settled as losers if a country does not finish a competition, e.g. through disqualification.

Match betting

Bets settled on the country who finishes highest in the official final result in the final or semi-final as stated in the match. If both countries fail to qualify then best position in semi-final will count. If one country makes the final and one doesn’t then the qualified country will be settled as the winner.

Group Betting (including Top Nordic, Top Baltic etc.)

Bets settled on the country who finishes highest in the official final result. If all countries in the group fail to reach the final all bets will be void.

Any Country To Get Nul Points

This market refers to the final only.

X-Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, The Voice & other international talent shows

Outright markets are offered on an ‘all-in run or not’ basis.

Settlement will be based on the official result as declared on the night. Any subsequent issue will be disregarded.

All bets are settled on how they originally entered the competition. Any deviation, such as solo artist joining a group, will be deemed as a losing bet.

Additional competitors may be added at a later stage. The winner announced on the day will be deemed the winner for betting purposes.

Head to Heads/Match betting: When offered (and unless otherwise stated) these will be settled on whoever gets the best final position in the competition.

Sports Personality of the Year

To Win Outright, Winning Sport, Top Three Finish, Straight Forecast

Markets will be settled based on the awards presented on the evening of the ceremony. Dead-heat rules apply.

Match-Ups will be settled based on the official voting figures released after the award ceremony.

Awards (e.g, Academy Awards, Golden Globes)

Settlement of bets will be based upon the official result as announced at the awards ceremony on the day. Any subsequent appeal or disqualification will not count. If an award is refused or not accepted, this will be disregarded for settlement purposes and that selection will be deemed the winner regardless.  If an award is given jointly, then dead-heat rules will apply. If an award ceremony or event is cancelled or abandoned then all bets placed will be void unless the result of the specified market has already been announced.

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