Official betting means that the outcome of a market will be settled according to the rules and regulations set out by governing bodies. This includes betting on a team to win a tournament or league, with results being based on the final league table. Any amendments to the final table that may be made, such as points dedications, will not have any effect on outright bets. In the case of a cup competition, markets will be paid out based on the team that immediately lifts the trophy. In-play markets are subject to a delay in pay-out of up to 30 seconds.
Individuals associated with clubs at lower levels of the men’s and women’s league systems, as well as match officials at FA Level 4 or below are prohibited from placing bets on football matches. This is in accordance with the code of conduct that prohibits a person from seeking, offering or accepting a bribe to fix a game. Such individuals are also banned from providing inside information that they could reasonably believe will be used for betting purposes. It’s worth noting that anyone who violates this code of conduct can be permanently banned from baseball, as was the case for Joseph Sullivan in the 1919 Black Sox Scandal.
In 2022, sports betting became legal in Iowa at multiple online and retail locations. However, bets on in-state collegiate games and player prop bets are prohibited. Efforts to legalize sports betting in Missouri have failed to pass at the state legislature level in recent years.